That’s right, dateS! In the past I’ve always just announced them one at a time, but I’m taking a leap of faith. Both iterations of A Practical Wedding Workshop that I’ve hosted in the past have sold out, so I’m taking a chance and am announcing TWO workshop dates to round out my 2015 APWW series! If you’ve been kicking around the idea of attending, these are your shot; I won’t be offering any more in-person workshops for the rest of the year :).

A Practical Wedding Workshop by Abby Grace Photography

Without further ado, here we go:

Monday, August 3rd
Monday, November 9th

Something a little different from the past few workshops, we’ll actually be having a more detailed styled shoot this time! And I’m SO excited to announce that Kat of Dear Sweetheart Events will be doing the styling for my August workshop!! If you don’t already know who she is, go familiarize yourself with her, pronto. She’s a total boss lady.

A Practical Wedding Workshop by Abby Grace Photography

And the workshop website will have a lot more information, but here are the basic details for each workshop:

Who: you! This workshop is geared toward wedding photographers (or wedding photographers-to-be!) who feel like they’re still trying to find their footing, who are still in need of a game plan. (Again, see the workshop website!)

What: 11 hours of content, including a hands-on styled shoot, a head shot for each attendee, and some bangin’ meals. Plus, some tea!

Where: my home in Sterling, Virginia- about 40 minutes outside DC, and 5-7 minutes from Dulles Airport

Investment: $750, but with the code “PROSECCO” you’ll get a $100 off within the first four days!

See? Look how much fun we’ll have!

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Registration will be opening NEXT Friday for both workshops! So mark your calendars, because seats for both dates open at 8:00 am, EST!

And to remind you all of how amazing the last workshop was, here are just a few tokens of awesomeness. Yooooou’re welcome!

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Florals by the amazing Floral & Bloom Designs, dress by Kevan Hall and provided by Soliloquy Bridal, and hair + make-up by Alison Harper & Co!

One of the biggest privileges in being a photographer is the opportunity to be there for the “big stuff” in my couples lives. And what I love so, so much about my Abby Grace Legacy Couples is that I get to document those “big things” multiple times! It feels like my business grows up alongside these incredible couples and their relationships!

I met Greg at RU’s Homecoming in 2009, and when he was getting ready to ask Sarah to marry him, he hatched the plan of flying me up to Rhode Island to capture it all. And then, when they tied the knot in Kansas City in May of 2013, I once again had the honor of photographing them together. Now here we are, six years after the initial meeting, and Greg & Sarah are expecting their first child. And again, I have incredible joy of photographing their love story.

This is what I love about people photography- my couples mature and grow in front of my camera. You can see the progression from one stage to another through their photographs, and for some reason, that just blows my mind. I will never take for granted this honor I’m allowed, and I’m so grateful that this, this is my lot in life.

Greg, Sarah, what can I tell y’all that I haven’t already said? I can’t express how grateful I am to have been chosen again to be the one you trust with capturing this stage of your lives together, and once Baby Humble gets here? It’s going to be SUCH a joy to be the one to take his first official portraits! So much love to all three of you!

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  • Jean - How sweet that you have been there through it all for them and now you get to look forward to the baby with them. I love the photos. So beautiful!ReplyCancel

Gooooooood morning Vietnam! And by “Vietnam,” I mean “blogosphere!” Although I’ve heard Vietnam is quite nice this time of year, for what it’s worth.

This photo has nothing to do with Vietnam. It was taken in Aix-en-Provence, and it makes me hungry just looking at it. Charcuterie, brie + baguettes for the win!

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I’m back from gallivanting in Europe, and it’s my first day in my office in two and a half weeks! It was such a joy to open those French doors this morning and see the sunlight streaming in. You’d think that after a working holiday, the last thing I want to do is go back to work. But I LOVE my job and I couldn’t wait to get back to it this morning! Plus there’s the fact that Spring is in full-swing here in Virginia. This is our first Spring in the new house, and so it was a total surprise to me that the scraggly bushes in front of our house are actually azaleas, and by the time I got home from my trip, they were in full bloom. So there are hundreds of white blossoms right outside my office, plenty of warm sunshine streaming in, and our two puppies barking like maniacs any time a neighbor decides to walk their own dog outside. Life is good, my friends. (But seriously… any thoughts on bark collars?)

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

  • Coffee doesn’t taste the same here in the US. I don’t know why; maybe it’s the beans, maybe it’s the water, maybe it’s our overall lack of ability to speak Italian. But as much as I was looking forward to my morning ritual of a cup of coffee while reading the Bible, I was disappointed.
  • Disappointed by the coffee, that is- not the Bible. Duh.
  • Ok, question for anyone who’s traveled to Edinburgh: is it just me, or do the Scots seem irritated by Americans? My Scotland experience was completely opposite of my experience in Ireland last Spring, and I’m wondering if I just happened to get people at a bad time?
  • That being said, I’m still totally bringing Matt back to Edinburgh. That city is SO beautiful!
  • I freaking love AirBnB. Never again will I travel to a foreign country and opt for a standard hotel- AirBnB is so much more fun! I ended up in a flat in Edinburgh with a Dane who spoke with an Australian accent and a Cameroonian who spoke with a Swedish accent. We all went for a pint on my last night and it hit me just how many different cultures we had colliding at that small table- you don’t get that with a standard hotel, and it was something I’ll always remember!
  • I packaged up all my film this morning to send off to Indie… 25 rolls, and that’s not all of it. I have 13-14 more rolls from Italy that are still in transit to the lab. YIKES. I seriously need to slow it down!
  • But then again, why do you try visiting Europe and tell me that you don’t want to photograph everything you lay eyes on.

Ok! This gorgeous couple is coming to the blog later this week, and I’ll be very surprised indeed if you don’t remember them :).

Alexandria, Virginia Anniversary Session- Abby Grace Photography

  • Jean - So glad you had a good trip and glad you are home safe and sound. Loved seeing your posts from different countries. Can’t wait to see you in person and hear all about your trip. Love you!ReplyCancel

  • Urška Majer - Beautiful preview and i can’t wait to see your film shots from Europe :)ReplyCancel

  • Heather - Our dog barks at EVERYTHING (people, squirrels, birds, leaves, things on TV. It’s ridiculous.) we bought this spray at Target called Vetscription PetStop and it really has worked wonders!! We’re still working on barking at dogs while on a walk, but he’s pretty totally stopped barking at things on TV! Our lives are changed forever haha!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa S. - Vietnam is indeed very nice this time of year ;)ReplyCancel

  • Shalese - Welcome back!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Rici - Oh hey happy Monday post! love it! Had the same experience with my café italiano both times I moved to Germany… cracked my heart wide open. I started making my own italian cafe´. no machine, no filter, no artsy added industrial style thingys. And most of my friends love it. Even if I know it´s not the same deal as in Italia <3. It´s much better what you can get in the other places. do you have a mocha? The rosé lavazza is my favourite in the morning ;)
    Happy settling back in! Hugs.ReplyCancel

  • Richelle - “Disappointed by the coffee, that is- not the Bible. Duh.”

    LOLLLLLL. You crack me up.ReplyCancel

I’m what I’d like to call an optimistic realist, but you guys know that about me by now! I believe in accurately estimating one’s own potential, albeit positively so, and operating within that scope of possibility. That way I don’t end up crushingly disappointed when it turns out I’m not as amazing at something as I thought, you know?

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For example, I recognized pretty early on that no matter how hard I practiced, I was never going to be a world-renowned concert bassoonist, so I pursued other avenues of interest and career. Who knows, maybe if I HAD practiced harder, longer, more intensely, I could be the best bassoonist you’d never heard of…but I sincerely doubt it.

Every once in a while, though, you’ll meet a person who makes you start to believe that age-old notion that “you can do anything you set your mind to.” Because you can see they believe it, and you can see them doing incredible things that you yourself would never have dared to even dream about trying.

Natalie & Krista are those kinds of people. I’ve had the joy of knowing Natalie for a couple of years now, and this girl is in the business of changing the world. I’ve never known someone with as much drive and HEART as Natalie Franke. Over the last two Creative At Heart conferences, I’ve had the opportunity to have some seriously amazing conversations with these two ladies, so when an incoming call from Natalie came with and idea and the request to help, you bet I was all in!

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See, there’s this quote by John F Kennedy- “A rising tide lifts all boats.” Initially used in reference to something political, Natalie used it in her talk at Creative back in January to talk about how furthering community among creatives results in growth for ALL. And then she wrote this phenomenal blog post about Community Over Competition, which you absolutely have to read.

So the Rising Tide Society was born from Krista & Natalie’s desire to lift the boats around them. How beautiful is that?? In an industry where it’s so easy to close yourself off from your competitors, these two women saw the value and the NEED for fellowship among business owners, and Tuesdays Together were born. These meet-ups will take place on the first Tuesday of every month, and you can see if there’s a group already started in your area by going here! And the good news is that if there isn’t already a meet-up in your area? You can apply to start leading one. Because I promise you all, from someone who’s tried to go it alone, the journey is a lot more enjoyable when you have friends with you along the way.

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If you’re in the DC/northern Virginia area and want to come out next week on Tuesday, May 5, I’ll be at the Le Pain Quotidien in Tyson’s Corner from 1pm to 3pm. Come for as long or as little as you like, bring a laptop or something to work on, and let’s share life! There’s no agenda for the meet-up, just a chance for creative entrepreneurs to come alongside one another and grow together :).

**All graphics by Krista Jones!**

  • Jean - What a wonderful concept!ReplyCancel

  • Krista A. Jones - Thank you so much for your sweet words Abby! We’re SO excited to see what your group does for the DC/NOVA community!ReplyCancel

  • Marirosa Anderson - Looking forward to this!!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Scholl - `I also love, love, love this idea!! I would love to join in sometime soon, but I won’t be able to this month. I live just around the corner from Tysons but work in the city! I hope it’s a wonderful time together!ReplyCancel

  • Alicia - Loving this idea! Is there a Facebook group specifically for the DC folks that I can join to stay up to date on the next meeting?ReplyCancel

  • Erin Tetterton - Hi Abby–

    I saw your post about Tuesdays together a week too late! I’m still relatively new to Northern Virginia after moving here from North Carolina two years ago. ….as of a few weeks ago, it appears we are here to stay however. I’ve desperately missed my creative friends from college since moving to the area, but haven’t found a good way to connect with other creatives. Let me know if you all meets again.

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Her email came a couple of months ago, asking about whether or not I’d be available for travel to Charleston, South Carolina for an anniversary  session. And she signed off with a fun note- “If you’re gone in Europe, I may just have to follow you over there!”

Lol. NO BUT SERIOUSLY.

And by some stroke of luck on my behalf, it happened! Zach & Lindsay had been planning for a getaway before their little one arrives, and they both fell in love with Italy together during a trip a few years ago. So instead of Charleston, they headed to Chianti, Italy, where we had the Anniversary Experience session of the century! The rolling hills of Tuscany and Il Borgo di Vescine as our backdrop and an adorable vintage Fiat to boot, this was a dream come true. I’d had the joy of photographing their love once before in the fall of 2013 (remember this session?), so to be able to document their lives again during the beginning of a new chapter, it was utterly perfect!

Zach & Lindsay, I cannot thank you enough for coming all the way out to Italy for this! Your love is so sweet and so familiar that photographing you together is easier than should be allowed, and I’m so grateful you trusted me with these images, with your time and your comfort. I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything, including the bit where we all squished into the world’s tiniest car together! So much love to you both!

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  • Emily Gerald - stop it! Abby, this entire session from the couple to the location, the light, the emotion is STUNNING. I can’t stop staring, I love it and you captured them beautifully!ReplyCancel

  • Kelsey DeWitt - Gosh Abby you have really outdone yourself!! This is GORGEOUS!ReplyCancel

  • Caili - GASP!!!!!!

    —–speechless—–ReplyCancel

  • Allison Maxwell - AH!!! Why are you doing this to me?!! LOVE. One of my favorites of yours.ReplyCancel

  • Tori Watson - i’m in love with EVERYTHING about this session! oh my goodness. so, so stunning. lindsay looks amazing, and every photograph is so sweet! beautiful job, abby!ReplyCancel

  • Ally Skeer - ABBY these are amazing, you are such a wonderful photographer! And Lindsay is probably the most gorgeous thing I’ve ever seen – that light! SWOON!ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah Hoyt - Ok I’m officially swooning over EVERY SINGLE IMAGE. This session is just gorgeous from start to finish!!!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Messick - Oh Lindsay!!! These are absolutely perfect! Great choice on the dress!!!! ;)ReplyCancel

  • Nikki Santerre - Oh, Abby! These are incredible!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jean - These are absolutely gorgeous images! You just keep getting better and better! Perfection!ReplyCancel

  • Karen Field aka Mom - Beautiful! Bellissimo!ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah - Wow, these are so gorgeous! I couldn’t think of a more perfect dress for a mommy-to-be. And the lighting is perfect too!ReplyCancel

  • Becca - STAHHPP.ReplyCancel

  • Abbeigh - That is one glowing mama to be! And that dress…swoon!! Love these, Abby!!ReplyCancel

  • Holly - Ahhhhh ABBY! I am friends with Lindsay and I assumed I could pick a favorite that really showed their personalities – but there is no way. Every one is epic. Amazing session Abby.ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay - STILL looking at these!!!! Zach and I drank our coffee in bed this morning and just looked at the blog :-) I keep pinching myself that this all actually happened and that’s me!! You did SUCH an incredible job! Thanks for bringing the dream to life!!! I can’t imagine anyone more perfect for the job! Love you!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn - This is just dreamy!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Regan - Oh my goodness these are absolutely breathtaking!!!! Wow!ReplyCancel

  • Virginia & Destination Wedding Photographer | Lindsay Fauver - […] a cooking class, and sat in the sun.  We got all dolled up and met the FABULOUS Abby Grace for our maternity anniversary session and I know I’m biased but I kind of think they’re the most epic maternity pictures […]ReplyCancel

  • Rici - BELLISSIMOOOOO!! ABBY! I love it so very much! Like every picture!ReplyCancel

  • Virginia & Destination Wedding Photographer | Lindsay Fauver - […] it all came together so perfectly.  Seriously, it couldn’t have been better. And Abby did SUCH a great job, it just feels like these images deserve one last blog […]ReplyCancel

  • Ravyn - ABBY!!! These are absolutely stunning. I am currently working with Zach on branding his business … he was telling me about his trip, and forwarded the session to me. While I don’t get to work with many of my clients in person (sadly, Zach is across the country), these photos make up for it. I feel like I know them so much more!! You captured so much beauty, and such an important part of their story!ReplyCancel