Braelynn & I have enjoyed the last week in Milan, PA visiting Derrick’s parents! We have had a beautiful week here & have thoroughly enjoyed our time catching up with his family, visiting old friends, and of course: doing lots of photoshoots! It’s been so fun & the week has sped by, but now I find myself looking forward to going home & seeing Derrick again! It’s been a long time away & I’m looking fowrad to getting back into our “home routine”.
Yes, This Happened
Yesterday was my best friend (& sister-in-law)’s birthday and we spent all day toether! We took Braelynn & Cameron to the Binghamton Zoo, enjoyed lunch out, and then came home to have dinner & dessert with the family! It was the perfect day & we had so much fun! The cousins really enjoyed hanging out together too!
There is construction going on on the main road right outside of Derrick’s parent’s house & it took us 55 minutes to go 2 miles yesterday. Yes, you read that right. I promise, I’m not exaggerating either. It literally would have been faster to get out & walk!
Besides Nicole & Andrew’s wedding last Saturday, my week has been full of photoshoots! I did newborn photos Friday evening, family photos Sunday, Monday, & Tuesday evenings, senior photos this morning, and engagement photos this evening & tomorrow afternoon! I am so so blessed with so many amazing clients (who I hardly even consider clients, they are all my friends! Seriously though, if I would go out to dinner or coffee with you – and I did with half the people I photographed this week – you are a dear friend) and it has been wonderful catching up with each & every one of them!! There was so much exciting news shared & fun updates – I love my “dual” location & everyone who still trusts me for their photography up here! It has been an amazing week.
Nicole & Andrew’s outdoor summer wedding was this past Saturday at Grovedale Winery in Wylusing, PA. I knew it was going to be fantastic, but I had no idea just how beautiful everything would be! Nicole did such an amazing job of coordinating her colors and her designs with the beautiful property of the Winery. And it all seemed to fit her & Andrew’s personalities just perfectly – bold, bright, & happy!
Nicole had to be the most cool & collected bride. When I arrived, the wind had picked up & was blowing everything they had set up, in the reception, tent over. Vases of flowers had spilled over & the tablecloths were being soaked! Here we were, just a short time before guests began arriving, and the wind was destroying all of their hard work in decorating the reception space! Totally cool about it though, Nicole jumped in to help in tearing down the tables that were wet and rescuing the few centerpieces that had stayed upright. In a time that could have been completely stressful and overwhelming, Nicole rolled up her sleeves & got to work, laughing and joking along the way. Nothing could dim her excitement for her wedding day!
Thankfully, Grovedale has a drier & the tablecloths and linens were able to get a quick drying treatment before going back out onto the tables! The wind died down & the reception was set back up before the guests even knew that just an hour before, everything had been completely torn apart.
The rest of the day went off without a hitch. The ceremony was beautiful & personal, a bit of rain threatened and even shed a few sprinkles but then scurried away, and the evening ended with a bonfire, s’mores, and sparklers!
Nicole & Andrew: thank you so much for being you! I loved every moment of getting to know you guys & being there to capture your big day! I loved your spirit of adventure & how every moment of your day was tackled with a huge smile & overflowing joy. Hope y’all are enjoying every moment of your honeymoon in the Caribbean!!
UGH – Nicole’s bouquet was simply to DIE for! I loved all the color & textures & to top it off: it smelled divine!!
Aren’t these little twin flower girls the cutest?!
Nicole got ready in the funeral home on Grovedale’s property and if no one had told me it was a funeral home, I would never have guessed! It simply looked like an amazing, old vintage house. The rooms were big, filled with lovely antique furniture, and I could have spent all day exploring the house! Nicole’s favorite color is red, so this red chase was simply begging to be used in her photographs!
If you can’t tell – the sweet relationship Nicole has with her Grandma is so so precious!
Nicole & Andrew decided to do an “invisible first look” and exchange love letters! They simply could not have been any cuter! Can’t you just imagine sound along with this image? Both were giggling like little 4 year olds who had just successfully stolen cookies out from under Grandma’s nose & gotten away with it!
On to the ceremony!
This was the sweetest little moment! The flower girls were escorted down the aisle by the Grandmas! How precious is that!
Did I mention that Nicole’s dog also walked down the aisle & took part in the ceremony? I loved how she sat out in the middle of the aisle while Nicole & Andrew were saying their vows – she was so well behaved!
There are so many moments in a wedding day that I love, but the first moments after recessing down the aisle as husband & wife are definitely at the top of my list!
Hey! One KAP Couple greeting another KAP Couple! It was so fun to see Erica & Rob and get to catch up with them!
There were 3 little flower girls and one was particularly shy! She ran and hid when we started to take portraits! (sound familiar?)
Thankfully, her Mama was able to coax her out and she was brave enough to be in one bridal party photo!
Aren’t these just so warm & cozy? We used that blanket in Nicole & Andrew’s engagement photos & it was so fun to use it for some wedding photos as well!
Nicole had only one request: she really wanted to drive up the road & take a few photos on the Wyalusing Bridge. We had a few minutes to spare, but we did it! We may have stopped traffic in both directions, but it was SO worth it!
Then it was on to the reception!
Nicole handmade all of the strawberry jam given as favors! 150+ jars home-made & canned herself.
This post is already overly long with photos (I’m sorry, I simply can’t help myself!), but I love good cake cuttings! I knew Nicole & Andrew’s would be especially epic & I was completely right!
We ended the evening with sparklers!
Huge shout-out and thank you to the amazing team of vendors who helped make Nicole & Andrew’s wedding day absolutely perfect!
I have always loved looking at the stars. So has my Dad – it’s one of those things we’ve always enjoyed doing together. On clear nights on the shore of the lake, the stars at Deep Creek Lake, MD are absolutely incredible! One such night, a few years ago, my Dad and I had walked down to the lake shore to look at the stars. They were amazing to say the least. I remember them feeling so clear and so close that it seemed you could just reach up and grab a few.
After spending some time soaking it all in, we started to walk back up to the house. A car came by while we were midway up the hill and we heard a lough but distinct POP. My Dad started laughing, “I bet I know what that was!” “What what was?” “That pop! Didn’t you hear it?” “Yeah, what was it?” “I bet that car just ran over a frog & it exploded!” “Ewww, really?” Next thing we knew, we were up on the road and my Dad was looking for the frog. Sure enough, a few feet down from our driveway, there he was: a popped frog.
We still laugh to this day about that! Especially whenever we’re outside late at night & hear anything that slightly resembles a pop.
A few weeks ago, when we spent a week vacationing at the lake, I knew I wanted to get some photos of the stars. I have never photographed the night sky before & I was so pumped to do it! It just always seemed that every time I have all the right gear with me at the lake, the skies are cloudy. Or every time the skies were clear, I didn’t have the right camera equipment! Well, this time, I was prepared and I lucked out! We actually had 2 amazing clear nights that I was able to take photos on!
The first clear evening was Monday night. I put Braelynn to bed and walked down to the lake shore. I knew that it was still a bit light out and I would need to wait for it to get dark, but I wanted to get down to the lake with a little light to get my tripod & camera set up. I knew that the sun had officially gone down & the light would fade fast! So, I was down there about 8:30pm that night & these are some of the photos I took!
I was super excited with what I got! I was down at the lake for almost an hour (turns out, these photos take a lot of time to take!)
Then, I was blessed with another clear night! So, the following Sunday evening, Dad & I walked down to the water again. This time it was later: about 10:30pm. So, the sky definitely looked different! There was more light “pollution” though, since it was Labor Day weekend & there were a lot more lights on around the lake. That’s alright though – I still got some amazing photos that I just love!
This past Tuesday was the best Tuesday of the month! It was Tuesdays Together day! In a nutshell, there is this amazing community of creatives called The Rising Tide Society, and their motto is “Community Over Competition”. So once a month, groups of small business owners, creatives, and entrepreneurs from all over the world gather to hang out & encourage each other! It’s literally the best! My friend Tiffany runs the group in Greensburg & it’s literally the highlight of my month. We always have such a great time!
Yes, This Happened
If anyone was paying attention, I didn’t post an Abby’s Saturday last Saturday – GASP – I know! I’m not even sure what happened! I think I was so caught up in the fact that we were home for the weekend (we travel a lot in the summer) and so I didn’t even quite realize that it was Saturday! That is, until I was literally 15 minutes from walking out the door to go second-shoot a wedding & then it hit me like a lightning bolt. For a split second, I looked at the time, looked at my camera, and actually had the thought: I could totally go take a photo & make this work! But then I took a step back, told myself it was okay, and decided I could take a week off. It’s my photo project & I have been regularly posting these for over a year! I think a little break here & there is okay.
Braelynn has been in destructo mode lately. Instead of just playing with her toys in her little area, she’s carrying them all over the house. Instead of just sitting and drinking her smoothie or juice, she wants to dump it onto the floor & play in it. Instead of just sitting and watching Daniel Tiger, she wants to stand up on the automan and put her hands on the tv. It’s great.
I found my bridesmaids dress for Ellen’s wedding! What a process that has been! My sisters were able to find dresses on the clearance rack of Macy’s for $30 – and my Mom found Ruby a dress online for around the same price. I was the only one without a dress! I was caught between, wanting to find something I loved & fit right and not wanting to spend a ton of money. We went to several dress shops, 2 different malls, and eventually started ordering dresses from Amazon that had free shipping/free returns (AMAZING). I finally bit the bullet and ordered a dress that was a little on the more expensive side & it came in & is amazing! I love it. And Ellen loves it! YAY!
Have you ever been in a situation where you’ve met some new people & it’s going great. You feel like you’ve connected a little bit, you’re having a great time, everything is fabulous? But then – you made a huge connection: like you both are friends with the same people and didn’t know it, or you both worked at a certain place just months apart from each other. Suddenly, it’s like you jump levels! SO fun, right?
Well, that’s what happened when I got together with Heather & Tyler & their adorable little guy Trey! We were having a fabulous time – I mean, who wouldn’t with this smiley, smooshy, 9 month old little guy crawling around! But then we realized that Heather & Tyler know my Dad – Tyler actually has breakfast with my Dad on a regular basis! Say what?! So fun! Suddenly, I felt like we were besties & that made an already amazing evening so much better!
Mr. Trey stole the show though – what a character for sure! I threatened to steal him away & bring him home as a playmate for Braelynn (totally not serious of course, I could never bring myself to steal a baby from his Mama!) He was such a ham. I loved how much his Mama & Daddy loved him too. It was so evident from their interactions with him that they adore this little guy & he thinks they’re pretty cool too. Families can sometimes be a challenge to work with, but when you have a close-knit group of people who love each other with the caliber that these guys do? It simply makes things so much simpler!
I loved that they brought along the other 2 members of their family as well! Rocko & Teddy are SO cute & I was so glad that they brought them along!
Did I mention that this guy stole the show? Because he totally did!