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Wisconsin Summer Wedding | La Crosse, WI | Reno - Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer

When your best friend from high school gets married, there is no choice but to fly out to the great state of Wisconsin to shoot her wedding!

I’ve known Amy since freshman year of high school. We instantly clicked and we’re pretty inseparable - we got in trouble together (sorry Aileen), comforted each other through teenage heartache, and were basically Thing 1 and Thing 2 in MC’s class for two years in a row.

Like a lot of high school friendships, we lost contact after graduation. She started her family and I started mine. The joys of email and social media though - we always kept in contact. I cried when she emailed me about the passing of her dad (he was one amazing soul). We talked through messenger when we were having rough times in life. We always managed to keep in touch. Even if it was just a simple “Hey”!

When Amy met Chris, I watched from across the country as I saw my friend get her smile back (anyone who knows her - knows she is ALWAYS smiling). I saw how incredibly happy she was. My heart was so happy for her. So I was super stoked when she contacted me to let me know that her and Chris were getting married - I may have done a little dance. Don’t judge me.

I hadn’t seen Amy since our 10 year high school reunion - so it’d been a couple years. I won’t disclose how many. Haha. When I walked out of the airport, I was greeted by the biggest smile and the biggest hug ever. The drive back was filled with us taking non-stop (sorry Chris and Howie). No time had passed for us. It’s like we had just seen each other the week before.

Capturing this wedding was special for me. Not having her dad there to walk her down the isle or dance with her - I knew was weighing heavy on everyone’s heart. I am so glad her brother, Jason stepped in for those tasks. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room when it came to the brother/sister dance (step-in for the father/daughter dance). Jason chose to dance Amy to the song that their dad had sang to their mom on their wedding day. Thanks to the awesome Uncle who was able to pull the audio from that wedding video! It was so incredibly emotional and I’m pretty sure it’s the only time I’ve seen Jason be serious.

Thanks you Chris and Amy for letting me capture your day! I am so honored to have been able to come out there and capture your day. I love you guys and Amy I miss your face so so so much!

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Summer Reno Wedding | Galena Fish Hatchery | Reno - Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer

It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged a wedding! Joey and Kim’s wedding is the perfect one to put up here - so here it is! Enjoy!

This Reno summertime wedding was perfect in all aspects. The venue, Galena Fish Hatchery, is always an amazing location to shoot at. It’s nestled in the Galena Creek Park and surrounded by gorgeous trees and the light in the evening is ahhhh-mazing! For months, Kim had been talking about wanting a smoke bomb for photos, and we made it happen (without getting in trouble with the rangers). It was stunning and perfect in every way.

Okay - lets talk about Kim’s dress. Holy moly was it amazing and stunning! It was perfect for her and she looked like a goddess. I loved that her bridesmaids’ dresses were a similar cut, and again were absolutely perfect. The color of the dresses complimented the venue and backdrop perfectly. Lets not forget about the guys! Joey’s blue suit was perfect (FYI - blue suits are my new favorites to photograph for weddings).

Lets talk about the food…

STREET TACOS.
CHURROS.

That’s all that needs to be said about the food. Seriously the best churros I’ve ever had. I’m ruined - I want fresh churros all day every day - thanks a lot Kim!

So yeah, the wedding was perfect. It’s one of my favorites to date and I cannot wait for them to see their gallery! Thank you Joey and Kim for trusting me to capture your day. It was amazing and I am so honored to be “stuck” with you guys!

P.S. Joey wins 1st place for the “seeing his bride walk down the isle” emotions. Best. Ever.

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Elegant South Lake Tahoe Wedding | Reno - Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer

I had the pleasure of second shooting for Kara Nixon Photography for Rendon and Lexi's Lake Tahoe wedding, and I am so glad I did! It was so much fun, everything was stunning, and it was a beautiful day in South Lake Tahoe.

I got to go hang out with the guys while Kara covered the time with the girls (I did get to snag a couple shots of the dress though thank goodness - because it's so gorgeous). When I arrived to the reception site, Revive Coffee and Wine, I walked into an intense game of chess going on between two groomsmen. It had apparently been going on for awhile. I don't understand chess, but the tension was pretty intense. It was quite comical to watch. I managed to pull the two groomsmen away from their game to snag some photos out in the gorgeous garden at Revive. I was excited to learn that the groom was the oldest of four boys. I feel being a boy mom has prepared me to deal with the shinanegans that always happens with the groomsmen. We made photos quick because I know there was a chess game that needed to be finished (after another 40 minutes, I believe it finally ended in a stale mate - whatever that means).

So the reception - lets talk about that. Holy cow. S-T-U-N-N-I-N-G. That's all I can say. The tent had a clear top, lights hanging and not one but  two chandeliers! The table setups were ahh-mazing and to die for. Such an amazing combination of greenery, wood tones, candles and elegant. Plus there was eucalyptus - so it smelled amazing, too!

The ceremony took place at Regan Beach in South Lake Tahoe. We were under trees on a small hill that overlooked Lake Tahoe - it was glorious. Rendon and Lexi wrote letters to each other, and as the officiant was telling each one about the other's letter to them - you could tell how much they love and adore each other. There was so much love surrounding us all day - it was incredible.

We ended the night with a full dance floor and some fun sing-alongs! It was a good way to end a perfect day.

Thank you Kara for letting be your second shooter - it was so much fun! You're awesome and I hope we work together again!

:)

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Vintage Bohemian Styled Wedding Shoot | Reno - Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer

Holy heck!

What a whirlwind these past 10 days! I got back from Photo Rehab: North Carolina 2017 a couple days ago, and I am still trying to process everything I learned from all the amazing photographers that were there! So many amazing mentors and attendees! So stoked about the friendships that I created while there.

We got to hang out with Carrie and Nicole from Junebug Weddings and listen to them tell us how to get our wedding images published. So much awesome information! They put together an amazing stylized vintage bohemian wedding shoot. The props, floral and dress were to die for. Lets not mention the couple was stunning!

Soooo...

What is a stylized shoot??

A stylized shoot is a shoot that a photographer and vendors style to get a certain look wanted. Just because a photographer does stylized shoots doesn't mean they are any less of a photographer or lack experience (in some cases). A stylized shoot allows the photographer to create a look that they want to showcase in hopes to book more clients doing that look. It also allows them to fine-tune their techniques, learn new ones, etc. Think of it as them practicing for your big day!

Okay, now on to the pictures! First though, let me give a shoutout to the amazing vendors that made this shoot possible!

Floral: Floressence Floral | Dress: Wildflower Bridal | Model: @palemoongodess | HMUA: @hmxhailey & @evanstower | Vintage Props: East West Vintage Rentals

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Lake Themed Wedding | North Tahoe Event Center | Reno - Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer

Oh.My.Goodness.

Jason and Brittany's lake themed wedding at the North Tahoe Event Center was stunning and beyond amazing. Their love for Lake Tahoe was reflected throughout their wedding day - from getting married right on the beach to the guest's tables being labeled after Lake Tahoe beaches, and they asked their guests to "find their beach" (aka table) on the seat assignment board that had a cutout of Lake Tahoe (made by the groom himself - he made just about all the wooded decor items). It was all so stunning and perfect.

Lets talk about the love Jason and Brittany have for each other. It's amazing. You can tell they absolutely adore each other, and I could see that when I met with them for their pre-consult. They are both down to earth, and just a riot to sit and talk to. After 10 years together, they finally decided to tie the knot, and in my opinion, it was worth the wait!

Thank you Jason and Brittany for allowing me to capture your special day. You guys are an amazing couple, and the love you have for each other is incredible. Here's to many more decades of laughs, jokes, and happiness.

 

Thank you for all the vendors for their amazing work!
Wedding Coordinator: Brooke LaFata from My Wedding Library | Floral: Holly Fleur
Cake: El Dorado Bakery  | Caterer: Bella Affair Catering

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Lake Tahoe Wedding | The Landing | Reno - Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer

Lake Tahoe weddings are my favorite.

Charles and Sarah's lakeside June evening wedding at The Landing in North Lake Tahoe was gorgeous! This couple was seriously the sweetest and their family was a blast to hang out with! They had a little dinner party on the balcony of the The Landing and the light at golden hour was to die for, and was perfect for their first dance as husband and wife.

Once the sun went down, the party got started with Joel from Reno Mobile DJs pumping out some awesome tunes! The whole family danced the night away and ended it with a little Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) dance.

Thank you Charles and Sarah for allowing me to capture your special day! It was so lovely and I wish you a lifetime of laughs and happiness.

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Garden Themed Same-Sex Wedding | Galena Fish Hatchery | Reno - Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer

Holy moly!

Alicia and Beth's garden themed June wedding at the Galena Fish Hatchery was sooo amazing! We couldn't have asked for a more gorgeous day for them to day their "I do's" to each other in front of their closest friends and family. The love that these two ladies has for each other, their friends, and family showed throughout the entire day, and I am so excited I was able to capture it all!

When I met with Alicia and Beth for their pre-consult, I knew we were an excellent match. We joked and laughed. I found their love for baseball, garden gnomes, and how much they adore their cat. They're cat people - anyone who knows me knows my love for cats. I'd have more than two if my husband would allow me! It wasn't until the wedding day that I realized what an amazing craftsman Beth is! The arch they were married under was crafted by her. Along with the bar! Both were AMAZING.

Alicia and Beth's goal for their wedding day was to have a huge celebration with their friends and family. They have so much love for the people around them, and it could be seen so much throughout the day. I'll admit, I did tear up quite a few times throughout the day. The ceremony was amazing. The words spoken by their officiant, Sean Savoy, were full of love and strength.

Thank you Alicia and Beth for allowing me to capture your amazing day! It was amazing, gorgeous, and full of love. You gals have amazing hearts and the love you have for your friends and family shows to it's fullest extent. Wishing you a lifetime of happiness, love, laughs, and garden gnomes!

:)

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Surprise Backyard Wedding | Reno - Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer

SURPRISE!

That is exactly what friends and family of Dan and Brittani got when they arrived to their home for a birthday shin-dig for Brittani. Only a few were in on the secret (including me) and let me tell you - best time ever! When I met with Dan and Brittani for their pre-consult and they told me that there was a little catch with their wedding, and then let me in on the secret - I was totally in love with their plan. My key goal was to capture the guests reactions as they came in and realized what they were really there for. When we were doing their planning appointment, the plan was for me to arrive before the guests. They had asked some family to arrive a little earlier than others (moms, dads, sisters, etc.). I asked Brittani "what if your mom gets there super early"? She didn't think it would be an issue...

I'll just laugh at my "oh crap" reaction when I walked up to the front door and squeezed past the group of people standing outside looking a little puzzled and reading the card that was left for them on the door. When it hit me that it was Brittani's mom and dad- myself and my second scrambled for our cameras - this was the reaction we couldn't miss capturing.

They met while attending UNR and from I can tell and heard from friends and family - have been pretty inseparable since. They met at the old Getchell Library at University of Nevada Reno. Since the library and UNR is such a special place to them and them becoming a couple, they wanted incorporate it some how. Unfortunately, the old library has since been demolished and rebuilt - so we had to make due with doing their first look by the new library. We chose to do their formal photos at UNR since it was where it all began for them! It was absolutely gorgeous and couldn't have been more perfect for their story!

Thank you Dan and Brittani for letting me capture your amazing day! It was truly perfect and I am so glad I was able to be there to laugh with you. You guys are a beautiful couple and I wish you many many years (on-top of the many years you already have).

Now for some pictures. I make no apologies for the amount that I am about to share. ;)

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