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Kip & Liz- a preppy Georgetown engagement session

The first time I met Liz was in the bridal suite of Rosemont Manor as her best friend, also named Liz (remember?) prepared for her wedding day. I remember at some point during Ware & Liz’s reception one of the other bridesmaids whispering to me that Kip & Liz would likely be next, and wouldn’t you have it, those two were the ones to catch the garter & bouquet that night. Sure enough, just a few short weeks later, Kip dropped to one knee as they crossed the Key Bridge with a ring in hand. 

I wish you all could see these two together. There’s this softness to the way they interact, this easy smile on his face whenever he looks at her. And the way she fits into his arms when he loops them around her waist, pulling her closer, it’s just perfect. The laughs come frequently when you’re with these two.

Kip & Liz, it was such a joy to spend the morning in Georgetown with you! Thank you for making my job easier than it should ever be- your relationship is effortlessly beautiful and I had so much fun capturing you together. I’m so, SO excited for your wedding next year!!

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Alicia Lacey - September 10, 2014 - 1:17 pm

Wooweee — if they did this good on the engagement shoot, I can’t even imagine how amazing the wedding is going to be!!

Tiffany Heidenthal - September 10, 2014 - 10:08 am

This is beautiful. I love the shots with the light directly on them. I need to play with that more! I especially love how similar her style is to yours, Abby! You’re a perfect match!

Elizabeth Smalley - September 10, 2014 - 9:44 am

I am obviously biased, but this is my favorite engagement shoot yet! Liz and Kip and the Canoe Club look gorgeous behind your lens.

Monday Mash-Up

…on a Tuesday. Again. But that’s what happens when you a plan a workshop for Monday and you forget about pre-blogging until about 15 minutes before attendees start arriving. Another thing I didn’t do until shortly before the workshop began: ask our friend if she wouldn’t mind hanging out with Lily for a few hours so that my dog wouldn’t drive attendees bonkers. Fortunately for me, Flo is freaking awesome and said she’d love to have the company of our pup :). Thank goodness for amazing friends!

Yesterday’s workshop couldn’t have been better, and I’m so excited to share more later this week! From start to finish, things went off [mostly] without a hitch. The only hiccup was the vendor delivering lunch who insisted she was sitting in front of my house, yet was nowhere to be seen. That was weird. Whatever, it was delicious anyways when it did finally arrive!

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

  • I’ve decided I’m not *actually* a procrastinator. I’m just a champion of last-minute thinking. My presentation outline + PowerPoint for the workshop weren’t started until Friday night, and though I was up til 11 the night before the workshop finishing it up, it turned out smashingly.
  • On a related note, ^that^ was the kind of behavior that resulted in graduating college Suma Cum Laude. So I’m not lazy. I just do my best work when I’m up against a quickly-approaching deadline.
  • I keep trying to convince Matt to get me a ginger cat, but so far, it’s a no-go. I tried a different approach on Saturday, here’s how that went down- me: “This is one thing I like about cats; they don’t beg. They don’t WANT your food.” Matt: “They also don’t want your affection. Cats are evil.” Dangit.
  • Benefits of having lunch and dinner catered for a workshop: you can eat chocolate mousse cake for breakfast the next morning!

Lots of prettiness coming to the blog this week, so stay tuned!

Washington DC wedding photographer- Abby Grace Workshop

Kathryn Grace - September 10, 2014 - 9:23 pm

Cats do too need affection! Your husband obviously just needs some cat experience. Poor kitties are so misunderstood. ;-) We have two orange cats – they’re the cutest for sure!!
LOVE the hairstyle on that bride!!

Jean - September 9, 2014 - 5:54 pm

Glad your workshop was a success. That’s a beautiful photo!

Katie - September 9, 2014 - 1:43 pm

Aw, you should totally get a ginger cat!! They’re the best…and I’m not biased at all. But, my cat totally begs me for food or steals it off my plate when she thinks my back is turned. And she is totally starved for affection (or so she thinks). Kitty cuddles are the best!

New website portraits by Sarah Bradshaw!

This blog post is a total cop out, I’m just going to own that right now. I’d had something else planned for today but didn’t write it ahead of time, and with A Practical Wedding Workshop happening on Monday, I’m running around with my hair on fire. So rather than write my original post, I’m narcissistically sharing my new website photographs from last week!

Sarah Bradshaw is one seriously talented lady. Being in front of her camera was one of the most encouraging experiences I’ve had all year; Sarah knows exactly how to make you feel comfortable in your own skin, how to take those things about you that you’re self-conscious about, and turn them into something you love about yourself. Sarah’s skills + the incredible job Martha of Alison Harper & Company did on my hair and make-up left me feeling more beautiful than I’ve ever felt before. I don’t know that I even felt this good on my wedding day! Kinda makes you want to make up errands to run throughout the rest of the day, just to get as much wear out of that gorgeous ‘do as possible.

Seriously. Could these portraits be any more perfectly in line with my brand? A little black dress, my tulle skirt, and a backdrop that feels like it’s straight out of Paris. Classic, classic, classic, all the way to the bank.

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Photography: Sarah Bradshaw
Hair & make-up: Martha of Alison Harper & Company

Rebekah - September 14, 2014 - 10:42 am

OMG, gorgeous! Stunning! I especially love that black dress & you rocked it. And you’re right, these photos fit perfectly w/ your brand.

Kathryn Grace - September 9, 2014 - 8:26 am

These are so lovely! What a gorgeous setting!

Sydni Jackson - September 8, 2014 - 11:27 am

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

Currie - September 6, 2014 - 8:30 pm

Holy cow, these are AMAZING! And you’re so gorgeous Abby!

Kristen Duffy - September 5, 2014 - 8:56 pm

Abby you’re GORGEOUS, I’m so glad you get to see your pretty self in front of the camera every now and then :-) (And I 100% support making up errands to make use of a good outfit. Not like I do that or anything…:))

kristin partin - September 5, 2014 - 6:26 pm

oh my gosh abby you are exquisite! that last photo and that one of you standing to the side? wow just wow!

Jean - September 5, 2014 - 2:08 pm

Beautiful pictures of my gorgeous granddaughter!

Theresa - September 5, 2014 - 10:51 am

Love these! You’re gorgeous! :)

Joanna Kay - September 5, 2014 - 10:27 am

SO gorgeous! Both you, and the photos. ;-)

Melissa - September 5, 2014 - 10:19 am

These are gorgeous!

Amber - September 5, 2014 - 10:07 am

Oh sweet goodness these are simply stunning!! Beautiful!!

Renee - September 5, 2014 - 9:32 am

Absolutely stunning! Congratulations on your re-brand! Such an inspiration!

Dan & Sarah- a California wilderness destination wedding in Sequoia National Forest

For those of you who’ve been following along on the blog for a while now, you’ll recognize this bride and groom. It’s funny, every time I’ve photographed these two it’s always been a destination sort of thing- the surprise proposal in Jacksonville, their engagement session in Savannah, and now their wedding in the California High Sierras. Something I’ve always loved about Dan & Sarah together, though, is that when you’re with them, you never feel like you’re away from home. The warmth with which they welcomed their friends and family to their wedding weekend was enough to make anyone feel like a blood relative. And I guess it makes sense that their friends from the various walks of life that the Navy’s taken them through all seemed to get along famously- they’re just the kind of people who make you feel appreciated and wanted.

That’s why Dan & Sarah go so well together. She knows she can let her hair down around him, that she doesn’t have to hide the fact that she’s a Harry Potter fan, that after several days of roughing it at a campsite, he only thought she was MORE beautiful. And he knows that those sweet dance moves he tries to keep hidden are only too welcome when they’re dancing together. Watching the two of them throughout the weekend was such a confirmation that they were perfectly made for one another.

Sarah, I can’t find the words to describe what an absolute honor it was to both photograph you on your wedding day and stand up beside you as a bridesmaid. You are my best and oldest friend and I shudder to think where I’d be (or what the state of my appearance would be) if it weren’t for so many years of friendship with you! I love you SO much, and I’m overjoyed that you’ve found a soulmate in Dan!

Dan, you’re perfect for Sarah. So perfect that I know I don’t need to waste my breath asking you to take care of her, because you already do that so well. I’ve never seen her so perfectly at ease in her own skin as she is with you, and I’m so glad you all went to brunch that morning in Sand Diego!

*A ginormous hug and thank you to the amazing Lukas & Suzy Van Dyke for coming all the way from LA to shoot with me! L & S, I freaking love you two. Thank you for giving me the chance to experience the day exactly as it unfolded! [You'll see several of their images sprinkled throughout:)]*

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Details-

Venue: Wuksachi Lodge
Dress: Melissa Sweet, via I do I do Wedding Gowns
Bridesmaids: Donna Morgan
Amazingly beautiful floral design: Fleurie
Reception decor: bride’s mother & father
Deejay: KM Productions

Caili - September 5, 2014 - 10:30 am

Oh, Miss Abby! (Mrs. Abby?) I looooove this one. I love it. And I can’t get enough of your writing! Such honest, sweet words. Happy Friday!

Adrienne Auvil - September 5, 2014 - 7:22 am

Absolutely gorgeous coverage of the beautiful wedding! The photos captured the romance and beauty of the surroundings! Super!

Jean - September 4, 2014 - 4:16 pm

Gorgeous pictures, Abby. Everything is just beautiful!

petals and promises, llc - September 4, 2014 - 3:43 pm

Shout out to fellow Chapel Designer Laurie Garza at Fleurie who did the gorgeous florals for this wedding…you rocked it!!!! and beautifully photographed Abby!!!

Kelly Jeanes - September 4, 2014 - 3:43 pm

Abby, these pictures are AMAZING! They perfectly convey just how beautiful the wedding was.

kaitlyn phipps - September 4, 2014 - 3:16 pm

so romantic! you did such a wonderful job!

Laurie Garza (Fleurie) - September 4, 2014 - 3:03 pm

I am crying tears of joy. Abby, these are so, so pretty. My flowers look more beautiful than I ever imagined, a beautiful bride holding them makes it all that much better too. How lucky I am to have crossed paths with you and your friend Sarah all the way across the country.

Monday Mash-Up

Goooood morning, Vietnam! And by “Vietnam,” I mean “interwebs.”

It’s the Tuesday after Labor Day, which means it’s the officially unofficial first day of fall. Nevermind that the high today in Virginia is supposed to be 93 with scattered thunderstorms (YESSS!!), it’s the first day of school, which means summer is dead and gone until next year. I try not to be the person that wishes away entire seasons of life (you know, that friend who says in the middle of June “I just can’t wait for fall!”), but dangit if I’m not looking forward to football season and sweaters!

Can we talk about the fact that Starbucks released their Pumpkin Spice Latte last week? That feels borderline sinful. I’m the kind of person who waits until the day after Thanksgiving to listen to Christmas music- I don’t want a particular season to last for TOO long because I don’t want to get sick of it! So I’ll make myself wait until the officially official start of fall (September 23) to enjoy anything autumn-related, like Sam Adams’ Oktoberfest. But not Pumpkin Spice Lattes, because as hard as I’ve tried to like them, I just can’t choke that crap down.

As always, lessons learned/things that transpired over the weekend:

  • I have a confession: I secretly love cussing. It’s not that I enjoy being foul-mouthed for the sake of being foul-mouthed, it’s just that sometimes, “Aw, nuts!” doesn’t do your frustration justice.
  • Case in point: we took our car for an oil change on Sunday and as I was getting out of the car, I looked at Matt and said “Ahhh SH*T, I forgot my travel mug at church this morning!” The Jiffy Lube employee laughed for FIFTEEN MINUTES at the juxtaposition of that particular sentence.
  • Jesus loves me anyways.
  • Fact: if I’ve ordered coffee or anything to go and the person behind the counter asks for my name, I’m going to tell them “Voldemort” every. single. time.

Oh hey, wouldja look at this gorgeous pair? Their Sequoia National Forest wedding is coming to the blog this week!!

California wedding at Sequoia National Park- Abby Grace Photography

Lyn - September 4, 2014 - 10:23 pm

Oh and on my upcoming most favorite day of the next month (you know what I’m talking about because You’ll be there!!)… well placed words will be more than appropriate! But oh “huffle-puff” is my personal favorite filler ;-) Thought you’d appreciate!

Lyn - September 4, 2014 - 10:20 pm

Love Love Love… all of this!

Shalese - September 4, 2014 - 9:08 am

I saw this thing going around Facebook about all the toxic crap in PSLs and decided maybe I shouldn’t drink them. :( You’re better off not liking them!

Sydni Jackson - September 3, 2014 - 1:13 pm

You’re silly :P

Jean - September 2, 2014 - 7:03 pm

Love the photo! You are so funny! Love you.

Robert Dozier - September 2, 2014 - 7:03 pm

Cuss words I can do without. In good times, everyone can laugh about this type of language, but when tempers flair, these words make pain hurt worse. If the words “fudge” or “duck” don’t do the trick, it is better to practice more succinct words.

Exception – “Jesus this coffee is hot!”. This is a prayer, albeit an imperfect one.

Can’t wait to see the mash up photos.

Daytona May - September 2, 2014 - 6:07 pm

this post made me love you a lot!!!! seriously so funny.

Katie - September 2, 2014 - 9:09 am

Oh man, I’m so with you when it comes to waiting to enjoy certain seasons because you don’t want to get sick of it…ESPECIALLY when it comes to Fall/Winter. I know there’s only a small window of time when it’s fun/enjoyable to have cold weather and I don’t want to use up all my excitement about pumpkins and Christmas while it’s still 90 degrees outside!

Also…pumpkin spice lattes = so gross.

Kayla Lapp - September 2, 2014 - 8:28 am

Haha, this blog post brightened my whole morning. LOL. :)

Catherine Grace - September 2, 2014 - 8:20 am

well placed cussed words have their place ;)