Snow Fights + Wardrobe Changes at Chalet View Lodge: Jess + Rio’s Engagement Session

To say we love our work is an understatement; we’re seriously obsessed with what we do. Not only do we get to spend time adventuring outdoors, but we also get to meet super cool couples in the process.

Case in point: Jess and Rio.

The two native Californians, who plan on tying the knot this April (we’ll be photographing that too!), met over six years ago and both agree that it really was love at first sight. Looking for creative photographers who love the outdoors as much as they do, it was a great fit for all of us.

We ventured to Chalet View Lodge for the engagement session, the couple packing a few outfit changes so that we could capture all of the vibes they wanted. (Jess went from a weekend casual sweater to a gorgeous off-the-shoulder velvet gown to a cozy cardigan + boots.) Because the couple stayed at the property for the weekend, they had gotten familiar with a few of the places they wanted to have photos before we even got there.

Together, we explored the gorgeous mountain property, enjoying the fresh snow on the ground and strolling on a picturesque riverbank. The towering trees helped to filter the sunlight as it started to set - a cool effect especially with all of the natural textures we came across.

The couple really allowed their personality to come through as we worked, which made the day  even more enjoyable!

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A Charming Riverside Wedding with Tyler + Channey

Although Tyler and Channey met each other at Humboldt University, it seemed like they had been together forever. One of the sweetest couples we’ve ever had the pleasure to work with, Tyler and Channey’s wedding was perfect from start to finish. From laughter and tears, to dancing and kissing, there’s nothing better than knowing that no matter which moment is captured, it’s going to be the right one.

The couple’s wedding was held at the River Ranch and Lodge in North Lake Tahoe, which was the perfect outdoor, riverside location for this down-to-earth, laid-back couple. The River Ranch and Lodge is known for its beautiful views, especially its nooks that cozy up against the Truckee River - the famous Tahoe mountains in the background.

We loved how Tyler played the guitar for his bride as she walked down the aisle, looking absolutely stunning in her dress. And while we’ve been to plenty of weddings, this was the first where we got to see an actual “tying of the knot” - parents coming up to help the couple. It might have also been the first where we got to see the traditional cake cutting ceremony turn into a full-fledged (yet endearing) food fight between the bride and groom. (Don’t worry, they made up with a kiss that rivaled their first kiss as Mr. and Mrs.)

Plenty sweet and a whole lot of fun, it was the picture-perfect bohemian style wedding that we just can’t get enough of. Oh, and then there was the DJ, who transformed the reception into a full-on nightclub - to say that the wedding was wonderfully fun is a complete understatement.

The whole day was just filled with love, warmth, laughter - and a whole lot of great photos to remember it by.

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PHOTOGRAPHY: VILD PHOTOGRAPHY | VENUE: The River Ranch Lodge |  CATERING: The River Ranch Lodge | CAKE: Lake Tahoe Cakes | FLOWERS: Hazel Castillero |
DJ: Music in Tahoe- Isaac | HAIR/MAKE-UP: Art of beauty | DRESS: Anthropologie | BRIDESMAID’S DRESSES: David’s bridal | JEWLERY: Randels in Placerville |
GROOMS ATTIRE: Men’s warehouse | OFFICIANT: Kelly laCantolla

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|

Sam and Chase’s Sweet Emerald Bay Elopement

As Sam made her way up the trail at Emerald Bay, accompanied by her father and grandfather, it was clear how special this sweet and intimate ceremony would be. Chase, seeing his bride for the first time in her beautifully traditional gown complete with a sweeping skirt and short veil, teared up as she made her way towards him.

The couple, from Las Vegas, kept the entire day simple and without any unnecessary fuss. The focus of the day was truly a celebration of their love - and the love they have for their three kids.

Accompanied by just a small group of family members and their closest friends, who journeyed to the ceremony site together by bus, Sam and Chase were a delight to work with. Their children, who loved playing with the giant Tahoe pine cones, were adorable. And, thanks to the late summer light, every shot we took turned out magical.

The day was proof that the simplest of wedding days really are some of the most special, especially when they are set to a stunning backdrop like Emerald Bay.