Jenna found me on The Knot and we quickly hit it off through emailing back and forth. Her and Steven had already had their engagement photos taken in Louisiana but knew they wanted their wedding in the Hill Country at Hidden Falls in Canyon Lake, Texas. You can’t beat the Spanish moss, waterfall backdrop, beautiful reception area, and everything else that this venue has to offer. We met up in San Antonio for coffee prior to their wedding day so that we could have a chance to get to know each other before I just hopped in and starting shooting the most important day of their lives!

Jenna looked stunning on her wedding day. Her and Steven chose to do a first look which I LOVEEEE! I mean I get so giddy with excitement when my couples tell me that a first look is in their plans. It is just the most beautiful, intimate moment that the bride and groom get to share together ALONE before the ceremony. It allows the bride and groom to exchange sweet words or maybe even a gift, and it takes all the pressure off prior to the ceremony! I get goosebumps and cry behind my camera every single time. Here are some of my favorite moments from their day…. 

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If you look back a couple of posts ago you’ll see the most beautiful mama to be with her husband and sweet little boy, Mason. Well, we’ve been in the middle of a move from south Texas to east Texas but this fresh 48 session with Jill had been planned before we were even sure this would happen. I was so excited to receive her text that she was on her way to the hospital. Thankfully she got sent home for just a little bit so I had time to get my babies to their grandma’s and make arrangements for them and for myself before making the 4 hour road trip to meet little Carter! It was important to them that we capture the first 24-48 hours of them IN the hospital so time was of the essence. We originally planned on a newborn session immediately following the fresh-48 session because of the time and distance crunch we were all on but ended up deciding to really just get a great session at the hospital. I brought along a few things with me and I was able to capture a few more traditional newborn shots for Jill because I know here mama heart would want some to look back on. So without further ado… meet little Carter James Resendez… he was approximately 24 hours brand new in these images. GAHHHH!

 

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I am doing this super rare thing where I am actually sitting down and making myself blog. The reason this is rare is obvious to me at this very moment as I add these pretty images of these beautiful people all in love…. my kiddos are screaming from the top of their lungs, something that I can’t quite make out, at each other downstairs. Oh the joys of being a work at home mom a lot of the time 😉 So all of that to say that I am blogging these past sessions in no particular order, but I am blogging nonetheless so let’s just all consider this a win!

This was a fun engagement session that began at The Hotel Emma on the River in San Antonio with a little walking throughout the entire Pearl area. Then we headed off to Casey’s and Megan’s house in downtown San Antonio for a quick change of clothes before finishing the afternoon off at the stables with their cherished horse Cavi.

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I have known Jill for about 8 years now. I met her through Shelby, my sister-in-law, because they were roommates in college! THIS is why social media is the coolest… because I have been able to follow along Jill’s life on social media and watch her go from a college softball player to a wife and mother of 2. Also because of social media she has been able to follow along my photography journey, so I was MORE than excited when Jill reached out to me to document her pregnancy with Mason’s little brother, Carter, and I also got to meet him in the hospital for a fresh 48 session. Y’all. THERE IS NO COOLER JOB THAN MY JOB. Anyway…. she was literally glowing the night of their maternity session… they traveled from Houston to San Antonio to play in the river! It was a bit of a hike and she hadn’t mentioned to me that she was basically on bedrest. Haha! So it was an unexpected adventure to say the least, but everyone did so well! 

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My creative spirit was refueled and recharged after returning home from Las Vegas after shooting an amazing desert vow renewal that was styled by the incredibly talented Twig & Olive Photography. So much planning and prep went into this day to make it as beautiful as it was. The wind was blowing probably 117mph and it wasn’t much warmer than 50 degrees. We ate sand, but washed it down with cake so I consider that a win! Rachel + Dion showed up to the middle of the Las Vegas desert with their 2 littles to renew their vows 10 years later. I don’t think I will ever tire of seeing genuine connection and love in the most intimate moments. Rachel said her vows to her husband of 10 years with tears running down her cheeks. She looked so incredibly beautiful and you wouldn’t be able to tell that she was freezing her tail off because of that wind and the 50 degree temperatures I mentioned earlier.  I was so excited to be a part of this day. I was so thankful that Doug and Bobbi of Twig & Olive shared their talents and their knowledge with a group of other photographer’s just trying to learn and progress. It was inspiring, and it was the best way that I could possibly think of to get my 2017 kicked off.

 

Styling: Twig & Olive Photography
Cake: http://pastrypalacelv.com
Bride’s dress: bhldn.com
Bride’s shoes: freepeople.com
Bride’s bracelet: anthropologie.com
Bride’s hair and make up: http://www.perfecthairandmakeup.com
Groom’s suitcoat: orvis.com
Groom’s tie: asos.com
Officiant: peachykeenunions.com
Florals: http://www.cityblossomslv.com

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