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The sun was shining bright and the temperature outside was absolutely perfect! As soon as I met Gabby & Stan, I immediately connected with them. They were so excited and full of joy that day & I was thrilled they were open to my suggestion of trying out a new place to begin their session. Over the past few months, I drove past the Seaholm Power Plant several times, noticing the manicured greenery & the gorgeous row of agave plants that lined the street. I have been wanting to take my clients there for a while now & I am so grateful Gabby & Stan were up for the adventure. As I walked around the area, several places I noticed were just asking to be photographed-the black & white wavy wall with greenery clinging to it, growing towards the sun and the white walls with frosted blocks for windows with pipes coming out of the side of the building. The building had been freshly painted white and the industrial stairs, thick rivets & bolts all created a space that was honestly a photographer's dream! Gabby & Stan were just as thrilled with the area & we were all singing Seaholm's praises as the session continued. After experiencing this great new location first hand, I looked in to the history of the space a bit more & what I found was quite interesting.
The stunning 1948 building was commissioned to be Austin's new power source & at the time & was able to produce over 100 megawatts of electricity. This building has since been renovated in to a 130,000 square foot commercial space & the National Register of Historic Places has recorded this structure as a Texas Historic Landmark. As time went on, other power sources were created in the City of Austin & Seaholm's systems were not needed by 1989. After sitting untouched for many years, the City of Austin looked to destroy the building by 1997, but with the help of Seaholm Power, LLC & partner, John Rosato, they created a team & a plan to restore the 7.8 acre site to what it is today. The team was careful to celebrate the original architecture by preserving the turbine hall and several boilers. Now, the Seaholm District is a mixed space, some open to the public and some areas are rented out. Also, this district is home to many Austin residents in the new high-rise residential tower & also several restaurants, stores and even Trader Joe's. This project and the history behind the Seaholm Power Plant & new 7.8 acre area makes me happy knowing what was once so vital to the City of Austin's infrastructure has been recognized, respected & restored to give back to the community in a fresh new way.
After getting to know these two a bit more, I learned they met while both working for the same accounting firm. Gabby explained how another friend of hers who also worked with her asked Gabby who she thought was cute at the office. When she said "I think Stan is cute", it was the first time she began seeing him in a different light around the workplace. Stan explained, they enjoyed working together and they began to develop a deep friendship and he admitted he too thought Gabby was attractive. The two work at different companies now, but they explained the beginning of their love began all because of accounting and an insightful friend to simply ask Gabby a question....so happy she asked! I'm convinced the electricity these two brought to their session could've powered the Seaholm Power plant one last time!
The glow of the sun shined perfectly on this sweet couple as we finished up our time at Seaholm & we headed to our final destination at McKinney Falls to end our session. Can I also mention how amazing these two were at their stunning outfit selection - extra points for the gorgeous dress and fun tassel earrings!
The love these two have for one another is so clear to me by the way they talked with each other, treating one another in such a calm manner and with distinct & purposeful respect. They were all smiles throughout our session & it was such a pleasure to photograph these two & capture this special chapter in their lives.
Gabby & Stan,
I am so excited to be your photographer! I cannot wait to be there for your big day in December. I can only imagine the genuine smiles you'll both bring to your wedding day professing your love for one another in front of all your friends and family. God is good. Can't wait!
The warm sun gleamed down as Jacie & Chris stood hand in hand at the foot of the alter professing their lifelong commitment to one another. Bridesmaids to the left in gorgeous deep merlot colored gowns that draped to the ground. The groomsmen were to the right and were stunningly dashing in their Midnight Blue suits. Blush colored garden roses were mixed with wine colored blooms sprinkled throughout each bouquet.
The details seemed to be so finely thought of-the gorgeous Deep Blue & Gold Invitation Suite, the spectacular Navy Kendra Scott Ocean-esque bride's earrings, chunky heeled strappy champagne heels and the perfectly placed gold geometric pendants hanging from the alter. This was the wedding of dreams y'all! Take a look for yourself!
The two exchanged a few pretty amazing gifts to each other before the wedding. Chris bought Jacie a Chloe purse she had had her eye on and Jacie bought Chris a pair of really nice Luechese Classic Handmade boots. Both were very wedding worthy gifts & they were each equally excited as they unwrapped their thoughtful surprise. Jacie also gifted each of her bridesmaids, mother and (soon-to-be) mother-in-law with lovely Kendra Scott earrings! Chris gifted each of his groomsmen with a brand new pair of cognac wing tipped dress shoes, fancy dress socks, a tie & of course a cigar and a small bottle of liquor to get all the nerves out before the ceremony. They all took a shot just before go time!
Jacie didn't want to let Chris see her before the isle, but she did insist on seeing her two brothers in her dress for a first look. The two brothers were speechless as they saw their gorgeous sister in her wedding gown for the very first time. She was such a stunning bride & her brothers were blown away with the sight of their beautiful sister just moments before she confessed her love to the love of her life. It was a really special moment-perfect actually.
The sweet smell of the flowers filled the air as the couple said their vows. The guests filled every seat eagerly waiting to witness the kiss between the two that would seal the deal. As the two were pronounced husband and wife, time stopped for if only for a moment as their lips locked. It was official. Jacie & Chris were married and the joy that radiated over everyone present was so evident, it was almost as obvious as the sun shining on each person. These two belong together & this was the moment they had waited for their entire lives. Smiles were on every guest's face and laughter erupted in celebration and excitement just knowing that Jacie & Chris were finally married!
I learned that Chris has a rather pricey hobby. He enjoys purchasing & fixing up old vehicles -preferably old Ford trucks. He even bought Jacie her very own truck that he fixed up himself & presented to her for her birthday earlier in the year & she was absolutely thrilled & completely caught off guard. I was so impressed with these two & I am so happy they are together forever! Oh, and how adorable are the truck-shaped cookies they had at the dessert table?! Also, the floor length mirror with draping greenery and geometric table decorations were absolutely magazine-worthy adornments that set the romantic mood for the evening.
As I got to know a bit more about Jacie & Chris, I began seeing myself so invested in their love story & it was hard to not tear up when listening to their closest friends and family grab the mic to give a speech to show respect for the pair.
Special thanks to all of the fabulous vendors who made this wedding a reality for Jacie & Chris!
The Creative Team:
Coordination, Florals & Lighting: Valerie Miller Events (Valerie & Nicolet)
Venue: Ranch Austin (Katie, Chris & Melissa)
Photographer + Video : Lyndsay Lyon Photography (Lyndsay-Photo/ Drew-Video)
Caterer: It's All Good BBQ (Dan)
Alcohol : Spec's Delivery (Evan Davis)
DJ & Lighting: Penguin Entertainment (Joshua Wilkinson)
Jewelry: Kendra Scott
Photo Booth: Pixster (David)
Cookies: Friend of Bride & Groom
Bundt Cake: Nothing Bundt Cakes (Samantha)
Officiant: Alex Stowell (Friend of Bride & Groom)
Elegant. Romantic. Glamorous. Genuine. These are the first words that come to mind when trying to describe this amazing wedding day at Camp Lucy. Kate was absolutely breathtaking in her wedding dress & Cole's suit gave him just the perfect amount of gentleman touch. These two were so eager to tie the knot & in the calmest of ways, it showed. A sense of assurance was in the air and not one nerve seemed to be on edge. It was as if they had known it would happen this magically their entire life & it was only a matter of time.
They stood at the alter, hands held, eyes locked on the other & hearts overflowing with love. You could see the happiness in their eyes and in the slight upward curl created by the side of their lips as each minute seemed to slow down in that moment. The moment they would both commit to stand by one another for better or for worse for the rest of their lives. Sweeping in like a morning fog, a sense of serene sense of peace surrounded the two as they verbally confessed their love and devotion for one another. The couple soon sealed the deal with a kiss & the joyous audience, filled with all their V.I.P. guests, began to stand to their feet & applaud Kate & Cole's new marriage.
The sheer excitement of that moment carried over to each member of the couple's Bridal party as they enjoyed photos with the newlyweds in the field a short walk away.
The reception for these two was off the charts fun which included a personal serenade by Kate's 10 year old sister, Amy. She beautifully sang 'At Last' & captured the entire audience's attention! Cole and his groomsman had the most epic dance off that was extremely encouraged by friends and family as they were cheered on. The most glamorous part of the night came when Kate changed out of her dress and slipped in to a clean white capri pant suit with killer gold stilettos to rock out the rest of the night. I'm telling you, she looked so absolutely fabulous, Beyonce would've been taking notes people! The send off was filled with sparklers as Cole perfectly dipped Kate & I was pretty impressed because I'm telling you, those heels the gorgeous bride was wearing were high! Fantastic couple. Extremely amazing ceremony & friends and family that wouldn't stop celebrating until they were told the lights would be shut off. Congrats you two!
Kate & Cole,
Thank you for choosing me to capture your big day. I am so honored to have you each as clients & I cannot wait to see where this life takes you together. I am so happy you were able to go to Ireland for your honeymoon! I'm not going to lie, I was a bit jealous when I heard about all the fun you two were going to have- especially the skydiving over the Ireland rolling hills. I bet you truly had the best time ever. Your wedding day was a reminder to me that true love is one of the most valuable things a person can have in this life & yet, no one can purchase this type of genuine relationship. Just like the new growth on the little tree you watered during your ceremony, be sure to constantly feed your relationship with goodness and kindness as well and it will surely grow. Hey, I don't have all the answers to a perfect marriage & I've only been married for less than a year. I can say, however, be sure to remember what a special gift you have in one another & if you ever get in to any type of disagreement, have a dance off to settle it- you can't be arguing when the person your life partner has the moves just right! I love y'all both & am excited to grow with you as a couple as you enjoy this new and blessed chapter of your lives together.
Cheers to you both Mr. & Mrs. Stapp!
Special thanks to all of the fabulous vendors who made this wedding a reality for Kate & Cole!
The Creative Team:
Wedding Planner: Tracy Collins
Florist: Whim Floral
Cake: Sweet Treets Bakery
Caterer: Whim Catering
DJ & Lighting: Toast Entertainment (Walter)
Hair + Make-up: Mission Stylehouse (Michelle)
Jewelry: Kendra Scott
Officiant: Jimmy Cobb (childhood pastor)
Rentals: Whim Rentals
Hotel & Shuttles: Holiday Inn- Dripping Springs
Send Off Car: ExecuTesla