I love the excitement of a big wedding, but there is something so special about a small, intimate wedding. Kaila and Kirston had a beautiful ceremony with their family and closest friends there to support them.

Kirston and Kaila spent the morning sipping mimosas and being pampered at the historic Riverhill Mansion. The mansion’s garden was a gorgeous backdrop for their wedding ceremony. As the draping fluttered in the wind and the tears of joy flowed, Kaila and Kirston (literally!) tied the knot in a hand fasting ceremony.

Thank you Kaila and Kirston for trusting me even when I brought you up to the un-airconditioned 3rd floor of the mansion in pursuit of the perfect light! I’m so happy to have been a part of this special day and wish you a forever filled with much love and happiness.

-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.

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We laughed when we saw some of our recent photos because we noticed a few more wrinkles, age spots, and gray hairs have appeared since our engagement photos 2 years ago. That’s ok, though… growing older together is a privilege. Every age spot and wrinkle is a sign of another chapter we were lucky enough to go through together.

And so… I vow not to airbrush the smile lines, the wrinkles, or the age-spotted arms that the women in my family are famous for. I’m happily growing older with this guy and I vow to to still squeeze him tightly… even when we are old and really, really wrinkly. -Kaylinn

PS – Grow older right along with us by following us on Facebook and Instagram! (Oh, and stay up-to-date on our journey to have a family here.)

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Prepare yourself for all the pretty! Caitlin wanted her big day to feel classic and elegant and the team from Chic Concepts made her vision come to life. The blush, navy, and ivory color palette was taken up a notch with gold accents and LOTS of sparkle!

From the morning preparations until the sparkler exit, their day was full of excitement and was filled with fun surprises for everyone. Before I even entered the gorgeous getting ready room at Remi’s Ridge, I could hear laughter. I don’t have just one favorite moment from the day… my favorite moments were everyone’s sweet reactions all throughout. Caitlin’s bridesmaids were so supportive and excited for her. I loved their reactions to seeing her in her dress for the first time, as it all became real. Both Caitlin and Joey’s reactions to the letters and gifts they exchanged were sweet and sentimental, adding to the anticipation of seeing each other as Caitlin walked down the aisle at St. Joseph Catholic Church-Honey Creek. When Caitlin entered their reception space, she literally squealed with delight. But the surprises weren’t over. Caitlin surprised Joey, who isn’t a cake fan, with his favorite, Krispy Kreme donuts as a delicious twist on a groom’s cake. See all of these reactions (and many more) in the photos below!

Oh, and let me tell you again about my obsession with veils. I adore the added texture and life veils bring to wedding images. Caitlin and Joey’s wedding day was extra breezy. Some of my favorite images are the results of a gust of wind causing Caitlin’s veil to be playfully tossed around. If you are a bride who is indecisive about adding a veil to your wedding, these images may sway you to to Team Veil!

Thank you Caitlin and Joey for inviting us to your beautiful wedding day. You are the reason that I love what I do!!
-Jenn

Sparkly wedding shoes from Designer Badgley Mischka!  Yes, please!

I am always happy to see the team from JAX Studio in the bridal preparation room. They are simply the best! After some portraits at Remi’s Ridge, we made our way to St. Joseph Catholic Church-Honey Creek for their wedding ceremony. Remi’s Ridge Wedding Receptions at Hidden Falls, oh how I love you so.  Caitlin and Joey, this was the BEST DAY EVER! Thank you for letting us celebrate with you!!

View our other weddings at Remi’s Ridge at Hidden Falls in Spring Branch, TX: https://goo.gl/tUaTQS

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Wedding Coordinator: Nicolette Orozco, Chic Concepts
Wedding Ceremony: St. Joseph Catholic Church – Honey Creek
Wedding Reception: Remi’s Ridge at Hidden Falls, Spring Branch TX
Bride’s Hair/Makeup: Jax Studio, San Antonio TX
Bride’s Dress: Sottero and Midgley
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bridesmaid Dresses: Weddings by Debbie
Groom/Groomsmen Attire: Bravo
Wedding DJ: Professional Entertainment Services
Wedding Cake: Creations Cakes
Floral: Chic Concepts
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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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Deciding what to wear to your engagement session can be overwhelming. One of my favorite tips to having an amazing dress for your engagement photos is finding your engagement photo dress on Rent the Runway. If you follow us on Instagram, you probably already know that I am obsessed with floral prints. My closet is overflowing with them. Of course, I’m loving all the floral prints I’ve been seeing lately on our clients and I would love to see MORE! The flowy textures and bright colors are perfect for an engagement session, any time of the year!

Rent the Runway has an amazing inventory of designer dresses that you can rent for a fraction of the retail price. Think a $1,000 Badgley Mischka maxi dress for $70!!! You always get TWO sizes of the dress you love to make sure you have the prefect fit. And you can choose to rent for 4 or 8 days. It is perfect for amping up you style for your engagement session. Here are a few of my favorite floral dresses for portrait sessions. Some of these are only $30!!! Check out their website for hundreds of other choices.
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After Aubry’s gorgeous bridal session at the McNay Art Museum, I was counting down the days until their wedding at Remi’s Ridge at Hidden Falls. Their wedding day was everything I imagined, but it almost didn’t happen. Aubry and Joel met on a dating app. Aubry had her app preferences set to only show her men that were her age and older… but Joel is 11 months YOUNGER than Aubry. They were matched during the one and only month that they were the same age! When it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be!!! Their first date was within the week of Aubry’s birthday. I’m a sucker for a great “how we met story,” and theirs is a pretty great one. :)

My favorite part of their wedding day was Aubry and Joel’s first look (see those photos below). Their reactions were almost identical seeing each other for the first time. Total joy and excitement!!! Congratulations, Aubry and Joel!! I hope you are having a wonderful time in Punta Cana.
-Jenn

Story of their engagement – by Joel

I left San Antonio for Austin to spend the weekend with Aubry. At this point I had already planned on proposing at somewhere outdoors in a romantic spot along the river. Her ring was perfect and I even tried it on my pinky finger a few times to see how it would look in sunlight. I was so excited.

Friday night I told her it would fun to take a hike the next morning as it was a highly recommended activity to do in Austin. The following morning, Aubry, me and my Siberian husky Athena, all headed out for a hike. Unfortunately it had rained a bit the night previously, so when we got to the trail it was covered in mud. My plan in mind, I said it wasn’t a problem. Aubry, on the other hand, kept repeatedly trying to scrap the hike and do something else. I told her it would be worth it, but she almost got the whole hike called off. Finally we made it out of the mud and to the river. Finally we reached a beautiful clearing with a neat overhang and some spring water dripping all around us. I knew that it was the perfect spot. As I was preparing myself for the proposal a lady was walking by. I decided I’d ask her to take our picture if she didn’t mind. Aubry, thinking it was just a picture had no idea. As we started to pose, I bent down really quick and grabbed the ring out of my bag. The lady knew immediately and played along perfectly, taking pictures the whole time.

I had a great little speech made about how Aubry was perfect for me and I couldn’t imagine spending my life with anyone else. It was going to be a real tear-jerker if you will. However, none of that actually ever came out of my mouth. In real life, I was caught up with adrenaline and my mind went blank. I pretty much spurted out ‘will you marry me’.  Aubry said yes and we got the photos from a very nice and understanding passerby.

 

I am obsessed with the detailing on Aubry’s rings. Isn’t it stunning?! Aubry + Joel, THANK YOU for including us in your gorgeous wedding at Remi’s Ridge! Congrats to you guys!

View our other weddings at Remi’s Ridge at Hidden Falls in Spring Branch, TX: https://goo.gl/tUaTQS

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Wedding Ceremony: Remi’s Ridge at Hidden Falls
(formerly Lodge at Bridal Veil Falls), Spring Branch TX
Wedding Reception: Remi’s Ridge at Hidden Falls
(formerly Lodge at Bridal Veil Falls), Spring Branch TX
Bride’s Hair/Makeup: Jax Studio, San Antonio TX
Bride’s Dress: Stella York from Bella Bride Boutique
Bridesmaid Dresses: JJ’s House
Groom/Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank
Wedding DJ: Professional Entertainment Services
Wedding Cake: Cakes & More
Floral: Flowers by Brenda Fry
Catering: Jimmy Lyn’s
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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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