I am so happy you’re interested in getting to know me more! I’m Abbey, the creative heart behind ALP! I’m a natural light photographer with a major crush on photographing couples in love, preferably on film. My passion for photography began when I still had braces and rocked the side pony; but it wasn’t until 2014 that I rediscovered my love for photography and, at the encouragement of the hunk I married, began pursuing my dream of photographing couples in love professionally. In 2017 I began incorporating film into my professional work.
A joy overcomes me when I’m shooting my couples and weddings that I just don’t feel everyday. That’s my why. There is just something about being present in these special moments with you, that lights a fire in me. I love guiding and helping my couples create, navigate, and enjoy every moment of the day they’ve waited so long to come. It would be my honor and privilege to be the one to capture those once in a lifetime moments for you!
LET’S MAKE WEDDING MAGIC TOGETHER!
While I’m a Virginia Beach girl, born and raised, since marrying my college sweetheart turned military pilot, Nathan, the adventuring around the world hasn’t stopped! We graduated, got married, moved across the country, adopted a pair of pups, moved again for more training, and then once more across the Atlantic to Germany. From there, we checked off a few more countries off our list bringing our total to over 40 we’ve visited together! While we definitely made the most of our time in Europe, we’re so happy to be planting some roots in Texas! It’s really starting to feel like home. Oh, and we added another pup to the mix. We’re dog crazy over here!
Besides the obvious, cuddling with my insanely adorable family, MY CURRENT OBSESSIONS ARE: Boozy kombucha and grocery order pickup!
If you’re up for a lot of laughs, bear hugs, and me squealing at your hotness during our time together, I would LOVE to continue to connect with you! Whether you’re newly engaged, getting married, or just stopping by — I’m sure glad you’re here!
Our Love Story
The first time Nathan and I met, it was one night when we were about 18. My bestie and I went out and met up with a mutual friend who had gone to high school with Nathan. When I first laid eyes on Nathan I remember thinking “oh man, what a babe”. He was wearing an old lacrosse hoodie and filled it out very well. He was charming, funny, and had this boyish adorableness about him – he was just my type…but I had a boyfriend. So I ended up trying to play matchmaker all night for my single bestie. Into the next morning I was trying to convince her what a hottie he was, but they obviously weren’t soulmates and her loss was going to be my gain in about 3 years.
The next time we’d meet would be through the same mutual friend. It was winter break from school and we’d planned to hang out but when I got to his house he wasn’t home. I tried calling but no answer so I decided to wait it out a bit. Some time goes by and I see my friend’s truck being pulled behind another. Turns out he had some mechanical issues and the nicest friend (spoiler: my future husband) helped him out. I recognized Nathan immediately and instantly regretted skipping the shower and just throwing on a hat that day.
He was just as handsome as I’d remembered and this time I was single. Me, our mutual friend, and Nathan ended up spending the day together just hanging out. Nathan and I casually exchanged numbers and began texting as friends but it turned out that we had a lot of common interests! Nathan was, and can still be, quite stoic so I wasn’t exactly sure how to read him. I felt like he liked me, I definitely liked him, and we began spending so much time together but I didn’t know for sure. That opinion changed on Christmas Eve when he asked if I’d like to take a drive to the beach, just us two. Was this a date?! As we were chatting and walking towards the beach, he grabbed my hand for the first time and we even snuggled “to stay warm”. Something changed that night and it was very clear from then on that what I was feeling, he was feeling too.
More time goes by and while we were definitely more than friends, it wasn’t a real thing yet, just loads of flirting, spending time together, and getting to know each other better. We spent NYE, which also happened to be my 21st birthday, together and while he (maybe a little drunkenly) told me we were going to get married one day, I chalked it up to the yummy drinks we’d been sipping all night. Then he invited me on a road trip to Florida to the Orange Bowl with his friends. If you need reminding, that was the one where WVU put up 70 points against Clemson. Let’s go Mountaineers! That trip sealed the deal. After what felt like forever, we finally kissed the night before the game. We were out with his friends, had spent the night laughing until it hurt and finally I just leaned in and laid one on him. I swear it was like the world stopped and we kissed in slow motion. Afterwards, he made the biggest ear to ear grin. Cue the heart flutters! The next night he asked me to officially be his girlfriend. It. was. everything. I knew so much in my heart that he was the one that I even grabbed a paper menu from the place we first kissed and we still have it in our memories box.
From then on we were absolutely crazy about each other! I’m talking maybe a month later and we’re exchanging “I love you”. We did long distance for the remainder of college with him being in West Virginia at WVU and me being in Virginia at ODU, but we made it work! It was definitely hard being apart so much, but I think we just knew this was it and were both so committed to our relationship and making it work despite the distance. I remember thinking it was just so easy to love him!
We married on January 4, 2014, exactly 2 years after he’d asked me to be his girlfriend, in a small ceremony with only our families present. 6 years later, I have a husband I can’t stop kissing, traveled parts of the world I never thought I’d see, and have 3 of the cutest puppers ever! I’m so thankful.
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Some of my work has been been featured on national wedding blogs.
I am so grateful to my clients who choose me to document their wedding days, and for
the amazing teams of vendors who help make those days so extraordinarily beautiful.
Martha Stewart Weddings
Inspired By This
100 Layer Cake
Hey Wedding Lady
The White Wren
Tidewater & Tulle
Lemonade & Lenses
Glamour & Grace
The Huffington Post
Starting January 2018, a portion of all profits go to Best Friends Animal Society,
a non-profit organization committed to saving, rescuing, and rehabilitating homeless animals in the USA.
Their mission is to Save Them All.
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