I was fortunate enough to have had back to back Lake Tahoe weddings. If you’ve never been to Lake Tahoe, don’t bother, it’s horrible. It sits at over a mile in altitude, cleaning your lungs with every breath as National Forest surrounds everything, anchored by one of the most pristine lakes in the world, flanked on all sides by the Sierra Nevada. Ack. Whoa, that just made me want to go back up there! Nate and Katie’s wedding day was absolutely perfect. We had great weather, an amazing gathering of family and friends, and a spectacular location. I can’t say enough about the Tahoe Tree Company’s grounds. Yes, I love to garden and landscape, and walking around the place, I must say it was one of the nicest nurseries I’ve been to. And what a great place to host a wedding, right? Grounds that nurture and coddle young saplings and tender flowers until their all grown up and ready to embark on a life of their own. Sounds like a perfect metaphor describing two beautiful people starting a new chapter of life. What follows is one gorgeous day that will be followed by many more to come.
When a really good friend comes to the table to cash in his chips, what’s a guy to do but say yes? Steve and Abbie are dear friends, and I was stoked and honored to have been asked to photograph their Lake Tahoe beach wedding. A few caveats were laid down if I was going to do this baby pro-bono publico. I had to enjoy some craft brew made by one of his friends (check)… and I think… that was it. Wait, does that mean I will work for beer? Possibly, but if we haven’t known each other for almost 2 decades, it’s not gonna happen. Holy crap I am getting old! But what photographer worth his or her salt wouldn’t want to capture a stunning bride in one of the world’s most pristine places. Steve, you’re not so bad yourself, but that dress Abbie! I loved it. The ceremony was short and sweet, with tons of love and energy floating through the air. What follows is short and sweet as well, but I am sure you’ll enjoy it. And no brother, you didn’t burn down any bridges; although I may be needing a place to crash when the pow comes 🙂
It’s been a busy few weeks. Yes, the blog is a bit light of late, but I notice this trend throughout the “blog-o-sphere.” Seems people actually leave their houses and desks once in a while to get some fresh air, and enjoy time with friends and family. I don’t think there’s any air I would rather smell than that of Lake Tahoe.
Amy's Dress = Amazingly Gorgeous
Majestic mountains, a big blue lake, and chill people make for some pretty good times, and the fact that Amy and Ryan happened to get hitched up there makes it pretty much perfect.
I carry my camera pretty much everywhere I go. It’s the curse of loving photography, and being a photographer. I even bring it to weddings that I am invited to as a guest, rather than the paid photographer. I just can’t help it, and in all cases, I am glad I went the extra mile to keep my eye open and find something fresh.
Mo and Matt were married at Valhalla on Lake Tahoe in early July. They are fresh off their honeymoon and back to the grind, but I am sure they had a wonderful week in Maui. I mean, it’s Maui. How can you go wrong?
Here are a few pics that I snapped along the way.
Forgoing the fun of the wedding, the boys found true pleasure in a Penguin Puzzle.