There was a bit of a hint that Brianna and Aaron’s Aspen Grove wedding in Incline Village this summer was going to be a special one. They were so at ease and loving during their winter Tahoe engagement shoot that they never stopped laughing the entire time. The only time they weren’t laughing on their wedding day, they were crying tears of happiness and joy. Mind you, so was literally everyone else, including the photographers. Aaron’s vows were so incredibly tender and poignant, they left all of us in awe.
Their intimate daytime wedding was a DIY affair and all their friends and family stepped in to make it special. Photos from their engagement session with me filled the tables and friends and family stepped up to fill all the vendor roles other than venue and catering.
At the end of the day, their wedding was an incredibly joyful reminder of how a wedding is exactly what you make of it, and what you want it to be, and that it’s uniqueness and memorability lies solely in the couple. Brianna and Aaron did an incredible job ensuring that their wedding was simple and really quite a beautiful celebration of their commitment to each other.
Venue and Catering: Aspen Grove | Bride’s Attire: David’s Bridal | Groom’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse | Second Shooter: the breakfast of champions, Nicky Lockman
Not everyone is totally jazzed to brave frigid temperatures, snow filled trees and the need for nine layers while taking family photos. The McDonald Family falls into this camp. Morning mimosas and family giggles while playing with their brood of small tykes was more their style. I joked after a week of 12 family portraits between Christmas and New Years that there was a wealth of things promised to small children in my wake to try to gain compliance or at least a straight face during photo sessions. These promises included, but were not limited to: a cookie, more cookies, extra cookies, jewelry, marshmallows, ice cream, a puppy, legos, a movie, extra ipad time, candy and a pony. I had an absolute blast capturing the candid antics of this family at their Incline Village family portrait session. Their kids were, at any given moment, awesome, hysterical or falling apart and I loved every minute of it.
I adore them.
I love starting my engagement sessions off with happy hour because it allows everyone to get to know each other, relax into some good conversation and then let me set up what I call the “ground rules” for the day. Joe took these entirely to heart and as a result, I had so much fun romping around North Lake Tahoe with this rad couple for their Sand Harbor engagement session. They were giggling and laughing so much the entire session that even I couldn’t keep a straight face. The ease that Joe was able to bring smiles to his future wife’s face was endearing. These two are filled with such gigantic love and enjoyment of each other’s company and it shines through in every single photo. Although they call Northern CA home, Joe’s heart is in the mountains of his home and I’m ecstatic to see this place that he spoke so fondly of when I photograph their Spearfish Canyon Lodge wedding in South Dakota next year.
More to come from these two shining faces.
They are two of a kind.
Teddy is my brother’s best friend from childhood. He is smart, witty, fun, bold and driven. Janet is adventurous and whimsical, gracious and observant.
Janet’s a keeper. Teddy knows it. After spending a few days with these two, you can see why they’ve ended up together. I’m definitely keeping Janet as a friend and I can’t wait for them to come back to Tahoe.
More on these two awesome souls and our adventures last week. Until then, here’s a sneak peek from their Incline Village engagement session.
I’m thrilled and honored to be published over at Love + Wander again, this time for Paige and Daniel’s gorgeous Incline Village engagement session. Love + Wander is a super rad little blog that’s specifically geared towards celebrating photographers who celebrate life. I’m feeling pretty jazzed to be included in their roster of photographers. Not only was I so lucky to be this gorgeous and hilarious couple’s Tahoe engagement photographer, but I can’t wait to be their destination wedding photographer in Las Vegas, NV next May!
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