Tahoe Destination Wedding

Intimate Tahoe Beach Wedding | Published at Melissa Hearts Weddings

Melissa Hearts Weddings has a city sensibility mixed with a love of all things vintage, rustic, and outdoors makes me feel right at home.  As such, I’m honored and ecstatic to be published for the third time over on her blog with James and Victoria’s family filled glamorous, stylish, and intimate Tahoe beach wedding.   Working with the Tahoe Beach Retreat is always so seamless and easy that I can’t wait to return there again this summer.

You can view the entire post via this link.  As always, feel free to pin the photos, share it to facebook or tweet about it to show support and thanks to Melissa!

You can follow Melissa on Twitter @MelissaWedding and Instagram at @MelissaWedding.

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Fireman's Ball Photo Booth

53rd Annual Firefighter’s Ball Photo Booth

Supporting our local community is important to me and our local firefighter’s definitely deserve our support.  I have quite a few close friends in our local fire department.  The money raised at the annual ball goes to charity,  the district’s scholarships to the fire academy at Lake Tahoe Community College and for equipment they couldn’t otherwise afford.  My favorite way to support our local non-profits is with a donated photo booth and the Firefighter’s Ball is no exception.  It’s especially fun with a fire truck as a back drop!

Thanks to all who came out to support the event.  If you would like to view all the photos from the 53rd Annual Firefighter’s Ball photo booth, you may do so via this link.

Lauren Lindley Photography’s Lake Tahoe Photo Booth Rental is a fantastic and fun addition to all kinds of events including: weddings, corporate events, company parties, trade shows, birthday or engagement parties, fundraising events, festivals and more.  Photo booth is supremely social: even the most camera shy folks will have props in their hand by the end of the evening.   Small booths only hold a handful of your guests but the Lauren Lindley Photo Booth can fit everyone in!  More people, more props, more fun!  It’s also an affordable addition to your extravaganza that allows your guests to relive the party later thanks to our customized theme back drops, props and fun attendants!  Learn more about Lake Tahoe Photo Booth Rentals here.

Dancing with the Tahoe Stars

Dancing with the Tahoe Stars | 2015

Every year the Tahoe Arts Project holds their annual fundraiser, an amazing night of dance and performance called “Dancing with the Tahoe Stars.”  10 members of our community participate in the program.  They are paired with 10 of our community’s professional dance instructors, learn a dance routine and are judged by a “distinguished” panel of judges.  Youth dance and performance programs pepper the intermission and closing acts.  Overall, it’s an amazing night of entertainment that raises funding  to bring performing arts and cultural enrichment to schools in the South Lake Tahoe region in both CA & NV.

The Tahoe Arts Project reaches over 5,000 students, within 10 schools in El Dorado, Douglas, and Alpine counties of California and Nevada. The artists whom students meet through the TAP programs serve as role models that demonstrate the values of self-discipline and the pursuit of excellence.  Current research validates TAP’s philosophy that these experiences also help students develop their own creative and problem solving abilities, foster intellectual development and success in all academic areas.

If you participated in the event or would like to view the entire gallery, you may do so via this link.

Lauren Lindley is a Reno Tahoe based freelance photographer available for general event photography in the Reno, Washoe Valley and Tahoe Basin.  Lauren Lindley Photography can provide services for a wide variety of events including, but not limited to, conventions, trade shows, corporate outings, meetings and more.  

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Tahoe Bachelorette Weekend | Lake Tahoe Yoga

South Lake Tahoe is the ideal location for not only a destination wedding, but also for your Tahoe Bachelorette weekend.  The addition of the Hard Rock Resort offers plenty of wonderful nightlife activities for the destination weekend getaway and the Tahoe itself offers a wealth of beauty and daily outdoor adventures to participate in.  That being said, if you’re looking for a relaxing girl getaway weekend, I’d recommend including Lake Tahoe Yoga on your list of things to do.

Jenay, the brains and the braun behind Lake Tahoe Yoga, offers amazing yoga sessions for private parties of all types.  Her bubbly enthusiastic personality offers yoga for even the most novice of attendees.  A group session either in your own home, on the beach, or at her studio for you and your girls before your day is the perfect way to kickstart your day.  Personally, I’d follow that up with a nice relaxed brunch (rosè anyone?) and then a spa day for massages, a picnic lunch and then manis and pedis.

Even better, Jenay is more than willing to be your personal tour guide.  With a group of five folks or more, she’ll hike you up to some of the most beautiful spots in Tahoe for a yoga session in the sky, or, to a beautiful pristine tucked away lake for a swim, afternoon lunch and session.  You can find out more information at her group rate information page via this link.

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Don’t be afraid to pamper yourself at your Tahoe Bachelorette party.  Open your heart, calm your mind, have a memorable weekend (in between all that wine).  Before you know it, you might be doing headstands at your wedding.

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Gar woods wedding

Gar Woods Beach Wedding | Published at Tahoe Unveiled

Brooke and Blake likes sports and beer and having fun.  They are adventurers and travelers.  Brooke was an infectiously beautiful bride – with a giant permanent grin on her face.  You can’t help but smile at her photos!  Fall colors, an epic dance duet with her brother, and a DIY photo booth rounded out the pair’s Gar Woods Beach Wedding in Carnelian Bay.  It’s no wonder that Tahoe Unveiled jumped on the chance to publish this wonderfully autumnal Tahoe wedding.

Head over to the Tahoe Unveiled blog to view the full post on Brooke and Blake’s wedding.

Tahoe Unveiled was started by Stephanie Martin of One Fine Day Events as a resource for weddings in Lake Tahoe. The website is constantly growing and changing to provide brides (and grooms!) with the most up to date information on the area’s elite wedding vendors and ideas for the perfect destination wedding in Lake Tahoe.

You can also follow Tahoe Unveiled on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Google+.

 

Tahoe Wedding Photographer

Valhalla Tahoe Wedding | Published at Borrowed & Blue

I’m always so thrilled when Borrowed & Blue publishes my work.  They always say such charming things about me and my photos and it leaves me with this nice warm fuzzy feeling inside!  Jennifer and Buck’s published post last week on there was no exception and it was so wonderful to relive their wedding day at The Grand Hall at the Valhalla Estate.  Thanks to it’s unparalleled beauty and rustic charm, I frequently use Valhalla as a location for my portrait sessions since it offers such a wide variety of beach, pier, forest and meadow.

Jennifer and Buck’s Valhalla Tahoe wedding was a DIY affair.  The woodwork on the tables was built by Buck himself.  The paintings hanging about where crafted by his father.  The cupcakes (five flavors!) were baked by friends of the bride and groom.  There was no DJ and although I was briefly concerned that it was going to be a subdued evening, their friends brought out their best dance moves as the night wore on.

Jennifer and Buck’s wedding day happened to be during the King Fire,  While there were bluebird skies until about 3:30 PM that afternoon, just before the start of the ceremony, all of Tahoe was blanketed in smoke and haze!  It made for some very moody portraits!

You can read Jennifer and Buck’s entire post over at Borrowed and Blue Lake Tahoe via this link.  You can also follow Borrowed and Blue on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Valhalla Grand Hall Weddings

Venue: The Grand Hall at Valhalla Estate | Coordinator: Molly Novasel of Tahoe Dream Events | Officiant: Beau Anderson, friend of the Groom | Catering: Season’d Catering | Rentals: Celebration Party Rentals | Bakery: friends of the Bride | Hair: Imagine Salon | Florist: Thran’s

St. Baldrick's Tahoe

St. Baldrick’s Tahoe | “Brave the Shave”

When local Tahoe teen Bailey Johnson was 9 months old, the doctors said he wouldn’t live another day and definitely not past his first birthday.  He was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma, a form of cancer that starts in certain types of primitive nerve cells in an embryo or fetus.  Today, Bailey is almost 16 and responsible for spearheading a yearly effort in my community of South Lake Tahoe to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to eradicating childhood cancer.

More children are lost to cancer in the U.S. than any other disease—in fact, more than many other childhood diseases combined.  Childhood cancer isn’t quite so rare in our small town either.  Jenn and Jim Drennan’s beautiful daughter Caitlin was born 4 months premature in 2010.  She was rushed to the hospital in Sacramento where three days later she underwent exploratory abdominal surgery and began chemotherapy.  Like Bailey, Caitlin was also diagnosed with stage four Neuroblastoma, which, by the time she was born, was already spread throughout her body.

This year, more than 150 participants shaved their head at the St. Baldrick’s Tahoe event to show their support for their fellow community members and to help stamp out childhood cancer.  They raised more than $54,000, besting the previous years’ totals by more than 15 people and $13,000.

I was happy to lend my skills as photographer in the name of Caitlin, whose family I love, cherish and respect.  Here are a few of my favorite images from the night.  If you were a participant or spectator at the event and would like to view or download your images, you may do so via this link.

Mardi Gras Party

Mardi Gras Party Photo Booth | Sierra at Tahoe

Local ski resort and green business Sierra-at-Tahoe holds a employee party every year to support, promote and reward all the amazing folks that make their resort so amazing.  This year, the party fell on the same week as Mardi Gras.  One of their lovely employees is also one of my lovely photo booth employees and she requested to borrow the gear for a Mardi Gras Party Photo Booth.  Thanks to the proficient sewing skills of my very giving mother, I happen to have a perfect Mardi Gras backdrop!  You can make your own backdrop with colored fabric and Mardi Gras beads and a sewing machine for less than $20!

Here’s a few photos from the evening’s shenanigans.  If you were at the Sierra at Tahoe Employee Party, you may view, download and share your photos via this link.

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Lauren Lindley Photography’s Lake Tahoe Photo Booth Rental is a fantastic and fun addition to all kinds of events including: weddings, corporate events, company parties, trade shows, birthday or engagement parties, fundraising events, festivals and more.  Photo booth is supremely social: even the most camera shy folks will have props in their hand by the end of the evening.   Small booths only hold a handful of your guests but the Lauren Lindley Photo Booth can fit everyone in!  More people, more props, more fun!  It’s also an affordable addition to your extravaganza that allows your guests to relive the party later thanks to our customized theme back drops, props and fun attendants!  Learn more about Lake Tahoe Photo Booth Rentals here.

Kathleen and Charlie

Lake Tahoe Whimsical Wedding | Published on Fabulously Designed

Kathleen and Charlie were wed on a gorgeous bluebird day this past summer at one of my favorite venues to work with, The Tahoe Beach Retreat.  Their beautiful Lake Tahoe whimsical wedding featured Moroccan inspired details that were as unbeatably colorful and playful as the bride and groom themselves, who danced their way down the aisle and thru their reception.  Their energy and whimsy were contagious.  I had such a delightful time as their Tahoe wedding photographer and I’m so thrilled to see them featured last week at Fabulously Designed.

Fabulously Designed focuses on helping brides tie all their super fantastic design ideas together into a cohesive, clear design statement.  They feature design ideas and real wedding inspiration on their blog.

You can also follow Fabulously Designed on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Head over to Fabulously Designed to read Kathleen and Charlie’s entire feature via this link.

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Tahoe Pet Photography | Soleil + Jenn + Nils

For many of us, our dogs are the only children we’ll have.

“You don’t want kids?” they exclaim incredulously, “oh, well, you’re young.  That will change.”

I’m turning 35 this year and there is no part of any of my being that wants anything to do with diapers in my house.  Also, because triplets.  When my first dog passed away, I was heartbroken.   Sierra was a hysterical curmudgeon and a wonderful partner in crime for 14 and a 1/2 years.  As a youngster, she had an insatiable desire for activity and as she got older, she started to slow down and eventually, refuse to even go on walks.  We discovered in the last weeks of her life that her lungs were filled with tumors and that her breathing had become labored.  She lived a long, happy, and until the very end, comfortable life and I feel so lucky to have found her.  Weeks later, we adopted Austin, who is a wily, sweet, lover boy that has elements of Sierra-like behavior.  He lights up my life in magnificent ways and all I have to do in return is run him and feed him kibble twice a day.  I find this to be a far more rewarding relationship than one in which I have to pay for someone else’s education because frankly, mine isn’t anywhere near paid of as it is.

Soleil is also getting up there in years and it was important to Jenn and Nils to head out with me for some Tahoe pet photography in a short portrait session to capture her spirit and I think that we appropriately managed to do so.  As Nils wrote after seeing the photos, “Those are some good shots.   Too bad she’s headed for the glue factory…she’s a natural for a dog food commercial.”  As hard as it is when our dogs pass away, I have to say that our lives are significantly enriched with them around.