River Ranch Lodge Wedding

Alpine Meadows River Ranch Wedding | Olympic Valley, CA | Seb + Leah

Leah and Seb met living the life that every Tahoe local knows and loves: ski bumming in their youth in Vail, with jobs on the mountain, small apartments, and late nights drinking and rabble rousing followed by early mornings shredding.  Today, they call San Francisco home and they spend every weekend they can in the Sierras, skiing at Alpine Meadows and Squaw.  It was only fitting that their wedding be held in the place they consider to be their second home now.  Together, they are an unbelievably gorgeous, fun, and vibrant couple.  Their friends are no exception: they were dancing maniacs and there were more epic moves pulled at this wedding than I saw all year.  With a play list that included Coolio, the party went straight until our cutoff time and my hangover the next day, upon which I happened to have to get up at 4 AM and drive to the airport to fly to Texas to work for SXSW Eco, was a bit rough but well worth it.

Seb’s family hails from Australia and they flew across the globe to celebrate with these two.  It’s no wonder that they are surrounded by such amazing people: their love and graciousness exudes from all aspects of their lives.  I feel very honored to have been their Alpine Meadows River Ranch wedding photographer.  Here’s a few of my favorite frames from their day.

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River Ranch Wedding | Leah + Seb | Sneak Peek

Leah and Sebastian’s Alpine Meadows River Ranch Wedding was nothing short of amazing.  First of all, it was filled with really, really ridiculously good looking people.  Second, all of those really, really ridiculously good looking people had the most epic dance moves I’ve ever seen.  Although the day started out cold and overcast, the sun peeked out just in time for their ceremony and everyone stayed warm breaking it down to Coolio and Salt’n’Pepa on the dance floor.  Leah and Sebastian met in Vail, CO while essentially living the life that most people in the world can’t even comprehend or imagine is an option, but people in Tahoe feel lucky to part of every single powder day.   I’m certain their final blog post is going to be nothing but epic dance photos, but until then, here’s a few frames from their day.

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Disabled Sports Far West

Disabled Sports Ability Week | Wounded Warriors

I am very fortunate to have been able to donate my time for three consecutive years now to the Wounded Warrior Ability Camp at Disabled Sports USA Far West, an amazing non profit out of Alpine Meadows, Lake Tahoe that provides affordable inclusive physical and recreational activities that build health and confidence to the disabled.  The Ability Camp is a week long program that provides specialized instruction in adaptive alpine skiing and snowboarding for up to 25 soldiers and marines disabled in Iraq and Afghanistan.

This year, Disabled Sport’s USA Far West hosted 18 wounded warriors and their guests at three different Lake Tahoe resorts.  Big thanks to Northstar, and Squaw and Alpine Ski Resorts for sponsoring such an amazing program.

If you participated in Disabled Sports USA Far West’s Wounded Warrior Ability Camp anytime in the last three years, you may find your galleries via this link.

Wounded Warriors

A few weeks ago, I was fortunate to have been able to take the time off to donate time to the Wounded Warrior Ability Camp at Disabled Sports USA Far West, an amazing non profit out of Alpine Meadows, Lake Tahoe that provides affordable inclusive physical and recreational activities that build health and confidence to the disabled.  The Ability Camp is a week long program that provides specialized instruction in adaptive alpine skiing and snowboarding for 25 soldiers and marines disabled in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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I took a ton of amazing photo in my four days with the participants, but you can view the rest of my favorites in the Projects: Wounded Warriors tab or by following this link.  There are plenty of memorable moments that I captured, but the most valuable to me were the handful of new friendships forged.

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In past years, I have spent quite a bit of time with Disabled Sports Far West and it’s an organization that I believe in.  I unfortunately wasn’t able to donate my time this year as a lesson assistant.  I think this, instead, is a pretty awesome way to give them an awesome service and still donate my time to a worthy cause.  I can’t wait to return next year to photograph the event again.

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