Every once in a while, its important for me to participate in a photo-shoot that is purely inspirational - a time where I'm shooting just for me whether it be for personal growth, creatively challenging my comfort level, discovering new local gems, or re-engergizing for the full season ahead. With so many demands in running your own business, its not often these opportunities present themselves. This past May, that all changed thanks to the one and only, wonderfully talented and passionately devoted Mabyn Ludke of Mabyn Ludke Photography. Along with Shannon Lach, Wedding & Social Events Director with MarryMeNY, a division of The Events Company, these two creative geniuses orchestrated and designed an industrial and rustic themed shoot-out to inspire a community of local photographers. Former brides and grooms of Mabyn's wore their wedding attire and made great subjects as 8 photographers got their creativity on! While I was torn on whether or not to post photos from this shoot since they were purely for my own personal inspiration, I'm honored to be among fellow colleagues who can trust, share and inspire one another! So this is a thank you and tribute to what makes this field so awesome!
Check out my blogfor more details about the awesome people involved in this shoot-out and photos!
A few weeks ago I had a chance to spend time on campus at SUNY-ESF as I photographed their Centennial Celebration. This milestone hosted an outdoor cocktail hour on the quad and a Green Tie Dinner, named to honor the college's commitment to environmental stewardship, filled with great speakers, delicious food and confetti!! The energy and pride in this institution of higher education was pouring out everywhere! Check out SUNY ESF's website for a great photo gallery and details about the celebration! The Events Company did a wonderful job with design and decor too! The fabulous Floral Gardens provided all of the beautiful floral arrangements.
Hello there! I'm super excited to finally have taken the much necessary and needed leap to having an up-to-date, evolving professional Facebook page for my photography business. I hope you'll swing by Meghan Thomas Photography and 'like' what you see! As always, thanks for your support!
If your reception is at a different location than your ceremony, a shuttle service is of the utmost importance. You want to book your transportation four to six months in advance to guarantee that your guests will get to the next part of your celebration on time and in style.
Using a shuttle bus from Clarence Henry Coach, allows your guests to remain in larger groups, and arrive to your reception together. This way, they are not all arriving separately, and dealing with traffic, parking, or even driving.
Use your time on the shuttle to celebrate the newlyweds with champagne and photographs. Some of the best moments of a wedding happen on the way to the reception, because like any trip, half the fun is getting there.
Downtown Syracuse has lots of unique outdoor space that make for great settings for an event. We had some fun and created an intimate evening with Ben (Franklin) in Franklin Square. This is a beautiful urban setting with a sense of history and nostalgia.
Our centerpiece was a tablescape of old books, topiaries, and globes. Each place setting had a terry cloth apple green napkin, granny smith apple, and a pair of Ben Franklin sunglasses to add whimsey to the party.
This beautiful stationery suite highlighted the colors found in the linens and tablescapes. They added the perfect touch of class and elegance to the event.
By adding white fabric panels to frame the pergola and filigree containers with votives hanging from the pergola, we made the space more intimate and framed the party.
No party is complete without the people. That's truly what makes an event come to life.
The little touches and attention to detail are what make an event special. Franklin Square has a 'Secret Garden' feel to it and we used our special touches to draw the eye in and appreciate the uniqueness of this space. We added pretty pillows, books, and draped linens to the benches and lanterns and votives where Ben Franklin quotes were carved into stone.
With a fairly quiet 4th of July weekend, Dara and Rich were my Sunday wedding to celebrate our country's independence! Having met through a mutual friend, Dara and Rich's favorite qualities about each other is the way they love each other! How sweet is that? The bride and her girls got ready on the 5th floor of the Genesee Grande Hotel in a great suite which offers lots of space and light for toasts, lunch, detail shots and portraits! A sweet and lighthearted ceremony in the Tiffany Ballroom, officiated by Judge Jack Schultz, kicked off the day with a candlelit isle and string quartet to set the mood.
Check out my blog for more details about their wedding day and photos!
The groom is a college friend and the bride has a sweet beauty to her. Molly and Jason were married on the lawn at the Sherwood Inn in Skaneateles, NY under a tent overlooking Skaneateles Lake. Chinese lanterns hung from the center of the tent and cascading flowers transformed a fountain the bride walked around for all her guests to see. A beautiful sand ceremony boasting SU colors, orange and blue, started with the mother's pouring sand followed by the bride and groom. We walked across the street for pictures at the park along the lake then retreated inside for their reception, where great toasts, good food, lots of laughs and a cotton candy machine rounded out the day. The groom and his fraternity brothers also reunited to their frat song, The Safety Dance like the good 'ole days!
They met in English Class at Onondaga Community College; she is a home health aide, he has been in the army 6 years and will be going to Afghanistan for a tour of duty. A few weeks ago, I met up with Samantha and Kyle at Thornden Park for an engagement session that they won at the January 2011 Syracuse Wedding Bridal Show at Driver's Village in Cicero, NY. Every year, I try to attend a couple bridal shows as a way to network with other vendors and connect up with potential future clients! It's so great to stay in touch with colleagues and hear/see the latest trends from brides.Check out my blog for more of Samantha & Kyle's session!