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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!

Homewood Lake Tahoe Estate Wedding

by Scott Sady

Heidi and Eric got married at a lakefront private estate in Homewood, CA, on the shores of Lake Tahoe. This was a wonderful venue on the west shore and felt more like a great big gathering of close friends than a formal wedding. They had a fairly large wedding party and lots of formal pictures to get through, but what they really wanted were the creative portraits and fun candid shots so by working together we put together a schedule that would allow us to do both. That said, they still had to get up from dinner, twice, when the light got really good, but what’s a little cold pasta compared to a photograph you will hang on your wall for a lifetime right?


I got to know this couple early in the year when they had me do their engagement photo session at Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe.

I had the pleasure of shooting their engagement photos when they came to Lake Tahoe in the spring.

October 28, 2012 - 12:08 pm

Heidi - Thank you Scott! We absolutely love how they turned out! You truly have a gift :)

Cedar House wedding for Saralyn and Gary

by Scott Sady

Saralyn and Gary shared a beautiful, late summer wedding at the Cedar House Sport Hotel in Truckee, California. This was the first time I had worked at this venue in a long time and the owner/wedding coordinator Patty did an amazing job at making sure every detail was perfect and the day went smooth. The couple chose to see each other and take all their pictures before the wedding, which left the afternoon free for them to do what the really wanted, share a great day with their friends and family. Brian Hess provided the live music through the cocktail hour and then took over the DJ role for dancing later. Saralyn made her own wedding dress on the sewing machine that had made her mother’s and grandmother’s wedding dresses, and (take note future brides,) she sewed pockets in her dress and they were awesome!


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