Elope in Virginia City: The Ultimate Guide

By |July 8th, 2024|Elopement, wedding, Wedding Planning|

Discover the charm of Virginia City, Nevada for your elopement or microwedding! Nestled near the Reno/Tahoe area, this historic mining town offers a unique blend of Wild West ambiance, picturesque mountain views, and kitschy western flair. Explore iconic venues like the Silverland Inn, St. Mary in the Mountains Church, and the Silver Queen Hotel. With no waiting period for marriage licenses in Nevada, you can tie the knot the same day. Capture unforgettable memories in a town where history comes alive, and enjoy a relaxed atmosphere with taffy shops and saloons. Virginia City is the perfect backdrop for your special day!

Planning a Lake Tahoe microwedding or elopement?

By |July 1st, 2024|Elopement, Tips, wedding, Wedding Planning|

Never-ever in my 12-year wedding career have I had a client regret holding a microwedding or elopement, but many regret not opting for a more intimate celebration. Planning a Lake Tahoe microwedding or elopement? Discover why these small, meaningful celebrations in one of the world's most beautiful locations are the perfect choice. Get tips on venues, guest lists, budgets, and more to create an unforgettable experience.

Anchored in Love: Tips for Planning Your Perfect Destination Boat Wedding

By |February 12th, 2024|Tahoe, wedding, Wedding Planning|

Stuart's family hails from Scotland and Vera's family hails from Eastern Europe. Although the two found love and live in Lake Tahoe, their wedding was going to be a destination wedding for most of their family and they decided there was no better way to show off their backyard than with a boat wedding on the expanse of Lake Tahoe. It was the first time Stuart's family had been in one location since 1987! A destination boat wedding isn't for everyone - but if you are the adventurous type it's a great way to show off the beauty of your chosen wedding location.

Emerald Bay Wedding | Chris and Stacy

By |September 18th, 2023|Elopement, Tahoe, Tips, wedding, Wedding Planning|

Should you choose to completely disregard my advice in my previous blog post about all the reasons why you should hold your Emerald Bay wedding by boat, then I am still here for you, albeit perhaps a bit begrudgingly. It is the hard truth that although picturesque, getting married or eloping at the top of Emerald Bay comes with significant challenges. You might think that an intimate wedding with less people provides less stress, but I can tell you with certainty (as can Chris and Stacy) that it does not in Emerald Bay. Still dedicated to an Emerald Bay elopement? Read on my friend. 

Love on Two Wheels: Incorporating Bicycles into Your Lake Tahoe Wedding

By |June 12th, 2023|Tips, wedding, Wedding Planning|

I love bicycles more than anything, and I especially love clients who decide to incorporate their shared love of bicycles into their weddings! It's Bike Month here in Tahoe, so here's all the reasons why you should consider incorporating bicycles into your wedding, whether it's in Lake Tahoe or elsewhere!

2023 wedding costs and inflation: here’s what you need to consider planning a 2023 wedding

By |January 9th, 2023|Tips, Wedding Planning|

Y'all - we already know that weddings are expensive AF, but let's be real here: the cost of getting married has been on the rise for years, and it shows no signs of slowing down. While there are many factors that contribute to this increase, one of the most prevalent reasons, and the one that resides on the tip of everyone's tongue, is a nasty little word called inflation. Here are a few things you need to know about planning an event in today's environment, taking into consideration 2023 wedding costs and inflation.

Consider this when you’re creating your own wedding timeline

By |October 5th, 2022|Tips, wedding, Wedding Planning|

While your photographer will be happy to help you create a timeline of the day based on photos, it’s really up to you or (preferably) your wedding coordinator to create a full-fledged timeline. The day-of timeline is an easily overlooked, but essential piece that ensures your day runs smoothly. In case you don’t have a wedding coordinator, here are a few tips what to do if you’re creating your own wedding timeline.

Read this when choosing a Lake Tahoe wedding venue

By |May 23rd, 2022|Tips, wedding, Wedding Planning|

Thinking about getting married in Lake Tahoe? Congrats! It’s one of the most beautiful places in the world (and that’s why I live here). Before choosing a Lake Tahoe wedding venue, it’s important to consider what you want your photos to look like, or, in other words, how you want the lake to appear in your photos. Depending on the venue location and time of day, our majestic body of water serves as a giant mirror (eek), so you’ll want to keep these tips in mind before booking your venue and selecting your ceremony time. Never fear, though, your trusty neighborhood photographer is here to help.

A relaxed wedding day is possible. Here’s how to have one.

By |March 21st, 2022|Tips, wedding, Wedding Planning|

At this point in my career as a photographer, I’ve photographed just about every style of weddings there is: elopements, micro weddings, 300+ guest weddings, private weddings, and spontaneous weddings. Whether you have zero or 200 guests at your wedding, it’s possible to have a relaxed day. Don’t @ me—I’m totally serious. In my experience, there are a few common threads to the most relaxed wedding days. It’s possible for your day to flow smoothly if you follow these three tips.

How to prioritize what photos are important to you on your wedding day

By |January 10th, 2022|Tips, wedding, Wedding Planning|

I’m glad we found each other to be a good fit for your wedding day. Seriously, nothing brings me more joy than being on the same wavelength as my clients. After we’ve met, covered the basics and some logistics, we need to talk expectations about day-of photos. This is something you’ll want to take time to think about and discuss with your partner (and family, if they’re involved). For example, everyone has different expectations about first looks. Let’s make sure we’re clear on these with plenty of time to spare so your day can be worry-free. Here are my general recommendations (based on many years of experience in the wedding photography industry) on how to prioritize what photos are important to you on your wedding day.

The anti-wedding: five things to do with your money instead of having a big wedding

By |November 8th, 2021|Elopement, microwedding, Tips, wedding, Wedding Planning|

From the travel bugs to the homebodies, there are a ton of things you can do with the money you've saved for that giant wedding that you may no longer want to throw. You desperately want to get married, but planning a wedding during a global pandemic is, well, still not fun. Maybe you’ve postponed it (maybe even multiple times), rescheduled it, or downsized, but if you’re just plain done with the constant change of plans, here are some suggestions of things to do instead of having a big wedding.

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