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Lake Tahoe wedding Photography at the the Zephyr Lodge at Northstar

By Monique and Scott

Wendy and Daniel were married at the Zephyr Lodge at Northstar Resort on a windy day in September. Scott and I  started the day out with each of their small wedding parties getting ready in the village. Wendy and Daniel had their first look in a grassy field on the slope, with late season wildflowers blooming all around them. After spending some time doing portraits in the field, they wanted to take a lap on the ski lift before the ceremony. Northstar is a huge destination resort that offers miles of mountain biking trails through out the summer. You pretty much can’t throw a stone sideways without seeing them through out the day, so we thought it would be a fun contrast to capture a few images of the bikers, and we even saw some of our friends enjoying the trails that day! We had as much fun with Wendy and Daniel on their wedding day as we did at their Tahoe engagement session last June!

Holding a wedding at the top of a ski mountain pretty much guarantees a lot of effort must be made behind the scenes to pull off a seamless event, and, as always, Summit Soiree did a fantastic job.

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Lake Tahoe wedding Photography at the the Zephyr Lodge at Northstar for Wendy and Daniel

Lake Tahoe wedding Photography at the the Zephyr Lodge at Northstar for Wendy and Daniel

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Sonoma Coast wedding photography at the Sea Ranch Chapel and St. Orres Hotel for Anna and Danny

By Monique

Anna and Danny were married along the Northern California Sonoma Coast at the end of September. Before Anna and Danny’s official wedding here, they held a Burning Man wedding. Scott and I enjoyed the unique area they chose for their coast wedding, which incorporated several locations. They had their first look at the Sea Ranch Chapel. This beautiful, funky little wildy shaped building is more like a saced space than any traditional chapel I have seen, with a round floor plan, curvy carved wood, stones, and glass pieces and abalone shells inlaid in to several areas of the building. After they spent some time together for their first look, they had their family and friends, 22 people in total, gather at the chapel, not for the actual ceremony, but to spend time with the couple as Anna and Danny shared meaningful thoughts with each small group in a very personal, intimate space. Anna and Danny spoke with them about how important they are to them, and they gave everyone a little bell for them to ring as Anna walked down the aisle for the ceremony. After the time spent at the chapel, we made a brief stop at a local park that has some Russian totem poles … this area of the coast was occupied by Russians in the early to mid 1800’s, and the park wanted to celebrate this history with the totem poles, placed there in 2014.

After the stop at the park, the ceremony was held at Cooks Beach just before sunset. As the sun was dipping so low in the sky, the sea mist lit up in the most beautiful golden color I have seen in quite some time. The golden light was pretty magical that day. The whole group enjoyed the sunset with some champagne and eventually it was time to move across the street to the St. Orres Hotel for dinner and dancing. The architecture of the hotel also reflects the early 1800 Russian influence with several round topped spires on the main hotel buildings. There are several cabins on the property where all the guests stayed. The St. Orres is known for their cuisine, and I must say, it was excellent. Scott and I actually spent 3 nights total there because we decided to celebrate our anniversary which had been the week before. The basil martinis, abalone, and lobster tails were our favorites! The co-owner and executive chef, Rosemary Campiformio, was so nice and welcoming. All in all, this was one of the most memorable weddings I have ever had the honor to be a part of, thanks Anna and Danny!

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Danny and the guys went kayaking on the Gualala River before the wedding day prep got in to full swing. The fog bank seen in the background stayed off shore all day.

Danny and the guys went kayaking on the Gualala River before the wedding day prep got in to full swing. The fog bank seen in the background stayed off shore all day.

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Lake Tahoe wedding at the Hellman-Ehrman Mansion

By Monique

Jess and Ryan were married on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe at one of my favorite venues, the Ehrman Mansion at Sugar Pine Point State Park. I love the early 1920’s buildings that are scattered around this park. Wedding cocktail hour and receptions are held on the porch and lawn area next to the main building, while the ceremony is held down the hill by the lake. Ike and Martin provided the music for the day, and they got people out there on the dance floor with classic rock songs from Pink Floyd to Led Zeppelin. Summit Soiree did a great job helping this busy couple plan the day.

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Sometimes people ask us if we do any posed, family portraits. And yes, of course we do! While we rarely post family portraits on our blog or website galleries, I thought it would be nice to post this one because I just love it, the couple with their grandparents. The family portraits are just as important to most couples as the candids.

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The bride’s nephew was the ring bearer. Here he is at the reception with his two headed bunny! ( I learned later that his mom works for Ripley’s Believe it or Not!)

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Lake Tahoe wedding at the Cedar House in Truckee

By Monique and Scott

Katie and AJ were married at Donner Lake and their wedding reception was at one of our favorite Tahoe area venues, The Cedar House Sport Hotel in Truckee. This wedding was full of emotions and lots of happy tears. The twin flower girls were adorable, especially when they were comforting each other before heading down the aisle.

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burning man 2016

By Monique

Have I told you how much I love Burning Man weddings? Yes, I have, and over the years I’ve posted images from playa weddings, mostly wedding ceremonies that I just happen upon and poach because I just love weddings! But it is a special honor to be the photographer at a Burning Man wedding. While Anna and Danny will be having their official wedding along the Sonoma Coast in a few weeks, they wanted to have a wedding at Burning Man too because that is where they met! Scott and I met them at their camp before sunset where their campmates were toasting them, drinking champagne and waiting out a few nasty dust storms before we all rode our bikes as a group all the way across the open playa to an art installation that spelled out the word Magic, by artist Laura Kimpton. As sunset was approaching, the weather started to clear up. Part of the adventure of Burning Man is the frequent onslought of dust storms. Some are massive and last for hours, but this year’s burn week was blessed with many dusty days, but the duration of the storms never really required hours of hunkering down in white out conditions. As we made our way across the playa, there was a bit of a dust storm that ended up looking great in the photos, as the group all rode together with the Temple barely visible in the backgorund. The ceremony next the the Magic sign was informal, fun and another celebration with more champagne, laughter and of course a few tears of hapiness. Anna’s brother, Rob, came to Burning Man for the first time this year to walk his sister down the aisle, while Danny’s besty, Ali, walked him down the aisle. Cheers Anna and Danny, we will see you on the coast soon!

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  • September 14, 2016 - 11:28 am

    Erica - Ha! These are all kinds of awesome!

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