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By Monique

I met up with long time family friend Trevor and his fiancé Larissa last Sunday for their Donner Summit engagement session. The couple loves snow sports and was hoping for a snowy winter session, but this year’s snow levels did not cooperate. I did find one mountain peak with some patches still left to use as a backdrop for a few wintery images, but other than that, we just had fun from the train tracks in Truckee to Donner Lake and all the way up to the abandoned train trestles along the hillside above the Donner Summit Rainbow Bridge.

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FitzHaven Estate Lake Tahoe wedding

By Monique and Scott

We are trying something a bit different for this blog post. We are just showing you what we like to call a sneak peek here, and asking you to click on over to our main website to see the complete wedding day story. We spent part of March updating the look of our website, and we added some new galleries, including this one, to keep our current work featured. The events of the day were spread out at a few different locations: the ceremony was at the FitzHaven Estate, we stopped off at a private pier at Lake Tahoe for the couple and wedding party photo session, and then we ended up at The Chateau in Incline Village for the reception. Guests danced all evening, had fun in our studio corner photo booth, and enjoyed the groom and groomsmen serenading the bride on the dance floor.

Check out the complete wedding on our main website here: Lake Tahoe FitzHaven Estate wedding

Summit Soiree helped the day flow, especially with having such a large group travelling between venues.

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By Monique and Scott

Melissa and Casey’s amazingly detailed wedding was at The HideOut near Kirkwood, and while it was a rainy, (snowy over the pass) freezing temps kind of a September day, that did not put a damper on this celebration. Melissa is a wedding planner with Blue Sky Events, and we work with her often throughout the wedding season. So, since she is a wedding planner, you can imagine the fabulous details that went in to this wedding day. In fact, we are including a ton more detail shots here than we normally do because there were just so many personal touches everywhere. Pinners will have a field day with this blog post!

Because of the rain, the ceremony was moved inside the main log cabin lodge and an extra tent was ordered for the dance floor, coffee bar and lounge. But the rain was nice enough to hold off long enough for their first look in the field and their portrait session with their wedding party.

The HideOut has fast become one of our favorite wedding venues. This beautiful, rustic property is perfect for a wedding weekend, with a big field for guests who want to camp, and a main lodge with ample bedrooms, as well as the saloon that has rooms upstairs. Scott and I got there a day early with our Aliner pop up trailer so we could spend some time to get to know the property. Our favorite feature is the huge, 30 person hot tub, built right into the side of the granite hillside, with a view of the lake below it. Not only is it great for photographs, it was really nice to soak in at the end of the first evening too!

We are also thrilled to let you know that this wedding was featured on the nationally recognized Wedding Chicks website! Check it out and read some more straight from the bride herself.

Scroll to the end of the post for a list of the wedding vendors.

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The main lodge at The HideOut near Kirkwood overlooks a lake and is surrounded by granite hills.

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Accommodations include camping in a big field. There is a bona fide saloon on the property that also has rooms on the second floor.

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Melissa and her mom having their hair and makeup before the ceremony. I like this image because it captures the unneasiness of the rainy day leading up to the wedding. Melissa was pretty darn nervouse all the way up until the ceremony. I feel like they will look back on this image and remebrr that part of the day too, it adds to the story of the whole day.

Melissa and her mom having their hair and makeup done before the ceremony. I like this image because it captures the uneasiness of the rainy day leading up to the wedding. Melissa was pretty darn nervouse all the way up until the ceremony. I feel like they will look back on this image and remember that part of the day too as a part of the story.

Each of the brides maids and groomsmen took turns sharing the job of wedding officiant. What a unique aspect of the ceremony that we have never sen done before!

Each of the brides maids and groomsmen took turns sharing the job of wedding officiant. What a unique and personal aspect of the ceremony that we have never seen done before!

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Casey is a hotshot firefighter. He had such a busy summer leading up to the wedding! His dusty hat was in the master bedroom, and while I was getting some detail shots of Melissa’s bouquet, I thought it would be nice to add his hat to a few of them.

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Melissa had 2 different floral crowns, one for the ceremony, and one for the reception. The groom and the groomsmen had completely different boutonnieres

Melissa had 2 different floral crowns, one for the ceremony, and one for the reception. Casey and the groomsmen had completely different boutonnieres.

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As the rain began to pour down, a fire was lit in the grand room of the main lodge and was the perfect, cozy location for the wedding ceremony

As the rain began to pour down, a fire was lit in the grand room of the main lodge and the fireplace became the perfect, cozy location for the wedding ceremony.

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The ceremony site was pretty packed inside the main room, so some of the guests watched from the deck.

The ceremony site was pretty packed inside the main room, so some of the guests watched from the deck.

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Melissa and Casey made a lot of the reception decor, including this bar sign.

Melissa and Casey made a lot of the reception decor, including this bar sign.

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Ceremony Music: Vinny Berry
Dress: BHLDN
Bridesmaids Skirts: Plum Pretty Sugar 
Caterer: The Red Truck
Coordination: Blue Sky Events

 

 

By Monique

Maureen and Justin’s winter wedding at Edgewood was so fun to document, and it had some nice personal touches reflecting the couple, and the groom’s musical background. The bride made all of the flower bouquets, boutonnieres and center pieces from sheet music. They were truly some of the most unique and personal details I’ve seen. Their “guest book” was a drum. The couple did a first look at Zephyr Cove, along with their wedding party photo session as well. And, of course, they didn’t mind scrambling all over the boulders for me.

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by Scott

 

Sandi and Chip like to ski. They planned a small winter wedding near the end of the season and had me along to capture the fun for just a few hours. The idea was to shoot a little getting ready, then hit the lifts at Diamond Peak ski resort in Lake Tahoe, which has spectacular lake views, and do a fun pre-ceremony photo shoot on the slopes in tux and gown for a few hours before skiing right into their ceremony on the main deck of the Diamond Peak lodge and get married in ski boots. Well, of course this turned out to be the one real snow storm we had here at Lake Tahoe pretty much all year. Despite blowing snow, 60 MPH winds and near zero visibility, they still wanted to do one quick run and get a few pictures before they froze solid, which is exactly what we did. I think it was worth it and we actually had a pretty good time despite the frozen fingers. The reception was at the Chateau in Incline Village.

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Sandi and Chip decided to do their first look outdoors at Sand Harbor on the shores of Lake Tahoe before hitting the slopes.

Sandi and Chip decided to do their first look outdoors at Sand Harbor on the shores of Lake Tahoe before hitting the slopes.

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Despite the high winds and blowing snow, we stuck it out for at least one run to make some memorable images before the ceremony started.

Despite the high winds and blowing snow, we stuck it out for at least one run to make some memorable images before the ceremony started.

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Despite Diamond Peak ski resorts best efforts to keep the deck clear, the snow was coming down so hard, it just kept piling up. So we decided to stop sweeping and make use of it.

Despite Diamond Peak ski resorts best efforts to keep the deck clear, the snow was coming down so hard, it just kept piling up. So we decided to stop sweeping and make use of it.

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