This post could also be titled: OR, that time I piggybacked a groom through the lake.
It’s a really good thing that Susan and Rick are adventurous. They are craft beer lovers (the boys at boutonnieres made out of hops) and climbers, so we got along splendidly. So splendidly, in fact, that when I told Rick to get on my back and that I was going to carry him across the lake for a portrait on a free-standing rocky outcropping, he only slightly protested, “I weigh 180 lbs!”
“Good for you,” I replied, “I weigh 145. Now get on!”
I feel super lucky to have been part of this amazing crew of people and their fantastic friends for their afternoon Zephyr Cove wedding. I was only with Susan and Rick for a short two hours, but we packed in the awesome: from piggybacks to a bare bum, this short wedding was full of surprises and I loved every minute of it!
Venue: Zephyr Cove Resort | Coordinator: Stephanie Stugart | Violinist: Olena Klingman | Bride’s Attire: The Dress Theory | Groom’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse
I have an insane amount of coincidental stories to share about this amazing couple but those will have to wait until their actual blog post. In the meantime, I’d like to give a HUGE shout out and big time thanks to the poor valet guy at the Ritz Carlton, Lake Tahoe, who literally gave Natalie the shoes off his own feet so that she could take a portrait in the snow. The poor guy had to explain to his manager why he was walking around outside without shoes and his feet were probably wet and cold for the rest of the night. That’s serious service and I’m still totally overwhelmed with gratitude at this fantastic young man who made it possible for us to play in the snow and Christmas lights outside the resort and get a photo like this one!
More to come from Natalie, Steven and their Northstar winter wedding!
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
Have you ever seen anything more adorable?
Seriously. This couple is so cute, so fun, so easy going and to make matters even better they had the BEST FRIENDS. I want to keep them all for myself.
Like this one:
You know you look really good when you get reactions like that. Alicia was stunningly beautiful. When she said she wanted retro vintage waves in her hair, I knew exactly who to send her to: my girl Katie at Tahoe Salon Be styled her out and after their small, intimate Lakeside Beach Wedding, Matt and Alicia and I headed over to Rabe Meadows in Stateline for a quick portrait session. There’s more to come from this rad couple, but in the meantime…