Almost exactly a year ago, we hit publish on my new ShowIt website and blog updates. I was SO excited about the gorgeous site, the clean, quirky design, and the chance to rebrand my business in a way that represented my personality! Well, six months later, during a heart-to-heart mentoring session with Mary, I came to the realization that as awesome as my site was, it wasn’t a true depiction of who I am (you can read more about that HERE).

After hemming and hawing over my options, I happened upon a designer whose work really resonated with me- Jeff of J Shipley Creative! And from our first Skype consultation, I knew he was the perfect designer for the daunting task of diving into my brain and putting my vague descriptions and ideas into a website. And I mean VAGUE. He’d send me a round of proofs and I’d come back with feedback like “It’s awesome! Can we make it more New York-ish?” What does that even MEAN, Abby Grace?

Jeff hit “publish” on the website updates yesterday and I’m in love!! We’ve done quite a bit of tweaking, so head over to my main site and check out Jeff’s stunning work! I’m just so thrilled with the final product because it feels like an incarnation of every word I’d use to describe myself and my brand; elegant, classic, simple yet stylish, and organic in the sense that it’s true to who I actually am without the pretense of trying to be something that I’m just plain not. I’m so thankful for Jeff’s style and artistic eye to be able to create such a gorgeous, gorgeous website in a way that feels so ME.

J Shipley Creative website design for Abby Grace Photography

You guys also may have noticed a few changes in the blog layout and header over the past couple of weeks, and I’m so excited that we’re finally settled on a design! What you see now is our final product and I can’t help but feel that it’s just perfect. Perfect for me, perfect for the kinds of brides and grooms I want to attract.

J Shipley Creative blog design for Abby Grace Photography

I’m incredibly passionate about what I do, throwing my entire heart into each and every wedding and engagement that I photograph. Delivering the final PASS gallery from a wedding is like giving my couples a small piece of me, and so it becomes that much more important that everyone of my couples and I really click. Part of attracting the types of couples I want to work with comes from having a online presence that is an authentic representation of me, so that there’s enough information readily available for engaged couples to decide whether or not I’m the right photographer for them. Working with my ideal brides and grooms means an amazing experience for everyone involved, and I believe that both sides deserve the best! So while the process to get this site dialed in has been a long one, it’s been so, so worth it.

Happy Wednesday, friends!

 

  • Dennis Bullock - It looks so great Abby! Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Janell C. - Awesome look Abby!!! Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - Beautiful Abby. Definitely that classic look you are going for. Timelessly gorgeous…you and your brand :)!ReplyCancel

  • Dad - I approve, ’nuff saidReplyCancel

  • Christy Tyler - It looks beautiful Abby!! So elegant and sophisticated! And this is making me want to rebrand AGAIN too. Ah!ReplyCancel

  • Ashlyn - Oh my goodness. Wow. I’m trying to figure out a way to afford a showit site. I haven’t come across one yet that I don’t LOVE. The design is gorgeous- everything fits well and the theme is clear throughout. Love love love it!ReplyCancel

  • Mia Bjerring - Abby, the changes you’ve made to your site and blog are so amazing!! I loved your design before, but I just love it even more now!! So beautiful! And so classy and stylish!ReplyCancel

Matt, this blog post is written to you.

You’ve been my better half for nearly four years now, picking up where I leave off, perfectly in sync without missing a step. You know that I’m passionate and excited, but that when it comes down to the specific logistics of things like getting from point A to B, I tend to get overwhelmed. And that’s where you step in and save the day.

I want to thank you for the past two weeks, for everything you did to make our trip as amazing as it could possibly be. Thank you for taking care of navigating us through London and Paris, for taking charge of the maps of the Tube, for knowing how to get us back to our hotel when I felt completely lost.

Thank you for dealing with my artist’s heart, which meant stopping every 50-100 feet to click a frame of this ecclectic storefront, or that colorful door, or a cliché street performer on the Ponts des Arts. Thank you for indulging my sentimental soul that wanted to spend an hour every day sitting in a café or pub, watching life happen on the streets of these European cities.

Thank you for carrying both of our heavy luggage down the endless staircases of the Paris underground, because you saw what an effort it was for me to do it alone. Thank for allowing me to photograph you over and and over, even though I know you don’t like having your picture taken. And thank you for praying over me that one morning we woke up for a portrait session at dawn and I had the flu. I loved you more in that moment than I think I ever have before.

Most of all, dear Matt, thank you for leading me selflessly, for sacrificing your own introverted comforts of home for my extroverted sense of adventure. Thank you for the most amazing vacation I’ve ever had, for the memories we’ll still reminisce on in fifty years, for the opportunity to be inspired, and for the chance to fall more in love with you. You are my favorite person in the entire world.

Baker Street, London- Abby Grace Photography

  • Chelsea Batey - tears. flowing. i love this.ReplyCancel

  • Dani - Matt must be a swell guy!! I love this blog post. I’m so lucky to have a husband that will stop every two seconds for my picture taking obsession even if he does have the same thumbs up pose in every photo I have of him. I love the first sentence in the last paragraph – you are a lucky gal!! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Emily - So sweet!ReplyCancel

  • Nicolette - Now THAT was great. Perfect match!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah H. - Thanks for sharing this with us, Abby! You inspire me, in posts like this, to be a more observant wife – to see how Greg really loves me and cares for me – and how truly blessed I am. Thank you for spiring me on!ReplyCancel

  • Christy Tyler - So so sweet!!! <3ReplyCancel

  • Dad - I tip my hat to the first and only man I ever approved of for my one and only daughter. You were and are the right man and the only one I could have given her to.ReplyCancel

  • Jean - What a nice tribute to Matt. I knew he was a “keeper” from the first time I met him. Love you both!ReplyCancel

  • Morgan T. - made me cryyy <3ReplyCancel

  • Olivia - Literally brought tears to my eyes– what an inspiration to what I should be searching for in a guy :) So happy for you!ReplyCancel

  • Nora E. - This was beautiful! You have found the love that every girl waits for! A simply amazing post :)ReplyCancel

  • rebekah j. - these are always my favorite kinds of posts of all ever.

    (and i’m loving your blog redesign!)ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah Hoyt - This is my favorite blog post you’ve ever written. God is so amazing to design someone for us who is such a perfect fit! His strengths for your weaknesses, and vise versa. Such a beautiful picture of the Gospel!! xoxoReplyCancel

  • Robbie Pruitt - Matt is such a great guy!ReplyCancel

  • Karen Field - What a beautiful way to thank your husband. I’m sure there were things he appreciated about you on the trip, too. By doing it in a public way you lift him up and let others see his wonderful qualities. I hope that both of you were able to find quality time out of the quantity of time. It sounds like you did just that! MomReplyCancel

  • Rachel - What a great reminder to appreciate the small things in a person, especially one you love. Great writing. :)ReplyCancel

HellO my dear friends! It feels so good to be writing again from the US. We’ve had a whirlwind of a time these past two weeks in Europe and I’m so excited to share Matt & I’s adventures with y’all once my film scans come in! I shot a little bit on my mk3, so I’ll have a few images to share during the wait for my film. I’ll make this blog post quick, since it’s already 9 pm! To be fair, I was PLANNING to blog earlier, but our trip down to Richmond (2 hours away) to pick up Lily was delayed, resulting in a delayed post :).

As always, lessons learned/events that transpired over the past week:

  • Among some of the difference in cultures I noticed while we were overseas, the strangest thing I saw was police officers in roller blades on the streets of Paris. I’m not sure if they got the memo, but I believe rolling blading became officially uncool around the time that The Fresh Prince of Bel Air ended.
  • The McDonald’s in Paris sells macarons. And their hamburgers have the option of adding an herbs de provence sauce. Classeh!
  • Coca Cola and tea are STUPID expensive in France- for one of each at a café, we paid nearly 8 euro.
  • However, their croissants and pain au chocolat are amazing. If you’re ever in France, make sure you stop at a patisserie!
  • I discovered a new favorite drink at a Parisian café- steamed milk! All the comforts of a hot beverage, none of the jittery/cracked out side effects of the typical caffeine.

Just a couple of photos from Paris! More to come soon!

Paris, France wedding photographer- Abby Grace Photography

Happy Monday!

  • Jean - I am sure you had a great time, but are glad to be home and have Lily back with you. The photos you posted are beautiful. Can’t wait to see the rest!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - We have rollerblading cops in Austin!ReplyCancel

  • Dad - Did I ever tell you “I’ve been there?” But my pictures won’t hold a candle to yours. Welcome home to my favorite daughter and son in law!ReplyCancel

  • Meghan Hochgesang - You just offended thousands of avid
    Bladers who storm the lakeshore path of Chicago! Memo or not, they don’t care! :)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah H. - We’ve found the same thing in Italy with the coca cola prices. We can have a glass of wine for 2 Euros, or even a bottle for 6 Euros, where a coke is almost the same as the bottle of wine!! Supply and demand, I suppose :) I will take advantage of the cheap – but oh sooo good – wine while I can!ReplyCancel

  • Shalese - I sincerely enjoyed following your European adventure on Instagram. :) You make me wish I had taken French instead of those completely useless 8 years of Spanish. . .ReplyCancel

  • Emilia Jane - Love the new blog header!ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah Hoyt - I resent your comment about roller blading being uncool! I own a pair and Matt and I bonded early in our relationship over all things related to in-line skating!ReplyCancel

I’ll never be a city girl. I won’t pretend I’d be happy living on a farm (suburbia seems to be the perfect fit for me!), but the hustle and bustle of city life is just a bit too much for me. London was amazing for the couple of days we were there, but once Matt & I arrived in Surrey and then Stamford, we really felt at home. There’s something so perfect about the British countryside that makes me never ever ever want to leave! We’re currently in Paris but here are a few frames from Stamford- I can’t wait to see how my film turns out from our time there!

Stamford, England- Abby Grace Photography

This reminds me of Kate Winslet’s home in The Holiday.

Stamford, England- Abby Grace PhotographyOur amazing hosts and friends, Andy & Angie!
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Much of the 2005 Pride & Prejudice movie was filmed in Stamford- Burghley House (below) was home to Judy Dench’s character. How gorgeous is this place??

Stamford, England- Abby Grace PhotographyStamford, England- Abby Grace Photography

Happy Thursday!

  • Sabrina - So so beautiful! I can’t wait to see your film scans either!ReplyCancel

  • Urška Majer - These are gorgeous & they make me wish that October was here right now so that i can leave for our english trip :)ReplyCancel

  • Jean - Beautiful pictures, Abby. Glad you and Matt are having a great time.ReplyCancel

  • Megan - Abby I am loving all your Europe pictures! And I don’t blame you, from looking at these I wouldn’t want to leave either.ReplyCancel

  • Karen - I have been on those streets three times now and they ever stop delighting me. I’ve been to Burleigh House the same amount of times. Love, love, love Stamford! The picture of our friends are our connection to Stamford. They’ve been here and we’ve been there many times. I’m so happy Matt is enjoying the trip, too! MomReplyCancel

  • Rebekah - Sigh… be still my heart. It is taking everything I have not to buy a plane ticket for a trip back to England. Your photos are positively brilliant Abby!ReplyCancel

  • Megan S. - These are beautiful pictures Abby! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - If you’re still looking for hidden gems in Paris, you have to go to Shakespeare & Company… it’s a bookshop on the Left Bank opposite Notre Dame. You’d love it! http://www.shakespeareandcompany.com/index.php?categories=113:1ReplyCancel

  • Christy Tyler - Oh my gosh – this makes me want to travel so badly! That little cottage is so adorable!ReplyCancel

  • Dad - Lovelovelove the picture of Andy and Angie!ReplyCancel

Hellooooo! It’s been so weird trying to keep up with the days of the week, but I guess that’s pretty typical with any vacation, right? I woke up this morning and realized that, as it was Monday, I’d better get a move on with at least some sort of excuse for a post :).

Matt and I are having a blast in England! Last week took us to London, Hemel Hempstead and Surrey, and then yesterday we arrived in Stamford to see our family friends, Andy & Angie. The town is several hundred years old and it absolutely blows my mind that some of the building facades date back to the 1200’s. I’ve been shooting a ton of film so I don’t have anything besides iPhone shots to share for now, but I can’t wait to show y’all everything once I’ve had my film developed!

Saturday’s wedding was GORGEOUS. The church was stunning, Deanna & James were exquisite, and the entire day felt like something straight out of a fairy tale. It’ll be a few days longer than usual before I blog it so I’ll post a few more previews than is typical, but I can’t WAIT for you guys to see it. You’re going to flip!

As always, things that have transpired/lessons learned over the past week:

  • Matt & I went running through the grounds of Burghley House today (where part of Pride & Prejudice was filmed!) where several sheep reside. Coming from someone who’s used to running in northern Virginia, it was SO weird scooting around bleating balls of wool during my run through the countryside. And by weird, I mean awesome.
  • For the record, I performed my British accent for a handful of Brits and was told it was “actually quite good, that is.” YESSSS!
  • Overheard at Saturday’s wedding: “Give me a subject, I’ll freestyle!” I didn’t stick around to hear the resulting rhymes.
  • On Thursday, I learned that scones and clotted cream are usually had with afternoon tea, NOT for breakfast. I wish I’d learned this before we had said treat (for breakfast) in a posh part of London, making ourselves look like idiotic American tourists.

Here are a few previews from Saturday. See what I mean? Absolute dreamland fairy tale. I can’t wait for another chance to shoot in Surrey, because I’m in love with everything about this place!

Surrey England wedding photographer- Abby Grace PhotographySurrey England wedding photographer- Abby Grace PhotographySurrey England wedding photographer- Abby Grace Photography

Happy Monday!

  • Emilia Jane - Awww I love that last one :-DReplyCancel

  • Jean - Beautiful photos, Abby! Glad you are having a great vacation. Can’t wait to hear all about it and see more of these beautiful shots.ReplyCancel

  • Dad - Gorgeous as always!ReplyCancel

  • Stefanie Jennings - Oooh, that first one… D is SO pretty! Nicely done, Abby!ReplyCancel

  • ashley link - eeeeeekkkk!!!! that sounds so fun!!! everything seems so delightful!!! loving all the updates! beautiful wedding photos! enjoy the rest of your trip! :)ReplyCancel

  • Morgan T. - I have a lot of family over there and you are right… when they say, “Actually quite good”, it means they were impressed!!! haha! You’re awesome, girl. xoxoReplyCancel

  • Karen Field - Absolutely gorgeous, and the Registers agree! MomReplyCancel