These two have made it through thick and thin. Justin's a military man and has been all over the world in the last few years. And through it all, their relationship has not faltered. It's such a testament to their characters to hear their story and realize that though they're only in their early 20s, they have the maturity and commitment and compassion of people twice their age.
I could go on and on about these two, but I will let Nora, Amanda's maid of honor and best friend of nearly 10 years, tell you what is true and real about this bride. She gave the best and most sincere toast I've ever heard at a wedding:
"Amanda, you possess an inward, as well as an outward, beauty that is completely inignorable. You have the kindest heart of anybody that I know, and I love how you always stay true to yourself and your values. I have always and will always look up to you for that. Amanda makes all of those around her better."
And Nora couldn't forget about Justin:
"One of my favorite memories (of Justin) is when he came up to me one time when I was working and he was talking about Amanda. He looked me right in the eye and he said, 'Nora, I love her so much.'"
Seriously. Pull at my heart strings.
Amanda and Justin, I feel so blessed to have met you two. It really is true that you make those around you better, including me. I'm so looking forward to following your journey as a married couple, and I wish you all the best in North Carolina!
Almost the entire day took place at Goodell Gardens in Edinboro, Penn., and it was a beautiful backdrop for a wedding!
Everything about this day was so sweet, including Amanda seeing her dad for the first time.
Amanda, you are one gorgeous lady! She looks like Kirsten Dunst, don't you think?
And the handsome groom.
The cuteness ...
One of my favorites from the day.
These two are SO photogenic!
LOVE this one that Emily captured!!
Amanda worked so hard on all the DIY details!
So much love.
Emily and I agreed that the weather on Amanda and Justin's day was the best we've had all year ... 75 and sunny! Which is saying something for July! They lucked out!
To see more from Amanda and Justin's vintage, garden wedding, click here to view a SLIDESHOW or watch it here:
Ceremony/Reception: Goodell Gardens & Homestead Caterer: Calamari's Squid Row Videographer: Hutch Studios (check out their beautiful video!) Ceremony Musician: Jon Halmi, From the Hip DJ: Entertainment by Lisa Keating Hair and Makeup: Coventina Day Spa & Salon Bride's Dress: Beverly's Touch of Class Bridesmaid's Dresses: Bill Levkoff Tuxes: Vera Wang Cake: Lisa Williams Pieri Stationary: DIY, printed by KimKopy Flowers: DIY Wooden Signs: Barb Powers Honeymoon: Gatlinburg, Tenn.!