I was having a really hard time narrowing my photos down from Whit and Steve’s Sugar Bowl Resort wedding into a reasonable number and then I went and logged into their gallery and saw that Whitney had favorited 183 images already and I suddenly felt justified in my indecision.

Whit and Steve actually found me a few years ago after winning a free portrait session in a raffle for a non-profit. Now, what’s funny about this is that I have actually donated probably almost 150 different gift certificates to non-profit raffles over the years.  FOUR of them have been redeemed.  Seriously.

The day we held their engagement session we expected to be gorgeous, and spring like and sunny.  It was 30 degrees, windy AF and basically snowing.  We had a blast anyways, took REALLY FAST photos and then went to drink beer and eat pizza at Old Town Tap and had such an amazing time together that we knew we’d remain friends.

When their wedding was postponed due to Covid (story of the fucking decade, I know), Whit and Steve decided to elope anyways.  Steve refused to tell me when they were going to do it because he knew in his heart that I would have driven 6 hours to photograph it for them and he was right.  I really love having people in my life that get me.  Let me tell you all about having acts of service as your love language….

When Whit and Steve DID finally celebrate they knew exactly what they wanted: a gorgeous laid back setting where all their friends could stay on site, a RAGINGLY epic dance party, an open bar and tons of laughter and great food.  Their Sugar Bowl Resort wedding was everything they wanted and more.  They have some REALLY amazing people in their lives who love them for their wit and sarcasm, their laid back attitudes combined with a zest for good times.  This was my 2nd big wedding of 2021, post-pandemic and much like Anna and Harrison’s New Orleans wedding in April, it reminded me of all the best aspects of my job: celebrating with great people to capture the images that will frame a lifetime of their memories.  Whit and Steve, I think I did your wedding justice and I hope you feel the same way.

Venue: Sugar Bowl Resort | Florist: Sweet Roots Farm | DJ: Music in Tahoe | Couple’s Attire: Wine Country Bridal and Jos. A. Bank | Wedding Party Attire: Azazie | Makeup: Jenna Peterson | Sensational Second Photography thanks to Nicky Byrnes