There is a fun little story about how we came to be Travis and Michelle’s photographers. We first met Michelle as a bridesmaid at Allison and Connor’s wedding last year. When the time came for Michelle to plan her wedding, she decided to delegate some of the decisions (there are SO many decisions!) to Travis (guys can plan weddings too!!) One of Travis’ responsibilities was to choose a wedding photographer. Secretly, Michelle already had Bend the Light in mind… she even thought about slipping our name to Travis, but she resisted. After a bit of searching, Travis found us and quickly showed Michelle. She immediately said, “I was HOPING you would pick them!” And we’re so glad that he did!!

Before their engagement session, we have a short questionnaire that we send to our couples to get to know them. The last question is: Would you like to add anything else that will help us to capture you and your personalities during your session? Travis’ answer: Just laugh with us! And that is exactly what we did. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so much at an engagement session!

In many ways Travis and Michelle’s personalities are opposite, but they complement each other perfectly. Michelle is suuuuper sweet and Travis will stop at nothing to make her laugh.  Their session is that exact mix of sweet and silly. I had so much fun with them and had the hardest time choosing images for the blog.
-Jenn

How they met according to Travis:
I first saw Michelle at Morningside Elementary where I was subbing and she was tutoring. I tried to talk to her and she totally blew me off.

Travis: Are you tutoring?
Michelle (looking down at her clipboard): Yes.
Travis: How’s going? Kid’s behaving?
Michelle (still looking at clipboard): Yes. (walks away)

About 5 months later, it was July and I was working at Oakwood Church and she was interning in the Children’s Ministry. All the ladies in the office kept telling me to go talk to the “cute intern” but I never really gave in much thought.  Finally, we ran into each other. I thought “Her? Psh, forget that. She blew me off at work and I’m pretty sure she has no interest.” We ended up in the same room and had a pretty good conversation about the camp she had been on. Well, a couple days later on Sunday morning, I saw her talking to son of our Preschool Directors son and realized I was jealous. We were getting ready for VBS starting that next day and I made sure I was wherever she was (just little enough to not be obvious) and try to talk more. That night, I was asked to work in the preschool’s main room for VBS running the computer. Well to my surprise (and luck), Michelle had also been assigned to that room as one of the actors on stage. We spent the week striking up conversation and eventually a little flirting. I hadn’t really been able to figure her out, she was quiet and a bit shy. By Wednesday, my friends were telling me to ask her out and by Sunday, I knew I wanted to for sure. But I still hadn’t been able to figure her out to much more. I decided it was time to go to Melissa. I walk in and said “Okay, tell me about Michelle.” She said “Oh thank goodness, you’re finally interested. I didn’t wanna push but I’ve been hoping you would ask that sweet girl out since May!” So that night after evening service, I walked Michelle out to her car and asked her to dinner that Tuesday Night and she said yes.

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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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Fall is becoming reunion season for us! We are loving catching up with past Bend the Light couples and their sweet families. We shot Lauren + Will’s wedding nearly SIX years ago (whoa!), so it was time for some updated portraits! Lauren’s family and their adorable dog, Henry, joined me on a chilly morning in downtown San Antonio. It’s clients like Will + Lauren that prove we have the BEST JOB EVER. Here are my favorites from their session.
-Jenn
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Bend the Light Photography specializes in family photography and children’s photography in San Antonio, Texas and surrounding areas. San Antonio Family Photographer.

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Happy Halloween, everyone! Our Facebook and Instagram feeds are filled with all the Halloween fabulousness 🙌🏼 I’m pretty stoked to have a little middle-of-the-week fun with my man (and some adorable trick-or-treaters). Tonight you will find me holding hands with this guy (when I’m not taking too many photos of our Rainbow Cheetah Girl), drinking all the coffee (until it is time for wine) and digging through her treats to find all the Tootsie Rolls. ☕️🍷🍬 What your favorite candy to dig out of the Halloween treat stash? -Jenn

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Brenna + Cliff are the SWEETEST. COUPLE. EVER. Like, ever ever. Maybe I like them so much because they share my obsession with reality TV (ha!) or maaaaybe it’s just because I’m a sucker for a great love story… and theirs is pretty great. They met in high school, went their separate ways after graduation, and reunited TEN whole years later.

Their wedding day was full of personal details – like Brenna’s engagement ring (Cliff’s mom’s original diamond from over 30 years ago. Ahhh!) Her second ring (yep, she had TWO!) was her “something old” and “something borrowed.” It’s made with Brenna’s Grandmother’s original engagement ring (over 70 years old) and diamonds from one of Brenna’s mom’s rings. I maaaay have gone a little overboard with the ring photos on this one, so keep an eye out for photos of both rings below. 😂💍

Brenna + Cliff’s wedding ceremony was held at are in San Antonio, and their wedding reception was held right across the street, at the historic St. Anthony Hotel (side note: the St. Anthony Hotel rooftop is definitely in my top 3 places to take wedding photos!) Downtown San Antonio weddings, oh how I love thee. Here are our favorites from Brenna + Cliff’s big day. Enjoy!
-Jenn

PS – Special thanks to the team at Kindle and Gather Wedding and Event Design. Every detail of Brenna + Cliff’s wedding was PERFECTION, thanks to you ladies!

Brenna + Cliff wanted to head straight to their reception after the ceremony (instead of spending lots of time taking photos!), so they decided to see each other beforehand. This way, we were able to take plenty of bride/groom and wedding party photos AND they didn’t miss one minute of their reception. Win/win! The photos above and below were taken in the first moments that they saw each other. We love first looks! For more info about doing a first look at your wedding, visit this link.
The St. Anthony Hotel rooftop = one of my top 3 places to take wedding photos!
Brenna!!! You. Are. GORGEOUS!!!!
Did I mention that the St. Anthony Hotel has a gorgeous ballroom for wedding receptions? Well, it does!
Brenna + Cliff, this was the BEST DAY EVER! Thank you for letting us celebrate with you!!

See more wedding reception photos at the St. Anthony Hotel in downtown San Antonio, Texas: http://tinyurl.com/BTLstAnthony

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Wedding Coordinator: Kali Measures, Kindle and Gather
Wedding Ceremony: Travis Park Methodist Church, San Antonio TX
Wedding Reception: St. Anthony Hotel, San Antonio TX
Bride’s Hair/Makeup: JAX Studio, San Antonio TX
Bride’s Dress: Amsale, Julian Gold
Bride’s Shoes: J Crew
Groom/Groomsmen Attire: Black by Vera Wang
Wedding Band: In10 City Band
Wedding Cake: Cakes by Cathy Young
Floral: Fresh Urban Flowers, San Antonio TX
Wedding Reception Lighting: DPC Lighting, 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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Oh, man… I remember when I USED to be productive on the weekends! But now that morning sickness is my new best friend, my Sunday to-do list has changed a bit.

On today’s agenda: Grab some tacos through the drive-thru at our favorite hole-in-the-wall (@tinkataco!), binge on Netflix shows (currently watching a crime thriller called “The Five”… so good!), and do lots of cuddling with Libby and Pete (best weenie dogs ever!)

What’s everyone else up to this weekend? Holla if tacos, Netflix, and/or your fur babies will be a part of your Sunday. 🌮🐶 -Kaylinn

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