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Jonathan & Lisa- a Washington, DC wedding at the Hotel Monaco

“We’re all a little weird. And life is weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutual weirdness and call it love.”

There’s so much laughter between these two. So many smiles, happy sighs, ear-to-ear-grins- they’re just perfect together. As two self-proclaimed nerds, Lisa found someone to complete her inner Harry Potter-loving self, and Jonathan found someone whose love of books may just be greater than his. Together, they’re wonderfully perfect. And perfectly wonderful.

Jonathan & Lisa, it was nothing short of a privilege to spend your wedding photographing your love. I couldn’t have imaged a day more suited to you both, and I’m so thankful to know you two! Enjoy your honeymoon in Vietnam, I hope it’s even more beautiful than expected.

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Jonathan’s gift to Lisa- an insanely detailed replica of Hogwarts, handmade by Jonathan using pages from the Harry Potter books.

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Details-

Ceremony + reception: Hotel Monaco Washington, DC
Coordinator: Ashlee Virginia Events
Dress: Augusta Jones, via Kleinfeld Bridal
Shoes: BHLDN
Bridesmaid dresses: Aria
Hair & make-up: Bella Bethesda
Custom cookies: Canadian Sweets & Treats Bakery
Paper: Karen Wainwright
Deejay: Chris Laich Music

kaitlyn Phipps - June 9, 2014 - 11:53 am

OH MY GOSH! how am i just seeing this?!?!?! this is the coolest thing ever. blown away. you captured it beautifully. i especially love the invitation suite!

Rebekah - May 23, 2014 - 6:01 pm

Ahh, I love all the book-themed stuff! Super cute & so unique. Love the invitations especially!

Rosa - May 23, 2014 - 12:22 pm

Hi Abby, Wow! Love everything about this wedding. You captured it beautifully :)

Terri Baskin - May 23, 2014 - 10:15 am

Wow!!!! Now that was a very creative wedding!! Amazing!!

Katie Vander Velde - May 23, 2014 - 7:47 am

Beautiful images! Love her sweet smile and joy :)

Shalese - May 22, 2014 - 1:27 pm

OH MY GOSH those centerpieces. And I noticed his cuff links . . . did they Google “Harry Potter obsessed photographer who also loves all things British” to find you??!

Alicia Lacey - May 22, 2014 - 11:03 am

Even better than you described it! Perfectly thought out and themed — and captured beautifully!!

Stephanie Messick - May 22, 2014 - 10:39 am

By far some of the coolest centerpieces I have ever seen!!!! Amazing!

ashley mitchell - May 22, 2014 - 10:35 am

How perfect is this wedding for you?! Those centerpieces are magical!

Lindsay - May 22, 2014 - 9:23 am

Absolutely beautiful! And I know you loved that reception theme!!!

Sarah Bradshaw - May 22, 2014 - 9:19 am

are you kidding me with those centerpieces??!? amazing!

Sabrina - May 22, 2014 - 9:07 am

Oh my goodness, Abby… just stunningly beautiful! And I LOVE all of the centerpieces made from pages of books! So creative and so incredible! The Harry Potter ones are definitely my favorites :-)

Jean - May 22, 2014 - 8:23 am

Simply gorgeous pictures. What a beautifully fun wedding. Love it!

Mary - May 22, 2014 - 8:22 am

Ooooh la la!!! :) Those centerpiece are out of this world!! So are your fabulous photog. skills! So beautiful!! xo

Monday Mash-Up

A big ol’ Mrs. Doubtfire-style “hellooooo!” to you all! It’s gorgeously sunny and I’m so excited for this week. Why? Because on Saturday, Meg & William are getting MARRIED! Woooo!! We’re leaving Thursday to head down to Bald Head Island and I cannot wait for everything to get started. More than anything, I’m just so looking forward to watching my cousin and lifelong friend marry the love of her life. Cheers to that!

So. It’s been two weeks since the last MMU, and we have a bit to catch up on. Let’s get cracking:

  • I visited my first speakeasy! A friend told me about them last year and I’d been dying for a chance to go, so when some of my Shoot & Share friends were in town last weekend we found one to visit. It was the COOLEST experience of my life- there was no sign or anything to identify it by name, just a plain black door with the street number on it. I felt like I should have been sporting a flapper dress or something.
  • Also, feel free to laugh, but I laugh the White House for the first time in my life last weekend as well. I’ve lived 30-40 minutes from DC for more than 20 years, and yet with all my treks into the city, I’d never thought to look LEFT as I drove down Constitution. And whaddya know, last week I DID turn my head and was utterly shocked that the most famous home in the country was sitting right there.
  • Since Matt’s injury two weeks ago, I’ve been picking up dinner duty. I LOVE cooking, I just never get organized in time to make it all come together. But I’ve made dinner three times in the last week! I made ratatouille twice and last night, we had clams in a white wine + garlic sauce. I kind of like this whole “domestic” thing!
  • My couple on Saturday, Jonathan & Lisa, are officially the coolest. Before heading to their reception they called me into the bridal suite and said they had a gift for me, and then presented me with THIS. How freaking amazing is that?? Jonathan made it with pages from the books!
  • Never let me in The Container Store again. I went in for something simple to organize the top shelf in our bedroom closet and somehow came out with nearly $150 in merchandise. I love the thought of being organized, I just have such a hard time getting there.

Sigh. I just love spiral staircases! One day, when no one’s around, I’m going to go back to the Hotel Monaco and slide down that banister.

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Jaqueline Faria - May 22, 2014 - 6:39 pm

Oh my goodness, I’m in LOVE with there reception details… harry potter themed wedding … I’m swooning

Ireland on Film

You know what I love most about this country? Everything. The rolling green hills, the friendly people, the sweet smell of slightly fermented hay as you pass by fields of livestock. The gentle weather, the atmosphere of a small village pub, the Irish music performed nightly. Everything. I loved Ireland, and during my numerous walks about the countryside, splashing through wet fields in my Hunter boots, hopping fences and exploring abandoned castles, there was this overwhelming sense of peace that washed over me again and again.

Ireland somehow managed to calm my wild heart and for once, I was happy to be alone with my thoughts. Without the distraction of a phone, or friends, puppies, and even family. Something I’ve discovered recently is that I often use being an extrovert as an excuse to distract myself from being alone with… well, myself. Ireland gave me no choice, and I love her for that.

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Becca B - May 19, 2014 - 2:20 pm

These are incredibly beautiful. I LOVE your film images!

Urška Majer - May 17, 2014 - 4:18 am

Ahhh, so gorgeous! Love love love it :)

Kristen Duffy - May 16, 2014 - 11:27 am

Ahhh, my homeland :) GORGEOUS. Glad it gave you some time alone with your thoughts :)

Cathi - May 16, 2014 - 10:55 am

Honestly never considered going to visit Ireland before but these photos are changing my mind. Great work!

Tiffany Heidenthal - May 16, 2014 - 10:37 am

I could stare at that first picture forever. Love these. Can’t wait for my first Europe trip next year! I just can’t decide where to go!

Jean - May 16, 2014 - 10:36 am

Oh, Abby, these are gorgeous photos. The colors are beautiful. What a wonderful adventure for you!

Lauren Swann - May 16, 2014 - 10:22 am

Excuse me while I finish swooning over here. Seriously, these are stunning, Abby!

Beth T. - May 16, 2014 - 10:14 am

Oh my goodness, Abby! These are just stunning. It makes me want to visit Ireland more than I already did (and I didn’t think that was possible)! Beautiful work! What camera and film did you use?

Kathryn Grace - May 16, 2014 - 10:11 am

Ugh. So wonderful!

Neal & Sweta- a Middleburg engagement session

There’s something about the first warm evening of the year. Maybe it’s the looming prospect of summer, or the promise of lighter clothing and sundresses, but it’s the sort of thing that makes you inexplicably giddy. Ready for adventure in the arms of the one you love, windows down and tousled hair blowing all around. Neal & Sweta’s relationship reminds me of summer nights for some reason; spirited and warm, emanating that golden glow you get on a clear evening in June. Just being around them is enough to make you lighter on your feet- they have that sort of effect on people.

Neal & Sweta, thank you for such an incredible evening! I had such a wonderful time with you both, photographing you together was only too easy. October cannot come soon enough!

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Rici - May 16, 2014 - 3:31 am

GOSH, I looooove this session Abby!! So wonderful morning atmosphere and such a sUper gorgeous couple!

Bhagabati - May 16, 2014 - 2:39 am

Awwwwwwwwwwww !!! Gorgeous couple !! Neal & Sweta !! :)

Becky - May 16, 2014 - 1:30 am

Sweta beautiful pictures and couple. Best wishes!

Samrita - May 15, 2014 - 11:54 pm

Lovely pictures! Congrats both of you!

Kathryn Grace - May 15, 2014 - 9:45 pm

Beautiful!! That FIELD!!

Taryn - May 15, 2014 - 2:58 pm

Absolutely beautiful!
Congratulations to both of u!

Tara - May 15, 2014 - 2:49 pm

holy moly this is gorgeous! And they may possibly the world’s most beautiful couple, too. :)

Kristen Duffy - May 15, 2014 - 1:42 pm

The lighting. OHMYGOSH the lighting.

Sarah Bradshaw - May 15, 2014 - 10:43 am

absolutely gorgeous!

Kaitlyn Phipps - May 15, 2014 - 10:35 am

Absolutely gorgeous. Took my breath away! You are ao talented!

Emilia Jane - May 15, 2014 - 9:44 am

These are just beautiful Abby!

Shalese - May 15, 2014 - 8:40 am

EEK! First, I want that dress, and second, I want to live in that field. It’s so beautiful!! You always find the best spots!

Terri Baskin - May 15, 2014 - 8:31 am

Gah, so beautiful! Beautiful couple and gorgeous light!!!! Great job as usual Abby!

Rebekah - May 15, 2014 - 8:21 am

Wow, what a gorgeous couple!

Paula Kumar - May 15, 2014 - 8:21 am

Stunning pictures with heartfelt emotions screaming out in these pictures. Love them. Dido on the lace dress with cowboy boots!!!!

Urška Majer - May 15, 2014 - 8:18 am

Sooo gorgeous…love that light!

Jean - May 15, 2014 - 8:00 am

Beautiful photos! I love the lace dress with cowboy boots. Beautiful couple!

Dan & Liz- a classic New York City engagement session in Central Park

It began at a little school called Yale. You know, that gorgeous campus nestled in New Haven Connecticut, the same place where they’ll be saying their vows in a few weeks. “We dallied in love,” Liz said with a smile as they walked hand-in-hand through Central Park. Never committing to anything during their time at Yale, though the interest was there, Dan & Liz went their separate ways after graduation. But as fate would have it, their worlds collided once more when Liz was attending Harvard Business School and just so happened to be in the same grouping as Dan’s older brother. This time around, there was no dallying- just good, old-fashioned falling in love.

Dan & Liz, you two are perfect together. I love how easily you fit with one another, how playful your interaction is together! Spending the morning with you in my favorite US city was an honor and a complete joy, thank you so much for making the early morning chill so easy to embrace!

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Kristen Duffy - May 15, 2014 - 1:45 pm

Gorgeous! And I love the Yale blue at the end :) They’re adorable together!

Mary Neumann - May 15, 2014 - 7:28 am

Soooo gorgeous!!! Such a classy couple, so totally in love! (…and wonderfully captured!!) Pure joy! xo

Sarah Goodwin - May 14, 2014 - 6:41 pm

STUNNING! Nothing short of gorgeous Abby. And could that couple be any cuter together?

Samantha Laffoon - May 14, 2014 - 2:34 pm

Abby these are so beautiful! Love it!

Urška Majer - May 14, 2014 - 12:53 pm

Stunning :)

Jean - May 14, 2014 - 12:26 pm

Gorgeous photos, Abby! Beautiful couple and great background! Love every one of these shots!

Tiffany Heidenthal - May 14, 2014 - 12:23 pm

Beautiful! Love your New York shoots!