Congrats, babes! I’m Abbey!

I’m a natural light wedding photographer with a major crush on photographing couples in love, preferably on medium format film. It wasn’t until 2014 that I serendipitously 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 that same hunk surprised me with an old 35mm camera he found at a thrift store and after my first roll of film, I was hooked and began incorporating it into my client work.

My images are best described as timeless, colorful, romantic, and natural. I photograph weddings with a fine art, editorial approach while also capturing your day as it unfolds naturally. While continuously searching for the best use of space and light, through gentle instruction and guidance, I also help pose my couples to ensure you and your love look genuine, joyful, and radiant on your most special day!

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 your personal hype girl and capture those once in a lifetime moments for 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, we were introduced by a mutual friend when we were about 18. I thought he was a total babe but I had a boyfriend at the time. At the time I tried setting my bestie up with him but they didn’t hit it off 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 over college winter break. My friend had car trouble while on his way to meet me and the cutest guy came to his rescue (spoiler: my future husband). I remembered Nathan right away and seriously regretted skipping the shower that day. He was just as handsome as I’d remembered and this time I was single.

From that day on we spent almost every day together as “friends” but things 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 oceanfront, he grabbed my hand for the first time and we even snuggled “to stay warm”. Something changed that night and it was pretty clear that what I was feeling, he was feeling too. He then invited me on his boys trip to see WVU spank Clemson in the Orange Bowl. The night before the game we finally kissed and it. was. everything. He asked me to be his girlfriend the next day at the game, and it was a no brainer.

After that we were pretty much smitten! 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. Shortly after, we moved west so Nathan could start his career in the Air Force. Now here we are, almost 7 years later I have a husband I can’t stop kissing, traveled to over 40 countries, and 3 of the cutest pups ever! I’m so thankful.

Copyright © 2020 Abbey Leigh Photography