I think I can say that I have a type when it comes to brides and grooms: almost every couple I’ve photographed recently have been climbers! Which is to say, they are outdoor loving, adventure seeking, relaxed, loving people with a thirst for life and love and quite often, adult beverages. So basically, I wish I could be best friends with all of them.
Diane and Daniel are no exception. Daniel works for REI – as Diane told me, he’ll probably be a “lifer.” They contemplated camping in the days after their wedding and then decided that they’d splurge and stay in a bed instead, which sounds like something that over half of my friends would say! Diane’s smile just lit up the place the entire day. There were SO MANY moments that I loved from their Gatekeeper’s Museum wedding, it was hard to pick just ten to share on the blog. Those kids on the dance floor! I love it!!
Although it was a little chilly that week in Tahoe, you wouldn’t ever know by looking at the photos thanks to those incredibly blue skies. Lake Tahoe DJ Ryan Palmer had an epic dance party going almost immediately – best way to keep warm is to shake it like a polaroid picture!
Venue: Gatekeeper’s Museum | Bakery: Sugar Pine Cakery | Caterer: Mountain Magic | DJ: Lake Tahoe DJ | Bride’s Attire: BHLDN | Bridesmaids’ Attire: BHLDN | Hair and Make-up: Tahoe Salon Be | Rentals: Camelot Party Rentals
I feel super lucky to have been connected to Monique and Adam through mutual friends. Frankly, I’m shocked that I hadn’t met these two rad souls before. They are gorgous, giving people full of light, love and clear adoration for each other and their young son, who is ridiculously adorable. They met with me at the suggestion of some mutual friends over lunch and immediately signed a contract that minute. I actually ended up ending a Costa Rica vacation early and flying home to photograph their Meyers, CA Tahoe ranch wedding at the Celio Ranch, a private historic estate in South Lake Tahoe and I’m so thankful I did. It kicked off a summer of ridiculously awesome outdoor backyard and ranch weddings and I loved every bit of it. Their friends and family were a joy to be around, they had a fantastic bluegrass band (local favorites Worn Out Welcome), and unbelievably delicious Indian food catered by good friends. Mo was super worried that it was going to rain on her wedding day – the skies the days before (and in the weeks after) were to be threatening frequent downpours – but thankfully, the rain held off and they were treated to a gorgeous celebration under beautiful blue Tahoe skies.
Mo and Adam, congrats you two. I can’t wait to dance the night away at another show with you!
Venue: Celio Ranch (Private Estate) | Florist: Morning Song Flowers | Cake: Family Members | Catering: Kebab Express | Band: Worn Out Welcome | Dress: Trudy’s | Hair and Make-up: Audrey Graven