My natural reflex answer would be, I can create a beautiful bridal portrait in the parking lot of Taco Bell. It’s all about the woman, and the dress. The background is not THAT important. Okay, so maybe I’m exaggerating about Taco Bell. But not much. Regardless, I’ve put together my list of my favorite locations for bridal portraits:
Historic Mission San Jose website link Since the mission is a national historical landmark, bookings are done through the National Parks Service Ranger Station. There is a fee, and they close at 5pm. Still, it’s one of the most beautiful locations in San Antonio, and some of the bridal portraits I’ve taken there are in the slideshow of my webpage.
The Woodward House mansion Woodward House Web link
The Gardens of Cranesbury http://www.gardensofcranesburyview.com/
Castle Avalon – New Braunfels http://www.castleavalon.com/
Victoria’s Black Swan Inn http://www.victoriasblackswaninn.com/gallery.htm
The Inn at Craig Place http://www.craigplace.com/weddings.html
Lost Mission http://www.lostmission.com/
Japanese Tea Garden – Requires $20 photography permit.
Most of the venues above charge a photography fee, and the booking must be made well in advance. If you call, make sure they understand you’re wanting a place for your bridal portrait. The manager at Lost Mission, Sarah is a friend of mine… if you call Lost Mission be sure and tell her that I’m your photographer.
There are a few locations where I’ve done some very pretty bridal portraits that are open to the public and don’t charge a fee:
Denman Estate Google Images Link
Landa Library – Originally a 1900 mansion, beautiful landscaping. Very pretty – FREE
Riverwalk – Pearl District – FREE, not as crowded as downtown riverwalk, good security, waterfall, ducks, lots of plants, cool looking pearl plant and new hotel skyline background.
Brackenridge Park – lots of cool areas, lots of trees, FREE (near Japanese Tea Garden)
Gruene Hall area – North end of New Braunfels around Gruene Hall. Barn type buildings, country atmosphere, flowers, etc.
Landa Park – New Braunfels – FREE – Large park area around the Wurstfest area and Schlitterbahn. Mill pond, river, old train
Hemisfair Park – Great skyline
San Fernando Cathedral – Main Plaza downtown. Across from Bexar County Courthouse.