I vote Mondays become crème brûlée day at Chez Springmann. @mattygracephoto, whaddya think?! 🤤 Desserts made by my culinarily-gifted sister-frand @katherinebignon during the @thesignatureatelier! You can trust these were THOROUGHLY enjoyed about .3 seconds after this photo was taken.
We lived in Altamonte Springs, FL when I was in kindergarten, while the rest of our family was still back in Virginia. My teacher announced that all grandparents were invited to come have lunch with their grandkids on Grandparents' Day, and I remember begging my mom for my Granny & Pawpaw to come down for the occasion. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Understandably, traveling from VA to Orlando for a 30-minute lunch wasn't possible for them at the time, and I remember being crushed (like the dramatic 5-year-old I was), looking on in envy as so many of my classmates enjoyed lunch in the cafeteria that day with their grandparents. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ After recess we headed back into the classroom, and a few minutes later the room door opened with one of the school admins holding a bouquet of flowers- Abby? Your Granny & Pawpaw sent these. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I felt like the most SPECIAL granddaughter in the world! The flowers had a note from my Granny, saying how much she wished they could have been there. She hoped maybe the flowers would make up for not being able to be together that day. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I miss her every day, but from kindergarten flowers to the beautiful heirloom quilts she left me with, I always know I was treasured by her and Pawpaw! Happy Grandparents' Day, friends!
A ballerina + French architecture = probably my favorite recipe ever. Natalie, you're SO lovely! 💕 (Also, the fact that this girl sent me a box full of pointe shoes means I'll love her forever! Check out my stories to see!)
This was my second opportunity to photograph on the Speaker's Balcony (thank you, Daniel & Mary, for having the best connections!) and I was a LITTLE nervous about the fact that we'd be shooting at 3pm in late July with full sun in the background, but good gracious. These turned out PERFECTLY!! Yet another reason I love shooting film. Highlight retention for daaaays. ☀️ (P.S. if you want to see more of these two, their gorgeous DAR wedding, and that show-stopping @pninatornai gown, click over to the blog! Link in profile)
I've finally finished editing all my photographs from France (!) and it's got me all sorts of nostalgic. For those blue French doors, for brick covered in ivy, and for fresh vegetables grown on property, delivered each morning in that sweet wicker basket. SO EXCITED to finally share what our week in Dangeau looked like on the blog next week!
Oh hey! The website got a little bit of a facelift in the form of NEW bio photos! A huge, huge thank you to the ever-talented @juliepaisleyphotography for fitting us into her busy Paris schedule- Julie, these portraits are everything I was hoping for. Thank you for making me feel absolutely beautiful, and for capturing my Matt so authentically!! And thank you so very to @trinejuel for the *perfect* hair & makeup 💕
It's September 1st!! The Hogwarts Express leaves at precisely 11 o'clock- make sure you don't leave your Remembrall at home, that you've packed enough Weasley's Wizard Wheezes to last at LEAST the firm term, and most importantly, that none of your professors are Death Eaters in disguise. △⃒⃘ Last year, we made the ultimate nerd move and were ON the Hogwarts Express at 11am sharp on September 1st, 2017 (aka the day & time the #19yearslater epilogue takes place!!). STILL impressed that Matt let me get away with that, on top of being him willing to be seen with me dressed as a Golden Snitch (see stories for evidence/blackmail material). What DID make me feel better was the multitude of other Potterheads who were ALSO there for the exact same purpose, who apparently do this EVERY year (I use this to justify that I'm not actually THAT big of a nerd [who am I kidding?]). ⚯͛ This September 1st, we'll be in DC for a gorgeous couple's wedding day, but I'll be on the train in spirit!
Thought process while shooting this tablescape: Dear Jesus, PLEASE don't let this 17th- or 18th-century chair choose this particular moment to bottom out. Amen. #anythingfortheshot 🤓 Happy Labor Day/double header weekend to all my wedding friendors! Thanks to @sabrina_fields for the photo of me in action!