Boerne Bridal Photographer – Alyssa at The Springs

Select photos from Alyssa’s bridal session at The Springs in Boerne.  It’s always a pleasure to shoot bridal photos at wedding venues.  The lack of traffic and interruptions allows for a much more creative atmosphere.  For the bride it means comfortable accommodations to get ready without the limitations of a makeshift location.  Of course I always schedule so the photography session runs through sunset so we can make the best of the beautiful light.

Beautiful entrance door at The Springs in Boerne

Along the water at The Springs in Boerne

Along the water at The Springs in Boerne

Beautiful sunset light at The Springs in Boerne

Along the water at The Springs in Boerne

Along the water at The Springs in Boerne

Gorgeous sunset at The Springs in Boerne

Beautiful entrance door at The Springs in Boerne

The woodwork and ceilings are an attractive feature of The Springs in Boerne

The stairs are a main feature of the reception area at The Springs in Boerne

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Pedernales Falls

Pedernales Falls is one of those locations that tugs at me.  The grand nature of the river, the rock formations, the intricacies of the landscape all come together to provide a spectacular experience.  My first thought when visiting locations like this is how exciting it would be to stage a bridal shoot there.  The creative possibilities are limitless.

My recent visit to the park was more of a photographic scouting trip.  My effort was to identify some possible locations for a bridal or engagement shoot that would result in compelling images.  It was an effort in narrowing down the limitless possibilities to a manageable number of likely photography spots.  Overall the trip was good and helped give some initial shape to my ideas.  I left with some good images for planning and staging, but I also need to find the right bride or couple to being the vision to life.

If you are interested in being a part of this project, and feel you would enjoy the creative and planning process, I would like to hear from you.

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Amy and Eli are married – A Scenic Springs Wedding

Sometimes you have to be a little bit bold, especially this time of year.  For the most part Texas winter weather is mild, and it can result in perfect conditions for a wedding ceremony.  On the other hand it can be miserable, and leave couples looking for a plan “B”.  On the morning of Amy and Eli’s wedding, plan “B” appeared to be the likely choice.  Slightly on the cool side, and with heavy threatening skies, the chance of rain was very likely.  It takes a bold bride to stick with an outdoor ceremony plan under those conditions, but Amy was sure of her decision.

As if to exhibit some kind of super power over the weather, the rain did hold out all the way up until the last shots of the formal photos, then light sprinkles fell letting everyone know it was time to move on to the reception.  Congrats to a wonderful couple and a fantastic wedding day.  Capturing the moments of your day was a heartwarming experience.

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Patty and Josh are Married – A Scenic Springs Wedding

Beautiful days and gorgeous venues are always the perfect backdrop for wedding photography.  Patty and Josh chose Scenic Springs in Helotes, TX as their wedding venue, and the day couldn’t have been more perfect.   The day was full of emotion and very touching moments, as their close friends and family gathered for the special day.

The day began with Patty and Josh getting ready at the venue and continued with a “first look” moment that really set the stage for the day.  The beauty and emotion that would follow made capturing heartwarming images easy.  It was such a joy to be a part of their day and experience the excitement first hand.

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Tawanna and Ray are married

For the most part Texas weather is hot!  We have cold days in the winter…most Northerner’s would laugh at what we call cold.  We also have some wet weather in the spring, and I referred to that in my previous post on Tawanna’s bridal photos.  The wet weather returned for Tawanna and Ray’s wedding day, but there is a saying that goes with that.

Rain on your wedding day is a sign of good luck, because a wet knot is harder to untie.

The weather did not stop everyone from having a great time and enjoying the wonderful ceremony and reception.  The bride looked beautiful, the groom looked stylish, and together they danced the evening away.

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Zaza Gardens, a downtown San Antonio wedding venue

I had the privileged of creating some beautiful bridal portraits this past weekend at Zaza Gardens.  A relatively new wedding venue, Zaza Gardens blends the perfect mixture of historic architecture with classic beauty.  Updated and renovated from an old pickle factory Zaza Gardens sits in downtown San Antonio, and provides brides and grooms with a versatile venue that works great for ceremony and reception.

The garden area, complete with contemporary pool sets a perfect atmosphere for outdoor ceremonies.  The reception can be split between indoor luxury and the outdoor courtyard, giving couples the flexibility needed for Texas weddings.  In fact it is almost impossible to not fall in love with this venue and I urge anyone shopping locations to set up an appointment to tour the facilities.

Lea, who tends to bookings and venue coordination was gracious enough to allow me to tour the facility and create some promotional photographs of the venue.  Later in the evening I had the opportunity to create some stunning bridal portraits using Zaza Gardens as the perfect backdrop.  It is so easy to be inspired by the building, architecture, and atmosphere.  For the photographer Zaza Gardens has the perfect blend of charm, light, location, and look.  For the engaged couple Zaza Gardens has the charm you may be looking for.

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Panoramic of the indoor reception area at Zaza Gardens

zaza gardens san antonio wedding venue

The original elevator, restored for display purposes, adds to the historic atmosphere.

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Alternate view of the indoor reception area.

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Large windows and skylights allow natural light to fill the venue during the day.

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The entryway to Zaza Gardens

zaza gardens san antonio wedding venue

Alternate view of the entryway area.

zaza gardens san antonio wedding venue

Originaly a pickel factory Zaza Gardens has a great deal of character and charm.

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Courtyard area for outdoor reception and indoor overflow.

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Outdoor ceremony area

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Elegance and charm await the guests at Zaza Gardens

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The walk down the isle will be beautiful for the bride at Zaza Gardens.

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I just loved that the lumber compnay name was still visible on the header beam.

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Natural wood floors that are absolutely gorgeous.

Who is ranked first in number of weddings a year?

I came across an interesting post on The Wedding Report, which ranked the States based on number of weddings.  The analysis compares ranking from 1990 to 2009.  Ranked first is California with the most number of weddings, but next in the ranking is Texas.  If you have a look at the chart you will see that over the years many States have maintained their rank, which is the case with California and Texas.  Covering vast amounts of land and several huge metropolitan areas has helped keep Texas at the top of the ranking.

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