West Shore Cafe Wedding

West Shore Cafe Wedding | Morgan + Vittawat

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

 

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Landing Resort Wedding

Landing Resort Wedding | Lake Tahoe, CA | Kristina + AJ

Kristina and AJ are both of Ukrainian heritage.

Let me tell you something: the Ukrainian know how to party.

Seriously, I’ve never seen a dance floor so incredibly packed!  Kristina and AJ hired one of my favorite wedding bands, The Lucky Devils, who travel all over the Western US playing weddings and events and they always know how to get the dancefloor moving. What was really insane though was when the band took a break and they started playing traditional music! Words cannot describe how epic this Landing Resort wedding raged so I’ll just let the photos speak for themselves.

I feel super fortunate to have gotten to spend a ton of time with this amazing couple and their friends and family – we started our relationship off with both Tahoe and SF engagement sessions and I photographed their ceremony at City Hall in SF the week before their Tahoe ceremony and reception.

Venue: The Landing Resort and Spa | Day Of Coordinator: Lynne Barthe | Florist: Art in Bloom | Bakery: Flour Girl Wedding Cakes | Band: The Lucky Devils | Bride’s Attire: BHLDN | Groom’s Attire: Hugo by Hugo Boss | Hair and Makeup: Art of Beauty | Second Photographer: Shelby McAuliffe

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Turtle Rock Park Wedding | Markleeville, CA | Adam + Terin

My friend Terin is one crafty lady, and I don’t mean like a fox.  She’s so crafty that she and some of her best girlfriends host weekly craft nights.  They make, build and design things I wouldn’t even start to dream of.  Like quilts.  I’m pretty sure that’s a thing they’ve done that I don’t do.  I don’t even bother with a crafting club.  I straight up just go to Girls’ Drinking Club.  In fact, I’ve previously vowed to drink more wine just so that I have more corks to give to Jenna Palacio to craft me a wine cork wreath.  Moral of this story: Terin is a master crafter and she killed it at the DIY wedding.  Terin: 1.  Lauren: 0.  

When Terin started planning her wedding to another one of my good friends, Adam, she had the help of her family and friends to transform what is normally a bland looking cafeteria room at a local state park into the place of her dreams.  I was blown away by how they managed to turn Turtle Rock Park into a lush, intimate oasis.  It was nothing short of incredible.

Almost everything at Adam and Terin’s gorgeous Turtle Rock Park wedding was DIY: her sister made hundreds of tiny cheesecake cupcakes, she wore a reconstructed version of her mother’s wedding dress, they invented, built or designed all the table decor and screens for the ceiling, her mom made their bouquets, they created all the table runners and centerpieces themselves.  Seriously.

Adam and Terin were wed at an hilarity filled ceremony, peppered with tears and sentimentality, at a private estate at the edge of the Sierra Nevadas, overlooking the Nevada valley.  On our way there, they wanted to highlight all the scenery our backyard offers us, so the wedding party stopped in Hope Valley for photos.  The party got wild and went late into the night thanks to the boys at Liquid Craft mobile bartending and Dylan with Lake Tahoe DJ.  Adam is apparently also creative: he wrote Terin a song.  And then he sung it.  In front of everyone.  Meanwhile, everyone cried and laughed and then cried and laughed and then realized that Adam ruined weddings forever for all of their future because no one can top that.  Adam: 1.  Everyone else: 0.

Venue: Private Estate and Turtle Rock Park | Day of Coordinator: Shana Conway Schmidt | Mobile Bar: Liquid Craft | DJ: Lake Tahoe DJ | Bakery: Corie King (sister of the bride) | Catering: Stephen Moise | Bridesmaid Attire: Azazie | Groom’s Apparel: Amazon | Hair and Makeup: Katie White at Tahoe Salon Be | Rentals: Camelot Rentals | Second Photographer: Red, White and Brian Walker 

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Northstar Wedding

Northstar Wedding | Truckee, CA | Kendra + Tom

I have never seen a bride so incredibly full of laughter as Kendra.  From start to finish, not only was she throwing her head back in huge guffaws, but so was every single person around here.  This was my first time photographing a Northstar Wedding in Truckee, CA and I must say – their staff and venue is incredible.  From a gorgeous mountain top ceremony and cocktail hour to a evening reception under a tent in the village, everything was flawless.  The food was incredible, the staff was amazing and Ike and Martin not only are comedians, but had the dancefloor jumping from start to finish.

Venue: Northstar Ski Resort | Officiant: Ceremony of Love | Florist: Martha Bernyk Floral Design | Bakery: Flour Girl Wedding Cakes | Musicians: Ike and Martin | Bride’s Attire: Matthew Christopher from Allegria Bridal | Veil: David’s Bridal | Bridesmaids’ Attire: Bill Levkoff | Groom’s Attire: Bonobos | Hair and Make-Up: Acqua Hair Design | Special thanks to my second photographer Nicky Lockman

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Schaffer's Mill Wedding

Schaffer’s Mill Wedding | Jessica + Toby | Sneak Peek

For Jessica and Toby, Schaffer’s Mill holds a special place in their hearts.  Not only is it the place that they met, but now, they were honored to be the first wedding ever held at the Golf Resort.  They are both loving generous spirits, which was made all the more apparent during their day.  They are surrounded by fun, wild, loving people from a wide variety of places including Tahoe, Colorado, and Montana.  I can’t wait to share more photos from their awesome Schaffer’s Mill wedding!

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Valhalla Weddings

Valhalla Wedding | Kate + Adam | Sneak Peek

Kate is a longtime Tahoe local.  Her new husband is from Great Britain (they met in England) and had never been to Tahoe before his wedding week.  Seriously.  I can’t imagine a better way to show off our home than with a Valhalla wedding!  It has all the elements that one could want in Tahoe: rustic, beach access, historical importance and gorgeous views of the mountains.  Not to mention all that fresh mountain air.  It’s enough to make you jump

More to come from Kate and Adam’s Labor Day wedding!

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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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