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PlumpJack Squaw Valley wedding for Nicole and Don

By Monique

Nicole and Don were married on a beautiful September Friday at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn. Nicole and Don are a local couple, in fact Don is in the Wolf Pack Hall of Fame, and is described as one of the greatest power hitters in the school’s baseball history. Nicole is a sweet, kind woman, a teacher in Carson City, and I admire how close she is with her family members. Her adorable nephew was the ring bearer. Their navy blue, tan and burnt orange colors were so pretty against the golden grasses in the valley. And they “hit it out of the ballpark” with their details, including 3 separate sweets tables: On one table were 3 flavors of cupcakes, topped with a small cake, then there was a loaded candy table, and a “Man Table” with baseball themed goodies, including popcorn, snack mix and cigars.

Don and his groomsmen toast with pints of Guinness at the Auld Dubliner in the Squaw Valley Village

Lake Tahoe winter engagement session for Sandy and Joel

By Monique

I met up with Sandy and Joel in South Lake Tahoe for their engagement session on a chilly, snowy January morning. It was snowing on and off, and then for about 10 minutes or so, the sun came out, giving Lake Tahoe that beautiful deep blue color it is famous for. Sandy and Joel were happy to have the sun and the snow, and they even had a snow ball fight at the end of the session. They live in Texas and will be getting married in Mexico and May, so they wanted to do the winter engagement session to contrast with their warm beach wedding.



February 13, 2013 - 11:44 am

Grandma Mechsner - Happy Day Beautiful pictures So happy for you both. Love Grandma

February 6, 2013 - 6:19 pm

Shauna Richards - I just loved these pictures…….I was so amazed!!!!! The photographer is fantastic!!!!!! Working with snow, shade and sun is hard to do, but done oh so well!!!!

February 6, 2013 - 4:20 pm

Edna - Absolutely adorable <3 lovely … Congratulations Joel & Sandy!

Gar Woods wedding at lake Tahoe for Brooke and Mark

By Monique

Brooke and Mark were married in September at Gar Woods at Lake Tahoe. The day started at Granlibakken in Tahoe City where I did a bit of getting ready coverage. They also had their first look there, and we did several portraits with the wedding party there before heading over to the pier at Gar Woods for more family portraits before the ceremony. The dance floor at Brooke and Mark’s wedding was one of the most packed I have seen in quite a while, providing for great dance party images.

Tahoe Tree Company wedding for Nicole and Matt

By Monique

Scott and I loved the wedding we photographed together at the Tahoe Tree Company last July for Nicole and Matt. This is a newer wedding venue located on the grounds of a nursery in Tahoe City, with several beautifully landscaped areas for the ceremony, cocktails, reception and dancing. This wedding had Scott and I photographing at 4 sepatate locations, so the day was pretty much non stop from beginning to end. We started at the Resort at Squaw Creek for a bit of getting ready candids and their first look, then took the wedding party across the valley to a nice area with a scenic view of the mountains. Because the Tahoe Tree Company is tucked in the hills behind the nursery and is not lake front, it was important to the couple to include some images with Lake Tahoe in them. So before heading to the Tahoe Tree Company for the ceremony, we stopped at the lake with Nicole and Matt, the wedding party and their family members. I must admit that photographing people in the bright, harsh sunlight in the middle of the day is not the most ideal situation as far as utilizing a beautiful source of light. But realizing that the wedding day schedule is usually a tight one and does not revolve around us, we have to make the best possible images given the timeline of the day. So we utilized the natural backlighting of the sun to get the images they wanted with both Squaw Valley and Lake Tahoe as beautiful backdrops. Once we got to the Tahoe Tree Company, we had a photographer’s dreamland to work with … lots of towering trees, open shade, colorful flowers, and beautiful wedding decor. The garden ceremony was perfect, and guests enjoyed wandering the  lush, colorful grounds during the cocktail hour. Dinner was served on the outdoor patio, with toasts given during the setting sun. After the final toast, we stole Nicole and Matt away for a few more images in the gardens, and these images ended up being some of our favorites, and theirs too! Dancing, a delicious dessert bar, our photo booth studio corner and an outdoor fire pit provided something for everyone during the rest of the reception.

When it is the middle of the day in the bright blazing sun, we like to place people with the sun directly behind them to give even lighting to their faces.

The cake was accompanied by a dessert bar, including these s’mores, bread pudding bites, chocolates, and even shot glasses of milk topped with a chocolate chip cookie, yummy!







January 29, 2013 - 6:30 pm

One Fine Day Events - Gorgeous photos Monique! I love her dress!!!

Cedar House Sport Hotel wedding in Truckee for Becky and Kyle

by Scott Sady

Becky and Kyle got married on the shores of beautiful Donner Lake in the Sierra Nevada mountains above Truckee and held their reception at the always spot-on Cedar House Sport Hotel in Truckee, CA. Once again, Cedar House owner and wedding coordinator Patty went above and beyond in creating custom desserts and an amazing dinner for all the guests. I also have to give credit to the groom, Kyle, whose deep interest in photography led him not only to choose me to shoot the wedding, but to actually out-scout me and find the one early-turning patch of fall aspen trees in Truckee. The spot shall be kept secret, but you can see the images in the post. Remember this was the warmest fall on record and when this wedding was shot on October 6, it was still in the 80′s.  Plus a great location and a couple willing to spend a little extra time for memorable photographs makes my job so much easier.  Thanks again guys!

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