January 13, 2021
It’s finally here! The Best of 2020: Engagements and Weddings Edition! I think we can all say that 2020 was quite a year. Almost nothing went as expected. There was so much confusion, frustration, sadness, and also joy. So many of my sweet couples had to pause, reschedule and revamp their wedding plans, yet there was also still so much to celebrate. I was still able to photograph 8 incredible wedding days, 2 beautiful editorials, and SO many engagement sessions!
I personally love creating these recap posts because I get to not only reflect on a year full of love and beauty, but I also get a chance to really look back on my own personal growth. And that doesn’t only mean through photos.
I spent this year really learning who I am as a photographer, where I fit in the industry and my future goals for my business – and let’s just say I’m pretty hyped up for 2021! So let’s get to it!
Here is a collection of just some of my favorite images from 2020!
I started my 2020 season with this gorgeous set of editorials at Ava Laurenne! This was actually just a few weeks before Covid started getting serious in the US and we had no idea what was headed our way that day.
After such a beautiful start to the year, I was sure it was going to be a perfect year. The winter is always slow in Virginia – things always start to pick up in March to celebrate the arrival of my favorite season!We celebrated Danielle & Hunter’s Engagement Session and Bridal Shower just one week before the lockdowns came in Virginia!
I photographed Katie & Aaron’s Engagement Session the very next day. It was my final session before everything shut down and definitely one to remember! Unfortunately, these two had to push their wedding date back to November of 2021 but I cannot wait to celebrate with them then!!
I didn’t officially use my camera again until JUNE y’all! It was so frustrating to go through what should have been an incredible spring wedding season with absolutely nothing going on. BUT, I’m so happy my first session back behind the lens was this amazing proposal!
After TJ & Lucy’s engagement, things started to get VERY busy again with my first wedding of the year – celebrating this sweet couple’s wedding day!! Lucia and Nick are the sweetest couple and will be also be featured in my Best of 2020 Families & Lifestyle Blog next week as they welcomed their sweet baby boy into the world!!
Wedding Dress: Pink Blush
Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Wedding Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Wedding Rings: Hartman Jewelers
Engagement Ring: Mervis Diamond Importers
Floral Design: Forget Me Not Flowers LLC
Catering: Design Cuisine
DJ: East Coast Entertainment
Wedding Cake: Gateau Bakery Cafe & Tea Room
Makeup: Laura Henderson Makeup
Favors: Sip Sip Hooray
Moira & Brian had an absolutely BEAUTIFUL wedding in Washington D.C. It was such an intimate celebration, and nothing like what they originally planned for, but I am so honored that I was able to be a part of it!
This sunset photo MIGHT just be my favorite image of the year!! We were so lucky to find this view and I’m so happy these two trusted me enough to keep shooting, even after it was literally almost dark and we were up on the top of a mountain!
Another editorial! After so many months without creativity, it felt so amazing to plan and photograph this gorgeous day!! It’s one of my favorite memories of the summer!
Venue: Tudor Place
Planning: Lissa Marie Weddings and Events
Hair & Makeup: Bridal by Sarah Khan Artistry
Wedding Gown: Ava Laurenne Bride
Veil: Lovestruck and Golden
Wedding Cake: The Cake Bee
Watercolor Art, Gifts and Stationery: The Welcoming District
Floral Design: The Garden Studio
Calligraphy: Savage Craft and Letter
Mobile Bar: The Watering Tin Mobile Bar
A family trip to Charleston and a little work lead to these next two gorgeous sessions! I love working in Charleston and can’t wait to work there more in 2021! Carissa & Zach’s downtown session was a dream!
Morgan & Todd’s wedding day at Whitehall Estate was SO beautiful! Filled with all of my favorite colors, so many sweet moments and another RSP Bride (Morgan’s sister Kelly!!), it was the perfect summer wedding day!
Wedding Venue | Whitehall Estate
Wedding Gown | Love Couture Bridal
Groom’s Attire | The Black Tux
Invitations | Vistaprint
Wedding Shoes | Kate Spade
Hair & Make Up | Poetically Brushed
DJ | KD Productions
Wedding Favors | Etsy
Second Photographer | Alex Krall
Annaleigh & Trevor had a STUNNING wedding day at Stone Tower Winery! These two are such an amazing couple and I was so incredibly honored to be a part of this day! It had so many special moments, including ALL the happy tears! So hard to pick favorites!
Wedding Venue | Stone Tower Winery
Wedding Gown | Tang’s Bridal | Maggie Sottero
Wedding Shoes | Bagdley Mishka
Groom’s Attire | The Black Tux
Invitations | Magnet Street by Truly Engaging
Wedding Planner | Tricia Christine Events
Floral Design | Nova Blooms by Megan
Caterer | RSVP Catering
Hair & Make Up | Make up by Ana B
Videographer | Sam Stroud Photography
DJ | Gabriel McGann – Level Up
Cake | Cupcake Heaven
Wedding Favors | Etsy
I absolutely loved working with Kelly and Vahe on their wedding day! And boy, did it deliver on the sunset views! The glow was one of the best of the year!!
The very next day, I headed off to Charlottesville for Meaghan and Kyle’s wedding day! How can anyone possibly pick favorites y’all!? They’re all so beautiful! But Meaghan and Kyle’s venue, Valley Road Vineyard, definitely delivered some of the most jaw dropping wedding day views of the year!
I mean come on. So stinkin’ gorgeous!!!
Wedding Venue | Valley Road Vineyard
Wedding Gown | Love Couture Bridal | Hayley Page
Groom’s Attire | Lapel
Invitations | Minted
Hair | Avenue 42 Salon
Caterer | The Local
Floral Design | Phlour Designs with The Orchid Station
Second Photographer | Kassie Layne Photography
Angela & Zack brought the party, y’all! I had so much fun with these two and their amazing crew! Plus, their venue had an Alpaca which made for one of my favorite behind the scenes snaps of the year!
Angela also made some absolutely beautiful and touching tributes to her father. It is so incredible that each of my couples trust me to capture these special moments for them. It’s the best part of my job and I will always be blown away by your trust and support!
Wedding Venue | Brandy Hill Farm
Wedding Planner | Karen Duckett Events
Wedding Gown | Maggie Sottero
Wedding Shoes | Christian Louboutin
Grooms Attire | Joseph A Bank
Invitations | Vistaprint
Rentals & Decor | Bride & Joy Weddings
Catering | Mission BBQ
Floral design | Forget Me Not Flowers
Hair & Make Up | Alondra Makeup
Videography | Dan Arebalo
DJ | CJ the DJ
Wedding Cake | Haute Cakes Pastry Shop
Second Photographer | Alex Krall Photography
My final wedding of the year and one that is definitely going to go down as the most unforgettable day ever! Danielle and Hunter originally rescheduled their day from June to October, due to Covid. Well as luck would have it, we were almost washed away on their wedding day, from a HURRICANE! But that didn’t stop these two from having an absolutely amazing day! Their love for each other and their families and friends was so evident and so celebrated and I am so happy I was able to be a part of it!
Videography | Abidoodle Productions
Planning & Catering | Road Side Chive
Floral Design | Free Spirit Floral
Wedding Gown | Pronovias
Wedding Shoes | Stuart Weitzman
Wedding Rain Boots | Hunter Boots
Invitation Suite | Rifle Paper Co.
Earrings | Nicola Bathie Jewelry
Bridesmaid Dresses | Wtoo Waters
Bridesmaid Jewelry | Kendra Scott
Furniture Rentals | Party Perfect 804
Hand Painted Champagne Bottle | Avoir Chic
Groom’s Attire | Tommy Hillfiger
Groom’s Shoes | Ferragamo
Makeup Team | Rouge 9 Makeup
Wedding Band | The Significant Others
Favors Sign | Art by Heather Lynne
Signs | Creative Side Show
Second Photographer | Cat Deline
Jessica and Oliver were my FINAL session of the year and got in just under the wire for 2020! I met these two in Virginia Beach and had such a blast celebrating their love story!