It’s freezing today in Tahoe. Actually, it’s been freezing all week. As I was trying to decide what amazing wedding to share from this past wedding season on the blog, the cold temps, banana bread in the oven, and the promise of fall from the chill in the air reminded me of Agnes and Laurence’s private estate North Tahoe Lodge wedding in Truckee from this past spring. There was still piles of snow. So much snow, in fact, that their guests spent an entire afternoon clearing the deck of snow for their ceremony.
Agnes and Laurence wanted to have a small, intimate celebration surrounded by friends and family. They wanted amazing food, lots of laughter, and great photos. I have to say, that when you are one of two vendors, it makes you feel incredibly unbelievably special. (I’ll try not to let it go to my head, Agnes).
Agnes is Polish and customarily, at a Polish wedding, the father presents the couple with two glasses – one of vodka, one of water. They are offered first to the bride, who must make her selection without knowing which is which. Tradition says that whoever ends up with the glass of vodka will be the dominant partner in the relationship. I think you can tell by the photos which way this ended!
Agnes and Laurence, it was an honor to be part of your day and even bigger honor to be so valued. I firmly believe that your wedding day should be a day where you celebrate with the friends and family closest to you and that the pomp, circumstance, and traditions aren’t that necessary so when clients find me that not only believe, but exemplify the same values, it makes my heart sing to be part of the day.
Venue: The North Tahoe Lodge | Caterer: Blend | Bride’s Attire: Glamour Closet | Second shooting service of the sassy shutterbug Shaunte Dittmar
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