Molly and Chris were originally going to hold a large destination wedding at Granlibakken in Tahoe City. It's a charming event center and retreat with endless outdoor space that backs up to the Tahoe forest. It's a great spot for a wedding because all your friends and family can stay on site and there's plenty of space. When COVID changed their plans, Molly and Chris pivoted quickly to something that seemed all too perfect for them: a small, intimate Tahoe City backyard wedding at the cabin that has been in their family for generations.
Melissa and Austin had planned their wedding at the Chart House in Lake Tahoe and modelled it, or, in Melissa's self professed words "copied" it from Ashley and Tim, down to the dancefloor. They even stole their photographer (me!) and are claiming to keep me as a friend forever. When their destination wedding was cancelled due to the pandemic, Melissa said she was "expecting some shit to hit the fan but man oh man this went above and beyond!!!!" When Melissa and Austin came up with a new plan, it was completely and totally reflective of their personality, which Melissa said has "always been a wild ride" and I was fortunate enough to have the ability to make it to Missouri to capture their revised wedding day.
With SO many of my clients faced with the tough decisions to cancel, postpone or downsize their weddings, many have decided to go this route: just get married and I am 100% here for it. Like so many of my clients, Kierney and Will are still planning on partying later (now in their renovated and redone backyard, thanks to COVID house projects), but they were overjoyed to just go ahead and solidify their union in the most Tahoe-esque way possible.
In the face of a global pandemic, many couples are having to make difficult choices regarding the days they have, in some cases, spent their lives or at least the last year or two, dreaming about. As wedding vendors, we are incredibly aware of how difficult these decisions have been for folks as they also directly affect our livelihoods. Downsizing your wedding expectations without downsizing your excitement is possible, I promise! Head here for some suggestions on reframing your expectations but not minimizing your joy.