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!
I’m always so thrilled when Borrowed & Blue publishes my work. They always say such charming things about me and my photos and it leaves me with this nice warm fuzzy feeling inside! Jennifer and Buck’s published post last week on there was no exception and it was so wonderful to relive their wedding day at The Grand Hall at the Valhalla Estate. Thanks to it’s unparalleled beauty and rustic charm, I frequently use Valhalla as a location for my portrait sessions since it offers such a wide variety of beach, pier, forest and meadow.
Jennifer and Buck’s Valhalla Tahoe wedding was a DIY affair. The woodwork on the tables was built by Buck himself. The paintings hanging about where crafted by his father. The cupcakes (five flavors!) were baked by friends of the bride and groom. There was no DJ and although I was briefly concerned that it was going to be a subdued evening, their friends brought out their best dance moves as the night wore on.
Jennifer and Buck’s wedding day happened to be during the King Fire, While there were bluebird skies until about 3:30 PM that afternoon, just before the start of the ceremony, all of Tahoe was blanketed in smoke and haze! It made for some very moody portraits!
You can read Jennifer and Buck’s entire post over at Borrowed and Blue Lake Tahoe via this link. You can also follow Borrowed and Blue on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Venue: The Grand Hall at Valhalla Estate | Coordinator: Molly Novasel of Tahoe Dream Events | Officiant: Beau Anderson, friend of the Groom | Catering: Season’d Catering | Rentals: Celebration Party Rentals | Bakery: friends of the Bride | Hair: Imagine Salon | Florist: Thran’s
If you didn’t know, though I’m not sure how that’s possible no matter where you live in the United States, there is a massive fire raging in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, right between Tahoe and Sacramento. Despite it’s size (over 80,000 acres) and lack of containment (10%), South Lake Tahoe has been miraculously smoke free this past week. It’s been shocking, but pleasant.
The day of Jennifer and Buck’s wedding brought us the same weather as every day the past week: bluebird skies, 75 degrees and endless sunshine. Sometime around 4:00 PM, the wind changed direction, the smoke rolled in, and within 10 minutes, South Lake was enveloped in a hazy cloud.
I can tell you this: no amount of smoke could smother the flames between these two. They are gorgeous in every way and I am honored, though flabbergasted, that they managed to hire me as their Lake Tahoe wedding photographer.
Jennifer and Buck waited until the end of July to find a photographer. But that’s how they roll: relaxed.
Despite the smoke and the haze, there was an epic dance party in Valhalla Estate Saturday night and I’m happy I could be there.
More to come.