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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!!!

Eddie & Priyanka- a warm first anniversary session in Maryland

We joked during their session last week about them being my first Legacy Couple- I’ve been lucky enough to photograph their proposal, engagement, wedding, now their first anniversary/maternity, and in December, we’ll come together again to document the first little bit of their new daughter’s life! Eddie & Priyanka have been, since the first day I met them, a constant source of joy in my life. Our first meeting was more than two hours long, and every encounter since then leaves me feeling more and more like I’ve known them forever! They have the ability to make anyone around them feel at ease, and their enthusiasm for life is palpable.

Eddie & Priyanka, you both know how much I love you. It’s been such an honor to be the one you allow in to document these incredible moments over the past two years! I cannot wait to see you both as parents, and I’m counting down the days with you all (and your families!) to meet your little one!

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*I apologize, but I’m not currently accepting maternity portraits for anyone other than family, close friends and past wedding clients :)*

Sweta Kumar - November 5, 2014 - 6:57 pm

You’re the family photographer Abby! We just love you and your ability to capture the true essence of the people you photograph! :) LOVE all these pictures!

Lalita Lamichhane - November 5, 2014 - 3:58 pm

You did it again Abby. Your pictures are just breath taking. I am so proud of our children Priyanka and Eddie. Wow my baby is having a baby. How cool is that. The beautiful pictures that you take will tell their beautiful story all the days of their and their children’s lives. Thank you deR Abby. We love you dearly!

Lisa S. - November 5, 2014 - 9:13 am

I feel like a little bit of a creeper, but I saw the teaser for this post on Facebook this morning and thought “omg I remember this couple, their engagement/wedding photos were so cute!” Time flies! I was convinced they only got married like…a couple months ago. Congratulations to them, and beautiful photos Abby! (As always)

Monday Mash-Up

It’s November! I had this theory when I was a kid that the odd years passed more quickly than the even years, so ’97, ’99, ’01 etc. were a blur. But now that I’m a bit older, it feels like EVERY year passes in a blur. And from listening to friends of mine with newborns, I know that feeling will only be exacerbated with even more time. Isn’t that crazy how it works out? As a child, you spend your days wishing for time to pass faster, but it trudges on slow as molasses. But then when you’re finally old enough to appreciate time for what it is, it slips away, a flighty thing never to be held still. Infuriating.

Friday was our first Halloween in the new house and we had so much fun! My last-minute costume idea was to be black-turtle-neck-clad Taylor Swift from the Shake It Off video, and Matt bought a “Rufferee” costume for Lily and then donned his high school football jersey to match. A ragtag bunch of costumes, but we had fun sitting out of the stoop watching the neighborhood kids trudge door-to-door.

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

  • Maybe this makes me a crotchety old person, but kids these days need to learn what a proper costume is. Throwing on a Scream mask without even changing out of what you wore to school that day is NOT a costume. Neither is simply spraying your hair with pink temporary dye. Go home, get a real costume, and then come back and ask me for free candy.
  • Also, Trick-Or-Treating etiquette mandates that you SAY “Trick-Or-Treat!” in order to receive your sweet reward. Simply sticking your bag in my face isn’t going to cut it, buddy.
  • If I say “you can pick four pieces of candy,” don’t whine. Take the dang candy and get off my porch, you ungrateful child. And next year? You’ll be limited to THREE Krabby Patties.
  • Clearly, I’m pretty self-righteous about Halloween. I should probably get over that.
  • There’s this group of kids in our neighborhood who enjoys cussing loudly while they play outside in the afternoons. And I mean serious cussing. So when the ringleader came to our door in costume with his cronies in tow, I jokingly said “Hey, are you the kid who keeps dropping the F-bomb around the neighborhood?” Never, ever ask that. The response I got was “What’s an F-bomb?” and then, of course, I had to backpedal, and explain that it’s not an incendiary device, and that I was just kidding and to please forget it. Oh, and then I realized their parents were standing off to the side. Whoops!

Our costumes!

Taylor Swift Halloween costume- Abby Grace

And in case you were wondering, nope, I didn’t cut my hair! Just some well-placed bobby pins and lotsa hair spray. Happy Monday, friends!

Abbey - November 4, 2014 - 2:06 pm

Abby!!!! When I saw the diet coke, I knew you were my kinda gal. Great minds think alike!!! :)

Dad - November 4, 2014 - 9:11 am

Taylor Swift ain’t got nothin’ on you….except maybe 5 inches in height

Janine A. Enold - November 3, 2014 - 10:12 am

Totally agree with points 1,2 & 3!

Tiffany Heidenthal - November 3, 2014 - 9:59 am

Haha! I just posted my blog post about Halloween and ungrateful children, so I’m totally with you. I had one kid try to TAKE THE CANDY BOWL from me because he didn’t like the candy I’d given him. And then others who were throwing leaves at our flaming pumpkin to try to start a bigger fire… KIDS THESE DAYS.

PS, your costumes are adorable.

Terri Baskin - November 3, 2014 - 8:48 am

Love the recap!! Thanks for confirming that you didn’t cut your hair! I agree with these “lazy” costumes kids had on this year!

Morgan Danner - November 3, 2014 - 8:41 am

This is HILARIOUS! I feel the same way about Halloween! Say Trick-or-Treat, please and thank you! Kids these days!!

Jae - November 3, 2014 - 8:28 am

I wouldn’t have backpedaled, ESPECIALLY since their parents were there. Better their parents know how disturbing their language is to the neighbours. When I was a kid, that kind of thing was never tolerated, and even if we weren’t the hug-your-every-neighbour type of neighbourhood, parents found out pretty quickly what kind of crap their kids got up to! Also I think I’m with you on the proper costumes and no complaining about candy amount thing. But as TSwift would say…Shake it off, right?

Jean - November 3, 2014 - 8:24 am

i had to laugh out loud at this one and read it to your pawpaw. You have definitely crossed over the adult threshold with this one.

Jacob & Courtney- an elegant fall wedding at Hendry House

Has there ever been this much laughter on a wedding day before? I doubt it. Jacob & Courtney are fun enough on their own, but when you added in their best friends and closest family, it was a day of joy from beginning to end. The phrase I kept hearing over and over was “He is so in love with her!” To be held close, cherished and adored in the way that he does with his bride is the stuff of every girl’s dreams. Perfectly in love, always laughing, this bride & this groom are idyllic in every way.

Jacob & Courtney, thank you. To be present with you both on your wedding day, documenting your parents’ joy and your friends’ heartfelt excitement, it was an honor. Thank you for trusting me with such important memories! I hope Punta Cana was as wonderful as I imagine!

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Details-

Venue: Hendry House
Catering: Root & Stem
Coordination/Design: A Sweet Soiree
Dress: Hayley Paige
Shoes: Menbur, via BHLDN
Bridesmaids: Jenny Yoo
Groom + groomsmen: Calvin Klein
Rentals: A Vintage Affair
DJ: Black Tie Entertainment

ashley mitchell - November 3, 2014 - 7:13 pm

Oooo love this Abby! The guys blue suits are perfect and that reception decor is SOOO pretty – they look so happy!

Tara - November 1, 2014 - 7:55 am

These are stunning Abby! And that venue!

Tracey Gapol - October 31, 2014 - 9:23 pm

i love EVERYTHING about this!! But the editing has me, I love your style! May I ask… Do you use film or are you a VSCO editor?