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.