As it was (and continues to be) for practically every single person around the globe, 2020 was pure insanity for the wedding world - both on the client and vendor side. And even though everything was turned upside down for me, I was still able to win The Knot's Best Of Weddings award for the sixth year in a row!
Through all the postponements and rescheduling, couples were still going to tie the knot. Some stuck to their original dates and just modified the guest list to meet capacity restrictions. Others utilized the backyards of relatives to have small, intimate ceremonies and celebrations. There were the ones who did it guerrilla-style, showing up to spots in a park or by the water, and making it official with random on-lookers cheering them on. And some did it in the comforts of their apartment rooftop. In the next few weeks and months, I will start sharing these wonderful galleries on the blog.
Photo by Mark Krajnak
I feel so honored to have captured each and every single of these moments. It made my job *that* more special than it already is. I'll let a couple of my brides tell you their experience in their own words:
"Our wedding was unfortunately postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We made the decision to have an intimate, backyard ceremony around our original wedding date and asked Bryan if he would be willing to shoot that day for us too. He was not only willing to commute out of state to where we were holding the ceremony, but took many precautions regarding safety, social distancing, and cleanliness while he was working. All of this makes for a professional and accommodating wedding vendor that anyone would want to work with. Bryan as a photographer though, in our opinion, is one of the best. His photos are beautiful, full of life and color. He has a real talent and an eye for photography that my whole family has come to admire."
"Planning a wedding under normal circumstances is stressful enough. Add in a global pandemic and the heartache and disappointment seem insurmountable at first. Peter and I and our families had to postpone our big church wedding and reception in NYC a month ahead of our planned wedding date on April 25, 2020. The first person I called was Bryan. In my opinion your photographer is the most important vendor you will hire for your wedding. Bryan was completely understanding throughout the whole process. He’s such an easy person to talk to. He’s captured hundreds of weddings and truly feels all the emotions with you but has such a level head on his shoulders that you know everything will be ok because he’s on your team. Bryan worked with us to find a new date even when we were going back on forth on which month was going to work for all of our vendors. But that’s not even the beginning of his amazing dedication to his work and to his clients. Peter and I made the decision to get legally married just a couple days after our planned wedding date. I phoned Bryan two days before and explained that this was all coming together very quickly and if possible we wanted him to capture our special moment on camera. The only problem is that we’re based in NYC which is dealing with some of the strictest social distancing protocols due to COVID-19. I had no expectations of him saying “yes” but Bryan replied with “of course, I will be there, I wouldn’t miss this special moment.” Bryan arrived 40 minutes early to our Central Park ceremony complete with mask and gloves and disinfectant to protect himself, his equipment and us. Bryan not only helped us set up our Zoom wedding from my iPhone and tripod, but he captured some of the most heartfelt photos before, during and after the ceremony that Peter and I could have only dreamed of. And all from a safe social distance. I’ve already ordered his photos to create photo books for our mothers in time for Mother’s Day! Life has such a funny way of working out. Through all of this recent stress, Bryan was there to put us at ease and help us memorialize our special occasion. I wish I could have given him a huge hug that day, but we are looking forward to our new big wedding date next year when we’re hopefully all well and safe again to enjoy a proper celebration!"
Cheers to all of my couples, and I wish everyone a safe, healthy, and positive 2021!
BRYAN SARGENT PHOTOGRAPHY NAMED WINNER OF THE KNOT BEST OF WEDDINGS 2021
15th Annual Best of Weddings Awards Honor the Top Wedding Vendors Across America
Bryan Sargent Photography has been selected as a 2021 winner of The Knot Best of Weddings, an accolade representing the highest- and most-rated wedding professionals as reviewed by real couples, their families and wedding guests on The Knot, a leading wedding planning and registry brand and app. This is the sixth year Bryan Sargent has been named a winner of The Knot Best of Weddings awards.
Despite COVID-19 interrupting many 2020 weddings and social events, wedding professionals around the nation continued to support to-be-weds throughout their wedding planning journeys. From adjusting future schedules to make way for postponed weddings, to helping couples host socially distanced weddings following state and local guidelines and restrictions with an increased focus on health and safety, wedding pros—and the industry as a whole—rallied together in 2020, ultimately helping couples continue to celebrate life and love. The Knot 2021 Best of Weddings recognition honors the vendors who went above and beyond to help to-be-weds navigate the global pandemic.
In 2021, five percent of hundreds of thousands of local wedding professionals listed on The Knot received this distinguished award. In its fifteenth annual year, The Knot continues its long-standing tradition of supporting local wedding vendors with The Knot Best of Weddings 2021, an annual by-couples, for-couples guide to the top wedding professionals across the country. This comes as the industry prepares for an increase in upcoming celebrations due to postponed events throughout 2020.
To determine the winners, The Knot analyzed its millions of user reviews across various vendor categories—including venues, musicians, florists, photographers, caterers and more—to find the highest rated vendors of the year. These winners represent the best of the best wedding professionals that engaged couples should consider booking for their own unique weddings.
The Knot has inspired 25 million couples (and counting!) to plan a wedding that’s uniquely theirs. With a rich history of providing high-quality content and inspiration, The Knot makes it easy for couples to connect with and book the right wedding professionals to create their perfect wedding day. On The Knot Marketplace, couples can connect with any of the hundreds of thousands of local wedding professionals across the country. The Knot Best of Weddings gives couples the confidence to find and book the best local vendors to bring their wedding visions to life. In combination with years of trusted content, The Knot’s innovative technology simplifies wedding planning, inspiring couples to plan a wedding unique to their love story and personalities.
Wedding professionals who win The Knot Best of Weddings are members of WeddingPro, the leading B2B wedding brand. As the largest marketplace and community for wedding professionals, WeddingPro connects businesses with more than 13 million unique monthly visitors who are planning weddings on The Knot and WeddingWire, as well as with hundreds of thousands of pros in the industry. Through its online marketplaces, educational programs and community-building events, WeddingPro is dedicated to helping wedding professionals build relationships with couples and pros that grow their businesses.
For more information about The Knot Best of Weddings and this year’s winners, please visit https://www.theknot.com/vendors/best-of-weddings.
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