Jamie + Amanda {married}

What a fantastic wedding to kick off our 2010 wedding season! It’s been wonderful having time to spend with our new baby girl and we’ve enjoyed every minute of it. But it was great to get back into the swing of things, and we couldn’t dream up a more perfect wedding than Jamie and Amanda’s Vista West Ranch wedding. Lots of style, creative details, and a beautiful, rustic setting. How lucky are we?!?





Amanda and Jamie planned a “first look” so that we’d have plenty of time for bride and groom portraits before their guests arrived.



CJ rocked these next three shots…


Amanda’s dress was unbelievable! And what a beautiful color to photograph.

Jamie’s suit was super-cool. Love the classic bow tie. Man, these two make a stylish couple! We could’ve shot them all day!










Jamie’s dad played the bagpipes as a prelude to the ceremony.




Love these next four shots by Ceej.


This image cracks me up! Jamie and his bro thought it was hilarious that they both “naturally” held hands for their photo together.


Amanda’s dear friend and bridesmaid had amazing style, too.

Oh, how I loved their centerpieces. Anyone who incorporates Willie Nelson and Woody Allen into their decor definitely has great taste!








There were so many great toasts, but Jamie’s brother topped them all with his speech. It was hilarious and really touching.


None other than Jesse Dayton got the party swinging, starting off with a rockin’ rendition of “Just What I Needed,” by The Cars.



Hava Nagila!!


Amazing shot, CJ!


Venue-Vista West Ranch

Coordinator- Lizze Belle Events

Catering- Royal Fig

Florist- Petal Pushers

Music- Jesse Dayton

Cupcakes- Sugar Mama’s

Make-Up- Mandy Morrison

Here’s a little about their wedding from Amanda and Jaime:

“We wanted to create an atmosphere that highlights what is rustic and natural about the ranch and it’s hill country surroundings without having it look produced. No glitz-just the nostalgic, old school country thing, like a saloon, or if Waylon Jennings and Woody Allen traded stories on Frida Kahlo’s back porch.

Our officiant (an artist cousin from New York) summed up our vision in the ceremony when he said: The 2 great strands and strains for Americans are always rugged individuals and community spirit. How fitting that Amanda and Jamie chose Texas for their wedding, living as they do in New York – the beating heart of all things communitarian – and returning to the Lone Star state – the fierce core of rugged individualism.

We did not want a DJ or a “wedding band.” We wanted the real thing. Austin country greaser Jesse Dayton and his band played their own gems, as well as The Cars (our first dance), The Pogues (our second dance), and a downright twangy rendition of Hava Nagila.

Attire-wise, Amanda was against wearing white or ivory from the beginning. She had a dress custom made in a dusty rose stretch satin georgette. And how about that hair?! When in doubt, go pompadour.

Jamie looked devilishly handsome in a dark blue suit by Paul Smith (and matching bow tie for that dapper, old-tyme charm).

Our two specialty drinks were Prickly Pear Margaritas (Amanda) & Manhattans (Jamie), and In lieu of a champagne toast, we opted for the Tequila shot.

The centerpieces were a mish-mash of apothecary bottles, old jars, and tin cans – reflecting our love for oddities and found objects.

The dinner was colorful Mexican fare served family-style by Royal Fig. No traditional cake. For dessert we had a late night ice cream and cupcake bar, with Jamie’s favorite Breyer’s Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream (served out of the carton) and Amanda’s choice of mini cupcakes from Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop in Austin.

The typeface of the escort cards was reminiscent of an old telegram. They were hung on a clothesline. Instead of “table numbers” we had “table people,” utilizing iconic images of people that inspire the two of us. From Steve McQueen and J.D. Salinger to Edith Head and Pele.

The centerpieces included:

Waylon Jennings
J.D. Salinger
Edith Head
Thelonious Monk
Mark Twain
Mark Messier
Thurman Munson
Willie Nelson
John Cleese
Woody Allen
Frida Kahlo
Joe Strummer
Steve McQueen
Jon McEnroe
Woody Guthrie

Oh, how we adore this wedding!! Congrats to you both, Amanda and Jamie!

  • Zach Anderson said:

    I'll just keep refreshing this page :) seriously awesome wedding though and I had a blast taking pics with you guys last weekend. Talk to you soon!

  • Jaimie said:

    Seriously kind of obsessing over the awesomeness of this wedding.

  • so.. i never really comments unless I LOVE the photography, and I LOVE your work! so beautiful, classy, and artistic. you seem like really wonderful people who love your work/play. congratulations on all your success. let me know if you are ever in san diego :)

  • Sarah Q said:

    This wedding = FREAKINAMAAAAAAAZING! Love their style! You guys did such a great job capturing it, too. Awesome!

  • Kayla said:

    So, so amazing! How do you always get the most amazing weddings to shoot? So jealous! ;-) Congrats on being on SMP!

  • Simply gorgeous! Such emotion speaks through every one of your images. Love your blog and your work!

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  • Nina said:

    Breathtaking photos! This might be one of the prettiest weddings I've ever seen. :)

  • Beth Richards said:

    Awesome pictures! First time on your blog, but already a huge fan. :)

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  • amy said:

    i'm in LOVE with this wedding! this makes me want to do another one all over again. you guys always do such amazing work (just as you did with our wedding!). glad they did Jesse Dayton too!

  • claire said:

    what a fab wedding! i'm totally enamored w/ that church. your photos tell the story in such lovely way!

  • JodyM said:

    I think this may be my favorite wedding post ever and I've seen lots! LOVE it!

  • Missy D said:

    Didn't realize i was smiling the whole time I was looking at the photos until I got to the very end.... WONDERFUL moments, AWESEOME photos, creative minds!!

  • T. said:

    This has to be the most authentic looking wedding Ive seen. I'm looking for ideas and would totally go for a similar feel.
    Before I had even seen this I had planned on dusty rose as a dress for myself! What a crazy coincedence