Our 2020 Recap!

Hey, you! Peyton here!

Here’s a little intro before we get into the fun of this thing:

I am a wedding + portrait photographer based in my home state of Mississippi, but will hop on a plane or in a car any day to travel for pictures! I’m a newlywed with my husband, Alex, after a 5 year journey to marriage! He’s a law enforcement officer, and if he’s off work, he shoots weddings with me. Sidenote: he is the world’s best dress fluffer. Period. Our faith in Christ is the center of our home + business. Showing you His love is my main priority, while creating images you will love + cherish. You can learn more about me on my About page of the site!

First of all, I have to say thank you for being here! Sharing images is so much fun, but more than that, is sharing about the people in them.

Here on the blog you can expect lots of posts about wedding days, engagement sessions, senior shoots, along with personal posts about me + my husband, our dog Samson, our faith in Christ, and our life together!
If you are slightly interested in any of those things, then I hope you enjoy the blog + the place I am creating it to be!

2020 was a year for everybody, however you decide to look at it. For me, it was a year of many milestones you could say, but with so many memories! More to come on that soon 🙂 but one thing about 2020 I did not love, was practically losing all my prior blog posts! I will not bore you with the details, but my old website host held all my blog posts making them unable to transfer to this new space. I am sad about that, but with this new website that is finally here after months of working, I have a new slate for blogging! I’ll just have to do some throwback posts to catch you up on 2019 some time.

To start things off, here’s a recap of 2020!

January: Went back to Starkville to finish my last semester at Mississippi State- not knowing that after spring break, I would not return to campus as a student! By God’s grace, I finished the biggest course of my program online! God’s grace here: Being able to serve with StateDM!
February: Being able to have our annual Dance Marathon event on campus before the world shutdown! Our program raised over $71K for LeBonheur. So blessed! Many similar college programs had to cancel their event.
March: Created + planned my first styled shoot to highlight North Mississippi wedding vendors! A fun, rainy day. Literally this was the week before everything went crazy!
March + April: Moved out of my apartment, went virtual, turned 22 +
finished Orgs with the best group! Graduated online at the end of April- no more school!
May: Went to McCarty for the first time! It’s a southern thing if you don’t know 😉
May: We bought a house all by God’s grace + provision. We began working on a few things immediately especially painting! We still believe in working on our home today, so I’ll have to make a separate post all apart that 🙂
May: Photographed our first wedding of the year! Only 10 people there including Alex + me. Love this couple so much. It was in this time I decided I was going full-time!
May 16: The Russells!
May 23: Weatherall Wedding!
June 6: The Cavers!!
June: Traveled to Nashville to take engagement pictures with our girl, Jannah Alexander! The best friends + photographer!
A few more faves 🙂
May-July memories: Samson selfie, our first meal in our house + a sweet surprise graduation party with our families before we even had ample furniture to have people over!
June: Attended the Amy-Cole Workshop after it being delayed! The best weekend where God answered prayers of community I was seeking in the wedding industry. I learned so much! Amy-Cole is the real deal people!
Styled shoot from the workshop! I may not ever be over that bouquet.
June 20: A brunch wedding for the sweetest- the Wilsons!
June: Celebrated our daddy’s 15th year of sobriety!
June 26: An intimate Friday evening for the Chains!
May + July: Being able to photograph some of our best friends’ engagement days- I will never forget it! They’re all joining the married club this year too!
July: Every year we are at camp for a week, but this year we had to do a little one day hoorah. So ready for the days we are back doing this!!
July: Traveled to the Ark + Creation Museum in Kentucky! Such a picture of how able and big our God is. I will go back!!
His creation there!!
August: Wedding festivities began! My sister’s threw the best chill sleepover with all my girls! So thankful for the fellowship together!
August: My home church bridal shower drive-thru style! It was such a sweet afternoon!
August: After a crazy story with my dress, everything worked out for bridal portraits the day Jannah could travel to be here! Never thought it would be so much fun!
Look how cute he is!! He looks tiny here compared to him now!
Jannah Alexander– the best!
August 22: Mr. + Mrs. Hardin! So honored to photograph their season! I’ve known Tashiunna since 4th grade!
August: Had a family weekend at Smith Lake to celebrate early for our Granny’s 80th birthday! Fun times with no agenda!
September: Alex’s church hosted a shower + our dear friends hosted a gift card shower! We are beyond blessed of what we deserve.
September 12: Mr. + Mrs. Miles! After their venue, canceled the family home became the perfect spot for their day. Love them!!
September 19: After rescheduling their day with the hope of having more people able to come, this bride became Mrs. Spencer!! The best time!
September: Last shower! My sisters threw the sweetest “Something blue” bridal shower (because it’s my favorite color) with our dearest girlfriends! They’re the best!
September: 2 weeks before our wedding, we headed to the beach for one last time! Growing up, the beach has always been Daddy’s fav place to vacay!
October: Licensed to wed!
October 3: Captured the Taylors a week before our wedding!!
October 10, 2020: We got married! In a pandemic + on the weekend of Hurricane Delta- but nothing is too big for our gracious God. It was truly the best day!!
October: Honeymooned in St. Pete Beach, Florida + one day in Magic Kingdom!
My fav picture from the trip! I brought the big camera + never used it- whoops!
Such a fun trip with my guy!
November 7: Leah + Brett got married in their backyard + had a reception at her venue.
It was perfect! This is the weekend the 7 straight weekend stretch started!
November 14: Davis party of 4 became official!! They are the most fun people!
November: Got our wedding pics in + just relived it all!!
November 21: Haley + Jacob became husband + wife on a beautiful day. Seriously, the most photogenic + sweetest couple!!
November 28: My twin helped me for the first time as we traveled to Caledonia for this Jessica + Caleb! Their old chapel wedding was just a good one!!
November-December: Big adjustments to married life, but it has been the best gift. God answered a big prayer by leading us to our church home!
December 5: Hannah was a bridesmaid in a wedding we did this year. So honored we got to photograph her + Mac’s day!
December 11: The Lovil’s. Could they get more gorgeous?!
December 19: Ended the wedding season in Alabama for Ashleigh + Seth!
Love them to pieces!
December: First Christmas as my A’s wife!!
December 27: Put down my camera until 2021!
Ended the year with 22 engagement/proposal sessions, 55 family shoots, 22 branding shoots, 32 seniors/grads, 2 styled shoots and 18 weddings. Thank you, Lord, for your provision!!
It’s been such a FULL year in so many ways!
December 31: On New Years we had friends over!
Looking forward to 2021 + what God will be up to!!

Thanks for hanging in there! God has been so faithful + I am so looking forward to growing in Him this year. I have learned that letting Him take the reins is when it all changes.

To wrap it up, just remember, I’m always down for more talks about Jesus + tacos! For daily updates, head to my Instagram now! See you soon!

Until next time,

Peyton

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