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Buck Tradition: Why to Have a First Look on Your Wedding Day

By |February 11th, 2020|Tips, wedding, Wedding Planning|

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.

Basecamp Hotel Wedding | South Lake Tahoe, CA | Philbert + Ming

By |February 5th, 2020|California, Tahoe, wedding|

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!

The After New Year Resolution Tips

By |February 3rd, 2020|Family Portrait, goals, Portrait, Tips|

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

Black Bear Lodge Wedding | South Lake Tahoe, CA | Jackie + Rick

By |January 6th, 2020|California, wedding|

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!

Holiday Family Merge: How to Split Holiday Celebrations with your Partner’s Family

By |December 19th, 2019|holidays, Tips|

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.

Real Talk: Tips to Keep Your Wedding YOUR Wedding from Personal Experience

By |December 12th, 2019|Tips, wedding|

Wedding planning from personal experience can be incredibly useful. Learn wedding planning tips, successes and failures from one of my actual clients. Tashara and Alvan were wed in a Georgetown Milestone wedding outside of Central Texas and Tashara shares her wedding planning from personal experience here, including tips and tricks for navigating the unexpected waters of wedding planning.