I found out after the fact that Kayla had given Bill pretty clear instructions: she needed to have her nails done and she wanted there to be a photographer. He managed to nail both of those and to be a bit sneaky, instead of having me hide in the bushes or troll around the beach pretending to be a tourist for his Tahoe marriage proposal, we decided to have his mother gift her a portrait certificate for Christmas.
The plan went off mostly without a hitch, save the fact that I expected him to get down on one knee more than 25 minutes earlier than he did in the session. I was agonizing inside and wondering if he had changed his mind!
In the end, she said yes, obviously and we ended up with some of the most gorgeous Tahoe light I’ve had in recent months for our sunset session at Sand Harbor State Park.
Bill and Kayla: congratulations! I’m so thrilled to have been a part of your proposal and that I was able to capture the start of a long and happy life together!
When Steve originally contacted me about his Lake Tahoe proposal that he wanted me to help him with, I was ecstatic. His original idea was to propose on the pier adjacent to his Tahoma bed and breakfast that he’d booked for his fiancé-to-be and himself. I suggested that the West Shore Cafe pier might actually offer a better vantage point (and incredible pier) and he readily jumped at the chance. Conveniently, they were closed for dinner that day and he simply lied and told Charis (like Paris and which, if you are interested in the origin of words as I always am, means grace, favor, and kindness in Greek) that he had planned to take her to dinner there. Pretending to be disappointed that the restaurant was closed, Steve suggested that they at least walk out to their pier and take a peek at the lake since it was almost sunset and there I was waiting, taking photos of the lake.
She, of course, said yes and I am eternally grateful to these two, who were adventurous enough to tromp around in the snow with me for photos in the woods and whose infectious spirits were such a joy to capture.
Congratulations Charis and Steve!
My favorite thing about photographing wedding proposals is that the girl never things ANYTHING of the fact that there’s a couple of people standing around with really nice cameras. Jess had NO idea this was coming – clearly – as you can see by this really incredibly amazing photo. The best part was that she was actually so incredibly surprised that she held this position for an extremely long time, which made my job significantly easier. Adam proposed to his girlfriend of 4 years on the first night of their Tahoe South vacation on the pier outside the Tahoe Beach Retreat & Lodge and of course, she said yes!
Big thanks to Austin Costanza of Tin and Toe who came out to help hold lights and do a little bit of second shooting for me!
Jad originally called me from the Bay Area. He wanted to plan a weekend getaway for his girlfriend Melissa and propose to her while he was here. After discussing option, he picked the most picturesque location in Tahoe for the location: Emerald Bay.
Here’s a sneak peek from their Emerald Bay proposal. More to come from this adorable couple later!