We are SO excited about this wedding! Lynna + Tim’s wedding wedding ceremony and reception were held at The Hotel Emma in San Antonio’s Pearl Brewery. This is THE Hotel Emma, you guys! The Hotel Emma that has been voted as one of the best new hotels in the world. The Hotel Emma that is on every “it list” in Texas (and beyond). The Hotel Emma that has become one of our favorite wedding venues of all time. :) So yeah… we’re pretty excited to share these images…if you can’t already tell. :) We love it there, and our brides & grooms do too.

When Lynna first called to tell us about her wedding plans, it was an immediate match made in heaven. We talked for nearly an hour… She told us their story. She told us all about the small, intimate Hotel Emma wedding that she was planning (Just 20 guests! Love it!) Their wedding was held on a Wednesday afternoon and it was one of the sweetest, most intimate weddings that we’ve ever been a part of. We SO loved spending the afternoon with Lynna + Tim’s families as they celebrated (pretty sure there was not a dry eye in the room during the ceremony), and with only 20 guests, we left feeling like we had 20 new friends. :) Theirs was our last wedding of 2016 and it was the perfect close to an amazing year. We really do have the best job on the planet (Our brides, grooms, and their families really ARE the best!)

Confession: Narrowing down the images for this blog post was almost impossible! Every single image was our favorite. Every. Single. One. Somehow we managed to narrow down… here are our favorite images from Lynna + Tim’s big day. We hope you enjoy looking through them as much as we enjoyed taking them! :)
-Jenn & Kaylinn

1-weddings-at-hotel-emma-wedding-reception-san-antonio-tx-texas 2-1-weddings-at-hotel-emma-wedding-reception-san-antonio-tx-texas-jpg 3-1-weddings-at-hotel-emma-wedding-reception-san-antonio-tx-texas-jpg 4-1-weddings-at-hotel-emma-wedding-reception-san-antonio-tx-texas-jpg 5-1-weddings-at-hotel-emma-wedding-reception-san-antonio-tx-texas-jpg 6-1-weddings-at-hotel-emma-wedding-reception-san-antonio-tx-texas-jpg 7-weddings-at-hotel-emma-wedding-reception-san-antonio-tx-texas 8-weddings-at-hotel-emma-wedding-reception-san-antonio-tx-texas 9-weddings-at-hotel-emma-wedding-reception-san-antonio-tx-texas 10-weddings-at-hotel-emma-wedding-reception-san-antonio-tx-texas 11-weddings-at-hotel-emma-wedding-reception-san-antonio-tx-texas 11a-weddings-at-hotel-emma-wedding-reception-san-antonio-tx-texasLynna, you are gorgeous!
12-weddings-at-hotel-emma-wedding-reception-san-antonio-tx-texas 13-weddings-at-hotel-emma-wedding-reception-san-antonio-tx-texas 14-weddings-at-hotel-emma-wedding-reception-san-antonio-tx-texas 15-weddings-at-hotel-emma-wedding-reception-san-antonio-tx-texasLynna and Tim saw each other before their ceremony. It helped to calm their nerves and was such sweet moment (Tim’s face! Ahh!) These shots (above and below) were taken the moment Tim first saw Lynna. *chills!* For more info about doing a first look at your wedding, visit this link.
16-weddings-at-hotel-emma-wedding-reception-san-antonio-tx-texas 17-weddings-at-hotel-emma-wedding-reception-san-antonio-tx-texas 18-weddings-at-hotel-emma-wedding-reception-san-antonio-tx-texas 19-weddings-at-hotel-emma-wedding-reception-san-antonio-tx-texas 20-weddings-at-hotel-emma-wedding-reception-san-antonio-tx-texas 21-weddings-at-hotel-emma-wedding-reception-san-antonio-tx-texas 22-weddings-at-hotel-emma-wedding-reception-san-antonio-tx-texas 23-weddings-at-hotel-emma-wedding-reception-san-antonio-tx-texas 24-weddings-at-hotel-emma-wedding-reception-san-antonio-tx-texas 25-weddings-at-hotel-emma-wedding-reception-san-antonio-tx-texasHotel Emma courtyard wedding ceremonies, how we love thee!
26-weddings-at-hotel-emma-wedding-reception-san-antonio-tx-texas 27-weddings-at-hotel-emma-wedding-reception-san-antonio-tx-texas 28-weddings-at-hotel-emma-wedding-reception-san-antonio-tx-texas 29-weddings-at-hotel-emma-wedding-reception-san-antonio-tx-texas 30-weddings-at-hotel-emma-wedding-reception-san-antonio-tx-texas 31-weddings-at-hotel-emma-wedding-reception-san-antonio-tx-texasLynna + Tim, capturing these moments was such an honor! We wish you all the best as you begin your new lives as Mr. and Mrs!

View our other weddings at Hotel Emma in San Antonio, Texas here: http://tinyurl.com/BTLhotelemma

________________________

Wedding Ceremony Venue: The Hotel Emma, San Antonio TX
Wedding Reception: The Hotel Emma, San Antonio TX
Bride’s Hair/Makeup: Southern Tease Hair & Makeup Boutique
Bride’s Dress: Hailey Page
Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin
________________________

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

Get ready to see some familiar faces, you guys! When Kens 5 Eyewitness News contacted us to ask if we’d be willing to shoot the promo photos for their news team, we were so excited. It’s always fun to step outside of our usual box and do something a little different.

Fun fact: Scheduling a sunset photo shoot for an entire news team can be tricky (since, ya know, they need to be in studio at sunset to report the NEWS. Ha!) The solution? We shot the MORNING news team while the EVENING news team was on air. As soon as the evening broadcast wrapped, the evening team was rushed to the St. Anthony Hotel rooftop (where we did the session). The hair/makeup team did some quick touch ups, and we were set to go (just in time before the sun went down). Whew! The Kens 5 production team was SO great… everything ran like clockwork and we got some great images.

We had such a blast with these guys. We’ve watched some of them on the news for years, so meeting them in person was especially awesome. :) The entire team was so friendly and welcoming. We laughed a LOT (especially with weatherman Bill Taylor — scroll down to see some of his bloopers/outtakes). Here are our favorites from the Kens 5 shoot. Enjoy!
-Jenn & Kaylinn

PS – In the next few days, we’ll be posting more from our Kens 5 shoot (including a few behind-the-scenes shots) on our Facebook and Instagram!
kens-5-eyewitness-news-team-morning-evening-san-antonio-tx_0143 kens-5-eyewitness-news-team-morning-evening-san-antonio-tx_0144 kens-5-eyewitness-news-team-morning-evening-san-antonio-tx_0145Jeff Brady, evening news anchor

kens-5-eyewitness-news-team-morning-evening-san-antonio-tx_0146Sarah Lucero, evening news anchor

kens-5-eyewitness-news-team-morning-evening-san-antonio-tx_0147Bill Taylor, Meteorologist

kens-5-eyewitness-news-team-morning-evening-san-antonio-tx_0148 kens-5-eyewitness-news-team-morning-evening-san-antonio-tx_0149Deborah Knapp, news anchor

kens-5-eyewitness-news-team-morning-evening-san-antonio-tx_0150Paul Mireles, Meteorologist

Phil Anaya, news anchor

Karen Grace, weekend news anchor

kens-5-eyewitness-news-team-morning-evening-san-antonio-tx_0151Sarah Forgany, morning news anchor

kens-5-eyewitness-news-team-morning-evening-san-antonio-tx_0152Joe Reinagel, sports anchor

kens-5-eyewitness-news-team-morning-evening-san-antonio-tx_0153Chelsey Hernandez, traffic anchor and entertainment reporter

kens-5-eyewitness-news-team-morning-evening-san-antonio-tx_0154Barry Davis, anchor

kens-5-eyewitness-news-team-morning-evening-san-antonio-tx_0155Stacia Willson, noon news anchor

Vinnie Vinzetta, sports news anchor

Jared Silverman, Meteorologist

When we first met up with Paulina and Matthew for coffee a few months back, we had so much fun. That first meeting left me eager for their engagement session. When it finally rolled around, we laughed and joked all over again (even louder this time). Oh, AND Paulina and Matthew chose the Hays Street Bridge as the location for their session. I’ve been a San Antonio photographer for 10 years, and somehow have never shot there (whaaaat?) I’m so excited to share my favorites today! Enjoy!
-Jenn
hays st bridge san antonio engagement photos_0011.jpg hays st bridge san antonio engagement photos_0012.jpg hays st bridge san antonio engagement photos_0013.jpg hays st bridge san antonio engagement photos_0016.jpg hays st bridge san antonio engagement photos_0015.jpg hays st bridge san antonio engagement photos_0017.jpg
matthewpaulina-1061jnjnn hays st bridge san antonio engagement photos_0019.jpg
hays st bridge san antonio engagement photos_0020.jpg
hays st bridge san antonio engagement photos_0021.jpg hays st bridge san antonio engagement photos_0022.jpg

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

Get ready for some adorableness! Shelby, Derek and their two fur babies are the definition of cute. I met up with them in downtown Gruene, TX. You can see the love between these two as soon as you meet them. I can’t wait for their wedding day!!! Here are some of my favorites from their session.
-Jenn
gruene tx engagement photographer san antonio engagement photography_0001.jpg
gruene tx engagement photographer san antonio engagement photography_0002.jpgA doggy with a bow?! Yes, please.
gruene tx engagement photographer san antonio engagement photography_0004.jpgShelby, you are gorgeous.
gruene tx engagement photographer san antonio engagement photography_0005.jpg
gruene tx engagement photographer san antonio engagement photography_0006.jpg
gruene tx engagement photographer san antonio engagement photography_0007.jpg
gruene tx engagement photographer san antonio engagement photography_0008.jpgDerek and Shelby met in high school on a blind date that Shelby didn’t even know was happening.
gruene tx engagement photographer san antonio engagement photography_0009.jpg
gruene tx engagement photographer san antonio engagement photography_0010.jpgBend the Light Photography specializes in wedding photography and engagement portrait photography in San Antonio, Texas and surrounding areas. San Antonio Wedding Photographer.

Save

This post has been brewing in my heart and mind for a bit. I couldn’t decide if it was too personal for this blog, but it is such a huge part of me that I wanted to share. I want to introduce you to my Momma. We have quite a history, she and I. After way too many years in a bad marriage (to my father), she freed herself. I loved watching her getting to know herself without him and as I grew into an adult, becoming friends with my Mom. We traveled Europe together (with Kaylinn and her Mom), spent the weekends shopping and just enjoyed life together. Five years after the divorce, she was diagnosed with Carcinoid cancer.

For nearly 10 years, she fought courageously. I often said that she was my miracle. Her first surgery lasted over 12 hours, where literally hundreds of tumors were removed and her body was left badly damaged, but you never heard her complain. Cancer became our normal. I have a hard time remembering what it was like when my Mom didn’t have doctors appointments and experimental treatments. She didn’t let it slow her down. That trip to Europe was in the middle of chemo treatments. Year after year, she fought, she won so many battles. I knew, somewhere in the far corner of my mind, that one day the cancer would take her. She loved me and my brother fiercely and did absolutely everything she could to be here with us.

On June 26 of this year, I lost my best friend. My listening ear when life was overwhelming and a shoulder when I needed to cry. My travel partner and my teacher. My hero. My encourager. My constant cheerleader. My Momma. She was my rock. She always said yes. Yes to a last-minute dinner. Yes to a trip to Africa with my family. Yes to sledding with her grandson. Yes to my craft ideas that I inevitably needed her help with. Yes, yes, yes.

As I look back on this year, I see that I she was extra sick, but none of us, including her, knew that this time was the one that would take her from us. Even six months later, most days, I can’t comprehend that she is really gone. I miss her every day, nearly every hour. Losing her has truly changed me. I am still learning who this new person is. It has strengthened my belief in living a big, full life, connecting with people, making memories and capturing them. If you see me wipe a tear as you hug your Grandma on your wedding day, just know that I’m thinking of her. If I ask you to pose for an extra photo with your Mom, it is because I know that moments are fleeting and memories are precious.

Here are a few of my favorite photos of my beautiful, strong, generous, loving Momma.

-Jenn
new braunfels tx engagement photographer san antonio engagement photography_0021.jpgIn London.
new braunfels tx engagement photographer san antonio engagement photography_0022.jpg
new braunfels tx engagement photographer san antonio engagement photography_0023.jpgTwinning.
new braunfels tx engagement photographer san antonio engagement photography_0027.jpgRight before her first surgery.
new braunfels tx engagement photographer san antonio engagement photography_0026.jpgCrafting for Maya’s room.
new braunfels tx engagement photographer san antonio engagement photography_0025.jpgOn the banks of the Mississippi River in New Orleans on a trip to see her Carcinoid specialist.

new braunfels tx engagement photographer san antonio engagement photography_0028.jpg
new braunfels tx engagement photographer san antonio engagement photography_0029.jpgWalking me down the aisle.
new braunfels tx engagement photographer san antonio engagement photography_0030.jpg
new braunfels tx engagement photographer san antonio engagement photography_0032.jpgPretty sure I got my love of photography from her.
new braunfels tx engagement photographer san antonio engagement photography_0034.jpgAlways serving. Always helping.
new braunfels tx engagement photographer san antonio engagement photography_0033.jpgMeeting Maya for the first time.
new braunfels tx engagement photographer san antonio engagement photography_0035.jpg
new braunfels tx engagement photographer san antonio engagement photography_0036.jpgSledding in Colorado with Alain.
new braunfels tx engagement photographer san antonio engagement photography_0038.jpgChristmas tree farm last year, 2015.
new braunfels tx engagement photographer san antonio engagement photography_0039.jpg
new braunfels tx engagement photographer san antonio engagement photography_0040.jpgI Love this photo of her watching me watch Maya. The generations of mommying.
new braunfels tx engagement photographer san antonio engagement photography_0041.jpgThe last photo I have with her on Mother’s Day of 2016.