• It's Our Passion To Capture Your Story In A Way Only A Photography Can...LINDSAY & BRANDON

One of the perks of being a photographer is being there for people’s special occasions. We love witnessing life’s milestones through our lens. Hillary is one of our clients who we’ve watched grow for years! From her senior session, to her new baby, to her secret proposal and now engagement, we have documented each step, and it has been so fun watching her life and future unfold right before our eyes.

For their engagement session, these two chose Southern Lake Farms. It’s a quaint cabin with attached boathouse set on a lush green lawn overlooking a wrap-around lake. We love the owners and are cheering them on in their venture to turn it into a wedding venue. It turned out to be the perfect spot for Hillary and Peyton and we are excited to show you a few favorites from their afternoon.

 

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I know that public attention isn’t your thing. I know that you never believe anyone who tells you how awesome you are. And I know you always think you can do better. So I know that you’ll feel uncomfortable the whole time you read this blog post.

But I also know just how insanely hard you work, every single day, to support my dreams even when it means your plans might sometimes get put on the back burner. I see how you constantly put others above yourself and go out of your way for someone in need, even if you know they’d never be able to do the same for you. I see your knowledge and talents in so many areas and I see that it’s hard to even hone in on one thing because you’re good at everything you try, despite you thinking you’re not.

I watch as you try to make everything you touch perfect. How you’ve taken the boy scout motto of leaving things better than you found them to heart and you work every day to perfect that which is in front of you. From editing the thousands of photos we take, to remodeling our home, to writing and marketing your book, and creating relationships within the church body and beyond; you have shown that there is no limit to your talent, your passion and your effort.

Looking back on early years, I thought I had it good. But I had no idea just how much better it could get. How much you would transform into the man you are today. The man everyone turns to for advice, the man who lovingly serves without complaint, the man who brilliantly creates and is never satisfied with good enough. A compassionate and quiet leader, an innovative dreamer and builder, a dedicated friend and husband; all while in the shadows of whoever you’re helping at that moment. You never seek recognition, but you have truly earned it. I’m thankful for your faithfulness, in the small things and the large. I’m thankful that you have stayed true to who you are and grown into a better and better version of yourself every day and every year.

On your birthday, I want all of our readers to know just how special you truly are, not only to me and to our business, but to those around you as well. How you’re behind the scenes like a magician making sure things run smoothly. And all of those times that you fix my mistakes quietly so no one knows. And how you think of things ahead of time so we are always prepared for anything that comes our way. I am so grateful for everything you do, and I only wish other people had an inside view to know just how much you are always doing for other people. They may never know, and even though you’re ok with that, I’m not. So here’s hoping these birthday letters show them a tiny glimpse of your awesomeness. May all the days of you hiding from the credit you truly deserve catch up to you and may you be overwhelmed with love today and beyond. :)

Here’s to you, dear husband. I wish you the happiest of birthdays and I cannot wait to see what this year holds for you!

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They say that rain on your wedding day is good luck. Well, then David and Kendra have some awesome luck :) The day before their wedding, the rain poured harder than it had all year. Buckets of rain, tons of wind, and thunder just for good measure. And luckily their wedding was on a Sunday so most of the storm passed through. But still, the rain was lingering and the temps stayed cool. Through it all, Kendra and David kept their focus on each other and their commitment. The wonderful crew at the Clark House was so accommodating and did a great job with moving everything to their Plan B when the sogginess was simply too much. And nevertheless, Kendra looked absolutely stunning and her David was all smiles as always. We love these two and even if their sunny spring pergola ceremony didn’t happen, they are married just the same and all of their guests looked on with love as this couple danced and celebrated their love into the night.

Here is a snippet of their rainy yet oh-so-beautiful wedding day. Can’t you just feel the love?!

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Kayla and Josh have a super sweet, matured sense of love and trust about them. Both very poised, Josh brings Kayla out of her shell, while she keeps him grounded. They live in Texas and planned a wedding here in Tennessee, with, I’m sure, much help from her mom and twin sister. And it was beyond perfect. The sky was magic with just the right amount of clouds when we needed them, the temps were perfect, and the breeze just enough of a kiss in the air. These two were joined by some of the most supportive bridal party and family we’ve ever seen – coming from all over the world, including Germany, just to be a part of their special day. We loved hitting different spots in Cookeville, like Dogwood park and the surrounding areas which were perfect for photos even if it was bustling with people. I have to mention how excited we were when they allotted over an hour of couple’s portraits.

And then, to hide away from guests before the reception, we snuck into an alley way that, as it turned out, was the same alley way where Josh asked Kayla to be his girlfriend! We didn’t know it until we were standing there taking photos and Josh got a lightbulb over his head and told us his cool memory – it was perfect and we chased the sunlight to a parking lot and kept shooting. Magic I tell you. These two were so trusting and friendly, even if we only met in person for the first time on their wedding day! We can’t thank them enough. Kayla and Josh, enjoy looking back on your beautiful day!

 

You wouldn’t realize, but this was in the middle of Cookeville’s busiest park on a gorgeous Saturday. People everywhere. No photoshop here though :)This alleyway – where their journey startedThat light!!!  Who would know this was in a parking lot?! So, Josh’s grandmother’s birthday was on their wedding day. She almost killed them for announcing it, but everyone sang to her :)
BELOW: Photo on the left: Josh and his grandma dancing to Usher’s “Yeah” for her birthday.   On the right: Hey let’s do the limbo rock! It was a perfect day and we are glad to have been a part of it!

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You’ve heard the old saying “You can be right, or you can be happy.”  Although I would argue it’s much deeper than that, I do agree that there is a lot of truth in that statement. The other day while driving, I observed this in action. The light I was stopped at had turned green and the car in front of me just sat there. I was, as I usually am, in a hurry, and so I started to get annoyed. I huffed and puffed and placed my hand to the center of the wheel to start honking as I peeked around to figure out why he was just sitting there. At that point, I saw a car coming toward us from the opposite direction quickly approaching the intersection. Without hesitation or warning, it turned left, running the very red light and recklessly crossing our path.

 

Well, there you have it, little miss in-a-hurry. Aren’t you glad now he didn’t go? I received my moment of humility as I realized that I didn’t actually know everything and there was more at play than what I could see. Don’t you just love those teaching moments? (about like I love the taste of cough medicine…shudder). The car in front of me wisely sat still, anticipating and accepting this car’s blow through their red light and left turn across our lane. It all happened within a few seconds, but that was all it took for me to start thinking, start applying this to my own life, my marriage and relationships. We’d all be much later than 5 seconds late if the car had lurched forward as its green signal popped up. Because that car would have crashed into the one that ran the red light and then we’d be all stuck behind the wreckage and unable to go anywhere soon. Just like in life – there are times that we may just be better off to sit patiently instead of causing damage just because we have the right of way.

 

I toggled this around in my head. You see, I’m a “justice” person. I like it when things are fair. I don’t like to let people get away with wronging others, so it’s hard for me to accept that sometimes you gotta just let it go and give it grace. But, as this little car in front of me taught me, there are times that it’s better to wait for the small infraction to pass than it is to be right. He technically had the right of way – his light was green! But if he had pressed on the gas, he’d have caused damage not only to the car that ran the red, but also his car… AND would have held up traffic for all the rest of us. Just like harm in a relationship – there is often collateral damage.

 
You see, being right can sometimes cause more hurt than letting the small things go. Many times, humbling ourselves and yielding to another protects both them and you from heartache. Giving grace is a way to show love even when someone may not deserve it. The definition of grace is “free and unmerited favor.” It’s hard to accept, hard to give, but oh-so beautiful.  It isn’t earned. By definition it can’t be earned. That’s what makes it a truly remarkable gift. And what makes it hard for us lovers of justice.

 

I know it’s no fun swallowing the pride and the urge to argue your case, believe me I do. But sometimes dear friends, it’s just not worth that momentary desire to be right. I’ve found it’s far better to choose your battles – you and your partner will both have less scars that way. -Lindsay

 

 

Love is patient, love is kind.

It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails.  

– 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

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