When my bride informed me she would be rocking Harry Potter Vans - my geek heart exploded. Harry Potter was pretty life changing for me. Seriously. The series opened up a love of fantasy & reading. I grew up with the characters and anything Harry Potter is sudden nostalgia for me. Your turn - what do you geek over ? And don’t say not anything because that’s just not cool. .
Jonathan, the @tapatiospringsweddings golf pro, kindly drove me around the course, so I could plan where to work on Caetyn & Josh’s day.
This... was a delightful accidental discovery. The lack of rain this summer, meant stillness for this pond. Instead of the steady flow of water that usually pushes through the course, the absence of movement meant a pure reflection was possible.
Isn’t that the way it is, in life? We are always looking for movement, motion, progress. But sometimes, we need stillness, to stem the flow, in order to truly see.
When I started my business, many years ago, my prayer was simple: Lord, give me the eyes to see people as you do. While I’ve added to that since then, it still is at the heart of all I seek. I still pray those very words. To have His eyes. To clearly see... what, and who, He loves most.
Sent off another gallery to one of our 2020 couples! In 3 days I’ll be celebrating my 3rd anniversary with my special someone in Palm Springs! Excited for a quick getaway as the season starts to wind down. 🥰
My favorite thing about posing couples is actually not posing them. I love giving simple cues to lead my couples into moments of true connection. We always get the beautiful traditional portraits, but there is something so sweet and raw about letting love unfold.
Married ladies, tell me about your wedding band!!! Is it a free standing simple band (like mine) or did you get it soldered onto your engagement ring? Or is it a woven band in a different color?
Callie had TWO beautiful V bands that framed her pear-shaped ring and it’s probably one of my favorite ring sets!!
I have one diamond ring as my wedding band that I wear solo a lot (thanks to my workouts), but I’ve always thought I would like another band someday, maybe for a major anniversary.
Tell me below what you have (or are going to have) for your wedding band!!! 💍
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It’s taken me a long time to reconcile my love for the wild environment here in Montana and the pull towards classic portraiture, but I’ve settled into the notion this year that they can coexist. It’s possible to be wildly in love with the landscape AND to emphasize the quiet beauty of the people in those landscapes at the same time. I know the carefree adventure elopements are all the rage (and I do love those!), but I really love that I’m seeing a slight turn towards marrying classic and wild. @karina_c_anna and @bryananna2 did this so perfectly with their @moonlightbasin wedding last month. Swipe for a couple more!
Venue // @moonlightbasin
Coordination + florals // @lukastrudeaueventco
HMUA // @etherealhairmakeup
Dress // @moniquelhuillierbride
Tux // @theblacktux
Rentals // @montanapartyrentals
Band // @arterialdrive
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Been working on editing these two’s wedding! 😍 It’s going so well, I am putting my whole heart and soul into it 💗
If your pup isn’t prominently featured at your wedding, how does he even know it’s his big day? Raise your hand if you’re like me and want your pup’s face everywhere🙋🏼♀️
Table numbers by the best @brookejbenjamin
Good Afternoon! Today is day 9 in a 14 day work stretch and this glass of champagne is calling my name! I can't wait to be relaxing at home this Sunday! I am a little frazzled with all of the work that the rest of October has but there is light at the end of the tunnel in the form of long lazy days on the beach with Pina coladas in hand! One month until Vacation! 🌴🌺
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Halloween, but make it fashion.
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Alicia + Matt celebrated 1 year of marriage yesterday. Happy anniversary to these beautiful souls! ♥️
H a p p y M o n d a y ! ! !
I’m HOME for the rest of the year (I say that now but watch another trip sneak it’s way in there 😏). I’m happy to get back into mom life routine with my girls and spend every nap time and post-bed time behind the computer!
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I moved to Rome, Italy when I was 25 just because I loved it there (then stayed 3 years in Italy). In retrospect, it was the inspiration to photograph constantly that drew me to that move. Historic locations are not only a beautiful backdrop... History lives on in everyday interactions, adding depth and grace to today’s world.
Today is the day! James and Sarah are GETTING MARRIED! We’ve been waiting for this day since January 2018 (longer if I’m being honest 😆), and it’s finally here! I can’t wait to capture their gorgeous details, their joy and excitement as they see each other for the first time, the adorable flower girls (I’m biased, I know, but still so excited to see my girls all dressed up), the picture perfect ceremony, and all the other amazing events I know their day will hold! Not only do they become husband and wife today, but Dan and I gain a new sister and our kiddos gain a new auntie! It’s definitely a day we are all going to celebrate, and I can’t wait to get started with all the festivities!
James and Sarah - Your day is here! Let’s get you two married! 💍❤️🎉 #happilyeverapgar
One of my favorite little setups from one of the weddings I shot this year! Also it gives me all the inspo for decorating the home I hope to own one day 🤘🏼
Meanwhile, I’ll be in the process of moving all my furniture in the next couple of weeks into the new room I’ll be renting! If you have any inspo on bedroom decor or style I would love to hear in the comments below 👇🏼 .
And an important sidenote: I’ll be praying for all those affected by the #saddleridgefire and all those who have lost their homes and for all the homes still at risk! 🙏🏼 #amandajoyphotography#weddingdecor#weddinglounge .
Second shooter for @brooke_borough
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Happy Birthday to my beautiful, loving, wonderful and creative Mum.
It’s another wedding day. This time, I’m in Michigan. I woke up to find the air crisp, sun emerging from last night’s storm, gently illuminating the tips of tall trees.
Some of my fondest memories of growing up here, were in the Fall. When the leaves change, it’s with full splendor. Brilliant jewel tones, unrivaled and unmatched. While I call Texas home, this place, this season will always have a piece my heart.
The significance of seasons changing isn’t lost on me. Sometimes, seasons in our lives blend from one to another, going unnoticed. Not here. Not now. Not today.
This wedding, is a celebration of new things. Restored hearts. Dreams awakened. Dreams coming true. It recognizes waiting. It exemplifies commitment. Purity.
I had lunch with Michelle and Ivik yesterday. Leaning over my salad, I asked Ivik when the moment was that he knew she was the one. He took a thoughtful moment and then shared intently, how of all the people he’d ever met, she was the first that truly saw him. As he is. Accepted him fully. Didn’t want to change, modify or manipulate him. Instead, she was a compliment to him. A friend, partner and vision of beauty. With her, he has room to grow and be... which makes him want to pursue her. Forever.
And he will.
Stories. These are precious and sacred. Because they belong to real people. Who want to be seen, known and valued. That’s what we are looking for. And it is what makes wedding days so precious to witness, to photograph. These aren’t just days... they are dreams... coming true.
Lots of good stuff happening today, like cleaning.. 😂
In all real ness I have been pretty productive today. Booked a client meeting, did / doing laundry, cleaning and organizing my house.. the rest of the day will be full of more of that and than photo editing, website updating, and going out to dinner with my husband to celebrate my birthday! Good times! How are you planning to spend your Friday?
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Take my hand, take my whole life, too! Cause I can’t help, falling in love with youuuu! 💕
Before every wedding we shoot I listen to my Wedding Songs playlist. You better believe I have some Elvis on there! What’s your favorite wedding/love song?!
No special occasion, just a simple appreciation post for our owners! Tom and Diane pour their heart and soul into these barns as well as their couples, clients, and team. We just want to take today to say, “thank you!” because we don’t do it enough. These guys are the best (and the cutest)!
The most perfect bridal party. I’ve noticed a trend this year: people are moving away from large bridal parties and either foregoing them entirely, or simply having a brother or sister stand with the couple. While it makes no difference to me if its friends, family, or just the two of you, I LOVE that couples are bucking tradition and doing what feels right for them!
Dress // @reclamationdesigncompany
Bouqs // @rowanandlarchflorals