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A wedding is stressful. There are so many details that have to play out perfectly. It’s easy to becom overwhelmed and turn into bridezilla! I have yet to experience a bridezilla, but I’ve whitnessed numerous occasions that easily could have warranted it. Luckily my brides understand that in the end the most important part of the day isnt the flowers, cake, or dresses,it’s that they’re getting married to the one they’re intended for!
Rachel is a perfect example of how to take pressure in stride. She pretty much planned her whole wedding from Florida! So many factors could have gone wrong, but none of that mattered when she saw Ben at their first look! The stress melted away and their genuine love and affection transformed their day! Despite the weird winter weather (40 degrees in Jan) their wedding was gorgeous! Amy and I had a great time capturing every single moment!
How did your fiance propose? It was a Sunday like any other. I got up early and headed off to church where I was singing in the worship service and had to be there at an undesirably early hour. While there, I shot off a few texts to Ben while he was at school and received one back telling me he had a funny story to relate when I was out of church. I agreed to call him directly thereafter and because of that made no attempt at lunch plans or grocery shopping (which I actually needed to do). I arrived at my house and turned the key in the door, opening it up to about sixty lit candles, my favorite Trevor Hall song and 8.5×11 pieces of paper bearing some of my favorite poems and verses. They were even cited properly on the back. Needless to say, I cried, and made no effort to stop when I reached the kitchen and saw there Ben waiting with a diamond ring. I actually made him wait a little while I read all the poems in the kitchen along with the transcriptions of meaningful Facebook messages from the past year. On that day, January 29, 2012, one year exactly after our first date on a snowy Saturday night, Ben asked me to marry him. I think I said yes, I don’t actually remember because I was crying. But I believe there was nodding, at least enough for him to slip the ring on to my finger.
Tell me a bit about the planning process for your wedding (how did you pick the venue, colors, funny stories, etc..): We planned the majority of our wedding in the summer of 2012 when Ben worked in Syracuse and I had the summer off. Otherwise it was all through phone calls and emails especially when I moved to Florida to start a new teaching job and Ben was in Philadelphia at school and my mother was shouldering most of the planning in Syracuse (the wedding location). My maid of honor, Kim (cousin) was supremely helpful. It really was a joint effort on all parts and I’m so grateful to everyone who made our special day so special.
What was the most memorable moment(s) of your day? One of my most memorable moments had to be during our first-look pictures when the bustle button snapped on my dress and we weren’t able to fix it until AFTER the ceremony. My little flower girl, Hallie, carried the train of my dress in her little arms as I greeted and hugged guests. She took her responsibilities very seriously 🙂
Funniest memory from your wedding day? My bouquet was so much heavier than I had anticipated and I didn’t actually hold it until we got to the church and I was waiting to go down the aisle. When I met Ben at the altar I was trying not to cry, so I made a joke and whispered to him “My bouquet is the weight of a toddler” and we both VERY silently chuckled.
If you had to do it all over again would you change anything? I would danced more 🙂
Any advice for future bride & grooms? It truly does go by in an instant. When Ben and I were sitting at our sweetheart table he said to me “Just take a moment and look around, drink it all in. It’s a day like no other.” I echo his advice to any bride and groom. Enjoy every moment!
What was your favorite part about working with Mabyn Ludke Photography? I really felt like Mabyn was committed to getting the right shot. It was fun and easy to work with her, she made us feel comfortable right from the very beginning.
Hair: Christina Lombardi//Makeup Artist: Christina Lombardi//Dress Designer & Store Location: Alfred Angelo in Syracuse//Jewelry: Pearls…idk from where. Gift from my mother.//Veil or Hair accessories: All Alfred Angelo//Shoes: Madden girl pumps from Sears//Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Angelo eggplant purple satin//Grooms Attire: Joseph A Banks grey suits//Ceremony Venue: Grace Assembly of God//Reception Venue: St. George’s Macedonian Orthodox Church//The Galleries of Syracuse//Transportation: American Limousine//DJ: Black Tie Entertainment//Caterer: Karen’s Catering//Cake: Nino’s Bakery//Wedding Coordinator: Andrea from Karen’s Catering//Invitations & Stationary: Kim Venuti
A beautiful princess, a dashing prince (not in disguise ;oP) and a grandiose castle where the princess walked down the asile in her gorgeous gown. That’s what Holly & Jeff’s wedding was like, a perfect fairytale right out of a book! Holly’s hard work definitely paid off, all of her details made me feel like I was right in the middle of their fairy tale. Add in Jeff’s sweet touches, like surprising Holly wearing a cowboy hat and picking one of Holly’s favorite artists for their first dance, made it all the more personal and sweet. The Immaculate Conception Cathedral downtown is as epic as you can get in Syracuse and the Lakeshore did a fantastic job as always! Their day was just so sweet and beautiful and the best part is that Holly & Jeff were so willing to put up with my crazy schemes for epic photos! They even ran through a giant cloud of seagulls, not once, but TWICE in 90+ degree weather! Well their exertion paid off, because look at those seagulls fly! I had such a wonderful time documenting Holly & Jeff’s Story Book day! Thank you so much!
How did your fiance propose? He did it on a cruise vacation we took in May of 2010. The boat had just docked at Key West Florida and we were getting ready to go out for the day. Jeff insisted he spray me with sunscreen so that I wouldn’t get burned. When he pointed the bottle of spray on sunscreen at my face, he then asked me to close my eyes so I wouldn’t get any in my eyes. When I opened my eyes, he was down on one knee. There were no doubts in my mind what I would say.
Tell me a bit about the planning process for your wedding (how did you pick the venue, colors, funny stories, etc..): On the airplane ride back, I bought a bridal magazines and a notebook. I think I had our colors, date, guest list, and a rough sketch of our centerpieces in a few hours. I guess I was just a little excited. We ended up picking dusty lilac for the color ofthe bridesmaids dresses because it was my mom’s wedding color. I also always wanted a fairytale-like wedding in a castle. When I walked into the Cathedral there was no turning back.
What was the most memorable moment(s) of your day? I think the most memorable moment of the day was when Jeff surprised me for our first dance song by putting on a cowboy hat and picking a country song by my favorite artist. I grew up in a small town so country music was a big part of my life. Jeff on the other hand..not so country. So for him to pick my all time favorite band and dance with a cowboy hat on totally shows how much he loves me. I would also have to say another very memorable moment was dancing with my dad. Of course I didn’t even make it through half the song before crying.
If you had to do it all over again would you change anything? The day was so perfect and fairy-tale like. I wouldn’t have changed a thing, unless I could have made time go slower.
Any advice for future bride & grooms? You have all this adrenaline, excitement, worry: will I look okay? Will everything go okay? What if?.?s and so on. Then the day comes and when you see your soon to be husband/wife, time stops still and nothing else matters. Looking Jeff into the eyes when walking down the aisle and when saying our vows, I felt like the happiest girl in the world. Seeing him standing there made everything perfect! no matter if our limo bus broke down the night before or any other details which didn’t go as planned.
What was your favorite part about working with Mabyn Ludke Photography? Mabyn is by far the most amazing photographer I know. She is incredibly creative with her work and puts a 110 percent effort into making your day run smoothly. She knows how to capture lifetime memories, is so easy and organized to work with, flexible and adaptable to your wishes, and her contagious energy adds even more excitement to your big day. She is also great at helping bustle dig puffy dresses!
Hair: Miracles, Fayetteville, NY//Makeup Artist: Miracles, Fayetteville, NY//Dress Designer & Store Location: Dress Your Fancy, Green NY//Jewelry: Dress Your Fancy, Green NY//Veil or Hair accessories: Dress Your Fancy, Green NY//Shoes: I found them online at http://www.lightinthebox.com//Bridesmaids Dresses: I had my dresses made by my sister?s friend, who is a fashion designer. Her business is on facebook called Gee June. Her name is Layne Dann. I wanted the girls to be able to pick their strap style, as well as front and back style so that they would be comfortable as can be J//Grooms Attire: Tuxedo Junction//Ceremony Venue: The Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, Downtown Syracuse.//Reception Venue: Lake Shore Yacht and Country Club, Cicero NY, overlooking Oneida lake//Florist: Lots of Flowers, Cicero, NY//Transportation: Caz Limos//DJ: Charlie Locke, my amazing and talented cousin!//Caterer: Karen?s Catering//Cake: Lauren Longo, Marcellus, NY//Event Designer: Andrea Arcarisi Pawling//Wedding Coordinator: Andrea Arcarisi Pawling//Invitations & Stationary: We bought our own kits from AC Moores and printed them ourselves. It was fun doing it together!//Other: Chair Covers: Elizabeths Chair Covers