Dr. Who Engagement Session

A Doctor Who Engagement | Sara + Will | Sneak Peek

THESE TWO.

I am so happy we found each other.

I have so many amazing stories to share with you about how they met and how we met and what we did this weekend in Sacramento, but in the meantime, you’ll have to be happy with this amazing sneak peek from our Doctor Who engagement session.

YES.  THAT HAPPENED.

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Tahoe Photo Booth

You Never Thought You’d Wear That Again! | Tahoe Photo Booth

I love working for the Lake Tahoe Hard Rock Cafe!  I’ve set up my Tahoe photo booth there for a few events now and they are always so wonderful to work with.  This time, the Hard Rock Staff came up with a party theme so great, I’m disappointed I didn’t think of it myself: “You Never Thought You’d Wear That Again!”  How genius is that?!  I was super excited to break out my Catholic High School uniform because really, you can’t ever wear that enough and, in an odd turn of events, someone at the event came up to me because she had also attended an Ursuline Academy for high school and it turns out that we attended the same school 25 years apart!

If you were at the event, head over to the Hard Rock Lake Tahoe Facebook page to tag yourself in your photos.  You can also view and download your photos from the event gallery 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.

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Rustic Nevada Wedding | Published at Confetti Daydreams

I’m so happy to have my first wedding published over at Confetti Daydreams and I can think of no better wedding than Courtney and Zion’s rustic Nevada wedding for the attention!  Filled with expansive flower arrangements from Lavish Floral, beautiful succulents and candle light, Court and Zion’s wedding was not just stunningly beautiful, delightfully off the beaten path, but also straight out of their own personalities.  I love love love that Confetti choose to include a few of their more personality filled photos, including the headstand and one from their portrait session.

Confetti Daydreams Wedding Blog is the go-to bridal resource for “swoonworthy bridal inspiration with a touch of flirty fun. Romantics at heart,  we’re not afraid to break tradition and be a little bit silly.”  They aim to guide others through the wedding planning journey while inspiring to discover how to bring individual flair to the special day.  With a mission statement like this, it’s no wonder there’s now a photo of my friends doing handstands on their blog!

You can read the entire post, which is quite lovely and filled with special commentary from Courtney herself, via this link.

You can also follow Confetti Daydreams on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and Google+.

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Gar Woods Wedding | Carnelian Bay | Brooke and Blake

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 Wedding in Carnelian Bay.

Venue and Catering: Gar Woods Grill and Pier | Florist: Martha Bernyk Floral Design | DJ: Jazz Cat Mobile Entertainment | Ceremony Musician: Greg Williams Productions | Bakery: Itty Bitty Bakery | Minister: Rev. Camille | Make-Up: Ashley Thornhill | Hair: Alaina Fraley

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Tahoe Wedding Photographer | Lakeside Beach | Published at Broke-Ass Bride

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I was hanging out with some of my most favorite client’s ever the other night and we were talking about weddings vs elopements and Sarah said, “It is hard to throw a big wedding if you are a fiscally responsible person.”  Don’t get me wrong, I love WEDDINGS.  I love the big parties, the glitz and the glamour, the fancy table settings and gorgeous flowers and grand ballrooms.  But, I also love the small weddings.  I love the unusual, or the DIY, or the off-beat and quirky.  I love the ones where it’s just about the couple and their immediate family and it’s not a huge party.  I don’t think that a wedding is a wedding is a wedding: each and every one is different.  Some weddings require more work on my end, some weddings less.  It depends on the size, and the couple, and the decor, and the location, and the number of guests.  There are so many ways your wedding is different from the next and that’s what I love about my job: each day is new, different, and uniquely rad.

Summer and Peter’s wedding was a small intimate destination affair with immediate family present on the beach at Roundhill Pines Resort.  They rented a gorgeous house for their wedding vacation week and hosted their family and friends there for the reception.  I knew, even while I was with Summer and Peter and their boys that this was a perfect wedding for the Broke-Ass Bride blog which focuses on:

“…bold and original approaches to weddings and budgets.  Your wedding is a reflection of you and your partner; it should say something about what makes your love unique. And it is just one moment of your life, which should equally be a celebration of your spirit!”  

Peter and Summer made their day memorable, unique and gorgeous (HELLO chandelier on the lake!).  I’m honored to be published at such an awesome blog.  You can read the entire post via this link.  Please feel free to retweet or share on social media to show your support!

You can also follow the Broke-Ass Bride via Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Bella Montagna Wedding Photographer

San Jose Wedding Photographer | Bella Montagna | Brittany + Chris

Brittany and Chris were wed under a starry night, with jazz wafting through the air, overlooking the twinkling building lights of San Jose.  Bella Montagna is a stunning estate to be wed at: ceremonies and receptions are held on a wide grassy lawn overlooking terraced grape vines and all of San Jose.  As night falls and the city comes to life, the view is breathtaking, not to mention the bokeh in the photos!

Chris and Brittany have more to celebrate than just their nuptials: Brittany is starting a PHD program at Yale this fall and Chris just took the Connecticut Bar Exam.  Brittany was every bit the radiant bride.  Her smile is gorgeous and infectious and every time I turned around, she was grinning in the most beautiful of ways.  Her family is equally infectious: despite the subdued nature of the event, they had great cause to celebrate and celebrate they did.

I loved spending the evening under the stars with jazz, Brittany, Chris and their friends and family.  Congratulations to the newlyweds!  Their wedding was gorgeous and the location was awesome.  I’d love to return to Bella Montagna to photograph another San Jose wedding!

Venue: Bella Montagna | Wedding Planer and Coordinator: Jenny Swigart | Rentals and Staff: The Party Helpers | Musicians: Magnolia Jazz Band | Bakery: Hannah Coffee Tea & Sweets | Florist: Tomobi Floral Art

Tahoe Family Portrait

Tahoe Family Portrait Photographer | The Hatch Family Sneak Peek

Pretty soon Carson won’t be a solo act.  By the time I edit this family portrait session, his new baby sister will probably be here to ruin enrich his life.  When I asked him who was going to be bigger, his sister or he, the young one was adamant that his sister would be the bigger of the two.

Until then, here’s a cute image from their family session.

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Berkeley Wedding Photographer | SSquared Day 2

Only self professed nerds would hire a professional trivia company for their wedding festivities and force their family and friends to play.  Reluctant at first, the motley crew of folks broke into teams and before long were arguing over answers with conviction, jeering at their competition and cheering at personal victories.  If I ever have a not-wedding, I’m totally having a trivia night.  #stealingthis

The 2nd night of festivities for SSquared’s weekend extravaganza featured an unbelievable meal at Angeline’s Louisiana Kitchen, which took me right back to my favorite city in the world.  I was overjoyed to see they had Abita Amber!  Even better, each of the tables in the venue that evening where named after some of my favorite author’s and each place setting came with a bookmark.

The evening was filled with laughter, hilarious #hashtag themed toasts and ridiculous amounts of fun.

Venue and Catering: Angeline’s Louisiana Kitchen | Trivia Gurus: Brainstormer Pub Quiz

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Live at Lakeview: Week 6 Wrap-Up

Live at Lakeview: Week 6

Art Brown of the Polyrhythmics at Live at Lakeview.

After an unfortunate incident with their van caused the opening band at Week 6 of Live at Lakeview to miss their scheduled appearance, the Polyrhythmics took over, playing all afternoon with a super long 3 hours of music.  The crowd did not mind since their 8 member band served up a heaping blend of afro-beat, funk and brass.

If you missed the Polyrhythmics, be sure to check out their sounds online.  The band has been on an aggressive tour schedule this year and are set to hit Montana, Washington, Idaho, Colorado and Wyoming in the coming month alone.

A little one shows off her sweet dance moves in the sand of Lake Tahoe’s beaches at Live at Lakeview.

This week’s lineup of Live at Lakview brings you the latin fusion sounds of 40 Watt Hype, who blends hip hop, latin and and R&B into a musical experience that only California could birth.  They will be preceded by One Track Mind, a rock and roll cover band from Truckee.

Polyrhythmics get the crowd dancing in their extended set last week at Live at Lakeview on the shores of Lake Tahoe, a free community event.

Check out free music here in Tahoe South every Thursday from 4:30-8:30 PM at Lakeview Commons from June 20th-August 29th.  Please ride your bike and utilize the free bike valet or find plenty of parking at the SLT Parks and Recreation Department on Rufus Allen Blvd.  The proceeds of all sales of alcohol from the beer garden support the series and I encourage you to either imbibe in the garden or make a donation in one of the donation boxes around the Commons Area on the night you attend.  As always, Live at Lakeview is a free community event.  Please be aware of the following city ordinances in Lakeview Commons Park: no dogs, no outside alcohol and no smoking.

Can’t make the event?  Never fear!  Thanks to the support of Tahoe Production House and Stage It Live Video Cast, you can watch the live stream from home every Thursday night!  For more information on how to watch the live stream of the weekly Live at Lakeview Events, head to the official website.

You can see all the photos from weeks 1-5 at Live at Lakeview via this link.  You can find my weekly wrap ups, photos and previews of the next concert all summer long here and on Tahoe South.

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Plenty of boats line up every night to enjoy the festivities as well.

What you missed in this summer’s Live at Lakeview Series:

Week 1: 4 Piece Puzzle and Jelly Bread

Week 2: Tracorum and American Jubilee

Week 3: Naive Melodies and Ashley Kepler

Week 4: Lonesome Locomotive and Achilles Wheel

Week 5: Vokab Company Gets Rained Out

Best Music of 2012

I did just spend 21 days writing about Snowglobe Music Festival, but I’m nowhere near done talking about music.  Sorry.

Actually, I’m not.

The funny thing is, I was mostly underwhelmed by the offerings in the music world this year but, just at the last minute, I found a slew of new stuff that I fell in love with like Django Django, which is hands down, without question, my number one album of the year.  I have too hard of a time actually listing things in number, so a few years ago I started using my friend Jason’s REALLY AWESOME rating system, which is as follows:

Super awesome and by far my favorite
Django Django – Django Django
Fanfarlo – Rooms Filled with Light
The Jezabels – Prisoner
Jack White – Blunderbuss

Still pretty awesome
Alabama Shakes – Boys and Girls
Beach House – Bloom
Chromatics – Kill for Love
Grimes – Visions
Grizzly Bear – Shields
The Walkmen – Heaven
Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan
Tame Impala – Lonerism

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Kind of awesome
Hot Chip – In Our Heads
Gary Clark JR – Blak & Blu
The Lumineers – The Lumineers
Matt & Kim – Lightning
Miike Snow – Happy to You
Mumford & Sons – Babel
Poolside – Pacific Standard Time
The Shins – Port of Morrow
Two Door Cinema Club – Beacon
Yeasayer – Fragrant World

Enjoyable for a listen, but otherwise just okay
The Avett Brothers – The Carpenter
Big Boi – Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros – Here

Albums that music critics adore and I am totally not into, save a track or two here and there
Frank Ocean – channel ORANGE
Kendrick Lamar: good kid, m.A.A.d city

Totally sucks and I wish I hadn’t wasted my time listening to it
Passion Pit – Gossamer
Muse – The 2nd Law

Albums that I haven’t listened to yet but everyone loves
David Byrne & St. Vincent – Love This Giant

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And, just for grins, here is the compiled list of all the “super awesome and by far my favorite” albums from the last five years. They are still in heavy rotation in my music library and showing no signs of letting me down.

Cut Copy – In Ghost Colours (2008)
Her Space Holiday – xoxo panda and the new kid revival (2008)
Hot Chip – Made in the Dark (2008)
Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend (2008)

Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion (2009)
The Dead Weather – Horehound (2009)
The Dodos – Time to Die (2009)
Miike Snow – Miike Snow (2009)
Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (2009)
Wilco – (The Album) (2009)

Arcade Fire – the Suburbs (2010)
Beach House – Teen Dream (2010)
Gorillaz – Plastic Beach (2010)
Hot Chip – One Life Stand (2010)
Kayne West – My Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010)
LCD Soundsystem – This is Happening (2010)
Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More (2010)
Sir Lucious Leftfoot – The Son of Chico Dusty (2010)
Vampire Weekend – Contra (2010)
Yeasayer – Odd Blood (2010)

Cults – Cults (2011)
Cut Copy – Zonoscope (2011)
Florence and the Machine – Ceremonials (2011)
M83 – Hurry Up We’re Dreaming (2011)
Real Estate – Days (2011)
Wilco – The Whole Love (2011)

I’m leaving on Friday for Texas Fest in Steamboat, CO so I’ll have plenty more material to write about, albeit that of the crooning kind.