Tahoe Wedding Photographer

Tahoe Lakeside Wedding | Published at My Big Fat African Wedding

I’m so happy to see Erik and La Saundra’s Tahoe lakeside wedding published at a brand new bridal blog.  My Big Fat African Wedding serves as a “place for African brides and grooms to find inspiration.”  You can see the entire post via this link.

Erik and La Saundra were wed awash in her favorite color, deep purple, and under the blue Tahoe summer skies at Lakeside Beach.

Tahoe Maternity Portraits

Tahoe Maternity Portraits | Jess + Dave

Jess and Dave are pretty rad.  They are funny, vivacious folks that love to laugh, get silly and play with their pups.  They wanted to commemorate their son to be with some family photos and Tahoe maternity portraits.  A mutual friend sent them my way and we were collectively all shocked that our paths in Tahoe had yet to cross.  I mean, come on, I thought I knew everyone?  Their four legged friends are an important part of their growing family so we decided that their favorite paw friendly beach was the place to go for their portrait session.

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Romantic Tahoe Beach Wedding | Tahoe Beach Retreat | Chelsea + Kristian

Holy sultry eyes Batman!  I can’t get enough of Chelsea and Kristian’s smokin’ hot portrait session!  I’m always thrilled to work at the Tahoe Beach Retreat and this romantic Tahoe beach wedding was no exception.  These two beautiful people were married in an intimate late afternoon ceremony  and their destination Tahoe wedding was complete with an adorable dessert bar filled with lollipop topped cupcakes, macaroons and color coordinated candies.

The light that afternoon was perfect to capture the intense laughter and love this couple has for each other.  Chelsea is stunningly beautiful and it just radiates from her photos.

Chelsea and Kristian, thank you so much for sharing your special day with me!

Venue:The Tahoe Beach Retreat | Bakery: Flour Girl Wedding Cakes | Florist: Thran’s |  Officiant: Rev. Robert Orr 

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Tahoe Beach Retreat Wedding | Mitch + Kathy Sneak Peek

Mitch and Kathy were wed at the Tahoe Beach Retreat in a quiet intimate ceremony deluged under an umbrella of lots of good-luck-rain.  Thankfully, the sun came out and the skies cleared just in time for some couples portraits on the beach and pier.

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Tahoe Wedding Photographer | Veronica + James

Veronica, James and their adorable children officially take the prize for most stylish wedding party so far this summer, right down to the kids’ Converse kicks.  They also stole my heart when their wedding reception dished up brunch to the guests.  You know that second breakfast is my favorite meal of the day!  Everything about their wedding was simple, fresh and clean: from the yellow and green stylish accents to the simple white cake.  It was a pleasure to be their Tahoe wedding photographer and I’m thrilled for their gorgeous family.

Venue: Tahoe Beach Retreat | Coordinator: Amanda Mason | Cake: Witt’s Cakes | Caterer: Blue Angel Cafe | Florist: Thran’s | Musicians: Avalanche Duo

Kathleen and Charlie

Tahoe Wedding Photographer Sneak Peek | Kathleen plus Charlie

I scream with excitement when brides and grooms dance down the aisle after the ceremony.

I mean really: if you are’t dancing down the aisle, as they would say in Texas, you ain’t right.

Thank you to Kathleen and Charlie for choosing me as their Tahoe wedding photographer.  I can’t wait to share more images form their amazing event at my favorite local venue, the Tahoe Beach Retreat.

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Tahoe Wedding Photographer | Elizabeth + Joel

Joel and Elizabeth eloped in a destination wedding on the pier at sunset at the Tahoe Beach Retreat this past weekend with their unbelievably cool family.  With four boys and one girl, this combined household is full of awesome energy.  The boys told me that they all have nicknames, including “Snake,” but after I mistakenly (and probably permanently) re-christened Anthony as “Ebony,” I’m 100% positive that the others were quite happy to keep their names to themselves.  They all made sure to make sure that an assortment of “gangster photo poses” were included in the mix, much to mom’s chagrin.

I had such a wonderful hour with this beautiful family.  Congratulations to Joel, Elizabeth and their family.  Thanks so much for choosing Tahoe as your wedding destination.  I’m so thrilled that I could be your Tahoe wedding photographer.

Venue: Tahoe Beach Retreat | Wedding Coordinator: Amanda Mason | Florist: Thran’s Flowers

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Tahoe Wedding Photographer | Eddie + Lori

I’ve been keeping this one to myself because I knew it belonged on a wedding blog because this gorgeous marriage of two families at the Tahoe Beach Retreat and Lodge in South Lake Tahoe was completely and totally Pinterest worthy.  I’m so thrilled to finally share it with you and can happily announce that it will be published in not just one but TWO different blogs in the upcoming month!

I am so thankful Eddie and Lorena found me and even more honored that they chose me to be their Tahoe wedding photographer.  What an amazing family this is.  It was so clear to me from the get-go that they both are making their new family a priority.  Lorena is clearly a loving, patient, encouraging mother and it showed in various ways throughout the day, including the ceremony during which they took turns jointly combining multiple colors of sand into a shadowbox, signifying the unity of two families into one.

I always ask if brides have Pinterest boards, just so I can get an idea of their personality and aesthetic before I meet them.  All too often, I don’t meet the bride until the wedding day.  When I saw that Lori’s shabby chic board was full of fall colors, muted tones, bell jars and burlap, I was thrilled.  When I arrived on the wedding day to find their amazing wedding coordinator Amanda Mason setting up a CANDY BAR, I was nothing short of ecstatic.

From start to finish, I felt right at home with Lori and Eddie.  Lori warms your heart.  On her wedding day, she was positively glowing, as any bride should be, and her spirit has stuck with me since then.  Their friends were fun, full of laughter and raged the dance floor.  Her teenage sons stood up and made speeches, thanking Eddie not only for their relationship with them and welcoming him into the family.  Eddie and Lorena gave me full reign and no instructions, trusting me completely to capture their awesome day.  I hope they are as thrilled with their photos as I am.  Four months later, I am still awestruck at how wonderful they are, how special their day was, how grateful I am to be a part of it, and how beautiful it turned out.

If you were a guest of Eddie and Lorena, you may see the full gallery of photos and order prints via this link.

Venue, Reception Site and Catering: Tahoe Beach Retreat | Wedding Coordinator: Amanda Mason | Cake: Flour Girl Wedding Cakes | Florist: Enchanted Florist | Dress: David’s Bridal | DJ: Ascent DJ Productions

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Marginal is the New Epic

I’m taking a cue from my friend Court Brock who has coined a fresh new term for the winter of our discontent: “Marginal is the new epic.”

When I said I was only going to ski instead of snowboard until it really snows, I didn’t know that meant forever.

In the meantime, my buddy Blaine cruised through Tahoe on his way from Canada to Bishop in his killer Sprinter van that I’m super jealz of.  He brought my favorite dog in the world (other than Sierra) with him.  She’s a cuddle machine with Sierra sized personality.

If there had been snow, I probably would have made him go snowboard with me on his visit, but there isn’t so we went to the beach.  It’s like that.  Junuary.