When Lesli contacted us about their fall wedding at Hotel Emma, Kaylinn called me first to see if I would be ok with shooting their wedding on my husband’s birthday. I didn’t have to think long before saying YES!!! I’m sorry, Chris. A delightful couple at an unique wedding venue during the cool month of October? I will say yes every. single. time. :) As soon as I met Greg and Lesli, I knew that I’d made the right decision.

You know a session is good when you stay after chatting until it’s dark. While Greg and Lesli are currently renovating a historic home in Tulsa, my husband and I just moved into our own historic home a couple of months ago. As we were chatting about the details, we discovered so many similarities in our homes and in our styles. We both are turning a sunroom into a bathroom and have come up with the a lot of the same solutions. It felt like I was taking a walk with old friends and I just happened to be photographing them along the way.

Like so many of our couples, Lesli and Greg were slightly nervous to be in front of the camera. They quickly became comfortable and as my many, many favorites prove, they are a gorgeous couple with no problem looking good in front of the camera! I am beyond excited to be a part of their Hotel Emma wedding in the fall.
-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.

From the moment that I met up with Derek and Shelby for their Gruene engagement session, I loved them. I don’t think that I have ever seen a man adore a woman the way that Derek adores Shelby. When capturing wedding images, my goal is to tell the unique love story of the couple, to freeze in time the way she looks at him or the way he holds her hand. With Derek and Shelby, it was impossible NOT to capture their genuine love and admiration for each other.

Derek and Shelby met on a blind date in high school. A date that Shelby didn’t even realize was a date. Derek’s best friend (and Best Man), Colton, set them up and it was Shelby’s best friend (and Maid of Honor), Cassidy, who pushed her to go out with Derek a second time. They had a bit of a rough start. On their second date, Derek spit a sesame seed at Shelby during dinner, she slammed his head in the door when he tried to be polite and close it for her, and then she proceeded to hit him in the face when the horror movie they were watching scared her. Even so, that second date ended with their first kiss. Derek knew when he was in high school that Shelby was the one, his one and only. That was 8 years ago. Over the years, they have both grown and changed, but their love has only become stronger.

When Derek and Shelby are together, they have an ease and familiarity that comes from knowing and loving each other for so long. This effortlessness sets everyone around them at ease.  Their day was overflowing with joy, as the love between the two of them spills onto everyone around them. It is contagious. Spending time with Derek, Shelby and their families as the dreams of marriage were realized was so special to me. Thank you Derek and Shelby for inviting us into your love story!!
-Jenn

PS – Shelby + Derek’s wedding ceremony and wedding reception were held at our favorite hill country venue — Sisterdale Dance Hall and Opera House in Boerne, Texas. Love it there!
These beautiful handkerchiefs were made from Shelby’s Grammie’s wedding gown and Papa’s wedding suit. Isn’t the detail of the dress buttons amazing? I loved all of the sentimental details Shelby added into her day. Her necklace was made from the diamonds of her Grandma’s ring and the lace her was from her grandma’s wedding dress.  When Derek was asked to write a list of his future goals in high school, one of them was “Shelby”. He kept his list for all of these years. Just before their wedding day when he went to look for it so he could bring it with him on their wedding day, he discovered that Shelby had already tucked it away to bring with her on their big day! Derek’s reaction was my favorite part of the day. He was absolutely overwhelmed when he turned around to see his gorgeous bride. I could see that this was a moment that he had been dreaming of for years and years. The reality of actually living in the moment with the love of his life brought him to his knees. This is why photographing weddings is so special to me. To be invited into a moment so precious is an honor and a privilege.  A bridal party who laughs at my ridiculous jokes = WINNING!!
Shelby and her little sisters, Taylor and Holly. Keep scrolling see the surprise these two had for Shelby at the reception…
Sisterdale Dance Hall has the cutest outdoor space for a wedding ceremony!
Outdoor wedding ceremony at Sisterdale Dance Hall? Yessss!
Shelby’s sister’s rapped their toast and it was amazing! If you have been following our blog for a while, you may remember that I rapped my toast at Kaylinn’s wedding. As soon as I heard that Holly and Taylor would be doing the same thing, I got butterflies of nervousness for them. Let me tell you from experience, it takes some gut to do this!!!  We even used the same song as our inspiration, Fresh Prince of BelAir. LOVE!!!!! The surprises just kept coming, Derek serenaded Shelby with “She’s like Texas”. It was such a sweet moment and just made me love them more. 

Derek + Shelby, we heart you guys! It’s safe to say we will NEVER forget your wedding day. Thank you for inviting us into your lives and letting us capture these moments!

See more weddings at Sisterdale Dancehall and Opera House in Boerne, Texas here: http://tinyurl.com/BTLsisterdale

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Wedding Ceremony: Sisterdale Dancehall, Boerne TX
Wedding Reception: Sisterdale Dancehall, Boerne TX
Bride’s Hair: Jessica Cozart, Blue Moon Salon
Bride’s Makeup: The Makeup Maven, San Antonio TX
Bride’s Dress: Mikaella
Bride’s Shoes: Bella Belle
Bridesmaid Dresses: Mori Lee
Groom/Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A Bank
Wedding Cake: Sophie’s Bakery
Floral: HEB Blooms
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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.

Last year, I had the privilege of photographing the KENS 5 news team. I tried to act cool, but there were definite butterflies fluttering as my brain went back and forth between, “You got this!” and “What is happening?” The session was amazing. I loved working with the whole team. It was exciting and fun to do something a bit different from our usual. So when the folks from Great Day SA contacted us about photographing some promotional photos for them, I was jazzed and ready to rock the session.

I met up with Cristina, Paul, Roma, and Roddy at The Historic Pearl. It was a blast! The whole team was a joy to work with, so genuine and fun. It is evident that they love their jobs and who they work with. The friendships they share are sincere and made photographing them delightful. Happy people makes my job easy!! Here are my favorites from the session.
-Jenn

Hair and Makeup by The Oxygen Room

Great Day SA Hosts, Business group photographer, san antonio business photographer_0002.jpgThe beautiful and talented, Cristina. Your smile is contagious.
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Great Day SA Hosts, Business group photographer, san antonio business photographer_0004.jpgRoma totally rocked that romper!! You are gorgeous, Roma!
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You guys, I have a total case of the Mondays!! It started with a sick child, forgotten school lunch, and was completed with a early morning fender bender!! Ahhh!!! Even so, I can’t help but smile when I look at this sweet family. Owen’s toothy grin is sure to put a smile on your face and is the perfect cure for any case of the Mondays.

Victoria and Matt are one of my all time favorites couples. We first met in 2012 when they were planning their wedding. This is the 5th time I have had the privilege to capture a milestone for them. I’m such a lucky photographer girl :)

This time they are celebrating Owen’s first birthday. I loved seeing Victoria and Matt enjoying their new roles as Mom and Dad. Owen is so obviously loved and cherished. He is full of life and has such a fun personality. He kept us all running after him and laughing, as he searched for the perfect leaf and flirted with the ladies who passed by.

Victoria’s wardrobe styling is perfection!!  Their outfits were a fabulous coordination of patterns and colors. Here are my favorites from their session. Thank you Matt and Victoria for sharing your beautiful little family with me. And happy birthday Owen!!!
-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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After being a wedding photographer for 10 years, I have come to realize that families have cultures, just like countries have cultures. Some families are playful, some serious, some formal, and some down-to-earth-casual. The “culture” of Nikki,  Nate, and their families, was overflowing with love, kindness and joy. You don’t have to spend much time with them to catch some of the overflow of their love. They (and their families) are a perfect match. It was a privilege to be their company to witness the joining to these families and an even greater honor to be the photographers entrusted with capturing their memories!!

When I arrived in Nikki’s room (at the gorgeous Hotel Havana!), I was instantly greeted with smiles and laughter. Nikki’s ladies were drinking mimosas, while oohing and ahhing over the perfection that was Nikki the bride. Everyone was happy to help and honored to be a part of Nikki and Nate’s celebration. One comment from me about the light being better from another direction, and there were three ladies in heels and sequined dresses rearranging the furniture!

Their wedding ceremony and reception were both held at the Southwest School of Art in downtown San Antonio, TX. It was truly a family affair. Nikki’s brother preformed the ceremony (unofficial title of “Bad Ass Officiant”), Nate’s brothers played the music for the ceremony, sang during the mother/son dance, and gave some of the most moving speeches I’ve ever heard at a wedding (and I’ve heard quite a lot of speeches!).

Nikki and Nate…Being a part of your wedding day was an absolute delight. We wish you all the joy and happiness that you give to others. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you!!
-Jenn

PS – This day would not have been possible were it not for the wedding-coordinating guru that is Nancy Hernandez! (with Eventfully Yours) This was our first time working with Nancy, but it won’t be the last! She was absolutely. incredible. If you are on the hunt for a wedding coordinator that will thoughtfully handle every detail of your big day, Nancy needs to be on your list! –> www.eventfully-yoursllc.com

This gorgeous ring belonged to Nikki’s grandmother. I adore personal touches like this.  Nikki, you are a light. This smile was on her face all day. Nikki’s bridesmaids seeing her for the first time in her dress. Love those smiles. Special thanks to the furtiture rearranging bridesmaids for this image!! Don’t worry, we put everything back :) The whole group — bridesmaids, groomsmen, ushers and house party. They made my job so easy! Nikki ad Nate, you have some amazing friends and family!! Emma was the most adorable and helpful flower girl. Such a cutie!!

#GoodGirlGoneBadding (Nate’s last name). Best wedding hashtag EVER!!
Nikki’s parents walking her down the aisle. It is easy to see where Nikki gets her smile from. Weddings at the gazebo at the Southwest School of Art = our favorite. :)
I love this image. A hug between Nate and his brother Tyler, after he gave the most beautiful and heartfelt speech, describing Nikki and Nate’s relationship as a love song all their own. It was perfection. Nikki’s nephew, Sam, couldn’t resist giving his aunt a hug of congratulations! We are often asked if we take formal family photos… why yes, we doooo!

Southwest School of Art chapel, oh how we love thee for wedding receptions.  Nikki + Nate, your wedding was BEAUTIFUL and I can honestly say we will never forget it! THANK YOU for allowing us to capture these moments!

View our other weddings at the Southwest School of Art in San Antonio, Texas here: http://tinyurl.com/BTLswschool

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Wedding Coordinator: Nancy Hernandez, Eventfully Yours, San Antonio TX
Wedding Ceremony: Southwest School of Art, San Antonio TX
Wedding Reception: Southwest School of Art, San Antonio TX
Bride’s Hair/Makeup: Ashley Kravitz, Blush
Bride’s Dress: David Tutera
Bridesmaid Dresses: Badgley Mischka, Rent the Runway
Wedding Band: Finding Friday
Floral: Evember
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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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