Over four years ago, Lesli was waiting tables. Greg was a bit of a “regular.” He would sit at the bar and chat with Lesli’s coworkers (some of his friends from high school). One day something just clicked between the two of them, and as Lesli’s says, “The rest is history!” In the evenings, you can find these homebodies with their dog, whose company they enjoy as much as most humans. When they do get out, they like to travel in style… which brings us to their HOTEL EMMA WEDDING!

Lesli +& Greg’s wedding day is what dreams are made of. After bonding over our shared love for renovating historic homes at their King William engagement session, I was counting down the weeks until their Hotel Emma wedding. Every detail was impeccably planned, a reflection of Lesli’s flawless style and amazing planning skills. As their big day approached, we received their information questionnaire, I saw things like “all lace gown with low back“, “emerald green suit“, and “black heels“… I could barely contain my excitement!!! Hotel Emma was the perfect backdrop for their wedding day. I’m such a lucky girl to be invited into amazing days, that are filled not only with wonderful people, but with ALL the pretty things :) (Side note: I broke one of my own personal rules for this post. Find out what it was below!) Here are my many favorites from their wedding. Congratulations, Lesli and Greg!
-Jenn

PS – Special thanks to Jen Harbuck and the INCREDIBLE team at Southern Unique Events for all of their hard work on this wedding. Bee-yoo-tee-ful job!!

LOVE these images of Lesli + Greg’s first look! ❤️

I always post bridal party images in color (never in black and white!) It’s my own personal “rule.” I love to see the color of the dresses, bouquets, and suits all together. With this image, though, the black and white image stood out to me… annnnd so, I decided it was worth breaking the rule for. :) Lesli + Greg, you know how to rock the moody look of black and white (and I LOVE it!!)

The Hotel Emma courtyard… wedding day perfection!
Wedding receptions in the Elephant Cellar at Hotel Emma = some of our personal faves.

Lesli + Greg, capturing these moments was such an honor! We wish you all the best as you begin your new lives as Mr. and Mrs!

View our other weddings at Hotel Emma in San Antonio, Texas here: http://tinyurl.com/BTLhotelemma

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Wedding Coordinator: Jen Harbuck, Southern Unique Events
Wedding Ceremony: Hotel Emma, San Antonio TX
Wedding Reception: Hotel Emma, San Antonio TX
Wedding Band: Doc Watkins
Floral: Anthemum
Calligraphy: Lazy Creek Designs
Wedding Cake: Cakes by Cathy Young
Macarons: Bakery Lorraine
Bride’s Hair/Makeup: Twirl Salon
Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sottero
Bride’s Shoes: M. Gemi
Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN
Groom/Groomsmen Attire: Harper and Jones
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Bend the Light Photography specializes in wedding photography and engagement portrait photography in San Antonio, Texas and surrounding areas. San Antonio Wedding Photographer.
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We have baby fever around here!!  Ever since we found out that Kaylinn is expecting her first baby, there seem to be babies, babies everywhere!

Amie and Ryan’s daughter will be making her entrance into the world in December. Their joy for her arrival is contagious! I will never get tired of being with our clients as the celebrate the beauty of life.  Congratulations, Amie and Ryan!

-Jenn

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Bend the Light Photography specializes in family photography and maternity photography in San Antonio, Texas and surrounding areas. San Antonio Maternity Photographer.

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Yesterday on social media, we shared some pretty big news — WE’RE GOING TO BE PARENTS! Those of you that have followed our infertility story know how long and hard we have struggled for this day… sometimes we still can’t believe that it’s finally here. We are excited, overjoyed, and (to be honest) a little freaked out… I mean, we’re about to be responsible for a little bitty HUMAN. Whoa!

To the hundreds of you who reached out yesterday to offer congratulations… thank you SO MUCH. So many of you shared that you’d been praying for us throughout this journey… WOW. We were SO grateful and humbled by your love and support. Sharing our news yesterday was such a dream come true (I’ve imagined that post a million times in my head during this journey!) We are currently 11 weeks along and would love it if you’d continue to pray throughout this pregnancy.

We found out that I was pregnant in late August. Since then, so many things have happened that we’ve wanted to share with you guys! We were going to wait until I finished the first trimester to share the news, but truth be told, we’re still a week away… I just couldn’t keep it in anymore! Keep scrolling to read the full scoop on what the last 3 months have really been like!
“Morning” sickness. Riiiiight. Turns out, “morning sickness” actually means “all-day-and-all-night sickness!” The nausea started around week six and has been off and on (mostly on) since then.

— On the bright side, I’ve lost about 10 pounds in the past month… not to shabby!

— I was feeling pretty poopy on the day we took the “announcement” photos in this post… I kept telling myself “just look happy, you can be sick later!” 😂 Nailed it.

— I’ve learned that the nausea can be controlled by eating small meals every 2-3 hours. Jeff still can’t understand how eating helps ease nausea (“Eating’s the last thing I’d want to do if I felt sick!“) but he’s been a real trooper. He makes sure that the fridge stays fully stocked with whatever my latest craving is.

— Life hack: It’s best not to question your wife when she is feeling nauseous and asks for a random food to help make her feel better. You will likely be met with cranky pregnancy hormones and lots of eye rolling. 🙄

Cravings. Ooooh yes! They change from week to week. Weeks 3-7, potato and egg tacos (I couldn’t get enough!) Weeks 8-9, blueberry muffins and apple juice. Weeks 10-11, gimme ALL the carbs!! (and I do mean ALL of them.)

The day we found out (above). When the doctor called with the positive blood results, I was way too excited to put makeup on or to spend time setting up a perfectly-lit professional photo. Cell phone selfies to the rescue! I was FINALLY able to give Jeff the baby onesie that I bought a long, long time ago. He cried (hence the reason for the non-smiling photo on the left).

When we told Jeff’s parents, they said they “had a feeling” that the news was coming! (Grandparents intuition?) Since then, Jeff’s mom has been busy stocking up on baby supplies! She already has a baby swing and high chair (to name a couple).

When we told my parents, my dad cried. My mom was super excited (and to be honest, I think just super relieved for us that our infertility journey was finally over).

I am currently 11 weeks along (due on May 4th!) I’ve had weekly ultrasounds to check on the baby and confirm that the pregnancy is progressing as it should. So far, so good! I’ll never get tired of hearing our little bean’s heartbeat. Like, ever ever.  (Side note: If you’re wedding is close to my due date, have no fear! Jenn is the one that does all of the photography and I’m the one that runs the office, so business will carry on as usual!)

Baby bump? Not yet. Truthfully, it just looks like I’ve had one too many tacos. I can’t wait to take “baby bump” photos and share them with you guys!

We plan to find out the gender. Jeff says he’ll be happy with either sex… just as long as the baby is healthy. Full disclosure: I’m hoping for a girl. Gimme all the frilly dresses and obnoxiously large hair bows. 👧🏻🎀

— Another reason I’m hoping for a girl: Jeff and I can NOT agree on a name for a boy! We’ve tried. He likes to veto all of my (awesome) ideas. I like to veto all of his (terrible) ideas. And it goes on and on like that until I’m convinced that we HAVE to have a girl because our little boy would likely grow up nameless. 😂 Thank you guys for following and supporting our journey to have a family! We are over-the-moon excited! Follow along with our pregnancy journey by following us on Facebook and Instagram! (Oh, and read my previous posts about our journey to have a family here.)
-Kaylinn & Jeff

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Joy!!! This day was pure joy. I don’t know that I have ever laughed this much at a wedding. Catherine is a beam of sunshine. Just being around her and Nick made me happy. Currently, they live in London, so the first time I met them was when I knocked on the door of Catherine’s suite on her wedding day. As soon as she answered the door, I felt like I was hanging out with old friends.

Catherine did an wonderful job of planning from so far away. There were challenges along the way, but the day of was perfection. She even had to make a last minute dress change and found her stunning gown just one month before their big day.

Hotel Emma has quickly become one of my favorite venues for weddings. It’s gorgeous and intimate (and the staff is AMAZING!!) Oh, and the food – DEEEEEEE-LICOUS!!! When the bride sends me a bite of her own dessert on her fork because “you just HAVE to try it” (thanks, Catherine!) you know that it’s a special day.

Catherine and Nick, thank you for inviting us to witness your love. It was pure delight!

-Jenn

The Hotel Emma Courtyard = our favorite for a wedding ceremony!
The Elephant Cellar at Hotel Emma = wedding reception magic!
Catherine + Nick, you two are a blast! Your wedding was a blast! And I have a feeling there are gonna be lots of laughs in the VanDuyn household throughout the next 50 years! We wish you two all the best!

View our other weddings at Hotel Emma in San Antonio, Texas here: http://tinyurl.com/BTLhotelemma

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Wedding Ceremony: Hotel Emma, San Antonio TX
Wedding Reception: Hotel Emma, San Antonio TX
Bride’s Hair/Makeup: Mandi Marquez
Wedding DJ: Cutting Edge Entertainment, San Antonio TX
Wedding Cake: Hotel Emma, San Antonio TX
Floral: The Elegant Bee, San Antonio TX
Wedding Reception Lighting: AVTS, San Antonio TX

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

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Family photos are fun… but they can also be stressful! Each year, we have our family photos taken and even though I am a photographer, planning for our session can be overwhelming (Where will we go? What will we wear? There are so many things to think about!) Here are some family photo session tips that I have picked up in my 10 years of photographing and being photographed. These ideas will help you make the most of your next family photo session.

PS – Browse more of our tips for clients HERE!
-Jenn
tips for family photos_0001.jpgRelax, relax, RELAX.
The first and most important tip for a family photo session is to have fun. For little ones, the most we can make the photo session feel like a regular day, the longer they will last and the more of their personalities we will capture.

getting the most out of family photo sessions_0003.jpgBring your patience.
We schedule plenty of time to get lots of great photos. If we need to take a snack break, walk to another location, or just stop to chat to give everyone a moment, that is perfectly ok! It takes time for everyone, grown ups included, to feel comfortable.


Let go of perfection.
Try not to worry that you baby is not laughing like he usually does. While our goal is always to get a few perfectly happy photos of your family, we also want to capture this exact time in your family. That snooty face your daughter makes when she is mad, the way your son holds your hand, the silly, the funny, and the real. I find that the sessions where we worry less about the perfect smiling photo, there end up being more happy, smiling images.
Go for comfort.
Choose clothing that is comfortable and fits well. If you are tugging on your dress when you try it on, you will feel uncomfortable during the session. Our goal is to capture your real smiles and personalities and it is difficult to relax when your clothing is uncomfortable. Children should also be comfortable. Make sure there are no itchy tags or shoes that are too big or too small.
getting the most out of family photo sessions_0005.jpg Follow their lead.
The little ones are the boss. Your family photo session is a time for no rules. More than likely, I will follow your children’s lead, to gain their trust and to keep the smiles coming. 
Photographer advice for family photos_0009.jpgGet some rest.
Let us know if we recommend a session time that is during your toddler’s nap time… we will be happy to make adjustments! Try to get plenty of rest the night before and get naps the day of for those who need them.
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Leading up to the session, think about the fun things your children and family like to do together. Is your baby loving a certain song? Does your toddler giggle when he jumps? Does Dad have a joke that they kids always laugh at? Maybe bring a favorite toy that is cute enough to be photographed or has sentimental value.
getting the most out of family photo sessions_0004.jpgTake a step back.
When the I am capturing images of your children alone, sometimes walking away is the best plan. Kids will do things for other grown ups that they won’t do for their parents. When it is just me and them, they know exactly where to look. ;)
Don’t forget to eat.
Full tummies makes for happy families. No one wants to be hungry during a photo session.
 Bring snacks if anyone is likely to be hungry during the session.

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