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By Monique and Scott

We had the honor of photographing the first wedding at the new Lodge at Edgewood in South Lake Tahoe at the end of May. Natalie and Eric’s wedding ceremony was next to the lake with snow capped Mt. Tallac in the background. Their cocktail hour was held on the patio and inside the Bistro Bar, and their reception was held in the great room, featuring 2 story windows overlooking the lake, and a grand staircase leading up to the guest rooms. We had special access to all of the indoor areas of the new lodge because Natalie is the interior designer for the lodge. So for normal weddings that will be held in this new space, a lot of the images you see here won’t be able to be done because Edgewood has a strict policy that wedding photography can not interfere with the spaces that the hotel guests have access to. Of course, if a couple buys the whole lodge out, then they would have access to places seen here like the grand staircase and the great room. Normally for Lake Tahoe weddings we do a lot more portraiture outside, but because Natalie was the designer, it was important to her to utilize the indoor locations for a lot of their portraits. After photographing weddings at Lake Tahoe for the past 15 years in just about every venue available, we can honestly say that this space is top notch. While we are still suckers for historic venues like Valhalla, The Thunderbird Lodge, Ehrman Mansion and the Fairwinds Estate, we think this place is now the prettiest modern lake front venue. Scroll down to read the design details in the image captions.

Natalie’s shoes are sitting on a custom console that Natalie designed and was fabricated by a furniture company called Fairmont Designs. She sourced a historical photo of Lake Tahoe and had it printed on the face of consoles in all of the rooms. The famous Cross on Mt. Tallac is seen in this image, and as you will see in some more images below, the Cross was still visible on their wedding day from the amazing snow pack we had this year.

The grand staircase is one of the focal points of the great room. The stairs were fabricated from local wood logs. The carved limestone wall was conceptualized and fully designed by Natalie & co-designers and was carved by a local Bay Area stone carver.

The rope ceiling in the Bistro restaurant is a concept by Natalie & co-designers who also designed the rope itself with custom colors, and then it was fabricated in Spain. They found a rope artist in Australia to fabricate the rope panels. And the glass lights are a custom designed fixture that also helped to tie in the very subtle nautical theme into the Bistro space with the use of rope.

Each area of the lodge has it’s own unique style, while the overall browns, Tahoe blues and natural tones tie the whole lodge together. The patterns & colors on the deer heads were designed by Natalie to represent the Native American history that is prevelent in the Lake Tahoe area. Both Natalie & Eric worked together to paint the deer heads.

We normally bring a fabric backdrop for our photo booth studio set up. But for Natalie and Eric’s photo booth, we utilized this wood panel in the lobby. This was a concept developed and implemented by Natalie, who hand placed all of the locations of the wood pieces. This was actually an old picket fence from the Edgewood site. It was surrounding an old Julia Morgan designed small cabin on the property that no longer exists. Originally, they were going to use the old pier wood from the Edgewood pier that was replaced, but that wood “went missing”… they think it was stolen.

Vendor list:

Venue: The Lodge at Edgewood

Wedding planner: Natalie’s friend Heather of Adelphi Events

DJ: Ryan Palmer, Lake Tahoe DJ

Cake: Natalie’s friend Jasmine, Jasmine Rae Cakes

Videographer: Ken Sipes, Media 59

Hair and Make up: Jill at RAH Hair Salon

By Monique

We don’t do too many high school senior portrait sessions, but it sure is fun when we do. I met up with Kassidy and her mom and grandma a few weeks back in Midtown to start the session with a few of her favorite murals. Then we went over to Mayberry Park to finish the session along the river. If you haven’t had a chance to check out some of the murals in Midtown, I highly recommend Art Spot Reno‘s mural tour! In, fact there is a tour coming up this Saturday.

Kassidy in Midtown with a mural of Ganesh in the background by artist Naem.

Kassidy in Midtown with a mural of Ganesh in the background by artist Naem.

Kassidy in Midtown with a mural in the background by artist Bryce Chisholm.

Kassidy in Midtown with a mural in the background by artist Bryce Chisholm.

Kassidy in Midtown with a mural in the background by artist Joe C. Rock.

Kassidy in Midtown with a mural in the background by artist Joe C. Rock.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Scott,

It feels like it has been winter forever up here at Lake Tahoe, with storm after storm and over 50 feet of snow piled up on the mountains, so when I hunker down and start prepping blog posts from some of my recent weddings, it feels like I shot these ages ago. It has actually only been a few months, October, 2016 to be exact. Heather and James are a great couple with a great history. They live in Australia, and his mates and relatives all made the long journey for the occasion. All of our coordination for the wedding was done online and I met them for the first time the day of their ceremony and in no time at all we were on a roll. The wedding was held at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn, always a great venue.

 

 

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By Monique and Scott

Our new Priscilla Foster Handmade album just arrived and we can’t wait to show it off to our clients! The album is 10×10 in size, and has a beautiful gray linen cover. The presentation of a Priscilla Foster album reflects the boutique quality and design. We decided to use a fall wedding to show off the bright yellows of the leaves, and to show our clients how amazing a wedding in the rain can be! Just a bit more about the couple, AJ and Kim: They were totally prepared for the rainy weather and arrived to Squaw Valley from New York with rain boots, umbrellas and shalls. They really wanted to get outside for their portraits no matter what, and the rain and wind came and went through out their pre ceremony portrait session. Right as we were about finishing up in the meadow, a downpour started and never stopped for the rest of the day. Their ceremony was moved inside, but still had a nice view out the tall glass windows of the surrounding mountains. At one point during the reception, we brought them outside to get a few more night time shots with the rain falling hard all around them. And then their guests even ventured out for a bit of dancing in the rain too. Our cameras were pretty soaked after the last outing in the rain, but we had plenty of towels waiting for us to dry them off and continue on. The weather in Tahoe can definitely create challenges, but we love it, and it becomes an unforgettable experince and part of the wedding day story for the couple!

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