Archive for September, 2010

Lake Tahoe Estate Wedding | Tom + Gillian

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Tom & Gillian who are a sweet San Francisco couple ventured to have their wedding in beautiful Lake Tahoe.  Tahoe has captured my heart, the smell, the sounds of wind in the tall trees sounds like water rushing wherever you go.  They chose to get married at the Valhalla Estate on the lake.  Valhalla is a beautiful historic estate built in 1923 and gifted to the national parks.  Our favorite Lake Tahoe Wedding Event Designer Blue Sky Events put on this fabulous event and the day went flawless and the weather was great.  We had some mid-day thunderstorms, but they made for some soft light for portraits, which I’m always a fan of!

Their style for the day was a true Tahoe wedding that was elegant and simple, yet focused around Family. They loved the historic beauty of the Valhalla and for obvious reasons!  Nestled among 150 year old trees in beautiful South Lake Tahoe, far from anything gives it a very private and intimate feel.

The couple: Tom & Gillian are adventurous and fun.  Elegant and timeless in taste, everything they did for their wedding fit perfectly.  They chose Our Lady of Tahoe Church for their ceremony location on the southeast side of the lake. They had bagpipers lead the guests in and out of the church.

I love grandparents at weddings. They add so much depth, character and history to the event.  Its fascinating to talk to them and learn about the family and couple and I particularly enjoyed talking and photographing them.

Late summer weddings in Tahoe usually generate thunderstorms and thats exactly what we got.  For a few hours during the middle of the day, the lighting got dramatic and soft.  You could feel the humidity on your skin and the air got thick.  When that happens, the smell of the mountains are unlocked; the pine, granite, meadows and pinecones burst out in a sweet smelling aroma.

Guests enjoyed the thunderstorms from the haven of the lower level balcony at Valhalla near the huge grassy field.  The Photobooth Experience was there as guests got together in groups of 3’s & 4’s and had their images taken together!

It was a warm day and by the time the sun set the delicious appetizers and wine was flowing as the warmth of the sun faded away and the heat of the dance hall was lighting up.  They had a night full of moving speeches, a sincere first dance, and fun dancing with family and friends.   They had a true Tahoe wedding.

Flowers were by Lavish Floral, and the catering was by Catering Lake Tahoe, the delicious cake was from Flour Girl Wedding Cakes the bagpiper was Sean from Tahoe Bagpiper!

Lake Tahoe Forest Wedding Images ©MikeLarsonInc

The Photobooth was by The Photobooth Experience, which travels all over the state!  They used it as their guest sign in book and the guests filled up the pages completely by the end of the night.

Montecito Wedding | Colin + Julia, by Events by Philippe

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Colin & Julia had their wedding on a warm weekend, nestled between the stunning mountains of Santa Barabara and the Beautiful beaches of Montecito. I was honored to be there and working with the amazing coordination and catering by Events By Philippe.  Philippe is such a master & an artist at what he does, I knew this event was going to be spectacular.  The luxurious flowers and decor was by Nico Designs and the lighting and sound was by the stellar Bella Vista Designs, with Classic Party Rentals helping make the lounge environment relaxing and enjoyable. To cap the night off band Tijuana Dogs played 4 energetic sets and had the glass-see through dance floor to the pool below crowded! The cake was designed by Christine Dahl.  Delicious.  So was shooting the wedding. Colin & Julia have great personal style which they incorporated into their fantastically photogenic event. Enjoy!

Julia had an amazing dress, and Sophie, her dog was following around the whole day.

How cool is the french clock on the back of the wall!

Colon & Julie got married at the Presidio in Santa Barbara, a Spanish style church with lots of character  in the heart of downtown.

Colin, with nothing short of a lot of style and a friendly group of down to earth, funny charismatic guys.

Philippe created this stairway down to the lower courtyard & dancefloor.  So cool!

Below is the canopy w/ chandeliers above the dance fool and band, backlit and looking marvelous.

The Sunset light with the open canopy was amazing.  Making for the best shots.  I had a 4 light setup to light the dance floor evenly.

How cool is this Dance Floor?!  You can see down to the pool below.  The condensation from the water, made for a cool texture below.

I stayed until 1am capturing everything, thanks for a fabulous night!