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Lake Tahoe engagement session Anna and Danny Whale Beach

By Monique

Scott and I met up with Anna and Danny last week for their engagement session at the trailhead to one of our favorite local beaches on the east shore of Lake Tahoe. They live in South Lake Tahoe, and wanted to go to a more secluded area of the lake for the session. We don’t get too many couples who are willing to hike for their photos, so when they suggested Whale Beach, we were excited since we have always wanted to do a couple’s session there! We started our walk down to the beach at about 6 p.m. By the time we arrived, there was one last nude dude swimming in the shallows, and a father and son packing up their picnic. After about a half hour, we were the only ones left to enjoy the sunset. I joked with them that I had reserved Whale Beach for their private engagement session! Scott came along for the ride and brought his paddle board. But he couldn’t help grabbing one of my cameras from time to time since there are endless angles when shooting in and around the huge granite boulders. I imagine this post will be part 1 of 3, since we are going to meet up with them next week at Burning Man for their playa ceremony. And then, we will head out to the Sonoma Coast at the end of September for their official wedding. We had a great time getting to know them for this session, and can’t wait to document the rest of their celebrations!

On our way down to the beach along the trail, we found this beautfuly old Cedar tree with a hole in it. I was kinda amazed that after all these years of walking that same trail, I had never noticed it before!

On our way down to the beach along the trail, we found this beautiful, old Cedar tree with a hole in it. I was kinda amazed that after all these years of walking that same trail, I had never noticed it before!

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Danny just happened to find this heart shaped granite rock on the beach that evening, so he gave it to Anna just before sunset.

Danny just happened to find this heart shaped granite rock on the beach that evening, so he gave it to Anna just before sunset.

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Yosemite Glacier Point wedding

By Monique and Scott

Cassie and Josh had an intimate wedding in Yosemite National Park a few weeks ago with their family and a few close friends. The ceremony was at Glacier Point and the reception was in the Mural Room at The Ahwahnee Hotel ( sorry, we just can’t call it by it’s new name!) On our way from the ceremony to the reception, we stopped at a beautiful meadow where the wild flowers were in their prime bloom and there were several downed trees scattered through out the area so that we didn’t have to walk in the meadow itself. We also met up with them the next morning at 8 a.m. for a portrait session at a few iconic Yosemite Valley locations.

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Cassie found her bouquet on the Etsy page, "The Backyard Gardner." It is made out of sola flowers which are made of soft tapioca or balsa wood.

Cassie found her bouquet on the Etsy page, “The Backyard Gardner.” It is made out of sola flowers which are made of soft tapioca or balsa wood.

The panoramic mural in the Mural Room is a toile pente (painted linen) created by Robert Boardman Howard for the hotel’s opening in 1927.

The panoramic mural in the Mural Room is a toile pente (painted linen) created by Robert Boardman Howard for the hotel’s opening in 1927.

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After the dinner in the Mural Room ended, the party moved upstairs to the presidential suite of the The Ahwahnee.

After the dinner in the Mural Room ended, the party moved upstairs to the presidential suite of The Ahwahnee Hotel.

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  • July 15, 2016 - 3:48 am

    Claire Lubaway - Monique, the pictures are all fabulous and a great treasure to capture the day and love of Josh and Cassie!

Lake Tahoe engagement photography, Gatekeepers museum, lupine wildflowers

By Monique

Scott and I met Wendy and Daniel at a park along the Truckee River in Tahoe City a few weeks ago for their evening engagement session. We started the session in the woods along one of the bike paths, and then spent a bit of time in a secluded meadow. This was the first time we had met this couple since they had booked us for their wedding later this year, and we all had a great time getting to know each other. The lupine wildflowers along the west shore near the Gatekeeper’s Museum were in their prime bloom in mid June, so we took advantage of the large field leading all the way to the lake. This place can get a bit crowded with other photographers for sunset, but we were there mid week, and it was relatively quiet that evening. We are looking foward to Wendy and Daniel’s wedding at Northstar in September!

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This image is shot on our infrared camera, which gives the trees that glowy, snow white look.

This image is shot on our infrared camera, which gives the trees that glowy, snow white look.

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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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