Amanda + Simon (#fbf!)

Since it's Friday, I thought I would post a "Flashback Friday" to a wedding we shot in April of 2014.

This bride is very near and dear to my heart. I've known her from the time I was in sixth grade at Feagin Mill Middle School in Warner Robins, and spent most of my entire middle school life having sleepovers with Amanda and our other friend Alisha. I attended my first real concert with her (It was *N SYNC and I am still convinced that JC Chasez was waving directly at us). I couldn't tell you how many hours I spent with Amanda and Alisha laughing, writing stories, planning our virtual "futures" via the Sims, cracking up over card games and Imaginiff, creating our own holiday, and surviving solely on Hot Pockets, s'mores, and wintergreen mints. To say that these two girls had a major impact on the person that I am today would be the understatement of the year.

There's something you should know about Amanda. She is fantastic at languages. I'm pretty good with them, myself, don't get me wrong. I could go to any French or Spanish speaking country right now, and from my studies of both languages in high school and college, I could survive. I'm by no means fluent, but I could get a hotel room, get food, and find a bathroom. Amanda, on the other hand, could study a language for 10 minutes and be fluent. She just picks it up naturally.

When all of the members of *N SYNC and O-Town either married, came out, or got old, I knew that the lives that we had so carefully planned out in the countless stories we wrote and all the Sim families we'd made would have to change. Amanda clearly didn't have what Lance Bass was looking for and (much to my dismay) Ashley Parker Angel got engaged. What in the world would we do?!

Amanda found Simon and they had a fairytale beach wedding in beautiful Amelia Island. This was our first "destination wedding" and it did not disappoint! They rented a beach house and held the reception there, and I honestly don't think it could have been any more perfect. The house was walking distance to the beach, and the ceremony was so sweet. Their two sweet puppies were "Best Dog" and "Dog of Honor" and both wore the cutest tu- tus in the couple's colors. They did a sand ceremony which was perfect for their beach wedding. We took some photos, then walked back to the house for fantastic Mexican food and margaritas. It was by far one of the most special weddings I've been to, both as a videographer and as a guest.

These sweet angels were so perfect and so well behaved! 

These sweet angels were so perfect and so well behaved! 

When Amanda told me that Simon's family was in Mexico and that the video would be sent to them so that they could relive the day, I knew it would be cherished forever:

love & light- 

Mrs. Lights Out