I’ve been looking forward to Christine and Rene’s San Fernando Cathedral wedding (and La Cantera Resort wedding reception!!) since bonding over our love for John Mayer, fashion, and the magic of golden hour lighting at their engagement session. From the beginning, they felt like old friends. The conversation was effortless and the laughs continuous.

Christine and Rene met in high school. Their relationship began as a friendship as they worked closely together in various organizations. Then one day, something was different. It clicked for Rene that he wanted more. They started dating when they were 16 years old and have been a couple for 12 years, including a time of long-distance dating while Christine finished medical school in Puerto Rico.

I arrived to Christine’s room at the La Cantera Resort to a table of perfectly placed wedding details and beautiful ladies in matching robes buzzing around. Before I even stepped inside the room, I could feel the excitement. As I exclaimed at all the prettiness, one of her bridesmaids simply stated, “That’s Christine!” Their entire day was filled with thoughtful details, both beautiful and personal. My favorite part of the day was watching Christine’s parents watch her get ready (see below!) The moment between her and her dad as he saw his baby girl as a bride was so precious. I will never get tired of being invited into these special moments.

After some fun (and confetti!!) at the La Cantera Resort, the festivities moved to downtown San Antonio for their gorgeous San Fernando Cathedral wedding ceremony. Rene could not keep his eyes off of his beautiful bride. Their smiles during the ceremony are full of joy and excitement. I loved playing with Christine’s cathedral-length veil during their wedding portraits in front of the gorgeous cathedral.

Beyond the visual beauty of the day was the beauty of the love and care the Christine and Rene have for each other and for those around them. Throughout the day, they both made sure that those around them were enjoying the day as much as they were. It speaks so much of who they are as people, kind, generous and overflowing with love. Thank you Christine and Rene for sharing your love and laughter with all of us. Congratulations!!!

-Jenn

PS – Special thanks to Laura Clark with Eclipse Event Co… every. single. detail. of Christine and Rene’s wedding was PERFECT! You and your team knocked it out of the park!

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View our other wedding ceremonies at San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio, Texas here:  www.tinyurl.com/BTLsfcathedral
View our other wedding receptions at La Cantera Resort in San Antonio, Texas here: https://goo.gl/DL1a4v

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Wedding Coordinator: Laura Clark, Eclipse Event Co.
Wedding Ceremony: San Fernando Cathedral, downtown San Antonio TX
Wedding Reception: La Cantera Resort, San Antonio TX
Bride’s Hair/Makeup: Khalil & Co., San Antonio TX
Bride’s Dress: La Sposa Barcelona
Bride’s Shoes: Antonio Melani
Blush Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo
Groom/Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Wedding Band: In10CityBand
Floral: Oak Leaf Florist, San Antonio TX
Wedding Reception Lighting: Reese Event Group, San Antonio TX
Photo Booth: MBP Photobooth Co, 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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(Read my previous posts about our journey to have a family here.)

I don’t like the word “infertility.” It feels sad. And it makes people feel uncomfortable. But if I’m being real (and this post is gonna be real), struggling with infertility really IS sad… it really IS uncomfortable. I’m hoping a sad, uncomfortable post is ok today, friends… because that’s where Jeff and I are at.

We just completed our second round of intense, side-effect-heavy fertility treatments. I didn’t get my hopes up in the first round, but this last round felt different. After receiving good reports from the doctor all month —“Things are going so well, there’s a strong chance of twins!”— we got the call yesterday… I am not pregnant. Again.

It’s been 16 months since we started trying. This was our SIXTEENTH “no.” And let me tell you, it gets a little more difficult each time. So Jeff and I decided to drown our sorrows at Red Robin late last night, because let’s be honest, there are few things that bottomless fries cannot fix. I’m constantly being reminded how lucky I am to have a man that will hold my hand through the good, the bad, and the really sad. In these past 16 months, I’ve been cranky, hormonal, excited, fragile, angry, hopeful — you name it. And in the middle of it all, there he sits… loving me, holding me, and taking me to Red Robin when it all becomes too much. 😂

The door to having a family is still closed for now. And so, we wait. Some days with more patience than others… but always with hope. This is only the beginning for me and Jeff, no matter how big or small our family is.❤️ -Kaylinn

BTW, you can stay updated on our infertility journey by following us on Instagram and Facebook!

Hooray!!! You’ve picked a wedding date, a photographer and probably your ceremony and reception venue as well! With those decisions marked off of your to-dos, it is on to the fun stuff…. like your engagement session! It is no secret that I LOVE engagement sessions. If you are looking for outdoor engagement photo locations in San Antonio, Texas, this is the post for you. All of our wedding collections, include engagement sessions in all because we truly believe that they are an essential part of the entire process.  During your engagement session, you’ll have the chance to get to know me (Jenn) and I will get to know you and your fiance. What we learn at this session will make a tremendous impact on how your wedding day flows. Everyone is nervous about being photographed, but after 20 minutes or so you will get comfortable… I promise! And when your big day comes, you will feel like such a pro because of the practice you had during your engagement session!

Back to the decisions…As you start to plan for your engagement shoot, you will need to choose a location for your session. We find that most of our clients lean towards either natural/outdoor locations or bright/colorful, more urban locations. If you are drawn to pretty light, green trees, and natural settings, here are 5 gorgeous outdoor engagement photo location ideas in and around San Antonio, TX. These are just a few of my favorite spots! We love to shoot in new spots too! We’ve photographed sessions on family farms, city parks, downtown streets and even inside a grocery store.

-Jenn

Just outside of the hustle and bustle of downtown, the San Antonio Riverwalk stretches into the King William neighborhood. This portion of the riverwalk is lined with trees and stone pathways and is a great way to include the iconic San Antonio Riverwalk into your engagement session while avoiding the crowds of downtown. Step up from the riverwalk into the King William neighborhood… A stroll through the oak-lined streets will take you back in time and provides dozens of beautiful backgrounds just within a few short blocks. Everytime I shoot in Southtown, I find a new spot to love, which makes it one of my favorite outdoor engagement photo locations in San Antonio.  For more images from this King William area engagement session, click here.

 

 

Located in North Central San Antonio, Phil Hardberger Park is a piece of the country inside of the city. The light streaming through the many varieties of trees and plants is always magical. The numerous walking paths make it possible to get to the fields of tall grass, even in your fabulous heels. If you are looking for an outdoor engagement photo location in San Antonio that feels like you drove out to the country, Hardberger Park may be the winner!!
For more of this golden hour engagement session at Phil Hardberger Park, click here. 

 

 

If you want a bit of a city feel to your nature-themed session, Hemisfair park may be the ideal spot for you. Located at the foot of the Tower of the Americas in the middle of downtown San Antonio, this park has tons of benches, brick walkways, and landscaping to add interest to the images.
For more images from this engagement session at Hemisfair park, click here.  

 

 

For another bit of the natural mixed with the urban, the newest stretch of the Riverwalk near the Historic Pearl Brewery is a great option. We can walk down by the river, sit on a nearby bench, stroll over one of the bridges and still have a time for some images near the buildings of the Historic Pearl. As they continue to develop the Riverwalk, this area is constantly growing and changing making the Pearl a popular outdoor engagement photo location in San Antonio.
For more images from this Pearl Brewery/Riverwalk engagement session, click here.

 

 

Ok, so this one isn’t technically IN San Antonio. Gruene is a tiny Texas town just north of San Antonio. It is the perfect outdoor location to add some country charm to your engagement photos. The beautiful Comal River is nearby too, so we can end your session barefoot in the river.
For more of this Gruene, TX engagement session, click here

There you have it – 5 outdoor engagement session locations in San Antonio! Have more questions about your engagement session location (or anything else?) Call us, email us, send us a message on Facebook…whatever! We’re here to help (Helloooo! Our whole job is to make sure your photos rock!)

BTW, check out more of our Tips for Clients (there’s lots of helpful info that will take your photos to the next level — good stuff!)

Oh, and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram for daily wedding photography tips and advice!

-Jenn :)
(aka, Lead Photographer)

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These summer sessions with the floral dresses and lots of sunshine are making me so happy!! An afternoon in a small Texas town with a sweet couple is my kind of fun :)

Amanda and Cruz have been together for half of their lives!!!! They met when they were just 15 and have been together for 15 years. Their first meeting was thanks to Amanda’s self-described, clumsy tendencies. While rushing through the hallways to avoid being late to class, she literally ran into Cruz. Her first memory of him was thinking that he was a giant. While Cruz had to know more about this cute girl who crashed his into him, Amanda was hesitant. She made him do some chasing, but finally gave him a chance and now they are getting married!!!

I loved hearing their stories and watching them together while we explored Gruene, TX and the nearby river. Thank you Amanda and Cruz for inviting me to capture this special time. I can’t wait for your Incarnate Word wedding this fall!!!
-Jenn

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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.

Today is National Best Friends Day! Jenn and I are not just business partners, we’ve been real-life best friends since before Kindergarten. We can’t actually remember when we met (our moms tell us it was in the church nursery). At one time or another, we’ve been classmates, roommates, band mates, and travel mates. We’re more like sisters, really.

There are a ton of things I could share about our 35-year friendship, but today I’ll narrow it down to 6 fun facts you probably didn’t know about us:

   1). She’s the fashionable one. I’m the yoga-pant-wearing one. She’s the one that told me to wear the aqua cardigan for this photo, she even did my hair.

   2.) She’s amazing in the kitchen. I’m amazing at ordering takeout.

   3.) When it comes to our husbands, it’s understood that Jenn and I WILL tell each other everything. Even if we promise not to. When you married one, you married the other. Chris and Jeff knew that going in. •

   4.) In school, she was the good girl and I was the wanna-be rebel… She was the Valedictorian of our high school class. I would’ve been the salutatorian had I not gotten suspended at the last minute. Oops. 🤷

   5.) We try not to finish each other’s sentences during client meetings, but we usually give up on that about 10 minutes in — Our apologies in advance if you’re planning to meet with us anytime soon, but we look forward to meeting you!

   6.) To see embarrassing photos of us throughout the years (including some of my childhood bowl haircut), search this hashtag! 👉 #BTLFlashback … Happy #BFFDay, friends!

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