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A rustic Italian getaway- Vicenza, Italy on film

I don’t even know how to put Italy into words. I don’t think you CAN put it into words, that’s the allure- a place so beautiful, so historically rich and yet still so relevant- you have to see it for yourself to truly understand.

My latest Europe trip began in Vicenza, Italy where I was lucky enough to stay with my friend Sarah- she was the BEST tour guide and host, showing me their favorite restaurants and introducing me to things like spritzes. We ate more pasta & pizza in those few days than I’d had all year so far, and Sarah helped me discover the wonder of real espresso.

Sarah, thank you so much for being such a wonderful friend! Spending time with you was a highlight of my trip- thanks for putting up with my constant questions about the age of this piece of art or that one, my sad attempts at Italian, and the constant start-and-stop that inevitably accompanies walking with a photographer. Love you, girl. Ciao ciao!

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Vicenza, Italy travel and wedding photographer- Abby Grace

Vicenza, Italy travel and wedding photographer- Abby Grace

 

Kathryn Grace - April 23, 2014 - 9:39 pm

So gorgeous. I can barely handle it!

Dad - April 23, 2014 - 12:41 pm

love it, Love It, LOVE IT!

Sarah H. - April 23, 2014 - 10:41 am

Si, si, si, si, si! :) It was so wonderful to have you visit, Abby! I loved being able to see Italy through your eyes, and discover more of my own town with you! Thanks for coming to visit! Ciao, ciao!!

Abbeigh - April 23, 2014 - 10:26 am

Abby! My goodness! These pictures are so beautiful! I’ve never been more eager to get over to Italy then after seeing these photos! Love, love, love!

Shalese - April 23, 2014 - 9:53 am

SO beautiful! I love your film work. :)

Jean - April 23, 2014 - 9:41 am

Absolutely gorgeous photos, Abby! Love them all!

Regan Carter - April 23, 2014 - 9:35 am

Sweet heavens. My eyes are as wide as saucers taking in all that beauty!! You’ve given me the travel bug now!!! Stunning.

Sarah Beth Tapanes - April 23, 2014 - 9:33 am

Oh, I’ve been waiting for these! Breathtaking, I adore every single one! What a magical place, that Italy :)

Emilia Jane - April 23, 2014 - 9:23 am

Just ahhhhhhhhhh. Perfection. I cannot wait to be back in Europe!!

Mary Neumann - April 23, 2014 - 8:49 am

Well I have just been on a mental vacation! :) So lovely, Abby!!! Thanks for sharing your lovely art!! xo

lindsay - April 23, 2014 - 8:49 am

LOVE this!!!

Tammy - April 23, 2014 - 8:37 am

Great images. What stock are they? Also do you meter for each frame?

Zack & Ashleigh- a classic Colonial Williamsburg engagement session

As a kid, I never understood my mom’s fascination with Colonial Williamsburg. “It never changes! Why do we have to keep going back if it never changes??” we’d whine. But now that I’m a bit older, I think I finally get it- there’s a subtle romanticism about the simplicity of a town that been frozen in time for the last few hundred years. The crunch of gravel underfoot, the smell of herb gardens and lye soap, ladies in pinafores and gentlemen in tricorn hats- all of it an ode to less complicated times. Having that perspective that sometimes only comes with age, it’s easy to understand, then, how Zack & Ashleigh came to fall in love at William & Mary. With simple surroundings and the less complicated life of being college students, everything just sort of… fell into place. She found a boy that makes her laugh more than anyone else, he found a girl who brought an, up til then, unknown joy into his life. Simple, lovely, perfect.

Zack & Ashleigh, your love is absolutely infectious! Spending the evening with you made me fall in love with what I do over and over again, with every click of the camera. Thank you for such a wonderful time, and for giving me the chance to be inspired by you both. I’m so excited for your wedding next month!

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Kathryn Grace - April 23, 2014 - 9:37 pm

Beautiful! I love that first set!

Sophia Jordan - April 22, 2014 - 11:39 am

Lovely colors and images. Great job Abby on capturing their love :) Ashleigh, I’m so happy for you and Zack!!!

Sarah Street - April 22, 2014 - 11:08 am

So pretty! As always!!!

Monday Mash-Up

I remember as a kid my mom always used to recite this silly little poem whenever the trees started to come into bloom- “Spring has sprung, the grass has riz’, oh how happy I is.” One of those things you roll your eyes at as a kid, but I know sure as day that I’ll be reciting that to my kids one day. And no doubt, they’ll roll their eyes at me too.

Happy Easter, everyone! I hope your day yesterday was just as lovely as can be. We had an amazing service at church yesterday morning, and for the second year in a row I had the joy of hosting the RCC photo booth. Something I learned this year: chocolate goes a LONG way in bribing children to look at the camera and smile. I think I need to start carrying that with me on wedding days to goad tired flower girls and ring bearers to look my way.

As always, lessons learned/events that transpired over the past week:

  • I had my first wedding of the season on Saturday- it went over perfectly! Seriously could NOT have asked for a better start to my 2014 season. Steven & Cara’s day was just plain wonderful.
  • We’re bringing another dog home this week! My brother, Ethan, is going through rounds of allergy shots so that they can keep their family pup, Scruffy. But his allergies are acting up enough at this point that Scruffy needs to stay with someone else for a few months, so Lily, whether she likes it or not, will be getting a live-in buddy. I’ll be sure to keep you posted on how that goes over…
  • Guys, I think I have baby fever. Not like “I want to have children” kind of thing, but just “OH MAH GAH, it’s a baby, I want to squeeze it!” sort of thing. There are a bunch of little ones at our church and they’re all so dang cute!
  • On Thursday, I was invited to watch ABT’s (American Ballet Theater) dress rehearsal of Don Quixote at the Kennedy Center- it was AMAZING! I got to see Misty Copeland dance for the first time and she was utterly mesmerizing, and ABT’s sets are out of this world. If you ever have a chance to see that company perform, do it. You won’t regret it. So many new ideas brewing for future ballerina sessions!

One more preview of Steven & Cara’s UVA wedding (follow me on Instagram @abbygracephoto to keep up with more!)- y’all are going to love this one!

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Sydni Jackson - April 22, 2014 - 9:34 pm

Ugh, I think I’m getting baby fever too. Never thought I would say that. But seeing your friends have babies is SO different than just seeing random babies!

Kathryn Grace - April 21, 2014 - 9:21 am

That is stunning!

Mike & Jen- a sunrise anniversary session amongst wildflowers

The way the light spilled onto the thousands of buttercups, scattered along the meadow floor, it was enough to take anyone’s breath away. But then you add Mike & Jen into the equation, and everything else sort of falls away, and it’s them that you can’t peel your eyes away from, not the wildflowers. That quiet sense of contentment amidst the beautiful sort of chaos of nature. It’s a striking thing to behold, inexplicably beautiful in every way.

And then there’s the experience of it all for Mike & Jen themselves. I’ve shared before my heart behind anniversary sessions, and Jen’s words in a note she gave me yesterday sum it up perfectly-

“…I feel like those moments really breathed new life into our marriage this week…”

Mike & Jen, Monday morning was sheer perfection. Thank you so very, very much for allowing me to photograph you both, I loved every minute of our time together!

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Morgan T. - April 21, 2014 - 5:58 pm

Amazingly dreamy. GREAT work! :)

Urška Majer - April 19, 2014 - 12:10 pm

Truly stunning session!

Shalese - April 18, 2014 - 1:57 pm

Breathing new life . . . that is so beautiful!!!! :)

Jean - April 18, 2014 - 11:59 am

Beautiful! What a magical location! Lovely couple.

Marisa Crider - April 18, 2014 - 11:03 am

The location is magical!! Lovely photographs Abby.

Lauren Swann - April 18, 2014 - 10:56 am

I’m almost literally drooling over that fun field! Love these images and definitely love anniversary shoots!!

Jason & Lindsay- a sunrise DC cherry blossoms engagement session

After a long few months (mostly) off from shooting, my wedding & engagement season kicked off last week. And Jason & Lindsay were the PERFECT engagement session to get things started! The cherry blossoms had just started to reach full bloom over near the Capitol building, and though the morning chill was palpable, their session was unbelievably marvelous.

These two have this effortlessness about them, the way they laugh with ease and and smile often. I imagine there’s quite a bit of laughter in their lives, there certainly was during my time with Jason & Lindsay. Watching them together, how she calls him “handsome” and teases him about his serious expression, how he can’t seem to get enough of holding her hand, looping his arm around her waist; it’s enough to make anyone smile! She said she knew he was the one after their first date, and with an assuredness that certain, it’s impossible not to see it too.

Jason & Lindsay, thank you so very much for such a wonderful morning in DC! I can’t imagine a better first engagement session to start my year, and I positively cannot wait for your wedding in August!

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Sydni Jackson - April 22, 2014 - 9:36 pm

She could be your twin!

katelyn james - April 17, 2014 - 7:45 pm

yep! love these!!! Lindsay you’ve always been so gorgeous but you’re radiant in these!! Looking at you two makes my heart happy! God is so faithful!!!

Tiffany Heidenthal - April 17, 2014 - 2:41 pm

So romantic. Love these :)