Helloooooo MONDAY! I’m so glad you’re here. You see, I shot this gorgeous wedding over the weekend and since I’ve vowed not to work on Sundays, I can’t start editing and drooling over the images until today. And now the frenzy of editing can begin!

Joe & Sara’s wedding on Saturday was STUNNING. I’m having such a hard time not posting 47 previews right off the bat. Trust me, though- the Kek wedding is totally worth the wait! I was so anxious leading up to Saturday because it was my first wedding in two months that now, once I’m able to relax, I’m  realizing how excited I am for the season! I have weddings every weekend through mid-May and I’m so stoked for each and every one of my brides and grooms. And now that the weather’s finally starting to look like spring, the warm air and sunshine have me all aflutter as well. So three cheers for wedding season and three cheers for spring!

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

  • I love going out in public for portraits with brides and grooms on their wedding day. And on Saturday I learned I love it even more in a busy city. Joe & Sara received honk after honk and dozens of squeals & “congratulations!” throughout the day as we walked around DC. I think my favorite moment was when three little girls saw Sara, their mouths dropped open, and the youngest exclaimed “a princess!”
  • After photographing all of the Kate Spade details on Saturday, I think I’m finally beginning to understand what the obsession is about. There’s a Kate Spade store at the outlets I should probably go visit this week… or maybe it’d be better to stay away.
  • Remember that show “Kids Say The Darndest Things?” I loved that show, and I’m a firm believe that my niece Isabella needs to be on it. My dad looked at her yesterday and stated it was time for a haircut and she quickly responded with “What?! No! I want my hair at least to my knees!”
  • Fact: hard boiled eggs taste better when they’re of the technicolor, Easter variety. Plain white hair boiled eggs = not as delicious. The color makes all the difference.

And because I’m SO excited to have fresh wedding images, here’s one more preview of Joe & Sara’s wedding to keep you at bay until Thursday!

Washington DC cherry blossoms wedding photo- Abby Grace Photography

Happy Monday, friends!

  • Jean - Gorgeous! So happy you had the cooperation of Mother Nature! What a beautiful shot!ReplyCancel

  • Megan Chase - Holy Cow Abby! I am dying to see more from this wedding! Stunning!ReplyCancel

  • Sabrina - This post makes me so happy!!! 1) we have another wedding this week so this makes me excited for that. 2) YAY SPRING!! 3) I love your work… it just brings a smile to my face :-)ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah Hoyt - Gorgeous gorgeous!! I simply cannot wait to see more from this wedding!!ReplyCancel

  • Carrie holbo - I still can’t get over that dress……..love this!ReplyCancel

  • molly stillman - oh girl don’t even get me started on how much i love kate spade… now, if only i could afford it. <3ReplyCancel

  • Hannah Rancourt - AHHHH!!!! That dress! Those trees!!! Perfection!ReplyCancel

  • Shauné - What a gorgeous shot! I can’t wait to see more! Pleasure meeting you Saturday.ReplyCancel

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It’s been lovely with the “break” I’ve had over the last couple of months- I’ve had time to get albums designed and ordered, taxes taken care of, my office a bit more organized, etc. And I’ll admit it- I even had time to REST. There were weeks where I didn’t work a full 40 hours, and I’m honestly ok with that. Because wedding season can often demand 60-80 hours a week, taking a bit of time to rest during the off-season is what recharges me and makes me that much more excited to get back in the swing of things. My 2013 wedding season kicks of tomorrow with what I KNOW is going to be a spectacularly beautiful day- Joe & Sara are getting married in DC, and it’s the height of the Cherry Blossom Festival!

University of Maryland College Park engagement- Abby Grace Photography

I’ve got the symptomatic pre-wedding butterflies, so I’m spending today prepping: charging batteries, clearing cards, and running to the store to pick up snacks and water bottles to keep on hand. And since today’s my dad’s BIRTHDAY so we’ll be celebrating tonight, most likely with steaks on the grill and marinated zucchini strips.

I’m off to run errands, my friends! The happiest of Fridays to you all!

  • Jean - Have a great weekend! Wedding season is going to be great for you and your lucky couples.ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah Hoyt - You are going to ROCK it tomorrow Abby! I am SO excited to see your blog fill up with gorgeous weddings :) :)ReplyCancel

  • Sabrina - Yay for wedding season! I’m so excited to be shooting again AND to see everyone else’s work! You’ll be awesome tomorrow, friend! I’m a little jealous of the cherry blossoms though ;-)ReplyCancel

  • heather - Have a great first day back!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Adams - Soo cannot wait to see the amazing photos that will come from your wedding season!!!ReplyCancel

The first time I ever felt really OLD was the summer after I graduated when I found tiny lines under my eyes. I freaked out, went and bought anti-aging eye cream, and then eventually came to realize that I was being absurd. Being 25 and the “live out LOUD” kind of person that I am, there haven’t been many other occasions that make me feel old… until I head back down to college :).

I had the absolute honor and privilege yesterday evening of speaking to Radford Communication students yesterday about social media- it was so much fun! It’s always a joy to visit my alma mater, and the fact that the Comms department asked me to be a featured speaker during Communication Week just about knocked my socks off. I originally thought I’d be in a classroom that fit 40 or so, but I found out on Tuesday that they were sticking me in an auditorium, which would be SUPER embarrassing if only 5 people showed up. Somehow there ended up being over 100 people in attendance though, and even though I was incredibly nervous, I got through it alright! I certainly met some amazing new faces and got to chat afterwards with a few students, and you guys KNOW how much I love answering questions :). It made me so excited for what the Comms department is doing at Radford!

Things I learned about myself yesterday: chambré shirts are never a good idea in situations where you think you may sweat nervously, I’m clearly not as funny as I thought I was (or college students don’t like laughing at my jokes), and if I’m going to use my iPad as a presentation tool again, I need to take the password lock off of it.

I ALSO had the opportunity to attend CRU’s weekly meeting last night and I was so darn encouraged! CRU played a huge part in my life during college- it’s where Matt & I met, it’s where I really learned what it looks like to walk with Jesus, and I spent nearly every weekend hanging out with friends from the organization. It was amazing to go back and see how things have changed, to hug familiar faces, and to see how God’s moving on RU’s campus. I am SO darn excited for the things going on at Radford right now!

And look- Instagrams and iPhone photos!

I yoinked the image on the right from my sweet friend Kaitlyn- she’s a growing photographer and I’m so thankful we had the chance to sit down and chat yesterday!

Happy Thursday, friends!

  • Rebekah Hoyt - SO excited for you!! What an honor to have this opportunity!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Chelsea Batey - Yay! So much fun – you’re such a blessing to the people around you!ReplyCancel

  • Rici - This is so great Abby! Paying it forward! congrats!!ReplyCancel

  • Jean - I knew you would do well! So glad it was such a great experience for you! Loved being able to spend some time with you. So very oroud of you.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Adams - This is awesome! You are such a blessing, Abby! :)ReplyCancel

  • Karen Field - Look at you, all grown up now! You didn’t just graduate from RU but they’ve got you back as a speaker talking about your success in using your degree in a way you hadn’t planned on when you entered their program. Your approachableness was attractive so no surprise people wanted to talk to you afterward. So proud of you! And visiting CRU must’ve been cool. I’m glad you got to do both. MomReplyCancel

Our Community Connections Director, miss Ally, approached me a few weeks ago about doing a photo booth on Easter Sunday. “That sounds AWESOME!” I told her, nevermind the fact that I’m a complete novice when it comes to off-camera lighting, and nevermind the fact that I didn’t have any of the studio equipment necessary to make it happen. It sounded like fun, and I wanted to help make it happen. Due to an extremely generous friend loaning me his strobe and the talents of another RCC member Dave, Sunday morning’s photo booth came together perfectly! I loved seeing all of the families dressed up in their best, and the kiddies who weren’t necessarily fond of having their picture taken. It was a hodgepodge of all the people I love most, and I was so blessed by the entire experience. Enjoy some of my favorites!

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This is my favorite little munchkin at RCC- Ami & I are bffs :).

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Click HERE to see the entire PASS gallery.

Happy Wednesday! And to any RU students- come to the COBE auditorium at 5 tonight! I’m speaking for Communication Week :).

  • Chelsea Batey - We loved visiting RCC! :) It was also really cool to see you in a place of service – using your gifts to build up the church!

    Also, good luck tonight at Radford – the students are so lucky to be able to hear from you. I think you’d be a great teacher and I know you’re a great communicator. Enjoy SWVA for me!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Messick - What a cute idea :)ReplyCancel

  • Jean - Great pictures. Looks like Photo Booth was a hit! Good luck today at Radford! Love you.ReplyCancel

  • Karen Field - Oh my goodness! This was a fabulous idea! I only visited once to check out what kind of ministry you guys have going on there so I recognized some of the people. You have some nicely posed shots of families and smaller groups. You had people using this chance to mug before the camera. You took pictures of young families with their newborns. I loved the photos of you and the children. Did you see Matt behind two couples making the weirdest facial expression I have ever seen him make? I didn’t notice it until I looked back at it. I am sure you were a wonderful blessing to so many people. How wonderful that The Lord allowed you a chance to serve the Body at RCC with your gifts and your heart!

    MomReplyCancel

  • Dad - I particularly liked the one picture that Matt Photo-bombed!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Adams - These are so awesome!!! What an amazing idea for Easter sunday :)ReplyCancel

It began in 2009 at a beach shack in Ocean City, MD on an adventure- a very special mission trip called “Summer Project.” Tyler & Ashley lived alongside each other with 30 other college kids from around the US, spending their days working at hamburger shacks and water parks, and their evenings worshipping and serving with one another. That summer didn’t give birth to a romance just yet, but it set the foundations of their friendship that would later yield greater fruit.

It wasn’t until March of 2011 that things took a turn toward something more than friendship. And then, as it were, Ashley was due to leave a short five months later on another great adventure; the World Race, an 11-month journey to 11 different countries to serve those is some of the most desolate of conditions. They could write, email, and occasionally Skype when the internet connection was strong enough, but that was it.

And so he waited for her. But she wasn’t completely gone- before departing, Ashley filled 11 notebooks, one for each month of her absence, with love letters. One letter per day, 335 love notes altogether. And she left the opposite side of each page blank so that he could write back. Notes of well-wishes, notes of laughter, notes of prayer for the other. And as they wrote their love grew, so that by the day she returned last July, even though a mere 1/3 of their relationship had been spent together, they knew that this? This love was it. It was no surprise to anyone, therefore, that Tyler presented Ashley with a sparkly diamond ring and a promise of forever a few months later.

For their engagement session, we took it back to where everything began in Ocean City, Maryland and began at sunrise on the beach…

Ocean City, Maryland destination engagement session- Abby Grace Photography

Ocean City, Maryland destination engagement session- Abby Grace Photography

Ocean City, Maryland destination engagement session- Abby Grace Photography

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Dawn at the beach is my new favorite time and place to shoot.

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Favorite!

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The 3 Jacks, the house where they stayed during Summer Project! (This particular mission trip has a special place in my heart- Matt & I started dating while on Hampton Beach Summer Project)

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Ashley, you are so, so beautiful in love.

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Tyler & Ashley, it is such an encouragement to watch you two together. The way your love and serve one another is such a reflection of Christ’s love, and I feel lucky to call you both friends. I’m thrilled we got the chance to photograph your session in a place that meant so much to you both. Thank you, a hundred times over, for allowing me into your lives to document your love- I cannot WAIT until June!

Happy Tuesday!

  • Matt - I love the way that they pursued each other during their times away from each other, that’s awesome! Great pictures, they seem so happy together!ReplyCancel

  • Tyler Herrinton - Ahhhh yes Abby! Thanks so much, we love them! And we especially love the way you told our story. Thanks for taking the time to care about us! Can’t wait for June! Less than 2 months away now wooooo!ReplyCancel

  • Urška Majer - Oh my, what an amazing beach session! The light is gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Alicia & Germán - Happiness for a lifetime.
    All our heart for you!
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  • kaitlyn phipps - wow. this was absolutely adorable. beautifully shot and beautiful people! ps: ashley you are STUNNING!ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah Hoyt - Oh, Abby – this session is simply wonderful. Their love is so sweet, and their story is even sweeter. I am so glad you were able to capture them at a place that meant so much to them both, and to even include their journals! It’s couples like this that makes our jobs so amazing. BEAUTIFUL session! :)ReplyCancel

  • Ashley Edwards - YESSS! Ditto to everything Ty said! I love these!Thanks for spending with us and investing in our story! We appreciate you so much!ReplyCancel

  • Stephen - SHUT. THE. FRONT. DOOR. AND. THE. BACK. DOOR. TOO!!!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah Rancourt - It’s such a sweet love story to be sure! They are such a cute couple! Also, the beach at sunrise is AMAZING!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Tori - Abby, these are stunning!!! It’s so cool to hear Tyler’s love story! And even crazier that Aaron’s “uncle” (long time family friend) is the one who started Adventures In Missions which puts in the World Race – so it’s crazy that Ashley did that! Such a small world. And such a beautiful love story. :)ReplyCancel

  • Nikki Santerre - My favorite e-session of yours ever, Abby! Their story is so incredible!ReplyCancel

  • LISA EDWARDS - Just simply love the pictures. I remember when we visited that house & I said – Ashley who was the guy with the dark hair, the one that was really tan…………..she said, Oh that is Tyler, little did I know years later you 2 would be getting married. So excited, loved the pictures & the journals are very special. To this day, cannot believe all the work that went into those little gems. I love the beach & cannot think of a better scenery than my little girl with her soon to be husband!!!ReplyCancel

  • Julie McElwee - Beautiful pictures that go along with a beautiful story.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Adama - A favorite session for SURE. This couple is so so adorable. And the way you captured them is just perfect!ReplyCancel

  • ashley link - so lovely!!! the ring shot on the seashells is super creative!!! love it!!! these are all so great and they are so smitten!!! love it! :)ReplyCancel

  • Rici - Oh Abby!
    This is such a great Session! These two look absolutely gorg for the sunrise and all!! Love how you in cooperated the notebooks! This is such a great story &session!! Lovely!!!
    ~ Salutiiii.ReplyCancel

  • Kristen - This story is amazing! And the photos are beautiful :-)ReplyCancel