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20 mile house wedding for Marika and Dustin

By Scott,

 

Dustin and Marika put together an intimate wedding at the 20 Mile House in GreyEagle north of Truckee, California with about 30 of their closest friends and family. They only had me there for 6 hours on a Sunday, which really worked out to more like 5 hours of shooting because Marika’s hair and makeup in town ran an hour over schedule. With a small and relaxed wedding like this, it was no problem to make up that time and create some great pictures of them getting ready and and celebrating this happiest of days with their family and friends. The 20 mile house is a rustic venue in a really isolated environment. There are forests, rivers (normally, but dry this year,) train tracks, gardens and historical buildings to chose from for photographs. But the place really shines about twilight due to all the light-wrapped trees surrounding the reception area.

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Thunderbird Lodge wedding photography at Lake Tahoe

by Scott and Monqiue

 

Monique and I had the privilege of shooting Lauren and Scott’s wedding at the beautiful and historic Thunderbird Lodge on the shores of Lake Tahoe. The couple had been together for a long time, and even had a small baby who did a great job getting through the day’s pageantry with a happy face. Nevertheless they were so emotional and happy to be finally tying the knot and that shows through in all the photos. What a great day!

 

 

Lauren and her baby girl getting ready for their big wedding at the Thunderbird Lodge on the shores of Lake Tahoe

Baby Brighton was enjoying all the attention from Lauren’s bridesmaids while they were getting ready for their big wedding at the Thunderbird Lodge on the shores of Lake Tahoe

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The bride and the groom are avid boaters and both boated into the Thunderbird Lodge for their wedding on the shores of Lake Tahoe.

The bride and the groom are avid boaters and both boated into the Thunderbird Lodge for their wedding on the shores of Lake Tahoe.

Groomsmen in the "Card House" at the Thunderbird Lodge in Lake Tahoe

Groomsmen in the “Card House” at the Thunderbird Lodge in Lake Tahoe

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Cedar House wedding in Truckee for Tara and Rob

by Scott

A quick “one that got away” post from a wonderful wedding I shot last summer of Tara and Rob at the Cedar House hotel in Truckee. The ceremony site was actually on the west shore of Donner Lake and the couple wanted to drive up old highway 40 to the bridge near the summit for some cool photos on the rocks overlooking Donner Lake after the ceremony. The reception was held at the beautiful Cedar House hotel in Truckee. This is a great photography spot, but a fire burning in California at the time threw us a little more haze than would be normal. This was a fun couple to work with. Rob’s three sons were his groomsmen, and it was obvious that both families were really having a great time celebrating this long-awaited wedding.

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Squaw Valley winter wedding photography for Kailey and Brett

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By Monique and Scott

Kailey and Brett were married at the beginning of April at Squaw Valley on the deck at High Camp with snowy peaks surrounding them and a clear view of Lake Tahoe in the background. Guests enjoyed a chilly cocktail hour on the deck, and then loaded the tram back down the mountain for the reception at the Olympic Village Inn at the base of the mountain. Scott started the day early skiing with Brett and his groomsmen, while I hung out in the PlumpJack suite with Kailey and her bridesmaids while they were getting ready for the wedding. Before the wedding ceremony up on the mountain, Kailey and Brett did a “first look” at PlumpJack.  Kailey and Brett are season pass holders at Squaw, so after their first look, they wanted to get a round of beers with their wedding party at Le Chamois, The Chamy, as it is known to the regulars. We then piled in to a party bus with them and their wedding party that took us to Lake Tahoe and a great old wooden pier without any other people around on mild, April Saturday afternoon. Their ski themed wedding included miniature wooden ski boutonnierres for the guys, snow boots for the entire wedding party, and a shot-ski for reception drinks at the bar. They had a lively dancing crowd, and their guests enjoyed our photo booth as well. Their Dj was Derek Tarpay of Lake DJ, and their day-of wedding coordinator was Shawna Lee West, owner of Your Tahoe Day.

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Schaffer’s Camp winter wedding photography for Allie and Jonathan at Northstar Tahoe

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By Monique and Scott

Allie and Jonathan had a March wedding at Shaffers Camp, located on the mountainside of Northstar Tahoe. While this year’s snow levels were not the best, there was still plenty of snow around the venue to give their wedding a winter feel, and it actually even snowed just a teeny, tiny bit during the ceremony, which was pretty magical! Allie and Jonathan did a first look on the mountain before the ceremony, and we spent some time with them and their wedding party having fun in the snow. Before the reception started, we took them out on the slopes one more time for a sunset session right after the ski runs had been freshly groomed, which added some cool patterns to several fo the images. Below is a detail shot of Allie’s wedding shoes …. this may seem like kind of a standard image to start a blog post with. But these are no ordinary wedding shoes, these are TOMS! And even the fact that they are TOMS is not too uncommon, as I have had several brides this year wearing them at their weddings. But what these shoes represent is where it all began, since Jonathan was one of TOMS first employees, and he met Allie there when she came in for a job interview. Because of a timing mix up, he unexpectedly was the one to give her a tour while she waited for the interview to begin. This couple was so fun to work with and we are looking forward to doing their trash the dress session next season in some more snow!

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Scott photographing himself photobombing one of the groomsmen

Scott photographing himself photobombing one of the groomsmen’s selfies.

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Allie and her bridesmaids with their ski jackets that have their wedding logo patch

Allie and her bridesmaids with their ski jackets that have their wedding logo patch

The view from the ceremony site on the deck of Schaffers Camp

The view from the ceremony site on the deck of Schaffers Camp

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Scott’s perspective during the ceremony!

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