When Steve originally contacted me about his Lake Tahoe proposal that he wanted me to help him with, I was ecstatic. His original idea was to propose on the pier adjacent to his Tahoma bed and breakfast that he’d booked for his fiancé-to-be and himself. I suggested that the West Shore Cafe pier might actually offer a better vantage point (and incredible pier) and he readily jumped at the chance. Conveniently, they were closed for dinner that day and he simply lied and told Charis (like Paris and which, if you are interested in the origin of words as I always am, means grace, favor, and kindness in Greek) that he had planned to take her to dinner there. Pretending to be disappointed that the restaurant was closed, Steve suggested that they at least walk out to their pier and take a peek at the lake since it was almost sunset and there I was waiting, taking photos of the lake.
She, of course, said yes and I am eternally grateful to these two, who were adventurous enough to tromp around in the snow with me for photos in the woods and whose infectious spirits were such a joy to capture.
Congratulations Charis and Steve!
My favorite thing about photographing wedding proposals is that the girl never things ANYTHING of the fact that there’s a couple of people standing around with really nice cameras. Jess had NO idea this was coming – clearly – as you can see by this really incredibly amazing photo. The best part was that she was actually so incredibly surprised that she held this position for an extremely long time, which made my job significantly easier. Adam proposed to his girlfriend of 4 years on the first night of their Tahoe South vacation on the pier outside the Tahoe Beach Retreat & Lodge and of course, she said yes!
Big thanks to Austin Costanza of Tin and Toe who came out to help hold lights and do a little bit of second shooting for me!
Jad originally called me from the Bay Area. He wanted to plan a weekend getaway for his girlfriend Melissa and propose to her while he was here. After discussing option, he picked the most picturesque location in Tahoe for the location: Emerald Bay.
Here’s a sneak peek from their Emerald Bay proposal. More to come from this adorable couple later!