My first weekend back in NY was 90+ degrees and called for rain all weekend. Of course…it is Syracuse NY after all…and guess what? The weather delivered on the heat but not the rain, surprise surprise there! The weatherman was wrong again! 😉 I’m ok with that, it allowed for Chris & Bethany to make the most of their wedding day!
Belhurst Castle is always like a fairy tale, beautiful rooms, great lighting, and there is always a new picture for me to find! It’s a great all in one wedding venue. It’s fun for me when I run into people I know at the weddings I shoot. Apparently, Chris, Bethany, & I know A LOT of the same people! It was a day of hugs, laughter, and reunions for both the newlyweds AND me! Then there is the DANCING, Chris and Bethany were on the dance floor every moment they could! All in all it was a beautiful day with a beautiful couple! Thank you Chris and Bethany, it was so wonderful capturing all of the bright and colorful moments of your day!
How did your fiancé propose?
We drove up to the Adirondacks and climbed Severance Mountain. When we got to the top he played our song “A dream for us” by the Appleseed Cast on a cd player. We looked out at the view together and I turned around and saw him bent down on one knee. He said “It’s beautiful isn’t it? But not as beautiful as you. I love you. Will you marry me?” And I said yes!
Tell me a bit about the planning process for your wedding?
We spent about two weeks straight driving to all venues I could think of that looked decent online within an hour and a half of home. We must have visited 15 different places, most of which requiring a 45 minute drive or more. No place seemed quite right until we visited the Belhurst Castle. That was definitely the hardest part of the process. Centerpieces, cake, colors etc were much easier decisions (not to say they were quick decisions, for an undecisive person like myself).
What was the most memorable moment(s) of the day?
The most memorable moments were our first dance and walking down the aisle and seeing Chris’s face. There are so many people surrounding you the whole day, but those were some intimate moments where it was just about us an no one else.
Funniest memory from your wedding day?
My dress was getting pretty heavy and hot halfway through the night so I was lifting the bottom up. My 5 year old niece offered to carry it around for me instead. So she followed me from table to table holding up my dress.
If you had to do it all over again would you change anything?
I only wish I got to dance more and talk more to everyone that was there, otherwise everything came together better than I expected.
Andy advice for future bride and grooms?
Start planning early if you get overwhelmed easily like me! Pick the venue as early as possible, and the photographer too 😉
What was your favorite part about working with Mabyn Ludke Photography?
I was very comfortable around her and felt like I could be myself. She knows what she is doing and you know while you’re with her that you’ll be getting some amazing pictures back.