I have loved Morgan and Vittawat from the moment I met them. They are bright, vibrant and smart. They exude happiness, confidence and love. They make you feel like a better person just being in their presence. I had looked forward to their West Shore Cafe wedding all year and now that it’s come and gone I wish that I could do it all over again. To be honest, we (my buddy Tyler came down from Seattle to help out) CRUSHED this wedding. I’m so proud of the work we did and the final product that we gave to Morgan and Vittawat to celebrate their amazing day.
Morgan is a bit like me: she moves to laughter with ease and particularly in moments of great emotion. Vittawat is all great emotion. The results are touching, and, in my opinion, amazingly hilarious. These two are going to do great things in life together and I can’t wait to see what the world has in store for them.
Venue: West Shore Cafe | Planning and Coordination: Atypical Events | Officiant: Jack Cross | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Florist: Thran’s Flowers | Bakery: Lake Tahoe Cakes | DJ: DJ Beau Entertainment | Bride’s Attire: Swoon Bridal | Bridal Party Attire: Azazie | Groom’s and Groomsmen Attire: Marchele’s Bridal Boutique | Second Photographer: Tyler Ray of Gull Photo
Michelle and Rich originally intended to elope, and then it turned into a small wedding, and then it turned into a bigger wedding. The Landing Resort and Spa offered the perfect location: a gorgeous rooftop deck, in house catering, and incredibly comfortable resort style hotel rooms that allow for pets, which was a must since they’ve rescued quite a few dogs over the past year.
Since Michelle and Rich both work at media school that offers courses in film, photography, theater and other visual arts, most of their close friends are all photographers and videographers. As such, it was important to them to find someone that was relaxed, laid back, and wouldn’t be concerned with other folks taking photos. Among my loud charm and wit, I am certainly relaxed. Oh, and I can help you find a DJ the night before you wedding.
I’m incredibly thankful that Rich and Michelle found me. I had such an amazing time with their friends and family and I now count them, as well as a few of their friends, among my friends.
Also, that first look face. Amiright?
Venue: The Landing Resort and Spa | DJ: Gabe Gavilanes | Florist: Thran’s | Bakery: Icing on the Cupcake | Bride’s Attire: Pronovias from Miosa Bride | Groom’s Attire: R. Douglas Clothier custom suit designed by David Garibaldi
Nick and Kelsey met in college at UNR and now reside in Las Vegas, NV. They were excited to wed in Lake Tahoe and their venue is one of my absolute favorites in the area – it always has amazing light, regardless of the time of day and although it’s right in the heart of Incline Village, NV, you feel tucked away into your own private space. Their Aspen Grove wedding was an absolute blast from start to finish.
Nick and Kelsey’s friends and family were right up my alley: whiskey drinking, dance floor maniacs that spent the whole day laughing. Their dance floor was epic from the get go: both Kelsey and Nick were crowdsurfing at one point and the end of the night culminated with pants being torn off a groomsmen.
Related note: shout out to Kelsey for being part of a really amazing non-profit that I considered as my recipient for this year. She’s on the board of S.A.F.E. House, a comprehensive anti-domestic violence organization that offers free 1) shelter, 2) advocacy and counseling services, 3) community education to end domestic violence. The organization serves primarily women and children in Southern Nevada, but also serves men who are victims of domestic violence, as well folks from outside Nevada. If you aren’t aware, I pick a different non-profit beneficiary every year to give a percentage of my sales to and I always choose one that is directly connected to my clients.
Venue: Aspen Grove | Catering: Aspen Grove | Florist: Moana Nursery | Bride’s Attire: Celebration’s Bridal | Groom Attire: Brooks Brothers | DJ: Lake Tahoe DJ | Second Photographer: Annie Robillard
Once upon a time, two people named Ashley and Tim hired me to be their Chart House wedding photographer and to do an engagement session with them in my hometown of Dallas, TX but really what’s really important is that we got drunk and ate pizza and they met my mom and we became best friends forever.
Tim is from Northern CA and he convinced Ashley that they should get married in Tahoe in August of this past year. She was very concerned that it was going to rain. “It never rains in Tahoe in the summer,” Tim assured her over and over. “It NEVER rains in Tahoe in the summer!” I exclaimed with ultimate authority over and over.
But thankfully it poured seconds AFTER their ceremony and stopped by the first dance so clearly they are going to have the best of luck for the rest of their lives, which is what we tell people so that they feel better when it rains on their wedding day but is actually a lie.
Second true story.
Ashley’s aunts can really break it down on the dancefloor.
Third true story.
Also, I went home with one of their wedding guests.
True or false? You decide.
We were also all super pumped to do a post wedding portrait session and we went tromping all over the rocks out at Angora Lakes a few days later so I included some of those gorgeous images at the end of their wedding images.
Venue: The Chart House | Florist: Thran’s | DJ: Cornerstone Entertainment | Bride’s Attire: Allure Bridals from Terry Costa | Bridesmaid Attire: Lulu’s | Groom’s Apparel: J Crew | Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux | Rentals: Camelot Party Rentals
Although our spring temps are lingering in the realm of brisk this week, summer is on the horizon and that means summer vacationers will fill our beaches, campgrounds, rental houses and bike paths. The welcome change in temperatures will surely pave the way for more outdoor adventures. I’m personally ready to get on my bike! Summer vacation is also the perfect time to take your Tahoe family portraits.
The Crandall family hailed from Texas so I felt right at home with this large loving laughing crew. We did some large and small group shots, as we always do, but then the family trusted me enough to let their kids play and enjoy themselves in some outdoor exploration, which made for great candid photo opportunities, which I love. Valhalla Estate is always a fantastic choice for your South Lake Tahoe Family portraits session because it offers such a wonderful mix of forest, meadow, lawn, pier and beach.
If you’re looking for Tahoe family portraits for your summer Tahoe vacation, get in touch!
Last fall, shortly before their second daughter was set to be born, my friends the Poth family hired me to celebrate their growing family with some Tahoe family photos. We met early in the morning at the LTCC Demonstration Garden, when their spitfire of a child Zada would feel extra sparky and accommodating.
Since then, their family has grown to include their new daughter Ayah, but not without quite the journey. Baby Ayah was born premature, blind, and with holes in her heart. She is a little fighter and this family has been air-evaced back and forth across the Western US for more surgeries, hospital stays and emergencies than any one family should endure. They are doing well and trying to be as normal as a family can be under the circumstances they are in.
If you are interested, you can donate to Ayah’s Go Fund Me. In addition, the Poth family urges you to donate blood. Donated blood is one of the only reasons Ayah is still here today. Get information on donating blood in your area here. If you are a Lake Tahoe resident, there is a blood drive in our area on May 23rd and you can register to donate here.
If you are not a member of a medical flight network, especially if you participate in any sort of sport, then both myself and the Poth family urge you to join one. Our local networks for the Reno Tahoe area is AirMedCare.
The Poth family also requests that you contribute to medical and scientific research. It saves lives.