Blue Sky Terrace Wedding

Heavenly Blue Sky Terrace Wedding | Lisa + Rick

When Rick and Lisa first contacted me, they didn’t actually have a date for their wedding.  She sent me a really amazing email that said, among other things, “I really do think avocados are their own food group, and I can eat my weight in avocados on any given day.”  Over the course of our correspondence, I fell in love with her adventurous spirit, vivacity and general good humor.  When they finally picked their date, it turned out to be a day that I had no intent of shooting a wedding on: the day following my birthday party.  I couldn’t, just couldn’t, not be part of this amazing couple who seemed like such kindrid spirits to me.  Among their love of avocados, day drinking and laughing at themselves, they were also marathon runners.  I said yes.  I would sacrifice the ability to be “not so sparky” the day after my party for these two awesome people and I am SO glad that I did.

Lisa and Rick were wed in an intimate ceremony overlooking Lake Tahoe on a perfectly gorgeous bluebird day at the Heavenly Blue Sky Terrace.  After the ceremony, we snuck off in a limo to Zephyr Cove for wedding party portraits.  Their motley crew of friends were exactly the kind of people I like to spend time with: loud boisterous day drinkers that love to laugh, dance and enjoy life.  The best part of the jaunt over to Zephyr Cove: it was topped off with Lisa taking shots with a Bachelorette Party on the beach!

Venue: Heavenly Blue Sky Terrace | Officiant: Rev. Dave Beronio Jr | Portraits: Zephyr Cove Resort

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Heavenly Tram Wedding | Cristie + Ben

Cristie and Ben are mad at me because I didn’t show up to their party last week.  There may or may not have been excessive wine involved in my lack of attendance.

July was a little nutty for me, schedule wise, so I’m awfully behind on blogging all the amazing weddings and couples I’ve photographed this summer.  Cristie and Ben are one of those amazing couples and I’m super excited to share their Heavenly Tram Wedding photos with you today.  Originally, their small intimate elopement was to take place at the Blue Sky Terrace, off the mid station of the Heavenly Gondola, but when excessive wind closed it for the day, their nuptials were moved to the top of the tram.  It was honestly more befitting for the couple, in my opinion, as Cristie grew up skiing on the Heavenly Race Team and had spent many a day of her life doing laps on Gunbarrel under the gaze of the tram.  In all the chaos, their wedding was also delayed an hour and it was the perfect amount of time to celebrate with her girlfriends with a bottle of my summer favorite, rosè, poured out of the trunk of the car.  Are these my people or what?

Venue: Heavenly Ski Resort | Dress and Jewelry: Sidestreet Boutique

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Heavenly Terrace Wedding | Rick + Lisa | Sneak Peek

When Rick and Lisa first contacted me, they didn’t actually have a date for their wedding.  She sent me a really amazing email that said, among other things, “I really do think avocados are their own food group, and I can eat my weight in avocados on any given day.”  Over the course of our correspondence, I fell in love with her adventurous spirit, vivacity and general good humor.  When they finally picked their date, it turned out to be a day that I had no intent of shooting a wedding on: the day following my birthday party.  I couldn’t, just couldn’t, not be part of this amazing couple who seemed like such kindrid spirits to me.  Among their love of avocados, day drinking and laughing at themselves, they were also marathon runners.  I said yes.  I would sacrifice the ability to be “not so sparky” the day after my party for these two awesome people and I am SO glad that I did.  There’s more to come from their Heavenly Terrace Wedding, but until then, here’s a few awesome frames to hold you over.

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Heavenly Wedding Photographer | Cristie + Ben | Sneak Peek

Apparently clients who enjoy day drinking are a theme this week because that’s exactly why Cristie, Ben and I get along so splendidly.  They wanted their wedding to be “FUN” they told me over margaritas at Azul Latin Kitchen.  I have to admit, their wedding was more than fun and it had everything to do with the wonderful smiling campy spirits that these two are filled with.  I know their life is going to be filled with many adventures and I promise to tell you more about my day as their Heavenly wedding photographer…. as soon as the photos are edited.

Until then, here’s a few frames to hold you over.

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Tahoe Proposal Photographer | Published at Wed Loft

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I knew that Kenny and Rebeccah’s amazingly snowy winter wonderland proposal session would get picked up and published right away.  I’m delighted to announce it was published on Wed Loft by the Wedding Window, an exclusive wedding publication that focuses on  original and unique events with beautiful inspiration, personalized and creative details, distinctive style and “most importantly, lots of love.”  Kenny and Rebeccah certainly had that!

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Tahoe Engagement Photographer | Kenny + Rebeccah

I’m not going to lie: I was both overjoyed and nervous at the prospect of photographing Kenny’s planned proposal to his longtime girlfriend Rebeccah.  The stakes are high for a proposal: there’s only the briefest of seconds to capture that initial reaction and you can’t recreate it.  Combine that with the fact that you are either hiding in bushes or pretending to be doing something else and the entire situation was enough to make my adrenaline rush.

When Kenny first approached me, I knew exactly what he wanted: the gorgeous Lake Tahoe in the background, the sun out, the snow of Heavenly Mountain Resort and him down on one knee.  Instead, the weekend of the proposal brought us 8 feet of snow, swirling winds and a veritable white out.  We shifted gears, slightly changed plans, conspired together and with the help of Meghan Kelly, surprised Rebeccah in the best way possible.

After a full day of lessons, Kenny managed to convince Rebeccah to brave the resort, snow and cold temps one last time at 3:45 PM.  Meghan and I were waiting about half way down Patsy’s Run at the top of the face.  Kenny told Rebeccah that he was going to ski half way down and stop and take photos of her showing off what she learned in her snowboard lesson.  Meanwhile, Megs and I were prepared, waiting on the side of the run, pretending to take photos.  When Rebeccah snowboarded up to Kenny, he told her to take her goggles and mask off so they could take a photo together with his iPhone.  She said in hindsight, she noticed us with my camera and thought, “That’s a really nice camera, maybe they’ll take a photo for us.”   When they finished taking their selfie, Kenny got down on one knee and I swung my camera onto them.

Shooting a proposal was so thrilling.  I’m super happy for these two fellow Texans.  Thanks so much Kenny for choosing me as his Tahoe Engagement Photographer.  I feel super lucky that I was the one who captured this awesome and inspiring moment.  Also, thanks for sharing a beer with us at Himmel Haus afterwards!

Backyard BBQ

Two of my friends from Texas came to visit last weekend and I couldn’t have been more excited to see them. We had an amazing weekend together. I was able to take off work the whole time and we skied at both Heavenly and Kirkwood, had leisurely mornings that involved my favorite meal of the day at both the Getaway Cafe and Firesign Cafe, kicked it at the Divided Sky one evening with all of my friends, and ended up at the Backyard BBQ behind our house one afternoon.  Despite the fact that it was a holiday weekend, I knew how to skirt the crowds of tourists and we ended up with very little lift lines, great groomers to play on and I even put on skis one day!  Proof is in the photo!

Afternoon neighborhood BBQ.

High Roller Terrain Park

I have a lot of really amazing friends that also happen to be really amazing athletes.

They do things like throw themselves off jumps with 100 foot gaps and launch themselves out of giant halfpipes.

I took photos of them at Heavenly Mountain the other doing just this sort of thing and I’m really happy with the photos we got.  It was such a fun time and I can’t wait to go back and do it again!

Big thanks to JJ Shiller, Doug “Dougie Fresh” Carr, Tele Doug, Extreme, and Trout for going big.

Baby Skis

When two of my good friends approached me about helping them create their pregnancy announcement, I readily agreed.  We poured over Pinterest boards looking for inspiration, but honestly, so many of them are all the same.  I really wanted to tie in their love of the outdoors and Tahoe to the announcement and that’s what led me to coming up with this:

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I knew that I wanted to play up the fact that they were both skiers and that’s how we came up with this take on the classic baby shoe between big shoes announcement: baby skis!

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We had such a blast taking all of these photos at Heavenly Mountain: all afternoon people stopped to congratulate them while they posed.   I am so happy with how adorable and gorgeous they are!  You can see the entire set here.