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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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by Scott

 

As the snow begins to melt off the mountains around Lake Tahoe and the rivers begin to flow, my free time passion begins to shift from skiing to kayaking. I am getting ready to compete in the Reno Riverfestival this weekend and it occurs to me that I haven’t yet posted this wedding from last spring. Of course kayaking made me think of it, because this super fun wedding photographed in Dunsmuir and Shasta in Northern California was for kayaking legend Darin McQuoid and his now-wife Shannamar Dewey. Darin is a great action/adventure photographer in his own right, so I was really honored when he asked if I would shoot their wedding. Of course kayaks had to be involved! The getting ready was at a rustic lodge complex owned by Shannamar’s family called the Cave Springs Resort. The ceremony was held in the neighboring Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens, and the reception back at the Cave Springs Resort. We did a “trash the dress” shoot the next day so that we could incorporate the kayaks, and a nearby scenic waterfall.

Shannamar getting her makeup on.

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This shot of the bride getting ready was through the textured glass of one of the cabinets.

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A well trained dog like Taki and a bottle cap opener on the collar is an amazingly useful combination.

A well trained dog like Taki and a bottle cap opener on the collar is an amazingly useful combination.

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Darin and Shannamar opted to do a first look before the wedding ceremony so that they could spend more time with their friends after the wedding .

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Shannamar’s family owns the Cave Springs resort, where the reception was held. This rock was in memory of her grandparents if memory serves, and was special to her.

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Dunsmuir botanical gardens wedding photography

Shannamar Dewey and Darin McQuoid wedding in Dunsmuir

Shannamar Dewey and Darin McQuoid wedding in Dunsmuir

Shannamar Dewey and Darin McQuoid wedding in Dunsmuir

The wedding ceremony was held in the beautiful Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens.

Shannamar Dewey and Darin McQuoid wedding in Dunsmuir

Shannamar Dewey and Darin McQuoid wedding in Dunsmuir

What pro kayaker’s wedding would be complete without matching kayaker cake toppers?

Shannamar Dewey and Darin McQuoid wedding in Dunsmuir

Shannamar Dewey and Darin McQuoid wedding in Dunsmuir

Two drinks are better than one.

Shannamar Dewey and Darin McQuoid wedding in Dunsmuir

Shannamar Dewey and Darin McQuoid wedding in Dunsmuir

With an adventuresome couple like this, you can bet the toasts were something else!

Shannamar Dewey and Darin McQuoid wedding in Dunsmuir

Shannamar Dewey and Darin McQuoid wedding in Dunsmuir

Shannamar Dewey and Darin McQuoid wedding in Dunsmuir

Shannamar Dewey and Darin McQuoid wedding in Dunsmuir

Shannamar Dewey and Darin McQuoid wedding in Dunsmuir

Shannamar Dewey and Darin McQuoid wedding in Dunsmuir

Taki in a rare moment of mischievousness.

Shannamar Dewey and Darin McQuoid wedding in Dunsmuir

The reception was held in the trees at the rustic Cave Springs Resort in Dunsmuir.

Shannamar Dewey and Darin McQuoid wedding in Dunsmuir

Shannamar Dewey and Darin McQuoid wedding in Dunsmuir

A short walk from the reception venue got us to a picturesque train trestle and, more importantly, to the beautiful Mossbrae falls.

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Bridal portrait at the unique Mossbrae Falls in Dunsmuir, California.

Shannamar Dewey and Darin McQuoid wedding in Dunsmuir

Wedding portrait at Mossbrae Falls in Dunsmuir. They had to hold still for each photograph as a long exposure was needed to capture the flow of the water behind them.

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Shannamar Dewey and Darin McQuoid wedding in Dunsmuir

Now to the serious stuff, kayaking portraits with dog.

Shannamar Dewey and Darin McQuoid wedding in Dunsmuir

I scouted out a nice viewpoint on Lake Shasta just north of Dunsmuir to do some sunset “just married” kayaking shots. The clouds disappeared and we really had no sunset to speak of, but the shoot was fun regardless.

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The couple who kayaks together…..

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Darin hard at work from his “office” while we wait to see if we get a sunset.

Shannamar Dewey and Darin McQuoid wedding in Dunsmuir

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