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Having the audacity to ask to shoot around the world

If you’ve ever stumbled upon this blog before today, chances are, you’re familiar with the fact that Europe is my second love and that world travel inspires me to great and greater levels. If today’s the first time you’ve ever read my blog, now you know: Europe is my second love and world travel inspires me to great and greater levels. We good? Good.

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Last year at some point I blogged about places I’d love to shoot, and today, I’m gonna do it again! If this past year of business has taught me anything, it’s that even my most far-fetched dreams still aren’t too big to be conquered. I’ve had some crazy awesome experiences, like going on a solo trip to Europe just for the inspiration of it all, and I’m hungry for my next adventure. God continually shocks me by the ways that he provides for Matt & I- three years ago at this point, I was still at my corporate job, wondering how I’d ever build my business to a level that would allow me to go full-time. Leave my comfortable Fortune 500 job less than a year later? I’d have never believed you. Shoot a wedding in England, or an anniversary session in Paris? Ha, I’d have told you, that’s impossible. But then it happened. And so have numerous other incredible opportunities. So, please excuse me while I stick my head in the clouds and dream a bit more.

One day soon, I’d love to shoot a wedding in Venice, Italy.

One day soon, I want to visit and shoot in Scotland.

One day soon, I would probably die at the chance to shoot in Malta.

One day soon, I want to photograph an anniversary session in London’s Notting Hill.

One day soon, I’d love to capture an elopement in the heart of New York City.

One day soon, I want to shoot in the Loire Valley in France.

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Are these seriously audacious? Yep. That’s fine, though- because to me, the more audacious a goal, the more exciting it is when you’re finally able to experience those dreams coming true! This past March, as I was standing on the Cliffs of Moher photographing Heather, I remembering feeling completely overwhelmed with the beauty of it all. That I was there, and so was Heather, and we were photographing a session at one of the most breathtaking scenes I’d ever seen. That this was a dream coming to fruition right there in front of me. I hope YOU get to experience a moment like that, because it’s something that you’ll remember for the rest of your life.

There’s something powerful about saying your goals out loud, so that’s what I’m doing .If you happen to be planning an event in any of the aforementioned locations, I would love to talk with you about customizing coverage to make that work!

One more photo, for good measure.

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Rici - July 28, 2014 - 12:09 pm

Oh and if you need a travel companion / translator ect for Italia <3 <3 <3 let me know. ^^

Rici - July 28, 2014 - 12:08 pm

LOVE it Abby!! So much! Go for it!!!

Jean - July 24, 2014 - 12:22 pm

Keep dreaming big dreams! You’re doing great!

Lisa Shea - July 24, 2014 - 10:54 am

I love everything about this post. Thanks for the little boost of inspiration to keep pushing for a freelance career that lets me travel constantly, wherever I want to go! Also, I will keep you posted on our future photography wants, but it’s definitely not out of the realm of possibility that one day we’ll be somewhere cool and want you to come take some beautiful pictures :)

Yuri Long - July 24, 2014 - 10:05 am

you are totally right! i don’t know what it is about writing things down and putting them out into the universe, but it increases the chances of them coming to fruition by about 1000%. last january i sat down and wrote out a list of goals for the year (it was supposed to be a blog post but never left my “draft” folder). not something i normally do, but i just opened it to realize that over half the list was already accomplished — without my even having referred to it since typing it up!

Tina - July 24, 2014 - 10:03 am

LOVE this post! and love love LOVE your goals! An anniversary session in notting hill would be so adorable and charming! We all have goals, huge and big scary goals and it’s so great to get it out there and go after them! I was thinking of writing a post just like this :) You’ve inspired me to put my big, scary dreams out there! :)

Melissa - July 24, 2014 - 9:53 am

Go get ‘em, girl!

William & Meg- a chic, preppy seaside wedding on Bald Head Island

This is one of the most personal weddings I’ll ever post here. Meg, my cousin, childhood confidant, fellow lover of Pixi Sticks, and the maid of honor at my own wedding, married her high school sweetheart William, and I could not be more thrilled for the two of them! Watching Meg with William, it was was so, SO easy to see why they fell in love- she is totally at ease in his are, more herself than I’ve ever seen her before. He brings out the best in her, that fun, excitable Meg that I grew up going to the beach with, the version of her that only those of us who know her best get to experience. He elicits a level of joy in her that makes your heart swell just being around them.

Everything came together perfectly. The weather? It was 75 and sunny, not an ounce of humidity to be found; a rarity for Bald Head Island at that time of year. The florals were exquisite, the design was breathtaking, and Meg was an absolute vision in white lace. William couldn’t keep a smile off his face, from the first look to their departure that night on a Rolls Royce golf cart.

Meg, you know I love you like the sister I never had, and to be both your photographer as well as to stand up with you at the ceremony as a bridesmaid was an honor that I’ll treasure forever. You’re a WIFE now, Megs! Of all the roles you’ve ever had in life so far, this one will be the greatest adventure. William, I’m so grateful you and Meg found each other! She is at her best when she’s with you, and to know that you’ll be by her side for the rest of your lives is just the best. She’s crazy about you, you’re crazy about her, and the world is better with you together.

*A huge, huge thank you to Sarah Goodwin for second shooting, allowing me to be both photographer and bridesmaid! I couldn’t have done this without you, girl! You’ll see several of her images sprinkled throughout*

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Meg, you are absolutely radiant.

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Sarah took over for the ceremony and I’m so grateful for it!

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Favorite bridal party photo ever. No exaggeration.

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Meg & William’s favor was a custom-blend of Woodford Reserve bourbon- their families spent a day tasting various bourbons at the distillery and chose their two favorites to be blended into one in honor of the new union.

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The incredible team of vendors that came together to make this day possible-

Photography: Abby Grace Photography
Second photographer: Sarah Goodwin Photography
Ceremony: Old Baldy Lighthouse, Bald Head Island
Reception: Bald Head Island Club
Design & Coordination: Kickstand Events
Bride + MOH bouquet: our grandmother, Mimi!
All other floral design: Kickstand Events
Dress: Monique Lhuillier
Shoes: Kate Spade
Bridesmaids: JCrew
Cake: One Belle Bakery
Live band: The Business

Rici - July 24, 2014 - 3:10 am

Love your smile Abby! in the first bridesmaids picture ;)

Emilia Jane - July 22, 2014 - 7:30 pm

That bridal party portrait is PERFECTION! <3

Dad - July 22, 2014 - 6:54 pm

My daughter is so talented and my niece is so beautiful. What a great combination!!!

PAULA ANDERSON - July 22, 2014 - 12:48 pm

Just wonderful. Pretty, heartwarming!!

Sarah Goodwin - July 22, 2014 - 12:47 pm

ABBY! You did such an stunning job with this wedding AND being a bridesmaid. *High five* girl, because you rocked it out. Doing double duty is not for the faint of heart :) It was such a pleasure to spend the weekend with you and the family, being able to help you out so you could do your bridesmaid duties and enjoy it! xo

Lauren Swann - July 22, 2014 - 12:37 pm

These are gorgeous Abby!!!

Monday Mash-Up

Hullo thar, Monday. I see you’ve decided to show your face again. Well, just know that I’ve got my eye on you. Don’t make any sudden moves, k? K.

I’ve got wanderlust, and I’ve got it bad. After my last adventure in Europe, I thought it would quell that insatiable desire to see more of the world, but turns out it was only a temporary fix. Lately, I’ve been dreaming of the Loire valley, Marseilles, the lochs of Scotland, and old Rome. No, like literally dreaming- two nights ago I dreamt (dreamed?) I was in Italy and only had 4 hours to walk around Venice. Talk about nightmares.

And first world problems.

Let’s just dive into those lessons learned/events that transpired over the past week, shall we?

  • You guys!!! Registration for A Practical Wedding Workshop opened last Thursday and within four hours, there were only two seats left! As of this morning? There’s only ONE seat remaining. And the $100 discount code (SUNRISE) expires today. What I’m trying to say is, “if you’ve been thinking of attending, get yo butt in gear!”
  • I spent this weekend at my Granny & Pawpaw’s house down in Roanoke, where I proceeded to blow my Paleo diet to smithereens. We went to Red Lobster on Friday night and I ate *four* cheddar biscuits. And I’m not even a little bit sorry about it.
  • My grandparents are the best. I love that I can go down to visit and even if we end up doing nothing but sitting on the couch listening to a baseball game, it’s still an amazing time.
  • Our wedding quilt is finished! “Wait a sec,” you might be thinking. “Haven’t you been married for 3+ years at this point?” Yes, we have. But quilts are a labor of love and take hundreds of hours to complete, and since I was brash enough to ask for one of the most complicated designs out there, it took a while.
  • This is one of those obnoxiously mysterious, tantalizingly vague points- we have something SO AWESOME in the works and I’m bursting to tell you guys! But I can’t just yet. Soon, though. And no, we’re not expecting. Because when you’re a 20-something and you’ve been married for a few years, that seems to be an increasingly necessary disclaimer.:)

A preview from Terry & Flo’s Anniversary Experience session last week. I love how this session looked a bit different than most of my anniversary sessions in the past- it’s such a testament to exactly where they are in their lives right now, and I had the privilege of documenting it! I’m so excited to get my film back from this!

Virginia anniversary photographer- Abby Grace

Rici - July 22, 2014 - 6:06 am

Dreaming of Italia? Me twoo. miss the times I lived there.
If you want a travel companion for Rome, Siena, Venezia let.me.know. ;)))
SALUTIIII

Jean - July 21, 2014 - 9:39 am

We love it when you come to visit. I especially love it when you have a project we can work on together! Love you.

Quentin & Lindsay- a sweet, Southern wedding at Merriweather Manor

I think the bit I love best about Quentin & Lindsay is just how relaxed they both were- they were so focused on getting married, and so excited to celebrate with family, that everything else just sort of fell into place. The forecast called for the chance of rain, a piece of news that would make most anyone else panic on their wedding day, but they just let it roll of their shoulders. Nothing could soften Lindsay’s smile or dampen Quentin’s mood- this was a day that had been in the making since high school, since the day a football player met that cute little cheerleader. The proverbial All Ammerican kind of love story, one of the sweetest kinds.

Quentin & Lindsay, seeing you both surrounded by family & friends who were so overflowing with joy and support was incredible! Being the one to capture your wedding day, from the first look to your family’s sweet dance moves, was an honor I’ll never forget. Thank you for allowing me into such a special day of your lives, I’m grateful to know you both!

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Details-

Venue: Merriweather Manor
Coordination + Design: Tricia of Ashlee Virginia Events
Dress: Nicole Miller
Shoes: TOMS
Groom + Groomsmen: Vera Wang Grey
Bridesmaids: Alfred Sung

Rici - July 22, 2014 - 6:08 am

Lindsay has such a beautiful smile!
Love all the cup cakes!

Registration for A Practical Wedding Workshop is LIVE!

It’s Thursday! And it’s 10 am(ish), which means seats for A Practical Wedding Workshop on September 8th are officially on sale! This week has been a total rush for a number of different reasons (more on that soon, I promise), and I’m so excited to launch this most recent, re-vamped workshop! But less talk from me, more clicking for y’all. Here are the links you’ll need:

Ready to pull the trigger? REGISTER HERE!

Want to learn more? See the WORKSHOP WEBSITE!

If you register before Monday, 7/21 at 5:00pm, use the code SUNRISE for $100 off your seat price! Because early bird specials are for winners.

I can’t wait to meet you guys!

Baltimore, MD wedding photographer- Abby Grace

P.S. Recognize this most photogenic couple? They’ll be there, too :). And you’ll get to photograph them!

**UPDATE** The September 8th Practical Wedding Workshop is SOLD OUT! Keep an eye out this fall for the next workshop date announcement :).