Landing Resort Wedding | Lake Tahoe, CA | Jaymee + Jacob

When you grow up in New Orleans, no wedding is complete without a second line.  New Orleans is my favorite city in the world, and in fact, I am spending most of October there.  A second line is basically a parade – the main line, or the first half, is the brass line.  Those who follow the band are the second line.  You parade for any celebration in New Orleans: a funeral, a wedding, for mardi gras, for festival season, for no reason whatsoever.  Umbrellas and handkerchiefs (napkins will do) are essential, so when I showed up to photograph details in the tent for Jaymee and Jacob’s Landing Resort wedding and discovered feathered umbrellas on the back of their chairs, well, I knew that we were going to have a second line and I got VERY excited.  

Not only was there a second line, but Jaymee and Jacob’s diverse group of friends brought a dance party like no other to their celebration.  I have been blessed with a number of epic dance parties this year, but theirs is definitely in the top three.  I had such a blast

Venue and Catering: The Landing Resort and Spa | Florist: EcoFlower | Bakery: Tahoe Cakes by Grace | DJ: High Sierra Sounds | Bride’s Attire: The Ultimate Bride | Bridesmaid Attire: Jenny Yoo | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Warehouse | Second Photographer: Finger lickin’ good Nicky Lockman

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Landing Resort Wedding | Lake Tahoe, CA | Lex + Michael

Lex and Michael’s image from their Hora may be one of my most favorite images ever.  The combination of surprise, concern and hands everywhere makes me incredibly happy.  I also couldn’t help but put a ton of their portraits in this post, which is unusual for me, but they are so ridiculously good looking and adorable that I couldn’t help myself.  This young couple has been together SINCE JUNIOR HIGH (yes, seriously) and their parents and families are already best friends.  What I expected to be a quiet, subdued Sunday brunch Landing Resort Wedding was the exact opposite: from a poignant ceremony, to tear filled speeches, to a pumped up dance party, this wedding delivered like no other brunch wedding ever has.

Venue: The Landing Resort and Spa | Officiant: Sharon Rusk | Florist: Thran’s | DJ: Ascent DJ Productions | Bakery: Tahoe Cakes by Grace | Bride’s Attire: Free People | Groom’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse

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Tahoe Landing Resort Wedding | Stephanie + Dan Published

It’s quite a week for these two awesome people: first Stephanie and Dan were published over at The Knot and now on one of my favorite wedding blogs, the Lake Tahoe Inspiration page for Borrowed and Blue.   This wedding is so awesome, from the gorgeous styling by Tamara J Events to the perfect location – The Landing Resort and Spa is one of my favorite venues in Tahoe to shoot at!

Check out Stephanie and Dan’s feature on Borrowed and Blue Lake Tahoe via this link.

Borrowed and Blue previously featured me for Lake Tahoe with Paige and Daniel’s gorgeous Incline beach engagement session and on their San Francisco page for Julie and Michael’s Monday Funday city engagement session.

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Tahoe Landing Resort Wedding | Dan + Stephanie Published

Dan and Stephanie’s Landing Resort and Spa destination Lake Tahoe wedding was published today at The Knot.  You can check out the entire post via this link.  I loved every bit of this wedding, except the raging hangover I had the next day.  Though, Dan and Stephanie, you guys are worth it!

In just a few short days, Stephanie is running the Marine Corps Marathon and I’m thrilled for her.  While you revisit her amazing wedding over at the Knot, send some good running mojo her way!

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Tahoe Wedding Photographer | The Landing Resort | Stephanie + Dan

Stephanie and Dan are amazing.

They love beer.

They love to laugh.

They are both runners.

They love to travel.

They are wicked smart.

They have epic dance parties.

They might end up hungover but still rally to mountain bike in the morning.

They self-professed that they didn’t want photos of couples frolicking in the meadow gazing into eachother’s eyes or any non-sense like that.

We were perfect for each other.

They donate themselves selflessly to amazing non-profits, like Hope Shines, which Dan works for.

They hired me as their Tahoe wedding photographer and I had the best time EVER.

Steph and Dan are currently in Rwanda with Hope Shines, volunteering with their 2014 camps, which support orphans and vulnerable children in Rwanda.

Their 100% Tahoe destination wedding took place at one of my favorite places in town, The Landing Resort and Spa, overlooking Lake Tahoe, surrounded by friends from all over the United States and, in some cases, China.  Tamara Jones of Tamara J Events created an absolutely stunning setting awash with pale pinks, mint greens and coral and my favorite DJ, Dave Berkman, had the dance party raging until he cut us off and we were forced to move next door to Jimmy’s Bar, which we were also cut off from at 2:30 in the morning.

Stephanie said in her vows that she loved how Dan always makes her laugh and after spending a weekend with them, I can see that vow was an understatement.  This couple is inspiring: from their spirits, to their warmth, to their selfless giving to others.

I have the coolest clients in the world.

Venue and Catering: The Landing Resort and Spa | Coordinator and Planner: Tamara J Events | Dress: J Crew | Florist: Lavish Floral | Hair Stylist: Indigo Salon | Make-up Artist: Alter Ego Makeup | Officiant: A Wedding Ceremony from the Heart | Musicians: The String Beings | DJ: Ascent DJ Productions | Linens and Coverings: La Tavola Linen | Bakery: Tahoe Cakes by Grace | Second Shooter: Shaunte Dittmar