North Tahoe Lodge Wedding

North Tahoe Lodge Wedding | Truckee, CA | Agnes + Laurence

It’s freezing today in Tahoe.  Actually, it’s been freezing all week.  As I was trying to decide what amazing wedding to share from this past wedding season on the blog, the cold temps, banana bread in the oven, and the promise of fall from the chill in the air reminded me of Agnes and Laurence’s private estate North Tahoe Lodge wedding in Truckee from this past spring.  There was still piles of snow.  So much snow, in fact, that their guests spent an entire afternoon clearing the deck of snow for their ceremony.  

Agnes and Laurence wanted to have a small, intimate celebration surrounded by friends and family.  They wanted amazing food, lots of laughter, and great photos.  I have to say, that when you are one of two vendors, it makes you feel incredibly unbelievably special.  (I’ll try not to let it go to my head, Agnes).  

Agnes is Polish and customarily, at a Polish wedding, the father presents the couple with two glasses – one of vodka, one of water. They are offered first to the bride, who must make her selection without knowing which is which. Tradition says that whoever ends up with the glass of vodka will be the dominant partner in the relationship.  I think you can tell by the photos which way this ended!

Agnes and Laurence, it was an honor to be part of your day and even bigger honor to be so valued.  I firmly believe that your wedding day should be a day where you celebrate with the friends and family closest to you and that the pomp, circumstance, and traditions aren’t that necessary so when clients find me that not only believe, but exemplify the same values, it makes my heart sing to be part of the day.

Venue:  The North Tahoe Lodge | Caterer: Blend | Bride’s Attire: Glamour Closet | Second shooting service of the sassy shutterbug Shaunte Dittmar

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Northstar Wedding

Northstar Wedding | Truckee, CA | Kendra + Tom

I have never seen a bride so incredibly full of laughter as Kendra.  From start to finish, not only was she throwing her head back in huge guffaws, but so was every single person around here.  This was my first time photographing a Northstar Wedding in Truckee, CA and I must say – their staff and venue is incredible.  From a gorgeous mountain top ceremony and cocktail hour to a evening reception under a tent in the village, everything was flawless.  The food was incredible, the staff was amazing and Ike and Martin not only are comedians, but had the dancefloor jumping from start to finish.

Venue: Northstar Ski Resort | Officiant: Ceremony of Love | Florist: Martha Bernyk Floral Design | Bakery: Flour Girl Wedding Cakes | Musicians: Ike and Martin | Bride’s Attire: Matthew Christopher from Allegria Bridal | Veil: David’s Bridal | Bridesmaids’ Attire: Bill Levkoff | Groom’s Attire: Bonobos | Hair and Make-Up: Acqua Hair Design | Special thanks to my second photographer Nicky Lockman

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Gatekeeper's Park Wedding

Gatekeeper’s Museum Wedding | Lake Tahoe, CA | Diane + Daniel

I think I can say that I have a type when it comes to brides and grooms: almost every couple I’ve photographed recently have been climbers!  Which is to say, they are outdoor loving, adventure seeking, relaxed, loving people with a thirst for life and love and quite often, adult beverages.  So basically, I wish I could be best friends with all of them.

Diane and Daniel are no exception.  Daniel works for REI – as Diane told me, he’ll probably be a “lifer.”  They contemplated camping in the days after their wedding and then decided that they’d splurge and stay in a bed instead, which sounds like something that over half of my friends would say!  Diane’s smile just lit up the place the entire day.  There were SO MANY moments that I loved from their Gatekeeper’s Museum wedding, it was hard to pick just ten to share on the blog.  Those kids on the dance floor!  I love it!!

Although it was a little chilly that week in Tahoe, you wouldn’t ever know by looking at the photos thanks to those incredibly blue skies. Lake Tahoe DJ Ryan Palmer had an epic dance party going almost immediately – best way to keep warm is to shake it like a polaroid picture!

Venue: Gatekeeper’s Museum | Bakery: Sugar Pine Cakery | Caterer: Mountain Magic | DJ: Lake Tahoe DJ | Bride’s Attire: BHLDN | Bridesmaids’ Attire: BHLDN | Hair and Make-up: Tahoe Salon Be | Rentals: Camelot Party Rentals

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West Shore Cafe Wedding

West Shore Cafe Wedding | Homewood, CA | Lauren + Tim

Lauren and Tim’s nuptials on a rainy Tahoe day prove that a West Shore Cafe wedding is classic and gorgeous no matter what the weather.  After all, it is good luck for it to rain on your wedding day, yes?  Despite the gray skies, Lauren and Tim’s friends and families were nothing but laughter and epic dance moves to celebrate this rad couple that now calls Oakland home.  Here’s a few of my favorite frames from their special day.

Day of Coordination: Jiosia Designs | Venue and Catering: West Shore Cafe and Inn | DJ: DJ Brock | Make-Up: McKenzie Morrison | Bride’s Hair: Dona Lara | Bridesmaids’ Hair: Tahoe Born Salon | Florist: Jiosia Designs | Bride’s Attire: Monique Lhuillier | Bridesmaids’ Attire: Nordstrom | Groom’s Attire: Nordstrom | Groomsmen’s Attire: Peter Millar | Invitations: Reb Peters Press | Videographer: Agnes Grey Productions | Second Shooter: Annie Robillard

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Lakeside Beach Wedding

Intimate Tahoe Wedding | Alicia + Matt

After quite a few phone conversations, Alicia and I lamented that we lived so far apart because we were all clearly meant to be BFFs forever.  Alicia and Matt believe in all the same things that I believe in: that day drinking is the greatest and that dining out is a vacation activity.

Matt and Alicia desired an intimate Tahoe wedding for their friends and loved ones.  The destination wedding was intended to be shared with only their most special people and they had really expressed how much they wanted the visit to be an shared experience with everyone in attendance, a sentiment that I am quite fond of.  I think that the best part about destination weddings is that everyone there gets to spend so much time with you over the course of the trip that it takes the pressure of the wedding day to try to connect with all in attendance.  Matt and Alicia also really wanted to showcase the gorgeous backdrop that Tahoe has to offer in their portraits and built in time for us to go offsite.  Unfortunately it was incredibly windy that day.  So windy that it was distracting.  I, however, knew just the place to tuck them away into and out of the gales and backlight them with some of that gorgeous golden sun that Tahoe gets in the late afternoon.

Venue: Lakeside Beach | Day Of Coordinator: Destination Tahoe Weddings | Officiant: Rev Ron Sayed | Reception Venue: Montbleu Resort | Invitations: Invitations by Dawn | Florist: Petal Pushers | Catering: Montbleu Resort | Bakery: Montbleu Resort | Bride’s Attire: The Wedding Shoppe | Veil: The Lace Boutique | Groom’s Attire: Michael Kors from Menguin | Hair and Makeup: Tahoe Salon Be

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West Shore Cafe Wedding

West Shore Cafe Wedding | Lauren + Tim | Sneak Peek

I have been wanting to shoot a West Shore Cafe wedding FOREVER.  When Lauren and Tim contacted me last year about their Tahoe winter wedding at this incredible and intimate venue, I was overjoyed.  When the weather man announced that we were going to get a huge El Nino snowstorm in the days following the wedding, I was ecstatic that their wedding day was still predicted to be clear and blue skied.  When the weather forecast changed to 100% chance of rain, I have to say, I was a little deflated.  Lauren and Tim were nonplussed though: no rain was going to put a damper on their day.  Their positivity was infectious and I must say, despite moving their beautiful ceremony completely indoors, we captured some incredible images thanks to the awesome aesthetics of this fantastic venue.  Here’s a few sneak peeks from their day.

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Schaffer's Mill Wedding

Schaffer’s Mill Wedding | Truckee, CA | Jessica + Toby

Jessica and Toby met at Schaffer’s Mill Golf Course, so it was only fitting that they wed there.  In fact, it was the first Schaffer’s Mill wedding ever and they did an incredible job.  The grounds, and in particular, the ceremony site, are stunningly beautiful, with a creek running adjacent, gorgeous pine trees that block afternoon sun and a beautiful view of the mountains from the tented reception area.

The day went off without a hitch thanks to awesome wedding coordinators from some of my favorite local ladies, Julia and Kerry, and featured an amazingly delicious dinner from D’Lish Catering!  Big super huge thanks to my trusty colleague and frequent second photographer, Annie Robillard of Annie X Photography for the assistance with this wedding!

Venue: Schaffer’s Mill Golf Course | Coordinators: Blue Sky Events | Caterer: D’Lish | Bakery: D’Lish | Florist: Thran’s Flowers | Rentals: Celebrations | Music: DJ Brock | Hair/Makeup: The Decorated Bride | Bride’s Attire: Casablanca Bridal | Groom’s Attire: Kenneth Cole | Second Shooter: Annie X

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River Ranch Lodge Wedding

Alpine Meadows River Ranch Wedding | Olympic Valley, CA | Seb + Leah

Leah and Seb met living the life that every Tahoe local knows and loves: ski bumming in their youth in Vail, with jobs on the mountain, small apartments, and late nights drinking and rabble rousing followed by early mornings shredding.  Today, they call San Francisco home and they spend every weekend they can in the Sierras, skiing at Alpine Meadows and Squaw.  It was only fitting that their wedding be held in the place they consider to be their second home now.  Together, they are an unbelievably gorgeous, fun, and vibrant couple.  Their friends are no exception: they were dancing maniacs and there were more epic moves pulled at this wedding than I saw all year.  With a play list that included Coolio, the party went straight until our cutoff time and my hangover the next day, upon which I happened to have to get up at 4 AM and drive to the airport to fly to Texas to work for SXSW Eco, was a bit rough but well worth it.

Seb’s family hails from Australia and they flew across the globe to celebrate with these two.  It’s no wonder that they are surrounded by such amazing people: their love and graciousness exudes from all aspects of their lives.  I feel very honored to have been their Alpine Meadows River Ranch wedding photographer.  Here’s a few of my favorite frames from their day.

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Squaw Valley Stables Wedding

Squaw Valley Stables Wedding Published at Tahoe Unvieled

This wedding was the bomb.com.  You can see my original whole post about how much I adore Sarah, Andy and their Squaw Valley Stables wedding via this link.  It’s a wonderful early holiday gift to see it posted up at Tahoe Unveiled!  I’ve been super slacking this year on getting weddings posted up to Two Bright Lights, which is the service most photographers use to help get their weddings published.  I simply couldn’t wait to share this one though and it’s one of the few I’ve managed to get on the service!  Big thanks to Stephanie and the Tahoe Unveiled team for the internet love last week!  You can see Tahoe Unveiled’s entire post via this link.

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.

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Lauren Lindley published at Tahoe Unveiled

River Ranch Wedding

River Ranch Wedding | Leah + Seb | Sneak Peek

Leah and Sebastian’s Alpine Meadows River Ranch Wedding was nothing short of amazing.  First of all, it was filled with really, really ridiculously good looking people.  Second, all of those really, really ridiculously good looking people had the most epic dance moves I’ve ever seen.  Although the day started out cold and overcast, the sun peeked out just in time for their ceremony and everyone stayed warm breaking it down to Coolio and Salt’n’Pepa on the dance floor.  Leah and Sebastian met in Vail, CO while essentially living the life that most people in the world can’t even comprehend or imagine is an option, but people in Tahoe feel lucky to part of every single powder day.   I’m certain their final blog post is going to be nothing but epic dance photos, but until then, here’s a few frames from their day.

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