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The best way for me to get clients is word of mouth. I shoot one wedding and their friend sees it on facebook and asks “who shot that wedding?” Then I receive an email or a phone call not too soon after. Sometimes I’ll get a cold call from a google search, but most often someone has referred me. Liz and Tom are a little different. Yes, they got referrals from other friends/weddings I had shot, but mostly because they were there at them rather than seeing pictures online.
I remember the first time I met Liz and Tom, it was Julia & Lee’s wedding and Liz was a bridesmaid. I remember Liz’s joyful spirit and sweeeeeet dance moves! She and Tom TORE. IT. UP. Fast forward two seasons later and I noticed a rockin’ couple out on the dance floor of Liz & Mike’s rockin’ wedding party and low and behold it was Liz & Tom! I was so happy to see them again! I really feel our relationship is like Seven Degrees of Kevin Bacon…
Then when Liz emailed me after her engagement I was SO EXCITED! Not only did I feel like we were all friends already, but I knew their party would be fantastic! On top of that, both couples who’s weddings Liz & Tom attended were there. Oh and it gets better, Mariel & Jamie were there too! My soon to be couple! Needless to say it was like a mini wedding reunion for me. I had so much fun catching up with all of my couples and dancing the night away! Thank you so much to Liz & Tom. I can’t believe how full circle everything has come!
How did your fiance propose? Tom proposed on July 4, 2012. He had mentioned wanting to check out the west trail at Onondaga Lake Park earlier that week, so I suggested going there. Little did I know he was waiting for a bike ride to propose. He was almost too nice as we got our picnic packed and our bikes in the car. We biked for about a half an hour, found a bench on the west side of Onondaga Lake, and had a picnic. I had asked him to get something from the backpack and he was taking a long time. I was just about to impatiently grab the bag from him when he got down on one knee. I was shocked and thrilled. I made him stay at the bench for two hours as we called everyone.
Tell me a bit about the planning process for your wedding (how did you pick the venue, colors, funny stories, etc..): Sometimes the wedding planning overwhelmed us when we were at home, so Tom and I scheduled wedding planning dates at Barnes and Noble and Roji Tea Lounge to go over the details and our progress. It sounds very businessy, but it worked for us and forced us to have some coffee dates and time together.
What was the most memorable moment(s) of your day? The coolest part was getting to the cocktail hour after taking pictures. Everyone we love was in the same room waiting for us. It was overwhelming.
Funniest memory from your wedding day? During our ceremony, Tom’s brother and sister in law were seated on opposite sides of the circular chapel. Their daughter, Susanna, our 1.5 year old niece, couldn’t decide which parent she wanted to be with more, so she ran back and forth across the middle of the chapel. It was funny to watch, and it lightened the mood. There was also a spill of a tin of mini Altoids, which our three-year-old nephew Oliver graciously cleaned up one-by-one.
If you had to do it all over again would you change anything? Nothing! It was a wonderful day and a great party.
Any advice for future bride & grooms? Remember to take time out during the last few weeks of your wedding to relax and be with friends and family. Most of the big stuff is done. Don’t stress too much about the details.
What was your favorite part about working with Mabyn Ludke Photography? Mabyn took us out of the reception for a nighttime photo shoot. It was so special because it forced us to appreciate a quiet moment. Mabyn is also super fun and thoughtful. She even showed up on the dance floor at the end of the night. Because of her kind spirit and wonderful talent, I knew I wanted Mabyn as my wedding photographer even before I was engaged.
Hair: Soigne Salon//Makeup Artist: Erica Abdo//Dress Designer & Store Location: Impression from Off the Rack (SpyBabies)//Jewelry: For a necklace, I wore my grandmother’s pearls that she wore on her wedding day. My earrings were family heirlooms; my cousin Rosemary surprised me at the rehearsal dinner with them. They were diamond earrings that had been made from her mother (my great aunt) and grandmother’s (my great grandmother’s) engagement rings. It was special to have jewelry representing both my grandmother and grandfather’s family.//Veil o//Hair accessories: Off the Rack (SpyBabies)//Shoes: Blue heels at the ceremony (brand unknown); New Balance Blue Sneakers at the reception//Bridesmaids Dresses: I asked my bridesmaids to just pick a purple dress and any shoes they wanted.//Grooms Attire: Men’s Wearhouse//Ceremony Venue: Le Moyne College Panasci Family Chapel//Reception Venue: Genesee Grande Hotel
Additional photo venue: Franklin Square. Tom and I used to work at 500 Plum Street in the heart of Franklin Square when we were at Eric Mower and Associates, so it was special to us.//Florist: Wildflowers//Transportation: American Limousine//DJ:Jason Paussa from Salt City Sound Machine//Caterer: Genesee Grande Hotel//Cake: The very wonderful Sally Mitchell//Event Designer: Jamie and Sarah at the Genesee Grande Hotel helped us pull everything together. They were the most fun, chill people to be around.//Lighting: My dear friend and coworker John Haley hooked us up with wonderful up lighting.//Invitations & Stationary: Tom designed our invitations and save-the-dates.
Amy & James win for the couple who’s traveled the furthest to acquire my services. They live in LA & had their wedding here in Syracuse. Ok so maybe they didn’t fly here just so I could shoot their wedding, most of their families are based in the area, but they still traveled the furthest (plus Amy’s family came straight from Korea)!
I wont lie, I was waiting for this wedding alllll summer! When Amy first told me about the idea’s she had planned, I was so excited. The day did NOT disappoint!
I started with the guys getting ready…which was really James’ brothers & significant others hanging out and giving cheesy toast suggestions to James. It was very entertaining! I then ventured over to the Jefferson Clinton where Amy was getting ready, she was cool as a cucumber. What I didn’t expect was for James to come strolling in and see Amy before we even did the “First Look!” Neither of them seemed to mind so I rolled with it and did an impromptu “First Look” right there in the hotel room. We managed to squeeze in some time for a few formals at Franklin Square and then we jaunted off to LeMoyne Chapel for the ceremony. It was very sweet with some very funny moments…and by funny I mean awkward 😉 Amy & James know what I’m talking about! Hee Hee!
I was thrilled to find that Amy & James were still interested in taking some formal shots outside of LeMoyne & on our way to the reception I spotted the Art Supply store on Erie Blvd. Black & White stripes + Bride & Groom = awesome sauce! And speaking of awesome sauce, Dinosaur BBQ was all sorts of Wango Tango Awesomeness! I may have drooled a little bit as I entered their upper room. Mary from Fairy Tale Weddings & Amy’s vision fit like a glove in the Dino’s natural habitat. The evening was filled with outfit changes, props, drinks, laughter, and LOTS OF DANCING! I had such a blast capturing it all! Thank you so much Amy & James for choosing me!
How did you meet?
We met when we started graduate school at the University of Chicago. Amy was the only girl in many physical chemistry classes. We dated all through graduate school (6 years of chemistry!!! yikes!) and then about a year ago moved to sunny California.
How did your fiance propose?
We were visiting the Getty Center and while we were walking around the outdoor garden, we were talking about our future and then we decided that it was about time we got married! ( Sorry no exciting proposal story from us…)
Tell me a bit about the planning process for your wedding (how did you pick the venue, colors, funny stories, etc..):
We initially thought about getting married in Los Angeles in the winter time. But, we thought it might be easier for James’ family if we got married out on the East coast. James really really loves the food at Dinosaur BBQ. Our initial plan was to rent a lake house along the finger lakes and then have Dino cater the food but once we found out about the upstairs, we were sold. We booked the venue even without looking at it.
What details at your wedding had special significance?
We didn’t care that much about most of the details. We really wanted it to be casual and rustic and pretty small. The most important thing was for our guest to have a good time. We really enjoyed planning the polaroid guest book, buying dinosaur figures for the table numbers, and the spices for wedding favors. (we love to cook and all those spices were inspired from various neighborhoods in Chicago that we miss so much.)
What was the most memorable moment(s) of your day?
We are not sure if we can pick one. We did enjoy the whole day. It was so nice to see many of our friends and family.
If you had to do it all over, would you change anything?
We don’t think so. We feel that our wedding was “very Amy and James”.
Funniest memory from your wedding day?
We did think the priest was a bit weird. We remember not understanding how the stories he was telling was related to us… but we still have a good laugh about it…
What was your favorite wedding purchase?
We love our dinosaur figures. James loves his reception shoes and Amy loves her reception dress.
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
We are headed to Korea for a second reception. We both have many business trips planned for the next few months so we decided to wait a year for a honeynoon. We have been talking about Ireland… we shall see.
Any advice for future bride & grooms?
Relax and have fun. Do what you want to do not what people tell you do to do.
There were so many cool details at this wedding. I especially loved James’ astronaut cufflinks…so cool!
The rooms at the Jefferson Clinton made me drool! Great light, great decoration, great photos!
LeMoyne Chapel was interesting to shoot in. It’s a giant circle so anywhere is a good shot!
And those fans they made…how cute can you get?!
Amy & James don’t think they’re photogenic…I beg to differ, aren’t they AMAZING?!
Oh Dinosaur BBQ, how I love thee on so many levels! What a fantastic party!
Hair: Artisry of Hanover\\Makeup Artist: James’ aunt Pat\\Dress Designer & Store Location: Nordstrom bridal boutique\\Jewelry:Nordstrom\\Veil or Hair accessories:hair clip from Nordstrom, veil from David’s bridal\\Shoes: cole hann\\Bridesmaids Dresses: Jcrew\\Grooms Attire: Custom made tux from Korea (bow tie from “mainebows” they have an amazing selection!\\Ceremony Venue:LeMoyne chapel\\Reception Venue:Upstairs at Dinosaur BBQ\\Additional photo venue: Franklin Square\\Florist: James’ flower\\DJ: Great Music Company\\Wedding Coordinator: Mary from Fairy tale weddings\\Invitations & Stationary: save the date – gift from bride’s brother, invitations – Costco
First Dance: Billy Holiday
When I first met Liz & Mike it was like we’d been long lost friends finally united! We sat in Starbucks who knows how long getting to know each other and chatting about everything! So when their You + Me session came along I was already excited! We had a great time continuing our conversations, snapping a few amazing shots at Le Moyne and Sky Top, and playing with their ADORABLE dog Maverick! It was probably one of the hottest days of the summer, but you’d never know it looking at these pictures…or maybe they’re what made it so hot?! OUCH! That was a good one eh? 😉 I know…I know…could I be any dorkier?
Dorkiness aside, Liz & Mike are wonderful & so so SO in love! Plus it doesn’t hurt that they’re ridiculously good looking…I mean really…go get in a magazine already! Ok enough of me gushing over these guys, go look at the pictures! :p