One of the best parts of my job is that family’s so often keep me in the family: hiring me for their events again and again. In some cases, it’s for growing families – engagements, then weddings, then for family portraits as they grow in size. In other cases, I’m hired for one wedding, and then another wedding, and then another, all within the same family. It’s amazing because the guests even start to remember me!
Justin’s sister Julie and her now husband Michael originally hired me to photograph their engagement and wedding and then Justin and Rosa followed suit for both their engagement and wedding.
Rosa and Justin had an incredible Landing Resort wedding on a beautiful holiday summer weekend. Their reception was held in the pavilion tent instead of the ballroom and it offered tons of space for an epic dance party and a super fun photo booth. Almost a year later, Rosa and Justin have added a small new addition to their family and I couldn’t be happier for them and all their family members who I have come to know and love.
Venue and Catering: The Landing Resort and Spa | Bakery: Above & Beyond Cakes | Florist: Safeway | Bride’s Attire: Enchanted Gowns | Bridal Party Attire: David’s Bridal | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Warehouse | DJ: High Sierra Sounds | Hair and Make-up: Gypsy Dawn Beauty Bar | Videographer: Stand Up Films | Second Photographer: Chris Arson
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
It’s been one of the warmer, drier springs that I’ve ever experienced in Tahoe and as a result, it already feels like summer is in full swing here. To maximize the great weather, we’ve been grilling a ton to really enjoy the late warm nights. I just ordered a big picnic table on Amazon so we can eat dinner in the backyard because there is nothing better than a bottle of wine in the backyard after work as the sun goes down, all while dinner is on the grill, especially if I spent the entire sun filled day inside a retail store. I need to get down to Holly’s Hill one of these days soon and buy a case of their Grenache Rosé, which accompanies BBQs and summer so perfectly you’ll think you’re on vacation, for at least as long as the bottle lasts you, which in my case is not very long.
What have we been grilling? Awesomeness. That’s what.
Our New Obsessions
1. You might think that a head of romaine is the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever heard of putting on a grill, but I dare you to accuse it of ridiculousness after you’ve tried it yourself. Recently, my friend Haley found an awesome website with a recipe for grilled romaine and it took me back to Nonna’s in Dallas, where we had a grilled romaine salad the night before the Dallas Marathon that knocked our socks off. 2 minutes on the grill and romaine is taken to a whole new level: warm, charred and unbelievably delicious. It may be the easiest salad you’ve ever made. Recipe via Thug Kitchen.
Grilled whole wheat flatbread.
2. Grilled flatbread: possibly better than grilled romaine. We are constantly making homemade bread but rarely want to turn our oven on in Tahoe in the summer. My new solution to this conundrum is to roll it out and grill it up. The other night we grilled lemon and dill marinated chicken, a homemade tzatziki sauce, Greek salad and grilled bread. You should be jealous. Also, if you don’t already own this book, you should probably go ahead and get it.
This is why I love Tahoe Summers. Gotta make the most of what’s left!