It’s about this time of year when I’d be sharing some of my favorite moments and trends of the past wedding year. With so many weddings postponed until next year, it’s certainly looking different as I write. This year is full of couples that have become even closer to my heart! From crying brides to multiple rescheduled weddings, it’s a year we won’t soon forget. So how did my couples host their weddings in 2020? If they did? And how did microweddings become a thing? We certainly will remember 2020 as the year of “unsave the date,” the “microwedding” and “a masked affair.”
Let me start by saying…there isn’t a wedding I photograph that isn’t the most special day for the couple. In fact, it is not possible to pick “favorite’ moments because they are all favorites…because I know that the moments I witness are the most memorable and the sweetest for those involved. But I also can’t possible share every single one, so I’m just pulling a few in each category to show a couple of highlights.
Girl Tyler and Boy Tyler had to reschedule their Spring wedding to August. Then three weeks before their Big Day, the venue announced it would be permanently closing. So they moved their wedding day to Girl Tyler’s grandparents’ house on the Potomac River. The day was perfect and full of surprises, including this sweet dress reveal to her bridesmaids!
Wint decided she wanted to kick up her heels and RUN to meet Kaye. And didn’t she just have the perfect dress to run and twirl in??!!
I think Scotty’s expression says it all…
Not everyone knew why Courtney was crying and talking softly while she was walking down the aisle, but she was telling her dad thank you for the father he is to her…
Jackson was really trying to hold himself together as Jordan walked down the aisle, until he couldn’t!
Evelyn and Stefano were looking forward to their 10/10/2020 wedding for two years. So then when they had to move their Morais Vineyards celebration to next year, they still wanted to tie the knot on their original date. Thanks to their florist, they were able to host an intimate microwedding at the Pink Dogwood. There was much joking about the possibility of a train going through an integral moment of the ceremony and…voila!!!
The first dress twirl when you get more air than you thought possible…how I love to direct a bridal twirl! Margaret and John nailed it at their Inn at Willow Grove wedding.
It’s not something I get to witness very often, but it’s one that’s worth repeating. Sarah and Jacob’s parents prayed over them during their wedding ceremony…
Wint and Kaye had a private moment to dance before their guests came into the ballroom at Morais Vineyards.
Jordan’s a cappella group from Virginia Tech graced Jordan and Jackson’s Shadow Creek wedding by serenading them during the reception!
When Chelsea and Mike’s Great Marsh Estate wedding day had to be moved to next year, they became part of a microwedding collaboration at The Barn at Willow Brook. It was a beautiful day and we happened upon a little location rarely photographed there!
Courtney shared her first First Look with the first man in her life…
So I don’t get to do many weddings on a beach so a golden hour dance on the beach was incredible!
A sparkler exit at The Inn at Willow Grove is one great way to end the day!
Michelle with Lieb Photographic is a Northern Virginia Wedding Photographer, a Charlottesville Wedding Photographer and photographs destinations worldwide. To see more weddings and engagement sessions in the Northern Virginia area, view the Northern Virginia Wedding Venues page. If you’d like to explore some more of my favorite wedding venues in the Virginia and Washington D.C. areas, view the Wedding Venues page.