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|

Surprise Full Moon Adventure Session with Melissa, Brennen and Snowflake

We’ve gotten to know Melissa and Brennen over the last year and have discovered that they are two of the kindest, most down-to-earth people we know. They LIVE for adventure and get outside whenever they can - and, living in Tahoe, that’s almost always. Gearing up for a year-long South American adventure, we decided to drop everything practical and spend the day together hiking and shooting.

As we imagined, everything about the adventure shoot was perfect. The lighting and surprise full moon was wonderful, but the best part of the day was getting to soak in their positivity. They even brought their long lived travel mascot, a stuffed horse named Snowflake, along for the fun!

Our hike was filled with beautiful nooks and views, which we took full advantage of during the session. We burnt through the daylight and perched ourselves to view the sunset together, which lived up to the legendary Lake Tahoe status Lake people talk about. To our surprise, there was a full moon! We did what we could with the extra light and captured a few of our very favorite shots right at the very end.

Although we hiked our way out in the dark, we left the shoot feeling uplifted and energized. We’re so excited to see what the future for this incredible duo (plus Snowflake) holds! Best of luck in South America Melissa and Brennen!

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Carl and Tiffany’s Relaxed Pre-Wedding Adventure Session

Fallen Leaf Lake was a great place to meet up with Carl and Tiffany before their big day. Because their wedding was a true destination wedding, we shot their adventure session the day before the ceremony. It actually wasn’t stressful at all. It turned out to be a great way for the couple to spend time relaxing and enjoying each other’s company. (Planning a wedding isn’t easy!)

We met the couple early in the morning (5:00!) at Fallen Leaf Lake in Tahoe. The lake was gorgeous and we had it almost completely to ourselves. The water was still, which helped to make sure they only fell in once!

It was a great way to spend the morning. Watching the sun rise over the lake has never looked quite so beautiful.

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