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|

Attention to Detail: Natalie and Patrick’s Stunning Small Wedding

When we learned that Patrick proposed to Natalie on the same night, New Year’s Eve, that is father proposed to his mother, we knew that this day was going to be special - sentimental, sweet couples like Natalie and Patrick are just wonderful to work with!

The two chose to get married at the beautiful Our Lady of Tahoe church in Lake Tahoe. The ceremony, which was lovely and traditional, was the perfect prelude to the intimate reception held at the stunning Tahoe Blue Estate, a private residence situated on a mountainside and with incredible views. Although the summer smoke chose to make an appearance, its presence actually created some really cool and dramatic shots.

Tahoe Blue Estate proved to be the perfect location for Natalie and Patrick’s intimate guest list, which also doubled as a special 50th wedding anniversary celebration for his adorable parents. With 360 degree views of Lake Tahoe, there was nothing not to love about the location. And, for many of the couple’s guests who stayed the night at the venue, it was the perfect solution for keeping everyone relaxed and quite literally feeling right at home.

Although small, Natalie opted to enlist the help of a professional wedding planner who helped to make every single detail of the day, from the ceremony to cocktails, dinner to champagne toast. The end result is proof that even a small wedding deserves as much attention as a big one. Congratulations again Natalie and Patrick!

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Photography: Vild Photography | Venue: Our Lady of Tahoe Catholic church (Ceremony) & Tahoe Blue Estate (Reception) | Event coordinator: Liane McCombs |  Catering: Bella Tahoe Catering | Cake: Sugar pine bakery| Hair & Make-up Artist: Tahoe weddings a go go | Flowers: Rose Petal florist | Video: Jim Dunigan |
Harpist: Mary Law| Live Music: Mic Smith | Rentals: Camelot party rentals