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My Favorite Moments of 2020

2020 was quite the ride. While it wasn’t at all what we planned, the year wasn’t all bad! 2020 was the year of elopements and I loved seeing how the wedding industry pivoted in the midst of a pandemic and came through strong. Even in the midst of so many changes, I still witnessed so much joy this year. 

While I love a big wedding, I loved slowing down in 2020 and photographing all of the elopements and intimate weddings. This year I also got to catch up with so many past wedding couples as they celebrated their anniversary or added to their family. 

As I look back at all that happened in 2020, I’m humbled by so many opportunities over what seemed like such a grim year. Here are some of my favorite moments of 2020!

I started 2020 by photographing a couples session at White Point Garden with Jeff and Dena. Jeff had contacted me to book a session for Dena as a Christmas present! They got engaged a few months later and I can’t wait to photograph their wedding day in June 2021! I knew from the moment I met these two we would be good friends.

Cypress Gardens anniversary engagement photos by Charleston Wedding Photographer Cameron Thomas

I got to catch up with Tifyane and Josh in February for their anniversary session at Cypress Gardens! They celebrated their 2nd anniversary in March. I just love seeing my couples after wedding day and hearing about what’s been going on in their lives! This feels like a lifetime ago and was before everything started shutting down for COVID. 

In March, I loved catching up with Brittany and Jimmy at Strawberry Chapel for their maternity photos, the same spot I took their engagement photos in 2018! If you’ve been following along, you may also remember their fall wedding in 2018. They had a beautiful baby girl in early 2020 and I’m so glad to continue capturing their story!

In May we got to celebrate my sister’s graduation from USC! We traveled up to Columbia and of course we had to take some graduation photos on campus. We celebrated by popping some champagne, tossing confetti, and later had a small family gathering at home.

With so many cancellations and reschedules in the summer, I had the opportunity to take on some last minute elopements. Emily and Jackson contacted me to photograph their Folly Beach elopement in June and I’m so grateful to have met these two this year! It was fun to be able to capture so many portraits of them under the Folly Beach pier before construction started a few months later. 

I’m so glad to have gotten the chance to catch up with the DuVall family in June! These guys have been with me since the beginning of my photography journey and I’m so thankful for them. I started photographing their family when Hannah was just a newborn and she recently turned 9! On the day of their photo session, it was so chilly… in JUNE! 2020 right?

bride and groom in front of fountain at Forsyth Park in Savannah, GA

In September, wedding season really started to pick back up and it was a breath of fresh air. My season started with this gorgeous elopement in Savannah’s Forsyth Park with Ellie and Tyler.

Wentworth Mansion and Circa 1886 wedding in Charleston, SC

September also brought Jessica and Arnaud’s small wedding at Circa 1886 restaurant! I had such a great time getting to know these two and hearing their story. I knew from the moment I met them we would get along so well! 

Wildberry Farm Wedding in Marion, SC couple on swing

Tara and Aaron’s Wildberry Farm wedding in September was so beautiful. They had originally scheduled their wedding day for earlier in the year but changed the date because of COVID (you know the story). It was beautiful seeing all of their vendors come together to make this day so special.

anniversary photos in Charleston, SC

I wrapped up September with an anniversary session in downtown Charleston. Samantha and Josh visited Charleston for a “Coronacation” from San Diego. I loved showing them around town and creating these sweet memories for them.

October brought the opportunity to catch up with another PBC wedding couple as their newest little guy turned 1! I always love seeing Rosey and David, they are the absolute sweetest. I can’t believe it’s been 2 years since their Seibels House wedding. So excited to see their family grow and can’t wait to continue documenting their story!

bubble ceremony exit in Forsyth Park elopement

Kyle and I spent a weekend in Savannah in mid-October while I photographed two beautiful elopements in Forsyth Park. We had a great time walking around downtown Savannah between shoots and got to take Roscoe (our dog) with us on the trip.

Erin and Josh’s Forsyth Park elopement was the first of the weekend. This day was filled with so much excitement and joy and I just loved their bubble ceremony sendoff! And I still can’t get over Erin’s DIY bridal cape. 

Forsyth Park elopement in Savannah, GA

Chloe and Tyler’s elopement was my second that weekend and I loved all of the southern charm that came with it! These two had so many pivots in planning their wedding day but I think it all turned out so beautifully and I’m thankful to have captured it.

bride and groom portrait wedding in downtown Charleston

Katie and Oren’s late October wedding in downtown Charleston was absolutely beautiful! This was the closest I got to a traditional wedding day in 2020 and I am so thankful for this little dose of normalcy. 

Couples photos at Lebanon Christmas Tree Farm
Couples photos at Lebanon Christmas Tree Farm
Lebanon Christmas Tree Farm Anniversary Photos in Charleston, SC

To kick off November, I hosted mini sessions at Lebanon Christmas Tree Farm. This was my first ever set of mini-sessions and I was excited to have them sell out! So many great couples and families attended.

In November, I also won The Knot Best of Weddings award thanks to so much support from past couples

bride and groom portrait at upstairs at midtown wedding in Charleston, SC

My very last wedding of the year was Mallory and Josh’s Upstairs at Midtown wedding. The year ended on a high note and their day was filled with so much joy and excitement.  

Looking back at 2020, I’m reminded of so many good times and that I’m so blessed with an abundance of great clients! I’ll remember 2020 as a year that wasn’t all that bad because of every one of you. Thank you! ♥️

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