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Building in time for bridal portraits

Let me start this off by saying that I LOVE bridal portraits. Love, love love them! During my first year as a wedding photographer, I was slightly terrified of them, so I’d just make sure to take a few images of the bride by herself during couples portraits. But ever since I attended J&M’s Walk Through A Wedding workshop, I’ve really begun to LOVE portraits of the bride by herself! It’s my second favorite part of the day, and I always make a point to build time into the schedule for these shots.

The conversation about a schedule begins when I first meet with a couple- I always walk my brides and grooms through what a typical wedding day with me looks like to set the expectation from the beginning about how much time is needed for each part of the portrait process. That way we can avoid getting two weeks out from the wedding and realizing there’s only 10 minutes left for bride & groom portraits :). As I’m walking the couple through the schedule, we chat about how once the bride has her dress on, we’ll ever so politely clear the room so that we can take 5-10 minutes to capture a few classic images of her before she goes out to meet her groom. This time is crucial for two reasons:

  • It gives my bride a chance to breathe, to soak it all in amidst the quiet calm of a mostly empty room
  • It gives me a chance to capture the elegant bridal portraits that I KNOW every bride (and every mother of every bride) wants to have.

I’ve noticed that taking this time with just the bride helps to calm her during what’s one of the more intense parts of the day. Getting your dress on is a big deal! Everyone’s oohing and aahing, and there will more than likely be a couple of tears shed. I want my brides to REMEMBER that feeling, and taking a few minutes to quietly photograph her gives her the chance to do just that. It’s especially important because these days, we’re seeing fewer and fewer brides doing bridal portrait sessions before the wedding day, so in order to have at least a handful of classic portraits I really need that time with my brides. I was in absolute heaven when Lauren and I built in 15-20 minutes for bridal portraits- having that time before we departed for the church was such a gift! As a result, we had time to shoot a few images inside her childhood home, and then a few extra minutes to spend shooting outside on the steps. The results were my favorite bridal portraits I’ve ever taken, and a huge part of that was having enough time to shoot in a relaxed fashion. As the photographer, I can control a lot of the level of frenzy in the room just with the tone and volume of my voice, but having an extra little window of time can make a huge difference!

And now, some of my favorite bridal portraits, all taken on wedding days!

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All this isn’t to say you shouldn’t do a bridal session if you’ve been thinking you want to- I LOVE BRIDAL SESSIONS! It’s more meant as an encouragement to make sure to schedule at least a few minutes on your wedding day to capture those precious images before you step out to meet your groom.

Happy Tuesday!

Colette - November 17, 2012 - 11:32 am

You know, after not really having a lot of time for portraits (DIY wedding!) this is great advice. Having that morning with you was way past our big day, but I know I will cherish those photos always. So while I wish they were from our wedding day, there’s always day-after or trash the dress shoots!

Sarah B. - November 15, 2012 - 4:32 pm

I didnt even know that there were a thing as bridal portraits and taking time for them – Ah, how didnt I know that?! lol. So glad you wrote a post about it and that you DO IT! I cant wait!! This definitely needs to be a part of our day! :D

Tiffany Farley - November 14, 2012 - 9:05 am

Absolutely stunning. That first image is my favorite!

ashley link - November 14, 2012 - 12:08 am

that first image is definitely a new favorite. it just pops! so beautiful! :)

Brittany Claud - November 13, 2012 - 2:00 pm

That first bridal portrait is one of my favorites you’ve done for sure!! I would love to see a post where you go in to detail about the timeline and also meeting with clients before hand!

Jean - November 13, 2012 - 9:55 am

These are all so beautiful that it would be hard to choose a favorite! Your work is exquisite!

Rebekah Hoyt - November 13, 2012 - 8:38 am

Gorgeous, gorgeous! I love the idea of clearing the room when you take these – I’ve had moments of chaos and trying to capture a sweet, quiet moment of just the bride can be difficult with 10 eager people watching what you do (and making the bride more nervous and aware of the people watching her) – this is GREAT advice!!

Monday Mash-Up

Welp, it’s official- my wedding season is over! Jarrod & Abby’s wedding this past Saturday marked the end of my busy 2012 season, and while it’s been an absolute trip, I’m excited for a little bit of down time. I have a few amazing weddings this winter that I can’t wait for(!), but I know that having the time to rest and recharge is going to make me even more excited for my couples. The off-season is such a great time to focus on areas that may have been weaknesses, to map out your next year’s calendar, and to brainstorm ways to improve your client experience. It’s also the time when you get to do allll those things you’d been wanting to do from April-November, but couldn’t find the time for :). The down time after my 2011 season led to some really healthy changes for me, so I can’t wait to get cranking again on everything! First up? Album designs. YESSS!

As always, things that happened over the past week:

  • In case any of my couples are thinking about having chocolate-covered Belgian waffles as wedding favors? You should totally do it. Jarrod and Abby had them on Saturday night and at the insistence of Abby’s mom, I took one home. Oh my word; AMAZING.
  • I need to pay more attention when packaging up my film for the mail- I was POSITIVE I’d sent off the rolls from Anna’s bridal session two weeks ago, but when I looked in our fridge last week I found 4 rolls marked “Anna” sitting in the butter shelf. I still have no idea which rolls I sent off instead of Anna’s. Guess I’ll find out whenever my scans come in!
  • Does anyone else ever wonder how things like coffee and chocolate were discovered? What compelled our ancestors to look at a red coffee berry, break it open, taste the terrible coffee bean, decide to roast it, then to grind it and boil it in water, then once that tasted awful to add cream and sugar? Really, things like that astound me.
  • My tires were bordering on dangerously bald- I’m still not sure how they passed inspection. So when I took my car to our mechanic last week to check the engine, I asked him to go ahead and order me some tires. Too bad I didn’t realize I’d bought the sport edition of the Mazda 3, so my 17-inch alloy wheels required I spend $900 on new tires. Oh well, at least I can drag race now.
  • Photographer nightmares are ridiculous- last night I dreamt that Katie and Shawn were entering their reception with a synchronized swimming routine involving their entire bridal party, and I couldn’t get my light stand up and functional in time to capture it. I need to stop consuming sugar before bedtime.

And look! More previews from this weekend!

Happy Monday!

mollystillman - November 14, 2012 - 3:30 pm

LOVE those sneak peeks, abby!!! you are getting better and better with every shoot you do. seriously. congrats on the end to wedding season!

Brittani - November 13, 2012 - 9:47 am

Hahaha Abby you are one of the funniest people EVER! The bullets about the coffee, the tires, and the nightmares (know those wayyyyy too well) had me laughing out loud!

Lena - November 13, 2012 - 9:00 am

You absolutely crack me up! Lesson learned, the sport edition of a car only means more money, my tires were right around the same and that definitely sucked!! And, Brent and I are totally planning a synchronized dance routine so, be sure to practice that lighting lol ;)

Sarah B. - November 12, 2012 - 3:57 pm

Abby! I totally wonder ALL the time how people came up with things – coffee and chocolate being some. BUT also – who came up with CAKE? Who thought it would be a good idea to throw eggs and flour and sugar and stuff into a bowl and then bake it?! I don’t know – but I am glad they did! :)

Jean - November 12, 2012 - 10:18 am

Beautiful photos, as usual. So glad you are getting new tires!

Dani - November 12, 2012 - 9:02 am

I heart Monday Mash-Up’s!! And I can’t wait to see more from these two awesome sneak peeks!

Beth - November 12, 2012 - 8:59 am

Your nightmare made me laugh out loud. Hilarious.

Abbey - November 12, 2012 - 8:49 am

$900 for tires, yikes!!!! I’m in the midst of buying new tires right now and am not happy about the money I have to spend. However, rather be safe than sorry!!! :)

ali W. - November 12, 2012 - 8:32 am

I wonder those things about eggs. really? they come out of a hen’s butt, and their first thought was – let’s eat it!

Mulled Cider Recipe

There’s nothing that makes a cold day a little more friendly than a hot mug of something, whether that’s tea, hot chocolate, coffee or cider. But sometimes I want to feel a bit more domestic than simply dumping a powdered drink mix into a mug of hot water, which is why I’m so happy to have found this recipe for mulled cider! The original recipe from Emeril calls for a cup of rum, but I like it so much without the added spirits that I’ve skipped the final step the last few times I’ve made it. Plus, leaving out the alcohol makes it an acceptable drink on a cold morning :). Be prepared that the initial preparation of this will take about two hours (it takes FOREVER to get to the simmering stage) but I reheat the leftovers a mug at a time on the stove and can enjoy it for days afterwards!

First: the ingredients!

  • Two quarts of apple cider (the REAL stuff, friends. Not that “heated up clear apple juice” stuff)
  • One apple (I like to use something crisp like a Braeburn)
  • One orange, peeled and thinly sliced (SEE BELOW)
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp whole cloves
  • 1 tsp allspice (different than Season-All Salt, as I’ve learned)
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg

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1) Pour the entire container of apple cider into a 3 qt-or-larger pot and set it on the stove at low to low-medium. Like I said- this is going to take a while.

2) Decide how you’re going to do the cloves. Emeril’s recipe calls for studding the apple with cloves (see below) which is undoubtedly more couture in appearance, but I found doing so left me with quite a few broken cloves (and it took 8-10 minutes to get all of them poked into the apple). Instead, I had some extra loose tea filters laying around, so I just stuffed the cloves into the tea filter and plopped it into the pot, and then pierced the skin of the apple with a fork a few times around. If you don’t have any filters laying around, go ahead and stud the apple- it works just fine!

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3) Peel the orange, then slice it and place into the pot. Peeling it is really important- Emeril’s recipe doesn’t tell you to do this, but I found leaving the skin on gave the cider a REALLY bitter taste, especially when using Navel oranges. So peel it, get as much of the white flesh-y stuff off as you can, then slice it.

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4) Add the brown sugar, allspice and nutmeg. I’ve been adding it all directly into the pot, but I think I may experiment with putting the allspice and nutmeg into the tea filter with the cloves to create a little sachet. Not doing so leaves you with all of the spices left in the bottom, which won’t damage the cider, but makes for one GRITTY last sip as you drain your mug.

5) Wait for forever. Seriously- it’ll take about two hours for the cider to heat to a simmer, so plop down with a good book or begin the cider before you start dinner prep so that it can be an after dinner treat. It’s important to give it all that time (instead of setting your burner on high to speed it up) to give the spices a chance to infuse the cider with their deliciousness.

6) Once it reaches a simmer, let it go for 10 minutes, then remove the clove-studded apple/clove sachet, pour and serve! See? Doesn’t that look simply delicious?

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Let me know if y’all try it- it’s become one of my favorite cold weather recipe! It makes about 8 servings in regular-sized mugs, and since we never finish the entire batch in one night, I just wait for it to cool slightly then I put the rest into a pitcher and refrigerate it until I’m ready for another mug. And like I said, it reheats really well on the stove!

Happy Friday!

Brittany Claud - November 13, 2012 - 1:52 pm

YUM! Cannot wait to try this…I think I’ll be making it for Thanksgiving! Thanks for sharing this Abby!

Sarah B. - November 9, 2012 - 11:40 am

This sounds wonderful, Abby!! I will have to make it soon – maybe over Thanksgiving break! Plus, I will stash the recipe away for later, so I have something yummy to make Greg on cold nights in Italy! :D

Jean - November 9, 2012 - 9:39 am

Looks delicious. I want to try it!

Alison Mish - November 9, 2012 - 9:24 am

I can’t wait to try this!!!

Vicky - November 9, 2012 - 9:23 am

This looks so amazing! I especially love the step-by-step instructions with the personal touch, accompanied by the beautiful photographs. Looking forward to trying it out! I vote this becomes part of your “blog brand”!

Blogging fails

Something you all may or may not know about me; I’m incredibly disorganized. It’s not that I LIKE it when my desk is awash in paper, pens, and Post-Its, but it somehow always seems to revert back to that state no matter what I do. It’s a lifelong problem- in elementary school, the one area I could never get an “O” for Outstanding in was “keeps materials organized.” Always just an “S” for Satisfactory, or if I was having an especially rough week I may bring home an “N” for Unsatisfactory in my Tuesday Folder (who remembers those?). The point is, organization has always been a struggle for me, and I KNOW it’s affecting my business.

Back in the spring as I was preparing to leave my full-time desk job, I remember expressing to Matt the fear that my blogging was going to suffer as a result of me going full-time photography. He was confused, not sure how MORE time to devote to my business would mean LESS success for my blog, but I know myself; I knew that NOT being forced to prepare ahead of time would mean I’d become complacent. Prior to going full-time, I prided myself on my reliability- my blog was always published by 7:45 am, with links out of Facebook and Twitter by 9:15. I wrote my blog posts the night before and if I was struggling for topics, I’d use my lunch hour to sit and brainstorm ideas, occasionally using that time to hammer out a few posts to keep in my drafts folder in case I needed them.

These days, my blog posts are more often than not the result of last-minute scrambles- I wake up in the morning, realize I’ve got to write something because I’ve promised my audience I would, then write some crappy excuse for a blog post. And then I get upset that it’s not garnering enough comments/page hits/interaction on Facebook. But truth be told, if I’m going to be lazy in my blogging, it doesn’t deserve crazy awesome amounts of feedback. If I’m not giving my best to my blog readers, how on earth can I expect them to respond enthusiastically? It’s like pulling an all-nighter and doing a half-hearted job on a school project, and then getting upset when you get a mediocre grade. Sounds silly, right? If you want a good grade, put in the effort. If I want enthusiastic responses, I need to get my stuff together.

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Something that’s helped keep me accountable to my promise of blogging 5x a week was the fact that I PUBLICLY declared I was going to do it. And on the days when I just want to leave my blog blank for the day, I remember my 2012 New Years resolutions. Telling others I’ll do it gives me a reason to keep up with my promise, because I don’t want to disappoint or give others the idea that I can’t follow through on what I’ll say I’ll do. So I figure the BEST way I can instill some more rigorous rules for myself would be to share them with you all! Here we go:

1. Pre-blogging: I’m going back to my “write your blog the night before” mantra. This will eradicate the last-minute scramble each morning, and will help me follow through on item #2…

2. Consistent timing: desperately searching around for a blog topic each morning has resulted in me posting my blogs later and later. I really like having my blog ready in the early morning, so unless there’s a legitimate reason for waiting until later, I’m going back to having my blogs posted to Facebook no later than 9:30 each morning. If I’ve prepared the night before, this shouldn’t be a problem.

3. Planning: I’ve been avoiding creating a blogging calendar for a LONG time. I honestly don’t know why I’ve put it off so long, I know that it would do all but eliminate the problem of not knowing what to write about- I think it’s that whole “organization” thing. But from here on out, I’m spending the last day of each month planning out my blog topics for the following month. Last night I put together a schedule for the remainder of November, and on November 30th I’ll do the same for December.

4. Blogging for my audience: becoming lazy about my blog resulted in lackluster posts. If I truly want to engage my audience, I need to create relevant, fresh material that appeals to the type of people I want to be attracting. So if I want to attract potential brides, creative souls AND photographers, I need to choose topics that I think will interest ALL of them! I’m still going to continue blogging about things that are personal to me, but I’ve been wanting to blog more project-based things for a while now. We’ll see how that one works out :).

5. Blogging identity: this is something I’ve been mulling over for a little while now. What do I want my blogging identity to be? There are a few bloggers I can point to who have that very clearly defined- Katelyn James is all about educating brides and photographers through her blog (and posting gobs of gorgeous imagery) and showcasing her own creative energy through DIY and home decor posts; Liz & Ryan are all about DOING LIFE together, so their blog is chock full of date night ideas, recipes and downloadable fun.  If someone were to describe my blog, would it stand out from the mass of other people flooding the blogosphere? Or is it just more white noise in a world saturated with people showcasing their work through a WordPress page? I don’t have an answer for that, which means I need to work harder to refine what my blog’s purpose is, and then blog in accordance with that purpose.

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I know this wasn’t the world’s most riveting post, but I felt like I needed to put it out there that I KNOW I’ve been struggling. Yesterday I spent several hours obsessing over my blog stats- they still haven’t recovered since I switched blog URLs back in July (as a result of my new site launch). I was finally forced to come to the conclusion that it’s no longer the result of changing my URL (which, to be fair, can impact your stats for months)- it’s a result of poor blogging practices. So instead of wallowing in self-pity, I’ve picked myself up, dusted my shoulders off, and am ready to get to work.

All that being said, if there are blog topics y’all have been hoping to see more of, feel free to shout it out in the comments section! I love getting feedback- it’s what helps me know what is and isn’t working.

Happy Thursday!

Sarah - June 16, 2013 - 8:14 pm

Awesome post. Blogging is one of my biggest struggles… mainly because I write and then re-write my posts, second guessing “my voice”. BUT your blog is very inspiring and I think your posts are anything but lackluster!

Anna - November 17, 2012 - 5:20 pm

I would love to read more about how you deal with film vs. digital as well! I go digital, but it would be great to know about the other side of things!

Liz and Ryan - November 16, 2012 - 11:48 pm

Abby you are so sweet! Thanks so much for the shout out in your post! And you pictures are AMAZING by the way! Can’t wait to meet you in person hopefully someday soon! Cheers to living your amazing life authentically and sharing your struggles with the world. Your honesty is inspiring! Love and Hugs!!!

Rici - November 15, 2012 - 6:56 am

Abby, thank you for this post and all this wonderful advice! I´m sruggling with my blog and all connected to it right now. Or since some weeks to be frank. So thank you for reminding and for pointing out some helpfullness while doing so.
Lots of love from Germany.

Rachel - November 9, 2012 - 11:22 am

I’d love to see a blog post on the peek on a wedding day. I know a lot of people love them, but others don’t want to ruin the moment of the first look walking down the aisle. It’d be great to get a photographers view since you’ve seen both sides.

Megan - November 8, 2012 - 8:28 pm

I know exactly what you mean, and as a newer photographer and blogger like me, it’s even that much tougher! It’s a big world and it’s tough to find a voice. BUT I love your blog. You say that your posts are lackluster but your blogs are one of the ones I make sure to read every day. You post interesting material and breathtaking photos!

I always find posts talking about interests, photography tutorial related stuff, equipment, behind-the-scenes interesting, but that may also be because I am still in the teach-myself phase of photography!

Rebekah - November 8, 2012 - 5:34 pm

I love your blog! I’m already married but I love looking at your photos & also just reading your posts about photography & life in general. I think you already have a very distinct “voice” b/c you are so open & honest. Keep up the great work!

Annie - November 8, 2012 - 5:23 pm

Great post!
It’s so true…. Blogging is one of those things I feel I can’t control…just yet. I become so consistant and then BAMN! But hey?! We all need a shakeup for the soul right?

I was wondering what you use for your post processing, or maybe descrive how you enjoy seeing your images. I think that would be a fun read!

Great work as per usual! Your frames are OUTSTANDING!!!!!

p.s. Thank for following me on Pinterest! ;)

Sharon Elizabeth - November 8, 2012 - 5:21 pm

this post = real! love it!

Sarah B. - November 8, 2012 - 3:10 pm

Cheers to honesty and picking oneself up and trying again!! :)

mollystillman - November 8, 2012 - 2:31 pm

i’m with everyone who has already commented – i love YOUR voice and i love YOUR blog because you are transparent and you! but there’s always room for all of us to step back, reevaluate, and recharge!

Erin Wheeler - November 8, 2012 - 12:45 pm

I sooo feel you- I put off blogging sooo much!! Thanks so much for this post- its such an inspiration! :)

Ashley Barnett - November 8, 2012 - 10:55 am

ABBY- YES! You hit the nail on the head- you put into words what I’ve been searching to try and describe. What is my blogging VOICE?! What do I want to be known for… I’m right there with you!! I have no doubt we’ll both figure it out! :)

Kathryn Denelle Stevens - November 8, 2012 - 10:36 am

YES YES YES! I am not sure why I’ve put off a blogging calendar either…I think I’m afraid that it will just sit blankly in front of me and I’ll never be able to fill it. But, if I’m committing to blogging 5x per week, then I might as well commit! Thanks for the push, girl!

caitlin elizabeth - November 8, 2012 - 9:59 am

thank you for this post!!! i will do ok with blogging consistently for a while… then i fall off of the face of the earth :/

Jean - November 8, 2012 - 9:51 am

I love your blog! Your images are beautiful. Artistic people do tend to be disorganized, so do the best you can and don’t stress over it!

Brent - Live View Studios - November 8, 2012 - 9:35 am

oh, I know the feeling about waking up and struggling for content. It sucks! Planning ahead is definitely the win, but so hard to do!

Tori Watson - November 8, 2012 - 9:04 am

i FEEL you on the disorganized thing. nottt my strong point. heck, i’ve been meaning to make a blogging schedule ALL year, but just haven’t. sooo. i need to work on my blogging structure, as well.

but i would definitely encourage you NOT to stress over the blog stats. i know that may sound like dumb business, or something, but don’t put the pressure on yourself to write better/more just because you want more traffic. i feel like sometimes we can drive ourselves crazy with “what am i doing wrong?” thoughts because the response doesn’t seem to be there, but SOMETIMES it’s not just about the response. it’s about pressing on towards your personal best, just because you’re seeking excellence. and the rest will follow. you’re awesome, and people know that. so the happier YOU are with the content on your blog, the more people will respond, because that happiness and genuineness will come through your posts. so, just let those stats take care of themselves and just have FUN with blogging again. :)

Emilia Jane - November 8, 2012 - 8:54 am

Love this post and OMG to all the pictures! I’m obsessed

Rebekah Hoyt - November 8, 2012 - 8:47 am

I’d also love to see you write more on film – shooting film tutorials and editing film vs. digital. You are a lot more experienced and knowledgable than you think and you give yourself credit for! I know you could really help teach a lot of people about something you are so good at and passionate about!

Katie Nesbitt - November 8, 2012 - 8:46 am

No, this post was great! I feel the same way!! Yesterday I was thinking man, blogging was so much easier when I was stuck at my desk at a job I hated for 10 hrs a day…I WANTED to blog to pass the time there haha. Now I can’t get motivated:( Ugh. Thanks for posting this!!

Rebekah Hoyt - November 8, 2012 - 8:46 am

Way to go Abby! You are seriously pushing me and inspiring me to get better about this myself. You are SO right when you say that you can’t be surprised that a lack-luster blog post results in lack-luster responses… I guess I was taking my hard work and planning for granted and feeling disappointed when I wasn’t getting the results I wanted. Thanks for inspiring me!

Jill Powers - November 8, 2012 - 8:44 am

Aw! I love how transparent you are! And I think you’re a great blogger–your fun, sweet personality is so easy to see in the way you write! :) xo

Lorinda - November 8, 2012 - 8:41 am

Just so you know, your blog is one of my absolute FAVORITES to read. I never skip reading a post! Your blog definitely stands out from the masses to me!

sarah danaher - November 8, 2012 - 8:29 am

I’m RIGHT THERE WITH YOU. gah. cheering for you!! you inspire me!!

Love Everlasting- Brad & Lauren’s Virginia wedding at Morais Vineyard

He takes deep, steadying breaths as he walks down the hallway to meet his bride.”Nervous?” “I’m getting there,” he admits. A little shake out of the shoulders and wrists, another deep breath, and he timidly takes two steps into the room where his bride stands around the other side of the door, waiting for a chance to hold his hand without glimpsing one another. They exchange sweet letters, words written just for the other’s eyes, and a few tender tears are shed. As they both finish reading, their hands find each other around the door again, and he asks if she wouldn’t mind praying this time? And so she does. Her steady, sweet voice offers up her prayer, asking for a beautiful day, but even moreso a beautiful beginning to a Christ-centered marriage. It was an incredible thing to behold, and as she said “amen,” he squeezed her hand for the last time as his fiancé and left to find his place at the end of the aisle.

Brad & Lauren, you two are a precious pair of souls. Your sweet, light-hearted laughed brings a smile to all around you, and yet the fact that you were made for each other is evident to even the most remote passersby. I cannot thank you enough for the absolute joy of photographing your wedding day, your love, and your friends & family- I don’t know if time has ever passed so quickly! I hope that Antigua is giving you nothing but its very, very best!

We began at Lauren’s childhood home…

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Brad wrote on the bottoms of Lauren’s shoes, a fact she didn’t realize until she was about to put them on (you’ll see!).

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Oh. my. word. LAUREN!!

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This is the “oh my gosh we’re MARRIED!!” smile!

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SUCH a fun bridal party!

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Love.

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And then we found a tractor.

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Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. Beggs!
Ceremony: Centreville Baptist Church
Reception: Morais Vineyard
Bride and bridesmaid dresses: White Swan Bridal
Shoes: Blush Bridal
Florals: Everlasting Flowers
Cake: Wanda’s Cakes
Paper: Allison Barnhill Designs
Amazing second shooter: Sarah Goodwin
Melissa Farmer - November 29, 2012 - 8:26 am

L.O.V.E the photo of them in the car in B&W!!

Wonderful job! :)

Yolanda Roberson - November 15, 2012 - 12:10 pm

WOW! Simply Beautiful……the photo shots and the lovely couple look wonderful oh and the bridal party as well. Great job Abby!

Lauryn - November 13, 2012 - 11:21 am

Love the colors of this one!! The gray and orange, yes!!

Building in time for bridal portraits » - November 13, 2012 - 7:20 am

[...] handful of classic portraits I really need that time with my brides. I was in absolute heaven when Lauren and I built in 15-20 minutes for bridal portraits- having that time before we departed for the [...]

Kristen Duffy - November 12, 2012 - 11:20 pm

Abby, these are absolutely stunning! The quality of every single one of them is GORGEOUS; it makes me want to jump into the picture! Not sure why that’s my reaction, but just to say that your photos make me want to be there. Beautiful :)

Rici - November 12, 2012 - 8:53 am

That is such a great wedding, Abby! It looks so fun. The tractor! WOW!!!

Lauren - November 8, 2012 - 11:47 am

Love all those shoe shots! So much fun! And the rest is absolutely gorgeous…..dream-like.

Rebecca and Larry Trainor - November 8, 2012 - 7:14 am

The pictures were absolutely beautiful! We believe you captured the expressions and love of all the bridal party and most all the “Bride and Groom”! It was truly an exceptional day and we thank you.

Anastasia - November 8, 2012 - 3:02 am

I am blown away!!! Such beautiful energy in all these pictures!!! What a stunning wedding, what a stunning couple, what a mega-talented photographer!

Brittany Claud - November 8, 2012 - 2:24 am

Definitely a new favorite of mine! LOVE everything about this Abby!!!

Colette - November 7, 2012 - 8:50 pm

So many pretty vineyard shots! Beautiful bridesmaid dresses, too.

Megan Guernsey - November 7, 2012 - 7:06 pm

Absolutely lovely! I would expect nothing less from Lauren, she is just beautiful. I’m so glad she chose to use you Abby, your photos are just amazing! Great job.

Wendy {Weswen Design} - November 7, 2012 - 6:03 pm

Crazy beautiful. Every image.

Sarah Goodwin - November 7, 2012 - 5:50 pm

This is a fave for sure. Abby you captured the beauty of Lauren, Brad & the day to a “T”

Lauren @ Every Last Detail - November 7, 2012 - 3:40 pm

Absolutely GORGEOUS!!

Dani - November 7, 2012 - 3:35 pm

Wow these are incredible!! I love every single one of them. Their details are amazing. The groups shots are so fun and the couple portraits are just stunning!

Alison Mish - November 7, 2012 - 2:30 pm

Jaw-droppingly stunning! These are beautiful!

Laura - November 7, 2012 - 1:28 pm

Gorgeous! Love the lighting for the vineyard shots!

Krysten Trainor - November 7, 2012 - 12:56 pm

I love every single picture!!! Abby, what an amazing memory you caught and their love for each other! I can’t stop looking through them, the pictures are stunning!!! Xoxox

Rebekah Carter - November 7, 2012 - 12:41 pm

These are all great! Fantastic work!

ashley barnett - November 7, 2012 - 11:47 am

Ah! One of my favorites of yours, for sure! So pretty!

molly - November 7, 2012 - 10:58 am

this is a STUNNING wedding, abby!!! beautiful. just beautiful.

Erica - November 7, 2012 - 10:48 am

Beautiful Wedding! Love that image with them behind the gold cut out wall!!

Meredith Jones - November 7, 2012 - 10:47 am

Abby – These pictures are breathtaking! You did an amazing job capturing Lauren’s radiance and beauty! I know Brad & Lauren will be so excited to have these pictures for the rest of their lives!! :)

Jean - November 7, 2012 - 10:30 am

Beautiful photos, Abby!! I love them all but that first one is extra beautiful!!

Jennifer - November 7, 2012 - 10:06 am

breath taking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kim Usowski - November 7, 2012 - 9:36 am

These pictures gave me chills. Lauren you are so beautiful inside and out and I love how perfectly Abby captured your happiness on your big day. Lovely lovely lovely.

Lena - November 7, 2012 - 9:36 am

Absolutely beautiful!! Love the colors and all of the unique pictures (LOVE the one behind the gold gate!!) The moment with the flower girl under the veil is absolutely precious as well.

Katie Nesbitt - November 7, 2012 - 9:31 am

Wow! The bridal portraits where she’s sitting on the steps are just lovely! What a beautiful bride!!

Tara - November 7, 2012 - 9:30 am

I just. I can’t. This is SO good!!

Rebekah Hoyt - November 7, 2012 - 9:12 am

WOW Abby this is definitely one of your best yet! What a gorgeous day, captured so beautifully! Wonderful wedding!!

Emilia Jane - November 7, 2012 - 8:54 am

Okay WOW to the first picture and the stand alone vertical of her smiling on the steps. Simply GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!

Kathy - November 7, 2012 - 7:41 am

Love the orange! This wedding was is so pretty! You captured all the little details perfectly!! Love the lineup of the shoes too!

Natalie - November 7, 2012 - 7:37 am

An absolutely beautiful wedding!