Well it’s always difficult choosing favorites at the end of each year, but it’s a fun challenge. Plus, at the end of the every year, it’s fun to reflect on all that you did and saw, and what better way to re-live 2016, than through epic photos? Julia and I definitely had a lot of fun and travel working with fantastic people; an exhausting 2016, but hard to complain when we enjoyed so much of it! Scroll on down for some eye-candy and good times. You’ll find a few dancing gems at the bottom.. 👌🏼😘💃🏼

And every now and then (every single wedding) we get on the dance floor and cut a very mean rug. 😄👌🏼

Of course, we all know Seattle’s tendency… 😆🏃🏻☔️

Thanks to a million incredible vendors we got to work with this year, all of our EPIC clients; it would take too long to tag them all in this post. What a YEAR. In total, we traveled to Santa Barbara, San Diego, Dallas, San Antonio, Seattle, San Jose, Annapolis, Quito, Whidbey Island, Asheville, Gig Harbor, Portland, Custer State Park, Montego Bay, Olympia, San Francisco, Roche Harbor, Bellingham, Washington DC, Seabeck, Goleta, Seaside, Snohomish.. goodness, that’s a mouthful! As always, if you like what you see, “Tell your friends.” Thanks for following along! Cheers to an awesome 2016, with great hopes for an incredible 2017 😄💥🙌🏼💥😄

Paris, What a place.. right? So the great thing is, no one ever gets sick of looking at Paris photos.. do they? Or don’t they? Or do you? Well, I don’t. It’s one of those places that is timelessly gorgeous, always inspiring, always romantic, and always expensive. 😜 But serious, the last time Julia and I went, we both had terrible colds/coughs, and it was still an epic few days. Walking the streets, listening to the French language, soaking in the accordion vibes, seeing all the tourists.. well, everything except for the tourist part.. So I am guaranteeing the best-selling selfie-stick-corner is going to be right under Le Tour Eiffel. WOW. Never seen so many dang selfie-sticks in my entire life. I even offered to take photos for people, “I’m a professional photographer; happy to take a photo for you!” — “No thanks, we have the selfie stick, appreciate it though!” — Serious? Ohhhh.. that’s right, because you’d rather look at your face yourself to see if you look perfect in the photo (little do you know that the “selfie camera” on your iPhone is lower-quality than the other side of the camera, therefore you’ll get less quality out of your photo… but you don’t need to know that since all you will ever do with that photo is post it to social media, am I right? Okay.. off my soap box.. Now for the fun stuff.

Please scroll down and enjoy photos from Paris–a mix: Film Photos (by Julia Joy), iPhone & 5D Mark III photos (taken by both of us)

Locks of Love.. there used to be a specific “Lock Bridge,” but they actually had to shut it down because so many thousands and thousands of people were “locking up” their love that they ran out of lock-space.. So they shut down the lock bridge, only to find that people were going to keep the tradition strong around the corner on some random fences nearby.. Power to the People. (See NYTimes article Here)This roll of film actually broke… SO DEPRESSING. We had walked all around Copenhagen, and other parts of Sweden for the past couple weeks, and Julia had been snapping some pics. Then took a few last photos in Paris, only to find that somehow the roll got unhooked on the inside of the camera.. and when we opened the camera up to switch rolls… all the film was out, exposed, and ruined. It was definitely a tough moment, realizing all those moments captured weren’t coming back. Made us feel for the people who, back in the day, ONLY had film, no digital back-ups of anything. And if the film got ruined.. it just.. got ruined..

What a babe. You guys. This girl. All that beauty, all that grace, all that love, packed into one little woman. That’s impressive! 😍

aaaand… SELFIE TYMEEEE! Goodness gracious.. wayyyyy too much of this crap going on in Paris. I mean, for sure, you HAVE to take a selfie every now and then. But ONE is enough, cool? ENJOY what you are actually looking at people! 😄👌🏼

Tuileries Garden.. or Jardin des Tuileries.. man alive, what a dreamy place, especially at sunset.

Even though I was living off of 4 hours of sleep/coughing, this is how I felt strolling through Paris at sunset 😁🙌🏼

Banana/Nutella Crepe near the foot of the Eiffel Tower….. YES PLEASE. 😱

See I told you the Selfie-Camera on your iPhone is worse quality than the main camera.. 😆

Please stop.. Stop it please.. EVERYWHERE you go, EVERYwhere you, everyWHERE  you go.. iPad Photographers 😵

I know Notre Dame looks big in photos, but when you see it in person, you don’t have words to describe it. It’s like: 😱😱😱

Flying buttresses everywhere (I learned that word in 5th grade?) Quasimodo, where are you?!

Basilique du Sacré-Coeur. None like it in the world. The white church. On top of a hill. Beautiful views of the city. Paris.

Julia Joy took this one with the film camera. SUCH a cool pic!

Julia wrote about this Ham Crepe (we bought from a street vendor next to the Eiffel Tower).. maybe she’ll let me share her musings, she describes the crepe as a “life-altering” experience.. or maybe that’s me, I can’t remember? 😆

This was on the plane headed back to USA (pretty sure this is somewhere over Greenland).

Thanks for re-living our Paris journey with us. Hope you felt some inspiration and remembered the beauty our world has, because if we can’t remember the beauty amidst all the bad news we hear everyday, what’s the point?

-Char Beck

It was such an honor to shoot Juan/Andy’s intimate San Francisco Wedding a year ago. Julia and I felt so included and cared for during our time with Juan, Andy, and their families. They had a very small ceremony at the San Francisco City Hall, and then their families along with their closest friends met up at a local restaurant, Beretta. Before the ceremony, we went down to the Palace of Fine Arts, which if you haven’t been, YOU MUST. It is gorgeous! Juan and Andy worked it and had a blast and wait.. what… it was raining in San Fran? How did that happen? Well.. apparently it rains there too.. so it actually made for some great lighting and added some cool character to the Palace of Fine Arts. Scroll down to the bottom for a beautiful set-up of the private room in the basement designed by Juan himself!

Suzy + Levi are awesome! Their wedding was ALL ABOUT BUFFALOS 🙂 (Suzy is Obsessed with them). When Levi and Suzy visited Custer State Park a couple years back, they drove by the Custer State Park Lodge and said to themselves “THAT is where we are getting married.” They stayed true to their word and got hitched there this summer; what a blast! Suzy is one of Julia’s best friends from South Dakota, so naturally we were both super excited to capture the wedding! We had the first look in a gorgeous meadow outside of the main wedding headquarters, then took a drive out to the Custer State Park Game Loop to see if we could track down some buffalo. Unfortunately we didn’t, but later, around sunset, we went on a TREK to find buffalo (as Suzy is a fanatic). We FINALLY found one, his name, we decided, was “AL,” and Suzy now calls him, “Al, our anniversary Buffalo.” Their ceremony was under some gorgeous trees near a meadow, the reception in a huge outdoor pavilion with family-style tables. Once the dancing got started, they had S’MORES, COME ON! Eventually, Suzy and Levi left the party with a line of “YAY” flags and screaming friends/family! 🙂 You can find a full list of vendors below, scroll all the way down and enjoy! 🙂

Vendor list: Wedding Venue: Custer State Lodge (Ceremony: Lover’s Leap Deck / Reception: The Pavilion) // Photographers: CHAR BECK // Florals: Jenny’s Floral // Catering: WR Restaurants // Cake: Red Velvet & Lemon from Queen City Bakery in Sioux Falls, SD // DJ: Complete Weddings and Events // Bride’s Dress: Designed by Caroline Hayden / Purchased at: The White Room // Bride’s Shoes: Heels – Valentino / Flats: Zara Shoes // Earrings: Marchesa  // Necklace: a gift from the Groom’s grandmother // Bridesmaids Dresses: Anthropologie // Bridesmaids Jewelry: Posh Boutique // Groom’s Suit: Top Shop // Groomsmen Bow-Ties: The Tie Bar 

Cruised out to Annapolis, MD to capture these two and spend time with good friends there. Paul & Simmons are super into each other.. if you can’t tell by scrolling down through these photos. Had a blast driving around Annapolis and capturing them in their element. I mean.. the leaves were there, so why not throw them? 😉 We started at Ceremony Coffee, classic Annapolis hang-vibes. Paul pulled his very first double shot of espresso for his wife-to-be. Then we headed over to St. John’s College; what a gorgeous campus, especially with all of the fall colors blowing UP. We ended the session over at Greenbury Point, where we saw a flipping Gorgeous sunset. Then, a most un-expected SUPER MOON RISE??? Woah, no words there, just scroll to the bottom and you’ll see that pic!