Choosing a start time for your wedding ceremony can be a daunting task and it’s complicated in Lake Tahoe by the fact that light behaves VERY differently at different times of the day, in every season, on every side of the lake.
1. WHEN AND WHERE ARE YOU GETTING MARRIED?
In the winter, the sun sets over Lake Tahoe incredibly early (think 4:30 PM!) but in the summer, it sets incredibly late (8:30 PM!). You have a lot more flexibility in your timing if you are getting married with the sun reflecting away from your ceremony site, but this can also lead to dappled light on your faces if you are standing underneath some of our giant beautiful pine trees.
2. HOW LONG YOU WOULD LIKE YOUR RECEPTION TO BE? AND WHAT TIME OF DAY?
When I’m creating timelines for clients, I always like to work backwards so start with that reception block and when you want it to end, and go backwards. The other option, which is very popular in Lake Tahoe, is to have a midday ceremony somewhere on the lake and a reception at a different venue. This allows you to have beautiful blue skies above, crisp clean mountain photography, a relaxed afternoon with your partner, and then a reception that takes place at dinner time.