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gabe & ashley’s wedding ~ the ceremony

001 TX Wedding Stonebridge Outdoor CeremonyOkay, guys: I only have one more post after this one to share from Gabe & Ashley’s perfect wedding day. Today’s post is my very favorite from this day, other than the one of Ashley & Gabe’s portraits. I always love the ceremony part of wedding days! There’s something so reverent and powerful about watching two people pledge their lives and love to one another. It’s beautiful and it moves me every time! What a sweet covenant.003 TX Wedding Stonebridge Outdoor CeremonyAshley’s wedding gown was insanely pretty! All over lace with a swingy ankle length skirt, topped off by this sparkly belt…um, yes to all of it! She looked perfect, head to toe!002 TX Wedding Stonebridge Outdoor CeremonyAnd Gabe wasn’t looking too shabby either. :) Gotta love a good plaid bow tie!004 TX Wedding Stonebridge Outdoor CeremonyI adore this pic of Ashley’s niece peeking out at the ceremony site as the guests were being seated. :)000 TX Wedding Stonebridge Outdoor Ceremony005 TX Wedding Stonebridge Outdoor Ceremony006 TX Wedding Stonebridge Outdoor Ceremony007 TX Wedding Stonebridge Outdoor CeremonyHere’s Ashley’s dad watching the processional.008 TX Wedding Stonebridge Outdoor Ceremony009 TX Wedding Stonebridge Outdoor CeremonyThis was such a special moment to me, I just had to share it: Ashley had my mom walked down the aisle with her mother and Gabe’s. This beautiful gesture of honoring Jack’s memory touched me so. I actually had no idea this was even happening until I saw my mom being escorted down the aisle, and I definitely had to choke back some tears at this sweet move on Ashley’s part. It means the world to us to know she will always consider us family. Love you, Ash!010 TX Wedding Stonebridge Outdoor Ceremony011 TX Wedding Stonebridge Outdoor Ceremony012 TX Wedding Stonebridge Outdoor Ceremony013 TX Wedding Stonebridge Outdoor Ceremony014 TX Wedding Stonebridge Outdoor Ceremony015 TX Wedding Stonebridge Outdoor CeremonyAshley and her brother looking over at their dad…awww!016 TX Wedding Stonebridge Outdoor CeremonyTHIS TREE, y’all! What a grand backdrop for a wedding! Such a showstopper. Seriously, Stonebridge is a stunning venue with so much to offer!017 TX Wedding Stonebridge Outdoor Ceremony018 TX Wedding Stonebridge Outdoor CeremonyOh, those looks! Melt my heart!019 TX Wedding Stonebridge Outdoor CeremonyThe way Ashley is gripping her dad’s hand while he prays over them…….020 TX Wedding Stonebridge Outdoor Ceremony021 TX Wedding Stonebridge Outdoor Ceremony022 TX Wedding Stonebridge Outdoor Ceremony023 TX Wedding Stonebridge Outdoor CeremonyThere’s lots of giggling when you have to kiss right in front of your dad! ;)024 TX Wedding Stonebridge Outdoor Ceremony025 TX Wedding Stonebridge Outdoor Ceremony“We did it!” Yay! I love this moment. :)026 TX Wedding Stonebridge Outdoor Ceremony027 TX Wedding Stonebridge Outdoor Ceremony028 TX Wedding Stonebridge Outdoor Ceremony029 TX Wedding Stonebridge Outdoor CeremonyThis is when we raced off to the river bank to grab some portraits before it was pitch dark out! So fun! :)030 TX Wedding Stonebridge Outdoor CeremonyNext up, the final post: the party! :)

p.s. I accidentally left a couple pix out of yesterday’s post, so I also updated that one. :)

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gabe & ashley’s wedding ~ getting ready + the dinner

000 TX Wedding StonebridgeI am combining some of the prep photos with some favorites from Gabe & Ashley’s pre-ceremony dinner. Have I mentioned that I LOVED how relaxed and laid back their day was?? Maybe I have, once or twice in the previous posts. ;)

020 GA021 GA001 TX Wedding StonebridgeI cannot say enough good things about Darla, who did Ashley’s hair and makeup! She also did the bridesmaids and Ashley’s mom’s hair and makeup AND SHE ROCKED IT! I mean, she did a phenomenal job! Everyone looked gorgeous! Darla is connected to Stonebridge. I believe she usually does the makeup and her sister usually does the hair, but her sister was out of town. Or something like that. Anyway, she did an amazing job and you should ask for her if you are getting married there! :)002 TX Wedding Stonebridge003 TX Wedding StonebridgeMeanwhile, over in the guys’ room… :)004 TX Wedding Stonebridge005 TX Wedding StonebridgeGabe is such a classy gent! He was so excited for this toast with his groomsmen. He got these glasses and scotch just for this moment. Loved it.006 TX Wedding Stonebridge007 TX Wedding StonebridgeOver at the Tuxedo Hall, the games had begun. :)008 TX Wedding Stonebridge009 TX Wedding StonebridgeMy nephew must have drank twenty sodas this evening! I’m serious. haha!010 TX Wedding StonebridgeLoved this moment caught while Ashley’s dad blessed the food.011 TX Wedding StonebridgeGabe & Ashley’s nieces made good use of those sweet coloring sheets! I love this idea for a kid’s table at an event! The kids loved it, too.012 TX Wedding StonebridgeAs I was writing this post today, I clicked over to the Stonebridge Wedding Venue site so I could link it up on here, and I was pleasantly surprised when I clicked on their blog and saw a post about Gabe & Ashley’s wedding! It is such a sweet post. Totally worth clicking over to read, I promise. :) As on all these posts, I have to give HUGE props to the kind people there at Stonebridge for helping to make this a perfect day for Ashley & Gabe! Only a couple more posts left to share from this one. I’ve so enjoyed getting to tell this special love story through my photos, and I hope you are enjoying following along. :)

~abi~

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gabe & ashley’s wedding ~ the family portraits

064 outdoor texas wedding family photosNow that I’ve jumped back into blogging with both feet, I wanted to get back to sharing more of my favorites from Gabe & Ashley’s wedding last summer. To get you up to speed on this special wedding, you can check out the first two posts here and here. One thing I loved a lot about their wedding is that they started off in more casual outfits for the bbq dinner before the ceremony, so their family photos were more like family photos instead of just obvious photos from a wedding day. I have a large family and I know how difficult it can be to coordinate schedules for a family photo session, so I’ve always thought I would like to have family photos for my own wedding taken at the rehearsal so we will all just be dressed nice but the photos won’t scream these were taken at a wedding and everyone can frame them in their home if they want. Make sense? Anyway, I loved how Gabe & Ashley did it. It was perfect. Here are just a few favorites of some of the family portraits we took that day. I loved the emotion in the ones of Gabe with his grandma {above} and with his mom and niece.065 outdoor texas wedding family photos066 outdoor texas wedding family photos067 outdoor texas wedding family photos156 GA134 GA166 GA159 GAAshley and her sisters are simply stunning!068 outdoor texas wedding family photos069 outdoor texas wedding family photosI was pretty proud of getting such a good big group photo of Ashley’s whole family! :)070 outdoor texas wedding family photosAw! Little cuties!!071 outdoor texas wedding family photosWe snagged Gabe when he was changing into his ceremony clothes and made him come take a photo with our fam. Sorry, Gabe! But i LOVE this photo! I look at it and just see a family that God stitched together. My cup runneth over. :)072 outdoor texas wedding family photosHuge shout out to Stonebridge Wedding Venue for providing us with an insanely gorgeous backdrop for this whole day and all these photos. :) I truly loved shooting there! Can’t wait to share the rest of this very special day.

~abi~

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a few of my family’s photos and some true life story updates

016-fam16Last year, I was doing pretty good blogging through my photo shoots up until October 31st, when I just went silent on the blog. Every single fall, I get a little overwhelmed by editing all the sessions for my clients, which I prioritize over blogging. It’s okay, it’s just what happens. :) So, I wanted to write a little about my life and what has been going on with me, since I usually try to work in some true life story tidbits when I blog photo shoots, and like I said, I had a couple months of radio silence over here.

Let’s jump right into it, and I’ll intersperse my monologue with some photos of my beautiful family – taken with the help of my nephew’s girlfriend, who was a trooper putting up with me and with the cold weather on the day we shot! Thanks, Maddy! <3

Okay, so about those life updates… Late last year, my Grams and I started throwing around the idea of moving in with my sister Amber and my niece Laila. There were various reasons for the plan to move, one of them being so I could start really saving up some money. My family and my boyfriend and I all went through Dave Ramsey‘s Financial Peace University in the fall, and for the first time in my life, I started applying the stuff I’ve been hearing for years about money {my parents are longtime Dave fans – they paid off all their debt years ago}. So, I had some momentum going and wanted to push it and start “living like no one else, so I can eventually live like no one else”… Don’t punch me for using the cheesy Dave Ramsey line.

052-fam16My boyfriend, Jonathan, was also part of the decision to move, since we know we want to get married at some point, and I wanted to start saving for that and also help transition Grams to living with someone else {Amber} for when that day comes. And now I’m going to dive {very shallowly} into some personal stuff that I was hesitant to share… The second week of December, Jonathan broke up with me. We were apart for about three weeks, and we are back together now, as of my birthday, New Year’s Eve. I am not going to into that too much, other than to say, we each had a part in the breakup, and I believe we both learned some stuff during those difficult three weeks. Most people tend to share the high points of their lives and gloss over or simply don’t mention the low points. I really desire to be very genuine and authentic here on this blog, so I didn’t want to pretend this breakup never happened and just go along like the month of December wasn’t a very painful time for me. On the other hand, I understand why people often gloss over the messy true life stories, because some things are and should be private and unnecessary to share full details with the world at large. All of that to say, December was a hard month for me. I had decided at the beginning of the month to move, then I was single for about three weeks, during which I was moving and the holidays were happening.038-fam16To counteract the gloom and doom tone happening here, I will say that December was also good for me. I leaned into my relationship with God like I haven’t in awhile, and He caught me and held me and filled me with the sweet peace that passes understanding. On the physical side of things, I was able to purge a ton of stuff while packing, and I do mean a ton. With the awesome help of my family, I dropped off enough thrift store donations to start an entirely new thrift store! You think I am kidding, but ohhhh I’m not! It was a much needed clean out of a lifetime accumulation of stufffff. And it feels so good to have less of it now!img_8761I think because I was in such turmoil over my love life, I was able to clearly see that all the clothes, shoes, magazines, hats, scarves, belts, knickknacks, odds and ends I had been stockpiling weren’t really enriching my life. Instead, they were smothering any new growth in me. Suddenly, it became very easy for me to let go. I am far, far from ever becoming a minimalist, but I do feel that something in me has fundamentally shifted, and I hope to stay on this path of never being buried under junk again. I do mean this all quite literally, and I hope I’m making sense. Even if you’ve never fought hoarder tendencies, you must know someone who has, and can probably grasp what I’m saying.

Gosh, I feel very vulnerable right now.img_8798Anyway, in addition to all of my purging, I also had Grams to help pack. And Grams loves her stuff. All of it. Clothes and jewelry and shoes and angels and butterfly decor and every piece of paper she has ever received ;) and weird little fun plastic bits and random everything you could imagine and then some, plus a million and one shelves to stack and pile it on. She has it and wants to keep it! So, huge shout out to my family for helping Grams and I purge, pack, and move our stuff. What a daunting task it was! And what a relief to be settling into my sister’s house, with less things but far more peace of mind. :)img_8800And now to go back and touch on the breakup and subsequent new start of my relationship with Jonathan… I can honestly say that I love him so much and I want nothing more than to build a lifetime together with him and only him, and I know he feels the same about me. Yes, we broke up for bit, and obviously something like that doesn’t happen after a year and a half together without some rough stuff leading up to it. But, by the grace of God, and in a huge, obvious answer to prayers, we are together again and working hard at making our relationship better in so many small and some big ways. I humbly welcome any prayer on our behalf, and I want to sincerely thank those who knew what what was going on and prayed for me and for Jonathan. I felt your prayers and am living God’s answer. Thank you. I love Jonathan and I’m so proud to be his girlfriend and happy to have a fresh start with him. That’s about all I have to say on all that, I guess. :)img_8873I hope I haven’t made it too awkward around here by giving you such an intimate peek into my life and what has been going on. I promise I will be back to blogging pretty photos this week. And I also have another true life story to share once I have a little more concrete facts to give you…and this one I’m pretty excited about! It’s not nearly as cringe worthy as talking about a breakup. ha! Thank you guys for reading and not judging me too harshly. :) <3

I will end this by saying: I cannot state enough how thankful I am for the strong support system I have in my family and friends. I love you all so much!

~abi~

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Kelly BeaneJanuary 11, 2017 - 1:06 am

I am so proud of you! For being vulnerable and sharing. You never know how much this could help someone else. For staying faithful and rooted in the word of God. He has a plan for your life and I love seeing it unfold. For PURGING! Girl, I know how difficult that must have been and what a fresh start it will provide you with. I love you tremendously and pray for you consistently! So ready to see what 2017 holds for your life!

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photo shoot ~ emma bright’s newborn portraits

07-newborn-girl-potraitsHiiiii! Before I hit my busiest part of the year this past fall and left this poor blog hanging, I was in the middle of sharing posts from Gabe & Ashley’s amazing Texas summer wedding. I will share the rest of that in the next couple of weeks, but I needed to just jump in with a blog post, today, to kick myself back into blogging gear this new year!

So, this is perfect, precious, sweet Emma Bright. She was born way back in August of last year. {You can see Emma’s mom’s maternity session by clicking here.} Here are some of my favorites from Emma’s at home newborn session.01-newborn-girl-potraits02-newborn-girl-potraits03-newborn-girl-potraits04-newborn-girl-potraits05-newborn-girl-potraits06-newborn-girl-potraits08-newborn-girl-potraitsOh, hey there, baby girl. :)09-newborn-girl-potraits10-newborn-girl-potraitsEmma’s parents are diehard OKC Thunder fans {in fact, her dad’s proposal to her mom included a Tweet from THE Russell Westbrook – legendary stuff! :)}, so we had to get a few shots with a basketball {pun intended ;)}.11-newborn-girl-potraits“Mommm, I don’t wanna practice dribbling, I’m sleeeeepy.”12-newborn-girl-potraits13-newborn-girl-potraits14-newborn-girl-potraitsI always like to try to grab a couple pix in the crib, just to show how tiny human newborns are. :)15-newborn-girl-potraits16-newborn-girl-potraitsRachel got this soft little crown for Emma to wear, and I loved it! I think Emma did, too. :)17-newborn-girl-potraits18-newborn-girl-potraits19-newborn-girl-potraits20-newborn-girl-potraitsRachel & Charlie~

Thank you for trusting me to document your perfect baby and your sweet little family! You guys are so cool. :)

~abi~

 

p.s. I am mentally planning a life update blog, coming soon! So check back. Happy New Year!

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