Weddings are my jam, but I love getting breaks from them to take family portraits. There isn’t a single season or time of year that’s the best time to get your family portraits taken (especially in Tahoe, but I travel, too!). It’s not about when you show up to get your photos taken, but how you show up. Here are a few, low-stress ways you can prepare for a smooth family portrait session.
If you’re like any (respectable) pet parent, you likely want your fur babies to be a part of your day. I get it, I’m a dog mom--they’re basically our children. But there are some important things to consider before you make the call on whether or not to include your dogs in your wedding. Here are some planning tips and resources to have your four legged pals join you on your special day.
It was an intimate day that was almost completely DIY. Beth and Sally bucked tradition and did many things that I find standard in LGBT+ weddings, like getting ready together and processing together down the aisle. It was representative of both of them and their time together - they designed their own gifts, artwork, invites and florals. Follow this link to read more about Beth and Sally's intimate Heavenly LGBT+ wedding. We're celebrating Pride all month long with LGBT+ weddings and resources!!
LGBT+ weddings are like heteronormative weddings in many ways--except there’s one major standout: the individuality is fierce and unapologetic. Photographing LGBT+ weddings is like coming up for fresh air. Couples tend to customize nearly all parts of their day, skirting the traditional route. Since I started photographing weddings, LGBT+ wedding trends have changed quite a bit. Yet some trends have stood the test of time. Some of my favorites are up on the blog!
I LOVE backyard weddings. I love the simplicity. I love the camaraderie. I love the uniqueness. I love that people make it their own. I love that there are usually long tables with family style dining and open seating plans. I love dancing under twinkle lights and stars. I love the lawn games and less formal attire and summery cocktails. I also love Pride month so what better way to celebrate it than with a month of LGBT+ wedding posts and related resources!
If you’re looking for summer wedding inspo, it’s probably because you want your wedding to be different, to be more you. Here are some ideas and summer 2020 wedding trends for making your summer wedding shine in your own way, including bold statement furniture, refreshing menu options, and fun flowy wedding party attire.
Couples choose elopements for a variety of reasons over traditional weddings, and now, in light of current events, I think that many couples may be forced into elopements over weddings for financial reasons. This is not a bad thing! Living in such an incredible, epic location, I have the good fortune to photograph a LOT of elopements and I absolutely love them. Annie and Carter had the ultimate adventure for their elopement: hiking, climbing and scaling Cave Rock for incredible sunset memories!
While you were busy picking out florals, decor, your wedding party, and even the colors of your table napkins, your vows may have been put on the backburner. One of the most important parts of your day is often easily overlooked. Some people even wait until the night before (seriously, but I don’t recommend that). Figuring out what you want your vows to be doesn’t have to be all-consuming: you have options.
Summer camp weddings are my FAVORITE. I spent many years of my life spending every summer at camp and the feeling of comfort and nostalgia can't be beat. How can you not just be immediately relaxed at a summer camp? Carla and Kurtis wanted a raging DIY wedding party and this summer camp wedding was the perfect venue. Read all about it here!
The months leading up to your wedding are a whirlwind of planning, opinions, and excitement. The expectations about what your day will be are high, whether you started planning when you were a kid or you just learned the difference between ivory and white. With all the pressure put on “the single most important day of your life,” it’s no surprise that many couples get pre-wedding jitters. Here are some ways to stay chill before your nerves get the best of you.
For Julie and Tom's wedding they wanted something a little unusual: a Flotilla! We all got to spend a few hours on boats on Lake Tahoe, cruising across the lake, soaking up the sunshine, drinking champagne, and enjoying everyone's company. Not only was this Flotilla wedding one of the most interesting I've ever been a part of, but certainly one of the most memorable. In this life of isolation that we're living right now, a day on boats on the lake sounds incredibly alluring. Read all about it here!