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

Enamored in Edgewood: Tahoe Engagement Session with Matt and Nicole

When it comes to love, Matt and Nicole seem to have it down. Although, for them, their new engagement came as a bit of a surprise, a friendship turning into something so much more. Maybe it’s that slow kind of growth that makes their relationship feel so strong and natural. 

We met Matt and Nicole at Edgewood Tahoe in Nevada, a setting with more than just a beautiful backdrop (although it definitely has that, too). For us, Edgewood is special, a place that we go to regularly to celebrate everything we can think of - from Mother’s Days and birthdays to special occasions and holidays. A few years ago, Robert’s sister actually got married at Edgewood Tahoe and I helped open their new lodge last year.

To say we know Edgewood well is an understatement.

Although we first spoke to Matt and Nicole the night before our session, we were confident we knew all the right places to take them. And, thanks to Matt and Nicole’s ability to do things spontaneously while making it look completely pro, the shots came out stunning.

(And did you see her ring?)

As the sun started to set we made our way into the gorgeous natural setting at Edgewood, capturing one incredible scene after another. Once the session was finished, we enjoyed a glass of champagne, toasting to their new engagement and a relationship that is sure to last.

VILD PHOTOGRAPHY - Tahoe Engagement Session with Matt and Nicole
VILD PHOTOGRAPHY - Tahoe Engagement Session with Matt and Nicole
VILD PHOTOGRAPHY - Tahoe Engagement Session with Matt and Nicole
VILD PHOTOGRAPHY - Tahoe Engagement Session with Matt and Nicole
VILD PHOTOGRAPHY - Tahoe Engagement Session with Matt and Nicole
VILD PHOTOGRAPHY - Tahoe Engagement Session with Matt and Nicole
VILD PHOTOGRAPHY - Tahoe Engagement Session with Matt and Nicole
VILD PHOTOGRAPHY - Tahoe Engagement Session with Matt and Nicole
VILD PHOTOGRAPHY - Tahoe Engagement Session with Matt and Nicole
VILD PHOTOGRAPHY - Tahoe Engagement Session with Matt and Nicole
VILD PHOTOGRAPHY - Tahoe Engagement Session with Matt and Nicole
VILD PHOTOGRAPHY - Tahoe Engagement Session with Matt and Nicole
VILD PHOTOGRAPHY - Tahoe Engagement Session with Matt and Nicole
VILD PHOTOGRAPHY - Tahoe Engagement Session with Matt and Nicole
VILD PHOTOGRAPHY - Tahoe Engagement Session with Matt and Nicole

An Opportunity to Reconnect: Adventure Session with Sarah + Steve

We had the pleasure of going on an impromptu adventure with Sarah and Steve in order to test out some of our newest equipment. The results were stunning not only to the fancy new gear, but mainly because Sarah and Steve thoroughly enjoyed adventuring into the wild as a couple. As a couple ourselves, we know how easy it is to fall into habits and schedules, which is why adventure sessions are truly a gift.

Although Sarah and Steve have lived in the area for years, they had never been out to this specific area, which made it all the more fun to explore. And is just proof that, no matter how well you think you know something (or someone), there’s always something new and exciting to discover!

As we began to explore the High Sierras in Lake Tahoe, it was easy to see just how much Steve really cares for Sarah. His attention to her as we made our way off the trail to forge our own path was sweet to watch. Along the way they exchanged jokes (, some whiskey) and they even danced together along the rocky trail. The adventure session truly was an opportunity for them to reconnect with each other - and nature. And, because of that, we were able to capture their magic as the sun went down.

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