Elope in Virginia City: The Ultimate Guide

By |July 8th, 2024|Elopement, wedding, Wedding Planning|

Discover the charm of Virginia City, Nevada for your elopement or microwedding! Nestled near the Reno/Tahoe area, this historic mining town offers a unique blend of Wild West ambiance, picturesque mountain views, and kitschy western flair. Explore iconic venues like the Silverland Inn, St. Mary in the Mountains Church, and the Silver Queen Hotel. With no waiting period for marriage licenses in Nevada, you can tie the knot the same day. Capture unforgettable memories in a town where history comes alive, and enjoy a relaxed atmosphere with taffy shops and saloons. Virginia City is the perfect backdrop for your special day!

Planning a Lake Tahoe microwedding or elopement?

By |July 1st, 2024|Elopement, Tips, wedding, Wedding Planning|

Never-ever in my 12-year wedding career have I had a client regret holding a microwedding or elopement, but many regret not opting for a more intimate celebration. Planning a Lake Tahoe microwedding or elopement? Discover why these small, meaningful celebrations in one of the world's most beautiful locations are the perfect choice. Get tips on venues, guest lists, budgets, and more to create an unforgettable experience.

Inclusive Wedding Vendors: How to Find LGBTQ-Friendly Services

By |June 3rd, 2024|LGBT, Tips, wedding, Wedding Planning|

While planning a wedding can be an extraordinary and joyous occasion for some, it can also come with its fair share of challenges. A key aspect of the LGBTQ wedding planning process is choosing vendors who are skilled, inclusive, and supportive of LGBTQ individuals. As an ally and a wedding vendor who consistently strives to embrace diversity and respect all types of love, my biggest wish is that every couple finds vendors that meet their needs AND embrace their love story with warmth and acceptance.

Sunset Wedding at The Arch Tahoe | Jennifer + Ashley

By |March 18th, 2024|LGBT, Tips, wedding, Wedding Planning|

Plan your dream sunset wedding at The Arch Tahoe with ease! Discover how Ashley and Jennifer orchestrated their unforgettable ceremony, expertly timed to capture the golden hour. Transition seamlessly to The Coachman Hotel for a reception under the stars. Get tips on coordinating between venues and ensuring guest comfort. Sprinkle your day with champagne celebrations at every turn! Start here to plan your destination Lake Tahoe wedding adventure today!

Felina Restaurant and Events Wedding | Ridgewood, NJ

By |March 4th, 2024|wedding|

Sometimes there is a rare instance when wedding photographers must replace themselves for a wedding due to unforeseen circumstances. Spoiler alert: I was the replacement, not the one who needed one. My first wedding of 2024 was one where I stepped in for a near and dear friend and it was an absolute dream - from the venue to the couple to the dance party to the guest list. Hayley and Randy's memorable New Jersey winter wedding, complete with a raucous dance floor that surpassed even MY standards!

Anchored in Love: Tips for Planning Your Perfect Destination Boat Wedding

By |February 12th, 2024|Tahoe, wedding, Wedding Planning|

Stuart's family hails from Scotland and Vera's family hails from Eastern Europe. Although the two found love and live in Lake Tahoe, their wedding was going to be a destination wedding for most of their family and they decided there was no better way to show off their backyard than with a boat wedding on the expanse of Lake Tahoe. It was the first time Stuart's family had been in one location since 1987! A destination boat wedding isn't for everyone - but if you are the adventurous type it's a great way to show off the beauty of your chosen wedding location.

Gold Hill Gardens Wedding | Newcastle, CA | Zoë and Jordan

By |January 15th, 2024|wedding|

This extended group of friends has now hired me and shared me and referred me more than any other group in my decade plus history as a wedding photographer. I have photographed FIVE weddings between all of them, multiple engagement sessions, maternity sessions, family portraits, graduations, and more. There is no compliment higher than being referred out again and again and again and this group continues to pay me the highest of compliments. While Zoë and Jordan's gorgeous Gold Hill Gardens wedding in Newcastle, CA was a bit more traditional than this group usually goes, their October wedding had plenty of non-traditional surprises up it's sleeves.

Virginia City Wedding Photographer | Piper’s Opera House | Brenda + Dillon

By |January 1st, 2024|Nevada, wedding|

When Brenda first contacted me about being her Virginia City wedding photographer she gushed over my love for guacamole, enticed me with BBQ and promised me a man dressed as a miner with a donkey. We never found the miner, or the donkey, but they did have a pistol packing preacher in a top hat (he had to check his gun at the Opera House gun check), fry bread, delicious promised BBQ, and both Brenda and Dillon have really wonderful and calm spirits. When some things didn’t go as planned (sometimes red lipstick gets on wedding dresses), there was nary a beat in anyone’s steps because these two are so incredibly cool (so hot they’re cool! so cool they’re hot!). For future incidents: laughter helps and so do Tide pens!

Pinecrest Chalet Wedding | Pinecrest, CA | Jesse and Megan

By |December 11th, 2023|wedding|

I frequently get hired for a very specific niche of the destination wedding market and it is one that I love. Summer camp weddings bring me immense joy. They cater to clients who seek unconventional celebrations: rowing boats to your ceremony, hosting a bike parade, or cutting a cake with a chainsaw—this is where my ideal clients thrive. Megan and Jesse's Pinecrest Chalet wedding is another standout example of an outdoorsy couple who held an absolutely perfect weekend celebration, filled with lakeside games, nature walks, and campfire whiskey sessions, all which perfectly aligns with the essence of adult summer camp and the perfect Venn diagram of things that I love.

How to Throw a Tahoe Winter Wedding

By |November 20th, 2023|Tahoe, wedding, Wedding Planning|

A Tahoe winter wedding is a magical way to celebrate love amidst the snow-covered peaks and serene landscapes. If you're hoping for a winter white wedding extravaganza, just make sure you're fully comfortable and familiar with winter weather and conditions so that you can anticipate and address potential challenges.  Any number of surprises can happen when planning and executing a Tahoe winter wedding - from slightly adjusting timelines due to weather conditions, coordinating with vendors to clear the deck of snow, and making sure that everyone is on the same page with some last minute finagling, your preparedness and proactivity will allow you to have the winter wedding of your dreams, albeit one filled with both warmth and joy.  So.... bundle up y'all!

How to Prepare for Your Engagement Photos

By |November 13th, 2023|Engagement, wedding, Wedding Planning|

Getting in front of the camera can be an anxiety-inducing nerve-wracking decision. I know! I try to hire photographers for myself every year just so I can remember how bizarre it feels to be in front of the lens, rather than behind it. If you've recently gotten engaged and are considering engagement photos, here's all the reasons why I think they are helpful and how to make the most of your session.

Glacier National Park Wedding | Summit Mountain Lodge

By |November 6th, 2023|Travel, wedding|

This past summer, thanks to two beloved clients of mine, I had the opportunity to take 10 days and explore the wild remoteness that western Montana has to offer thanks to their Glacier National Park Wedding. Glacier National Park is STUNNING, not to mention, it’s an unparalleled backdrop for a ridiculously gorgeous wedding portrait. It’s got majestic peaks, breathtaking mountains that stack on each other as far as the eye can see, expansive lakes, wilderness for days. Whether you consider yourself to be an outdoorsey adventurous go-getter or simply stick to the road more traveled, it’s still an unforgettable experience. If you’re interested in a Glacier National Park wedding, Marquie and Josh did it right – here's a few tips on how to have the perfect Big Sky Country wedding day.

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