“I’m not sure if you quite understand what’s happening up here,” one of my emails to Melissa said, when I told her that we weren’t going to be able to just walk into the forest for their winter engagement session. Melissa and Eric became engaged at Lake Tahoe and she had a specific adventurous outdoor mission in mind for her engagement photos: she wanted a snowy thick forested wonderland. I could certainly deliver it, but in light of the five feet of snow we’d received in the two days before we were set to photograph, it wasn’t going to be easy. It was the first of a series of snowstorms we’ve deemed “snowmageddon” which has since turned into “rainmageddon.”
“You’re going to need snowshoes,” I said. They found snowshoes.
“You’re going to need a sense of adventure,” I might have said, “and some good natured enthusiasm.”
As it turns out, a sense of adventure and good natured enthusiasm is inherent in this dynamic duo and there was absolutely no reason that I would have needed to say that! We spent an hour frollicing, falling, post holing, and burying ourselves in snow for their winter snowshoe engagement session and I loved every minute of it. I can’t wait to photograph this rad couple’s 2018 wedding and spend more time laughing and adventuring for their photos. After this, I am quite positive that they would be up for absolutely anything that included scrambling, climbing and adventure!
Have you ever noticed how all my clients are all my favorite people? How do I get such rad people in my life? Lauren and Danny are two such kindred spirits that I want to keep forever as friends and ski partners. Their Kirkwood Mountain Wedding was exactly my style: a relaxed outdoor affair, at my favorite ski resort, with outdoor games, tons of wine, decor that represented their love of travel, and, of course, an epic dance party. They really won me over when they asked if I would be willing to take the chairlift up into the Devil’s Corral meadow under the Cirque for their portraits. Clearly the answer is, “heck yes!” Better yet, instead of a bouquet, Lauren tossed a Feminist coloring book at her friends (clearly amazing). And as a final testament to their awesomeness, Lauren and Danny recreated the dance scene from Dirty Dancing for their first dance.
Venue: Kirkwood Mountain Resort | Officiant: Rev Josh Serrano | Bakery: DIY & Costco | Bride’s Attire: mother’s wedding dress, re-designed by Bonnie Hoffman | Bridesmaid’s Attire: Renz Rags | Groom’s Attire: Custom Made in Vietnam | Videographer: XOXO Video