The Thrill of Falling in Love: Our Adventure with Danielle and Will

Eighteen years ago in South Lake Tahoe, Danielle and Will had their first “fancy dinner” together at Chart House. Two children and many wonderful memories later, the couple finally had the opportunity to officially tie the knot. Choosing the Chart House Restaurant for the location of their wedding was nostalgic and personal, as was the fact that their daughter, Alie, an Agriculture Major at CSU, created each of the stunning bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres, and centerpieces for the entire wedding ceremony and reception.

To see a couple like Danielle and Will still loving the adventure of being together after eighteen years was a reminder of why we do what we do as photographers - to capture fleeting moments and freeze them on film.

Danielle and Will took us by surprise when they said that they wanted a “real” adventure session for their first-look. We challenged them to a gorgeous hike up to one of our favorite spots and loved how enthusiastically they agreed. The stunning pictures we captured at the top of the hike with Danielle in her flowing wedding gown and Will in his classic suit prove that even tough uphill climbs, both in life and in relationships, always have a reward when you make it to the top.

We loved how gung-ho Danielle and Will were the entire day. Something tells us that it’s that incredible relationship built almost over two decades that kept them strong and smiling every step of the way. And, at the end of the day, not only had we fallen for this awesome couple - but they had fallen for our style of adventure photography, which is just icing on the cake.

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Photography: Vild Photography | Venue: Chart House
Catering: Chart House | Cake: Tahoe Cakes by grace | Flowers: Daughter Alie|

The Secret to Intimate Weddings: At Home for Chelsea and Anthony’s Ceremony

The antithesis to big, over-the-top weddings, our time with Chelsea and Anthony proved that even the most intimate weddings can be just as stunning for the senses. No detail overlooked, Chelsea and Anthony celebrated their wedding day at their parents’ home in Reno. From gorgeous table settings to beautiful touches, like painted signs and romantic white flowers, the day couldn’t have been more perfect.

The couple’s reading of their vows was made even more special as they each took turns reading their promises to their son, Anson. Chelsea’s two-piece dress was idyllic, the flowers in her hair the perfect finishing touch. Stunning mountain views provided a beautiful backdrop for their ceremony, the sun setting just as the reception began.

Truly a family affair, the small guest list of only thirty people allowed Chelsea and Anthony to focus on the details of the day, something which paid off not just for our photographs, but for everyone in attendance. From their son getting to play with his cousin to plenty of time to spend with the people they love the most, it seems as if the couple could write a book about the secret to picture perfect intimate weddings.

As strings of lights began illuminating faces, conversations lingered and the dance floor blended with the soft grass. Shoes were lost and smiles found as everyone settled into the groove, the atmosphere the perfect environment for creating life long memories.