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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!

Lake Tahoe engagement session Anna and Danny Whale Beach

By Monique

Scott and I met up with Anna and Danny last week for their engagement session at the trailhead to one of our favorite local beaches on the east shore of Lake Tahoe. They live in South Lake Tahoe, and wanted to go to a more secluded area of the lake for the session. We don’t get too many couples who are willing to hike for their photos, so when they suggested Whale Beach, we were excited since we have always wanted to do a couple’s session there! We started our walk down to the beach at about 6 p.m. By the time we arrived, there was one last nude dude swimming in the shallows, and a father and son packing up their picnic. After about a half hour, we were the only ones left to enjoy the sunset. I joked with them that I had reserved Whale Beach for their private engagement session! Scott came along for the ride and brought his paddle board. But he couldn’t help grabbing one of my cameras from time to time since there are endless angles when shooting in and around the huge granite boulders. I imagine this post will be part 1 of 3, since we are going to meet up with them next week at Burning Man for their playa ceremony. And then, we will head out to the Sonoma Coast at the end of September for their official wedding. We had a great time getting to know them for this session, and can’t wait to document the rest of their celebrations!

On our way down to the beach along the trail, we found this beautfuly old Cedar tree with a hole in it. I was kinda amazed that after all these years of walking that same trail, I had never noticed it before!

On our way down to the beach along the trail, we found this beautiful, old Cedar tree with a hole in it. I was kinda amazed that after all these years of walking that same trail, I had never noticed it before!

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Danny just happened to find this heart shaped granite rock on the beach that evening, so he gave it to Anna just before sunset.

Danny just happened to find this heart shaped granite rock on the beach that evening, so he gave it to Anna just before sunset.

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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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