Erin & Jerry- Love is Brewing

When I met Erin, she came up to me with her sweet mother to my booth at the Bridal Extravaganza a few months back. Her demeanor was joyous & her smile was gorgeous. I was so happy to talk with because they were both smiling ear to ear and expressed they enjoyed the work I had out on display. She explained her fiance's name was Jerry & their wedding was at a venue called La Rio Mansion in Belton, Texas. I have photographed weddings at dozens of venues over the years & I remember telling myself put a star next to her name & look up her venue when you get home. This was my way of telling myself I really enjoyed their conversation & was intrigued about learning more about the venue as well by how they were describing the setting. I looked up her venue & fell in love with the online images & I can honestly say, this will be one of my most anticipated venues I will look forward to photographing in 2018. 

Fast forward to Erin  & Jerry's Engagement session on an evening in mid-July. I had a 12 hour wedding the day before & I had learned a valuable lesson on which shoes NOT to wear (post coming later). I put on a sun hat, put on the Dr. Scholl's for my my poor feet in my short wedges & took a mini road trip up to Salado, Texas to meet the couple. I was feeling exhausted from the day before & also from photographing another Engagement session in the 104 degree Texas heat for two hours earlier in the day. I drove in to town and starting to immediately fall in love with the old town architecture and quaint feel of the town. I was 'downtown' Salado & a car would pass down Main Street every two minutes. It was nice to get out of the fast hustle and bustle of the hurried Austin scene for a while actually. When I saw Erin & Jerry, I was all smiles because I could tell they had read through my Style Guide & really prepared for their session. Oh & did I mention the sunlight was heavenly?  We scoped out the area a bit and out of nowhere, as if it were out of a Hawaiian landscape, a mini forest of green bamboo appeared & I immediately knew we should start there for location #1! The entire session was a blast. We talked, we walked and we laughed. This couple has a very amazing proposal story that actually takes place here in Salado. 

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We found this wonderful all white painted wood building called The Stagecoach Inn. They explained it had recently had a makeover & might I say, I absolutely loved having a crisp white deck to capture this couple.

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We drove about half a mile down Main St. because Jerry had told us about a small greenhouse he had seen & it was gorgeous. They danced like no one was watching & that skirt of hers twirled just perfectly! We had fun acting like the Beatles while crossing the street and stumbled across this cute brick sidewalk that the light was hitting just perfectly. 

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We drove back to our original locatin just behind the brewery a little ways down & I saw a little bit of brush and a creek that caught my eye.  As Jerry & Erin told me the story of their proposal, they explained he actually proposed to her on his birthday because her family was in town. They were on their way to the town's Brewery, called Barrow Brewing Company to celebrate his birthday...or so Erin thought! What actually happened is Jerry pulled over on the side of the road, walked her down near the creek & proposed. She said she was so surprised and thrown off because it was his birthday.

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They met up with friends an family after she said yes of course & had a great nights together at the brewery. It was a great night & a story that will go down in their family history for a lifetime. When it's Mid-July in Texas, and you're doing an Engagement session outside and then at a brewery, you get a beer! That's just what we did. I took a few photos of the two enjoying their cold drink as we relaxed and got to know each other a bit better. Perfect lighting, a great couple, client's who have a great outfit selection and being able to share stories over a beer-what more can a girl ask for?! the answer is nothing. It was perfect, they were perfect & so in love. 

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It was just about time to head back, but as we talked more, I let them know I had seen a very large mural of the Texas flag painted on the side of an old building. It was on the side of the highway on my way up to Salado about 15 minutes south. I asked them if they wanted to go check it out & take a few photos in front of the building to end our session & they said yes! Check it out for yourself!

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Once we found the building, we found not one, but TWO Texas murals, which are currently now my absolute favorite Texas backdrops.

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 I figured out a few things that day-

1) Traveling to a place really makes me even more passionate about my photography.

2.) I am even more eager in my efforts scoping out my surroundings, finding good lighting, utilizing the gorgeous scenery and capturing the perfect frame.

3.) Most of all, I learned that by asking Jerry & Erin questions about their love story, it gave me a window in to what makes the connection between the two spark. Their story is unique and hearing more about the behind the scenes details really makes me excited to be their photographer for their big day next spring. I can try, but I can't promise that I won't be emotional during their wedding ceremony, that is for sure.  

And now these remain: Faith, Hope & Love. But the greatest of these is Love.
— 1 Corinthians 13:13

 

 

Welcome

   Thank you for stopping by my new blog and welcome! My name is Lyndsay Lyon and I have decided to start off by writing a little bit about my life. My life as a wife, a wedding photographer, home maker and a Christian. I'd love to introduce myself with a cliche few facts about my life, but to sum it up, I am human. I studied my passion of Photography at Texas State University and I have been learning about life and love and everything in between ever since. My dad always said "Never stop learning & never stop growing." I have good days and I have bad days, but I trust in the Lord to give me strength through it all.  Through my words in this blog, I hope to portray not just the good, but to also show you the beauty in the struggle of what it's like to balance a life that seems to be moving at 150 MPH all around me and to find peace within the pace.

   When I was younger, I used to cut out images from magazines and take hours upon hours perfectly organizing them on to a presentable 8.5 x 11 piece of paper to slide in the clear covers for each binder I had for each class. It made me happy. I enjoyed the looking part of the process, but also the cutting out and the creating part as well. I filled my binders and lockers and walls in my room with photos of anything and everything I found myself drawn to. I went through phases of what I was drawn to. I started off loving photos of dogs or cute clothes, and that slowly shifted to adoring the many white sand beaches where you can see for miles of clear blue water- which I am still very much drawn to to this day.  When my middle school years hit, I will admit, I had a 'lip gloss' phase where I would go through every fashion magazine and cut out every image of a lip gloss to then create a 'flower' out of these cutouts. I may or may not have taken a few from my orthodontist-he was putting me through so much physical and emotional pain, I figured it's the least he could do is give a teenage girl a few magazine for the road. When I hit about 8th grade, I took an interest in images of people. I found myself being drawn especially to couples. I would wonder if that couple from the image was real and what their story was. Images of older couples made me grin from ear to ear reminding me of my own grandparents who have been married since 1964. Images of younger couples made me happy as well as I could tell their love was new & fresh, which at the time, I related to. I didn't exactly relate to the young cutout couple because I was personally in a relationship, but because I secretly craved a love that was similar to those I would see. I didn't personally know what it was like to have a boyfriend or to truly love and be loved, but I wanted to know & I was eager to learn. I dated one guy in high school and while I think he is an amazing guy, I am glad life separated us. My high school love and loss had prepared me for a new chapter of adventure called College & boy, that it was! My college years were filled with learning, both inside and outside of the classroom. I learned what I liked, what I didn't & what it means to truly be a friend to someone.  My dad always told me  'Don't forget who you are!" & through the many ups and downs that my college years presented, I always remember hearing my dad's reassuring voice saying that to me in the back of my head. I will have to write another blog post in the future detailing how I met the love of my life towards the end of my college career, but I had finally found that love I had been craving for so long & that I had seen in all the photos growing up. I went on to graduate in the Winter of 2013, earning my Bachelor's degree in Photography & moved to Austin shortly afterwards. I will be unraveling certain stories about my life as well as my clients' lives in this blog & I hope you can relate to these story and be able to see the beauty I see through my lens by these stories as well.    

  Earlier this year, I had a wedding on March 18, 2017, only this time, I was on the other side of the lens. I was the one wearing the white lacy dress and my hair was not pulled back tight as it usually is while working as the photographer. My hair was half up, half down. I had one braid holding back the rest of my hair, which flowed down my back, was nice and curled and perfectly sprayed in to place. I adjusted my stick on bra under my gown and just before I walked down the isle, the importance of this moment hit me. I was the bride. I was about to be presented to my future husband by my father & life would forever be changed. I took a deep breath, closed my eyes and took in the moment. As my dad and I began the long walk to the alter, I could tell he was trying his best to keep it together and said 'You know, I've always told you to not forget who you are and I want you to know that I love you and I'm proud of you. Remember to always give him the benefit of the doubt & to forgive when it is difficult. God will bless you both." Naturally, the tears starting flowing down my face once we reached the back of the isle & I remember looking at the man I was about to marry just eagerly smiling at me. So much was running through my head the entire morning of our wedding, but when I saw my husband's face standing there, waiting for me to meet him at the alter, I just knew, everything was exactly as it should be & nothing else mattered in that moment except for the commitment we were about to make to each other. Time stood still while I read my vows to my best friend and the most loving & supportive man in the world, my husband, Zach Gee. In that moment, the only word I can use to describe how I felt was surreal.  Everything that had happened between us the previous 4 years of our love story had led up to that one space at that one time. That one moment was the answer to many prayers I had prayed & I don't remember much from the day, but that moment of holding his hand felt like home. Even through the ugly crying of me attempting to tell this man my vows, I felt absolutely comfortable and at peace. I can honestly say that absolutely nothing amounts to that moment & everything that had happened in my life had led up to this union between Zach & I. 

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   Looking back, I can still remember the feeling of seeing Zach eagerly smiling at the end of the isle and all the emotions I had being so calm on the walk towards my new future. I knew that life wouldn't be perfect after we were married and things that bugged us about each other would most likely still bug us. I did know one thing & that is this - I was in this for the long haul & this is the man I choose. I still choose him every day & try my best to support him and give him the encouragement and love he needs to stay positive and motivated about pressing on to become what he is meant to be. Married life has had it's difficulties, but it has also been the most rewarding thing I a have ever done & I am excited to see where life takes us. I look back on those feelings and it stirs up such a sense of satisfaction and absolute contentment in knowing that what I do for a living isn't just for the purpose of earning a pay check. I feel such a sense of pride being able to capture the love between two people to this degree & to capture the same joy I felt the day I was a bride standing in front of my groom on our wedding day.    

     I was raised in a family of three girls and with my father's siblings only being sisters as well, I knew our family name 'Lyon' had no chance of being carried on to the next generation. While I changed my legal last name to Lyndsay Gee, I figured, keeping my business name as Lyndsay Lyon would be my contribution to my original family name and heritage. After all, I truly owe it to my parents for being there for me all those years cutting out magazines and especially through my college years supporting my studies and encouraging me along the way.  I am so very grateful for my support team & I can absolutely say that I wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn't for their prayers, advice and encouragement.

I appreciate you reading my very first blog post. I will write as often as I can because I truly want you to be able to read the many amazing stories I am able to be a part of due to being a wedding & lifestyle photographer. I'm so excited to be able to have my own voice through this blog & I hope you can read along and be able to further understand what is like to be, well, human.

On a side note, something I am absolutely looking forward to sharing with y'all is my older sister, Shannah, is pregnant with her and her husband's first child. Be on the look out for a maternity session as well as a newborn session and of course periodically throughout the baby's first year with a cake smash of course! Stay Tuned & Leave comments below if you'd like! I'd love to meet you and stay connected, so feel free to reach out!

With Love,

Lyndsay

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