Julie & Garrett: San Antonio Riverwalk Engagement


Whirlwind! Julie & Garrett wanted to do an engagement shoot that showed off their rambling, adventuresome side. We met at the Japanese Tea Garden in San Antonio and palled around there for a while in the giant pagoda and near the waterfall until we found these exploding red flowers. Also had to utilize the old concrete kiln that produced the first Portland Cement west of the Mississippi.

From there a quick trip to Alamo Brewing Company and the restored railroad bridge that traverses the train tracks. A needed pint of hefeweizen and off again to the Riverwalk area of downtown.

This was the crazy part of the session. The Riverwalk was packed with tourists making it hard to walk along the historic sidewalks. The river barge operators spotted us every time and cajoled the crowd into cheering for Julie & Garrett. But finally we found the quieter parts of the old river and made the glowy sunset photos we were after.

We love this type of engagement session, where only a rough outline of the day is drawn and we spend our time chasing the light and color we seek to define the mood. Thanks to Julie & Garrett for running around town with us!













Kelsey & Sean: Pearl Stables Wedding in San Antonio -Austin Wedding photographers - First Dance -

Kelsey & Sean: Pearl Stables Wedding in San Antonio


Kelsey and Sean were married at Faith Lutheran Church in Seguin and the reception followed at the Pearl Stables in San Antonio. Now, where to begin on the fun stories of the evening. We started the day off by making the groom and his guys take photos in the pre-school room at the church. The mother of the bride was my pre-school teacher so we had to bring it full circle for this family affair. Continuing the family affair, the Orange Poppy (Josh’s Sister) was the florist for the evening and produce their usual brand of client specific floral pieces.

The reception was at an amazing new to us venue called Pearl Stables. The former home of the 60 odd horses that the Pearl Brewery used has now been fit and finished out to be a spectacular venue. It took us awhile to take in all the details before we could show it off photographically. Just so many details around the building with a history that is rarely seen in most modern venues. Inside the Stables was laughter, camradarie and a dance party to celebrate Kelsey & Sean. Spy the red headed boy doing the worm!

We are so happy for Kelsey & Sean and were honored to take part of their wedding day!












Sarah & Ryan: Wedding from Hotel Valencia in San Antonio

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Sarah & Ryan got married at the super cool Hotel Valencia overlooking the famed San Antonio Riverwalk this weekend. Our first time to photograph at this venue but we hope it’s not our last. The staff was super helpful (thanks for helping me find my lost sandbag!) and the decor was a perfect backdrop for an elegant wedding. The team at Modern Moments made sure the day was well designed and on time, love working with those gals too for our 3rd or 4th time this year. All of their weddings have been magazine quality! I also wanted to highlight the flowers and especially the bouquet from Botanika, because their artichoke heart bridal bouquet was something I have never seen before and it was modern, hip and just right for this wedding.

Enjoy the photos from our supersized blog post today and make sure to tell Sarah & Ryan congratulations in the comments!


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Sarah: Bridal Portraits at Mission San Jose

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We just finished up photographing Sarah & Ryan’s wedding and now we can share Sarah’s Bridal Portraits from Mission San Jose in San Antonio. I haven’t been to the mission since a grade school field trip and was surprised by how many photographic opportunities there are at the Mission. It was also fun to imagine that we were settlers living in a walled city but that’s a different post for a different blog. Sarah is wearing her mother’s bridal gown for these portraits and we felt the historical venue with an older style dress was a good pairing.

We hope you enjoy these bridal portraits and look forward to sharing a blog about there wedding day.


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Guthrie-Nicol Wedding: Marriott Hill Country: San Antonio, Texas

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What a great weekend in San Antonio we had photographing Michele and Michael’s Wedding at the JW Hill Country Marriott Resort. A beautiful outdoor ceremony with surprises from cute ringbearers, a few tears of happiness, and lots of shared memories. If you follow along with the photos we think you see the major thread of the narrative. There are a ton more photos to share and tangents to explore but for now let’s focus on the bride and groom. Our senior shooter Kaush had a great idea for a ring shot based on Michele’s love for Tiff’s Treats, the Pacman ring shot! We would also like to thank the staff at the Marriott headed up by Pablo for executing a flawless day.

Other vendors of note to help the day along
Lighting: Events by Reese
Flowers: Floral Elegance
Hair/Makeup: Makeup by Alyssa
DJ: Jonny Black Productions
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Alyssa’s Bridals

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We finally get to share Alyssa’s Bridal Portraits! Been holding off on this post since early January. We ventured to the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio for their varied grounds and scenery. The place was just amazing to photograph at because we never had to move more than 100 yards for all of our photographs. Places like the McNay are great for stimulating the senses with Contemporary Artwork around the grounds.

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Kevin & Alyssa – Wedding Preview

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I have had the distinct pleasure of watching Kevin grow up for his entire life. Alyssa I have known for a shorter period of time but she is no less sweet in my heart. And we had a rollicking time photographing their wedding this weekend. You might remember this couple as one of our underwater engagement sessions from this Summer. While they are laying on a beach somewhere in the Caribbean enjoying warmer waters, we are sharing a preview of their wedding photographs.

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Kevin & Alyssa’s Engagements – Part Two in San Antonio

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This is part two of Kevin & Alyssa’s Engagement photos. Part One had us diving in the Comal River in an attempt to capture some cool underwater scenes. Today we ventured to another nearby river, albeit slightly more urban, the San Antonio River (walk). We set our GPS to “meander” and just followed the light and ambiance of the Riverwalk capturing photographs along the way. And a big thanks to my San Antonio assistant, Lauren, for packing gear up and down a few flights of stairs.
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Jennifer Lynn – Portraits

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When the phone rings from one of my favorite models asking if I want to do a creative shoot with a fun and whimsical makeup artist, 60% of the time I say yes 100% percent of the time. We met up in San Antonio with J from Addiction MUA and Jennifer Larsen. We worked through a couple of different looks, feeling our way through the theme of a digital woman.

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Kevin & Alyssa – Cold Comal, Warm Hearts

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Way number one to break the ice on an engagement shoot? Fall down the moss covered stairs of the Comal River while warning of the impending danger. Twice. Yep, even before our intrepid couple got in the water, yours truly had fallen into the water twice. Everything was downhill from there. ba dah bing!
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Emily’s Bridal – San Antonio

I am super excited! Now that Zac and Emily have gotten hitched, I can finally show off the bridals from a few months ago. We didn’t want the photos in the wild and ruin the surprise of her dress.

In talking with Emily we decided that a San Antonio shoot would work best and after hearing her describe her dress, decided that the Art Deco District near Fredricksburg Road would be the place to get our photos on. We started at Eisenhower Park, so named because Dwight and his wife used to rowboat around the lake.
Then we hit up a couple of places with good sights along the way.

Thanks to Russ for helping me with the lights, and to Kate for helping Emily with her Dress.

Too many photos to share, so here is the slideshow from this gallery

— JB

Emily’s Bridal – San Antonio Bridal Photos

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Emily’s Bridal Portraits went awesome Sunday’s in San Antonio. I was assisted by my longest-time friend, Russ. Emily brought along Kate.

First off, the sky was beautiful, some wispy clouds, but otherwise blue. The wind continued my streak of Lubbock-like breeze patterns, hard and often. Undaunted, we set off on to the Deco District in San Antonio near Woodlawn Park. We roamed up and down the streets utilizing the funky architecture to fit Emily’s personality and wedding style.

Second, Emily is fantastic to work with. She claims to be shy, but I never saw that. Continuing another streak, she learned her model moves from America’s Next Top Model. That is a streak of 4 clients in a row for me, I had to confess again to watching it for the photography/modeling as well. Doesn’t help with the man card, but it helps with the photo card.

Em has a neo-funky dress which fit her awesomely, can’t show the dress yet, don’t want the groom peaking too much. Some traditions still hold and this is one I like.

Our favorite background is the one that Russ is modeling here.

Monroe Wall with Russ the Model

We went with an Orbis Ring Flash as the single light here. When Emily was in the frame, we used a white sheet as a scrim to block the sunlight and bring the ambient down some so that we could carry an aperture and get that ringflash look. If this makes no sense, head over to strobist.com .

Once the wedding happens in May, I will give it the full blog treatment with lots of pretty pictures!

— JB