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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

Monday Mash-Up… oy.

Well, today I was going to post all these fun little tidbits and quirks from our weekend, but then today turned out to be a bit of a doozy! First, let me set the scene for you: Matt’s not a guy to complain if something isn’t seriously bothering him. I mean, this is the guy that I was married to for almost two years before I saw him actually get angry about something (and that “something” was driving in New York City). He’ll minimize a migraine just to keep me from worrying about him.

Over the weekend I came down with a short bout of the flu, so rather than going to Matt’s flag football game, I stayed home and spent the evening flicking through Hulu Plus (by the way, the complete series The Hills is on there- WHAT?! There goes all of my free time!). Then I received a call from Matt, telling me not to freak out [cue: freak out], but that he “sort of” hurt his Achilles’ tendon and friends of ours were driving him home from the game.

His ankle was still bothering him this morning, so we spent today in and out of the various catacombs of Kaiser Permanente, with no less than three appointments in a span of a few hours. During our visit with the podiatrist, the doctor leaned over Matt’s leg and was checking his muscles, and I mouthed “is it torn?” and he mouthed back “Oh, yeah.” Turns out what Matt was hoping was just a sprain actually turned out to be a ruptured Achilles tendon- you can even feel the gap in the torn tissue. We have surgery scheduled for Thursday. I’m worried about him, and he’s worried about me, and we’re trying to figure out what the next couple of months will look like since Matt works 30-45 minutes from home and can’t drive, due to the fact that the foot he injured is his right one.

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SO. What to do? I’m sure the next few weeks will involve a lot of trips to Redbox, visits to the library, and more doctor’s appointments than we’d ever imagined. But you know what? If I have to be thankful for something, I’m thankful that the tables are turned and now it’s my chance to serve him. Matt has the sweetest, most servant-oriented heart of anyone I’ve ever met- if I casually remark that I’ve been craving Sour Patch Kids, his jacket’s already on and he’s out the door on the way to the grocery store. If Lily whines in the middle of the night and needs to go to the bathroom, he’s the one taking her out at 3 am. He’s so humble, so tenderhearted, that I often don’t have the chance to serve him in the same way because he’s so concentrated on blessing me.

Well, now he doesn’t have a choice. And neither do I. This is what marriage is- in the good times and bad, the times of health AND sickness, serving one another in joy and thanksgiving. It’s my turn to find out what that really looks like, after having it modeled so wonderfully for me over the past three+ years of marriage. And I, for one, am looking forward to it.

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*Thank you so much to Alicia Lacey Photography for these portraits of us from this past weekend! She sent these over a couple of hours ago, RIGHT when I needed them most. Alicia, we’re so thankful for you!*

Kristen Duffy - May 13, 2014 - 1:38 pm

Abby your attitude is awesome. Happy healing, Matt!!

Allie Rittle - May 6, 2014 - 10:34 pm

Abby, kudos to you for humbly embracing this situation as the blessing that it is. You are such a beautiful example!

Jen - May 6, 2014 - 8:24 am

Praying for Matt! I love the casual pics of you guys…

Alicia Lacey - May 6, 2014 - 6:38 am

You’re going to be a fantastic caretaker, Abby! I think you’ll find that going through something like this will actually be a bonding time in your marriage. Matt — you have TONS of prayers flooding in for you!

Lyn - May 5, 2014 - 8:44 pm

Oh no! Praying for you and Matt! Hope the surgery goes smoothly and you can figure out transportation and all the other stressors! Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

Dennis Bullock - May 5, 2014 - 8:23 pm

Oh wow! Prayers coming your way!!

Mary - May 5, 2014 - 8:11 pm

Poor Matt!! But you are yet again being a light of The Lord and so humbly serving your husband! Though it may be a long few months I will be praying that it is full of sweet moments and memories that you both treasure for years to come. God’s timing is always perfect and you are a wonderful example!! xoxo

Terri Baskin - May 5, 2014 - 8:08 pm

Awww Abby, I’m sorry to hear that he got hurt, but I’m so glad it wasn’t worse. You’ll be awesome at caring for Matt. He’s in good hands!

Rebekah Hoyt - May 5, 2014 - 7:59 pm

This gave me a lump in my throat, Abby! Not only am I hurting for you guys, but to see you so gracious embrace this as an opportunity to bless your husband – it’s so encouraging. Marriage is truly a beautiful thing but it’s moments like this that really test the commitment you’ve made – you guys will only come out of this stronger, even if you have to fight through frustration and tears.

I love you guys! We’ll be praying for you and Matt and we are here for you, whatever you need!! :)

Jean - May 5, 2014 - 7:58 pm

Forgot to say that I’m keeping you both in my prayers.

Jean - May 5, 2014 - 7:57 pm

Oh, Abby, I am sorry that Matt got injured, but I know you will take good care of him, and he’ll be back on his feet before you know it. I love the new photos of you two. Love you.

Venice, Italy on film

The best way I can think to describe Venice is with the words “utterly enchanting.” Meandering the tiny alleys of Venice was an experience I will never, ever forget- each turn of the pavement brought more wonder than the next. Intricate Venetian masks, tiny bakeries, elegant bridges, classic Italian apartments with bright shutters thrown open. That seafoam-green water, beautiful despite the bleak weather. The best espresso I’ve ever had. And color, so much color everywhere!

Sarah, you truly are the best hostess there ever was. Thank you, thank you for introducing me to Venice- I think you may have been witness to the beginnings of a lifelong love affair.

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Anna - May 4, 2014 - 9:20 pm

Hello there! I recently started following you on Instagram (you had me at Harry Potter, ballerinas and tulle skirts!) and have now made it over to your blog! I just love your photography and this trip looks really, really lovely and dreamy! Thanks for sharing your beautiful works!

Sydni Jackson - May 2, 2014 - 3:57 pm

I had been waiting to see these!! They did not disappoint :)

Sami Orndorff - May 2, 2014 - 3:50 pm

I lOVE that last bridge picture!!! So beautiful :)

Jen - May 2, 2014 - 9:36 am

Ahhh I felt like I was back in Venice!! I remember many of the little bridges and water ways you posted. Feels like yesterday!

Rosa - May 2, 2014 - 12:39 am

You brought back so many good memories from our trip to Venice. These photos are beautiful!! Thanks for sharing :)

Erin Schrad - May 1, 2014 - 7:13 pm

So jealous of all your travels!! You’ve been everywhere I want to go!

marissa b - May 1, 2014 - 7:03 pm

oh my goodness! these are some of the most beautiful photos I’ve ever seen!! Italy is definitely on my bucket list of countries to visit and your photos have made me put Venice as one of the top cities to visit. So stunning!

Mia Bjerring - May 1, 2014 - 3:59 pm

I’ve always wanted to visit Italy, it’s so beautiful! Love all these photos and they have only made me want to go even more!!

Rosanna Funiciello Smith - May 1, 2014 - 3:49 pm

The images you captured of Venice are stunning. Having never actually been, I felt like I was there. Thank you for sharing! And the Ireland pictures of your friend… soooo beautiful. Her, the hills, the sky, the wind… all of it. Beautiful.

Mary Neumann - May 1, 2014 - 3:40 pm

What a joyyy this post was for me! :) So, so lovely and authentic! You did a wonderful job capturing the city in all it’s glory. Love the image with the bird/umbrella(?!) fixture because of the Rialto sign…my mom and I had dinner on the Rialto when we visited and it is one of the memories I most treasure. xo!

Urška Majer - May 1, 2014 - 1:44 pm

Ahh, Venice :) Love these photos!

Emilia Jane - May 1, 2014 - 1:11 pm

I am dying to go to Venice.

Kathryn Grace - May 1, 2014 - 1:07 pm

There is too much amazingness in this post. You make me want to pack my bags now and hop on the first flight out. Gorgeous.

Alicia Lacey - May 1, 2014 - 10:43 am

You captured Venice perfectly — I don’t know how you make cities look even more beautiful through film, but it’s amazing!

Jessica Bulloss - May 1, 2014 - 10:09 am

You are beyond talented!!! Love all of these!!!

Shalese - May 1, 2014 - 9:44 am

It’s so cool to see Europe through your lens! :)

Sarah H. - May 1, 2014 - 9:09 am

I’m so glad I got to be a part of the beginning of your love affair! And it was so fun to just explore with no agenda – I saw new places in Venice I’ve never seen! It was wonderful :)

Lindsay - May 1, 2014 - 9:08 am

YESSS!!!! We walked some of the exact same streets in Gulgia and I LOVED those lamp posts by the train station!

Jean - May 1, 2014 - 8:42 am

Abby, these are unbelievably beautiful photos. You just get better all the time! Love you.