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
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.
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!