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Lake Tahoe weddings are at the top of my list of favorite destinations. So, as you know, I was glad to be invited to photograph Danny and Katie’s wedding in south shore at the Tahoe Beach Retreat and lodge. I drove up the day before to photograph another couple’s engagement session, but I was a little hesitant to go. We had the raging California Butte fire to deal with before I left my wife and three girls. I had packed and prepared all my important items from our home before I left, put up the Yakima, and brought all my important gear, just in case we were asked to evacuate. So with that, I felt much better about going.

After the engagement session on Friday, I spent the night and prepared for Danny and Katie’s exciting Saturday wedding.  Even though Lake Tahoe was much lower because of the drought (and smoke from the Fire later in the day), we made sure to take advantage and plan our creative portraits with Danny, Katie, and the wedding party where the water should have been below the dock.

Danny and Katie opted to see each other during the ceremony on the beach. Danny was emotional and you could tell he loved her. Early in the day, back in his room, he read a letter from his wife-to-be, which he could barely read without stopping and fighting back tears. Later during the ceremony, he fought back emotions and embraced Katie’s father for a long hug as he received her hand.  After they said “I do” and kissed, the party started.

Congratulations to Danny and Katie on their marriage and new life together.  Here are some of the photos from their wedding day.

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Venue:  Tahoe Beach Retreat and Lodge,  Lake Tahoe, CA.
Photographer:  Charleton Churchill Photography
Catering – Tahoe Beach Retreaet and Lodge
Hair Stylist:  Angela Zajic, Rah Hair Studio,  Tahoe, CA.
Makeup:  Jessica Xiong,  Tahoe, CA.
DJ:  Sean Fields, Superior Sound,  San Francisco, CA.
Cake:  Flour Girl Wedding Cakes, Tahoe, CA.
Video:   Plug Video Productions, Southern California

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged because I’ve been trying to keep up with weddings almost every weekend among other exciting responsibilities.  I decided a few days ago I need to at least showcase one or two recent weddings during this month.  Typically, I try and post an image on Facebook after each wedding since it’s much easier than blogging it.  Here’s wedding from last month I’m just now finishing up.

Not only did we have the privilege of photographing Russel and Maureen’s special wedding day event on the west shore’s Sugar Pine Point State Park, but we had the utmost treat of cruising to their reception in a classy Tahoe Yacht.  Getting ready photos were taken at the quaint Cottage Inn where Maureen stayed, which had knotty-pine walls and pine furniture matching their rustic lake theme. Both the west shore and north shore have a certain cool vibe about them and it was a perfect place for their personalities.  The wedding was held at the famous Hellman-Ehrman mansion which sits on the beach.  As usual, we photographed this wedding the anticipation and creativity.  Russell and Maureen were so gracious to be around, relaxed, and very friendly.  We are grateful to have spent time with them on their special day to capture their story.  Congratulations to you both.

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Wedding Photographer:  Charleton Churchill Photography  |  Venue:  Sugar Pine Point State Park, Hellman Ehrman Mansion,  Lake Tahoe, CA.  |
Reception Venue:  River Grill,  Tahoe City, NV.  |  Lodging:  Cottage Inn Resort, Tahoe City, CA.  |  Hair:  RAH Hair Studio, South Lake Tahoe, CA.  |
Makeup:  Sublime Beauty, Lake Tahoe, CA.  |  Catering:  River Grill  |  Videography:  Video Quest Productions, Jason Chesebrough, Lake Tahoe, CA.  |