Syracuse, NY Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography


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If I had to describe this summer the prime words would be hot and bright! There were very few wedding days where rain threatened to throw our picture plans into a tizzy. Liz & Alton’s wedding day was picture perfect! Literally! As you scroll down you’ll see what I mean, bright blue skies, white fluffy clouds, a gorgeous orange sunset…it’s a good thing Liz and Al like me so much, otherwise I think they’d get sick of all the different photos I had them take! 😉

Their love story wasn’t just picture perfect because of the weather. Those two are always thinking about little ways to make me happy! Number one, Liz and her girls had these great parasoles that really added something special to their formals, number two was the guys wearing these great heather gray suits! I’ve been seeing these a lot more lately and it’s a great choice every time! Add in some bow ties and you’ve got a classic look with just a dash of vintage. Al definitely pulled off that cool Mad Men look that he channeled in their You + Me session!  Oh yeah and did I mention Liz’s dress? Did I MENTION HER DRESS? Well her dress and I fell in love immediately, I mean c’mon…ruffles AND feathers! A girl can’t go wrong!

So other than the fact that I was super trigger happy (click! click! twitch! twitch!) I had an amazing time capturing all of the joy and beauty that surrounded this fabulous couple! Thank you so much Liz and Alton! It was an honor to capture your gorgeous day!

Syracuse, NY Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography

(Photo on the right by Amy Semple my fabulous assistant!)

Syracuse, NY Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography

Syracuse, NY Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography
How did your fiance propose? He proposed on Valentine’s Day. I was in my pajamas and we were on our way to get take out food! It was perfect:)
Tell me a bit about the planning process for your wedding (how did you pick the venue, colors, funny stories, etc..): I really wanted a very classy, vintage look. The whole planning process was about a year and a half! It was allot of fun planning every detail and all worth seeing it all come together perfectly.
What was the most memorable moment(s) of your day? Probably first walking down the isle at the church. The cathedral was breathtaking and more than I could have imagined.
Funniest memory from your wedding day? Probably seeing my bridesmaid, Kerry, catch the bouquet. She couldn’t have looked more terrified!:)
Any advice for future bride & grooms? Trust your instincts and everything will come together as it should. Don’t stress over the little stuff. It won’t matter in the end.
What was your favorite part about working with Mabyn Ludke Photography? Mabyn is not only an incredibly talented photographer, she is an amazing person. She was caring, funny, personable, and helped me with sooo many details on my wedding day! I could not have asked for a more amazing photographer to not only capture such beautiful photos, but to be with us on our special day. I am so thankful we found her:) We love you Mabyn!

Hair:Meg Loveland/Jillain Pastella//Makeup Artist: Holly Piselli//Dress Designer & Store Location: Allure Bridal/ Spy Babies//Jewelry: Borrowed from a friend-antique//Veil or Hair accessories: Veil from Spy Babies and hair accessories from David’s Bridal//Shoes: Angela Nuran//Bridesmaids Dresses: Impression Bridal//Grooms Attire: Tuxedo Junction//Ceremony Venue: Sacred Heart Basilica//Reception Venue: Traditions ant the Links//Additional photo venue: Franklin Square//Florist: The Floral Gardens//Transportation: American Limousine//DJ: Black Tie Entertainment//Caterer: Traditions at the Links//Cake: Michele Swindell//Lighting: Black Tie Entertainment

Liz & Alton’s Love Story

Syracuse, NY Classic and Fun Wedding Mabyn Ludke Photography


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What do you get when you mix, good looks, charm, and ridiculousness in one couple? You get Liz and Mike, two of the coolest people on the planet!!! Seriously, when we met in Starbucks about a year ago we instantaneously became friends! I know I’m repeating myself from their You + Me post, but I fell in love with these guys so I can’t help but gush! 😉

Finally, their wedding day came along! I’d only been waiting alllll season for it! And after a gorgeous September, what happens? Their day was 50 degrees and rainy!
Now the average couple might get really upset and worry that the rain will ruin their day. Not Liz & Mike! They were totally down for any and all outdoor shots, rain or shine! Is it any wonder I fell in love?! So they not only braved the rain, but cold and broken dresses as well! Yeah!  I know right? They’re completely amazing!

One of a bride’s biggest nightmares is something happening to the dress right before the wedding. Well guess what happened right before the wedding? The zipper on her dress fell off! Did Liz freak out? Did she throw a fit? NOPE! Calm as a cucumber we called Spybaby Boutique and their amazing seamstress fixed the dress in 20 minutes flat! (Cue Superman music here!) We still had plenty of time to get her to the church!

The rest of the day went as smooth as butter, with crazy interloods of Mike jumping in puddles or bench pressing Liz! The reception at Dinosaure BBQ was rockin’ as always! I especially loved when Liz, Mike, and their wedding party jumped up on stage and started throwing beads like it was Mardi Gras!
Thank you Liz and Mike for choosing me to, not only capture your special moments, but become your friend!


Bride & Groom: How did you meet?
We met during orientation at Le Moyne College. Mike’s roommate went to my high school.
How did your fiancé propose?
I had just finished my last final exam of my second year at SU Law and we were excited about leaving for a two week vacation in Italy the next morning. I was craving ice cream so we stopped at Gannon’s Isle in the Valley, but it was chilly so after we got our ice cream we got back in the car and started driving around. Mike drove up to Le Moyne and we finished our ice cream on a bench outside Grewen. This seemed pretty ordinary to me because when the weather is nice, Mike and I sometimes venture up to the benches in front of Grewen Hall at Le Moyne College to talk. This particular night was rather chilly, but Mike and I sat there talking about how excited we were for our trip. Then, out of the blue, Mike says that he doesn’t want me to think that he is going to propose in Italy. I was speechless for a moment since I wasn’t expecting him to. Mike kept talking and suddenly pulls out a ring box, gets on one knee and says that he doesn’t want to ask me in Italy because he wants to ask me right then and there! I was shocked and of course, I said yes 
Tell me a bit about the planning process for your wedding (how did you pick the venue, colors, funny stories, etc..):
Mike and I really like food, especially barbeque, and we wanted a more casual wedding reception. Dinosaur Bar-B-Que was a logical choice and once we saw the Upstairs room we were sold on our wedding venue.
What details at your wedding had special significance?
My dad put together a “Love Chest” based upon an old Italian tradition. About one week before the wedding, my dad asked me and Mike to write letters to each other. The letters were sealed and my father placed them in the box along with a bottle of wine and two glasses. The box has two keys, one for each of us. The box can only be opened on two occasions: (1) on our tenth wedding anniversary or (2) if we ever happen to hit a rocky patch, the box can be opened so that either of us can read the letter we wrote to the other.
What was the most memorable moment(s) of your day?
When the zipper on my dress broke as I was getting in it – very shortly before we were supposed to leave for the Church! I will never forget how amazing my bridesmaids were and the great suggestion that Mabyn made reminding us that Spybaby was right around the corner! Maria, Spybaby’s amazing seamstress, not only fixed the dress, but came back to the hotel to help me get in and button it up! I am positive I witnessed a small miracle!
If you had to do it all over, would you change anything?
Not a thing! I even enjoyed the rain.
Funniest memory from your wedding day?
While we were taking outdoor photos before the reception, it was really chilly and it started to rain a bit. Nate, Mike’s six-year-old nephew, sat in the limo and rolled down the window every few minutes to let us know how warm he was inside the limo.
What was your favorite (or most handy?!)wedding purchase?
Umbrellas! They may not be my favorite, but they really came in handy! I have to give the credit to Mike for finding some cute umbrellas for the ladies.
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
Aruba, we stayed at Bucuti and Tara Resorts. They have a phenomenal beach.
Any advice for future bride & grooms?
It all works out in the end!

Liz was all smiles despite the crazy! She’s so amazing! I especially loved when Mike snuck a quick peek in the room before Liz got dressed.

Syracuse, NY Classic and Fun Wedding Mabyn Ludke Photography

The church was gorgeous and there were so many sneaky cute moments between Liz & Mike

Syracuse, NY Classic and Fun Wedding Mabyn Ludke Photography

I love when my clients trust me implicitly! It results in awesomeness!

Syracuse, NY Classic and Fun Wedding Mabyn Ludke Photography

What a crazy party and the perfect shot to end a perfect day!

Syracuse, NY Classic and Fun Wedding Mabyn Ludke Photography

Hair: Tiffany DeWald//Makeup Artist: Holly Piselli//Dress Designer & Store Location: Sarah Danielle, style 5563 in Natural – NY Bride//Jewelry: Etsy (Luxe Deluxe)//Veil or Hair accessories: Veil – NY Bride; Hair Accessory – Revlon!//Shoes: NY Bride – Grace “Jewel”//Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff, style 583 in European Pewter//Grooms Attire: Jim’s Formal Wear at NY Bride//Ceremony Venue: Blessed Sacrament Church, Syracuse, NY//Reception Venue: Upstairs at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que//Additional photo Venue: Downtown Syracuse//Florist: Rosebuds Florist//Transportation: Northeast Limousine Service//DJ: Black Tie Entertainment//Cake & Cupcakes: Carol Barletta, Mike’s aunt//Event Designer: none; although my dad did a wonderful job with the paper lanterns!//Invitations & Stationary: Wedding Paper Divas


Introductions: Bridal Party: Jimi Hendrix – Voodoo Child//Bride & Groom: Bruno Mars – Marry You

Father/Daughter: Tim McGraw – My Little Girl

Mother/Son: Rod Stewart – Have I Told You Lately

First Dance: Adele – Make You Feel My Love

Liz & Mike’s Love Story


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When I walked into Joy & TJ’s ceremony location, one word popped into my head. Elegance. Their whole day the epitome of vintage inspired elegance! From the topiary garden designed by Joy herself all the way to the little crystals sprinkled across the head table. It was a spectacle to behold! Joy hand picked every detail for her day, she and her mother did an amazing job putting it all together!
Not only was this a visually delicious event, but Joy & TJ were absolutely wonderful! The wedding party was up for whatever I asked, the ceremony came equip with a ipad toting Pastor, & the party was full of fantastic moments! I was in my element! Not a single moment went by where there wasn’t something wonderful to photograph! Thank you Joy & TJ for allowing me to capture it all!


How did you meet?
Highschool. Travis was a senior at Liverpool HS, Joy a Junior. Went to his Senior Ball together 2002.
How did your fiance propose?
In Joy’s home,  there is a family tradition each year where her family bakes and decorates dozens of Christmas cookies. The date was set this past year to be Dec 20th, a Sunday where both Joy and her brother would be back on college break.
TJ made plans with Joy to arrive at the Klein household late morning as he knew it would be an all day event. Joy’s phone rang about the time TJ was to be arriving, he explained he would need a ride as his car wouldn’t start because the battery had died.
Joy drove over to his place, upon entering the home there were rose petals sprinkled in a path up the stairs, down the hallway, leading to his bedroom where he was down on one knee and his heart beating out of his chest. After sweet spoken words he proposed, and  with tears in her eyes she said YES!!!
Then they departed in one vehicle back to the Klein house to announce their great news and bake some delicious Christmas cookies, for this will forever be a day they cannot forget!!
Tell me a bit about the planning process for your wedding (how did you pick the venue, colors, funny stories, etc..):
We had dinner in Redfields Restaurant years prior to, loved our entree’s and wanted to have some exquisite food for our big day. Ultimately it was the View from the 20th floor overlooking downtown Syracuse that sold us both on such a venue. Especially beautiful at sunset. I chose the shades of blackberry for my bridesmaids and champagne,bronze, and Deep Sage green for other accents. I wanted to bring the outdoors in with a feel of a garden theme.  I believe this was more than practical since I didn’t want to gamble on weather that day and we needed landscape for our new home! It was so magical. Hanging chandeliers on Shepards hooks were our starting point and many items and ideas flowed from there. For our Reception I knew I wanted a wishing Tree in place of a guest book, and a candy buffet was a must have! Edible Arrangements adorned each table as a centerpiece with a crystal hanging votive chandelier. Becoming apart of  “Mento produce family” it seemed ideal to have Edible Arrangements as centerpieces, great for guests to snack on too!
What details at your wedding had special significance?
My Father/Daughter dance and the special video my family had put together as a surprise for me. Brought tears to my eyes.
What was the most memorable moment(s) of your day?  My individual dances with the most important men in my life…Both dances very different and exciting 🙂 People were in shock after Travis and I dances, many were unaware we took a few lessons. The best feeling was going from starting to cry during the father/daughter video to spinning dad around while he lay on his back on the dance floor!!
If you had to do it all over, would you change anything? Not a thing! The day was everything I could have imagined….and more…wonderful memories to cherish forever…
Funniest memory from your wedding day?
When we were taking Photos prior to our reception outside and Meggan Rendina went to open her flower umbrella and it snapped closed on her! We all had a good hard giggle!!
What was your favorite wedding purchase?
Our landscape we used for the ceremony, we forever have a momento from our wedding day that we can admire everyday from our front yard.
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
Western Caribbean Cruise


They guys were awesome, thanks for trusting me!




Holly Piselli & Tiffany DeWald of A-List Artistry did a gorgeous job!

Joy gave each of her girls (even her mom) a personalized ring for them to wear that day

Even the umbrella’s were used in multiple ways! So creative!









The pastor used an ipad during the ceremony. Can you see the reflection in his glasses?

Love Joy’s reaction to being officially wed!

This wedding party was too cool for words!


My Fave of the day!

Joy created such an elaborate event! There were so many details, I wish I could share them all with you, but that’s a blog post all on it’s own!






Even grandma was out on the dance floor! Let me tell you, she knows how to get down!





Hair: Tiffany DeWald / Makeup Artist: Holly Piselli of A-List Artistry / Dress Designer & Store Location: Pronovias “Oleaje” @ Spybaby Bridal / Jewelry: 1920’s Vintage Veil or Hair accessories: Keely’s Bridal / Shoes: Ballerina slippers special order online / Bridesmaids Dresses:Designed by Priscilla of Boston. Supplied by Melissa James The Dress Salon @ Towne Center / Grooms Attire: Tuxedo Junction, Designer Oleg Cassini / Ceremony & Reception Venue: Crowne Plaza / Florist: Sam Rao Florist / DJ: Brian Oddo / Caterer: Crowne Plaza Hotel / Cupcakes: Kimberly Raymond  / Lighting: Brian Oddo

Special Ceremony Music: Johann Pachelbel – Canon in D Major (bridal party entry)
israel kamakawiwo ole “somewhere over the rainbow” (Bride entered to)
The Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling (Recessional)
Introductions: “S&M” instrumental by Rhianna
Father/Daughter: “I Loved Her First” By Heartland
First Dance: “Everything” Michael Buble

Joy & TJ’s Love Story