Valhalla Wedding Photography

Valhalla Wedding | South Lake Tahoe, CA | Dondra + Ryan

I’ve known and considered Dondra and Ryan to be good friends for quite some time.  Dondra’s sister is one of the people in the world that knows me best and I was very lucky to spend a ton of time with this rad couple when they lived in Tahoe.  They’ve since moved onto newer and grander adventures in Colorado, but I was honored and thrilled to not only hear that their wedding would be in Tahoe but that I was the “only” choice to be their Valhalla wedding photographer.  Dondra is the proud owner of my former mountain bike, which originally belonged to extreme scientist Allison Olliver.  I find it hilarious that trek hard tail has made it to so many states and in so many hands, finally landing now with Dondra and Ryan, where it’s sharing a home with two people who have a passion for the outdoors, home brewed beer, and photo booths, of course.

Their wedding was intimate, simple and elegant and ended with an epic dance party.  I’m so honored to have been part of the joining of two people who not only incredibly committed to each other, but also to their families and to the water and barley grains fermenting in their closet.

Valhalla WeddingValhalla weddingValhalla WeddingValhalla WeddingValhalla WeddingValhalla WeddingValhalla WeddingValhalla WeddingValhalla WeddingValhalla WeddingValhalla WeddingValhalla WeddingValhalla WeddingValhalla Wedding\Valhalla WeddingValhalla WeddingValhalla WeddingValhalla WeddingValhalla Wedding

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

West Shore Cafe WeddingWest Shore Cafe WeddingWest Shore Cafe WeddingWest Shore Cafe WeddingWest Shore Cafe WeddingWest Shore Cafe WeddingWest Shore Cafe WeddingWest Shore Cafe WeddingWest Shore Cafe WeddingWest Shore Cafe WeddingWest Shore Cafe WeddingWest Shore Cafe WeddingWest Shore Cafe Wedding

Tahoe Donner Wedding

Tahoe Donner Wedding | Truckee, CA | Audrey + Gavin

Audrey and Gavin met while working at the same tv station.  They recently moved to Reno, NV and were wed this past summer in a gorgeous Tahoe Donner wedding on an absolutely perfect bluebird summer day.  I normally worry about light during mid-afternoon summer weddings, but I had nothing to fear this day: the stars aligned and the light was as stunning as these two people are!  Audrey and Gavin were surrounded by some rad folks – their wedding was hysterical from start to finish and every toast given had people cracking up from start to finish.  Gavin’s brother, the best man, delivered a particularly appropriate and hilarious baseball themed speech that had the entire house on the floor.  Follow that up with an epic dance party and you have the makings of a wonderful wedding day.

Venue: Tahoe Donner | Bakery: Delicious Designs Reno | Florist: Sparks Florist | DJ: The DJ Mobile Entertainment | Officiant: Dave Lawrence, KOLO News 8 | Invitations: Alethea and Ruth, Minted | Dress: Allure Bridals | Viel: Maritza’s Bridal | Groom’s Attire: Vera Wang | Hair: Glow Salon | Rentals: Red Carpet Events & Design

Tahoe Donner WeddingTahoe Donner WeddingTahoe Donner WeddingTahoe Donner WeddingTahoe Donner WeddingTahoe Donner WeddingTahoe Donner WeddingTahoe Donner WeddingTahoe Donner WeddingTahoe Donner WeddingTahoe Donner WeddingTahoe Donner WeddingTahoe Donner WeddingTahoe Donner WeddingTahoe Donner Wedding

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

Heavenly Resort WeddingHeavenly Blue Sky Terrace WeddingBlue Sky Terrace WeddingBlue Sky Terrace WeddingBlue Sky Terrace WeddingBlue Sky Terrace WeddingBlue Sky Terrace WeddingBlue Sky Terrace WeddingBlue Sky Terrace WeddingBlue Sky Terrace WeddingBlue Sky Terrace WeddingBlue Sky Terrace WeddingBlue Sky Terrace Wedding

Valhalla Wedding Photographer

Valhalla Wedding Photographer | Dondra + Ryan | Sneak Peek

I’ve known and considered Dondra and Ryan to be good friends for quite some time.  Dondra’s sister is one of the people in the world that knows me best and I was very lucky to spend a ton of time with this rad couple when they lived in Tahoe.  They’ve since moved onto newer and grander adventures in Colorado, but I was honored and thrilled to not only hear that their wedding would be in Tahoe but that I was the “only” choice to be their Valhalla wedding photographer.  Here’s a few sneak peeks from their rad day and I will certainly have more to share soon!

Valhalla Wedding PhotographerValhalla Wedding PhotographerValhalla Wedding PhotographerValhalla Wedding Photographer

Schaffer's Mill Wedding

Schaffer’s Mill Wedding | Jessica + Toby | Sneak Peek

For Jessica and Toby, Schaffer’s Mill holds a special place in their hearts.  Not only is it the place that they met, but now, they were honored to be the first wedding ever held at the Golf Resort.  They are both loving generous spirits, which was made all the more apparent during their day.  They are surrounded by fun, wild, loving people from a wide variety of places including Tahoe, Colorado, and Montana.  I can’t wait to share more photos from their awesome Schaffer’s Mill wedding!

Schaffer's Mill WeddingSchaffer's Mill WeddingSchaffer's Mill WeddingSchaffer's Mill Wedding

Golf Course Wedding

Lake Tahoe Golf Course Wedding | Christina + Jose | Sneak Peek

Christina and Jose are totally my people: we bonded in our first meeting over bloodies, beers, and day drinking at their reception venue.  They are athletes and adventurers and I had been looking forward to their wedding all summer.  In the end, the pair couldn’t have possibly lucked out with more pristinely gorgeous weather for their Lake Tahoe Golf Course wedding.  It was gorgeous, bluebird skies and the perfect temperature! There’s more to come from this awesome couple, including a fantastic choeographed mother-son dance!

Lake Tahoe Golf Course WeddingLake Tahoe Golf Course WeddingLake Tahoe Golf Course Wedding

Kiva Beach Wedding

Kiva Beach Wedding | Chantelle + Brandon | Sneak Peek

Chantelle originally contacted me back in February for her destination elopement here in South Lake Tahoe.  She then proceeded to get all of her ducks in a row, everything as organized as possible, and more things done in a mere two months than most of my brides ever manage in the months before their giant weddings.  Although she was organized, what really shined through her coorespondence with me was her shear excitement and giddiness over her nuptials.  After planning a “big wedding,” she and her fiancé decided to scrap the plan altogether and have a small, intimate, destination ceremony with their closest family as witnesses and officiants.  24 hours before the ceremony time, they still hadn’t picked out a location.  I loved it.  In the end, their Kiva Beach Wedding was as beautiful, loving and sweet as the pair of them are and perfectly befitting Chantelle’s benevolent and luminous spirit.

Kiva Beach WeddingKiva Beach WeddingKiva Beach WeddingKiva Beach Wedding