I walked into Heather and Evan’s Sand Harbor microwedding not quite knowing what to expect. It’s one of my favorite ways to roll into a wedding day: with a little bit of mystery and excitement over the unknown. You see, things go two different ways around here: there are clients that I get to know very intimately before the wedding day because they have a ton of questions or want to bounce ideas back and forth a lot, and then there are clients who literally book me over email on the spot and have little to no questions before time. I don’t think that either client is better than the other, moreover, I tend to chalk that up to differences in personality types. I would be the latter type of client. I hire people to do a job and I just assume they are going to do it. Heather was also one of those clients.

When I arrived, I gauged from their friends and family that were already gathered EXACTLY what the day was going to be like: full of relaxed laughter, good natured ribbing, and rapidly flowing alcohol. They were my kind of people. Evan wasted no time telling me how much he loved his koozies, so much so that I ended up sending more to them after the wedding because he’d worn them out to a state that Heather found gross but he wouldn’t retire them.

There were lawn games and mini-cupcakes, sunshine and carefree attitudes, which felt like a breath of fresh air in the midst of a pandemic. Heather’s sister attempted to get her to walk across her back as a bridge to take portraits on the giant Sand Harbor rocks. Heather’s dad had recently broken his foot and he “walked” both her and her sister down the aisle that year in a motorized wheelchair. It was a perfect day for a fantastic and fun couple. To be honest, we’ve had it very easy in Tahoe during the pandemic because almost everything we do is outdoors, giving us the protection and ability to celebrate and socialize safely with one of the most beautiful views in the world in front of us.  Heather and Evan’s Sand Harbor microwedding was no different: I remember feeling for the briefest of moments that the world was normal again. Sunshine, laughter, and happiness will do that to you.

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Venue: Sand Harbor State Park | Florist: Love and Lupines | Bakery: Lincoln’s Presidential Cakes | Caterer: Tahoe Fullers | Couple’s Attire: David’s Bridal and Men’s Warehouse | Hair and Make-up: RAH Studio