Tahoe Beach Retreat Wedding

Tahoe Beach Retreat Wedding | Dana and Steve | Sneak Peek

Dana ordered up a photo booth for her wedding and professed, “I hope it’s the most fun wedding you have all summer!”  Dana and Steve’s Tahoe Beach Retreat wedding was officiated by a hilarious close friend, who knew them well, featured a speech by a groomsman so incredibly funny I could hardly take photos I was laughing so hard, and a dance party that was hardly dampened in the least by the sudden turn to windy and chilly fall weather.  And oh, that damn infernal two hours of golden light that we’ve been getting all summer in the evening.  It’s enough to make me swoon.

Congrats Dana and Steve!  More to come from this dynamic duo!

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Tahoe Ranch Wedding | Mo + Adam

I feel super lucky to have been connected to Monique and Adam through mutual friends.  Frankly, I’m shocked that I hadn’t met these two rad souls before.  They are gorgous, giving people full of light, love and clear adoration for each other and their young son, who is ridiculously adorable.  They met with me at the suggestion of some mutual friends over lunch and immediately signed a contract that minute.  I actually ended up ending a Costa Rica vacation early and flying home to photograph their Meyers, CA Tahoe ranch wedding at the Celio Ranch, a private historic estate in South Lake Tahoe and I’m so thankful I did.  It kicked off a summer of ridiculously awesome outdoor backyard and ranch weddings and I loved every bit of it.  Their friends and family were a joy to be around, they had a fantastic bluegrass band (local favorites Worn Out Welcome), and unbelievably delicious Indian food catered by good friends.  Mo was super worried that it was going to rain on her wedding day – the skies the days before (and in the weeks after) were to be threatening frequent downpours – but thankfully, the rain held off and they were treated to a gorgeous celebration under beautiful blue Tahoe skies.

Mo and Adam, congrats you two.  I can’t wait to dance the night away at another show with you!

Venue: Celio Ranch (Private Estate) | Florist: Morning Song Flowers |  Cake: Family Members | Catering: Kebab Express | Band: Worn Out Welcome | Dress: Trudy’s | Hair and Make-up: Audrey Graven

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Downtown Reno Engagement Session | Nicholl + Jason | Sneak Peek

I met Nicholl and Jason at the AHA Wedding Faire, where, in a show of blind faith, they bid on my donated portrait session gift certificate without stopping by my booth, looking at my work, or meeting me first!  When they finally did come by and announce they won the session and I started feeling their personalities out, I was quick to suggest one of my favorite ways to do an engagement session: pub crawl through their favorite haunts.  They were overjoyed with that idea and our plan for a downtown Reno engagement session was hatched!

Here’s a sneak peek from our awesome day, which included a super cool pub with a HUGE craft beer selection, afternoon sushi, and a lot of laughter.

Thanks Nicholl and Jason for such a great day!  More from this awesome couple coming soon!

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Tahoe Wedding Photographer | Published on Beauty and Lifestyle Bride

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I am so excited to see one of my favorite 2013 weddings featured at Beauty & Lifestyle Bride.   I’m so proud of the work I did as their Tahoe Wedding Photographer and so thrilled to see it published.  Lori and Eddie’s wedding was truly “flawlessly beautiful,” just as the title says.  You can see their full post via this link and please share it via social media or comment to show our support and thanks!

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Tahoe Wedding Photographer | Eddie + Lori

I’ve been keeping this one to myself because I knew it belonged on a wedding blog because this gorgeous marriage of two families at the Tahoe Beach Retreat and Lodge in South Lake Tahoe was completely and totally Pinterest worthy.  I’m so thrilled to finally share it with you and can happily announce that it will be published in not just one but TWO different blogs in the upcoming month!

I am so thankful Eddie and Lorena found me and even more honored that they chose me to be their Tahoe wedding photographer.  What an amazing family this is.  It was so clear to me from the get-go that they both are making their new family a priority.  Lorena is clearly a loving, patient, encouraging mother and it showed in various ways throughout the day, including the ceremony during which they took turns jointly combining multiple colors of sand into a shadowbox, signifying the unity of two families into one.

I always ask if brides have Pinterest boards, just so I can get an idea of their personality and aesthetic before I meet them.  All too often, I don’t meet the bride until the wedding day.  When I saw that Lori’s shabby chic board was full of fall colors, muted tones, bell jars and burlap, I was thrilled.  When I arrived on the wedding day to find their amazing wedding coordinator Amanda Mason setting up a CANDY BAR, I was nothing short of ecstatic.

From start to finish, I felt right at home with Lori and Eddie.  Lori warms your heart.  On her wedding day, she was positively glowing, as any bride should be, and her spirit has stuck with me since then.  Their friends were fun, full of laughter and raged the dance floor.  Her teenage sons stood up and made speeches, thanking Eddie not only for their relationship with them and welcoming him into the family.  Eddie and Lorena gave me full reign and no instructions, trusting me completely to capture their awesome day.  I hope they are as thrilled with their photos as I am.  Four months later, I am still awestruck at how wonderful they are, how special their day was, how grateful I am to be a part of it, and how beautiful it turned out.

If you were a guest of Eddie and Lorena, you may see the full gallery of photos and order prints via this link.

Venue, Reception Site and Catering: Tahoe Beach Retreat | Wedding Coordinator: Amanda Mason | Cake: Flour Girl Wedding Cakes | Florist: Enchanted Florist | Dress: David’s Bridal | DJ: Ascent DJ Productions

Tahoe Wedding Photographer | Lisetta + Sam

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Lisetta and her Italian Family were unparalleled wonders of people full of amore, risata and more than one regina della danza.  Lisetta met Sam and self professed that they “did it all backwards:”  started dating, moved in together, had a wonderful precocious child when after being told she could “never” have children, and then decided to marry.  Their ceremony was intimate and filled with the hilarious tears of their son, who had both me and all of their friends and family in stitches.  He miraculously stopped crying as soon as the ceremony ended.  I loved every minute of it and I foresee plenty of taunting re-tellings in his future of the the story of their special day.

This DIY wedding was a total family affair: pops helped set the tables and decorate the reception area, Sam’s own sister made the cakes and cupcakes (which were divine), and Italy pervaded throughout it all.  From start to finish, I felt lucky to be completely included in this wonderful familiar feeling affair.  I was invited to sit at a table with some of Lisetta’s coworkers and friends and loved hearing stories about how they met and all the traditions they share.

Venue: The Chateau in Incline Village | DJ: Amazing Events | Dress: David’s Bridal | Hair: Sierra Bella Salon |  Makeup: Michaela Scott

Any family who ends their night like this is totally the kind of family I want to photograph.

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Emerald Bay Elopement | Sunny + Chris

I am not going to lie.

Sunny had me nervous.  She kept forgetting to send her contract.  I still didn’t have it the day before the wedding.  Despite my nervousness, something in my gut told me to just trust it.

I am so thankful I did.

Sunny and Chris had been together for over 9 years when they eloped in Emerald Bay with a small selection of their close family with them.  Their families reside in Elko and they were down to earth, relaxed folks with a bit of  snarkiness in their jokes that I felt immediately at ease with.  After the ceremony I suggested we head down to the Beacon where their family members could imbibe and warm up while we took portraits at an alternate location.  Sunny and Chris had me laughing so hard I could hardly take photos, much less get them looking any less than their natural, gorgeous, happy, laughing selves.

What an awesome afternoon with amazing people.

Sunny and Chris, thank you for making photography a priority for you on your special day.  It was an absolute delight.

Tahoe Beach Wedding Sneak Peek | Lori + Eddie

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I have so many unbelievable images from Lori and Eddie’s gorgeous wedding celebration that it was seriously difficult to choose just one to share.  You know what’s even harder not to share?   All the stories from the day that involve how unbelievable awesome this family is, not to mention their friends.

Oh, and one more thing: they had a candy bar.  BOOM!

Tahoe Wedding Photography | Nerissa + JR

You know it was meant to be when the client tells you that they could have let a family member take photos for them, but they “just had a feeling about [you]” as they pour you a glass of wine.

It is clearly a match made in heaven when they ask if you need to leave after your contracted time is up and you joke, “Oh, no, I’ll stay forever once you start giving me wine.”  And they joke back, “Well, you should have told us that earlier!  What did we even pay you for!” 

Touché.

Nerissa and JR were married in a small ceremony with just family present and I feel honored they choose me to help capture the moments.  Their family is a riot.  Each of the five tiny kids in attendance were completely different characters: a lover, a fighter, a partier, a food connoisseur, and the one and only sassy little lady.  They were all amazing and hysterical kids, with fantastic devoted parents, and best of all doting spoiling loving grandparents.  Their duds for the day did not disappoint: all the boys looked exceedingly dapper.

I loved laughing and hearing family stories about weddings and friends and long lost families reunited from this clan.  I couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend the evening or a family more fun to take photos of.  Congratulations to Nerissa and JR – I have no doubt that their life together will be action packed and filled with love.  You can’t escape it with those youngsters at your feet!

Coordinators: 4 Seasons Wedding Chapel | Venue: Logan Shoals Vista Point | Reception: Riva Grill | Wedding Cake: Sugar Pine Bakery 

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