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Lake Tahoe wedding photography, The Chateau, Incline Village wedding, The Hyatt wedding, sunset, Katie and Patrick

By Monique

Katie and Patrick had their wedding at the Chateau in Incline Village. There were a ton of emotional moments to capture. From the bride and her dad’s “first look” through the ceremony and dances at the reception, this wedding had that crazy crying/laughing high that, to be honest, many people keep in check at weddings. Not this couple and their family, they were all about experiencing the emotions of the day. And one of the unique aspects of this wedding was that the groom was actually hugely expressive. At first, I was a little leery of his over the top expressions, fearing that he was way too “camera aware!” But as the day unfolded, I just realized that this was part of his character, so I went with it. Normally, I would probably just fall back and try to be a bit sneaky about capturing him in a more natural state of being. But Patrick was a funny, light hearted, expressive person, and I think I pretty much nailed it on covering his personality! Another really fun part of this day was during the dinner hour. The couple had each table “sing for their supper.” Each table was given a song, and they had to sing it, karaoke style, before they could go through the buffet line. The couple and I took a quick trip down to the lake for the sunset, and when we returned to the party, they were ready to dance, dance dance!

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Lake Tahoe Squaw Valley winter wedding photography

By Monique

Meghan and Chris were married in Squaw Valley at the Queen of the Snows and held an intimate dinner reception at the Resort at Squaw Creek. This was a small wedding and I was there documenting just a bit of Meghan getting ready through part of the dinner. Family and tradition were important parts of their day. They also came to Tahoe hoping for snow in the mountains, and were prepared to walk in the meadow with their snow boots.

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by Scott

 

As the snow begins to melt off the mountains around Lake Tahoe and the rivers begin to flow, my free time passion begins to shift from skiing to kayaking. I am getting ready to compete in the Reno Riverfestival this weekend and it occurs to me that I haven’t yet posted this wedding from last spring. Of course kayaking made me think of it, because this super fun wedding photographed in Dunsmuir and Shasta in Northern California was for kayaking legend Darin McQuoid and his now-wife Shannamar Dewey. Darin is a great action/adventure photographer in his own right, so I was really honored when he asked if I would shoot their wedding. Of course kayaks had to be involved! The getting ready was at a rustic lodge complex owned by Shannamar’s family called the Cave Springs Resort. The ceremony was held in the neighboring Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens, and the reception back at the Cave Springs Resort. We did a “trash the dress” shoot the next day so that we could incorporate the kayaks, and a nearby scenic waterfall.

Shannamar getting her makeup on.

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This shot of the bride getting ready was through the textured glass of one of the cabinets.

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A well trained dog like Taki and a bottle cap opener on the collar is an amazingly useful combination.

A well trained dog like Taki and a bottle cap opener on the collar is an amazingly useful combination.

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Darin and Shannamar opted to do a first look before the wedding ceremony so that they could spend more time with their friends after the wedding .

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Shannamar’s family owns the Cave Springs resort, where the reception was held. This rock was in memory of her grandparents if memory serves, and was special to her.

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Shannamar Dewey and Darin McQuoid wedding in Dunsmuir

Shannamar Dewey and Darin McQuoid wedding in Dunsmuir

Shannamar Dewey and Darin McQuoid wedding in Dunsmuir

The wedding ceremony was held in the beautiful Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens.

Shannamar Dewey and Darin McQuoid wedding in Dunsmuir

Shannamar Dewey and Darin McQuoid wedding in Dunsmuir

What pro kayaker’s wedding would be complete without matching kayaker cake toppers?

Shannamar Dewey and Darin McQuoid wedding in Dunsmuir

Shannamar Dewey and Darin McQuoid wedding in Dunsmuir

Two drinks are better than one.

Shannamar Dewey and Darin McQuoid wedding in Dunsmuir

Shannamar Dewey and Darin McQuoid wedding in Dunsmuir

With an adventuresome couple like this, you can bet the toasts were something else!

Shannamar Dewey and Darin McQuoid wedding in Dunsmuir

Shannamar Dewey and Darin McQuoid wedding in Dunsmuir

Shannamar Dewey and Darin McQuoid wedding in Dunsmuir

Shannamar Dewey and Darin McQuoid wedding in Dunsmuir

Shannamar Dewey and Darin McQuoid wedding in Dunsmuir

Shannamar Dewey and Darin McQuoid wedding in Dunsmuir

Taki in a rare moment of mischievousness.

Shannamar Dewey and Darin McQuoid wedding in Dunsmuir

The reception was held in the trees at the rustic Cave Springs Resort in Dunsmuir.

Shannamar Dewey and Darin McQuoid wedding in Dunsmuir

Shannamar Dewey and Darin McQuoid wedding in Dunsmuir

A short walk from the reception venue got us to a picturesque train trestle and, more importantly, to the beautiful Mossbrae falls.

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Bridal portrait at the unique Mossbrae Falls in Dunsmuir, California.

Shannamar Dewey and Darin McQuoid wedding in Dunsmuir

Wedding portrait at Mossbrae Falls in Dunsmuir. They had to hold still for each photograph as a long exposure was needed to capture the flow of the water behind them.

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Shannamar Dewey and Darin McQuoid wedding in Dunsmuir

Now to the serious stuff, kayaking portraits with dog.

Shannamar Dewey and Darin McQuoid wedding in Dunsmuir

I scouted out a nice viewpoint on Lake Shasta just north of Dunsmuir to do some sunset “just married” kayaking shots. The clouds disappeared and we really had no sunset to speak of, but the shoot was fun regardless.

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The couple who kayaks together…..

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Darin hard at work from his “office” while we wait to see if we get a sunset.

Shannamar Dewey and Darin McQuoid wedding in Dunsmuir

By Monique

Marjorie and Michael were married last spring at The Lodge at Tahoe Donner located in the forested hills above the quaint, historic town of Truckee. This sweet couple and their wedding party were troopers when I had them traipsing through waist high mountain lupine for their portrait session. Their reception had some fun events, like mad libs and the shoe game that they played with the bride’s grandparents.

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I just love those in between moments during the portrait session when the unexpected happens, like the bride

I just love those in between moments during the portrait session when the unexpected happens, like the bride’s niece trying to eat her mom’s necklace!

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Each table had to do a group mad libs, and then read it out loud before they went through the buffet line!

Each table had to do a group mad libs, and then read it out loud before they went through the buffet line!

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This was a twist on the shoe game - the couple played it with the bride

This was a twist on the shoe game – the couple played it with the bride’s grandparent’s who won the anniversary dance.

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by Scott

I’ve had to keep these secret for over a month because this couple is so cool, that they decided to have a surprise wedding party on spring equinox, where the guests would have no idea they were coming to a wedding ceremony. Somehow the secret was kept, the pig was roasted, the guests arrived and Manny and Monika slipped into the house to change, came out and surprised everyone with a flash wedding ceremony. However before that, they wanted to get some nice wedding photos, so we did things a little in reverse, starting with the trash the dress photo shoot down at Vikingsholm in Emerald Bay in beautiful Lake Tahoe. This was a mid-winter photo shoot and Monika really wanted to do the pictures here, which worked out perfectly since it was a one mile, snowy walk downhill to get to the location. Given that I shot this on President’s Day weekend during the first good snow year in the last five, saying that it was crowded around the lake was like saying there is a lot of water in the ocean. However, walk a little bit and the crowds vanish. We basically had all of Vikingsholm to ourselves for this shoot.

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