TaughannockFalls Ithaca, NY Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography

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As promised here is part 2 of Ali & Dwight’s amazing Love Story! One of my favorite things about their special day was the emphasis they had on their family and friends! Everything was a beautiful expereience for them. After the ceremony ended they immediately ushed everyone out onto the lawn by Cayuga lake to have the first of several toasts that day! Then as people mingled and chatted while Ali and Dwight hugged and laughed with them all! We then ventured up to the Cayuga Ridge Estate Winery where Hallagan Events had set one of the most gorgeous little rustic receptions you ever did see! Complete with a tree chandelier  cozy blankets, and a S’more station for later in the evening! Ali and Dwight continued to laugh, hug, and dance all through the night with amazing food and wine! They lavished their guests with a beautiful (and delicious!) candle lit dinner and then danced the rest of the night away to The Destinations an amazing live band!
Amy and I could have continued taking pictures for hours and hours and hours! We had so much fun capturing every little detail! Thank you so much to Ali and Dwight for allowing us to capture your vision! It was truly amazing!

xoxoxo,
Mabyn

TaughannockFalls Ithaca, NY Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography

TaughannockFalls Ithaca, NY Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography

TaughannockFalls Ithaca, NY Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography

Hair: Meredith Bullock, The Bride’s Hairstylist//Makeup Artist: Charisse Koba, Miel Beauty//Dress Designer & Store Location: J.Crew//Jewelry: Dana Kellin
Veil or Hair accessories: groom’s great grandmother’s veil that she wore in 1914 (98 years ago!)//Shoes: J.Crew//Bridesmaids Dresses: J.Crew//Grooms Attire: Distante, Philadelphia //Ceremony Venue: Taughannock Falls State Park//Reception Venue: Cayuga Ridge Estate Winery//Additional photo venue: Inn on Columbia//Florist: Julia Uticone//Transportation: Inn on Columbia’s personal collection//DJ: band, The Destination//Caterer: StoneCat Cafe//Event Designer://Heather Hallagan, Handcrafted Events//Wedding Coordinator: Melissa Thompson, Handcrafted Events//Invitations & Stationary: Designed by the bride

 

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Ali & Dwight’s Love Story – Part 2

TaughannockFalls Ithaca, NY Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography

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One of my favorite things about this wedding season has been it’s diversity. I have literally seen so many unique ideas and ways to celebrate love and family! Ali and I did most of our chatting via email and Skype. We only got to meet in person once, but it was enough to know that she had an amazing event planned! This one is going to take 2 blog posts folks! There’s just too much goodness to share!. We’ll start with getting ready and the ceremony!

Ali and Dwight’s getting ready location, the Inn on Columbia, was absolutely fantastic. Stunning art on the walls, great light, a circular building where Ali got dressed! What more could you ask for? How about a vintage car ride to your ceremony?! Twist my arm!

Oh yeah, and their ceremony (designed by the lovely Heather of  Hallagan Handcrafted Events) was in the sweetest little rustic building with romantic candle light everywhere! It just made the little photog inside me jump for joy! I know yours will too! Come back again tomorrow for part 2 of Ali and Dwights gorgeous day! It will not disappoint!

xoxoxo,
Mabyn

TaughannockFalls Ithaca, NY Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography

TaughannockFalls Ithaca, NY Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography

TaughannockFalls Ithaca, NY Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography

B&W ceremony – by Amy Semple

How did your fiance propose? We had plans to meet friends at a local winery later that day, but Dwight said he wanted to go have breakfast under the tree that was planted in my brother’s memory that morning first. I thought it was so sweet and a great idea so we headed over and had a little picnic. When he asked me to marry him I remember feeling that we were exactly where we ought to be. It was the most natural and exciting moment to say “of course!” We then walked to a nearby restaurant for some champagne and I knew he had even more up his sleeve. Suddenly my closest friends walked in and then a limo pulled up and we all took off to the winery and celebrated all day. I kept looking at Dwight throughout the day, so excited for our journey ahead and so proud to be his wife.
Tell me a bit about the planning process for your wedding (how did you pick the venue, colors, funny stories, etc..): We wanted a relaxed celebration with our closest friends and family and great food in a beautiful setting. From the beginning it was important to us for our guests to feel the magic we felt in the Finger Lakes. Those were our priorities. I don’t feel like we had to compromise too much because we knew that’s all that mattered. From there, we made choices to support our idea. Everyone wore what they felt best in. Dinner was served family style. We spent the whole day outside in the fresh air. It really felt like a beautiful dinner party. Everyone was in such a great mood. We knew it would be awesome, but it really was even better than we could have imagined.
What was the most memorable moment(s) of your day? Dwight: When I first saw Ali at the Inn the Columbia.
Ali: Driving with Dwight up to the falls before the ceremony. It was so amazing to have that time together before all the festivities began.
Funniest memory from your wedding day?
Dwight: When the musician at the ceremony dozed off and forgot to start playing the song for Ali to walk down the aisle.
Ali: Same here. It was dead silence when my dad and I started walking and I just started laughing. Really?
If you had to do it all over again would you change anything? Not a thing.
Any advice for future bride & grooms? Be present. Keep perspective. Go with the flow. And mostly, it’s not a party of one, brides. Make your guests feel welcome. Everyone is gathering because they love you and wish you happiness.
What was your favorite part about working with Mabyn Ludke Photography? Mabyn never missed a beat. Her responsiveness and enthusiasm were unsurpassed.

Ali & Dwight’s Love Story – Part 1

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Most wedding photographers goal is to make it big so they can travel the world to gorgeous destinations and shoot over the top weddings. That is not one of my goals, though i’m not knocking it either! 😉
My goal is to shoot the weddings where my clients have really put thought into what their day will look like, feel like, & taste like. It could be 5 people on top of a mountain and as long as my clients have thought through their vision I know it will be an amazing wedding to shoot!
Catharine & Ben did just that. Their sweet rustic wedding came together so perfectly. I met them both at Notleymere Cottage in Cazenovia and was greeted by an opulent spread of photo opportunities! I set up Catharine & Ben’s sweet “First Look” and got some of my favorite images from the day. You can tell that they are a fun, easy going couple, who share an intimate love. The photo opportunities didn’t stop at Notleymere. We ventured up to Deer Hill for their ceremony & reception and as soon as I saw the view I knew why Catharine & Ben chose that venue. It was breathtaking! The rest of the day was a relaxing expression of Catharine & Ben, we then snuck away from the reception briefly to take a few epic shots of the area. The day was so lovely & heart felt. I was so blessed to be a part of it! Thank you Catharine & Ben!
xoxoxo,
Mabyn

How did you meet? 

In a old airplane hangar down in Austin, Texas.  We both had independently signed up to work on a project to build an off-grid, solar powered house with The University of Texas.  The summer was spent constructing the house in that hot old hangar.  The discovery was made of a fantastic view of the Austin sky line from the roof.  So, one evening after a long, hot day of work, we shared a Shiner and watched the Texas sun set.  The rest as they say, is history.
How did your fiance propose?  
He subtly suggested that we should spend our lives together while we took a walk at sunset.
Tell me a bit about the planning process for your wedding (how did you pick the venue, colors, funny stories, etc..): 
Picking the venue was simple.  We knew that we wanted everything to be outside because a perfect upstate New York evening can be pure magic.  The view from Deer Hill and the grounds sold us instantly.  As far as colors and general design, I knew that I wanted simple sophistication.  This translated to warm grays, champagne colors, and a pop of orange which showed up in the form of fresh cut tulips.  I also wanted to make sure there was plenty of mingling so we opted for a stations style food display and a variety of table sizes.  It felt more like a fancy picnic.
What details at your wedding had special significance?  
Well, we can’t say that there was one particular detail.  The entire evening was really special because we kept the whole thing pretty small (under 100 people) and just invited our family and very close friends, so there was time to chat, time to eat, and time to dance! Which everyone did.
What was the most memorable moment(s) of your day?  
There were many of course, but one was the speech given by Andrew, Ben’s younger brother.  It was funny and sweet and made everyone happy.
 If you had to do it all over, would you change anything? 
Not one single thing.
Funniest memory from your wedding day?  
A good friend was so overjoyed by the music that he broke out in dance…literally he took over the dance floor and started breakdancing.  
What was your favorite wedding purchase? 
My dress.  It had pockets.
Where did you go on your honeymoon?  
We were limited on time, so we took a couple nights at The Sagamore in the Adirondacks.
Any advice for future bride & grooms?  
Just go with the flow because people will undoubtedly remember the fun that they had and not the fact that the napkins were not cotton.  Hire reputable people to work with and let them do what they do.  Also, eat some of that food you spent hours deliberating over…and definitely have fun!
Catharine & Ben opted for a “First Look” session. It made me melt a little bit, aren’t they the cutest?!
Then we got to spend some time bashing around Notleymere, it is a seriously cool place to take pictures!

We then ventured over to Deer Hill and as soon as we got there it was easy to see why Catharine & Ben wanted to get married there. Woweee, wow, wow! Was it ever beautiful!

The reception tent as absolutely gorgeous, all of the details fit so perfectly with the day! Plus Catharine & Ben were up for more pictures around Deer Hill. It was TOTALLY worth it!

Hair: Hanna at Matthews Salon in Cazenovia, NY//Makeup Artist: Matthews Salon in Cazenovia, NY//Dress Designer & Store Location: J. Crew, Manhattan//Jewelry: Imagine in Skaneateles//Veil or//Hair accessories: Flowers from 5 Seasons Florist in Fayetteville, NY//Shoes: a sparkly little pair from Paul Karaz in Fayetteville, NY//Bridesmaids Dresses: J. Crew dresses in fawn and champagne//Grooms Attire: J. Crew, Ralph Lauren//Ceremony Venue: Deer Hill in Cazenovia, NY//Reception Venue: Deer Hill in Cazenovia, NY//Additional photo venue: Notleymere Cottage in Cazenovia, NY//Florist: Dan McCann at 5 Seasons in Fayetteville, NY//Transportation: the maid of honor’s white Escalade hoopty// DJ: Jim with Black Tie Entertainment//Caterer: Lucy Townsend with Townsend Catering in Cooperstown, NY//Cake: Connie Decker in DeWitt, NY//Lighting: giant paper lanterns supplied by designer, additional ambient lighting by Hank Parker Rentals//Invitations & Stationary: CL DeForest//Other: All Rentals were through Jacob at Hank Parker 
Music
First Dance: Got Your Back by Matt the Electrician

Catharine & Ben’s Love Story