Timeless, Elegant Stories In An Uncertain Time: The Best of 2020

It’s hard to overstate the challenge that 2020 was for all of us. It was a year full of uncertainty, instability, and unrest. For a lot of our friends and couples that meant postponing important life moments, or preparing for conditions they had never expected on the biggest days of their lives. For others it meant facing incredible tragedy and hardship.

As photographers it is years like 2020 that we feel the weight of our jobs most clearly. Photos can be so dear, and sometimes their importance is only understood long after they could be replicated or repeated. We’re so grateful that you trusted us with those moments this year. It is hard to overstate what that means to us, and it’s our prayer that these are photos that you carry with you for a lifetime. 

We got to hear so many of your stories in 2020! And despite the conditions: It was a year full of bold love, joyful bonds, and beautiful creativity! Check out our favorite shots of the year below!

In Memory of Aidan Clay

In February I had the amazing opportunity to take some photos of a local musician and artist: Aidan Clay. Aidan was one of the nicest, most generous, people I have ever met. We connected over music and songwriting and he gifted me the beautiful 1920’s grand piano we used for the shoot. 

In December of 2020 Aidan passed away. It’s hard to overstate the light that the world lost with him. I experienced a great deal of joy over the course of our brief friendship and I know that so many others felt the same. I was blessed with the chance to do a session with him and his fiancé a few weeks prior to his passing. 

Sharing in Aidan’s story for those few months highlighted, to me, the importance of being a person of grace and generosity. His was a life well lived and I look forward to the chance to pick up where we left of on the other side. 

-Alex 

Dark Romantic Fall Elopement | Jessica & Henrik

Bride laughs as groom kisses her head

With most of the normal wedding traditions getting tossed out the window: Jessica and Henrik eloped with a simple focus: Capture Love. Capture Joy. and Be Together. In their own words: 

Flowers by: Sherwood Florist

Cake By: Jessica & Henrik

Shoes: Doc Martins

Skeleton Hand Flutes by: Pottery Barn

Outdoor Chic, Farm Wedding | Alejandro & Julia

Mike and I took the trip up to Cleveland last week to Alejandro and Julia’s incredible wedding! We’ve all been navigating the wild times we live in, and planning a wedding right now is harder than ever! 

That didn’t stop these two! 

Alejandro and Julia put together an incredible wedding day…and we mean literally put together! Building a venue for their wedding from the ground up. It’s safe to say everyone was blown away when we saw what these two came up with! Check out some of our favorite shots below! 

Vendors: 
Dress: Bridesbythefalls.com
Designed by: Lee Ann Belter
Veil by: Anne Barge
Suit: Vera Wang 

Invitations/Design: Margoandbees.com
Cake: Canela Bakeshop
Donuts: Jackfrost Donuts
Hair and Makeup: REFeyeANCE
Floral: Twig Floral

And, the man of the hour
Event Coordinator: Joe Mineo

 

California, Boho Styled, Engagement Session | Rachel & Jordan

Couple lounges and cuddles o chair

We got together with Jordan and Rachel last year for an engagement shoot and it turned out to be an incredible session! These two were on. point. and they were hilarious and fun to spend the day with! If you need some Cali style inspo: look no further! Check out some of the shots we got below! 👇