South Lake Tahoe Elopement Packages

Lake Tahoe Elopement Packages

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As a Lake Tahoe wedding photographer, I love photographing big, traditional weddings, but not all weddings are lavish affairs. I have a soft spot for small, informal weddings and elopements.

Whether it’s a last minute decision, or something you’ve been planning for months, eloping to Lake Tahoe is as dreamy as it sounds. These intimate weddings focus on you, and maybe also your closest friends and immediate family in one of the most beautiful places on Earth (I’m definitely biased). Not only are elopements less stressful than taking the traditional route, they’re usually less expense (woohoo!).

Lake Tahoe Elopement Packages

There are no hard and fast rules to eloping in Lake Tahoe, but there’s one thing that’s for sure: if you’re the adventurous type, or just want to do things differently, you’ll want a local photographer (*cough cough*) who knows the ropes to capture your day as authentically as it unfolds.

Location, location, location

So you’ve seen the breathtaking Tahoe views for yourself (or on social media), and you want a beautiful backdrop for your elopement? You may have a spot in mind, or, as a local, I can help you brainstorm your ideal location, whether you’re looking for privacy in a secluded cove or the wide open sky at the top of our mountains. 

Investment

Unlike most Lake Tahoe wedding and elopement photographers, I don’t require a minimum. I do recommend at least two hours of coverage, so I have time to photograph your elopement ceremony and time afterward for formal photos.  Elopement coverage is $500/hr.

No matter what you decide, booking elopement photography with me includes high-resolution image downloads and a print release. You’ll also have the opportunity to add on prints, albums, and more.  Albums range in price from $450-$950.

Questions? Let’s work together to build a completely customizable elopement photography package that suits your needs.

Lake Tahoe Elopement Packages
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Getting to Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is pretty accessible, with a few airport options if you’re visiting from afar. Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) is the closest and has transportation options to get you all around the lake.

If you’re looking for a deal, coming from NorCal, or just want to take the scenic route, you can fly into Sacramento International Airport (SAC), which is about a two-hour drive from the lake. I wouldn’t recommend San Francisco International Airport (SFO) or Oakland International Airport (OAK) unless you have several hours to spare.

Other important considerations

Elopements take a lot of stress out of a wedding day, and that’s one reason they’re my favorite. That doesn’t mean they’re without planning. If you’re planning your elopement without the help of a planner, make sure you’re up to date on any permits (Special Use) and vendor requirements, especially if you plan on getting married in a national park.  If you want to make your day a breeze and pair great locals who love working together, then here is my list of my favorite and the best Tahoe wedding vendors

Lake Tahoe Elopement Packages

Keep in mind that depending on where you tying the knot, you’ll need either a California or Nevada marriage license. There are five counties surrounding the lake, so double check that you’re getting your marriage license from the right place. You’ll also need to have a witness or two, depending on the county and I’m always happy to oblige if it’s just your officiant, y’all, and myself.

Lake Tahoe Elopement Packages
Lake Tahoe Elopement Packages

Lake Tahoe is a prime destination year round, so if you’re looking to secure a reservation, you’ll want to get on that as soon as you can. If you’d rather have someone work out the details for you, check out these local planners and vendors I’ve enjoyed working with.

Elopement photography in the US and beyond

If you’re thinking about eloping somewhere other than Lake Tahoe, keep in mind that I travel anywhere within the continental US for free. Yup, you read that right. Passport required? No problem. Travel arrangements for Alaska, Hawaii and outside the US are arranged on a case by case basis.

Featured Wedding and Resources

Lake Tahoe Boat Elopement | Julieanne + Mark

By |November 30th, 2020|Categories: Elopement, Tahoe|Tags: , |

Since Julieanne and Mark had originally wanted to get married on a boat, they decided that if they were going to elope, it should absolutely also be on a boat! Julieanne and Mark were married as the sun was setting behind the ridge in Emerald Bay, on the shores of Vikingsholm Castle in an intimate Lake Tahoe boat elopement thanks to Lake Tahoe Boat Rides. Captain Steve and I worked together to create a great experience for the couple and we nailed the timing and the light!

Tahoe Backyard Micro Wedding | Kierney + Will

By |November 16th, 2020|Categories: Elopement, wedding|Tags: , , |

When Kierney and Will originally planned their wedding, it was going to be a completely relaxed BBQ beach adventure.  They wanted games and good times, socializing and tequila.  As COVID hit, it became increasingly clear that their wedding dreams were going to be dashed and they completely changed course: calling me out of the blue and deciding to elope at the county clerk's office.  It was the perfect afternoon, in my opinion: beers, bikes, and beach champagne. When they finally celebrated they did so with a private backyard Tahoe micro wedding and it was absolutely perfect in every way.

Stateline Lookout Elopement | Incline Village, NV | Jina + Lucas

By |November 2nd, 2020|Categories: Elopement, wedding|Tags: , |

Jina, Lucas, and I originally bonded over bikes: a love of them, the desire to ride them as much as possible, and the idea that bikes belong in every part of your life. This includes your wedding! Their original plan was to get married at Roundhill Pines, have everyone bike down the bike path to a cocktail hour at the Nevada beach pavilion, and ultimately, end up on the backyard of the Basecamp Hotel, which is one of my most favorite wedding venues in South Lake Tahoe. I think they were sold on me when they asked me how I would plan on getting from one venue to the other and I responded with enthusiasm, "ON A BIKE OF COURSE!" Covid, of course, has different plans for all of us though.

Orchard Park Elopement | Vancouver, WA | Julia + Vitaliy

By |October 19th, 2020|Categories: Elopement, wedding|Tags: , |

Julia and Vitaliy met in Alaska when she was having a brief love affair with becoming a pilot.  Vitaliy was her flight instructor. As she tells it, they "fell in love the minute we crawled into the two seat sea-plane and that was that." Julia no longer felt the need to become a pilot since she had one now. And then in an unfortunate, but expected turn of events because of 2020, what was supposed to be a private backyard destination wedding in Lake Tahoe, CA turned into an intimate Orchard Park elopement in Vancouver, WA that was perfectly delightful in every way.

LTCC Demonstration Garden Elopement | South Lake Tahoe, CA | Hannah + Max

By |October 5th, 2020|Categories: Elopement, wedding|Tags: , , |

"Whats more 2020 then your photog getting dysentery... but still FUCKING KILLING THE GAME....May faint, will still provide a good time." Hannah's review of my services after her Lake Tahoe Community College Demonstration Garden elopement. Read more about this VERY true story and more from Max and Hannah here!

The Real MVPs: Drafting Your Wedding Party Lineup

By |September 28th, 2020|Categories: Tips, Wedding Planning|Tags: , , |

Even though it looks different this year, football season is here! And just like teams are drafting  their most valuable players, you may be thinking about who your wedding day MVPs will be. When you’re considering people for your wedding party, don’t just give anyone the honors. Your winning team will be a mix of dedication, different strengths, and a little raw talent. Remember: you’re the quarterback calling the plays, your teammates should respect and trust your judgment. Here are the key-players to add to your O-line roster—happy drafting!