Ana and Andrew had me at pizza.
When we first spoke in 2015 about their wedding, over a year out, Ana was most excited about the pizza. As a photojournalist, there are few details that I worry about on a wedding day. I am, frankly, unconcerned with the pomp and circumstance and whether or not you’re going to have any traditions. By all means, cut that cake and I will photograph it, but I’m not going to orchestrate your day or suggest that you do things you don’t want to for photos sake. What I will get behind though: pizza.
The pizza was fantastic.
But the rest of their day, that was fantastic also. From the tear inducing speeches to the cake in Andrew’s brother’s face, from the coordinated and choreographed first dances (Ana and her father danced to Time Warp!), everything about their daytime Zephyr Cove Resort wedding with a pizza buffet was right up my alley.
Venue: Zephyr Cove Resort | Coordinator : Stephanie Stugart | Officiant: Sharon Rusk | Invitations: Mighty Industries | Florist: Rose Petals Florist | Bakery: Tahoe Cakes by Grace | DJ: Southworth Entertainment | Bride’s Attire: David’s Bridal | Groom’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse | Hair and Make-Up: Tahoe Salon Be | Videographer: HeavenSide Studios | Second Shooter: Annie Robillard
Have you ever noticed how all my clients are all my favorite people? How do I get such rad people in my life? Lauren and Danny are two such kindred spirits that I want to keep forever as friends and ski partners. Their Kirkwood Mountain Wedding was exactly my style: a relaxed outdoor affair, at my favorite ski resort, with outdoor games, tons of wine, decor that represented their love of travel, and, of course, an epic dance party. They really won me over when they asked if I would be willing to take the chairlift up into the Devil’s Corral meadow under the Cirque for their portraits. Clearly the answer is, “heck yes!” Better yet, instead of a bouquet, Lauren tossed a Feminist coloring book at her friends (clearly amazing). And as a final testament to their awesomeness, Lauren and Danny recreated the dance scene from Dirty Dancing for their first dance.
Venue: Kirkwood Mountain Resort | Officiant: Rev Josh Serrano | Bakery: DIY & Costco | Bride’s Attire: mother’s wedding dress, re-designed by Bonnie Hoffman | Bridesmaid’s Attire: Renz Rags | Groom’s Attire: Custom Made in Vietnam | Videographer: XOXO Video
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 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