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As much as I love Mondays, I think I love Fridays 8x more. Everyone’s happier on Fridays! The sun shines a little brighter and people tend to smile more. Happy happy happy! Since I’m working on three-ish hours of sleep and have been up since 5:15, you’ll have to excuse this incredibly short post as I’m in desperate need of sleep. I was at the Eastern Shore this morning shooting an e-session I’m fairly certain you guys are going to LOVE! Enjoy these couple of previews from my last few shoots.

Currie‘s sunrise headshots session-

Reston Virginia portrait photographer

Brad & Lauren’s country e-session-

Manassas Battlefield country engagement photographer

This morning’s sunrise e-session with Josh & Lorinda on the Eastern Shore-

Maryland eastern shore engagement session photographer

Happy Friday!

[...] by Abby Grace Photography [...]

Sarah B - August 11, 2012 - 4:18 pm

I love love love the umbrella! :)

Karen Field - August 10, 2012 - 10:51 pm

Great job girl! The umbrella shot was creative and cute. I suppose my favorite one of this batch was the couple that were just on the point of kissing each other. That one left me breathless.

ashley link - August 10, 2012 - 10:00 pm

i love these! all the colors are so fresh and natural! great job, girl! :)

molly - August 10, 2012 - 4:55 pm

ruh roh. i think i’m going to lurve that country esession. i SPY COWBOY BOOTS.

Currie - August 10, 2012 - 2:55 pm

Yayy!! :-)

Rebekah Hoyt - August 10, 2012 - 12:37 pm

Man, have you been busy! I LOVE that rain shot! So adorable!

Love Everlasting- Craig & Molly’s Black Horse Inn wedding

Their love began in Charlottesville, when Molly frequented her brother’s apartment to keep him company on weekends. There it was that she met his roommate, Craig, and slowly but surely her visits became less about her brother and more about Craig. When he finally came to realize he couldn’t go through life without her by his side, he pulled her atop the roof deck on a dinner cruise and proposed that she be his, now and always.

Their wedding day was so, so sweet. Perfectly elegant, perfectly them, and perfectly lovely. Their friends and family were overjoyed to see Craig & Molly tie the knot, and when the time came for an introduction to the reception there wasn’t a single person left sitting. The way he makes her laugh, the way she cares for him. Perfectly in sync, made for each other.

Craig & Molly, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for the honor of photographing such an important day in your lives. Your day was one of the most beautiful I’ve ever had the chance to witness and I’m so thankful to have been there to document your love! I hope Cancun is as relaxing as your dreamed and that you’re finding marriage to be better than you ever imagined.

The day began in the bridal suite of the Black Horse Inn

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I was sooo excited when Molly told me she’d be wearing a Monique Lhuillier dress, and sure enough? It was gorgeous!!

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Molly! You look AMAZING.

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First Look time! I love love love First Looks- because Craig & Molly opted to have this intimate time together for portraits before the ceremony, we were able to to spend ample [relaxed!] time photographing their love at its finest.

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Work it out, Craig!

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You guys a re SO married :).

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Beautiful. Just stunning.

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Molly took so much time and care in choosing and creating her wedding decor and it all came together in such an exquisite way!

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How gorgeous is this cake? It was made to match Molly’s dress!

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I was so excited when Molly opted for a guest sign-in album; its the perfect way to put your e-session images to work!

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I love it when my couples let me pull them outside right before sunset. It’s so worth it!!

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This might be my favorite from the entire day…

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Sparkler exit!

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Vendors involved-
Dress: Monique Lhuillier
Shoes: Kate Spade
Hair & Make-up: Carissa Blanchard of PR Partners
Bridesmaid clutches: Etsy
Floral Design: Bluebells
Ceremony: Holy Trinity Catholic Church
Reception venue: Black Horse Inn
Caterer: Windows
Deejay: Bruce Pike Productions

Happy Thursday!

Matt Ragan - August 16, 2012 - 1:07 pm

Never seen you two as happy as you do in these pictures. Molly you look absolutely gorgious. Best of luck you two.

Aunt Joyce - August 15, 2012 - 5:39 pm

Beautiful wedding captured for beautiful memories!

Jeff Arrington - August 15, 2012 - 4:13 pm

You guys look wonderful in your pictures. A great way to start a perfect marriage! I love you both and look forward to seeing the life you guys will build together (and with josi!)

Stephanie C. - August 15, 2012 - 10:49 am

Abby these are great pictures! Thanks! You obviously had great models to work with :)

mollystillman - August 10, 2012 - 4:43 pm

GHAOWAOISHAOIRHOIAGBOABNDA. ABBY. THESE. no words. wow. holy moly. i mean. gorgeous. GAH!

Hannah Rancourt - August 9, 2012 - 3:14 pm

These are SO beautiful Abby! I love her flowers! Gorgeous!

Janelle C. - August 9, 2012 - 2:54 pm

From the dress to the wedding cake to the center pieces – It was a beautiful wedding!

Megan - August 9, 2012 - 2:48 pm

The Photographs are beaustful! They capture so many details and emotions! It was an honor being apart of this awesome day!

Sarah - August 9, 2012 - 2:34 pm

You rocked it out girl! love every single one!

ashley barnett - August 9, 2012 - 2:12 pm

Ohhhh LOVE her dress! So fluffy and perfect!

Christina Stevens - August 9, 2012 - 1:44 pm

If you don’t mind my asking, the photo album which looks like had engagement photos in it and was used as a guest book, where was that from?

Rebekah Hoyt - August 9, 2012 - 12:43 pm

Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! Her details are so beautiful! Wonderful work, Abby!

Shel Silverstein Wedding Styled Shoot- the full post

As y’all may already know, yesterday was a big day around here. Our Shel Silverstein wedding shoot made its big debut on the pretty pages of Wedding Chicks, a national wedding blog! We’d been keeping it under wraps so as to not spoil the surprise, but now that the cat’s out of the bag I can’t wait to share the full shoot here on the blog.

The entire idea started when Bree of Capitol Romance and I were rummaging around in our brains for creative concepts for our next shoot. She suggested an industrial theme with bronze colors and light bulbs, and we somehow evolved from light bulbs to A Light In The Attic (one of Shel’s books of poems for kids, both youth and old). I LOVED Shel Silverstein growing up as did Bree, so we took the theme and ran with it. The poem we based most of the shoot after is called “Invitation,” and it reads as such:

If you are a dreamer, come in.
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,
A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer…
If you’re a pretender come sit by my fire
For we have some flax golden tales to spin.
Come in!
Come in!

We loved the idea of “dreamer” so we chose a palette of fluffy pinks, golds and charcoals and accented the shoot with light bulbs and clouds. We were so fortunate to be able to work with Lynn of the Black Horse Inn (one of my favorite venues in the world!), and the green fields and gorgeous ambiance of the venue really helped take the entire shoot up a notch. Enough talking, though. Enjoy the eye candy!

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My favorite graphic designer Wendy of Weswen Design was our first choice for paper goods, and oh BOY did she deliver! This is the most fun invitation suite I’ve ever seen.

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Please take note of the wording on the RSVP card.

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Amanda of Anthomanic was our first choice for florals. She’s crazy awesome- I’ve never seen anyone manipulate and design arrangements and bouquets the way she does. SHe’s one of the most creative people I know in the industry, so when she said she was on board I did a huge Jersey fist pump.

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Bree DIYed these sweet glitter light bulbs and clouds. Aren’t they fun?

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I knew exactly who I wanted to ask to be our models for this shoot- Alex & Seamus are such a sweet couple and are incredible in front of the camera! Seamus was styled by Ethan Field, a dude with fabulous taste in men’s higher-end fashion (also, my big brother!). Love that bow tie. The dress Alex is wearing is an Amsale gown- we found it at Fabulous Frocks of Alexandria, a consignment boutique for designer wedding gowns. It was perfect for our theme!

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We had a couple of different looks for Alex planned, based around two different headpieces by Two Back Flats. This white rosette + veil was so gorgeous on Alex’s curled tresses, courtesy of the amazing Jewel Hair Design! Bree and I loved the disheveled-yet-elegant ‘do Julie designed for our first piece. Rachel of Dainty Artistry made sure Alex’s make-up was fresh and fabulous all evening, and I loved the job she did on Alex’s eye make-up!

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Light bulb boutonniere!

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Dessert table! That adorable sign is one of Wendy’s creations, and all the treats were made/gathered by Bree & I. Cream puffs, meringues shaped like clouds,angel food cake and cotton candy.

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I DIY-ed these cotton candy cones with paper, a scalloped paper punch and some double stick tape. Super easy. Also, GET A LOAD of that adorable bridal top hat! Another one of Two Back Flats’ creations! It fit perfectly with our quirky theme!

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Now do you see why I love this venue?

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Happy Wednesday! Oh, and check it out- there’s a “Pin it” button at the bottom of the post! Wooo

malika luthra - August 10, 2012 - 7:18 pm

so fun — i absolutely adore this whole shoot! shel silverstein is one of my favorite authors and you’ve captured the essence of his poem in this shoot beautifully!

Deborah Zoe - August 10, 2012 - 12:32 pm

GORGEOUS girl!!:)

Serena Severtson - August 9, 2012 - 10:45 am

SO. MUCH. LOVE. <3

No seriously, everything is amazing. The photography, the details, the lighting… and Alex + Seamus are simply adorable!

Madelyn M. Halley - August 9, 2012 - 2:08 am

Absolutely and definitely lovely… like the glittered bulb DIY, is it good for use?? if it is, I’m sure they will look beautiful at night when the party will going to lighten the venue!!!

mollystillman - August 8, 2012 - 4:43 pm

i seriously am SO in love with this. it’s crazy!!

katie - August 8, 2012 - 2:10 pm

SO CUTE! I love this whole shoot from the styling to the images! Wonderful job ladies and CONGRATS on the feature!! :D

Rebekah Hoyt - August 8, 2012 - 2:08 pm

Wowowwwww gorgeous Abby!

Malia - August 8, 2012 - 1:39 pm

Swooning! Absolutely adore this styled shoot, amazing job! Looking beautiful as always, Alex!

Alex and Seamus - August 8, 2012 - 11:40 am

Swoon! The images are beautiful, Abby! Seamus and I had such an incredible day and can’t thank you enough for being a part of this wonderful experience! You’re the best!

Jean - August 8, 2012 - 10:43 am

I love this shoot. I love the bouquet and the pastel colors. You have done an outstanding job. Of course the photography is outstanding!

Rici - August 8, 2012 - 10:37 am

LOVE IT ALL!!

Julie @JewelHairDesign - August 8, 2012 - 10:36 am

Abby, these images are stunning!The more I see, the more excited I am! I am so happy to have been a part of this shoot! AND WOW….you got some amazing hair shots…CANT THANK YOU ENOUGH! *hugs*

Justin Ferry - August 8, 2012 - 9:46 am

You are back at it again Abby! Making great things come to life. Can you please send some of that dessert table over my way? Great work!

Christine - August 8, 2012 - 9:34 am

Beautiful and inspiring as always Abby!! I want to go back and read all the books again :)

bree [capitolromance] - August 8, 2012 - 9:24 am

OMG YESSSSSSSSSSs. I cannot stop looking at this! Your images are just STUNNING and that day was exhausting, but obviously SO worth it! Thanks for sharing more!

Shel Silverstein Styled Shoot on Wedding Chicks!

HOORAY! I’m so excited for today! The Shel Silverstein styled shoot that I designed with Bree of Capitol Romance is on Wedding Chicks!! Go check out the entire feature and leave some love on the post if you feel lead :). (What’s that? Is there a full post coming later this week? Well, okay. If you insist!)

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Happy happy Tuesday!

Rachel - August 7, 2012 - 9:30 pm

That’s for adding a “pin it” button. I’ve been hoping you’d put one up! And on a random note, I love the idea of a Shel Silverstein shoot! Such a great idea!

Karen Field - August 7, 2012 - 7:57 pm

Good teaser! I’m trying to picture in my head what a Shel Silverstein shoot would involve. I can’t wait to see the whole shoot!

Sarah G - August 7, 2012 - 12:51 pm

Woot Woot! Super creative & fun – congrats on the feature girl!

ashley barnett - August 7, 2012 - 12:49 pm

Congrats Abby!!! Such an awesome shoot and feature! :)

Hannah Rancourt - August 7, 2012 - 12:07 pm

How exciting! Can’t wait to see your take on it!

Dani - August 7, 2012 - 10:50 am

Saw this on Capitol Romances page this morning!!! So awesome!!

Ursha - August 7, 2012 - 10:44 am

Congrats :) such gorgeous photos!

Rici - August 7, 2012 - 10:24 am

Finally we were able to see more of that sweet little hat!! Super cute session!! Salutii ;-)

Katie Nesbitt - August 7, 2012 - 10:03 am

Congrats!! Beautiful work!

caitlin elizabeth - August 7, 2012 - 9:55 am

holy moly. i know you’re not going to agree with me, but i think this holds an even more special place in my heart than the harry potter themed shoot. genius.

teri pozniak // tPoz - August 7, 2012 - 9:38 am

Features are so awesome – especially one on Wedding Chicks!! Congrats!!

Emilia Jane - August 7, 2012 - 9:31 am

Congratulations on the feature!!

mollystillman - August 7, 2012 - 9:26 am

YAY!! this is so exciting!

molly @ still being molly - August 7, 2012 - 9:26 am

YAY!! oh my goodness this is so exciting!

Rebekah Hoyt - August 7, 2012 - 9:24 am

Wow Abby! This is gorgeous! Congratulations to you and Bree! It’s so creative and fun!

Amanda Apple [Anthomanic] - August 7, 2012 - 9:11 am

YAY ABBY! Looks beautiful! So excited!!! Thank you for including me in the shoot :)

Monday Mash-Up

Well hello, there, Monday! You are a welcome, welcome sight after such a busy weekend. Sometimes Mondays are actually a sigh of relief- sort of like a “phew! I can finally dig into those wedding photos from Saturday!” I won’t lie though- there are other times when Mondays are the last thing I want to wake up and see. Fortunately, today is NOT one of those kinds of days!

As always, things I learned/events that took place/reasons for you to laugh from the past week:

  • I bought new running shoes! This, in and of itself, isn’t all that exciting. However, imagine my delight when the guy at Footsteps running store pulls out a pair of Asics with the model name of “Nimbus.” Yes, folks, I’m wearing Quidditch racing broom running shoes. And I’m strongly considering lettering in “2000″ at the heel.
  • Whilst on my long runs, I often wish I’m wearing a t-shirt that says “Yeah I’d be running that fast if I were only going two miles, too” for those humiliating times when I get passed by a sprinting Victoria’s Secret model.
  • Occasionally I’ll find myself clicking my car remote at our front door, wondering why it won’t unlock. This happens most frequently when I’m tired.
  • I’m ridiculously scatter-brained sometimes- Matt came home on Friday to find the cereal in the refrigerator, and this was only after I’d already retrieved the milk from the pantry. I’ll find things in odd places all over the house- “honey, why is your iphone on the shelf with the dishes?” I image this will only get worse with age.
  • Growing up, my dad was the villain of the laundry room. He shrank some of my favorite articles of clothing, so at age 12 I began doing my own laundry. Well, the tables have turn: I was in a hurry last Wednesday so I stuck my favorite dress in the dryer. My thinking was that cotton was the only material that shrinks and since this dress was rayon, I was ok! NOT. I pull it out of the dryer and it was now indecently short.

Look! A preview from Molly & Craig’s wedding! So excited to share more of these this Thursday!

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Mmm. Kate Spade shoes and an exquisite couple? Yes please!

Happy Monday!

Megan Lesley - August 7, 2012 - 8:08 pm

Our milk was found on our cereal shelf a few weeks ago – the prime suspect was me! Eep! Glad Im not the only one!!

Karen Field - August 6, 2012 - 5:28 pm

New running shoes! Good, take care of those feet that are going to carry you to the Marine Corps Marathon in Oct. Scatterbrained? Sorry, girlie, that one got passed on by family genes. Loved the picts! Beautiful bride! Golly, I’ve really gone overboard with the !!!!!!1. Mom

Erin - August 6, 2012 - 10:51 am

I am constantly trying to open the front door with my car key button too!

Hannah Rancourt - August 6, 2012 - 10:30 am

Oh SO stunning! Your things learned always crack me up!!! I love that you have Nimbus shoes!!!! SO cool! Also, just wait till you get pregnant one day if you already try storing the milk in the pantry. Too funny!

Rebekah Hoyt - August 6, 2012 - 10:08 am

Wow that sneak is stunning! Those colors – so beautiful!!

Jean - August 6, 2012 - 9:58 am

Glad you got new running shoes and that they are so awesome. Love the pics. You are so talented!

caitlin elizabeth - August 6, 2012 - 9:55 am

her flowers look AMAZING. i’m scatter brained like that too – i once put my shoe away with the groceries and a bag of noodles in my closet. fail. and i click my car remote at my front door too. this post hit so close to home!! haha (except for the running part…)

molly stillman - August 6, 2012 - 9:46 am

NIMBUS SHOES?! AWESOME. and that sneak peek? MORE awesome. gah!!!

Dani Leigh - August 6, 2012 - 9:41 am

I love love love this post. Everything made me laugh. Can’t believe you have quidditch shoes. AND OMG Let’s make that t-shirt because I feel the same exact way as cars pass me and I am running slow because I am on mile 6! Jerks. AND when I had a stupid job as not a photographer I would get home and wonder why my badge wouldn’t scan to let me in the door. I heart Monday Mash Ups!