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Mike & Kayley- blue + white wedding elegance at the Army Navy Country Club

Where to start with these two? I could go on and on about the way Mike looks at her- this rapturous gaze, like he’s the luckiest man in the world. He couldn’t take his eyes off her from their first look to their sparkler exit; it’s the way every girl dreams of being looked at. And that smile that Kayley reserves for Mike? It didn’t leave her face all day. She was radiant, radiant because of him. They were perfect together- crazy in love, not a care in the world except marrying one another. It was a wedding photographer’s dream!

Mike & Kayley, your wedding day was sheer perfection and I’m so grateful to have been a part of it! Your joy was tangible and it was such a blessing to document from start to finish. I hope Bora Bora was absolute paradise!

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Fabulous team of vendors who made it all happen-

Venue: Army Navy Country Club
Coordination: Bree of Capitol Romance
Dress: Mikaella, via Ellie’s Bridal Boutique
Hair & Make-up: Alison Harper & Co.
Bridesmaids: JCrew
Florals: Love Blooms Here
Cake: M&T Events
Paper: Jupiter & Juno
Deejay: Bobby Jae of Marquee Deejays

Heather - September 2, 2014 - 9:38 pm

The sparkler photo is just perfect!! You’ve also captured the bride’s hair beautifully in many of these photos. I am very intrigued as to how they made that happen.

Emilia Jane - September 1, 2014 - 7:53 pm

Stunning Abby!

Samantha Laffoon - August 30, 2014 - 9:12 am

This is absolutley stunning!!

Currie - August 29, 2014 - 10:19 pm

Absolutely stunning Abby!!

Terri Baskin - August 29, 2014 - 2:16 pm

Beautiful work as always, Abby! You rocked those bride and groom portraits!!

Sarah Street - August 29, 2014 - 11:35 am

What a pretty wedding!!! Such pretty photographs!

Shalese - August 29, 2014 - 11:29 am

LOVE love love these! It’s so fun to see the finished product. :)

Rebekah Hoyt - August 29, 2014 - 11:20 am

Oh, Abby! These are just so gorgeous. So graceful, elegant, classic, timeless – you made this look effortless and the pictures are stunning!

Evian - August 29, 2014 - 10:54 am

So beautiful Abby! Those bride and groom portraits took my breath away! Absolutely lovely wedding.

Everyone Loves A Classic- black & white everything

I was going to title this “monochromatic color choices” when I realized that monochromatic means ONE color. And I most certainly don’t enjoy wearing all black or all white, because then I’d look like a chess piece :).

I’m wondering if my love of black & white clothing started with my days in elementary school band- you know, when they’d tell you to “make sure to wear black bottoms, white tops for next week’s concert!” [and inevitably some kid would wear navy blue]. Or maybe it’s actually from my ballet days- a black leotard with opaque tights was always my favorite outfit for class! Wherever it came from, black & white is my favorite color combination for pretty much everything. I set my Day Designer down next to my purse last week and had to laugh at myself- my Kate Spade handbag is gingham pattered, and my planner is black & white striped. You’d think I hate color, but I don’t! I just love the clean lines of the absence of color :).

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And then when I arrived for head shots with the gorgeous Sarah Bradshaw yesterday, I laughed at the fact that I unintentionally matched my purse. Again. I can’t help it! Black & white is so timeless, so effortlessly chic, and it perfectly embodies my classic-loving heart.

Washington DC wedding photographer Abby Grace- image by Sarah Bradshaw

Happy Wednesday, friends!

Abby Mirk - August 27, 2014 - 5:32 pm

you are the absolute CUTEST. i love all your fun posts :)

Monday Mash-Up

And now, back to our regularly-scheduled programming! Yeah, that whole “going a week without blogging” thing? Sorry about that… sort of. Dan & Sarah’s wedding last weekend was out in the California wilderness (no, really- the area we were in is actually designated as wilderness), and the wifi + cell service out there was virtually nonexistent. At first, I panicked a little bit about not being able to post updates, but it was actually a huge blessing in disguise! Without email, Instagram, Facebook or my blog to distract me, I was really able to focus on the reason we were there in the first place- to celebrate my best friend marrying the love of her life.

This past year’s taught me a lot about loosening up and going with the flow. In the past, I’ve been the person that clings to a schedule and needs to know exactly what’s happening, well in advance of when it’s going to happen. But being in Europe earlier this year by myself was a huuuge lesson in spontaneity (I didn’t book my stay in Ireland until I was already in Italy), and it’s a quality I’m learning to love!

For example, it was on my calendar to head to San Francisco on Sunday morning after the wedding, and to spend a couple of days meandering through the Bay area. But after talking with Sarah the morning after the wedding, I decided to go out, buy a sleeping bag, and join the group going camping that night. And you know what? I had SO much more fun than I would have by myself in the city! I’m not a “nature” person, I’m definitely more of a city girl, but guys. California is STUNNING. Our campsite was right next to Lake Hume, and it was one of the most spectacular views I’ve ever seen. Almost enough to make me want to go camping again!

So, as always, lessons learned/things that transpired over the past TWO weeks:

  • I saw a bear! A REAL BEAR. We were shooting wedding portraits in the Giant Forest with these 2,000 year old Sequoias in the background when a momma bear ambled her way across the path behind us. And then, not a minute later, there came a little baby bear gamboling his way across the paths! It was SO CUTE!!
  • High altitude is no joke. We were at 7,000 feet and I was out of breath from climbing a flight of stairs. And going running? Ha. I’ve never felt so out of shape in my life.
  • One thing I will say in favor of the high altitude- it’s awesome for keeping my hair looking good! No humidity meant no frizz.
  • If you’re ever in San Francisco and you’re looking for good Thai food, go HERE. It was, hands down, the best plate of pad thai I’ve ever had in my life. No exaggeration.
  • Tip: try to keep your eyes on the road as you drive across the Golden Gate Bridge. Looking up at the architecture for extended periods of time *could* mean that you accidentally veer into the little rubber barrier things that prevent you from hitting oncoming traffic. (One of the scarier moments of my life)
  • I like that San Francisco-ans do whatever the heck they want. I’ve never seen such a high volume of people with neon hair in one place, and I loved it.

Some iPhone photos from my time on the west coast!

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If you’re in SF, I definitely recommend heading to Pier 39 to see the sea lions- they were hilarious. I’ll warn you, though- it smells something awful down there.

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Bi-Rite Creamery- so worth it! I had a mini-scoop each of Vanilla Lavender and Creme Brûlée. Thanks to everyone who suggested going there!

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Sarah (newly) Brennan - August 25, 2014 - 10:24 am

Love this entry!!.. For obvious reasons. When I suggested you go get that sleeping bag I totally was just trying to help you out learning a life lesson… haha! Jk, it was totally for my own selfish reasons. I get Abby one more night?? YES PLEASE!! Glad you had an amazing time in San Fran. Love ya girl… and our selfie :)

Jason & Lindsay- a classic Georgetown black tie wedding

I’ve never seen a family carry joy the way Jason & Lindsay’s families did on their wedding day. It was this unanimous, infectious smile that donned the face of every bridesmaid, groomsman, sister, brother, mother and father. It was so obvious, so very crystal clear why these two decided on forever. He’s more relaxed, more himself by her side, both of them crazy in love with just being together. That kind of affection that’s so blatant that you yourself feel more in love after being around them.

Jason & Lindsay, words can’t begin to describe what an honor it was to document your wedding day! I arrived and left with a huge smile, and was just so blessed by the chance to photograph such an important day in your and your families lives! I hope St. Lucia was incredible!

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Details-

Dress: Nicole Miller, via BHLDN
Hair: Andrew Taylore Hair Design
Hake-up: Hair & Make-up Unveiled
Florals: Maryam Flowers
Ceremony: Cherrydale Baptist
Reception: Sequoia
Deejay: Taurus DJs

Jean - August 21, 2014 - 8:12 pm

Gorgeous pictures!

Shalese - August 21, 2014 - 3:16 pm

Beautiful!! I love that car! And the reception decor! And the portraits in the limo! :)

Jessica White - August 21, 2014 - 1:56 pm

Absolutely STUNNING wedding. What a beautiful couple- inside and out. Gorgeous pictures, Abby.

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.

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Jean - August 12, 2014 - 3:38 pm

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