Winter Snowboard Wedding at Squaw Valley

by Scott Sady

Those of you that have read my bio know that I spend a lot of time in the mountains. I ski hard, both in bounds and in the backcountry. I have agreements with some of the local resorts to do their winter advertising photography. And I am a competitive whitewater kayaker, spending most of June in Colorado competing in the various freestyle competitions there. So you can imagine, when I got a call from Wendy saying they needed a photographer to shoot their winter wedding at High Camp in Squaw Valley, and then ski the hill with them after for pictures, I jumped on it. Not only am I comfortable skiing with a camera in my hand, sometimes backwards, they were going to ride in their full tux and gown. Woohoo! I’m hoping to get them back in full dress on a sunny day, but old man winter is clinging tenaciously to these hills. Monique was along to photograph the bride getting ready and skiing down.  Throw into the mix a minor blizzard, and a guest in a gorilla suit, and you have all the ingredients for a great, quirky wedding that is the kind of thing I live for. Have a look.

The groom looking good at the Auld Dubliner

The bride getting ready up at high camp with the flower girls looking on.

The brides mother made a custom MOTORIZED cake with spinning snowboarders and other cool figures.

A nice moment between the bride and dad just before heading out to the ceremony.

Wendy had a cool, sassy dress that fit her personality perfectly.

Sound check in the snow.

This was the first time I noticed there was a gorilla at the wedding. I was backing up shooting the bride and out of the corner of my eye, I thought I saw a gorilla. Must be a trick of the light says my brain. Fortunately, my finger kept shooting.

bride and groom on snowboards

The bride and groom snowboarding down the mountain run at Squaw in a snowstorm.

The bride and groom snowboarding down the mountain run at Squaw in a snowstorm.

bride and groom on snowboards at Squaw Valley

The bride and groom snowboarding down the mountain run at Squaw in a snowstorm.

Me hard at work, with Monique shooting me shooting…..well you get the idea.

The bride and groom in their own tram on the way back to the party.

The wedding on top of the mountain. A good day for all.


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  • Linda GoebelApril 26, 2011 - 1:33 pm

    Monique & Scott – THANK YOU for capturing my son’s wedding with such sensitivity and creativity!!!! These photos and the moments they captured are truly priceless and I can’t thank you enough 🙂

  • David GoebelApril 26, 2011 - 7:39 pm

    Awesome job Scott! It was a pleasure to have you as the photographer and I can’t wait to see the rest of the pics. You guys rock!

  • JeffJune 3, 2011 - 9:40 pm


    You guys are so good.