A wedding on a Monday?! Yes, please! Iliana and Wayne were married on the 3rd of July. What a great way to stretch out the wedding fun over a long weekend! It was a perfectly gorgeous summer day in the Texas hill country. It was my first time to photograph a wedding at the Duchman Family Winery and I fell in love the Italian details. It was the perfect backdrop for a romantic wedding.

The whole day was wonderful… so full of love, family, and beautiful details. My favorite moment was during their wedding vows. Wayne not only promised to love and cherish Iliana, but he also said vows to Iliana’s daughter, Addi. He promised to always tuck her in tight at night and be her daddy forever. Ahh! Family cuteness overload! They are such a sweet family. I loved watching little Addi dance the night away.

Iliana and Wayne’s wedding also reunited us with one of our favorite wedding planners, Stefanie Yandell of Your Wedding Your Way. Stef coordinated my wedding in 2009 and Kaylinn’s wedding in 2016, so she’s got an extra special place in our hearts. She and her team knocked it out of the park (as usual… they’re known for being fabulous that way).

BTW, Iliana + Wayne’s proposal story is pretty special, so we wanted to share it with you all (in Iliana’s own words):
We had planned a weekend trip to Austin to go and explore and to watch a UT game, I was certain that Wayne was going to propose to me there. In fact, I did my hair and make up everyday just in case. Haha! So Friday comes and goes, and nothing. Saturday was a bust too, and I was a little let down but we had had such a fun time, I just told myself “well maybe during the holiday season or something.” Little did I know that Wayne had a plan the whole time, he had gotten our parents to set up the whole house for the proposal. We drove into our driveway and he said I really have to use the bathroom and rushed in the door, me completely oblivious to anything, I thought nothing of it. I opened the front door, and there was a trail of rose petals from our front door to the living room and there was Wayne down on one knee and a ring in his hand. It was so much more special than if it had been in Austin because I did not expect it at all, our families were there, and the fact that he planned it all on his own. He also gave Addi a rose and asked to be her daddy and that was the best thing of all. It could not have been more perfect.

Iliana and Wayne, we had a blast with you guys (and little Addi too!) Congrats again on being the new Mr. and Mrs. McGrew! We wish you a hundred and one years of happiness!
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Wedding Coordinator: Stefanie Yandell, Your Wedding Your Way, Austin TX
Wedding Ceremony: Duchman Family Winery, Driftwood TX
Wedding Reception: Duchman Family Winery, Driftwood TX
Bride’s Hair/Makeup: Jax Studio, San Antonio TX
Caligraphy and Signage: Chrissy-Makes
Floral: Wild Bunches Floral, Dripping Springs 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.

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! This post is a great place to start if you are looking for engagement photo locations in San Antonio.

It is no secret that I LOVE engagement sessions. All of our wedding collections include one because we truly believe that they are an essential part of the process.  During your engagement session, you’ll have the chance to get to know me (Jenn) and I’ll have the chance to 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… it takes about 20 minutes or so to feel comfortable. When your big day comes, you’ll feel like 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, outdoorsy locations or bright colorful, more urban locations. If you are drawn to interesting architecture, colorful walls, or want to add a stop at a bar or coffee shop to your session, these 5 engagement session location ideas in San Antonio might be perfect for you. These are just a few of our 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. We would love to chat with you about the perfect location for your upcoming session.

-Jenn

PS – When you’re finished browsing this post, 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!)


This is the hip and happening area in San Antonio. Every time I am there, I discover a new beautiful location to capture amazing engagement images. Full of interesting architecture, gorgeous landscaping, fun restaurants and a few steps away from the Riverwalk. If you don’t know where to go for your session, I can pretty much guarantee you will find something to love at the Pearl.
For more images of this Pearl San Antonio engagement session, click here.

This location is a bit more limited as far as variety of backgrounds, but it is such a great spot for San Antonio engagement photos. I love the lines of the bridge and the sunset is perfection. There are definite pros to a simple background. You as a couple will stand out and when you print out images to frame in your home, they will have a cohesive look.
For more of this Hays St. Bridge engagement session, click here. 
For those drawn to the life and interest of the city, meeting right in the center of San Antonio will give you lots of variety in your images. With every block we walk or corner we turn, there is a new and interesting spot to create vibrant, fun engagement images.
For more of this downtown San Antonio engagement session, click here.

Tucked away in the Southtown area of San Antonio, Blue Star is full of colors and unique artful backgrounds. We can stop in for a glass of wine or coffee eat one of the many restaurants or take a walk on the nearby riverwalk.
For more of this Blue Star Complex engagement session, click here. 

Any session that can end with margarita is the definition of winning in my book! If you want color, Market Square is THE place to be. There is a wall in nearly every color of the rainbow, paper picado banners fluttering in the wind and a great city park nearby for some more natural scenery.
For more of this Market Square engagement session, click here. 
There you have it – 5 urban 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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I am in love with these images and with this sweet couple. Joel and Maitreyee were married in a short ceremony at the Justice of the Peace with four guests (five, including me!). After the ceremony, we stopped by the park for some portraits of the newlyweds. There is something special about little, intimate ceremonies that makes my heart happy. Thank you Joel and Maitreyee for welcoming me into such a special day! Congratulations!!!
-Jenn
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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!