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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 on slopes at Squaw Valley

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.

By Monique

I recently visited my dear friend Sara and her family in Salt Lake City to do a maternity/ family portrait session. Hunter’s baby brother is due in December, and he has nicknamed him “Baby Blue” because blue is Hunter’s favorite color. For the family session, we drove up to the top of Millcreek Canyon and had a lot of fall colors to work with along the way. I was in SLC for several days, so I am also including some fun, “behind the scenes” candid images I made through out the week.

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  • October 28, 2013 - 11:58 am

    Sherry - Great photo shoot! Every one of these pictures is amazing!

by Scott Sady

 

Christine and Brett shared an amazing late summer wedding at the beautiful Ehrman Mansion inside the Sugar Pine Point California State Park on the west side of Lake Tahoe. Scott photographed this wedding solo and loved the venue. It has been years since we have shot here and the park has lost none of its charm. This park has great light, especially in late evening and while it is open to the public and the pier and water can sometimes be crowded during the day, by twilight there was hardly a soul around.

by Scott and Monique

 

Monique and I recently had the pleasure of photographing Tamara and Scott’s wedding at the classic 20 Mile House near Graeagle in the Sierra mountains north of Truckee, CA. I always have liked this venue. It is a historic lodge and train stop along the Yuba River pretty much in the middle of nowhere. There is the vintage general store, which serves as the backdrop for the cocktail hour, the brick buildings with lots of big mirrors and dark wood where the bride can get ready, and a nice grassy area surrounding a dance floor covered with twinkle lights for the evening’s entertainment.  But that wasn’t the best part about this particular wedding we shot there. The best part was the bride and groom. When we meet way back when in Truckee, I knew we were going to be a good match when Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica somehow came up in the first few minutes of our conversation. These guys make their living in the Merchant Marine, spending 6 months or more a year traveling the world on large ships, often separated, and live in a tricked out Airstream trailer when they are back home. They were a pleasure to work with, surrounded by loving friends and family and I never laughed so hard as I did during her dad’s toast. Thank goodness for auto focus!

Tamara and Scott are our kind of people. Among the gags brought out during the speeches were Marvin the Martian, Star Trek shirts (including jokes about the red shirts) and a baby mobile with spaceships and miniature beer bottles among other things.

Tamara and Scott work on the high seas most of the year, so this tricked out Airstream is their home when on dry land.

  • August 20, 2013 - 4:37 pm

    One Fine Day Events - Great job capturing the emotions in this wedding!!

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