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[SNEAK PEEK] MARRIED: LISA & EDGAR

Cambodian brides are so lucky. Three days to celebrate. As many as six or seven outfits. Forget having to pick out that one dress. These lucky ladies get to be dressed in beautiful, brightly colored, bejeweled pieces from head to toe. And, might I add, look stunning in the process.

More on the fabulousness of the Cambodian ceremony later. For now, I leave you with this.

Nicole - When you told me about this wedding I was super excited to see the pictures. I am on the edge of my seat in anticipation ūüėČJuly 10, 2010 – 7:33 AM

deenik01 - How beautiful and just perfect !July 10, 2010 – 1:04 PM

TUESDAY SHOESDAY: EDITION II – THE PEEP TOE

You see, I have a problem with peep toes. They really get me every time.

But then peep toes in citron? There was no hope for me.

Be sure to check out my previous Tuesday Shoesday posts and the rest of the Tuesday Shoesday goodness around the web:
Landlocked Bride, Swatchbook Weddings, Simply & Forever, Meant to be Sent, Gwyneth Paige, Life in the Super Burbs, Slice of Lime Design,
Lauren Kelly Events, April Foster Events, Jan Schill, and Weddings and Pretty Things.

Brit - Love that yellow! And, the peep toes. Plus that heel height is like the perfect height for a wedding day!July 6, 2010 – 10:45 AM

INDEPENDENCE

There are so many reasons I love the 4th of July. The symbolism. The fireworks. The excitement. The long weekend.

When I was a kid, I used to think the holiday was awful. Probably because I was terrified of fire and hated that it overshadowed my birthday. Isn’t every kid supposed to get a whole birthday weekend unto themselves!?

As an adult, however, it might be one of my favorite holidays. Mostly, I think it’s because all the 4th of July is is a big simple celebration. No gifts are expected to be exchanged. No small parties or quiet dinners. The 4th is about getting together and enjoying each other. It’s about having fun. Being dangerous (fireworks are dangerous, right?). Spending time together. No pressure. The long weekend doesn’t hurt, of course.

Planning tip: Oh yeah, have I mentioned that sparklers always make for a fabulous wedding exit? The key, however, is all in the timing.

(1) Make sure whoever is in charge of lighting them doesn’t start until the bride and groom are ready to exit so he/she can signal them to come. Otherwise, they’ll all burn out and you’ll be left with a very dark goodbye!

(2) Also, remember lots of lighters so they can be passed around and lit more easily. Lighting sparkler-to-sparkler is good, but not always ideal.

(3) Wrapping them up cute makes for a fantastic DIY project. Plus, it’s one of the last things your guests will see before they leave. Consider this adorable project over on Style Me Pretty. Found via Life in the Super Burbs.

Be safe. Have fun. See you next week. xo.

deenik01 - Have a very happy 4th. We have great memories as well. Always remember our own little fireworks in the driveway…not to mention the parties on Lake Winnemissett ! :)July 3, 2010 – 12:08 PM

TUESDAY SHOESDAY: EDITION I – A TRIBUTE TO RED

Where to begin? So, I have admired from afar for quite some time the lovely ladies who participate in Tuesday Shoesday. Every Tuesday they post a pair of shoes (or two!) that has provided them inspiration of some kind. I know, it might seem silly. How does one find inspiration in a shoe. Ridiculousness? Maybe. But if you saw the kinds of shoes we are talking about here, well, you might just change your mind.

A small part of me wanted to title this post “These Shoes Weren’t Meant for Walking.” Because, if I am being honest – like really honest –¬†probably none of the posts I will post on Tuesday Shoesday will be intended for running, walking, dancing, or, well, anything practical. But you know what? They’ll be beautiful. And on your wedding day that might be all that matters. After all, how many brides keep them on past the beginning of the reception anyway!? (Correct answer: Not many.)

And truthfully, if you’re going to find inspiration in shoes it would be¬†hard to start anywhere but with a pair of hot red pumps. So today, that is what I bring you. The hottest pair of hot red pumps I have ever seen.

Beautiful, no? Imagine those hot little toes peeking out from under your dress…

Be sure to see the other ladies who participate in Tuesday Shoesday:
April Foster Events, Swatchbook Weddings, Simply & Forever, Gwyneth Paige,
Life in the Super Burbs, Landlocked Bride, Meant to be Sent and Weddings and Pretty Things.

rebecca - I am planning my wedding for next year– we are having a true OSU Scarlett and Grey wedding and these shoes would be perfect for me and my bridesmaids. where did you find these beauties?June 29, 2010 – 4:38 PM

amandabyoung - Hello Rebecca! Thanks so much for your comment. Well, your wedding sounds quite lovely. Need a photographer by any chance!? (Just kidding! Well, kind of…).

Anyway, these were the bride’s shoes at a wedding I was shooting. Actually, we fell so in love with them that we even asked where they were from and – if my memory serves me correctly – I believe she said Baker’s. Unfortunately, she said she got them a long, long time ago….

But best of luck in your search! Thanks for commenting!June 29, 2010 – 5:12 PM

Super Burbs - If those aren’t swoon worthy, I don’t know what is!June 29, 2010 – 7:43 PM

amandabyoung - Thanks Abby! You are so sweet. Just started following your blog and totally loving it. :)June 29, 2010 – 8:19 PM

Adrienne - Amanda I LOVE the new blog! Seriously! That is so awesome you have taken up photography! Can’t wait to see what you come up with! :)June 30, 2010 – 10:46 AM

amandabyoung - Thanks so much Adrienne! Glad you like. :) I follow along with yours religiously!June 30, 2010 – 3:02 PM

Brit - I am so excited to add you to the club! Yayayay!

And, if anyone wants to know – these shoes are from Bakers! They come in red and black!June 30, 2010 – 10:56 PM

Allison Cass - OH MY GOSH – I AM BUYING THOSE AS SOON AS I FIND THEM!!!!!!! :)July 1, 2010 – 9:20 AM

Allison Cass - I found the link, guys!

http://www.bakersshoes.com/product.aspx?p=129044July 1, 2010 – 9:27 AM

amandabyoung - Thanks Allison! I’ve had like twenty people e-mail me asking for it. Hahahah! So glad my first choice for Tuesday Shoesday was so popular.

More importantly, did you buy them!?July 2, 2010 – 12:28 PM

deenik01 - Yep, they are absolutely adorable…but only meant for wearing if you are sitting the entire time !!!July 3, 2010 – 12:11 PM

deenik01 - Actually kidding…it is the price we pay for beauty…and when you have a beautiful shoe… can you really put a price on it ???? :)))July 3, 2010 – 12:13 PM

ericha - If I’ve realized anything from looking at wedding photographer blogs, it’s that when the time comes for me to get married…I’m DEFINITELY wearing a FUN pair of heels!July 12, 2010 – 9:03 PM

BE REAL REAL

I thought I had said this once before, but in the interest of full disclosure, I should probably make it clear again that this blog is going to be about more than just photography. It will also be about nesting, learning, living, and, well, loving. It’s one part documentation. One part journal. And one part musing. It will be honest. Sincere. Genuine. Just as I aim to be not only in my business but in my life.

With that established, let’s “be real real.”

G is my husband. And, this is what G says to me. Mostly, to encourage me to honest with myself. For example, this would be an appropriate response to similarly ridiculous phrases uttered by me such as:

“I don’t actually drink that much Diet Coke.”
or
“I think I could go a whole day without chocolate.”

G’s response would be “be real real.” And, while this has become a jestful phrase in our house, it’s deeper meaning is significant. It’s implication is clear: be honest with yourself. Don’t try to be something you’re not. Don’t try to convince yourself you will do things that you never will.

Over the past eight years, G has spent countless hours reminding me how wonderful I am even when I am convinced otherwise, encouraging me to think big even when I am discouraged to do so, and motivating me to persist in following my passions even when I think they are impossible. But, among all this, G keeps me grounded. Most importantly, he reminds me – perhaps more than I’d like but never more than is necessary – to “be real real.” And it is for this that describing our relationship is more than impossible if there were such a thing.

On this day two years ago, G and I vowed many things to one another. Mostly though, to never stop reminding, encouraging, and motivating one another. And today, on our two year anniversary, I can happily and confidently say that G has done that and so much more. G, thank you for the worlds of advice and inspiration you have given me in the last eight years. Thank you for being my comedian, my love, and ultimately – most importantly – my best friend.

To everyone else, while no marriage is effortless [and anyone who says theirs is is lying to you] let this be a reminder to you that finding the perfect complement to yourself requires not just someone who motivates and inspires you, but also the person who reminds you to be real real.

For it is this person that will allow you to truly find – and be – yourself.

To luck in love.

ETC - Oh, so well put! Congrats, you two!!

PS–love the photo!June 28, 2010 – 12:27 PM

Lisa Green - Happy Anniversary Amanda!June 28, 2010 – 12:36 PM

Brit - Congrats on two years!

Love that phrase: “Be real real.”June 28, 2010 – 3:44 PM

Krista - Happy Anniversary, Amanda and Greg! I miss my neighbors! I hope you’re enjoying Philadelphia and your anniversary! :)June 28, 2010 – 4:23 PM

Erica Nikolaidis - Great post, and happy freaking anniversary!! I can’t believe I forgot. I love that pic of Greg, too. So him!June 28, 2010 – 7:09 PM

Deb Tomney - What a wonderful testament to marriage and love. You captured what it is really all about. Happy Anniversary to you both.June 28, 2010 – 7:26 PM

deenik01 - That is absolutely beautiful and so very true. You obviously found the right guy and so complement each other and support each other. You have your priorities straight. Congrats to both you…what a wonderful marriage !!! Love you both ! xxxooJune 29, 2010 – 6:42 AM

g - I love you boo. Thank you for a very nice post.July 4, 2010 – 2:42 PM

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