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by Scott,

Monique and I both shot the wedding of this wonderful couple at Plumpjacks resort in Squaw Valley just a few weeks ago. They wanted to do a fun, more urban style trash the dress shoot the day following the wedding, as they had small children and couldn’t really get away for long on the wedding day itself.  Those of you familiar with our work know that most people come to Tahoe to get pictures in the natural beauty and environment surrounding the lake. However, I had always wanted to do some shooting in the old abandoned train tunnels up near ASI.  We used to build jumps up there in winter all the time and it seemed like a really cool place, but I never had a good reason to….until now.  When I popped the idea on Rebecca as we were discussing various ideas for their shoot, she immediately said, that’s it, let’s do it!  So after a few shots in Truckee looking for some backlit fields and train tracks, I brought them up to the train tunnels to do some exploring. We really had to race the light, as by the time we got there, we had about 10 minutes of direct sunlight before it went behind the mountains. But we had fun and were able to make some unique pictures to augment their wedding-day coverage.

By Monique

Pamela and Danny were married at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn, with the ceremony on the patio, cocktails poolside, and the reception in the conference rooms. Pamela is originally from Brazil and Danny is from San Francisco, where they live currently. It was great to see both sides of the family coming together and sharing the day with a lot of love, laughs, and tears of joy.

A Brazilian wedding tradition: write the names of the single bridesmaids on a piece of tape and attach the tape to the wedding dress hem – brings good luck for the ladies

Cotton Candy signature drink

Another Brazilian tradition, a pearl was placed in each guests toasting glass as a gift from the bride and groom

Pamela is an opera singer, and her cousin, also an opera singer, surprised her with a song at the end of the toasts

By Monique

Stacy and David were married at the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe located in the hills above the Northstar Village. Stacy is an interior designer, and it showed with her attention to all of the details and decorations, including vintage hankies set out for the ceremony, a dessert table, and the eclectic, romantic reception centerpieces. She and David have a cute 2 year old daughter together, and Stacy’s 2 other daughters were also a big part of the wedding.

by Scott

What a great weekend to kick off the wedding season for us at Lake Tahoe. First we got to do a 10-year anniversary shoot with Colin and Hope and their two crazy dogs that turned out amazing (see previous blog post.) Then I got to reunite with Lori and Brad, a super fun couple whose engagement photos I shot at Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe last year. These guys came in with just a few family and friends from Texas for a quiet and quick elopement on the shores of Lake Tahoe. I caught up with them for a 2-hour photo session shortly after. When I asked if they had anything they wanted specifically to shoot, they paid me the best complement ever by saying they loved their engagement pictures and whatever I came up with was fine with them. So after a few quick pictures in Truckee, we drove to South Lake Tahoe and Fallen Leaf Lake, where I have been wanting to take a couple to the Lower Glen Alpine waterfall before they became just a summer-time trickle.

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wedding couple in river near lake tahoe

By Scott and Monique,

I know, the title is a little lame, but they tell me those words are important for that SEO thingy. Actually it was Colin and Hope’s 10-year wedding anniversary and they wanted to do some fun pictures. Their original wedding photos didn’t really turn out so hot, and apparently involved a flaky photographer, some cloak-and-dagger tracking maneuvers and legal action just to get some messed up negatives.  When Colin’s sister got married at Squaw Valley recently, he didn’t want her to have to go through what he went through, so he recommended me to shoot her wedding and we had a great time. I kayak a lot, and Colin is the head of special projects at Jackson kayaks, so we have known each other for a while from the river and skiing. We were really looking forward to this shoot because Colin and Hope are mostly fearless and we knew that the river had to be involved in many of the pictures, as well as some stand up paddle boarding on Lake Tahoe, one of Hope’s favorites. We scouted a popular after work kayak run on the South Yuba which should be roaring by now, but due to the low snowfall was just a trickle and thought that would look great with the dogs. More on them later. Also, due to low water, we could get in position below the one big rapid, Tombstone. Knowing Colin, the big trick was going to be getting some pictures that actually look sweet and romantic without him cracking up in the middle of it or making funny faces or snarky comments. Monique pulled that off quite well, much to my surprise.

wedding couple in river rapid

I knew the river was going to be a key player for this shoot, so we scouted a spot where we could get in position below a favorite rapid, Tombstone on the summit run of the S. Yuba.

dogs cause havoc in wedding pictures

Colin and Hope love their dogs. Their dogs are sometimes quite crazy. They really wanted them in some of the pictures so we found a calm section of the S. Yuba river with wide open granite fields and let the dogs out of the car. They immediately took Hope down!

bride and groom on s yuba riverbride and groom with dogs on s yuba river

We got about 5 minutes of pictures with the dogs before they made a beeline right into the river.

bride gets soaked by wet dog

Then immediately came out of the river and I could see this coming a mile away. I love dogs in wedding photos

bride and grooms on s yuba with dogs

Finally the dogs calmed a bit for some nice pictures

So this was my first attempt with this cool reflection I saw. The idea was to have Colin and Hope and the dogs walking along the rocks past me. The dogs saw it different and charged me through the puddle.

This was more what I was aiming for in the first place.

beautiful shot of bride and groom in s yuba river

These were Monique’s idea. Once the clouds floated over the sun and softened the light, we made a beeline for this series.

bride and groom climb rocks in river

These guys grew up along whitewater on the East Coast. Fortunately, they had no problems getting into all the difficult locations we asked of them.

bride and groom on s yuba river

This is another of my favorites. Monique was determined to get some romantic shots or die trying. I had my money on die trying, but she nailed it.

bride and groom and chacos on stand up paddle board

We ended the day on stand up paddle boards on Lake Tahoe. The wind was kicking up making the water a little choppy so we worked fast. Like the Chacos?

bride and groom on paddleboards on lake tahoebride and groom on paddle boards in sand harbor, lake tahoe

There are times when a polarizing filter can make or break a shot. Water like this at Lake Tahoe is one of them.

bride on stand up paddle board in lake tahoe

Colin and I are both competitive freestyle kayakers. Difference is, he has a cool belt buckle to prove it!

Bridal portrait on SUP in lake tahoebride and groom on SUPs in Lake Tahoebride and groom falling off paddleboards in lake tahoe

Can we get two on a board? Ooops

bride and groom fall into lake tahoe

Actually, we meant to do that


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