Tahoe wedding Photography

Turtle Rock Park Wedding | Markleeville, CA | Adam + Terin

My friend Terin is one crafty lady, and I don’t mean like a fox.  She’s so crafty that she and some of her best girlfriends host weekly craft nights.  They make, build and design things I wouldn’t even start to dream of.  Like quilts.  I’m pretty sure that’s a thing they’ve done that I don’t do.  I don’t even bother with a crafting club.  I straight up just go to Girls’ Drinking Club.  In fact, I’ve previously vowed to drink more wine just so that I have more corks to give to Jenna Palacio to craft me a wine cork wreath.  Moral of this story: Terin is a master crafter and she killed it at the DIY wedding.  Terin: 1.  Lauren: 0.  

When Terin started planning her wedding to another one of my good friends, Adam, she had the help of her family and friends to transform what is normally a bland looking cafeteria room at a local state park into the place of her dreams.  I was blown away by how they managed to turn Turtle Rock Park into a lush, intimate oasis.  It was nothing short of incredible.

Almost everything at Adam and Terin’s gorgeous Turtle Rock Park wedding was DIY: her sister made hundreds of tiny cheesecake cupcakes, she wore a reconstructed version of her mother’s wedding dress, they invented, built or designed all the table decor and screens for the ceiling, her mom made their bouquets, they created all the table runners and centerpieces themselves.  Seriously.

Adam and Terin were wed at an hilarity filled ceremony, peppered with tears and sentimentality, at a private estate at the edge of the Sierra Nevadas, overlooking the Nevada valley.  On our way there, they wanted to highlight all the scenery our backyard offers us, so the wedding party stopped in Hope Valley for photos.  The party got wild and went late into the night thanks to the boys at Liquid Craft mobile bartending and Dylan with Lake Tahoe DJ.  Adam is apparently also creative: he wrote Terin a song.  And then he sung it.  In front of everyone.  Meanwhile, everyone cried and laughed and then cried and laughed and then realized that Adam ruined weddings forever for all of their future because no one can top that.  Adam: 1.  Everyone else: 0.

Venue: Private Estate and Turtle Rock Park | Day of Coordinator: Shana Conway Schmidt | Mobile Bar: Liquid Craft | DJ: Lake Tahoe DJ | Bakery: Corie King (sister of the bride) | Catering: Stephen Moise | Bridesmaid Attire: Azazie | Groom’s Apparel: Amazon | Hair and Makeup: Katie White at Tahoe Salon Be | Rentals: Camelot Rentals | Second Photographer: Red, White and Brian Walker 

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Northstar Wedding

Northstar Wedding | Truckee, CA | Kendra + Tom

I have never seen a bride so incredibly full of laughter as Kendra.  From start to finish, not only was she throwing her head back in huge guffaws, but so was every single person around here.  This was my first time photographing a Northstar Wedding in Truckee, CA and I must say – their staff and venue is incredible.  From a gorgeous mountain top ceremony and cocktail hour to a evening reception under a tent in the village, everything was flawless.  The food was incredible, the staff was amazing and Ike and Martin not only are comedians, but had the dancefloor jumping from start to finish.

Venue: Northstar Ski Resort | Officiant: Ceremony of Love | Florist: Martha Bernyk Floral Design | Bakery: Flour Girl Wedding Cakes | Musicians: Ike and Martin | Bride’s Attire: Matthew Christopher from Allegria Bridal | Veil: David’s Bridal | Bridesmaids’ Attire: Bill Levkoff | Groom’s Attire: Bonobos | Hair and Make-Up: Acqua Hair Design | Special thanks to my second photographer Nicky Lockman

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Schaffer's Mill Wedding

Schaffer’s Mill Wedding | Jessica + Toby | Sneak Peek

For Jessica and Toby, Schaffer’s Mill holds a special place in their hearts.  Not only is it the place that they met, but now, they were honored to be the first wedding ever held at the Golf Resort.  They are both loving generous spirits, which was made all the more apparent during their day.  They are surrounded by fun, wild, loving people from a wide variety of places including Tahoe, Colorado, and Montana.  I can’t wait to share more photos from their awesome Schaffer’s Mill wedding!

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Valhalla Weddings

Valhalla Wedding | Kate + Adam | Sneak Peek

Kate is a longtime Tahoe local.  Her new husband is from Great Britain (they met in England) and had never been to Tahoe before his wedding week.  Seriously.  I can’t imagine a better way to show off our home than with a Valhalla wedding!  It has all the elements that one could want in Tahoe: rustic, beach access, historical importance and gorgeous views of the mountains.  Not to mention all that fresh mountain air.  It’s enough to make you jump

More to come from Kate and Adam’s Labor Day wedding!

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Squaw Valley Stables Wedding

Squaw Valley Stables Wedding | Andy + Sarah | Sneak Peek

I adore these two.

They are the raddest of rad folks: adventurous mountain climbers, trail blazers and dance party loving fools.  Andy has secret skills that I had NO IDEA ABOUT that include, but are not limited to, breakdancing.  Their friends are fun, full of laughter and love, and clearly loyal to each other.  I had looked forward to their wedding all summer after spending an amazing weekend in Los Angeles for their Culver City Engagement Session this past winter and I clearly had done so with good reason: their wedding was a blast.

I seriously can’t wait to get started working on their Squaw Valley Stables wedding.  Also, I’d like more weddings there please, universe.

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