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by Monique and Scott

We met Andrea and Ryan in Yosemite Valley on a Monday evening for their trash the dress session at the beginning of August. Monique spent her childhood annual family vacations in Yosemite, so we went to a few of her “off the beaten path” locations for this session. It was amazing that, for a summer evening in one of the most visited national parks, we felt like we were the only people there! Our locations were a meadow with a view of Half Dome, an area of really cool cave style granite boulders along the steep granite walls of the valley, the Merced River, and the famous Inspiration Point/ Tunnel View overlooking the valley. We had been planning this session for months with this couple, and then the El Portal wild fire broke out a week before the scheduled session! Our reservations at the Crane Flat campground were actually cancelled by the system, so we had to scramble at the last minute to find a private campground outside the park for a few days. We had a backup plan for a Lake Tahoe session after Andrea and Ryan did the John Muir trail for their honeymoon. But we are so happy that they decided to just go for it in Yosemite, since the smoke from the fire finally cleared up  the day before their hike. We photographed their wedding in the Santa Cruz Mountain a few days before, check out the complete blog post at the Stones & Flowers Retreat Center in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

 

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By Scott,

 

Dustin and Marika put together an intimate wedding at the 20 Mile House in GreyEagle north of Truckee, California with about 30 of their closest friends and family. They only had me there for 6 hours on a Sunday, which really worked out to more like 5 hours of shooting because Marika’s hair and makeup in town ran an hour over schedule. With a small and relaxed wedding like this, it was no problem to make up that time and create some great pictures of them getting ready and and celebrating this happiest of days with their family and friends. The 20 mile house is a rustic venue in a really isolated environment. There are forests, rivers (normally, but dry this year,) train tracks, gardens and historical buildings to chose from for photographs. But the place really shines about twilight due to all the light-wrapped trees surrounding the reception area.

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by Scott and Monqiue

 

Monique and I had the privilege of shooting Lauren and Scott’s wedding at the beautiful and historic Thunderbird Lodge on the shores of Lake Tahoe. The couple had been together for a long time, and even had a small baby who did a great job getting through the day’s pageantry with a happy face. Nevertheless they were so emotional and happy to be finally tying the knot and that shows through in all the photos. What a great day!

 

 

Lauren and her baby girl getting ready for their big wedding at the Thunderbird Lodge on the shores of Lake Tahoe

Baby Brighton was enjoying all the attention from Lauren’s bridesmaids while they were getting ready for their big wedding at the Thunderbird Lodge on the shores of Lake Tahoe

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The bride and the groom are avid boaters and both boated into the Thunderbird Lodge for their wedding on the shores of Lake Tahoe.

The bride and the groom are avid boaters and both boated into the Thunderbird Lodge for their wedding on the shores of Lake Tahoe.

Groomsmen in the "Card House" at the Thunderbird Lodge in Lake Tahoe

Groomsmen in the “Card House” at the Thunderbird Lodge in Lake Tahoe

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by Scott

A quick “one that got away” post from a wonderful wedding I shot last summer of Tara and Rob at the Cedar House hotel in Truckee. The ceremony site was actually on the west shore of Donner Lake and the couple wanted to drive up old highway 40 to the bridge near the summit for some cool photos on the rocks overlooking Donner Lake after the ceremony. The reception was held at the beautiful Cedar House hotel in Truckee. This is a great photography spot, but a fire burning in California at the time threw us a little more haze than would be normal. This was a fun couple to work with. Rob’s three sons were his groomsmen, and it was obvious that both families were really having a great time celebrating this long-awaited wedding.

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By Monique and Scott

Kailey and Brett were married at the beginning of April at Squaw Valley on the deck at High Camp with snowy peaks surrounding them and a clear view of Lake Tahoe in the background. Guests enjoyed a chilly cocktail hour on the deck, and then loaded the tram back down the mountain for the reception at the Olympic Village Inn at the base of the mountain. Scott started the day early skiing with Brett and his groomsmen, while I hung out in the PlumpJack suite with Kailey and her bridesmaids while they were getting ready for the wedding. Before the wedding ceremony up on the mountain, Kailey and Brett did a “first look” at PlumpJack.  Kailey and Brett are season pass holders at Squaw, so after their first look, they wanted to get a round of beers with their wedding party at Le Chamois, The Chamy, as it is known to the regulars. We then piled in to a party bus with them and their wedding party that took us to Lake Tahoe and a great old wooden pier without any other people around on mild, April Saturday afternoon. Their ski themed wedding included miniature wooden ski boutonnierres for the guys, snow boots for the entire wedding party, and a shot-ski for reception drinks at the bar. They had a lively dancing crowd, and their guests enjoyed our photo booth as well. Their Dj was Derek Tarpay of Lake DJ, and their day-of wedding coordinator was Shawna Lee West, owner of Your Tahoe Day.

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