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.
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.
Ashlee and Troy were wed in Lake Tahoe, NV at their Hyatt Regency fall wedding. Read more about their gorgeous wedding in Incline Village, NV and their day here.
Family portraits are important! Freeze those memories of your loved ones and shared time together by hiring a family portrait photographer on your vacation. Read more about the reasons why you shouldn't delay in hiring a portrait photographer today!
Lauren and Rich were wed in the Texas Hill Country in a Kerrville Museum of Western Art wedding after intense rains flooded out their original venue. Read more about their gorgeous venue in Kerrville, TX and their day here.