Jeff and I were “late to the game” with this whole wedding thing… I was 34 and he was 39 when we tied the knot, one year ago today. Sometimes I wonder why it took so long to find each other… but mostly, I’m just grateful that we did.

They say that you’ll “just know” when you find the right person. When we got married, I was PRETTY SURE about Jeff… but the 100% positivity didn’t come until AFTER we were married. It came the day he decided to go back to teaching so he could spend more time with our future family. It comes on the nights that he keeps me calm when I want to be overly-anxious. It comes on the days he cooks for me, and the weekends he cleans the entire kitchen. It comes when he is (always) willing to apologize, even if I’m in the wrong.

They say that the first year of marriage is the best AND the hardest. When this photo was taken, we had no idea that Jeff was headed for a career change a few months later, that I would soon have a major surgery, that Jeff would have a few serious health scares, or that having a family would become an unexpected challenge. It’s been a roller coaster of high highs and low lows, friends. And it’s been amazing.

I have no idea what our life will look like a year from now. If we have our way, we’ll be expecting our first child and drawing up plans for our dream home. But if things don’t go as planned, and I know they may not, I’m ok with that. Because I have this guy to do life with. Which makes me a really lucky lady. ❤️️ -Kaylinn

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It’s #FlashbackFriday over on our Facebook page and Instagram feed, and today’s photo is worth sharing on the blog too! As you guys know, Jenn and I are business partners AND real-life BFFs. We were each the maid of honor in the others wedding, and we took matching photos, 7 years apart. Because we are dorks. And we love each other. 😊 My one-year anniversary is this MONDAY (whoa!) and I’m feeling extra sentimental, so I spent the last 30 minutes going through wedding photos and reliving the #BestDayEver. I thought you guys may get a kick out of seeing these images. (Also, can we talk about how Jenn’s kiss is super cutesy and I look like I’m about to eat her face? Not sure what was up in 2009, but my husband assures me that my kissing game is on point now.)
-Kaylinn

There are two dozen roses on my desk to remind me that today is my very first “married” Valentine’s Day (Jeff did good!) Annnd to top it off,  San Antonio Weddings featured Ashley + Brian’s Hotel Emma wedding on their homepage today! (See the full feature here.)  The Hotel Emma was the perfect backdrop for Ashley + Brian’s wedding and wedding reception. Huge thanks to San Antonio Weddings Magazine for the feature. Best Valentine’s Day ever! -Kaylinn

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Wedding Ceremony Venue: The Hotel Emma, San Antonio TX (Pearl Brewery), Wedding Reception: The Hotel Emma, Elephant Cellar, San Antonio TX, Bride’s Dress: Monique Lhuillier, Julian Gold, Bridesmaid Dresses: JCrew, Groom/Groomsmen Attire: Ralph Lauren, Wedding DJ: Masquerade DJ, Wedding Cake: Jennifer Riesman, The Hotel Emma, Floral: The Elegant Bee

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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.

I met up with the adorable Phillip and Jaimie at the Pearl Brewery on a breezy, cool afternoon. One of the best things about a chilly day is that it is perfect for cuddles and Phillip and Jaimie’s cuddling skills are on point. These two were high school sweethearts, who went their separate ways only to find each other again years after they had graduated. Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! Here are my favorites from their session.
-Jenn
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There is so much to talk about when it comes to this session! First, let’s talk about these two (starting with a confession). After our initial “coffee date” with Caitlin and Joey, I immediately told Kaylinn “I sooo wanna shoot their wedding… they are SO much fun!” Turns out, they felt the same way (yay!) because they contacted us right away and booked the date! I was so excited for their session (they brought their fur baby too… major points!), and now I’m somehow even more excited for their big day. September can’t come soon enough!

Second, let’s talk about this location, shall we? The heart of San Antonio is such a dynamic and interesting location. If you are still trying to decide on a location for your session, I am prepared to beg you to shoot downtown. Ha! Caitlin, Joey, and I walked all over the place and found so many spots with depth, texture, and (most importantly) gorgeous lighting!

Caitlin + Joey, you two rocked it! I hope you love the photos as much as I do. Here are my faves!
-Jenn
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