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 

Classically Styled Country Wedding | Kayla & Brian

Kayla and Brian planned this absolutely gorgeous country wedding out in Camden Ohio. From breakfast and prep in one of the cabins to dancing under a starry sky: the day was the story from a classic country song and we had an incredible time being a part of it! Check out some of the shots Kera and Bryan captured from the day!  

Kayla & Brian
Venue: Timeless Charm |  Camden OH
Hair: 937 Salon & Spa | Kettering, OH
Makeup: Simply Makeup & Hair | Dayton, OH
Cake & Cupcakes: Amelia Bakes | Twist Cupcakery | Dayton, OH
Suits: The Black Tux & ASOS 

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

Cozy Black Tie Winter Wedding | The Steam Plant | Dayton, OH

bride and groom holding hands and laughing at black tie winter wedding

A cozy black tie winter wedding in a historic venue? Sounds perfect! 

Dayton is full of beautiful historic buildings, being one of the oldest cities in Ohio, Daytonians  have a lot of history to be proud of. The Steam Plant is an excellent example of a beautiful historic building turned into a wedding venue. Emily and Ryan used this backdrop as the center to their amazing winter wedding. Every piece of this black tie wedding was perfectly planned down to the smallest detail. The day felt classic with beautiful emotional, shimmering lights and reflective details. Their wedding day will be a cherished moment among guests and family.