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By Monique and Scott

Amy and Sergio got married at PlumpJack Squaw Valley in mid September, the perfect time of year for the tall golden grasses in the valley. They had their first look in the field, and we spent some time in the valley with them and their wedding party before their ceremony back at PlumpJack with Squaw’s tram face as the back drop.

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I threw this shot in here to illustrate how, in our opinions, the guests should put their phones down and be present … let us capture the moments. A lot of professionals complain about their images getting ruined by the guests. It is frustrating, yes, but a true professional will be able to work around the guests  to get the shot most of the time … see the next image...

I threw this shot in here to illustrate how, in our opinions, the guests should put their phones down and be present … let us capture the moments. A lot of professionals complain about their images getting ruined by the guests. It is frustrating, yes, but a true professional will be able to work around the guests to get the shot most of the time … see the next image…

Realizing that there were a ton of guests sticking their phones in the middle of the aisle, I moved myself in order to capture the bride and her dad.

Realizing that there were a ton of guests sticking their phones in the middle of the aisle, I moved myself in order to capture the bride and her dad.

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I threw this one in here to show you a "behind the scenes" how it is done … yes, we often lay on the ground to get unique angles.

I threw this one in here to show you a “behind the scenes” how it is done … yes, we often lay on the ground to get unique angles.

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  • May 11, 2014 - 5:31 am

    Andrea - It frustrates me deeply when guests whip out their cell phones and take a hundred blurry, partially obscured shots during the ceremony, thereby making it difficult for professional photographers to do their job. I expressed my frustration to my fiance while looking at your shot of ceremony and cell phones. He offered some insight by telling me that guests are not trying to take artistic shots, and they wouldn’t understand my annoyance and frustration with the sacrifice of a few artistic shots for a hundred terrible ones. The guests are simply participating in the ceremony. The way that humans now participate in social gatherings and ritual is via cell phone, via instagram and twitter and texting and facebook. His insight made me realize that if I post a sign that says, “please put your cell phone down and be present” I will hurt someone’s feelings because I am asking them not to participate in the ceremony. It would be more effective to offer an alternative way to participate rather than simply forbidding what has become the default way of interacting socially.

    That being said, I totally agree with your wish that guests avoid photobombing the photographer – and I really want to make that sign.

By Monique

Krissy and Steve were married at the Cedar House Sport Hotel in Truckee. I knew I was going to love this couple and this wedding when Krissy told me that one of their wedding colors was “Puffin Orange.” (Being a bird nerd myself, I enthusiastically shared with her that I was able to put that check mark on my life list last June when I saw a colony of puffins along the Oregon coast.) Krissy and Steve did their first look at the Cedar House, one of my favorite venues, and then we hopped in their car to several different locations in Truckee for some fun, romantic photos of just the two of them. We arrived back at the Cedar House for their intimate center courtyard ceremony followed by the reception held at Stella.

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After all thwacking around through tall grasses and on dirt pathways before the ceremony, Krissy

After all the walking around through tall grasses and on dirt pathways before the ceremony, Krissy’s friend helps get her cleaned up before the ceremony at the Cedar House

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Krissy and Steve tie 2 climbing ropes together during their ceremony

Krissy and Steve tie 2 climbing ropes together during their ceremony

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Home brewed beer was one of the wedding favors.

Home brewed beer was one of the wedding favors.

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The hors d’oeuvres table at the reception

A few of the dishes that were served as part of the vegetarian family style dinner

A few of the dishes that were served as part of the vegetarian family style dinner

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Um, yeah, this is a wedding guest!

Um, yeah, this is a wedding guest!

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by Scott Sady

 

Erin and Daniel celebrated their marriage on Round Hill Pines beach in South Lake Tahoe. They had their ceremony on the shores of Lake Tahoe and finished to the sounds of the Stanford marching band, playing to a rowdy crowd on the other side of the pier. We briefly considered photo bombing them, but decided to get on to the reception at the Eagle’s Nest on top of the mountain next to Heavenly Mountain Resort and get the party started. On our way into South Lake Tahoe, we stopped at a local park and took a quick walk into one of my favorite aspen groves for some wedding party photos before heading up the hill. These guys had such a great time with family and friends, it was actually hard for me to find any photos where Erin isn’t in a full-blown laugh. What a great day.

 

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By Monique

Stacey and Jeremy got married at Valhalla, one of my favorite venues at Lake Tahoe. They embraced the “old Tahoe” vintage theme with intricately beaded dresses for the bride and the bridesmaids and a formal, black tie, Gatsby-esque feel to the reception. The wedding cake even had glittery jewels attached to the fondant frosting, which also included a metallic silver layer. A horse and buggy gave rides around the grounds to the bride and groom and their guests during cocktail hour, and Stacey, having grown up riding horses, jumped right into the driver’s seat to steer it herself!

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Wedding coordinator: Liane McCombs Wedding & Event Planning

by Scott and Monique

Summer is definitely the busy wedding season here in Lake Tahoe. The warm days and nights, the idyllic lake, lounging around on the beach, tons of stuff for guests to do, but don’t forget the crowded beaches and traffic-clogged streets either. No big deal, just part of summer at the lake. That is probably why the weddings drop through the floor come the end of October. But weddings should reflect the tastes of the couple, not just what is expected of you. So do you love winter? Do you love to ski, snowboard, ride the back-country? Then you should take advantage of the winter wedding lull to plan your dream event. We here at Photography by Monique love winter. We both are expert skiers. Scott has contracts with several local ski resorts to do their advertising photography during the winter and knows his way around just about everywhere. Scott is also a ski racer and expert mountaineer and loves to shoot on top of mountains or on the slopes. We also generally maintain passes at all the local resorts for our various advertising shoots, so no need to tack on several hundred dollars to cover lift tickets for your photographer. In addition to simply loving to shoot in winter, most local venues and vendors have lower off-season prices to take advantage of. Could you get caught in a snowstorm? Yes. Can you still make pictures? Of course. So if winter is your thing, don’t follow the herd migrating to the lake each weekend in the summer. Let Photography by Monique help you document your perfect winter wedding.

 

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Bride and groom on lift with Lake Tahoe

High camp wedding and a quick ride down mountain run in a snowstorm.

It was snowing so hard and so windy during this Squaw Valley winter wedding that all the lifts were closed. We made some fun pictures anyhow.

Monique on the left and me on the right after trying to head out into a full-blown winter storm at Squaw Valley only to find all the lifts shut down. So we made some fun pictures at the base of the funitel, then went back to the reception.

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