Revive Coffee and Wine Wedding

Revive Coffee and Wine Wedding | South Lake Tahoe, CA | Laura + Ryan

These two are the kind of clients that I instantly regretted not having more of a relationship with before their wedding day.  The MINUTE I started talking to Ryan I felt immediately at ease with him.  While we waited on Laura to show up for their first look, he regaled me with hilarity and poignant stories about wedding planning and anticipation.  When Laura showed up I realized that I wanted these two to be my new best friends.

It’s always been really important to me to have an a la carte / hourly rate for folks with no minimum because I think that everyone deserves beautiful photos at the budget they can afford.  This wedding is a perfect example of what you can do with only a few hours of coverage.  Their Revive Coffee and Wine Wedding in the heart of South Lake Tahoe looks like it’s in the middle of the woods.  You would never know it’s right smack in the middle of town!  It is a GORGEOUS afternoon venue because the light is amazing because of the way it is situated and the nearby meadow offers a great spot for portraits before the ceremony.  Laura and Ryan wanted a small intimate ceremony with their friends and loved ones there.  It was basic, DIY, simple and so incredibly special because of it.

And oh, did I mention that they had homemade macarons?  So many.  And in lemon.  Be still my heart.

Oh yeah, and they tipped me in wine.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: my clients really get me.

It has been an incredibly long time since I’ve had time to blog a wedding and I actually don’t particularly have that much time so instead of uploading 25 photos in here, I thought I’d just share their short, charming highlight album video with you instead. 

 Venue: Revive Coffee and Wine | DJ: DJ Rockal0t | Photobooth: The Traveling Photobooth | Bride’s Attire: Always Elegant Bridal | Wedding Party Attire: Chicwish | Catering: Oven Mobile Pizza 

Medieval Times Wedding

Medieval Times Wedding | Buena Park, CA | Emily + Travis

Emily and Travis have been acquientences for a few years now thanks to some of my other amazing clients. Strangely enough, they are connected to two separate couples, both of whom I found independently of each other, but they are the link between them!

Their good friends, the Moxes, originally hired me to do a Doctor Who themed engagement session and then again for their Magic the Gathering themed wedding (apparently I never blogged this one, whoops).  Their other good friends, Kristen and Jamie, originally hired me to do an unconventional engagement session where a yeti attacked them in the woods and they were saved by their dog, and then again for their Estes Park Colorado camp wedding

Still following?  Good because now we’re onto the really good stuff! Emily and Travis were actually celebrating their two year anniversary with this ceremony (they eloped at a courthouse originally) and wanted a wedding that really represented them as a couple so low and behold: a Medieval Times wedding.

You know what I love?  The unconventional.

Guess who couldn’t wait to eat chicken with her hands?  This girl.

Guess who matched with a dude on Tinder in the uber ride to the venue and then subsequently flew back to southern California two weeks later to go on a date?  This girl.

That’s another story for another day though.

Guess whose clients wanted to do a Last Supper-esque recreation and then I decided to take it up a notch and make it epic?  This girl.

In other news, I’m overjoyed to find out that I’m going to be photographing another one wedding from this friend group in 2019. These are clearly my people.

Overall it was such an amazing experience with such a great group of people – I love when people celebrate in their own way with the ones they love and this was no different, except that it didn’t have silverware. Silver lining: no clinking glasses demanding that you kiss over and over and over again.

Other things to note: our knight, the Green Knight, not only won, but betrothed his sash to Emily at the end, which was especially exciting.  Also, I’m thrilled to announce that I won a Wedding Photojournalists Association award for excellence in wedding photography with the featured header image on this post.

Ceremony: Buena Park Community Center | Reception: Medieval Times | Florist: Maria’s Floral Designs | Bride’s Attire: David’s Bridal | Groom’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse

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