Hellooooo! < This is how my dad and I greet each other over the phone. But not in a normal voice- it’s in a “Robin-Williams-dressed-as-an-aged-Irish-woman” kind of voice. An aged Irish woman who’s just smashed a pie into her own face. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, go watch Mrs. Doubtfire.

This weekend was AWESOME! Remember that sweet, sweet love-shoot-turned-proposal I shot in Rhode Island last year? Well, Greg & Sarah got married this past weekend! I’ve been not-so-patiently looking forward to this past Saturday since last June- Greg & Sarah are just the sweetest together, and when she told me their wedding was taking place on a coffee roasting floor I just about lost my composure. Everything came together PERFECTLY on Saturday and I know you guys are going to love their wedding photos too! But we have to wait til Thursday for their post, so enough on that for now :).

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

  • My friend Rebekah Instagrammed a photo of a Frosty in a waffle cone last night (I guess they’re new at Wendy’s?), so Matt and I did the only logical thing: we went out at 9:30 pm to try them for ourselves. Folks, I think this might be the mecca of all fast food desserts. 
  • I wasn’t really sure what to expect from Kansas City- I think I was anticipating old west meets rural Virginia. Whatever I was expecting, I was wrong- Kansas City is SO cool! There were breweries aplenty, amazing architecture, GORGEOUS homes, and at least three Targets on my way from the airport on Friday. I tried to convince Matt we should move but so far, he’s not having it.
  • If you’re ever shooting wedding portraits in a public place in May or June, make sure to check the local high school’s prom schedule. We did portraits at Kansas City’s Union Station but weren’t aware that prom would be taking place at that very same spot until the space started filling up with tulle and chiffon in every color imaginable. All I can say is that wedding dress trumps prom dress, so asking people (gently) to move wasn’t a problem.
  • Yesterday I learned that if you have hunger pains and can’t cure them until your flight lands for a layover, bubblegum is not the solution. It’ll only make your stomachache worse.
  • Whilst I was away for the weekend, Lily decided to eat a patch of the rug we have downstairs in our living room. It’s not a huge patch, and Matt tried to make me feel better by suggesting we do a “carpet combover”- “just brush the surrounding carpet over it and no one will be the wiser.”

One last preview from Greg & Sarah’s wedding before their blog post on Thursday!

Kansas City wedding photographer- Abby Grace Photography

^See?! Aren’t you excited now too?

Happy Monday! I just noticed that today is the 60th Monday Mash-Up post- yeeeeah buddy! Going strong for over a year now.

  • kaitlyn phipps - eek! YES i’m excited! such a sweet image! can’t wait to see more :]ReplyCancel

  • Jean - Love the photo! Can’t wait to see more!ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah Hoyt - Ahh did you LOVE the Frosty cone?!! I’m completely obsessed now. I cannot wait to see more from this wedding!! :) :)ReplyCancel

  • Bethany - Hahaha… I love your “Hellooooo” though I read it in a Tigger voice instead of Mrs. Doubtfire :)ReplyCancel

  • Mary Marantz - You used “whilst” in a blog post….and now I LOVE you all the more!!

    Muah!
    xo
    M:)ReplyCancel

  • Clara Williams - Even though I’m in Nebraska, I’ve spent a lot of time in KC and it makes me so excited when photographers I love have weddings in places close to home! Can’t wait to see more. :)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah H. - I LOVE Mrs. Doubtfire and know EXACTLY what you are talking about :)

    And, it was SO amazing having you as a part of our day! I am glad you liked KC, we like it a lot! Maybe one day we’ll all end up in the same town, be it KC or DC :)ReplyCancel

  • Annamarie - Ohh this is so cute! I love that bright wall!ReplyCancel

Wedding planners and coordinators are some of my favorite people in the industry- they make wedding days flow so much more perfectly! As the photographer, when there isn’t a planner present, the question of “what happens now?” usually falls to the photographer. I’d like to think I’m pretty efficient when it comes to photographing, but trust me, you don’t want me doing the actual coordinating on your wedding day. That’s what a wedding planner is for! They know where every piece of cutlery should go, the order of every entrance, every dance, and every ceremony, and they can coordinate a sparkler sendoff with their eyes closed. Having a planner gives me the chance to do what I do best: document the days as it unfolds. Therefore, I puffy heart wedding coordinators.

Finding the perfect planner is a lot like finding your perfect photographer- you want to find someone whose style, personality and vision match yours so that your wedding day goes smoothly. I first met Pam of ATrendy Wedding at the styled shoot Matt & I modeled for- she and Terra, my wedding photographer, created one of the most darling spreads I’d ever seen. I was smitten with Pam from the moment I met her, and she’s only become more fabulous in the three years since the shoot. Pam gave me a call a few weeks ago and said they were working on a new blog design and that they needed some new shots of herself and her team, so we set the date for this past Sunday.

Pam- thank you so much for asking me to do these! I had so much fun with you all! Thank you so much for asking me to do these photos for you all, and you were totally right; the white office worked perfectly. I cannot WAIT to work with you all on Eddie & Priyanka’s wedding in October!!

Can we just sit for a moment and admire how perfectly styled and coordinated each one of these ladies are? Yeah. Y’all are gorgeous.

Brides, if you’re looking for an amazing wedding coordinator with a fun outlook and impeccable attention to detail, you have to talk with ATrendy Wedding!

Happy Thursday!

  • Bethany - I always love how gorgeous your photos are but I also really enjoy how you much seem to enjoy helping promote your clients and their businesses through your work! Its such a great attitude and I feel like it reflects just how wonderful of a business owner, and person in general, you seem to be!ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah Hoyt - So fresh, luminous, and beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Jean - Beautiful ladies, beautiful pictures!ReplyCancel

When Alyssa graduated from Radford University, she had no idea what the next few months of her life would look like. The economy had recently taken a nosedive, meaning employment opportunities were thin on the ground. With a degree in Geography, she wasn’t sure what she wanted to do, so after six months of frustration, she took her dad’s suggestion and joined the Army. It’s a good thing she did, too, because it was at Officer Candidate School that she first laid eyes on Chris. And as Alyssa’s maid of honor recalled at the wedding, they all knew he was it when Alyssa put away her party dresses to settle down with him.

It was a few months before they were both scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan when Chris decided it was time to make things permanent. He’d had an elaborate day of activities planned out, but after a botched night of duty on base, plans changed. So instead of gallivanting around Savannah that day, he instead proposed in their living room. But Alyssa was just fine with it, because either way, this was the beginning of something amazing.

Chris & Alyssa, I am so, SO glad for the chance to get to know you both and to photograph your wedding day. You all are so much fun together- it’s obvious that you’re the best of friends and your lives together will be full of good times and laughter. Thank you for keeping me smiling the entire day- from your First Look to your sparkler exit, I know everyone in attendance had the best of times.

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I love this so much. You two are ridiculously good looking together.

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Thanks to Sarah for this shot!

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Details-
Venue: The Mount Vernon Inn
Hair: Julie of Jewel Hair Design
Make-up: Reston Studio
Bride’s shoes: Badgley Mischka

  • Anna K. - That dress!!! Abby these are absolutely STUNNING!ReplyCancel

  • Emilia Jane - Oh ABBY! Did perfect light just follow you all day? Amazingness from start to finish. La la love.ReplyCancel

  • Leah - Great photos — LOVE her earrings!ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah Hoyt - I LOVE her dress!!! It’s so romantic! Abby, those cigar shots are SO COOL! This whole wedding is so beautiful and you captured it perfectly! I especially love the post-ceremony shots :)ReplyCancel

  • Megan Guernsey - LOVE this wedding! I’m a sucker for military weddings anyway but this is so elegant and classy, love it!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Brugh - LOVE those moody cigar photos of the men! Fantastic work!!ReplyCancel

  • Julie - GAHH! These are STUNNING Abby! Great job! And of course I have to say a big thank you for getting so many amazing hair shots :)ReplyCancel

  • Hannah Rancourt - Stunning as always Abby!ReplyCancel

  • ashley barnett - Ooooo that black and white standalone image of the two of them right before the ceremony pictures start? Yeahhh, that one. Good stuff toots!ReplyCancel

  • Regan Carter - Oh wow, Abby… These are truly incredible!! They make me want to get married all over again and hire you to be my photographer!! Truly stunning. My new favorite wedding of yours! Just beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Jacqui Cole - That light is amaaaazing!! You captured it perfectly! love!ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah Carter - These are all fantastic but I think my favorites are the cigar shots of the guys. So old-fashioned and awesome.ReplyCancel

  • Jean - These are gorgeous photos! You just get better with each shoot! Love you!ReplyCancel

  • Megan Chase - Nothings beats a classy military affair! Her dress is gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Goodwin - GAHHHH Gorgeous! You rocked it out girl!xoxoReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth V - Abby you’re killin’ me with all of these military couples lately! You did such a great job! I love them all… but the black and white one of his twirling her is a fav :)ReplyCancel

  • Karen Field - So many great shots. I did have an ahhhhhhh moment when I saw the first B&W photo. Agree with the others about the cigar shot and lighting. MomReplyCancel

  • Annamarie - Oh my goodness…the cigar shots: SO COOL.ReplyCancel

  • molly stillman - HOLY CRAP these are stunning! and her dress! GAH!ReplyCancel

  • Morgan - WHOA Abby! So amazing! Every time I see photos of yours, it makes me more and more thankful to have you as our photographer… her dress, the emotions, the lighting… you’ve outdone yourself!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Rici - Abby this is sooo great! love the “smoky” images and the new flair of them!
    ~Saluti.ReplyCancel

  • Thomas - Superb visual narratives Abby… Absolutely charming rendering of such an enchanting couple and their charismatic wedding event… wonderful color harmonies, compelling and artistic black/White monochromes… you are indeed a master of your craft…ReplyCancel

Sometimes I have to sit back and shake myself to make sure I’m not dreaming. That I get to do this, to be a storyteller through images, for people madly in love? It never ceases to thrill me. Chris & Alyssa found and booked me last April but were both deployed to Afghanistan soon after so we didn’t have a chance to do their engagement session until this past Thursday, which also happened to be two days before their wedding. I’ll admit I was a little bit concerned that doing their e-session so close to the wedding day would put them on photo-overload, but I needn’t have worried- Chris & Alyssa are complete pros in front of the camera! Their engagement session turned out beautifully and their wedding photos? Well, just wait til tomorrow, and you’ll see what I mean :). Enjoy one of my new favorite Old Town Alexandria e-sessions!

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Alyssa, you’re adorable.

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Happy Tuesday! Check back tomorrow for their wedding!

  • Rebekah Hoyt - It’s SO neat that you were able to do their pictures so close to their wedding – I’m sure it made them SUPER comfortable for their wedding portraits! I love the vertical of them sitting on the dock! So pretty :)ReplyCancel

  • Laura Barnes - I LOVE her mint green shirt!!! She did a great job picking out the outfits!ReplyCancel

  • Ali W - love the glow of the light you captured in the wide alley way – pretty shot!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah Rancourt - That street is perfect!!! These are beautiful and the sunlight, AMAZING!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jean - These are beautiful photos! What a gorgeous couple. Can’t wait to see the wedding photos!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Adams - I think its SO cool that you got to take these just two days before their wedding! You can see how madly in love they are, and how excited they are to be married…so soon!!! These are incredible photos, Abby. The light just makes me smile :) And I LOVE old town. So beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Morgan - YAY good for them!! I LOVE a good happy ending! And they look so comfortable together… Congrats Chris and Alyssa!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Rici - Love the big, sun soaked hug image!!! So lovely Abby!ReplyCancel

You know what I love about Monday Mash-Ups? It’s that I started them as a “I-really-need-filler-material-for-my-blog” series and yet they’ve become one of the most-read posts according to my blog stats. And that makes me happy. I love that I can make obscure references to Amanda Bynes movies and you guys all chime in with things like “I LOVE THAT MOVIE,” making me feel slightly less alone in my love for watching chick flick romance comedies. Or that I can make Harry Potter references and y’all totally catch them. Yes, you AGP bloggettes really do bring a bit more sunshine into my life!

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

  • I had my first Krispy Kreme “Kreme” doughnut (the kind with vanilla frosting in the middle) last week. I have two things to say about this: a) What in the heck took me so long?! and 2) I’m pretty sure I got diabetes from that one doughnut. But it was totally worth it.
  • Yesterday in church our pastor commented on how the Lumineer’s “I belong with you, you belong with me, you’re my sweetheart” lyrics are really just a ripoff of Solomon’s 3,000 year old love poem- “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.” Touché.
  • My friend and assistant extraordinaire Sarah Goodwin introduced me to Super Sour Sour Patch Kids this weekend. I’m finally found the PERFECT candy.
  • Another first this past week- I finally had the chance to try a Doritos Locos Taco in Cool Ranch. IT WAS AMAZING!
  • Have you guys noticed that three of the above four points are all about food? I think it’s time for lunch.

I nearly fell out of my chair while I was culling Chris & Alyssa’s wedding. Can we say “fairy tale?” She looks like a princess and Chris’s dress blues make him the perfect fit for a Prince Charming. I’m positively bursting to share these!

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Happy Monday!

  • Kristen - HAHAHAHAHAAAA that rip-off of Solomon’s line is fantastic. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah G - Sour Patch Kids EXTREME totally rock!!! As do you ;) Thanks for having me along!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jean - Can’t believe you just had your first Krispy Kreme ! They are delicious! Love the photo. Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah Hoyt - I NEED to try that candy! And the more I read about that taco and doughnut, it made me hungry, even though I just ate lunch! Beautiful sneak peek by the way :)ReplyCancel

  • Tessa - Your pastor is amazing! That’s hilarious!ReplyCancel

  • Dad - Where can I find those sour patch kids….oh yeah the pictures were nice too!ReplyCancel

  • Rici - Hey Abby,
    just yesterday morning I wanted to write on your wall. Yay it´s Monday! Looking forward to your post! :)
    I loved your chick flick referals to Amanda, because it was actually one I could get!! ;-) Between you and me: So badly into this film and sining along with you! Now about all the cool food: We don´t have it in Europe :( But I´m sure it was all goooood.
    Have a great week!!! Saluti.ReplyCancel

  • Kerith - Do they hurt your tongue after a while?!ReplyCancel