Squaw Valley Stables Wedding

Squaw Valley Stables Wedding Published at Tahoe Unvieled

This wedding was the bomb.com.  You can see my original whole post about how much I adore Sarah, Andy and their Squaw Valley Stables wedding via this link.  It’s a wonderful early holiday gift to see it posted up at Tahoe Unveiled!  I’ve been super slacking this year on getting weddings posted up to Two Bright Lights, which is the service most photographers use to help get their weddings published.  I simply couldn’t wait to share this one though and it’s one of the few I’ve managed to get on the service!  Big thanks to Stephanie and the Tahoe Unveiled team for the internet love last week!  You can see Tahoe Unveiled’s entire post via this link.

Tahoe Unveiled was started by Stephanie Martin of One Fine Day Events as a resource for weddings in Lake Tahoe. The website is constantly growing and changing to provide brides (and grooms!) with the most up to date information on the area’s elite wedding vendors and ideas for the perfect destination wedding in Lake Tahoe.

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Lauren Lindley published at Tahoe Unveiled

Squaw Valley Stables Wedding

Squaw Valley Stables Wedding | Andy + Sarah

I have so many amazing weddings to tell you about.  SO MANY.  I love all my clients.  All the weddings.  All the dance parties.  This dance party, however, was EXTRA epic and this wedding was extra wonderful.  Things that you should know about this awesome couple: they both came from a film background so we clearly were meant to be friends.  They met in a bar called Happy Endings.  Seriously.  Andy can BREAK DANCE.  Photo evidence below.

I originally flew down to Los Angeles for Sarah and Andy’s ridiculously adorable Culver City engagement session that had all my favorite things: breakfast, day drinking and exploring.  After having such an amazing time with them, I knew their wedding was going to be incredible and I looked forward to it all summer. Now, I keep reliving their Squaw Valley Stables wedding in their photos, wishing we could re-do it all over again.

Andy had originally proposed to Sarah in Tahoe and so it was only fitting that they wed there.  Squaw Valley Stables wasn’t actually their original venue; they had picked out another one that was cancelled mere months before the wedding. It was a blessing in disguise because the stables were the absolute perfect location for these two hiking and mountain loving adventurers from Southern CA.  During their vows, Sarah pledged to continue dragging Andy up any mountain he would follow her up and he pledged to continue following her up any mountain she wished.  The night was topped off with a wedding party entrance featuring choreographed dance moves and then an even more epic five song choreographed father-daughter dance. Toss in some break dancing and Journey sing alongs and really, what more could you ever wish for?  Clearly, nothing.

Venue: Squaw Valley Stables | Coordinator: Blue Sky Events | Florist: Indian Hill Ranch | Bakery: Boa Vista Orchards | Caterer: Mountain Magic | Band: Natural Drift | DJ: Mr. DJ Event Services | Dress: Nicole Miller | Suit: High Society by Richard Lim | Make-Up: Alaine Pakerson | Rentals: Eventmasters | Big thanks to my 2nd Shooter: Annie Robillard

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Squaw Valley Stables Wedding

Squaw Valley Stables Wedding | Andy + Sarah | Sneak Peek

I adore these two.

They are the raddest of rad folks: adventurous mountain climbers, trail blazers and dance party loving fools.  Andy has secret skills that I had NO IDEA ABOUT that include, but are not limited to, breakdancing.  Their friends are fun, full of laughter and love, and clearly loyal to each other.  I had looked forward to their wedding all summer after spending an amazing weekend in Los Angeles for their Culver City Engagement Session this past winter and I clearly had done so with good reason: their wedding was a blast.

I seriously can’t wait to get started working on their Squaw Valley Stables wedding.  Also, I’d like more weddings there please, universe.

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Disabled Sports Far West

Disabled Sports Ability Week | Wounded Warriors

I am very fortunate to have been able to donate my time for three consecutive years now to the Wounded Warrior Ability Camp at Disabled Sports USA Far West, an amazing non profit out of Alpine Meadows, Lake Tahoe that provides affordable inclusive physical and recreational activities that build health and confidence to the disabled.  The Ability Camp is a week long program that provides specialized instruction in adaptive alpine skiing and snowboarding for up to 25 soldiers and marines disabled in Iraq and Afghanistan.

This year, Disabled Sport’s USA Far West hosted 18 wounded warriors and their guests at three different Lake Tahoe resorts.  Big thanks to Northstar, and Squaw and Alpine Ski Resorts for sponsoring such an amazing program.

If you participated in Disabled Sports USA Far West’s Wounded Warrior Ability Camp anytime in the last three years, you may find your galleries via this link.

Tahoe Concert Photographer

Tahoe Event Photographer | Squaw Valley | Wanderlust

When Wanderlust Festival put out a call for volunteer bloggers to participate in the four day festival and share their experience, I jumped at the chance despite my unyogic ways.  The four day festival offers a variety of activities in one of the best places Tahoe has to offer: Squaw Valley.  From music, to yoga, to food, to wine, to pool parties, to yes, even roller skating disco as the sun goes down, Wanderlust is a pretty awesome festival, whether you’re obsessed with yoga or not.  If you are, there’s an overwhelming amount of sessions every day, and if you’re not, there’s an overwhelming amount of other things to occupy your time.

During the festival, I made it a point to attend at least one yoga class, which turned out to be completely not what I was expecting.  I also made it a point to talk to a bunch of strangers and not so strangers to do Wanderlust participant profiles on them.  I learned a Bollywood Style Dance, took a kids yoga class where a 5 year old taught me something new, and explored everything that Wanderlust has to offer when you don’t have a plan, which I didn’t.  I ran out of a class to snap this photo of a girl doing yoga in the rain.

Overall, it was a fun, wonderful experience and one that I would definitely be open to repeating.  Wanderlust Festival is coming to the following cities in the near future: Whistler, BC, Tremblant, QC, Brooklyn, NY, Atlanta, GA, and Austin, TX.  They are always looking for volunteers, bloggers and in some cases, photographers.

Here are a few of my favorite photos from my Wanderlust Week.

Tahoe Concert Photographer

Tahoe Event Photographer | Wanderlust Sneak Peek | Quixotic Fusion

I’m super excited about this beautiful image of  Beau Campbell, a performer with Quixotic Fusion.  She performed daily at Wanderlust Festival.  Oddly enough, I was fortunate to interview Quixotic Fusion in 2012 before they performed at Snowglobe Music Festival.

More to come on Wanderlust and my experiences there this week!

Squaw Brews, Jazz and Funk Fest

The Squaw Brews, Jazz and Funk Fest is one of my most treasured summer weekends in Tahoe.  The event is held at the Squaw Village over two days every August and benefits the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe.  It always boasts a massive array of micro-breweries and an incredible line-up blues, funk and brass bands.  This year was no exception and I was particularly anxious for the weekend to come when they announced that Trombone Shorty was going to headline.

Troy Andrews, aka Trombone Shorty, is incredible and if he ever comes to your city, you absolutely must go see him.  A trumpet and trombone player since the age of six, Andrews grew up in the Tremè and was a member in his teens of one of New Orlean’s best brass bands: Stooges Brass Band.   Boyfriend and I had the good fortune of seeing the Stooges play last year in New Orleans at d.b.a. and although I’m extremely thrilled they are coming to Tahoe to do a show in September at the Crystal Bay Casino, I’m devastated that I’m going to miss it because I’ll be in Dallas running a half marathon with K’s for Keegan.

Since 2009, Andrews has been performing with the Orleans Avenue.  Their 2009 album Backatown was nominated for a 2011 Grammy Award in Best Contemporary Jazz Album.  Trombone Shorty also makes frequent appearances on one of my favorite tv shows.

I spent the weeks before the Brews, Jazz and Funk Fest gushing over how excited I was and how BOSS Trombone Shorty is to my friends.  I’m sure they were sick of listening to me.  He brought the business at Squaw and the show was incredible.

After the show, I picked up two of his albums for the 3 year old I babysit for that I’ve given a broad appreciation of brass bands and jazz to.  When we went to New Orleans, I returned with a Kermit Ruffins CD and much to his mother’s chagrin, Kermit very quickly replaced his previous favorite musician D.Y. [Dwight Yokum].

On Sunday, the Marching Fourth Marching Band headlined.  The band hails from Portland, OR and while they call themselves Jazz Fusion and it’s a bit like traditional New Orleans parade music, just souped up and twisted.  The massive band sports mismatched circus like marching band uniforms and members perform acrobatics on stilts during some of the songs.  Boyfriend and I are fairly certain we saw them perform in the lobby of the Primus show we went to see in Portland.

These are all my favorite photos from the two shows at the 2013 Brews, Jazz and Funk fest but you can view the entire album via this link.

Flashback!  Previous years at the Brews, Jazz and Funk Fest: