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I can’t believe two years has past since Andrew and I’s wedding! Time is flying by so fast, and we’ve been enjoying every second of it. For my Wedding Wednesday post this week, I wanted to share my experience to my future wedding clients and to the world as a past bride. It’s something I actually don’t share with people very often because the experience was personal to me. This post was supposed to be shown last week, but I have written my thoughts over and over again. It’s been really difficult to share an experience that you will never forget, especially when things don’t go as planned.  I realized the best way to show how I felt at my wedding was this photograph that was taken that day.


Photo taken by our wedding photographer Natalie Franke Photography!

So why the title, “Suck it Derecho” for this blog post? If I offended you with my choice of words, my apologies but, I am allowed to say that.  When people ask me when was our wedding and we tell them July 1st, 2012, the next thing I always hear is “Oh, so you are a derecho bride.” Yes, I got married the same weekend as one of the biggest storms hit our area in years. Yes, our wedding story will be a story to tell our children and grandchildren one day. What was supposed to be the best weekend of my life was instead one of the most stressful times I’ve ever experienced. We lost both our venues 24 hours before the wedding because of no power and the hotel with our out-of-town guests had no power or AC either. I thought to myself the Saturday before our wedding asking “Seriously, why us? We’ve been planning for TWO years and a huge chunk of it was gone just like that.”

  The photo above is from our “First Look” before all the family photos were taken, the ketubah signing and the wedding. It was a moment Andrew and I got to share in peace before the normal wedding craziness happened. When I able to hug him here, before he saw me in my dress, I just knew everything was going to be OK. I knew it didn’t matter to me that our wedding was not as planned. Only thing that mattered was Andrew was there waiting for me to start our new adventure as a married couple, and I couldn’t wait.

I realized that a reception, little details, food and decor can make a wedding, but it does not make a marriage.  Testing our relationship in a very high stressful environment is what made our bond and love stronger and we knew nothing was going to stop that. Am I bummed that our wedding didn’t go as planned? Maybe a little. But what Andrew and I have together is worth way more to me than losing both our venues, the crab cakes we were looking forward to and whatever else we lost. So to everyone out there, I guess my message is don’t worry if something doesn’t go as planned, or if your wedding details (like flowers) are not what you wanted. Just remember that the love, partnership, passion, teamwork and everything in between is what matters the most. That stuff makes a marriage and a bond that will grow forever. That LOVE conquers all.

*To all of our family and friends that help us make the best out of a crappy situation, I just want to say we appreciate and are grateful for all the hard work you did to help us make our wedding work without a hitch. We knew from this we have the best support system of all and we love you all for that! So thank you again!*

Something special is coming up in a week in the Hamilton household. Our 2nd anniversary! This year we are celebrating it by staying in our new home, and FINALLY getting our anniversary cake from Fluffy Thoughts! Seriously, Andrew and I are obsessed with our wedding cake, but I’ll get into that later. :-p This “Wedding Wednesday” and throughout the week I’m not showcasing weddings I’ve had the pleasure of photographing, but showcasing moments of our wedding and our relationship. I don’t really share too much of our lives and our relationship, but I want to share what makes me happy and why photographs mean so much to me, even in the everyday life of a photographer.


Taken by the Wonderful Michele of PinkleToes Photography on our 1st wedding Anniversary!

Last year we had the pleasure to attend a college friend’s wedding in Denton, Tx. The day fell a few days right before our first anniversary, so we decided to road trip through Texas from Dallas -> Austin -> Houston. We went to both MLB baseball stadiums, had some of the best food including Salt Lick BBQ, and enjoying what Texas had to offer. One of the best moments during the trip was we had our First anniversary session with a friend/mentor/awesome photographer Michele of PinkleToes Photography! I always wanted to do a trash the dress session and I sure did it! The photos from the session were wonderful and finally I’m able to get around to print and hang some of our favorites from that day. My favorite thing that Michele gave us was a ornament frame with a photo of us in it.


[My tiny corner of my workspace at my job]

I love these things! They are perfect not only for the holidays, but to hang your memories in limited space. I have a bunch in our house, my office at work and in our kitchen on our fridge. The one Michele gave us is hanging at my work station at work. I can’t tell you how many times this frame will catch my eye and I’ll take a few seconds to stare at the photograph of my husband and I. It just makes me smile! It reminds me how grateful I am to have found my partner for life and the loving, funny and adventurous memories we have already created together. Those memories and excitement for our future all comes from that one printed photograph. I believe it’s important to have photos of those you love at your place of work, or somewhere in the house so when times at rough at work or a home, you have that reminder of those memories and gives you joy. A great reminder to be thankful for the memories we have had and the ones to come.

To celebrate Andrew and I’s upcoming anniversary, I will be giving TWO OB ornament frames (one for each person) for every collection purchase towards an anniversary session. If you have your wedding, dating or partnership anniversary coming up or just recently passed; or just want to celebrate your love for one another, this is a perfect way not only to celebrate but to capture new memories and to showcase them at work or home! To redeem: Book your couples session and pick your Collection by July 11th for a 2014 or 2015 session with Erica Abbey Photography.

*All OB ornament frames will be either Silver or dark gray. To book and for more information click on the Contact tab above or email Erica at To see our couples portfolio, click HERE*

That’s right! After many inquiries and some major thought and research, Erica Abbey Photography is adding weddings to our line up of photographic services! I did shoot weddings for 2 years and while I loved my clients and their weddings I thought it was too much for me. So, why decide now to photograph weddings again? As the last year went by I realized that I do miss the happiness, details, and the love you see at weddings. I miss photographing those things. I love photograph families and couples and still will, but now I am adding weddings starting for 2015. Things will be really different this time around. I know what ideally my brand and my style fits what type of weddings. I love photographing special moments and help preserving those moments in albums or prints for to be seen for years to come. I love non-traditional weddings, or “offbeat” type of weddings. Weddings with DIY or artsy details that speak of the personalities or that’s meaningful of the couple, at a fun venue that’s not a typical location you see these days. Whether the wedding is in the middle of an open field under a tent filled with loved ones, or eloping with your partner and eating a cupcake at your favorite bakery to celebrate… I LOVE photographing love between people and families and I am so excited to put my hat in the ring again of wedding photography! I will be creating a new portfolio on my website of my favorite weddings images from the past, but I will be replacing them with newer images since my photographic style and shooting experience has changed since then. I’m more experienced, organized, and have some new techniques up my sleeve! 😉 Also, to make my client experience an even better enjoyable experience, I will only be photographing one wedding a month starting in 2015. This way I can focus on all my clients to the fullest, my full time job and still have time to spend with my husband and family.

Another thing that’s going to be different is that I am teaming up with my friend Desiree of Desiree Stover Photography to photograph weddings! I’m always second shooting for her and her Mom, and she will be for me! Will we create a wedding business together separate from our businesses? Maybe! For now with both of us working photography jobs full time with our businesses part-time this works for us now. All I can tell you besides our photographic style being similar, we work so well together as a team and as friends!


Here is a little taste of my portfolio!


This is my favorite image from the very FIRST wedding I’ve ever photographed! They recently just celebrated their wedding anniversary too! Happy anniversary Kim and Justin!




This was from the most recent wedding I was the second shooter for my friend Desiree! The rain held out just in time for some great bride and groom portraits out on a golf course.

For inquires for Erica Abbey Photography photographing your wedding in 2015 and beyond, please use the contact tab or email Erica at!