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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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Katie and Kevin Edgewood wedding

By Monique and Scott

Katie and Kevin are a local South Lake Tahoe couple who got married at the Edgewood Golf and Country Club. We had met them the year before for their Hope Valley engagement session with their super sweet German Shepherd. We had so much fun with them at the egagement session, we knew their wedding day was going to be a blast. The wedding day started with the getting ready candids. I hung out with Katie and her girls while they were getting ready at a hotel, while Scott went to their house to get Kevin and his guys getting ready. We then met up at a local park for their emotional first look and a few wedding party pics too. The day was filled with lots of laughter and a really fun celebration!

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Truckee wedding photography

By Monique

Kristi and Tony were married in Truckee on a beautiful fall day at PJs at Grays Crossing, a relatively newer wedding venue in the Tahoe area. The light in October always seems to be warm and golden, even during the mid day hours when it is usually a bit more harsh at the height of summer. They each got ready with their bridesmaids and groomsmen in adjacent homes in the Old Greenwood area, so I was able to pop back and forth between the two before their first look in the trees with the fall colors surrounding them. Their wedding venue is part of the group of venues opperated by the Tahoe Mountain Club.

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By Monique

I love photographing baby bumps, especially when they belong to people I love! Kate and Harry are expecting their baby boy in April. I started this session in their light and airy old southwest home, and then we trecked up to the Tahoe Meadows right after a snow storm for some powdery meadow portraits. You can also see their wedding photography here: Reno wedding photography

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