Hey! I’m Abbey!
I’m wife to Steve, mom to Anna (3) and Joseph (9 months), and now claim Cedar Rapids, Iowa as home - although I will always be a Texan at heart. My journey to motherhood included surgeries, shots and eventual success as we walked through infertility woes only to be relocated cross country at 8-months pregnant. I’ve spent the last two years slowly, but intentionally, growing our community in a city where we knew no one. I have found celebrating to be one of my favorite life-giving activities, so whether it is a birthday or just an average Friday night, you’ll likely find us gathered with family or friends, eating off of festive paper plates and chasing after our kids while our meal gets cold-and we wouldn’t change it for the world.
Hello! I'm Hannah.
My husband, Greg, and I have been married for eight years. Our family includes a 1.5-year old, Oliver, and a little teddy bear dog, Moby. (I was a dog mom first!) Being a new mom, I have been saved by a community of mom friends who fiercely believe in me, relate with my stories, and encourage me that there is an end to (insert every motherhood woe here). I have a background in non-profit work and believe in investing in the next generation. To do that, we need moms who are strong and confident, which also includes sharing mom memes and crying together at times! My hope is that every mom has another mom in her corner and if you don't, know that I'll be in yours.
HOW we met
Abbey was eight months pregnant and had just relocated to Iowa from Texas. She was in search of a newborn photographer and stumbled upon Hannah's photography website and hired her on the spot.
Hannah was one of the very first people to meet Anna, Abbey and Steve’s daughter. She walked into their hospital room 24 hours after Anna was born to take a few photos of their new family. Sharing a piece of their joy and awe was the beginning of Hannah's own journey in becoming a mom. She came home and told her husband that she could envision them in that room with their baby one day.
Between the two of us, we have 20+ years of business experience. Abbey owns Chips & Salsa Designs, a stationery and party company and Hannah is a newborn and wedding photographer in Eastern Iowa (Hannah White Photography). We started off sharing maternity clothes and mom tips and then started collaborating on creative projects together - paper, food, parties, pop-ups, you name it. We knew that working on a project together would be in our futures and are thrilled Cheers, Mama! is where we landed.