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Oh, how we love Jen & Nick! From the moment we met up with them back in 2014, we were fast friends. Jen is quirky, fun… and just basically awesome. :-) Nick is the sweetest, kindest gentleman and he is Jen’s perfect match.  They were married at the Four Seasons in Austin, TX (yay for road trips!) Here are our favorites from their big day. Enjoy. :-)

PS – If you missed their downtown San Antonio engagement session, check it out here!

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Jen & Nick 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 before the ceremony. This way, we were able to take plenty of bride/groom and wedding party photos AND they didn’t miss their cocktail hour. Win/win! For more info about doing a first look at your wedding, visit this link.

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By the way, don’t you love all of the amazing COLOR in their wedding? It adds so much “pop” to the photos!! For tips/ideas about how to add color to your wedding day, visit this link.

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I couldn’t choose my favorite ring shot! Which one do you like best?

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Jen and Nick, you two were SO much fun!! Congrats on being Mr. and Mrs. Acharya. We wish you a million years of happiness!! :-D


Wedding Coordinator: Jessica & Katie, Clink Events, Austin TX

Wedding Ceremony Venue: Four Seasons Hotel, Austin TX

Wedding Reception: Four Seasons Hotel, Austin TX

Bride’s Hair: Sara Martinez

Bride’s Makeup : Austin Wedding Makeup

Bride’s Dress: Julian Gold

Bride’s Shoes: Rene Caovilla

Groom/Groomsmen Attire: Neiman Marcus Philadelphia

Wedding DJ: Spacecraft Entertainment

Wedding Cake: Four Seasons Hotel, Austin TX

Floral: Pollen Floral Art


Bend the Light Photography specializes in wedding photography and engagement portrait photography in San Antonio, Texas and surrounding areas. San Antonio Wedding Photographer.

You may remember Jen and Nick from their oh-so-cute engagement session a little while back. Well, they decided to turn their super fun engagement photos into a super fun engagement guest book! Since they tied the knot this weekend (congrats, you two!) we can share a few photos! They chose their favorite photo for the cover, along with one of our favorite leathers (called “Riverdell”)…and ta-da! A custom guestbook that matches their style. :-) Such a fun keepsake!

PS – For more info about ordering an engagement guest book for your wedding, click here!

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We’re so excited to post photos from Pamela and Sam’s wedding at Hideout on the Horseshoe in New Braunfels. You may remember these guys from their rustic, country engagement session just a few weeks back (who could forget their adorable little puppy!?) These two really were a photographer’s dream. :) Thanks guys for making our job so easy! Here are our favorites from their big day. Enjoy! :-)

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Wedding Coordinator: Clearly Classy Events, San Antonio TX

Wedding Ceremony Venue: Hideout on the Horseshoe, New Braunfels TX

Wedding Reception: Hideout on the Horseshoe, New Braunfels TX

Bride’s Hair/Makeup: LoLa Beauty, Austin TX

Bride’s Dress: Galina Signature from David’s Bridal

Bride’s Shoes: Gianni Bini

Tiffany Blue Bridesmaid Dresses: Donna Morgan

Groom/Groomsmen Attire: Vera Wang

Wedding DJ: Hill Country DJ, Austin TX

Wedding Catering: Pappasito’s Cantina

Wedding Cake: 2tarts, New Braunfels TX

Floral: Wild Bunches Floral, Dripping Springs TX


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 Whitney and Jonathan in Southtown on the quiet part of the riverwalk. They brought along their fur-children and we explored all the little nook and crannies of the neighborhood. :) Here are my favorites images from their session.

Bend the Light Photography specializes in wedding photography and engagement portrait photography in San Antonio, Texas and surrounding areas. San Antonio Wedding Photographer.

I still remember my Mom’s reaction the first time she saw my wedding photography. She was expecting to see photos similar to the ones taken at her wedding back in the 70s (you know… the photos of the bride & groom as they stand at the altar, smiling at the camera). Instead, she was looking at my “artsy” photography…full of emotion, bright colors and interesting angles.

It was obvious, she wasn’t sure what to think. “Did you take any… um… more traditional shots?” she asked, trying to be as supportive as possible. I had.

I’ll never forget to look of relief on her face when I showed her the more classic shots I’d taken. She was in love with my shots of the cake cutting, the bouquet toss, the photos of the bride and groom with their families.

Fast forward eight years… we’ve shot hundreds of weddings and have met hundreds of “mothers of the bride.” In that time, I’ve had that exact conversation with several of our brides’ moms. “Do you take more traditional/classic photos?” they ask. Our answer is always yes. In addition to capturing the fresh/modern photos that you see on our blog and website, we also make it a priority to capture timeless images that mothers (and grandmothers) will love.

Here’s the thing… In that first convo with my mom, I learned a valuable lesson as a wedding photographer: Modern/fun images are awesome. They capture the feel of the wedding day and the personality of the couple (which is why we love them and take lots of them!) But there is just something about those must have classic images… It’s important to have a few photos of the bride and groom smiling, looking at the camera. And cutting the cake. And standing with their families at the altar. Call those photos traditional, call them classic… whatever you call them, they are timeless. And we take them at every wedding.

Over the years, we’ve seen lots of brides have the modern photography vs. classic photography debate with their moms… but we say why choose? As photographers, we make sure that our brides (and our brides’ moms!) get best of both worlds.  :-)

Our more traditional photos don’t always make it to our website or blog, so I want to share a few of the classic wedding photos that we’ve taken. If you are a regular blog reader, you’ll recognize some of these images… but other photos (the more traditional ones) are being posted on the blog for the first time. So for those of you out there who are having the modern-vs-traditional debate with your moms (or maybe just yourselves!), this post is for you. Here are some of the “modern” and “traditional” photos that we have taken at past weddings…side-by-side. You don’t have to choose! We’ve got you covered :-)

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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.

  • Lilaine Hartmann Freeman - Congrats on triaging your excellent photogs! All your shoots don’t look “staged”, which creates an interesting look…well-worth many look-see’s for families & friends. The artistic personalities come through loud & clear in your work. Poised, pretty, but not stiff. Love it! ~LHF~