Gatekeeper's Park Wedding

Gatekeeper’s Museum Wedding | Lake Tahoe, CA | Diane + Daniel

I think I can say that I have a type when it comes to brides and grooms: almost every couple I’ve photographed recently have been climbers!  Which is to say, they are outdoor loving, adventure seeking, relaxed, loving people with a thirst for life and love and quite often, adult beverages.  So basically, I wish I could be best friends with all of them.

Diane and Daniel are no exception.  Daniel works for REI – as Diane told me, he’ll probably be a “lifer.”  They contemplated camping in the days after their wedding and then decided that they’d splurge and stay in a bed instead, which sounds like something that over half of my friends would say!  Diane’s smile just lit up the place the entire day.  There were SO MANY moments that I loved from their Gatekeeper’s Museum wedding, it was hard to pick just ten to share on the blog.  Those kids on the dance floor!  I love it!!

Although it was a little chilly that week in Tahoe, you wouldn’t ever know by looking at the photos thanks to those incredibly blue skies. Lake Tahoe DJ Ryan Palmer had an epic dance party going almost immediately – best way to keep warm is to shake it like a polaroid picture!

Venue: Gatekeeper’s Museum | Bakery: Sugar Pine Cakery | Caterer: Mountain Magic | DJ: Lake Tahoe DJ | Bride’s Attire: BHLDN | Bridesmaids’ Attire: BHLDN | Hair and Make-up: Tahoe Salon Be | Rentals: Camelot Party Rentals

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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.

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Squaw Valley Stables Wedding

Squaw Valley Stables Wedding | Andy + Sarah

I have so many amazing weddings to tell you about.  SO MANY.  I love all my clients.  All the weddings.  All the dance parties.  This dance party, however, was EXTRA epic and this wedding was extra wonderful.  Things that you should know about this awesome couple: they both came from a film background so we clearly were meant to be friends.  They met in a bar called Happy Endings.  Seriously.  Andy can BREAK DANCE.  Photo evidence below.

I originally flew down to Los Angeles for Sarah and Andy’s ridiculously adorable Culver City engagement session that had all my favorite things: breakfast, day drinking and exploring.  After having such an amazing time with them, I knew their wedding was going to be incredible and I looked forward to it all summer. Now, I keep reliving their Squaw Valley Stables wedding in their photos, wishing we could re-do it all over again.

Andy had originally proposed to Sarah in Tahoe and so it was only fitting that they wed there.  Squaw Valley Stables wasn’t actually their original venue; they had picked out another one that was cancelled mere months before the wedding. It was a blessing in disguise because the stables were the absolute perfect location for these two hiking and mountain loving adventurers from Southern CA.  During their vows, Sarah pledged to continue dragging Andy up any mountain he would follow her up and he pledged to continue following her up any mountain she wished.  The night was topped off with a wedding party entrance featuring choreographed dance moves and then an even more epic five song choreographed father-daughter dance. Toss in some break dancing and Journey sing alongs and really, what more could you ever wish for?  Clearly, nothing.

Venue: Squaw Valley Stables | Coordinator: Blue Sky Events | Florist: Indian Hill Ranch | Bakery: Boa Vista Orchards | Caterer: Mountain Magic | Band: Natural Drift | DJ: Mr. DJ Event Services | Dress: Nicole Miller | Suit: High Society by Richard Lim | Make-Up: Alaine Pakerson | Rentals: Eventmasters | Big thanks to my 2nd Shooter: Annie Robillard

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Tahoe Ranch Wedding

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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