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Thunderbird Lodge wedding

By Monique and Scott

Sarah and Daniel were married at the historic Thunderbird Lodge Lake Tahoe estate in mid June with family and friends travelling from as far away as Sweden, where Daniel grew up. A toast with all sorts of little bottles of Swedish liquors and singing some Swedish songs added a unique celebration during the ceremony and reception. Scott and I really loved that they not only had an unplugged wedding ceremony, but they also requested an unplugged first dance and cake cutting too! It was so nice to see the images that we captured of the faces of their family and guests watching them, experiencing the events of the day without dozens of cell phones hiding their expressions. Our studio corner photo booth was a big hit, and, in fact, I think it was a bit more popular than the dancing inside the lodge! Kerry Hawk, owner of Blue Sky Events, did a great job with the logistics as always.

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By Scott

I met up with Julie and Brad at Emerald Bay for their Lake Tahoe trash the dress session in the early evening, my favorite time of day for sessions at the overlook and the falls because I get just enough light for the overview of the bay, and then the falls area is completely in the shade, allowing for a nice, evenly lit setting. This couple was up for all the rock scrambling that is takes to get down to one of my favorite dead tree stumps. After Emerald Bay, we went over to Kiva Beach to capture the last golden beams of light spilling over Mt. Tallac.

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The Beach Retreat Lake Tahoe wedding photography

By Monique

Julie and Brad were married at the Beach Retreat in South Lake Tahoe. Julie’s daughters were the flower girls, and Brad’s son and daughter were also part of the all family wedding party. This couple wanted their day to be relaxed and fun with a beach ceremony and lake front view for the reception. Julie did a great job putting together all the wedding reception decor, the tans and blush pinks added to the casual elegance of their wedding day. We didn’t take too much time on the actual wedding day for their portrait session since they also booked Scott for a trash the dress session to be done a few weeks later. Stay tuned for that post next week!

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Sometimes the public aspect of a Lake tahoe wedding can add some humorous moments to the ceremony or portrait session. The bride kinda thought that the groom had hired this guy as a practical joke. But he didn

Sometimes the public aspect of a Lake tahoe wedding can add some humorous moments to the ceremony or portrait session. The bride kinda thought that the groom had hired this guy as a practical joke. But he didn’t, it was just a Tahoe tourist who wanted to watch the ceremony.

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Truckee Donner Lake wedding

 

By Monique and Scott,

Emily and Phil were married on the west end beach at Donner Lake and they had their reception at the amazing Cedar House Sport Hotel in Truckee. We had such a great time with this couple. Last week I posted a few images from their fine art wedding album, scroll down to see that blog post and the super sweet note we got from them.

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Lake Tahoe fine art wedding album pages

By Monique

We love creating one of a kind family heirloom albums for our couples. Here are a few of my favorite pages from a 10×10 fine art album handmade by Priscilla Foster.

I got the following email from them, and it made my heart sing!

It is one of the greatest “products” we’ve ever purchased. Absolutely outstanding. We love it! Perfect. WELL worth the wait.
In addition to the handcrafted aspect, and natural fabric/paper selection, the album tells the story of our wedding – captures the unique essence.
Emily and I were so impressed with how you were able to interpret the photos we chose, and apply your skills in generating what I consider to be “art”.
It would have been unfair for us to expect the results you delivered. We frankly could not have imagined what you were able to accomplish.
In retrospect, the synergy created in this event was – I believe –  reflective of the trust and admiration we had in the people/team who brought it together.
Beginning, of course, with my loving wife – the wedding journey was the best of my life. But our talented team brought our vision to reality. No simple feat.
Emily and I are so glad we found you/Scott. Your work is superb. THANK YOU!
We express our gratitude for your patience, professionalism, and passion.
My hope is that these words inspire you to continue the gifts you bestow.
Our baby is due in about a month. Eventually, we’ll be back in touch for more pics.”

– Phil, Emily, and Baby

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