Edgewood Lake Tahoe Wedding | Julia + Mark

When Julia first hired me for her Edgewood Lake Tahoe Wedding, I wasn’t totally sure why.  She is the opposite of most of my couples: super type A, extremely hands on, incredibly attentive to minute details of everything.  I can only imagine what her wedding binder looked like.  She would write me essays of emails and I’d be incredibly confused.  As a super Type A person myself, it was baffling to get such lengthy discussions from someone because most people just (rightfully) assume I’m going to take care of business, because that’s what I do.  

And then I met her.  And then I fell in love with her.  I realized that’s just her innate personality.  When I met the two of them for their engagement session, I also discovered that her now-husband loves her for it because he jokingly and lovingly asked me how many lengthy emails she’d already sent me.  When I stayed late to hang out at their wedding party and finish out the night with them, simply because I wanted to, her dad asked me if he owed me anything extra and I said, “of course not.”  “But why?”  I answered with the first thing to come to mind, an echo of her sister’s toast earlier in the evening, “Because Julia.”  

“Julia demands excellence,” her sister had said during the toast.  It is incredibly true, but not entirely true.  For me, Julia inspires excellence through her demand.  I loved being part of her wedding day because I wanted SO badly to do an exceptional job for her.  Despite her lengthy emails and long questions, I was oddly convinced that she inherently trusted me completely, which is not would I would expect when you mix my personality with hers.  But that’s exactly what happened: Julia motivated me to produce the best I could for her that day.  

Mark and Julia are now my friends.  In fact, I’m writing this post from a coffee shop in Chicago, just down the street from where I am meeting her later tonight for wine.  I’m really happy with the work I did for them.  I’m thankful that not only did she hire me, but that she trusted me and emboldened me to produce work that I’m incredibly proud of.  A second big thanks goes out to Nicky Lockman who was my right hand lady that day and contributed excellent work to their wedding gallery as well, some of which is included in these highlight photos.

Mark and Julia, congratulations.  Thanks for demanding excellence and allowing me to arise to the occasion.  It was an honor to be part of your wedding day.

Venue and Catering: Edgewood Golf Course and Resort | Officiant: Rev. Ronald Sayed | Florist: Thran’s | Invitations: David’s Bridal | Bakery: Raley’s | DJ: Ascent DJ Productions | Harpist: Annie Roos | Bride’s Attire: Maggie Sottero gown from J’aime Bridal | Veil: Bel Aire | Bridal Party Attire: David’s Bridal | Groom’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse | Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Warehouse |Hair and Make-up: Tahoe Salon Be | Second Photographer: the incredible non-edible Nicky Lockman of Nemus Photography

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Tahoe Winter Proposal

Tahoe Winter Proposal | Stateline, NV | Erik + Alex

Making your marriage proposal meaningful by taking her back somewhere special to the two of you is an awesome way to go, especially when it’s a place that will always be there.  Like Lake Tahoe – whose massive features and pristine waters aren’t apt to disappear anytime soon.  It’s unlikely that anyone will even be around if you plan a Tahoe winter proposal like Erik did for Alex.  There was nary a soul in sight when he went down on one knee on the pier at Edgewood Golf Course.

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American Century Celebrity Golf Championship | Preview

Out of everything going on at the American Century Golf Championship in Tahoe this week, my most favorite discovery was the 7th Hole on Thursday.

I was wandering around fairly aimlessly when out of the crowd, more than 400 yards away, I heard the loud chants of “U-S-A-U-S-A.”  Michael Phelps had just arrived to tee off.

Thursday is a practice day and as I was told by another spectator, the 7th Hole on Thursday is the stuff legends are made of: a group of guys who all graduated from Sac State together show up every year, bring in their own beer, and jovially heckle the players.  You can hear them from greens away.  I was told that the boys were once kicked out for sneaking their own beer in and when the director of the tournament found out, he issued a standing yearly invitation to them so that they could continue their tradition.

Once I discovered the spot I didn’t leave and oh how glad I am.

Charles Barkley, who was injured this year and decided he couldn’t play the official tournament, was walking the course as the “Ambassador of  Golf.”  He handed out $3,000 in C-Notes to the crowd at the 7th hole.  It was under the premise of a bet that everyone knew he wouldn’t win.  You didn’t have to take their bet to win some cash either: they threw in some extra for the youngsters standing on the green as well.

More on the Celebrity Golf Tournament later this week!

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Barkley’s teammate passes out $100 bills to the 7th Hole fans.