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Muesday Mash-Up

This post was supposed to happen yesterday, but due to our internet service being AWOL, it’s coming today. Whoops!

I left on Saturday morning from our home in Reston to shoot Mike & Kayley’s wedding, and while I was working, Matt (and several of our awesomesauce church friends) moved us into the new place in Sterling! It was slightly strange leaving from Reston and coming home to a new house, but Matt had the bed assembled and made and a bottle of red wine waiting. God bless that man.

On a similar note, I’m not sure I’ve ever been that stressed out before. No exaggeration, either. Trying to prep for a wedding while simultaneously trying to pack your entire life into a series of cardboard boxes, both with the same deadline of 10am Saturday morning? Whew. StuhRESSFUL. But the move is [mostly] done, so now our biggest concern is unpacking. I’m still trying to locate my planner…

So! Lessons learned/things that transpired over the past week:

  • We closed on our house and moved. That’s pretty big, I’d say.
  • Lily’s finally stopped trying to follow me out the door every time I go. The first couple days she’d walk right alongside me as I departed with a look that said something like, “This is great… but can we go home now?”
  • She’s also found her new perch: right on top of our bed with a clear view of the street. So she can once again bark at anything audacious enough to move outside.
  • Fact: pink, sprinkled Dunkin’ Donuts make everything better.

Here’s just a taste of the gorgeousness that went down this past weekend at Mike & Kayley’s wedding! These two were so dang easy to photograph.

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Also, IT’S THE FINAL COUNTDOOOWN!! My best friend Sarah is marrying her darling in California in less than five days. And I am SO excited for them! Remember their devastatingly beautiful Savannah engagement session? Yeah, I can only imagine how incredible their wedding is going to be.

Savannah, Georgia wedding & engagement photographer- Abby Grace

Jean - August 12, 2014 - 3:38 pm

Glad the move went well. Matt is such a great husband. Enjoy your trip to CA.

Jason & Kendra- a rural Maryland wedding

July weddings can be risky- if it’s not uncomfortably hot & humid, it’s often raining. But on Jason & Kendra’s wedding day, it was 78, partly sunny, and humidity-free- it was such a gift! The threat of rain wasn’t enough to dampen Jason & Kendra’s spirits, or the spirits of their friends and family as everyone began arriving. Their first look beneath the trees was such a sweet and tender moment, and and trace of nerves vanished the moment they laid eyes on one another. Their day was perfect from beginning to sparkler-bedecked end.

Jason & Kendra, thank you so very, very much for allowing me in on such a special day of your lives! It was a privilege to be the one present to document the beginning of this next chapter in your lives together, and an absolute pleasure to see your families’ joy as well. I hope Costa Rica was nothing short of incredible!

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Sarah Beth Tapanes - August 8, 2014 - 3:56 pm

So much sweetness <3 Love the light and romantic color scheme- and of course, how beautifully you captured the day <3

Jean - August 8, 2014 - 2:54 pm

What a gorgeous wedding. Love everything about it. Great photos!

Closing time!

Remember that song? It was on NOW volume 2. I know because it was one of the first CDs I ever owned. But I digress.

After 46 signatures (no joke, I kept tally), 23 days from offer letter to closing paperwork, and an hour at the title person’s office, we are officially HOMEOWNERS!

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We walked into the townhouse yesterday after closing and it felt weird- the only other times we’d been to the house were with other people- our realtor, a contractor, etc. This time it was jut us, and this time we didn’t need anyone else to key in for us. It was weird. I guess eventually we’ll get used to the feeling of not being on a January-December lease, that we won’t have to move until we want to.

The rest of this week will be devoted to packing, moving, and cleaning… and trying not scuff up our walls & furniture in the process! Matt & I are so grateful to you guys for being excited with us, celebrations are always more fun when you have friends and family to share the joy with.

I’m off to go begin the process of packing my office- wish me luck! And feel free to follow along on IG (@abbygracephoto) with the hashtag #springmannhousetohome- I’m not gifted in the interior design department, but I do love me a good can of spray paint to freshen up an existing piece of furniture!

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Thanks to our friends Terry & Flo for these images!

Evian - August 8, 2014 - 4:31 am

So excited for you two! Congrats Abby!!

Mary - August 7, 2014 - 6:51 pm

Your smiles say it all!! Huge congratulations!!! SO excited for you!! xo

Jean - August 7, 2014 - 3:48 pm

Congratulations you two! Enjoy!

Alicia Lacey - August 7, 2014 - 2:50 pm

Congrats you guys!!! I hope Toni was there to help you along the way — enjoy homeownership; it’s a crazy, but awesome ride :)

Janine Enold - August 7, 2014 - 1:37 pm

I totally thought of that song as soon as I saw the title and then immediately proceeded to add said song to Grooveshark collection! Congratulations on your new place!

Tina - August 7, 2014 - 11:58 am

CONGRATULATIONS!! I’m so excited for you guys, how HUGE is this!? What an exciting chapter of your life and so great you took these photos!! Can’t wait to see everything come together… and your first christmas at the new house! :) That’s always my first thought with a new place, sorry lol

Sarah Beth Tapanes - August 7, 2014 - 11:53 am

LOVE your big smile in that first pic- SO stinkin’ happy for you- and cannot wait to watch that new house of yours become a home! WOOOHOO!!!

Kelly Ewell - August 7, 2014 - 11:49 am

Welcome to the world of home ownership! I’m so excited for you two and you’re going to love it!

Natalie - August 7, 2014 - 11:46 am

CONGRATULATIONS ABBY!!! Welcome to this incredibly exciting season in your life!!! It’s going to be a roller coaster of love, life, and happiness! So happy for you!

Terry & Flo- Virginia fine art anniversary session

One of my favorite things about marriage is watching love stories take different shape as the years pass. As newlyweds, you can’t imagine loving your spouse any more than you do on your wedding day. Then on your first anniversary, you’ve learned so much about each other that you wonder how you ever thought your wedding day was the pinnacle of your affection. We’ve yet to come to this next chapter ourselves, but I imagine discovering that you’re going to be parents would be another tone of those checkpoints- seeing your husband with new eyes, knowing that he’ll no longer be only a husband, but a father as well. Looking at yourself and realizing your arms will soon hold onto two, instead of only circling round the waist of your beloved.

Terry & Flo are at that particular checkpoint- anxiously awaiting the arrival of little miss Elsa, yet  cherishing these last few weeks while it’s just them. This is what I love about Anniversary Sessions- celebrating your love, just as it is, right here and right now. Before two become three in just over a month, a pair of soon-to-be-parents took pause to stop and treasure this time together.

Terry, Flo, we are so thankful for your friendship! It was a privilege to photograph this session, and I’m grateful for the time spent with you both. I know you’re going to be the best of parents, and I hope these images serve as a reminder in the sleepless nights to come that “love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.” [1 Corinthians 13:7-8]

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Sarah H - August 6, 2014 - 3:32 pm

Abby- not only are your photos gorgeous, but I love the emotion and beauty you capture with your words!

Jean - August 6, 2014 - 3:29 pm

Beautiful photos. I’m sure these two will cherish these pics. What a great documentation of their love!

Chelsea Anderson - August 6, 2014 - 12:34 pm

Beautiful photographs – so simply and naturally beautiful. Congratulations to the new couple expecting their little one :)

Kathryn Grace - August 6, 2014 - 11:57 am

Beautiful, Abby!

Monday Mash-up

Before we jump into the usual awesomeness of MMU, does anyone have an effective means of removing spray paint from skin? I have “vintage white” all over my hands and it’s coming off on my keyboard as I’m typing! I culled Saturday’s wedding yesterday afternoon after a bout of painting, and my “5″ key had a white fingerprint on it when I was done. It looked like someone was dusting my keyboard for evidence.

Happy Monday! This week is going to be a total whirlwind- we’re closing on our new home on WEDNESDAY! …which means we have a ton of packing to do. One thing I love about moving is that it gives you an excuse to purge- get all the clutter that you don’t need out of your house, so when you move into the new place, you’re left with only things that have a purpose and a place. Or, at least, that’s the theory. I’ve also been slowly purchasing items for the living room in our new house, so we’re moving out with slightly more than what we came in with.

You know what’s magical? Spray paint. I keep forgetting that it exists, and then when I’m reminded that it does, it’s like a whole new world of possibilities are opened up to me. Matt & I had been talking about gutting our bedroom and trying to find new furniture, but we’re also conscious of the fact that we just BOUGHT A HOUSE, so our budget for superfluous projects is lower than usual. Then I remembered that paint comes in spray cans, so we decided to simply paint over our old dressers, nightstands and the headboard/footboard from the spare room. Voila, brand new bedroom set. Super freaking easy! Thank you, IKEA, for making cheap furniture that looks good when painted.

Ok, on to lessons learned/events that transpired over the past week:

  • Guardians of the Galaxy: if you haven’t seen it and you like Chris Pratt as an actor, go see it. It’s definitely tends more toward the sci-fi genre than any other Marvel movie I’ve seen, but it was hilarious!
  • Fact: milkshakes at Silver Diner taste better at 10pm, especially when you sit up at the malt bar. Those are my favorite kind of dates with Matt.
  • In case you were wondering, NO, it’s not ok to test spray paint on the FLOOR at Home Depot. Matt uncapped a can and pointed to other blots of color on the ground as evidence that it was ok, and then as he’s spraying, sure enough, a Home Depot employee comes around the corner and says “Sir, I’d prefer you didn’t do that. There’s a sheet of plastic over there where you can test color.” I don’t like say “I told you so,” but… I told you so.
  • Diner coffee is the best kind. We go to a local spot called Virginia Kitchen on the mornings that I shoot weddings, time permitting, and I know it’s crappy coffee in comparison to the gourmet stuff out there, but there’s something about drinking it out of a clunky white ceramic mug amidst the host of regulars also up early on a Saturday morning that’s more satisfying than anything home-brewed.

Jason & Lindsay got married in Georgetown this weekend and it was a stunner. Classic tuxes, elegant bridesmaids, and a vintage Corvette for portraits? Yep. Can’t wait to share this one with you!

Georgetown wedding photographer- Abby Grace

Terri Baskin - August 5, 2014 - 4:41 pm

Congrats on buying a house!!! How exciting!!! ^^ oh and I love how Matt came on to defend himself… lol!!!

Marisa Crider - August 5, 2014 - 9:59 am

Congrats on the house purchase! One of the scariest but best things. The spray paint incident made me laugh! Our Home Depot allows testing on the floor. But I remember slightly geeking out the first time I tried it thinking someone was going to come around the corner and yell at me haha.

Jean - August 4, 2014 - 8:49 pm

Good luck with your move. I know you must be so excited!

Matt - August 4, 2014 - 2:14 pm

To be fair, I went back yesterday and saw someone had tested another spray paint on the spot that I sprayed, so I am justified…

Janine Enold - August 4, 2014 - 12:47 pm

Two things! This picture is gorgeous – I can’t wait to see the rest! Second, any project that involves spray paint – count me in! I am not overly crafty but I do love to reinvent things to reuse in our house. Super cost effective! Happy Monday Abby!