Jen + Nick’s Engagement Guest Book!

You may remember Jen and Nick from their oh-so-cute engagement session a little while back. Well, they decided to turn their super fun engagement photos into a super fun engagement guest book! Since they tied the knot this weekend (congrats, you two!) we can share a few photos! They chose their favorite photo for the cover, along with one of our favorite leathers (called “Riverdell”)…and ta-da! A custom guestbook that matches their style. :-) Such a fun keepsake!

PS – For more info about ordering an engagement guest book for your wedding, click here!

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Pam + Sam {Hideout on the Horseshoe Wedding Ceremony & Wedding Reception, New Braunfels TX}

We’re so excited to post photos from Pamela and Sam’s wedding at Hideout on the Horseshoe in New Braunfels. You may remember these guys from their rustic, country engagement session just a few weeks back (who could forget their adorable little puppy!?) These two really were a photographer’s dream. :) Thanks guys for making our job so easy! Here are our favorites from their big day. Enjoy! :-)

Pamela and Sam saw each other before the ceremony, which meant TONS of time for bridal party and bride/groom portraits! The photos above were taken the moment Sam saw his bride for the first time. :-) Get more info about doing a first look at your wedding here.


Tiffany blue bridesmaid dresses! YES!! We love weddings with lots of color! For ideas about how to add more color to your wedding photos, check out this post.

Classic photo of the bride and groom looking at the camera (above)… check!  Fun photo of the Bride and groom having a sweet moment (below)… check! We LOVE photos of sweet, candid moments, but it’s also important to us to take those classic, traditional shots. For more info about how we incorporate both types of photography, check out this post.
Ceremony time! We love the riverside ceremony location at Hideout on the Horseshoe in New Braunfels, Texas. So, so pretty.

We love guestbooks!!

Pam and Sam, THANK YOU for allowing us to capture these moments!! And congrats on being the new Mr. and Mrs. Pier!! Let’s do this again for your anniversary, shall we? ;-)


Wedding Coordinator: Clearly Classy Events, San Antonio TX

Wedding Ceremony Venue: Hideout on the Horseshoe, New Braunfels TX

Wedding Reception: Hideout on the Horseshoe, New Braunfels TX

Bride’s Hair/Makeup: LoLa Beauty, Austin TX

Bride’s Dress: Galina Signature from David’s Bridal

Bride’s Shoes: Gianni Bini

Tiffany Blue Bridesmaid Dresses: Donna Morgan

Groom/Groomsmen Attire: Vera Wang

Wedding DJ: Hill Country DJ, Austin TX

Wedding Catering: Pappasito’s Cantina

Wedding Cake: 2tarts, New Braunfels TX

Floral: Wild Bunches Floral, Dripping Springs TX


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Whitney & Jonathan {San Antonio Engagement Photographer}

I met up with the adorable Whitney and Jonathan in Southtown on the quiet part of the riverwalk. They brought along their fur-children and we explored all the little nook and crannies of the neighborhood. :) Here are my favorites images from their session.

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{Our 2 Cents} Modern or Classic Photography?

I still remember my Mom’s reaction the first time she saw my wedding photography. She was expecting to see photos similar to the ones taken at her wedding back in the 70s (you know… the photos of the bride & groom as they stand at the altar, smiling at the camera). Instead, she was looking at my “artsy” photography…full of emotion, bright colors and interesting angles.

It was obvious, she wasn’t sure what to think. “Did you take any… um… more traditional shots?” she asked, trying to be as supportive as possible. I had.

I’ll never forget to look of relief on her face when I showed her the more classic shots I’d taken. She was in love with my shots of the cake cutting, the bouquet toss, the photos of the bride and groom with their families.

Fast forward eight years… we’ve shot hundreds of weddings and have met hundreds of “mothers of the bride.” In that time, I’ve had that exact conversation with several of our brides’ moms. “Do you take more traditional/classic photos?” they ask. Our answer is always yes. In addition to capturing the fresh/modern photos that you see on our blog and website, we also make it a priority to capture timeless images that mothers (and grandmothers) will love.

Here’s the thing… In that first convo with my mom, I learned a valuable lesson as a wedding photographer: Modern/fun images are awesome. They capture the feel of the wedding day and the personality of the couple (which is why we love them and take lots of them!) But there is just something about those must have classic images… It’s important to have a few photos of the bride and groom smiling, looking at the camera. And cutting the cake. And standing with their families at the altar. Call those photos traditional, call them classic… whatever you call them, they are timeless. And we take them at every wedding.

Over the years, we’ve seen lots of brides have the modern photography vs. classic photography debate with their moms… but we say why choose? As photographers, we make sure that our brides (and our brides’ moms!) get best of both worlds.  :-)

Our more traditional photos don’t always make it to our website or blog, so I want to share a few of the classic wedding photos that we’ve taken. If you are a regular blog reader, you’ll recognize some of these images… but other photos (the more traditional ones) are being posted on the blog for the first time. So for those of you out there who are having the modern-vs-traditional debate with your moms (or maybe just yourselves!), this post is for you. Here are some of the “modern” and “traditional” photos that we have taken at past weddings…side-by-side. You don’t have to choose! We’ve got you covered :-)

To read more {Our 2 Cents} tips, click here!


Bend the Light Photography specializes in wedding photography and engagement portrait photography in San Antonio, Texas and surrounding areas. San Antonio Wedding Photographer.

Lilaine Hartmann Freeman - Congrats on triaging your excellent photogs! All your shoots don’t look “staged”, which creates an interesting look…well-worth many look-see’s for families & friends. The artistic personalities come through loud & clear in your work. Poised, pretty, but not stiff. Love it! ~LHF~

Mike & Janine {Gruene, Tx Engagement Photographer}

I think spring is my favorite time of year to shoot. Blooming flowers and the longer evenings are perfect for engagement shoots. I met up with Mike and Janine in the cute little town of Gruene. It is Texas at it’s finest. Here are my favorites from their session.

Meet the a-dorable, Bailey. Love those ears.
Like I said, I LOVE the blooms :)
They sat on this very swing on their first date. How dang cute is that?!
Janine brought some cascarones to end the session. I love the joy and happiness in these images.
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