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Matt’s Turn – Our Story

As you may or may not know, today is Abby and I’s anniversary. To celebrate our anniversary, I thought I would commandeer her blog for the day to tell my side of our story.

It started off on a cool October night way back in 2008. I was down in Radford for a reunion of my previous summer’s mission trip to Hampton Beach. We were at a party at one of my friend’s houses with the rest of my fellow mission trippers. I was talking with my friend J.R. when I saw a really pretty girl dancing across the room. I turned to J.R. and asked “Who is that girl in the blue shirt?”, to which he replied “Oh, that’s Abby,  so-and-so’s girlfriend.” “Good for him” I said, thinking to myself, “she’s really pretty” but figuring that nothing could come of it.

Fast forward a few months, and we run into each other at another friends’ house and then at the Christmas Conference for Campus Crusade for Christ over break. These were the first times I talked to her, and I found myself wanting to make her laugh her cute laugh.

Throughout the second semester I noticed myself waiting on Facebook at night in my apartment, waiting to talk to Abby. My heart would skip a little beat each time she would come online, because I found myself drawn into talking to her. Then she told me that she was going to be going on the same mission trip that I would be that summer!

I knew that I wanted to get to know her more, and felt like the 10 weeks of the summer project was the perfect time to do so. I asked her on a date two weeks into the trip at a laundromat. We went with a group of people to do laundry (there was only one washer/dryer  in the house for 40 people) and so I patiently waited for everyone to leave. I had finally gathered up the courage to ask Abby out, but still had to wait for one last person. It seemed like forever before he would finally leave us, and I almost lost my courage, but finally, leave he did. As Abby and I were the only ones left, I finally mumbled “I was wondering if you’d like to go on a date with me?” To which she said yes (after having to ask me to repeat it), which I couldn’t actually believe that she would do.

I tried to give her the best first date she ever had. I enlisted help of friends in creating a scavenger hunt around Hampton Beach, which ended with her finding me for a picnic on the beach. I felt that this was a good first date, but then three days later Abby told me that she was not ready to date me :(.

Now for some people this might be a reason to move on. But for me, I knew that God was not done with my relationship with Abby. Lucky for me, I listened. Abby eventually let me take her on a second date! (Persistence really pays off). We started officially dating at the midnight premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince while sitting amongst 20 of our friends from the trip.

After we got back and started the next year (my Junior, her Senior), she decided that she wanted to surprise me at a Cru Highlighter party we were hosting at Mason. I was having a crappy day, and was just about to leave the party when my friend Steve was like “Hey you should stay just a little while longer.” If it hadn’t been for him, I would have missed my beautiful (then) girlfriend (thanks Steve!). Abby showing up and surprising me made my weekend so much better. It was right then and there that I decided that I wanted to marry her.

Six months after we started dating, I was able to convince both of our parents that Abby and I were ready to get married. We went out to celebrate the six months that we had been dating before Abby had to go back to school. I took her to one of my favorite Thai restaurants (Sakoontra in Fairfax, so good!), and after hurrying her through the meal, I took her to the church where I grew up and proposed on the front steps. Amazingly, she said yes!

A year later we got married and now it’s been two years. Two of the best, most rewarding years of my life. I am so blessed and can’t wait to spend the rest of them with her. I’m so blessed. I love you so much Abby, happy anniversary!

 

The first picture we ever took together (in case you were wondering, that is a nose piercing in this picture, Abby used to have one) and the night I asked Abby out on a date for the first time (yay laundromats! [that's my "Play it cool but really I'm freaking out about asking Abby on a date" face])

The house we stayed (with 40 college students!) at in Hampton Beach, NH and an event we did on the beach (doesn’t she look fearsome?)

From the highlighter party and a picture of Abby, Steve and me at a $5 prom event (obviously not our everyday clothes… [at least I hope you don't think those are, but I don't know you, and you don't know me, so you might think that, but they aren't])

Our First Christmas and Abby’s graduation party (can’t think of any funny comment to say here, just wanted to put something in parenthesis for consistency’s sake).

Our wedding day! Isn’t she gorgeous?

And finally from our anniversary shoot in New York City with J&M!

Becky - January 10, 2013 - 1:38 pm

Aww Hampton Beach! Good times =)

Katie - January 9, 2013 - 3:51 pm

Aw, Matt, you are a serious sweetheart, and great story-teller! Good thing you were persistent and patient! Abby, you have a very awesome husband, not every guy would take over the wife’s blog to write something so vulnerable and sweet. :) Loved reading you all’s story.

Tony and Annabella - January 9, 2013 - 8:04 am

Happy Anniversary from myself and my daughter Bella. Mised you guys at Trivia last night but you had a perfect excuse.May you enjoy many more years together.

Karen Field - January 8, 2013 - 11:14 pm

Abby, thank you for giving Matt the helm today. I loved reading his perspective. I think the sweetest thing about his proposal was that he took you to the church that shaped his life to propose to you. I couldn’t have chosen a better man for you if I’d been given the reigns to do that. You two are such an example of a couple that complements each other and also can show grace to each other. Your honesty, both of you, is a testament to others. I’m proud of you both and look forward to what God has for you!

ashley link - January 8, 2013 - 11:07 pm

oh my gosh! this is beautiful! it made me tear up! this is so sweet and romantic. wow! it’s so wonderful to have someone feel that way about you! this is beautiful! happy anniversary! :)

Erin S. - January 8, 2013 - 9:51 pm

Such a sweet story! Happy Anniversary!!

Kristen - January 8, 2013 - 5:26 pm

Matt, you should write more often. I enjoy seeing your personality come through in the same font where I usually expect to see Abby’s :) I’m so happy for you both! Happy anniversary!!! (I realized I didn’t say that the other day when we saw each other. So you get three exclamation points. :) )

Suzanne Minskey - January 8, 2013 - 11:18 am

Happy Anniversary guys! Abby, you looked GORGEOUS on your wedding day. What a wonderful sweet way to honor your anniversary with your story on the blog through your husband’s eyes. Very touching! Here’s to another year for you guys even better than the last! *clink* (pretend I’m toasting you, ok? lol)

Kelley - January 8, 2013 - 10:28 am

*heels…sheesh.

And by the way, Matt deserves HUGE points for being willing to hang in there past the “my dad is a cop and my brothers are in the military and if you make me cry they will all hurt you…badly” that Abby had gracing her dating years. You are a man of rare courage and great humor.

molly stillman - January 8, 2013 - 10:16 am

this is ADORABLE. love it! happy anniversary you two!

Rebekah Hoyt - January 8, 2013 - 9:41 am

This is SO sweet! I love hearing your story through Matt’s eyes – he loves you so much. Happy Anniversary!!!

Megan Guernsey - January 8, 2013 - 9:08 am

This is adorable! I like Matt’s parenthesis comments (just for consistency lol). Happy 2nd Anniversary!!!

Kelley - January 8, 2013 - 8:57 am

What a great idea — the guy’s perspective. Well done, Matt.

And by the way, I know Abby. That dress and heals in the $5 prom — how could anyone think Abby had to spend even $5 to dress up as a princess? It was probably already in her closet. LOL

Erica - January 8, 2013 - 8:31 am

What a lovely story! Happy Anniversary!!

Hannah Forsberg - January 8, 2013 - 8:30 am

This is precious, Abby!

Lena - January 8, 2013 - 8:17 am

Love seeing all these pictures! Happy Anniversary!!

Mercedes Snow - January 8, 2013 - 8:15 am

I just love you two. Happy anniversary, y’all! :)

Jean - January 8, 2013 - 8:12 am

Oh, Matt, you brought tears to this Granny’s eyes. You two are a perfect couple and I love you both! Wishing you many happy years together!

Monday Mash-Up

It’s my last Monday Mash-Up from our little apartment!! This coming Saturday is moving day, and since we’ll be taking my entire office + the rest of our furniture over, I have approximately five days (including this one) left to work in our apartment. We started the onerous task of painting on New Year’s Day (and spent WAY too much money at Lowes), and everything’s starting to come together! The new couch arrived the day  after we painted the living room, I’ve almost finished painting my office, and Matt & I just can’t wait to get settled in.

Also, can I just brag on my husband for a moment? He came home on Friday night to find me stressed to. the. max. about my lack of organization/systems to help me keep track of things, and instead of rolling his eyes at me for being in hysterics over something as small as messy desk drawers, he did the following:

  1. Kindly forced me to shut my computer down. It was past my “office hours” anyways.
  2. Took me out to buy a new desk from World Market, since we’d been talking about giving my old one away.
  3. Then took me to Best Buy to look for software that would help me track expenses, invoices, etc.
  4. Finished out the evening by taking me for Mexican. And a strawberry margarita :).

He’s the best! And now, as usual, lessons learned/things that transpired over the past week:

  • Matt’s parents came on Saturday while I was out shooting a wedding to help Matt pack up our living room and kitchen. SO thankful for them! Now the only problem is that I keep forgetting the kitchen’s been packed up, so I open the drawers to look for a bowl/silverware/tea and everything’s gone. Whoops!
  • I have yet to begin the daunting assignment of packing up my office, and I’m starting to stress out about it. It looks like the Craft Fairy set off a bomb in my office closet.
  • Our anniversary is tomorrow! Matt went shopping for my gift on Saturday so when I got home from Mike & Anna’s wedding that night, he asked if we wanted to exchange gifts early because of how excited he was to give me mine. I opened up the package to find two adorable dresses that he picked out all by himself! He’s definitely made up for shrinking my favorite dress a few weeks ago :).
  • Note to self: the paint guy at Lowes is a liar. We were informed we’d need 3 gallons of paint to cover our living room. Turns out it only took one and a half. THANKS A LOT, Lowes guy, who sold us a gallon and a half extra of non-refundable paint.

And look! A sweet preview from Mike & Anna’s wedding on Saturday! These two are so, so lovely. Look out for their blog post on Thursday!

Front Royal wedding photographer

Now excuse me while I head off to throw things into moving boxes!

Jean - January 7, 2013 - 11:51 am

That Matt is such a great guy! So glad you two found each other . Good luck with the move and Happy Anniversary, a day early! Love you!

Mia Bjerring - January 7, 2013 - 11:13 am

That was so sweet of Matt to do! I’m glad he is such a good man to you, you deserve that! And I hope you will be showing us some photos of those two new dresses! Happy early Anniversary!

Eryn Kesler - January 7, 2013 - 11:13 am

Hey Abby! That dude WAS a liar if you he told you 3 gallons! :( Boo. The +side is, I love Lowe’s paint, because it covers so well! (I’m a weirdo who actually likes to paint).

#2-I’m excited for your new desk! I was at World Market recently, crushing on all the cute furniture they had! So much cute stuff.

Happy New Year!

Vanessa - January 7, 2013 - 10:30 am

Good luck with the move- hoping the stress stays minimal for you and instead you both are able to enjoy this exciting milestone!! :)

Sarah - January 7, 2013 - 9:42 am

Aww you are blessed with such a sweet hubby!

molly stillman - January 7, 2013 - 9:37 am

seriously what a sweet hubby!! knows JUST what you need!! i love it. and that sneak peek? GORGEOUS.

Natalie - January 7, 2013 - 9:06 am

Your husband is the sweetest person ever… But seriously!

rachel - January 7, 2013 - 9:05 am

So do tell what software you ended up getting to track everything? can’t wait to see post on the new space :)

Erica - January 7, 2013 - 8:58 am

Good luck moving on Saturday! Love the preview photo and of course can’t wait to see more as usual!

Erin - January 7, 2013 - 8:57 am

I work at lowes. And at the service desk. They will take the paint back. The unopened one at least. Just go there tell them the paint guy told you wrong :) people do it all the time at my store!

2012 weddings- a year in review!

To say that 2012 was an insane year would be a complete understatement. 2012 ROCKED MY WORLD. Between finally finding my voice as a photographer to leaving my full-time desk job, I have enough blessings to fill a book. I remember around this time last year, I told myself “2012 is going to be my year! This is GOING to happen.” And it did! God showered me with opportunities I didn’t deserve, and I will never fully understand how I’ve been so blessed. 2012 was also a year of heartache with everything going on with my mom’s health, but I have all of these amazing things to reflect on, and having something to be thankful for in the midst of a crisis kept me looking up.

It was SO strange going through the folders of images to pick my favorites for this post. So strange. My shooting style hasn’t so much changed direction as it has matured, and I’m encouraged when I look back on the year and see how much I’ve grown. I also shudder at some of the less-than-stellar edits and thank the Lord that I learned what a histogram is this year. OY.

Without further ado, the AGP brides and grooms of 2012!

Rob & Sarah were married last January in Vienna on one of the coldest days ever, and yet they STILL managed to rock out their portraits! Hello, awesome train car.

Abby Grace Photography weddings 2012

Steve & Emilia’s situation was reversed- we had a freak bout of warm weather come through just in time for their St. Patrick’s Day wedding, so the weather was perfect for portraits! I LOVED the emerald green color scheme they picked out!

Abby Grace Photography weddings 2012

Chris & Monica. I don’t even know where to start with them- they are one of the sweetest, most genuine couples I’ve ever met, and their wedding left my heart so full!

Abby Grace Photography weddings 2012

(Apparently I didn’t believe in taking horizontal images until May 2012?) Matt & Anna! Their wedding day was GORGEOUS. Perfect weather, perfect light, perfect everything. And they’re just perfect together.

Abby Grace Photography weddings 2012

Dan & Carole were married in Alexandria on Memorial Day, and hot diggity dawg. Those SHOES.

Abby Grace Photography weddings 2012

Daniel & Katie! I’d been anxiously awaiting their big day for a LONG time- Katie & I had a class together at RU and I knew within the first week of knowing her that they’d be married one day.

Abby Grace Photography weddings 2012Ohhh, Jamie & Abbeigh. These two are the CUTEST. Their inability to do the “model face” because they couldn’t stop smiling was one of my favorite parts throughout the day. And I believe there was one point during the reception that Jamie said something to the effect of “It’s been more than five minutes since I last kissed my bride. Where is she?”
Abby Grace Photography weddings 2012

John & Hannah’s reception was SO much fun- Hannah’s Ethiopian family gave us all a taste of what dancing looks like from the other side of the globe.

Abby Grace Photography weddings 2012

Everything about Craig & Molly’s day was exquisite- from the way she looked in her Monique Lhuillier gown to all of the handmade details at the reception. Oh, and the fact that their reception was at my all-time favorite venue, The Black Horse Inn :).

Abby Grace Photography weddings 2012

Remember Vinnie & Maria? A last minute rain storm forced us to move the ceremony indoors, but they didn’t care as long at they were married at the end of the day. Oh, and that dress? It was Maria’s mother’s dress :).

Abby Grace Photography weddings 2012

Shawn & Katie :). Just as sweet as they can be, their wedding day was such a reflection of their relationships with Christ. They really are better together!

Abby Grace Photography weddings 2012

Gary & Clarisse‘s day was stunning. It was so elegant, so classic, and as Clarisse is just about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen, their day went down in my books as PERFECT!

Abby Grace Photography weddings 2012

Phil & Megan, how much do I love you both? A LOT. Megan was one of the first brides I booked for 2012, and I knew from the first few emails that I was going to adore them. And adore them I do :).

Abby Grace Photography weddings 2012

Tyler & Vicky mentioned during our first meeting the possibility of wanting to do their portraits at the National Portrait Gallery. I had to restrain myself from launching over the table to bear hug them, because the NPG is one of my all-time favorite locations to shoot.

Abby Grace Photography weddings 2012

After their amazing e-session at Glen Echo, I KNEW Robbie & Juliann’s wedding day was going to be beautiful! And sure enough, they did not disappoint. Their bridal party photos are some of my all-time favorites!

Abby Grace Photography weddings 2012

Jay & Meagan’s wedding looked straight out of the pages of a rustic wedding blog! Everything was handmade with love, and their ceremony was one of the most beautiful worship services I’ve ever witnessed.

Abby Grace Photography weddings 2012

Oooh, Brad & Lauren. Your sweet, sweet wedding melted my heart over and over again! Their portraits are some of my favorites I’ve ever taken. I hope it’s not weird that I kind of want to paper the walls of my new office with their images.

Abby Grace Photography weddings 2012

Jarrod & Abby’s intimate Alexandria wedding was such a joy. Abby has this boisterous laugh and a smile that lights up a room, and just watching her be at peace with Jarrod was a blessing.

Abby Grace Photography weddings 2012

And finally, Seamus & Alex! The Captain and Mrs. Carey were married this past weekend, and I can’t help but feel incredibly fortunate when I look over their images. I could not have picked a more perfect couple who fits with me, my brand and my mission, and photographing their joyful, exuberant love was the PERFECT way to round out my year.

Abby Grace Photography weddings 2012

To all of my 2012 brides and grooms, from the bottom of my heart, thank you. Thank you for trusting me with your precious memories, thank you for letting your guard down in front of me, thank you for living joyfully, loving passionately, and laughing often. You made 2012 a year that I will never ever forget, and you all can never know how much I love you!

Happy Friday!

Maddie - January 31, 2013 - 9:42 am

So beautiful! Bluemont is gorgeous, what elegant photos and a great couple. :)

Stephen - January 6, 2013 - 9:54 pm

One heck of a year Gracey! AMAZINGLY DONE!!!

Ashley - January 5, 2013 - 9:38 pm

I just happened upon your blog and you’ve got some lovely work!

Erica - January 4, 2013 - 1:19 pm

Congrats on finishing your best year yet! I hope 2013 is even better for you and can’t wait to read more of your entries! :-)

Rebekah Hoyt - January 4, 2013 - 12:51 pm

I have LOVED following your blog and getting to know your clients through you – I feel like I know them all so well! Thank you for sharing such beautiful images and memories with the rest of us :)

Hillary - January 4, 2013 - 12:41 pm

I love that you wrote a little something to go with each picture, all the “end of year” post I’ve looked through so far just have the photos. Great idea to let the bride and groom know that you remember some of the details of their day.

Oh, and great work!

Elisabeth Carol - January 4, 2013 - 12:37 pm

Gorgeous images! Absolutely MELTING over that last black and white!

Jean - January 4, 2013 - 12:25 pm

These are all so beautiful! I love them all and I’m sure it was not easy picking your favorites. Love your work. Love you!

Wendy (Weswen Design) - January 4, 2013 - 12:22 pm

How can I be the first to comment on this post?! Abby your work truly shines and it’s awesome to see the journey that 2012 offered you. You have a long and prosperous career ahead of you, my friend!!

Sarah Adams - January 4, 2013 - 12:15 pm

Each image just gets better and better! And they ALL are amazing, inspiring images! Happy 2013 AGP! Can’t wait to see what it brings you :)

Seamus & Alex: an elegant Belvedere Baltimore wedding

You know those kinds of pairings that just GO together? Like grilled cheese and tomato soup, a warm sandy beach and a good book, or a cold winter day and a mug of hot chocolate? That’s Seamus and Alex; they were created with the other in mind. As the new Mr. & Mrs. say, they go together like milk and cookies. She’s that gorgeous Italian girl that could make friends with anyone, he’s her steady Irish Marine who looks at her with the eyes of first love. They love each other fiercely, endlessly, enthusiastically, and their love is the sort that makes everyone around them smile a bit more broadly. And so on December 29, 2012, when they exchanged rings and promised to hold each other forever, for better or for worse, it felt like all was right in the world. Because they go together like milk & cookies.

Seamus & Alex, words cannot express what an utter blessing it was to be with you on your wedding day! I’ve never been so energized by anyone, and you all kept me smiling and laughing (with an occasional happy tear!) all day long. I’m incredibly grateful to call you both friends and I’m so excited for you both as you start a new chapter of your love story! I love you both!

We began at the Baltimore Hilton…

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Alex, you are breathtakingly gorgeous.

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I LOVE THESE TWO.

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The Baltimore Belvedere officially holds my heart. And as you squeal over the various paper products, just know that Alex designed each and every piece!

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Bridal gown: Allure Bridals
Shoes: Nina
Bridesmaid dresses: Bari Jay
Ceremony: SSt. Augustine’s church
Reception: The Belvedere
Paper Products: ALexandra Nicole Design (the bride!)
Jewelry: Nina
Florals: Autumn Graces of Bleached Butterfly
Deejay: Absolute Entertainment

Maria - January 8, 2013 - 8:08 pm

So classy! So demure! Such timeless elegance to the images!

Jae - January 7, 2013 - 9:13 am

ugh these are GORGEOUS. i feel sick to my stomach looking at them, that’s how pretty they are. i can’t get over how dreamy everything looks, and that couple can’t even be real. so so so beautiful.

Dayna - January 4, 2013 - 1:32 pm

Such a classy event.. Bride was Stunning!

Kaitlin - January 4, 2013 - 1:01 pm

Abby, this is absolutely gorgeous! I love your work :)

Annamarie - January 4, 2013 - 12:56 pm

AMAZING!!! She is gorgeous and this is the prettiest/classiest wedding ever.

Jessica Simons - January 4, 2013 - 9:59 am

These are AMAZING. Happy Brides are the prettiest. :)

sharon elizabeth - January 3, 2013 - 7:37 pm

holy gorgeousness!!! by far your best wedding yet!!! great job!

Kat - January 3, 2013 - 7:30 pm

abby these are GORGEOUS! i stalk your blog every day and this way is my favorite! the picture are absolutely amazing!!!! the bride is gorgeous, i love her glamour style, the elegant reception, the winter coat… it’s all breathtaking!!

Abbey - January 3, 2013 - 6:43 pm

I totally agree with everyone’s comments! You did a super amazing documenting is wedding Abby. Absolutely stunning!!!

Al - January 3, 2013 - 3:31 pm

Very nice photos, can’t wait to see the rest.
Nice Job!!!!

ali W - January 3, 2013 - 3:24 pm

um, your best so far. that’s all. that bride is BEAUTIFUL.

Jill Powers - January 3, 2013 - 1:55 pm

So SOO good Abby! I love them all!!

Stephanie - January 3, 2013 - 1:55 pm

Beautiful pictures! These captured all the wonders of the day :-)

Malia - January 3, 2013 - 1:04 pm

Such an amazing wedding! One of my favorite pics is the one of the bridal party, I’d definitely get that printed and hang it!

caitlin elizabeth - January 3, 2013 - 12:56 pm

favorite wedding of yours ever!!!

Rebekah Carter - January 3, 2013 - 12:56 pm

I’m with everyone else. These are to-die-for. Great job!!!

Sarah Adams - January 3, 2013 - 12:49 pm

Amazing amazing amazing! Favorite shot is outside the Belvedere with the sign above them! What a classy wedding :)

Amanda - January 3, 2013 - 12:30 pm

Abby – I admire your blog everyday and I have to agree with the others – this is your best one yet! What a stunning event and you have definitely captured it above and beyond!

Christine - January 3, 2013 - 11:16 am

Stunning as always Abby! :)

Deanna - January 3, 2013 - 10:45 am

Abby, these are absolutely stunning. You have captured Alexandra’s style and taste perfectly with these photos. Well done :)

ashley barnett - January 3, 2013 - 10:37 am

Your best work my dear! This is amazing!!!

Kelly - January 3, 2013 - 10:37 am

These are gorgeous Abby! They look like such a fun couple. You captured that beautifully!

molly stillman - January 3, 2013 - 10:37 am

my heavens – this is stunning. just stunning. every image is swoonworthy!! and seriously – that bridal party portrait looks like the royal wedding photo!!!

Tori Watson - January 3, 2013 - 9:33 am

gorgeous, abby! the black & whites are my favorites, especially the one of her smiling in the car & them being nose-to-nose. sooo good. :)

Melissa - January 3, 2013 - 9:31 am

WOW!! How classy and beautiful.

I hope they get a giant canvas of the B&W of her in the car looking at you through the window- just jaw dropping!

Krista A. Jones - January 3, 2013 - 9:24 am

This wedding is so beautiful and elegant! I’ve been so excited to see it ever since Alex got engaged! So beautiful!

Deborah Zoe - January 3, 2013 - 9:19 am

I’m with Alicia!! Girl this wedding is simply divine!!

Lane Baldwin - January 3, 2013 - 9:17 am

Oh my gosh, I love that one of them kissing in the street. I would blow that up as a huuuuge canvas! Fabulous work, Abby! :)

Emilia Jane - January 3, 2013 - 9:13 am

Stunning work girl! Seriously, kudos!! XXOO

Rebekah Hoyt - January 3, 2013 - 9:08 am

I AM DYING. This is easily your best work – simply GORGEOUS on so many accounts! GIRL you are killing it!! :)

Alicia Candelora - January 3, 2013 - 9:03 am

This wedding perfectly depicts the type of brand you talked about creating on J&M’s The Big Next ;) Great job!

Erica - January 3, 2013 - 8:59 am

Abby! This is absolutely wonderful and beautiful! LOVE that first B&W one of the bride! What a way to finish out 2012, on a gorgeous note!

Tina Tabibi - January 3, 2013 - 8:58 am

Absolutely STUNNING. I enjoyed viewing every single one of these pics. Alex, I’m so happy for you!!! Congrats to you and Seamus. Your wedding was amazing!! Abby, you did a kick ass job.

Tara Peddicord - January 3, 2013 - 8:55 am

gorgeous!! and that indoor bridal party group photo? swoon…

Lena - January 3, 2013 - 8:55 am

Love so much about this wedding!!! Out of curiosity, how tall was that guy? I know you asked!!

Courtney Reese - January 3, 2013 - 8:55 am

great job! I shot a wedding there last June and it’s one of my favorite venues, such a pretty room :) I love the picture you got of her face when she was walking down the aisle.

Alison Mish - January 3, 2013 - 8:53 am

Abby!! These are absolutely stunning! So beautiful! (I especially love all the fun expressions you captured during the ceremony!)

Leah - January 3, 2013 - 8:51 am

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! Looking forward to seeing you tonight!!!

Pardon the mess

I wonder what it’s like to have a peaceful January? Three years ago Matt & I got engaged, two years ago (almost) we got married, and last January we MOVED on our first anniversary. So in true chaotic fashion, we started a new lease yesterday at our new town house! We spent the morning at Lowes picking up paint and supplies, and then the rest of the day was spent in various states of unrest- painting, chasing Lily around, Chinese takeout for dinner, then more painting. My mom brought over a bottle of bubbly to celebrate the new digs, so we did take a little bit of a break (thanks, Mom!)

We got the living room pretty much done (!) yesterday, all we need to to do is go back and touch up a few spots. And today? Today we paint MY office :). I’m so excited to finally be able to paint- our first two apartments were only one-year leases and we were required to paint back over before we moved, so it just didn’t feel worth the trouble. We’ve signed a two-year contract on the new town house though, and we DON’T have to paint over anything before we leave. Win. Win win win. So please excuse the mess/disorganized posting over the next week or so as I attempt to shuttle between two living spaces, 30 minutes apart. For example, it’s now January 2nd and I still haven’t blogged my “2012 year in review” post. Whoops! It’s on the calendar for Friday though, so let’s see how we do :).

Oh, and then we rounded out the evening with a game of Disney Cranium with my brother’s family. So yes, it was a chaotic New Year’s Day, but in the very best kind of way.

 Happy Wednesday!
Annamarie - January 2, 2013 - 2:10 pm

YAY!! It’s so fun moving into a new place knowing that you will be there for longer than just a year:):)…good luck!! I was so tired of painting by the time we finished…

Suzanne Minskey - January 2, 2013 - 1:01 pm

Exciting! I can’t wait until our new house is built so that I can do the whole painting thing for my new office. It’s nice to work in a space that you feel calm and centered in. Good luck with the new place, and hope things aren’t too crazy while you get settled. Happy New Year to you Abby!

Natalie - January 2, 2013 - 11:09 am

Congratulations on the new lease! That’s so exciting! Hugs!

Danielle Brooks - January 2, 2013 - 8:45 am

I just found your blog, and as a fellow photog, I love it! Excited to follow you in 2013!

Jean - January 2, 2013 - 8:26 am

Good luck in your new digs. Sounds like a lot of work, but I’m sure you and Matt are up to the task. Happy New Year, lovely granddaughter!

Deborah Zoe - January 2, 2013 - 8:22 am

congrats!!!! I’m raising my glass of sparkling cider ;);) to your new home:)!

Erica - January 2, 2013 - 8:22 am

I know the feeling! I cannot wait until we buy a house so I can paint and decorate to how my husband and I please! Congrats and hope you love the colors you picked! Hope to see some finish results!

Kristin - January 2, 2013 - 8:20 am

How fun. Can’t wait to see pictures.

Dani - January 2, 2013 - 7:46 am

Here’s to an uneventful January of 2014! :-) Congrats on the new digs!!

Rebekah Hoyt - January 2, 2013 - 7:36 am

YAY! I cannot wait to see it! I love painting – it made this place feel so much more my own :) And Disney Cranium?! I NEED to play that ASAP!

Urška Majer - January 2, 2013 - 7:31 am

Be sure to show your new office(and the rest of the house) when it’s done :)