Reno Wedding Photographer

Lake Tahoe Beach Wedding at Hyatt Regency | Incline Village, NV | Reno - Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer

It’s finally lake wedding season! Luckily it hasn’t been too hot, and we just started having nice weather these last three weeks (we were getting snow in May). So of course this early June wedding had to be a but iffy with the weather, but luckily the rain stopped for a moment for these two Texans to get married on the beach at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe in Incline Village, NV.

The view from their beach front ceremony was to die for! The clouds coming over the Sierra Nevadas over Lake Tahoe was pure perfection for their elopement. It was such an honor to be asked to capture their adventure, and I could not be more in love with their images. I feel like I say this about all my couples’ photos, but I legit love all my clients’ galleries - I can’t help myself!

Thank you Lance and Keliah for letting me capture your adventure! It was such an honor and I had so much fun! Cheers to many many years of adventures for you guys!

Shoutout to some amazing vendors!

Coordinator: L Squared Affairs
Hair & Makeup: Nancy Rice Artistry

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Venice Engagement Session | Reno - Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer

Sitting here in Las Vegas after shooting a wedding at the Taco Bell Cantina last night (blog coming soon for that one), dreaming of our Italy trip. We’ve been back for a month and life is back to normal. Getting caught back up from being gone for two weeks, but always dreaming of Italy. Can I go back now?!

So Italy. Yeah, it was amazing. We saw Rome, Florence, Cinque Terré (my favorite), and Venice. The Venice portion was for the Hunter Douglas Platinum Trip that Hunter Douglas gives to dealers for meeting certain sales goals. My bosses were AMAZING and gifted Rob and I the Venice trip for our 10 year wedding anniversary and the honeymoon we never took. Yeah, my bosses are kinda amazing. Lucky to have them!

Hunter Douglas likes to do a big gala one night for the dealers. We had Venetian entertainers - including a real life music box ballerina on top of a piano. It was magical. We had an amazing dinner and some Opera. At dinner, we were sat at a table with six other other folks. Next to me sat a woman and her boyfriend from Tennessee. We got to chatting, and I find out that her boyfriend JUST proposed to her that morning. The photographer in me squealed because I mean - ENGAGEMENT SESSION IN ITALY!! Also, I just so happened to have a dress, in her size, that I had brought for the sheer purpose of hoping to find someone to wear it for a Venice shoot. Can we serendipity?! What’s even better, her fiancé is also an office manager who was gifted the Venice trip by his bosses. Pretty damn cool if I say so myself. We planned the engagement shoot for the following evening.

Serendipity: the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.

It was so damn amazing folks! It was a tad chilly as a storm was blowing in, and the water busses took way longer than we were expecting, but we made it happen and I could not be more excited about the images! The beauty of Venice and an awesome couple - it couldn’t have been more perfect.

Thank you Trevor and Stephanie for trusting a total stranger to take you out in the unknowns of Venice and letting me capture a once in a lifetime moment! I’m glad you didn’t think I was a weirdo when I said I have an idea…lol.

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Same Sex Spring Garden Wedding | Cottonwood Cottage, Genoa | Reno - Lake Tahoe Same Sex Wedding Photographer

Happy Pride Month!

This is perfect timing for Roza and Jessica’s blog of their wedding last month at the Cottonwood Cottage in Genoa, NV. What a gorgeous May day we had! It was the perfect Spring weather for a wedding. I had never been to the Cottonwood Cottage, but man it’s the cutest little venue. It was green and vibrant with Spring. Jessica and Roza’s touch of flowers throughout their center pieces and lining their aisle was perfect for the setting.

They had a Buddhist ceremony and with that had the traditional tea ceremony with their families joining them at the alter. Their ceremony was done by Rev. Matthew Fisher and Rev. Shelly Fisher from the Reno Buddhist Center.

Thank you Jessica and Roza for trusting me to capture your day! It was an amazing wonderful day, and I cannot wait to see your new chapter of life unfold! Wishing you many many years of happiness and love!

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Side Note: When Jessica and Roza were looking for a wedding photographer, they had a such a difficult time finding someone who had it on their website that they are same sex couple friendly. Meggin Linquist Photography is a LGBTQ+ friendly photographer. Your day is just as special as everyone’s day, and it should be captured in all the beauty that it is!

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Classic Spring Wedding | The Flower Farm Inn | Northern California Wedding Photographer

When friends get married and ask you to photograph their adventure. Ummm…you don’t have to ask me twice! Of course Wil and Ashley put some stipulations - like I had to put the camera down after the first dance. They even went as far as threatening to look it up so I couldn’t sneak it.

I’ve known Wil for about 9ish years. He worked with my husband as a Wildland Firefighter. Those two became two peas in a pod, and is seriously nothing but goofiness when they’re together. When we made the move to Reno, my husband had to stay in California due to work - he of course roommated it up with Wil. Then a couple years later, Wil was in the Reno area for work - so of course it was his turn to roommate it up at our house. It was good times and never a dull moment for three months. I know my husband’s heart was a little sad when Wil’s detail job ended and he went back to So California.

I met Ashley the first New Year’s her and Wil were dating. I knew she was perfect for him instantly, and I knew he had fallen hard for her when we walked out of Circus Circus with I believe two garbage bags of stuffed animals he won her. She was super giddy about it, too. It was pretty freaking adorable!

Wil and Ashley got hitched at The Flower Inn in Loomis, CA. When I looked up the venue, I was so excited to shoot there! It’s gorgeous and in the Spring time, it’s freaking GLORIOUS. There were fluffy chickens running around! Their day was pure perfection. The weather cooperated, and they were surrounded by friends and family. Only downfall is the allergies I came home with, but 10/10 I’d do it all over again!

Thank you Wil and Ashley for trusting me with your adventure. I love you guys and am so honored that I got to capture your moments. Whether it’s a blizzard, rain or shine - I will make the magic happen! Wishing you many many years of happiness, lots of pizza and I cannot wait to see your family grow.

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Boho Styled Wedding | Studio Fourteen | #communityovercompetition | Reno - Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer

Who’s seen the hashtags #communityovercompetion or #collaborateovercompetition? Have you ever wondered what they mean? What’s the rage all about?

Let me tell you a little story…

I started this photography adventure in 2012 before Facebook got big with the communities and groups. When creatives kind of stuck to themselves, because heaven forbid a newbie ask them questions. Before it was cool to hang out with other creatives because apparently we may poach others’ clients, locations or trade secrets.

Being a community of creatives just wasn’t the thing.

Fast forward to 2015 when The Rising Tide Society started, and really started taking off in 2016 with the motto “community over competition”. What did it mean? Why were they encouraging creatives to hang out with each other? Aren’t we each others’ competition?

The answer? Yes we are but we are all our own creative individual. Our goal is to attract our ideal client. Jane’s ideal client is different than Joe’s ideal client. We all have our own ways of doing things - camera settings, posing, editing, customer service, etc.

So what does someone gain from mingling with other creatives?

Ummm…SO.MUCH. There is nothing better than networking. Having a group of creatives to lean on. Have someone inquiring about a wedding date you already have booked? Refer them to a trusted fellow creative friend! Client asking who you would recommend for floral for their wedding? You know just the person!

THAT is #communityovercompetition. Working with fellow creatives. Learning from them. Leaning on them.

So what’s #collaborateovercompetiton? Well, it’s when a group of creatives work together and create a vision. It means multiple photographers working together and creating badass photos. Each one creating their own unique frozen moment. Each one’s frozen moment looks different than the others - even though they were there shooting, posing and creating at the exact same time.

So what’s the whole point of this blog? Well, it’s an intro into the photos I’m going to share - lol. Recently, I participated in my first local photographer meetup. A badass local photographer, Casey Simon, has been organizing these Reno Photo Meetups for a couple months now, and I finally went to one! The theme was an in-studio boho styled wedding at Studio Fourteen - a space for fellow creatives to come together and create shit.

…and create we did!

It was magical watching other photographers pose, talk to each other, share IG handles, laugh when we realize that we’re already following each other, etc. I learned so much just by watching others - cues, lighting, poses, and things that happen when you think outside the box.

We all shot the same thing, but seeing other’s photos, we all created something different. We all brought our own unique style to the same thing.

That is #collaborateovercompetition

Thank you Casey and all the amazing vendors who contributed to this photo meetup! I enjoyed meeting and putting faces to folks I follow on IG. It was a blast and I cannot wait to go to the next one!

Quick shoutout to all the amazing vendors…

Coordinator: Casey Simon
Floral: nvlwood
HMUA: The Savvy Beauty Bar
Dress: Swoon Bridal
Jewlery: Micah Blank

Now to the amazing couple!

Oh, and I can’t forget Nova - the adorable pup who stole the show and everyone’s hearts.

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Winter Music Themed Wedding | Tannenbaum Event Center | Reno - Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer

You never know when you’re going to meet the love of your life. It could be the grocery store or when you’re out with friends. For Alex and Trinda, they met when they were in the UNR marching band. By the sounds of it - it was love at first sight for both of them. These two love each other so deeply and it shows.

Being lovers of music, they of course had to incorporate that into their wedding. Sheets of music and candy bowls made of records brought the theme into this gorgeous classic wedding at Tannenbaum Event Center, and everyone wore Converse or Vans Even though it’s technically Spring, we were not short of snow. In fact, there was so much snow, all my normal shooting spots for the venue were under about 6’ of it! So we improvised, and it couldn’t have been more perfect!

There was no shortage of tears from Alex and Trinda. From the gifts they gave each other, to seeing his bride for the first time as she walked down the isle - they didn’t have dry eyes! Their ceremony was sweet and perfect. The reception was a blast and had great music played by Tracy from McClain’s Mobile DJ, and the food form Roundabout Catering was delicious (the salmon was mouth watering amazing)!

Thank you Alex and Trinda for trusting me to capture your amazing adventure! Congratulations on your marriage and your new home (they were signing offer papers as they were getting ready)! I cannot wait to capture you guys as you navigate this crazy thing called life!

I make no apologies for the amount of pictures I am about to share

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Winter Engagement Session | Donner Lake | Reno - Lake Tahoe Engagement Photographer

Ahhhh! Winter shoots are awesome - even when it becomes white-out conditions and we have maybe a 15 minute break in the storm. We will rock it! Donner Lake is one of my favorite spots to shoot - it’s incredible through all the seasons - which makes it even more awesome. Donner Summit is breathtaking, but in the winter, it’s impossible to shoot out on. So we are left with the piers down at the lake. No complaints here though!

I’ve known Wil and Ashley for several years. In fact, Wil is my husband’s best friend! They met in Forest Service back in 2008 and worked on same crews/engines as each other for quite a few years. They are both giant boys and when you get them together, the goofiness is strong. So incredibly thankful to have him as a friend and even consider him family.

I am so excited about this wedding and so honored to be capturing (most) of their day! I have been told I have to put my camera away after the first dance. Think I can sneak in a couple shots after that? Challenge accepted guys. Haha.

Roughly 6 weeks and counting for wedding day for these two!! Lookout for that blog.

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Classic Fall Wedding | St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church | Reno - Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer

Last wedding of 2018 did not disappoint!

I met Gregory and Kristy at a My Wedding Library Wedding Fair. They were actually there as a vendor, Tahoe Slow Motion Booth, and were across the room from my booth. Seriously check out their booth - it’s so much fun! They came over and talked to me and Gregory instantly started complimenting my editing tones. At that point I had no idea he was into video. Kristy was the sweetest and they setup a time to come chat with me.

At their pre-consult we laughed a lot and I think it was my longest pre-consults. It was so much fun getting to know them and find out their story (Kristy was Gregory’s landlord - great story). They love to travel and they gave me some travel pointers as my husband and I were in the beginning stages of planning a trip. I was so stoked when they decided to book me for their day!

Their October wedding was beyond perfect! The weather was amazing and we luckily didn’t have any of the crazy Tahoe wind. Gregory and Kristy got married at St. Francis of Assisi in Incline Village, NV. I have shot at this church before, and it’s gorgeous. It has a wall of windows behind the alter that overlooks the amazing trees of Tahoe. Father Bill is a crack up, too. As I was shooting down the isle trying to be as inconspicuous and ninja like as possible, he came down from the alter and tapped me on the shoulder, and goes “get in the middle there, get the good shot”. I had a good chuckle.

The ceremony was a classic Catholic ceremony. It was gorgeous and so full of love. What I loved most about the ceremony is hearing the couples who have been married for awhile give advice to the couple. It’s always nice to hear what has worked for those with 20+ years under their belt.

After the ceremony, Kristy asked that we go to Sand Harbor for some formal photos. I of course couldn’t turn that request down! It was gorgeous out on the rocks and the water was so calm. It was the perfect setting for these twos’ formal photos.

The reception was in Gardnerville at the Douglas County Community & Senior Center. What a great location for a reception. We were able to get all the group shots out back and then go inside and party. The reception was a blast, and I am super stoked about the garter toss. One of the groomsmen dressed up in an amazing dress (that looked like it was from the 80’s), the groom was blindfolded, and the groomsmen ran out and switched spots with Kristy. It was so funny to watch. Hahaha.

Thank you Gregory and Kristy for trusting me to capture your special day! I had such a blast and so thankful to have met you guys! Cheers to many years ahead of you!

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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!