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Monday Mash-Up

Oh Monday, I don’t know if I’ve ever been so glad to see you before! As my brother’s wedding day came to a close on Saturday evening, I breathed a sigh of joy mixed with relief- my “six-weddings-in-seven-weeks” stretch was over! I absolutely adore what I do and am so thankful that my schedule’s been so packed this year, but I’ve really been looking forward to this three-week hiatus. I’m going to catch up on edits, take care of a couple of album orders, head down to Radford to chat with a couple of Comms classes, and then run a marathon! Doesn’t that sound relaxing?:)

As always, things that transpired/lessons learned from the weekend:

  • As a photographer, I’ve been under the impression I’ve learned to be flexible on a wedding day. But when things get set back by an hour due to a missed ferry ride and suddenly you have 8 minutes for ALL of the photos? This is a whole new level of flexibility which I’m working to master.
  • When shooting at a beach/humid location, it’s a good idea to remove the lenses from your bag that you know you NEED to shoot with an hour in advance  to allow them to acclimate to the weather. Otherwise, you pull out your very favorite 85 mm for your 8-minute portrait session and realize it’s not going to de-fog before your time is up. SAD DAY.
  • On another note, I have fallen. in. love with Bald Head Island, especially for weddings. The Spanish moss, the tree cover over the little golf cart roads that traverse the island, holy cow. I am DYING to shoot there again!
  • I think our GPS secretly hates us and is trying to kill us- on the way to catch the ferry to BHI, she (our GPS) took us on a SAND covered back road with pot holes and mini dunes galore.
  • Flannel sheets: we put ours on the bed last night… turns out it wasn’t QUITE cold enough outside, resulting in one WARM night. Whoops!

A preview from my brother and new sister-in-law’s wedding:)

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Happy Monday!

Rici - October 15, 2012 - 1:17 pm

Oh Abby! So hearing you! Hope you had a really great day anyway at your Bro´s wedding! My brother will get married as well sooon and I told them to hire someone so I can share the load. Now we will be in two, for the whole long day. :)
I always love reading your mash up´s! ~ Saluti!!!!

Tim Field - October 15, 2012 - 10:17 am

It was a WONDERFUL day and I soooo look forward to seeing those pictures….do this one first!!!!

Dani - October 15, 2012 - 9:40 am

De-fogging is the worst! And despite the fact that I have wanted to I have resisted the urge to put my flannel sheets on the bed – what was with this heat wave we had this weekend?

caitlin elizabeth - October 15, 2012 - 9:36 am

running a marathon… not the first thing i think of when cooking up ways to relax ;] you go girl!

And we’re off!

Remember last year when I posted my brother’s engagement session? The long awaited wedding is finally here! Matt and I traveling down to Bald Head Island for  the weekend to see Ethan & Jess finally tie the knot, and I couldn’t be more excited!! A beach wedding and a dessert reception? Yes please. Y’all can expect lots of photos to come from this weekend :). This photo below will forever remain one of my all-time favorites. If I had any more room in my office for another canvas, you can bet I’d have an 18×26 of this one!

Happy Friday & happy wedding weekend, Ethan & Jess!

Sophia Jordan - October 12, 2012 - 12:30 pm

HAVE FUN! Congrats to you and your family!

Jean - October 12, 2012 - 10:54 am

Gonna be fun!

Lauren - October 12, 2012 - 10:26 am

Congrats to your brother and his bride! :) Can’t wait to see all the photos.

molly - October 12, 2012 - 9:19 am

YAY ABBY’S BROTHER! have SO MUCH FUN!

Dani - October 12, 2012 - 8:58 am

Have so much fun!!

Love Everlasting- Jay & Meagan’s Rodes Farm DIY wedding

He stood there between the picket fences, waiting for his bride. As the minutes ticked on, he kicked at the grass, pulled his hands in and out of his pockets, readjusted his tie for the twentieth time. “Can I turn around yet?” “Not yet.” He smiled, knowing his bride’s tendency to run a little bit behind. Then after what must have seemed likes ages to Jay, she finally she emerged from the quaint country house where she’d spent the morning, and as she walked down the path toward his turned back he smiled, knowing the wait was almost over. The moment he turned around his face split into a wide, jubilant smile- here was his bride, with just as joyous of a smile on her face, and today? Today was theirs.

Jay & Meagan, your wedding was one of the most heartfelt occasions I’ve ever had the joy of documenting. Your love for Christ, your heart for missions and your outright adoration of each other blessed me in so many ways! Thank you a thousand times over for inviting me in on the biggest of days to capture your memories- I don’t think I’ve ever smiled so much at a wedding!

The wedding day began at Rodes Farm

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Jay & Meagan’s wedding was an absolute labor of love- almost everything was made my hand. All the bouquets were assembled by Meagan and her bridesmaids, and the cookies below were made by her maid of honor, Joanna!

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Y’all know how much I love First Looks :).

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I knew, after shooting their e-session, that Jay & Meagan knew how to work the camera. But they blew me away all over again on Saturday!

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Married! And a post-ceremony celebratory twirl!

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Jay & Meagan, if you all don’t put this one on a canvas, I most definitely will.

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Ready for a boat load of homespun, made-with-love, DIY details?

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Homemaid cakes and pies!

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 Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. Hartsfield! Happy Thursday!
Annamarie - October 23, 2012 - 1:16 pm

I love the portraits of them under the ladder and on the swings! So so pretty! :)

Jan Bolton, ELP. TX - October 17, 2012 - 2:02 am

What a beautiful and cozy wedding! So wish I could have enjoyed it in person! I’m so happy for all the Shepherd/Harfield families!
God be with you . . . AND . . . I do believe that you will be “better together”!
My love and hugs,
Jan Bolton
El Paso, Texas

Megan - October 15, 2012 - 9:01 am

All the details are darling and making this wedding so personal. Love the way the reception was set up! And she looks beautiful in here dress.

Ruthie - October 13, 2012 - 1:16 pm

I was so sad that I wasn’t there to see the wedding firsthand, but after these stunning, amazing, beautiful photographs I feel like I was there. I love everything about this wedding — the people, the colors, the details,…. the whole feeling. Thank you so much for posting this. Jay and Meagan, you are off to an incredible start. Praying God’s richest blessings on you!

Matt - October 11, 2012 - 11:28 pm

I love all of the details that are in this wedding! You did a great job capturing them and the love that this couple shares :)

Kristin Robinson - October 11, 2012 - 6:09 pm

These are so beautiful! I’m in love with them.

Jean - October 11, 2012 - 4:13 pm

Beautiful pictures! Looks like a fun wedding!

Lena - October 11, 2012 - 4:04 pm

So love the lights in the barn and all the sunflowers!! What was in their favor bags?

Sabrina - October 11, 2012 - 3:28 pm

Their portraits (well, everything for that matter!) are just beautiful! And holy cow, they did such an amazing job with everything! And you captured it perfectly, Abby :-) They’re going to love these.

Clarisse - October 11, 2012 - 3:09 pm

I am in love with all of the details! And I LOVE the lights at the reception. They’re so in love it makes me miss my own wedding!

Rebekah Hoyt - October 11, 2012 - 3:04 pm

What a charming wedding! They have so many adorable details! Your portraits are simply stunning, Abby – beautiful wedding!!

Karen Allen - October 11, 2012 - 2:48 pm

Abby these are incredible! Stunningly romantic, I love them!

Staycation

As much as I love our apartment, love our puppy and love my job, sometimes? It’s nice to get away. To stay somewhere you don’t have to make your own bed, where you feel at home but not at YOUR home. Every once in a while my work calls me to Alexandria (only about 40 minutes from where we live) so Matt and I take advantage of the opportunity and make a short stay of it. So this morning when we woke up, it wasn’t to the urgent calls of a puppy who needed to be let out or to a pile of laundry that refuses to fold itself. It was to a pleasant room with cool blue interiors, warm coffee at our leisure, and beautiful view of a little slice of Alexandria life. Tonight things will be back to normal back in Ashburn, but today? Today it’s good to be away.

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Happy Wednesday!

Megan - October 15, 2012 - 9:03 am

This looks familiar… ;) Hope you had a great time!

Sarah B. - October 11, 2012 - 11:05 pm

Yay! So fun! :D

Christine - October 10, 2012 - 2:17 pm

Sounds peaceful. Enjoy!

Clarisse - October 10, 2012 - 1:55 pm

I know that chair!!! Enjoy your staycation :)

Jean - October 10, 2012 - 1:48 pm

Sounds wonderful!

Rebekah Hoyt - October 10, 2012 - 10:08 am

Ooo have fun! Staycations are the best!! :)

Floral & Bloom- bouquets & bridals on film

Every once in a while I get the opportunity to work firsthand with other wedding professionals (as opposed to simply photographing the fruits of their labor at a wedding). Rachel of Floral & Bloom Designs contacted me a couple of weeks back about shooting a few of her bouquets for her new website and I KNEW this would be the perfect opportunity to test out my desire to shoot a mostly-film session. Florals, especially bridal bouquets, are the perfect subject for the soft, delicate feel of film, so I knew we at least had to try! Rachel, her friend Terri (our gorgeous model) and I met up at Manassas Battlefield with a couple of bouquets, a wedding dress and a bridesmaid gown and… well, I think these may be my new favorite scans :).
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Terri you are SO GORGEOUS!

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Rachel, the beauty and brains behind Floral & Bloom Design! Seriously- this gal does AMAZING work!

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Contax 645, Fuji 400H + Portra 800, developed at Richard Photo Lab

Happy Tuesday!

[...] guys remember Rachel, right? The creator of THESE gorgeous bouquets? This girl is tal. en. ted. She has a GIFT when it comes to putting blooms [...]

molly - October 17, 2012 - 4:24 pm

SERIOUSLY, ABBY?! these are ridiculous. oh my gosh they’re amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! wow. you are so talented!

Jean - October 9, 2012 - 8:38 pm

Beautiful pictures. Pink bouquet is my favorite. Beautiful!

Annie - October 9, 2012 - 8:22 pm

Love love love the flowers! So beautiful, Rachel! Love that first dress, too.

Lee bornstein - October 9, 2012 - 4:26 pm

Sooo pretty. Wish I had Rachel around when I got married.

Lauren @ Every Last Detail - October 9, 2012 - 4:21 pm

Wow these are amazing… the photos are FABULOUS and the bouquets are gorgeous!!!!!

Rachel - October 9, 2012 - 2:33 pm

Thanks ladies for all the sweet compliments! Abby, I had so much fun doing this with you. I’m so glad you were able to experiment more with film…..and well the pictures turned out AMAZING! This is probably my 100th time thanking you but I’m doing it again because this was such a dream come true for me for you to photograph some of my work. I hope we will have an opportunity to work together again in the future! You rock girl :D

Lauren - October 9, 2012 - 11:21 am

Abby,
Every morning when I come into work make cup of coffee and read through your blog. It is so motivating to see all you are accomplishing. You are very inspiring. I am sure there are mornings when it is tough to blog but keep it up because I think it is wonderful! Rachel the flowers are amazing! I love all the details. :)

ashley barnett - October 9, 2012 - 11:11 am

BEYOND obsessed with that pink bouquet. For reals, I’m emailing Rachel today, I neeeeed that at my wedding haha :)

Heidi - October 9, 2012 - 10:08 am

lovely!!

Alison Mish - October 9, 2012 - 9:50 am

These are stunning Abby! I love seeing your film work…it’s beautiful!

Melissa - October 9, 2012 - 9:36 am

Wow- that red with the peach is stunning!!! Makes for beautiful photos! Great job Abby Grace and Rachel for combining your 2 talents for this!

Erica Hamilton - October 9, 2012 - 9:27 am

So beautiful! Hooray film!!

Rebekah Hoyt - October 9, 2012 - 9:20 am

WOW these are so gorgeous!! Rachel, you do beautiful work!!