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This is one of my most favorite times of year! It’s CANVAS GIVEAWAY TIME!!! WOOHOO!
Usually I do this right before Christmas, because I LOVE giving away presents! This year though, my schedule was a level of crazy that I was not prepared for. So here we are about a month after Christmas, but hey, belated presents are still presents and we love them ANY time of year!
This season we have 17 fantastic contestants! Here are the rules:
Vote once a day, every day, until midnight of January 26th. The couple with the most votes will win a free 16×24 canvas to feature in their home! Get your family, friends, coworkers, gym buddies, strangers on the street, etc…involved! The more people you can get to vote for you, the better your chances! Only votes on the actual poll at the bottom of this page will count. “Write in’s” on FB are not valid. I will announce the winner next Monday, January 27th.
Now I need to put in a disclaimer here, in past years there has been issues trying to vote from multiple devices. Sometimes you can, sometimes you can’t. I think it has to do with the ip address. If you have any issues voting, please contact me at MabynLudke@gmail.com.
Jenna & Jon are no muss no fuss people. They love the outdoors, good wine and beer, and those little quiet moments that they spend with their loved ones. So when planning their wedding, they didn’t want this big “to-do” with 100s of people. They wanted something simply “them.”
Nothing could be more “them” than getting married on Jenna’s family’s farm. They spent the past year renovating it to make it picture perfect for their day, and it was just that, perfect! With their closest family and friends there to celebrate with them, Jenna and Jon officially vowed themselves to one another. It was simple, elegant, and completely personal. My favorite part was the champagne toast right after the first kiss! A unique and beautiful way to start off their new journey together.
Their reception was full of funny stories, dancing, mustache’s, and taco trucks! Yes, they had a taco truck come near the end of their party and cater. I personally recommend the Korean taco, it was AMAZING!
And what better way to end the evening with their own personal fireworks show? BAM! You’re married! 😉
How did your fiance propose? He proposed on New Years, which is cliche’ but later on he told me it was to set a deadline for himself because he was so nervous. We went for nice hike that day and then to the grocery store to get some things for dinner. When we got home he kept his jacket on all night, which I thought was strange. Turns out he had his great grandmothers ring in the pocket and was just trying to work up the nerve to ask all day.
Tell me a bit about the planning process for your wedding : We always knew we wanted to get married on my parents farm. My parent’s got married there when my grandparents owned it. It was truly a labor of love to convert a working farm barn into a reception space! It took us a year!
What was the most memorable moment(s) of your day? The first look. I was so nervous up until the minute I saw John! Then all my nerves melted away and I was like “lets do this!”
Funniest memory from your wedding day? John broke out in hives right before the wedding!! He was so itchy all during the ceremony! It is funny looking back at it, but I am sure he was uncomfortable.
If you had to do it all over again would you change anything? I probably would have “let go” a little more in the weeks leading up to the wedding.
Any advice for future bride & grooms? Take some time to yourselves on the day of the wedding. John is traditional and originally didn’t want to see me before the ceremony but we are SO GLAD we decided to do the first look! The day goes so fast, it is nice to have a little pep rally together ahead of time.
What was your favorite part about working with Mabyn Ludke Photography? Mabyn was amazing! She makes you feel so comfortable and you forget she is even there; even though she is rolling around on the ground to get the perfect shot! She is so unobtrusive and able to capture special moments
Hair: New Image Hair Salon, Watkins Glen, NY// Dress Designer & Store Location: David’s Bridal Big Flats, NY// Jewelry: Etsy, yard sales, thrift stores
Veil or Hair accessories: Made by bride and MOB// Shoes: Thrift store//Bridesmaids Dresses: Various// Grooms Attire: Bride and MOB made groomsmen’s vests, Groom’s suit came from Shepler’s Wester Wear// Ceremony Venue: Bride’s parent’s property// Reception Venue: Bride’s parent’s barn// Florist: Plenty of Posie’s, Gather FLX// Band: Scott Adams// Caterer: Brud Holland// Cake: Jessica Thorpe – Glen Mountain Market // Event Designer: Heather Hallagan – Gather FLX// Wedding Coordinator: Melissa Thompson – Gather FLX// Invitations & Stationary: Scott Ender
This weekend was a whirl wind of photo shoots! Grapes, rain, sunshine, and fantastic models everywhere! It finally felt like fall was coming in, though you couldn’t tell from the bright beautiful colors! Here are some of my favorites from the weekend to whet your whistle!
Jenna & Jon’s Love Story
Julia’s 1 Year Mini Model Session
Jeszara’s Senior Portraits
The absolute best part of my job is the people I get to meet! When I sat down with Jenna at her consultation I knew we were going to work well together. THEN at their 2nd consultation where I got to meet Jon, I knew we were going to be fast friends! That thought was only solidified when we all got together in Hector, NY for their You + Me session! Jenna & Jon are so laid back and SO in love with each other. Their session was effortless! I can’t wait to go back to Hector in September for their gorgeous back yard wedding!