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Monday Mash-Up

As a dog owner, here’s nothing that makes me feel worse than dropping Lily at the vet or kennel. She starts shaking once she figures out where we’re going, and when I finally hand the leash over to whoever will be taking her back, she gives me this pleading look, like “you’re leaving me here?? I thought you loved me!” Oy. I imagine this is just a taste of what it feels like to leave kids at daycare.

So! Let’s talk about the fact that Winter decided to descend upon us here in Virginia last week. One of my favorite scents in the world is the way my parents’ house smells when the heater comes on for the first time in the fall. It reminds me of Christmas, cozy socks, snow, hot chocolate, everything! But now that we’re in our new home and it’s heated with gas instead of electricity, no more first-heat-of-the-season smell. Maybe Yankee makes a candle in that particular aroma?

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

  • Apparently, I got the lyrics wrong in Taylor Swift’s song “Blank Space.” I thought it was “…gotta love this Starbucks lover…” but in fact, the line is as such: “…gotta long list of ex-lovers…” Oops.
  • YOU GUYSSSS! We finally have a return address stamp!! I’ve been wanting one since we got married almost four years ago, but because we were moving every year it never made sense to buy one. Now that we own a home, I ordered an address stamp from Paper-Source. Kind of makes me want to send out mail just for the sake of using it.
  • If you’re looking for a new show on Netflix, check out The 100. It’s sort of like Hunger Games meets Lord of the Flies.
  • One of my all-time favorite bands, Anberlin, is on their last tour, and my brother Seth & I went to see them in Philly last week. It was AMAZING! And so dang depressing. But absolutely worth the six hours in the car!
  • Woe betide the tour group that gets in my way whilst shooting bridal party portraits at the Lincoln Memorial. I have a permit for this very purpose and I am NOT afraid to wield it!
  • If you need to laugh, just go watch this video. That should do the trick!

Lou & Yvonne’s DC wedding this past weekend was a stunner for SURE. Y’all are going to love this one!

Classic Washington DC wedding photographer- Abby Grace

Karen Field aka Mom - November 18, 2014 - 1:06 am

Poor Lily! She just loves you guys so much. Take comfort from that. The video was hilarious!

Lindsay - November 17, 2014 - 3:39 pm

I thought it was Starbucks Lover too!!

Alicia Lacey - November 17, 2014 - 1:54 pm

Aww sweet Lily, I totally feel ya on that!! If are ever gone for a short trip, Granger loves play weekends… :)

Caroline - November 17, 2014 - 1:47 pm

WAIT. I totally thought she said “Starbucks” too! hahah

Jean - November 17, 2014 - 1:25 pm

That video was a hoot! Yes, I laughed out loud! Love the photo. I’m sure Lilly is not as traumatized by being left at the kennel as you would think and children usually look forward to daycare after they get used to the routine and seeing their friends there.

Terri Baskin - November 17, 2014 - 12:44 pm

Gorgeous shot!!!! And yes, I understand your pain with leaving Lily at the kennel. My dog is there more often than I’d like to admit. I need reward points or something for his many stays.

Chris, Leah & Crosby- a sweet, autumn-y first anniversary session

Not everyone gets as lucky as I did with my first corporate job. I was fortunate enough to work with a team of incredible people, people who were passionate about what they do, but also passionate about living LIFE to the fullest. Leah was my manager and office neighbor for my two years at NG, and I remember when I told her I’d be leaving to pursue photography, she told me she might just be calling me when it was her turn to walk down the aisle. Sure enough, six months later, “the boy” (as she lovingly referred to him around the office) asked her to be his wife, and I had the honor of photographing their wedding!

You get used to seeing people in an environment, and sometimes it’s slightly difficult to switch gears from work life to personal life. But both Chris & Leah love with such freeing abandon that it wasn’t difficult at all- this man is absolutely crazy about his wife. And Leah, I’ve never seen her so happy as she is in Chris’s arms. So when they announced they were pregnant, I knew that this little one would be loved so, so fiercely. Their son Crosby came to hang out for a bit of their first anniversary session and I was absolutely in love! He’s such a happy little guy, and watching Leah & Chris take joy in their son- it was perfect.

Chris, Leah & Crosby- it was such an honor to capture these memories for you! Chris & Leah, thank you for allowing me in during such precious times of your lives together- watching you both delight in each other, and then in your son, it’s the kind of joy that fuels me.

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Sami Orndorff - November 15, 2014 - 12:46 pm

LOVE this session!!! The lighting in that third image down — ooooh my goodness! :)

Leah, Chris and Crosby - November 13, 2014 - 8:57 am

Abby … We love these beyond words! As always, it was SO MUCH FUN taking these pictures. I mean, Crosby absolutely loved it. We will cherish these and all of the photos you’ve taken for years to come, and you should expect to book another session in 5 years. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Scott & Chelsea- a chic DC fine art Anniversary Experience Session

The more Anniversary Experience sessions I shoot, the more significant they become to me. And most of the time, it’s not due to some deep revelation I have on my own, but because of the interactions with my couples- the things they say about one another, the ways they describe their marriage, their unique love stories. They resonate with me in a way I can’t describe.

After sending Scott & Chelsea’s PASS gallery, Chelsea responded with an email that rocked me to my core and hit right at the heart of the WHY behind the Anniversary Experience-

“I feel like, as I look at the people in the photographs, they look so young and excited and have so much life ahead of them. I pray that we’ll be able to cherish these photographs, remembering our excitement for one another even a year into marriage and lift one another up when a darker day comes…I feel like anniversary pictures (and wedding pictures) are much like the altars that the Israelites built when they had an encounter with the Lord Almighty in the Old Testament. Whenever he delivered them, or that had an experience with Him – they built an altar so that they’d always remember. I feel like these photographs (and our weddings ones) are the altars that we have to remember when it seems like happiness is far off in marriage. So, thank you for that.”

Scott & Chelsea, thank you. Thank you so much for trusting me to help you all craft an altar commemorating one year of bliss- here’s to fifty, sixty, seventy more years of learning to love with even more abandon.

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Urška Majer - November 17, 2014 - 7:48 am

Truly gorgeous! Love her beautiful green dress :)

Kathryn Grace - November 12, 2014 - 1:48 pm

These are so, so beautiful. One of my favorites for sure!

terry - November 11, 2014 - 1:19 pm

they’re a stunning couple!

Kelly Frere - November 11, 2014 - 12:27 pm

Beautiful Abby! Loved her note to you. What an amazing comparison.

Lindsay - November 11, 2014 - 11:00 am

Absolutely gorgeous!!! Chelsea you look RADIANT! Amazing work as always Abby!

Terri Baskin - November 11, 2014 - 9:37 am

These photos are absolutely breathtaking!!!!!! And wow, what a wonderful way to describe the Anniverary Experience!

Maria - November 11, 2014 - 9:36 am

Chelsea is gorgeous, inside and out! And Scott…I guess you’re ok, too ;) Love this session!

Jean - November 11, 2014 - 8:29 am

oh my goodness! These are gorgeous photos!

Monday Mash-Up

Today is a very special Monday Mash-Up! Why? Watch this to find out!

Yeah. Yesterday was awesome. After almost a year of anxiety, my little brother is finally home. We’ve been planning to surprise my parents since Seth arrived in Afghanistan, so to keep the secret that he’s actually been State-side for two weeks while my parents think he’s still abroad has been SO hard! But it was absolutely worth it to see the look of sheer jubilation on my Dad and Mom’s faces when they saw Seth standing there.

Welcome home, Sergeant Field!

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Huge thanks to Rebekah Peterson for filming!

Priyanka - November 11, 2014 - 9:50 pm

Abby, what a beautiful moment for your family! You captured it so perfectly. Glad your brother is home safe!

Karen Field aka Mom - November 10, 2014 - 1:56 pm

Wow! You two pulled this off so well! I was utterly gobsmacked! Thanks to you, Abby, and to Rebekah for her participation in giving us video and photos of these amazing moments! Every time I look at THE photo, I tear up. God has gifted you and Rebekah to bless others with your knowledge of photography and the gift you two give to others with your trained eyes and expertise with your cameras and light. Thank you!

Jean - November 10, 2014 - 11:28 am

awesome job! So emotional. You had me sobbing like a baby!

Mary - November 10, 2014 - 10:38 am

I’m in tears!!! Such an amazing moment, and so thankful he is home safely!!! xo

Rebekah C - November 10, 2014 - 10:23 am

Aww, this is so sweet!! And that photo at the end definitely needs to be printed & framed. Pure emotion captured at its finest.

Katie - November 10, 2014 - 8:46 am

Abby this is so sweet! I was the recipient of a surprise like this the day before my wedding when my sister came home just in time, so these kinds of videos always get me choked up! I love this! Also…you and your brother are so alike!

Nick & Kathryn- a classic fall manor wedding in Leesburg, Virginia

From the first few minutes of their engagement session, I learned just how much these two love to laugh. Whether that’s with each other, at themselves, anything, it seems like they’re always in the midst of having a good time whenever they’re together! And when you bring two people together along with their best friends and closest family, all of whom love to laugh and celebrate, it’s bound to be one epic wedding day. From the custom sunglasses to the MVP trophy presented to the best dancers of the evening, this couple’s wedding was one of the best times I’ve ever had shooting!

Nick & Kathryn, I don’t know that I’ve ever had this much fun on a wedding day. It is so, so clear that you both were made for each other, and watching your parents, friends, everyone come together to celebrate your union was just further confirmation of that! Thank you so very, very much for the chance to document it all!

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Details-

Venue: Whitehall Manor
Coordination: Kat of Dear Sweetheart Events
Dress: Jeannette’s Bridal
Hair & Make-Up: Ali Wear
Bridesmaids: Jenny Yoo
Cake of cheese: Andrea Crall
Paper design: bride’s brother
Deejay: Brian King, Superlative Events

Shalese - November 7, 2014 - 11:34 am

You captured all the fun perfectly!! This post made me want to be at this wedding . . . also because JMU brides are DA BEST! ;) And that flower girl dress! Fabulous.

Kat - November 7, 2014 - 8:03 am

I can’t tell you how excited I am to see this wedding on your blog!! Loved working with you, girl!! You captured their day perfectly!!!!:) xo!!!