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Billy & Jenny- a sweet, colorful Maryland wedding at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club

Where to begin with these two? Their warm smiles say all you need to feel at ease with them, to feel invited in like family. Their love is palpable, making everything else around it feel all the more beautiful, all the more marvelous. Her piercing blue eyes, his sweet expression whenever his gaze falls on her. The way he holds her so close yet so gently; it must make her feel invincible. They are, simply put, better together. And their day was a celebration of the fact that together they’ll be for the rest of their lives.

Billy & Jenny, your wedding day left me breathless. To be in the presence of two people who are so evidently perfect for one another, it was the very reason I love photographing weddings. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for choosing me to be the one to capture it all! It was such a privilege.

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Details-

Ceremony: St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church
Reception: Chesapeake Bay Beach Club
Dress: San Patrick Barcelona
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bridesmaids: Dessy Group
Florals: Petal & Print
Hair & make-up: Behind The Veil
Cupcake artist: Cupcakes in Bloom
Deejay: Ryan Deal of Mixing Maryland
Rolls Royce: Concours Vintage Limousine

Rici - July 2, 2014 - 6:55 am

The golden light evening portraits are just swoon!! Love them!

Shalese - June 30, 2014 - 10:04 am

AH these are ALL so gorgeous!!! The light is just amazing!!

Gayle Driver - June 27, 2014 - 6:51 pm

These are all so beautiful!!

Aaron - June 27, 2014 - 2:05 pm

Beautiful wedding. Such a pretty bride, gorgeous colors, and always stunning portraits. Loved this one! :)

Rebekah - June 27, 2014 - 10:37 am

Wow, the lighting in all of these is just so perfect. I think every wedding you do just gets better & better. Great work!

Kathryn Grace - June 27, 2014 - 9:24 am

Sheer perfection.

Kat - June 26, 2014 - 5:58 pm

GORGEOUS, Abby!!!!!! You’re B&W’s kill me.

Jean - June 26, 2014 - 5:43 pm

Simply gorgeous!

Regan Carter - June 26, 2014 - 4:55 pm

Wow wow wow, what a picture perfect wedding! Ahh I love it!! One of my favorites of yours!! So dreamy!!

Lindsay - June 26, 2014 - 3:07 pm

Absolutely stunning!! They look so beautiful and effortlessly in love.

Jacob & Courtney- a sun-drenched DC engagement session

These two are the sort of couple I wish I could tote along with me to every beautiful place I’ve ever accidentally stumbled upon. Their easy way together makes any scene all the more incredible, and their love is such a joyful thing to behold! He’s crazy about her, that much is evident from the first two minutes I spent with them. And that smile she reserves just for him, the one that starts slowly, then spreads from ear to ear? No wonder there were so many kisses between the two of them during their engagement session- they fit so perfectly together.

Jacob & Courtney, I’m so grateful to know you both! My time with y’all last week was such a breath of fresh air, and I can’t imagine a better way to have spent the evening. Thank you SO much for such a relaxed, wonderful time- I’m so excited for October!!

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Washington, DC wedding + anniversary photographer- Abby Grace

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petals and promises, llc - June 26, 2014 - 3:37 pm

love the light in this collection !!!! so so pretty and that last shot is a stunner :)

Urška Majer - June 26, 2014 - 5:51 am

Sooooo gorgeous :)

Jean - June 25, 2014 - 5:59 pm

These are gorgeous pictures, Abby! Love them all!

Rebekah - June 25, 2014 - 3:22 pm

These are gorgeous! The light is so dreamy. Definitely worth getting up early for if this was a sunrise session.

Courtney Hopkins - June 25, 2014 - 2:20 pm

We had so much fun having you shoot us! Thank you for a great evening and the amazing photos!

kaitlyn phipps - June 25, 2014 - 1:50 pm

lovelovelovelovelove LOVE! these are beautiful

Nikki Santerre - June 25, 2014 - 1:50 pm

These are beautiful, Abby! This couple radiates with joy!

Life in the here and now

Confession: I didn’t post a Monday Mash-Up yesterday because I was too busy sleeping in. Well, sleeping in after arriving back home from a 5:45 am sunrise session, but same jist!

Every photographer’s threshold for how many weddings they can realistically handle within a period of time is different- I’ve heard of some photos doing triple-headers (three weddings in one weekend) week in and week out, managing just fine. For me, I can’t do that. Over the past few years in the industry I’ve learned my limits and have learned the consequences of ignoring said limits, so I do my best to operate within the confines of what’s realistically possible for me. I just finished up a six-week stretch of a wedding each weekend, and since I’m still handling all my own editing + the editing of an engagement/anniversary/portrait session taken on throughout the week, it’s enough to keep me pretty dang busy.

Truth be told, I’m kind of exhausted. In the best way possible, of course, but still tired all the same. I just needed a break from my computer yesterday. And today, I’m working from the couch, wearing my glasses, yoga pants and a t-shirt, with a puppy on either side keeping my company.

Life is good.

I have several exciting things in the works right now, all of which are in some state of half-finished-ness (workshop, anyone?:)). But the rest of this week is going to be dedicated to finishing up edits, following up with my couples, tweaking my systems to make them even more automated, and loving my clients well.

I’m not sure what the point of this blog post was. There’s no hard-hitting message at the end, nothing I’ll say that’s worth Tweeting or Pinning. But I’m thankful that you’re reading it, and I’m grateful for today.

Tulle skirt! Abby Grace Photography

Disclaimer: I look NOTHING like this today. But I refuse to post a photo of myself in my glasses because I kind of look like a bug in them. Sooo there ya go. Also, let’s take a sec to give Matt a round of applause for taking this photo- for someone who maintains that he doesn’t like taking pictures, he sure is good at it!

Jean - June 24, 2014 - 3:55 pm

Kudos to Matt for the great photo of my precious granddaughter! Glad you have realized your limitations and can work within those. That’s a very important lesson to learn. Love looking are your beautiful photographs.

Heather - June 24, 2014 - 2:02 pm

You are BEAUTIFUL friend! Love seeing you through your love’s eyes :)

Karen Field/Mom - June 24, 2014 - 1:39 pm

Great job, Matt! Well executed shot! Abby, you do look gorgeous in this photo. Did you make this skirt, too? I loved that when you tilted your head it gave an excuse for your curls to spill out over your shoulders. Beautiful!

kaitlyn phipps - June 24, 2014 - 12:55 pm

you are gorgeous. and i am thankful for you! glad you’re getting some well deserved rest.

Mary - June 24, 2014 - 12:41 pm

You are lovely. Inside AND out. Glad you took time for you!!! xo

Dan & Liz- a classic New England black tie affair at Yale University

It was the perfect day for a wedding. The perfect day to don a Vera Wang gown, gather up her coral charm peony bouquet, and meet her beloved beneath the gothic arches of the Brandford Courtyard at Yale. It was the perfect weather to stroll easily about the campus where they first met, to walk down the aisle to the chiming bells of Harkness Tower ringing in the start of their ceremony. The perfect time to promise forever beneath a beautifully crafted huppah, to accept the silver wine goblet as a symbol of their marriage vows. And the perfect evening to celebrate with family and friends who’d gathered from around the world to celebrate these two and the incredible commitment they’d just made to one another.

Dan & Liz, thank you. Thank you so much for trusting me to capture the most monumental day of your lives thus far, and for welcoming me in with such warmth. It was an honor and a joy to document your love, and your wedding day is one I’ll never forget! Mazel tov!

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Black tie New England wedding at Yale University- Abby Grace Photography

Black tie New England wedding at Yale University- Abby Grace Photography

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Details-

Ceremony, cocktail & reception: Branford College Courtyard, Yale University
Bride’s gown: Vera Wang
Lace bolero: Custom, Vera Wang
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Bridesmaid dresses: JCrew
Tuxedos: Plain Clothes Alabama
Florals: Fleur De Lys
Make-up: Jennie Fresa
Hair: Amanda Ripley
Music: World Premier Band
Catering: Yale Catering

evangeline graham - June 21, 2014 - 6:05 am

Lovely pictures of a lovely couple! All the photos were so beautiful! well done!

Jean - June 19, 2014 - 4:08 pm

Oh my, what a gorgeous wedding this must have been! The photos are fantastic and you seemed to have captured all the beauty of the day. Wonderful blog!

Rebekah - June 19, 2014 - 3:24 pm

Wow, these are amazing! So many favorites: the shot w/ the bride w/ the older lady on her right who is just grinning up a storm is just too cute! I also really like the picture where the couple is walking in front of the camera but the bride is turning around to look at you w/ such a gorgeous smile. Great work, as always!

Lindsay - June 19, 2014 - 1:26 pm

Abby this is an absolute fairytale and you were the PERFECT photographer to document this day!

Natalie - June 19, 2014 - 12:29 pm

Simply perfection!

Urška Majer - June 19, 2014 - 12:01 pm

What a stunning wedding!

Lauren Swann - June 19, 2014 - 11:48 am

Oh, Abby! This is definitely out of a fairytale! I’ve been anxiously waiting to see this wedding and it certainly did not disappoint!! One of my favorites of yours yet!! Xo!

Beth T. - June 19, 2014 - 11:33 am

Gorgeous, Abby! I love everything about this wedding!

Nikki Santerre - June 19, 2014 - 10:56 am

This entire wedding is gorgeous! Beautifully done, Abby!

Caleb & Christa- a pas de deux ballerina session

This is the stuff of my dreams. These two dancers, this location, the lighting, everything. Ever since beginning my ballerina series, I’ve been dreaming of photographing a pas de deux, or a pair of dancers together. Truthfully, I was nervous going into this session- so excited that I was finally having the chance to fulfill a dream, and scared that I was going to mess it up somehow. Our original location had to be scrapped due to rain, so we booked a studio at the last minute and somehow, it turned out even better than I’d hoped for. A Romeo & Juliet sort of feel, what with Christa’s blush, flowy dress.

Caleb & Christa, you both were amazing. Thank you so much for driving such a long way to help me bring my vision to life! Photographing you was, quite literally, a dream come true! Let’s do this again soon- next time in New York? Yes? Yes.

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*I’m always on the hunt for new ballerinas to photograph. If you’re an active ballet dancer, either in college or dancing with a company, I’d love to chat! abby@abbygracephotography.com*

 

Mallory - June 19, 2014 - 4:57 am

These are sooo beautiful!

Rosa - June 18, 2014 - 6:36 pm

How beautiful Abby! One word, Exquisite!

Rebekah - June 18, 2014 - 3:33 pm

Gorgeous! I love the lighting & their outfits.

Terri Baskin - June 18, 2014 - 1:42 pm

Love these Abby!!!!

Laurel - June 18, 2014 - 1:00 pm

I can honestly say that these are my all time favorites of your photos. Beautiful!

Stephanie Messick - June 18, 2014 - 12:58 pm

Love love love! You were meant to do this!!! :)

Jean - June 18, 2014 - 12:07 pm

These are gorgeous photos, Abby. Who would have dreamed back when you were taking ballet, that you would be taking beautiful photos like this. You are a real artist.

Shalese - June 18, 2014 - 11:44 am

LOVE love love! As always, this makes me want to be a ballerina. I’m signing up for barre class soon, will that make me a contender?!? hahaha

Nikki Santerre - June 18, 2014 - 10:23 am

STUNNING, ABBY!!!

Rebekah Hoyt - June 18, 2014 - 10:16 am

ABBY. You were MADE to photograph ballerinas! This is absolutely stunning!!

Kelsey DeWitt - June 18, 2014 - 9:51 am

Gorgeousssssss!!

Kayla - June 18, 2014 - 9:44 am

This is so so gorgeous! <3 Amazing job!!

Sabrina - June 18, 2014 - 9:40 am

Just gorgeous, Abby. So beautiful!!

Sally Krueger - June 18, 2014 - 9:37 am

“J’adore!!!!” This gorgeous ballerina session just made me feel like I should comment in French! :) Really beautiful!

Kathryn Grace - June 18, 2014 - 9:34 am

This is drop dead gorgeous! That last shot… swoon!

Deborah Zoe - June 18, 2014 - 9:33 am

Abby, I’m SO proud of you for chasing after this and continually stretching yourself:)! These are absolutely stunning:)

Beth T. - June 18, 2014 - 9:31 am

Wow! Just Wow! These are incredible Abby!

Sarah (Danaher) Bradshaw - June 18, 2014 - 9:25 am

STUNNING!!!

Melodie - June 18, 2014 - 9:20 am

LOVE! These are amazing, Abby!