Mike and Christyl are getting married next fall and we just finished up with their engagement session in downtown Lexington. These two know downtown very well as Mike is a postal carrier for the USPS and works the central business district in Downtown Lexington. He's been with the post office for nearly 20 years. Christyl's full tiime job is with the Chamber of Commerce serving Lexington, Buena Vista and Rockbridge County, where her official title is "Office Administrator" although she wears many hats. Christyl also maintains her own small business providing social media consultation and website development services to small businesses in need within the Lexington area. Mike is also an excellent barber if you need a fresh cut... and he's a wiz with VW and European cars.
The downtown merchants were so gracious and accommodating to us! The Bistro on Main let us.... heck they even helped us.... rearrange all the patio furniture outside and we pretty much took over TAPS ....the place of Christyl and Mike's first date! It couldn't have been a better experience! THANK you so much to these downtown businesses! Also, I'd like to give a shout-out to Suzanna Garrett of Earth, Fire, and Spirit Pottery for allowing Christyl to wear their jewelry for her engagement session!
Christyl and Mike met at work. Christyl worked at the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate at the time and Mike delivered the mail. They chatted quite a bit during his stops. When Christyl moved to the Chamber of Commerce, which was still on Mike's route, the conversations continued. Mike eventually asked her out for a "birthday drink" at TAPS (after some urging from a mutual friend) and she accepted. The rest is "Derby History" and that's now their "thing."
Mike and Christyl have a love for good 1990s R&B and Hip Hop so they headed off to DC for a concert. The next morning they visited Martin's Tavern in Georgetown for brunch . Although it was chilly and spitting rain, after brunch, they walked along the water arm in arm. They got back to the overlook point where they should have turned right to walk back to the car, but Mike walked her left to the overlook. They stood there for a moment, and then Mike said ---- "I have something for you." Christyl says "that was the beginning of the happiest moment of my life."
Mike and Christyl....congratulations on your engagement and thanks for such a great time during your session. Enjoy some of my favorites!
On this day, I was so thankful to Mike for taking Christyl to TAPS on their first date and not someplace outside!! It was our refuge from the near 100 degree temperatures!! It gave us a chance to get lots of photos....cool off...and get water refills!!
Thanks you guys for showing everyone how much fun we have on engagement sessions!
Our stop at the post office also provided us with another little break from the heat...not to mention the inside is awesome with the woodwork and old post office boxes!!
Last stop was Mulberry Hill, the venue for Christyl and Mike's October 2019 wedding! It is gorgeous!!
Special Shout-outs To: