My cousin Sam married the lovely Nikki on January 16th, it was mine and Justin's first wedding of 2010 and it was the perfect way to start out the new year! I especially enjoyed their wedding because I was able to see Sam marry his sweetheart. Knowing the series of the events that brought these two amazing people together made this day all the more special, and believe me, when they officially tied the knot, there wasn't a dry eye in the room! Our family is beyond excited to have Nikki and her two beautiful daughters be part of us, and we are even more excited that Sam is happy!

snblog_002.jpgsnblog_003.jpgsnblog_004.jpgsnblog_005.jpgsnblog_006.jpgNikki with her mom and sisters before the ceremony, it was a happy moment!
snblog_007.jpgsnblog_008.jpgNikki wore her grandmother's wedding dress for the wedding, I loved the style of it!
snblog_009.jpgI thought this shot was pretty amazing of Nikki's grandfather, take by Justin.
snblog_010.jpgsnblog_011.jpgCollectively, Sam and Nikki now have three daughters!
snblog_012.jpgsnblog_013.jpgThe vows.
snblog_021.jpgI've said it before and I'll say it again, Nikki's eyes are insanely beautiful!
snblog_022.jpgsnblog_023.jpgsnblog_024.jpgsnblog_025.jpgsnblog_026.jpgsnblog_027.jpgsnblog_028.jpgsnblog_029.jpgsnblog_030.jpgsnblog_031.jpgsnblog_032.jpgMy favorite shot of the day!
snblog_033.jpgsnblog_034.jpgsnblog_035.jpgsnblog_036.jpgsnblog_037.jpgCongratulations to my wonderful cousin and his sweet new wife! Click here to view the full day with an online slideshow!

Also, you should check out the amazing videography by Shade Tree Films of Sam + Nikki's wedding by clicking here!

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Dana Goodson said:
Beautiful wedding! Your images are awesome.
(02.23.10 04:14 PM)
MyLyn said:
that dress is to DIE for! beautiful!
(02.23.10 04:19 PM)
Amanda Patrice said:
That first shot is so awesome! And I am in LOVE with her dress! Nice work.
(02.23.10 04:26 PM)
Ariel Renae said:
These are absolutely AMAZING.
(02.23.10 04:26 PM)
megan welker said:
gorgeous wedding! I love the one of their adorable little family on the stairs and their portraits are to die for :)
(02.23.10 04:37 PM)
Marissa Rodriguez said:
You have definitely started your year with a beautiful wedding!!! The dress, shoes, their little daughters and every single shot is amazing!
(02.23.10 04:42 PM)
Katherine said:
These are amazing! I love them! Great work!
(02.23.10 04:57 PM)
Lisa H. Chang said:
Love the flower girls ~ talk about adorable! Great photos :)
(02.23.10 04:58 PM)
daryn said:
Ooooh, the one where she is holding his face? J'adore! Gorgeous pics, Amelia! I love your work...
(02.23.10 05:02 PM)
Ashley said:
The portraits in the field are GORGEOUS!!! And so it her dress! Love it.
(02.23.10 05:48 PM)
Karen Buckle said:
Love her dress and those gorgeous blue shoes - and how he lifted her up at the ceremony - and the sunlight in the field - just awesome!
(02.23.10 05:51 PM)
josh mccullock said:
smokin portraits Lyons!
(02.23.10 06:19 PM)
Cat Watson said:
OH MY! LOVE LOVE LOVE. The shoes. The dress. The different bridal party dresses. The vintage feel. The cake. The shot where he is picking her up and kissing her. I just love everything about this wedding and these shots!
(02.23.10 06:57 PM)
Bryan said:
Amazing as usual Amelia and Justin. Congrats Sam!
(02.23.10 07:13 PM)
Alexandria said:
Do you happen to know where she got her amazing dress? Because I think it is fantastic!
(02.23.10 07:46 PM)
Kayleen T. said:
Aww... I love her dress, and shoes and his skinny stylish! I love the ones of them in the field!
(02.23.10 07:50 PM)
leila Brewster said:
so pretty! lovely captures.. definitely inspiring.. and yes nikki does have GORGEOUS eyes!
(02.23.10 08:00 PM)
Sadie W said:
I'm loving her dress combined with the shoes and hairpiece! Amazing photos as always! :)
(02.23.10 08:30 PM)
crystal genes said:
Love everything you captured from this entire wedding! But I have to know where to get those shoes! I just can't quite make out the designer's name in that first shot;)
(02.23.10 08:59 PM)
Lizzy Peterson said:
I LOOOOOOOOVE this wedding! Her style is so fun and classy! You did such a good job as always! :)
(02.23.10 09:02 PM)
Melissa@ The Loveliest Day said:
I love the photos of Nikki holding her skirt out, while standing in the field over run with wild grass. Beautiful!
(02.24.10 12:21 AM)
Hannah said:
Oh, wow, these are amazing! Honestly they are nothing short of gorgeous. I love the shoes and the dress and the everything - the ocf images rock my world!
(02.24.10 01:30 AM)
Anonymous said:
I'm just a friend of the bride (who is as beautiful and fun as she looks in these pictures!) The shoes I believe are from DSW, and the dress was her grandmothers altered just for Nikki (true vintage).
(02.24.10 01:57 AM)
Tor-Ivar said:
Wow... love your photographic style :)
(02.24.10 03:50 AM)
manon said:
Oh I love these pictures. I just tried really hard to get a picture wirth the flash like the sun (in the background) but I simply don't get it. Any tips for me? please. Or maybe do a tutorial for everybody.
(02.24.10 03:59 AM)
Liese said:
1. you are so great at capturing the joy in their faces! 2. where the heck did she get those shoes?!?!?! I'm obsessed and want a pair desperately!
(02.24.10 08:14 AM)
Fotograf slubny said:
its all about emotions - GREAT
(02.24.10 09:26 AM)
Lydia Tolman said:
another one of those great weddings. i admire your work!
(02.24.10 10:16 AM)
Stacey Hedman said:
What a DRESS!!!!! That's fantastic! And how lucky the happy couple is to have you guys in their family.... gorgeous shots as always.
(02.24.10 10:49 AM)
Steve said:
So lovely, Amelia! I looove all of the shots in the field!
(02.24.10 09:47 PM)
kamee june said:
love it. love it. love everything about it! ;)
(02.25.10 12:44 AM)
AmyPunky Photography said:
Oh I remember their video, this made me cry so hard!! I'm so happy for them! Your photos are beautiful, we can feel the emotion of this day. Happy marriage to Sam and Nikki!!
(02.25.10 06:29 AM)
Micah Cordes said:
(02.25.10 06:58 AM)
aimee Westcott said:
Hi Amelia, I was wondering if you would share another one of your secrets? What kind of off camera lighting did you use in the shots in the field? Is it a flash? What kind?
(02.25.10 10:31 AM)
Dave Richards said:
nailed it as always! lovin that kiss shot!
(02.25.10 02:13 PM)
sheri said:
that has to be the most precious kiss I have EVER seen! gorgeous work as always but I can really feel the love in this set.
(02.25.10 02:54 PM)
Kristin Rogers said:
These are amazing..................light, post processing, angles...everything. I love it all.
(02.25.10 06:46 PM)
John Johnston said:
Amazing. i love the shots you do with your lights shooting back into the camera. Image 33 and 34 for example. are these just ordinary speedlights you use, set at full power? Id love to know how you do it.
(02.26.10 02:01 PM)
elisha said:
your the best! Amazing. nobody does it like you. Your photographs are always unique from every session.
(02.26.10 07:05 PM)
Mickie Easby said:
Stunning! I love that the photos captured the vintage vibe of the wedding. The shot of the bride in the field, holding her dress - WOW!! love it!!
(02.27.10 01:14 PM)
Ravyn said:
I love this!! I remember seeing the video a few weeks ago, and I could tell that these two are soooo in love. Great photos!
(03.01.10 08:28 AM)
Terra Dawn said:
Cutest couple EVER!! I love the field shots...and that top black and white veil shot. usual. :)
(03.01.10 09:05 PM)
Anne said:
Wow you are a great photographer. You have choosen some great angles in your photos. Props! Anne(Sweden,20y)
(03.06.10 07:35 AM)
Krzysztof said:
I love your work. Great intimacy in your pictures. Regards.
(03.08.10 12:37 PM)
Supermar said:
What an amazing dress! I love that it was her grandma's too.
(03.08.10 01:28 PM)
Krzysztof said:
Wonderful pictures, great inspiration. Thanks for sharing those photos. Regards.
(03.13.10 05:01 AM)
Feuza said:
so affectionate love it, the flower girls in the fountain is the bestest
(03.18.10 03:12 PM)
jacki said:
Amazing work!
(03.19.10 11:46 AM)
Wedding Photography in Sydney said:
How cute... :0
(03.19.10 09:06 PM)
Mariana Maya said:
I love her dress!!!!!!!!!!
(03.21.10 11:53 PM)
clippingimages said:
nikki got a stunning beauty. outstanding photography.....
(02.21.11 01:47 AM)
Luis Godinez said:
Finally!!! I stumble upon you blog a year ago and I saw this wedding. I forgot to add save your blog my reader and I couldn't remember your name. I'm glad I've found it :)
(03.15.11 12:32 PM)
Chicago Wedding Photography said:
Amazing photography. Great job! Love the vintage processing and feel. Awesome set!
(02.21.12 06:45 AM)
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Behold....the last wedding of 2009!!! Amanda + Ray were married on November 21st and we had been anticipating this wedding for quite some time! Amanda + Ray booked us at the beginning of 2009 when they attended the one and only bridal show Justin and I have ever been a part of at The Mission Inn in Riverside. We're so glad that we participated, otherwise we would have never met this sweet couple! At the end of their wedding day we were super pleased and felt even more accomplished that our last wedding of the year was fantastic! I'll say it again, 2009 was an amazing year!
Nicole DeAnne did the hair & make-up...of course!
arwed002.jpgAmanda was beyond giddy to get married, I loved hearing her squeal with excitement once she had her dress put on!

arwed003.jpgSince Justin was m.i.a. that day I had Jason Roger and Emily Ruth of RogerRuth photography come out to help me, I love these next three shots Jason Roger took of Ray getting ready. I thought it was rad that Ray scheduled an old fashioned shave for his big day!
arwed004.jpgarwed005.jpgarwed006.jpgThis was an emotional moment. Since Amanda's father had passed away three years prior, she walked with her mother and had her father's two best friends pass her a white callalily as she made her way down the aisle toward Ray.
arwed007.jpgarwed008.jpgarwed009.jpgarwed010.jpgarwed011.jpgarwed012.jpgarwed013.jpgarwed014.jpgarwed015.jpgMy favorite item of the day...Amanda's late father's restored 1956 Ford Pick-up! "Angel" is Amanda's father's name and it was one of his dreams to restore this Pick-up, but unfortunately circumstances did not allow enough time, so Amanda's Uncle had it restored just in time for the wedding! It was a great addition to the wedding day!
arwed016.jpgarwed017.jpgarwed018.jpgarwed019.jpgarwed020.jpgMy favorite shot of the day!
arwed021.jpgarwed022.jpgarwed023.jpgarwed024.jpgarwed025.jpgarwed026.jpgarwed027.jpgarwed028.jpgMy second favorite shot of the day!
arwed029.jpgThe reception was held at Vellano Country Club in Chino Hills.
Glad we ended the year on a good note! Click here to view their online slideshow!
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George said:
Outstanding work. I check your blog daily!! You're a great inspiration. I'll check back in tomorrow...and the day after...and the day after that!!
(01.21.10 06:20 PM)
Paco and Betty said:
This is one of your best shoots ever and you are my favorite photographers ever!!!
(01.21.10 06:51 PM)
Melissa@ The Loveliest Day said:
I love the second photo of them between the pillars and the bride is seriously adorable!
(01.21.10 06:56 PM)
Jennifer Grigg said:
ohhhhh, I want that truck! Beautiful work. great one light work. Where did you learn off camera flash?
(01.21.10 07:33 PM)
jenny said:
Love the variety you have in the photos !
(01.21.10 07:35 PM)
amelialyon said:
Jennifer, I originally learned the basics of off camera flash from the amazing Nate Kaiser of The Image Is Found. From there Justin and I have been experimenting and come up with a few of our own twists.
(01.21.10 10:06 PM)
kayleen t. said:
I love it! She makes a beautiful bride and her smile is warm and friendly! Your fave is my fave!
(01.21.10 10:36 PM)
John Johnston said:
Your work is outstanding. I know you run workshops etc in the US. Do you have anything like that available on dvd or some other medium for folk who cant make these workshops, pretty tough when you stay in the UK :) Id love to see how you work and also your use of OCF, Post Processing and what gear you use. Keep it up. John
(01.22.10 01:07 AM)
shirley said:
man... the photo of amanda holding the calla lily pulled at my heart strings in a major way. what a beautiful way to honor her father...
(01.22.10 02:09 AM)
Ashley said:
Love the centerpieces - that's how they should be done! What a great shot of the dress! Your photography is amazing.
(01.22.10 08:08 AM)
Kourtney said:
absolute perfection!
(01.22.10 08:41 AM)
Cindy said:
This is a darling couple. Photographs are gorgeous. Brought serious tears to my eyes.
(01.22.10 08:44 AM)
Danielle Simone said:
Beautiful work Amelia! Amanda you look stunning! You chose a phenomenal photographer...I am so proud!
(01.22.10 09:20 AM)
lydia said:
such a beautiful wedding. and as always, you've captured it spot on. i especially love the walking down the aisle story. how bittersweet.
(01.22.10 09:42 AM)
Char Baiz said:
I LOVE these photos! Totally breathtaking!
(01.22.10 09:51 AM)
Leif said:
Great stuff as usual. Just curious, what strobes and triggers do you use?
(01.22.10 10:33 AM)
Alyse French said:
What an absolutely adorable couple! Amazing job at capturing their day!
(01.23.10 12:12 PM)
Micah Cordes said:
I love this set!! I love the color.
(01.23.10 06:55 PM)
jean smith said:
GEEZ. i can never get sick of looking at your work. this wedding is JUST gorgeous.
(01.23.10 10:17 PM)
imthiaz houseman said:
wow, beautiful as always...
(01.25.10 12:00 PM)
Jamie said:
Gorgeous!!! Love that second image!
(01.26.10 08:57 AM)
Marissa Rodriguez said:
This is one of my favorite weddings of yours! AMAZING!
(01.26.10 10:55 AM)
ReneeW said:
I check in on your blog fairly frequently and just realized today that your husband is going down to Haiti, and that he speaks Creole! Between me and my husband, we've been to Haiti 7 times in the last four years and we would be there right now if we could. It helps me not feel so helpless to know that there are people I "know" who are there, especially people who understand the people and the culture. I think so many want to go but once they get there, won't know what to do because they don't understand Haiti. So thank you.
(01.26.10 11:54 AM)
Catalina said:
Amelia as always! outstanding and breathtaking work. Loved that truck!!!!!!
(01.26.10 03:37 PM)
Kara said:
The bride's as gorgeous as the photos! I know that church she had her wedding at and it's a simple church. Super impressed with the fantastic shots taken at the church. Kudos!
(01.26.10 04:22 PM)
blues marquez said:
Hi! I'm a huge fan of your work! I'm also a freelance wedding photographer in the Philippines and I must say, your work is an inspiration!
(01.26.10 05:11 PM)
Christie Mumm said:
Okay, I don't know if I have ever seen a cuter bride than her, what a beautiful smile, she seems to glow and you really capture that, beautiful beautiful beautiful!!!
(01.26.10 08:24 PM)
ReneeW said:
side note* by "know" I meant that we're friends with the Parsons and so are you guys, and anyone they love and trust must be quality. The point is, thank you.
(01.27.10 05:38 AM)
paul said:
The column shots as well as the truck bed shots are my favs
(01.27.10 10:02 AM)
Feuza said:
the one of the truck and her veil is my favorite! you guys so rock
(01.27.10 12:34 PM)
Peter said:
Great blog, I really enjoyed the wedding photography. Keep posting new photography, I like to see all the different pictures of the weddings.
(01.28.10 05:35 AM)
Michelle Guzman said:
What a beautiful couple. The portraits are amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(01.29.10 02:21 PM)
Stephanie Osborne said:
The shot of the bride getting ready with the shallow dof is stunning. What an absolutely beautiful composition!
(02.01.10 07:41 PM)
The Memory Journalists said:
What a great couple. This is the most adorable bride ever! Love that smile. Thanks for sharing.
(02.01.10 08:45 PM)
Julie Hill said:
Pure insanity here! You are one talented chick :)
(02.03.10 04:34 PM)
rog said:
you guys are still the best.
(02.08.10 09:29 PM)
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(04.01.10 01:49 PM)
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