Shelly and Cody; When Two Outdoorsy, Life of the Party People Get Married…

Let’s just say, it’s as much fun as you’d expect it to be. Cody and Shelly met in Squaw Valley seven years ago and, although they’ve been all over the country since then, decided that there was no better place for them to tie the know than at the Beach Retreat & Lodge in South Lake Tahoe. Both extremely outdoorsy with an affinity for winter sports, the couple’s energy radiated from the first look to the final song.

We were intoxicated from the get-go (and we hadn’t even had one sip!)

Shelly’s stunning strapless, lacy gown was the type of classic boho-chic look you’d expect from someone who also spent most of the day barefoot and bedazzled in some of the most spectacular foot jewelry we’ve ever seen. The couple, whose friends actually performed the ceremony, infused every detail of their day with a fun, laid back, party-like vibe, which was apparent from the pyramid the bridesmaids and bride performed on the beach to the photo booth stocked with props from Burning Man.

The neutral colors chosen for the entire wedding party made it easy for the brilliant ocean blues to stand out in every shot. Other simple details, like the tree trunk-inspired cake, complete with the S + C scrawled out inside of a hand drawn heart, made sure that the day was special without feeling too precious or over-the-top.

The only thing over-the-top was just how much we enjoyed spending the day with Cody, Shelly, and their wonderful selection of family and friends.

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Photography: VILD Photography | Venue: Beach Retreat & Lodge at Tahoe | Officiant: Friends
 |  Dress: Swoon | Catering: Beach Retreat & Lodge at Tahoe

Beach Waves and Tahoe Sunset: Ed and Jamie’s Zephyr Cove Wedding

Deciding it was time to shorten the distance between himself and his future bride, Ed moved across country, from New Jersey to California, after years of dating Jamie. Like the narrative of a great romantic movie, Ed and Jamie’s story is filled with beautiful gestures of love and affection, many of which were shared with us as we photographed their Lake Tahoe wedding.

An intimate wedding at Tahoe’s Zephyr Cove, Ed and Jamie moved through their day with the type of ease you would expect from a couple that’s truly head over heels for each other. With the lake making the perfect backdrop, every moment, from ceremony to reception, felt even more monumental. As family and friends offered moving speeches and congratulations, there wasn’t a single dry eye to be seen.

It was the type of memorable sincerity so simple it can’t be replicated.

With every detail considered, from the coffee mug favors that carried the theme of their engagement photos to Jamie’s bouquet that held her grandmother’s ring, the entire day was nothing short of magical. Elegant color choices, like the men’s tan suits and the dark greens of the bridal party’s dresses, allowed the natural setting to envelop us, giving the photographs the relaxed, breezy vibe one hopes for when near the water.

As the sun began to set, we whisked the couple away to the beach, allowing Tahoe’s incredible sunsets to paint the sky - a stunning way for Ed and Jamie to begin their marriage.

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