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)
jude said:
(04.01.10 01:49 PM)