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I often photograph quite a few lake tahoe weddings and wilderness engagement sessions in the prime summer wedding season. However, when I get requests from couples to photograph their winter weddings or snowy engagement sessions, it takes it to another level. You have to be brave and adventurous to request other guests to drive in and withstand the cold temperatures of your wedding, or brave the cold elements during an engagement session, my kind of couples.

Here’s a fun adventure engagement shoot with Ryan and Talie up near Tahoe where they will have their wedding. She brought along her make-up artist , Migle Lengvenyte, for the shoot. Her hair color, cut, and extensions were done at Heaven Scent Salon in Tahoe. I’m excited to document their wedding at the top of Tahoe Heavenly summit overlooking the lake.

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Tom and Gillian married in South Lake Tahoe at the most requested wedding venue, the Valhalla Grand Hall.  An amazing romantic setting, it’s knitted together with rustic hardwood floors, French doors, a record breaking 20ft. high fireplace layered with rock, wood rails, yes, I know its big.  And to top it off, a view of the lake from the back porch.  Since Lake Tahoe is a frequent destination for my wife and I, as well as our three daughters, I was thrilled to be driving up there for another wedding.  I shot with friend Mike Larson on this occasion, since I had a few days off from shooting my own weddings.  He’s a great guy and photographer who travels international and it’s always great when we connect. This day was perfect.  Then we moved into the evening reception and enjoyed a delightful dinner while offering heart-warming toasts.  Once dinner was over, the fun began, and many jumped into dancing, lined up for the photo booth, and let loose.  Many tears of joy and laughter were displayed and heard throughout the evening. I was glad to have participated in this wedding event. Here are a few images from that fall season wedding celebration.

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  • Bre Thurston - Excellent, Charleton! What a gorgeous Tahoe wedding.October 28, 2010 – 11:27 amReplyCancel

  • Margo Aquino - I didn’t know you shot Gillian’s wedding! Beautiful!October 28, 2010 – 11:49 amReplyCancel

  • Wendy - Gorgeous as always.October 28, 2010 – 12:14 pmReplyCancel

  • Steffani Abercrombie - Love that place & have always wanted to shoot a wedding there. You should take Kelly & the girls back in the summer. You can rent bikes & ride around Valhalla and Pope estates, and they open the buildings for touring; it’s beautiful!October 28, 2010 – 2:32 pmReplyCancel

  • James M - Great pictures of Lake Tahoe! The Vahalla is a perfect place for wedding photography. I’m sure you have more to show off.October 29, 2010 – 9:11 pmReplyCancel

  • Charleton - Thank you for the comments. I really do love the Valhalla, really a warm beautiful enchanting event site for a wedding. It’s great that’s it’s private, and the guy at the front monitors who comes in and out. High class.November 4, 2010 – 3:25 pmReplyCancel

  • rose - Please contact me regarding photos for our wedding in march 2012March 13, 2011 – 9:34 pmReplyCancel