Iliana and Wayne are getting married this Monday, which means that today will be slow and full of family. When I’m not shooting a wedding on the weekend, you will usually find me at home, drinking a cup of coffee with Chris, chasing this cutie around, and staying up late talking with my son.

After a slow morning at home, we just grabbed some breakfast at a local diner we’ve been eyeing. Then, we hit up some antique stores searching for my next treasure. I plan on finishing up the day with wrinkled fingers and toes after spending too much time in the pool. 🏖️👙Check out our Instagram story, to follow me and the family around today. What are your plans for the long weekend? I hope they are full of fun and family! -Jenn

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’m Kaylinn and I resisted the urge to Photoshop myself skinnier in this photo. Realness > Perfection. I’m learning to be kinder to myself in 2017. It’s going pretty well so far. 😊

I was super excited when I found this cami because it matches my coral cardigan perfectly. It’s my favorite cardigan because it’s long enough to cover my curvy booty but short enough that I don’t look too “mom-ish.”

Speaking of being a mom, I’m working on becoming one. My husband (Jeff) and I have been seeing a fertility specialist since January. It’s been a rough year, but a lot of good has come from our journey too. Like the fact that Jeff and I are closer than ever — we laugh a lot. I make fun of the fact that he says “ALvocados” instead of “Avocados.” He laughs at me when the fertility meds take over and I start crying at random times. Like that time during the season finale of “The Voice” 😂😂 (I was just SO happy for the winner, y’all.)

My favorite Spotify playlist is packed full of pop music from the 90’s and 2000’s, and I must be getting older because I’m starting to say “They don’t make music like they used to.”

But enough about me, tell me about you. What’s your favorite piece of clothing and why? Am I the only one that can’t resist Photoshopping their double chin? Do you agree that music isn’t what it used to be, or am I a total old person now? I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS! -Kaylinn

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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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