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To send you off into your weekend, I give you a sneak peek of the fabulous Jenifer & Jared. They were married at the epic TPC Sawgrass in Jacksonville, Florida. And, I was thrilled to be able to second shoot for the very talented La Dolce Vita Studio.

More on the ceremony and reception later. Until then, I leave you with this.

Happy weekend, my lovelies.

Allison Cass - Cool!

I love La Dolce Vita’s pictures — I asked them to do my wedding, but they had the date already booked!

:) Awesome opportunity!July 16, 2010 – 2:54 PM


I have to admit, one can never be sure about a new blog. Sure the first post or two is good, but does that have any indication that the blog will itself be good? No. Anyone can come up with a few good post ideas. But, when my editor/writer/designer/mother extraordinaire sister-in-law informed me that she had started a new blog. Well, I knew that was an entirely different situation.

How to explain? Erica is the kind of woman who writes thank you notes so well-written you get the sudden urge you should write her a thank you for her thank you. She knows how to make one laugh hysterically and bring you to tears within a few well-written lines of one another. She has the best design sense of, well, anyone I know. And, lucky for you, she now delivers it all in one easy-to-read place.

Presenting Mommy Needs a Minute, by my amazingly talented sister-in-law.

It’s not on weddings or events. But it’s on design, motherhood, life. Things we can all relate to.

Now I look forward to my next shameless plug being the announcement of her book deal out of this amazing blog. And no, I’m not kidding.
No book deals yet, but I think you’ll agree that the blog is worth it.


Erica Nikolaidis - Omigod, MANJA. That’s the loveliest compliment ever. Consider that a blanket “thank you” for every “thank you” I’ve ever written you in the past or future. Those are such kind words coming from a sister/sistah, let alone someone who’s design sense and talent I greatly admire. You’re the best and you’ve totally brightened my day.

Much love,
E.July 14, 2010 – 12:28 PM

deenik01 - I couldn’t agree more !!! I really, really think she needs to think about the active young mother’s dilemmas, excitement, work, motherhood, and daughterhood. What it is like becoming a parent in her generation and all of the “stuff” that one has to deal with. The good the bad and the ugly. Not to mention designing skills on a budget….she does a great job ! (As do you !!!) :)July 14, 2010 – 1:59 PM

Allison Cass - I have 2 new favorite blogs 😉

Thank you ladies.July 14, 2010 – 2:24 PM

Jenna Sabatini - I couldn’t agree with you more, Amanda! I love reading Erica’s blog – she cracks me up on the regular!!! I actually had an embarrassing moment at work the other day… I was laughing about something I had read on Erica’s blog that morning, (mind you, this was like 2 hours after the fact)and my boss came into my office to discuss something with me. I tried to stop laughing but I wasn’t effectively hiding my amusement; I’m pretty sure he now thinks I’m insane. Thanks for making me look like a psycho, Erica!!! :)July 18, 2010 – 9:01 AM


Nothing like a pair of blue suede shoes in peep toe form.
And the added flower? The perfect touch.

Image by Pure by Lindsey, taken by Mike Richards.

What do you think? Are you into having your something blue be your shoes?
Personally, I kind of love the idea.

For more of the Tuesday Shoesday around the web, be sure to check out my fellow shoe-lovers: Swatchbook WeddingsSimply & Forever, Landlocked BrideMeant to be SentGwyneth PaigeLife in the Super BurbsSlice of Lime DesignLauren Kelly EventsApril Foster EventsJan Schill and Weddings and Pretty Things.

Kim @BrideGoggles - I have just the outfit for these – LOVE!July 13, 2010 – 9:14 AM

Dognbird - I’m feeling all Elvisy over this beautiful something blue!July 13, 2010 – 10:48 PM

Brit - Totes swooning over these. Love the blue!July 13, 2010 – 11:51 PM

Janice Carnevale - Blue Suede Shoes. Freaking awesome!July 14, 2010 – 7:48 AM


Last week I promised images of this Cambodian wedding and so now I must deliver. Actually, if we’re being fair, I promised them quite a while ago. So, I figured what better way to start your week than with some of this beautiful ethnic celebration?

The day started around 5AM [not kidding] to prepare the food, begin setting out the outfits, and start getting all the bridesmaids and groomsmen dressed in the proper attire. Naturally, this meant the photography started then as well. The ceremony is broken into seven parts. For your educational enjoyment, I listed them below. Suffice it to say that I am certain this translation is a meager attempt at best, but each and every part was bright, colorful, beautiful, and incredibly meaningful. I felt honored to be a part and was excited and eager to watch the progression of the day.

Hai Goan Gomloh: Groom’s Processional
Sien Doan Taa: Call to Ancestors
Soat Mun: Blessings from the Monks
Gaat Sah: Cleansing Ceremony
Bang Chhat Madaiy: Honoring of the Parents
Bongvul Pbopul: Passing of Blessings
Sompeas Ptem: Knot Tying Ceremony

Because there were so many details and so much to see and include, I set this one up a little differently and went with the more collage feature-style images. Sometimes I think this style of presentation really features the details a little better. I don’t intend to do this on every wedding unless I get feedback that I should. So take a look and let me know what you think.

But, without further ado, Lisa & Edgar’s beautiful Cambodian wedding…

…and Part II. I had to split it into two parts because it overloaded the program I was putting it together in.
Kid you not. But I won’t make you wait for the second part; it’s short and sweet.

This wedding was shot for the fabulous Pure: Photography by Lindsey Tropf (in Florida).

stacy squires photography - beautifull photos … the colours are stunning as are the bride & groomJuly 12, 2010 – 3:48 PM

amandabyoung - Thank so much Stacy. It always means the world to me to get compliments like that from other photographers! Just checked out your work as well and I love it! Thanks for reading.July 12, 2010 – 4:04 PM

ericha - These are absolutely exquisite, Amanda! I love all the details and the bright colors! Great capture of a beautiful day! :)July 12, 2010 – 8:58 PM

ETC - So gorgeous!! I think the collage format really complemented these images, because it put so many things together so they could play off each other, yet gave each a distinct boundary.July 12, 2010 – 9:27 PM

Vincetta - Every photo is an absolutely beautiful representation of the this absolutely beautiful wedding! Brava, Amanda!July 14, 2010 – 1:58 PM

Allison Cass - The colors!

Wow, this needs to be in a magazine — STAT!July 14, 2010 – 2:28 PM

Super Burbs - Beautiful photos! I really love that first one!!July 14, 2010 – 4:36 PM

Jenna Sabatini - I agree with everything everyone else already said!! These shots are amazing! Wish I had been there!!!July 17, 2010 – 5:12 PM

Brit - The color are so rich and gorgeous! You did such a fantastic job capturing it all!July 18, 2010 – 11:58 PM

Lisa - OMG. I never saw these until now… I <3 your site! Thanks so much for your patience on my wedding day! :) I will have to ask Lindsey for a few of your shots because some are missing from my bundle. XOXOAugust 11, 2010 – 5:49 PM

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