Whether you love wedding planning or hate it, choosing your vendors is one of the hardest decisions you'll ever make. If you're planning a Lake Tahoe wedding and want to know who my favorite people and the best Tahoe wedding vendors are, look no further!
I don’t often offer discounts, but now feels like the time to do it. I’m going to temporarily offer portraits sessions for future dates at 50% off literally so that I can pay my rent next month. If you are in the position to take advantage of this opportunity, it would mean the world. It will make the difference in whether or not I make it through the next 6-8 weeks. There are SO many people in the same boat as myself. I understand if you need to help another business instead of myself. But if you can, I would be incredibly grateful.
Once upon a time, I forgot I had a wedding. Read all about it. As we are all aware of by now, 2020 is weird. 2019 thought it had everyone beat, but 2020 is all, "PFFFFFFFT. Hold my Claw." Read all about that time I forgot I had a wedding, missed brunch, and made new BFFs here because you have nothing better to do while you're stuck working at home.
Were you headed to SXSW? Do you know how to survive a SXSW cancellation? 75,000 people were about to descend upon Austin, TX for SXSW, one of the world's premier music, film and tech festivals. For the first time in 34 years, the event will not go on. While SXSW is mostly known for its music festival, what really brings the money to Austin (and $350 million plus of it at that), is the Interactive portion, which draws a young audience of inventors, investors and risk takers looking for networking opportunities and the next big thing. At any given moment all over the city there are thousands of opportunities to learn, network, workshop and cultivate relationships. For 8 years now, I've been working for the Sales Department at the event, as a SXSW event photographer responsible for documenting the return on investment for their sponsors. It's exhausting. It's exhilarating. It's incredibly fun. And now, it's not happening. Here's how to survive in the wake of this devastating news.
75,000 people are about to descend upon Austin, TX for SXSW, one of the world's premier music, film and tech festivals. While SXSW is mostly known for its music festival, what really brings the money to Austin (and $350 million plus of it at that), is the Interactive portion, which draws a young audience of inventors, investors and risk takers looking for networking opportunities and the next big thing. At any given moment all over the city there are thousands of opportunities to learn, network, workshop and cultivate relationships. For 8 years now, I've been working for the Sales Department at the event, as a SXSW event photographer responsible for documenting the return on investment for their sponsors. It's exhausting. It's exhilarating. It's incredibly fun. If you're attending for the first time and looking for some answers on how to survive SXSW, I got you boo.
This is a story about Mandy and Chris's Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel wedding, but it's also about how Mandy and Chris are my people and I get really excited when I find my people. Mandy and Chris wanted some very simple things when they planned their wedding: they wanted the ceremony on the beach, they wanted their friends and family to spend quality time with them, they wanted it to be EXTRA relaxed, and since their Tahoe engagement session got snowed out, they wanted epic high views for their portraits. Their wedding and everything about their calm, relaxed and funny day was perfect and it was one of my favorite weddings of the year. Read more here!
We have all seen the videos. You know the ones: the video from the perfect wedding day, where the wedding party is already behind the altar and those adorably precocious flower girls have just dropped the last rose petal with perfect attitude. Dramatically, the music stops. It stops just long enough for the officiant to ask everyone to stand. The song begins and the entire crowd draws what seems to be a single anticipatory breath as the bride appears to take her first step down the aisle. But wait! The camera only spends a second on the bride, because it immediately zooms in to that magical moment where the waiting partner has their mouth open and a single teardrop rolls down their face and passionately falls to the ground. That is the moment: that moment of surprise that everyone prays will bring that exact same response on their wedding day.
Once upon a time there was a bride that broke her foot just weeks before her wedding. She didn't let it cramp her style though! Philbert and Ming had a perfectly relaxed outdoor summer wedding at Basecamp Hotel in South Lake Tahoe, completely with lawn games, a raucous late night dance party and great beer. Read more about some of my favorite Tahoe wedding vendors - Philbert and Ming definately hired the A Team!
Ahhh, it’s that time of year again, when 90% of new year’s resolutionists have quit working on those resolutions. Gyms are empty again, the healthy section of the grocery store is once again fully stocked, and all the extra money that was put into a savings account is spent again. The excitement period has passed, which is why this is the perfect time to actually start on resolutions or goals for yourself. After all, what better than the shortest month of the year to work on meeting goals? Here's some New Year Resolution Tips to help you find a place to start with intentions that will help you create positive changes and space in your life. Dry January? #neveragain
When Jackie told me that she was having an intimate backyard wedding I swooned. When she told me that it was going to be a Black Bear Lodge wedding I leaped with joy. I've been desperate to work at the Black Bear Lodge ever since Greg and Rachel took it over. Not only are they RIDICULOUSLY nice people (much nicer than the likes of me), but they've done an amazing job with this quaint cozy wooded boutique hotel. The lawn is perfect for backyard ceremonies and your entire wedding party can stay on site. In the summer, I do yoga on the lawn with my friend Jenay of Lake Tahoe Yoga and in the winter, I while away happy hours at their wine tastings in the lodge living room. Read more about Jackie and Rick's wedding day here!
Double the people equals double the fun, or does it? How do you survive the holiday season as a couple having to split families? Tips on how to split holiday celebrations while making sure that you stay present, find your positivity and revel in joy with the people you love most, or maybe a little bit.
Beth and Nick were wed outside of Graeagle, CA at their Twenty Mile House wedding. Read more about their gorgeous wedding at this quaint boutique bed and breakfast in the Sierra Nevada Mountains here.