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Dan & Liz- a classic New York City engagement session in Central Park

It began at a little school called Yale. You know, that gorgeous campus nestled in New Haven Connecticut, the same place where they’ll be saying their vows in a few weeks. “We dallied in love,” Liz said with a smile as they walked hand-in-hand through Central Park. Never committing to anything during their time at Yale, though the interest was there, Dan & Liz went their separate ways after graduation. But as fate would have it, their worlds collided once more when Liz was attending Harvard Business School and just so happened to be in the same grouping as Dan’s older brother. This time around, there was no dallying- just good, old-fashioned falling in love.

Dan & Liz, you two are perfect together. I love how easily you fit with one another, how playful your interaction is together! Spending the morning with you in my favorite US city was an honor and a complete joy, thank you so much for making the early morning chill so easy to embrace!

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Kristen Duffy - May 15, 2014 - 1:45 pm

Gorgeous! And I love the Yale blue at the end :) They’re adorable together!

Mary Neumann - May 15, 2014 - 7:28 am

Soooo gorgeous!!! Such a classy couple, so totally in love! (…and wonderfully captured!!) Pure joy! xo

Sarah Goodwin - May 14, 2014 - 6:41 pm

STUNNING! Nothing short of gorgeous Abby. And could that couple be any cuter together?

Samantha Laffoon - May 14, 2014 - 2:34 pm

Abby these are so beautiful! Love it!

Urška Majer - May 14, 2014 - 12:53 pm

Stunning :)

Jean - May 14, 2014 - 12:26 pm

Gorgeous photos, Abby! Beautiful couple and great background! Love every one of these shots!

Tiffany Heidenthal - May 14, 2014 - 12:23 pm

Beautiful! Love your New York shoots!

Dear Mom,

Our relationship’s been somewhat atypical of your usual mother/daughter standards. Shortly after my sixth birthday, you fell ill. Really ill. I’ll never forget Christmas of that year when you were so sick you couldn’t roll over to sip your water, so I held the cup next to you with a straw so you wouldn’t get dehydrated. From that point on, most of my memories of you are tinged with at least some level of fatigue or illness- I don’t remember very much of you pre-Lupus & Lyme Disease.

What I do remember from my childhood, though, is wondering why you never saw yourself the way we did. You have been, from the very moment I was born, my standard of beauty. When we were small and exhausted every ounce of your energy, we still thought you were most beautiful thing in the world. Because you were, and because you are.

When Lupus meds robbed you of what you thought your figure should look like, we didn’t see “fat”; we saw beauty changing form. When you’d weep over the loss of clumps of hair, we didn’t see a balding mom; we saw beauty changing form. And when we had that cancer scare and they implanted a port in your chest, only to leave an obvious scar upon removal, we didn’t see an unsightly mark that needed covering; we saw beauty changing form, yet again. We saw a battle wound from someone who’s fought long and hard against their own body.

Mom, if I could grant you one wish other than healing you, it would be this: that you could see yourself the way we did when we were small. When a child’s unadulterated love of their mother meant that we didn’t see flaws, we saw what made you OURS, what made and makes you beautiful.

Maybe one day you’ll understand, one day when I complain to you about how tired I am from chasing my own little children around, when I have bags under my eyes from too many sleepless nights and early mornings, and all you’ll see are the things that make me beautiful. Special to my children. Uniquely equipped for the job of motherhood. And when that day comes, I hope you’ll remind me of this very letter I wrote to you.

Love,
Abby

Mother

Kristen Duffy - May 13, 2014 - 1:32 pm

Abby, this is beautiful. And so is she! :)

Bethany - May 13, 2014 - 12:15 pm

This made me full-on, tears running down my cheeks, cry. My mother has a degenerative neurological disease and to see how she’s changed due to her disease over the course of my life has been both the most heart-breaking and most inspiring thing. Her constant optimism and selflessness makes her even more beautiful to me and my family.

Karen Field - May 12, 2014 - 7:23 pm

Well, that was not something I was prepared to read. It is so hard to see your physical self through the eyes of others. Our culture has really done a number on my self perception in that area. I know better, but it hit me hard as a young woman and that’s hard to let go of. But I AM trying and YOU, dear one, are so good at helping me to think differently. Thank you! You are reminding me of how my Heavenly Father sees me.

Jean - May 12, 2014 - 11:58 am

Oh there you had to go and make me cry! Your mom has always been beautiful and I could never make her believe it either. Thank you for reminding her. Love you both!

Wendy Wade - May 12, 2014 - 11:45 am

This is beautiful, Abby! :)

Dad - May 12, 2014 - 10:56 am

What a awesome reminder, thanks Abby I know you made your mom’s day!

Paris, France on film- take 2!

My first Parisian experience last summer left me breathless, heartsick for more. The street vendors, the window displays, the history, everything. So when planning my latest European adventure and I realized how easy it’d be to add a stop in Paris, I went for it without hesitation.

I wasn’t sure what to expect, since my last trip was done with Matt and this time I was completely on my own. But once I embraces the fact that being alone meant I could do whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted, I could go where I pleased and stop for as many cafe au lair breaks as my heart desired, I fell in love with Paris all over again.

This truly is my favorite city in the world.

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Lindsey LaRue - May 12, 2014 - 8:59 am

Love that beautiful shot of the paintbrushes in the window and the one with the lone couple across the water! Your travel posts are so beautiful and some of my favorite!

Kristen Duffy - May 11, 2014 - 4:01 pm

Abby, these look like a dream. That doesn’t even make sense….but they’re wonderful. :)

Urška Majer - May 10, 2014 - 3:08 am

Gorgeous!

Jean - May 9, 2014 - 7:59 pm

Beautiful, gorgeous pictures. What a great advertisement for travel! So glad you got to experience this trip. Love you!

Kathryn Grace - May 9, 2014 - 12:35 pm

You are killing me with these travel posts. So, so beautiful.

Sabrina - May 9, 2014 - 11:03 am

Truly my most favorite city in the world… and you captured it SO FREAKING WELL! I love all of these Abby :-) And now I’m look at plane tickets… again!

Jose & Tina- a New York City anniversary session

Tina has one of those smiles that lights up her entire face. That simple, effervescent joy that guarantees a good time had by all. And Jose is one who knows how to keep her smiling the most- I swear, I don’t think I’ve ever photographed two people who were joy overjoyed to just BE with one another. Whether it was discussing their love of Broadway or laughing over the ridiculous weather situation on the day of their session, Jose & Tina are just so alive together. And being in the city that never sleeps, I felt myself more awake than usual with these two.

Jose & Tina, I just love you both! I’m so grateful for the chance to spend the evening with you two, it was SUCH a pleasure! Thank you for one heck of an evening in my favorite US city- crossing my fingers I get to see you guys again soon!

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Mary - May 8, 2014 - 5:09 pm

I LOVE the ones from the city at night! Great session!

Shalese - May 8, 2014 - 2:28 pm

This is so awesome! I’ve been dying to do a cool library shoot. :) I guess you have to whisper-direct poses haha

Alicia - May 8, 2014 - 11:25 am

So unique and different from your normal sessions, but in a good way! Very pretty, Abby!

Urška Majer - May 8, 2014 - 10:46 am

Love the session & both of the locations :)

Steven & Cara- a pastel Charlottesville wedding at the University of Virginia

It was, as Cara said, “Vusetti wedding, take 2.” You see, Steven & Cara had already attended a wedding with a very similar group of people just three years ago when Cara’s older sister & Steven’s older brother were married. It’s how they met, you see- Steven & Cara were both on their ways to UVA to hang out with their older siblings, and the few-hours-long car ride together was enough to make sparks fly. So when their older siblings tied the knot in 2011, it wasn’t long before Steven & Cara decided the very same story lay in their futures as well!

Their wedding day was the BEST possible start to a perfect wedding season. The weather was ideal, every detail was planned to perfection, and there was enough joy and excitement to go around and around. After a sweet first look on the terrace of the rotunda, Steven & Cara met again inside the UVA chapel to exchange vows. It couldn’t have been more beautiful!

Steven & Cara, your wedding day was a complete dream, and I’m so grateful to have been the one to document the biggest day of your lives thus far. Thank you, a hundred times over, for such a privilege and an honor!

 

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Details-
Event design & coordination: Amore Events
Ceremony: University of Virginia Chapel
Reception: University of Virginia Alumni Hall
Dress: Hitched Salon
Florals: Blue Ridge Floral Design
Hair & Make-Up: Charlottesville Make-Up Artists
Deejay: NorCal Pro Sound

Kristen Duffy - May 13, 2014 - 1:36 pm

These are beautiful! And especially in the outdoor ones, the lighting is gorgeous!

Cody - May 6, 2014 - 3:53 pm

Love it Abby! It is fantastic :) you captured the day perfectly!

Kathryn Grace - May 6, 2014 - 3:00 pm

Simply stunning!

Jean - May 6, 2014 - 2:14 pm

Beautiful pictures, Abby! Gorgeous church, beautiful bride, super talented photographer! A winning combination!

Emilia Jane - May 6, 2014 - 1:53 pm

Beautiful work Abby! <3