The Hideout Wedding Photographer – Tahoe Wedding Photography at Kirkwood

The Hideout Wedding Photographer with Aaron and Kelly.
Lake Tahoe Wedding Photography
by Adventure Wedding Photographer Charleton Churchill


Kelly and Aaron married at The Hideout in Kirkwood, a secluded wedding venue out near Lake Tahoe and Kirkwood Mountain Resort. It was without saying an adventurous and epic wedding, yet full of beautiful candid moments where emotion was alive. They had me for the full day and gave me freedom and time to create art for them. I was by myself as a photographer for this wedding as I am most weddings and elopements, not even a videographer. They booked for the adventure couples session on a different day, which was equally amazing. However, all the images below are from the wedding day only.

With outdoorsy guests, many hiked the Sierra Nevada trails, adventured the local alpine lakes, and camped out in tents for the week, off and on property. They celebrated their beloved couple together like a close-knot family. The had wilderness Olympics for all their guests, morning yoga, and other activities to keep the week going.


Kelly and Aaron are a wonderful couple, very graceful, and hospitable. They are true adventurers who truly love the outdoors. I was told by the couple that Kelly the bride most of her life only slept in tents or camped out when traveling, rather than choosing a hotel. For example, her family would travel to San Francisco and go out of their way to camp outside the city, rather than take the convenient route to book a hotel for the evening. Even for this wedding week, they went rugged. It’s pretty inspiring actually.

I have other beautiful weddings to blog, but I wanted to share this sooner because I have not blogged a Hideout wedding before. Many couples have requested me for this mountain venue, but I have never booked anyone. Either I was booked on their date or the budget was limited, so I’m excited to finally share a Hideout wedding.

Congratulations to Kelly and Aaron on their wedding day. Please leave a comment and also share this if you enjoy this wedding. Thank you.
Camera gear by Nikon Photography gear, Nikon Mirrorless Z7 and D850.  Lighting by Profoto USA – B1 Lights.


Adventure Wedding Photographer: Charleton Churchill
Venue: The Hideout Venue
Wedding Event Planners: Blue Sky Events
Hair/Makeup: Tahoe Weddings a Go Go, Sonia Quillan
Catering: WRP BBQ and Catering
Rentals: Party Smart Rentals

wedding couple under the milky way, stars and crescent moon

Couples sometimes ask me for star photos, but it works better when there is less light pollution (city lights) and you are higher up in the mountains. If the moon is full also, it washes out the stars. Here I photographed the moon before it went down and combined them into one image just like a double exposure.

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Mountain Elopement Photography Mt. Cook, New Zealand | Destination Wedding Photographer

Adventure Elopement Photography with Konrad and Cristine
in Queenstown, Mt. Cook, New Zealand
Adventure Wedding Photographer Charleton Churchill

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Mountain adventure couple Konrad and Cristina chose to elope in New Zealand. Hiking, adventure, and epic landscapes is how they wanted to define their wedding day memories and photography. Goal accomplished. Yet, while you enjoy the photography and wedding couple in their glory, there were also challenges. We spent a morning hiking up a steep mountain that was muddy and slippery from the rain. Cristina hiked covering her head and face with her Gore-Tex jacket while it rained, protecting her hair and make-up. As we climbed higher, the terrain became steeper, visibility lessened, the air more chilling, and it began to come down harder. The further we climbed, the more dangerous it became to turn around. On top of that, our epic view from the summit would have been non-existent.  So we turned around and called it a morning.


It almost felt like a waste of time. After all, we prepared and planned for this time of photos. The couple had event scouted the locations a few days prior. Expectations were assumed, but looking back, it made their story even more adventurous. They worked hard for their wedding photos. They earned themselves a true adventure wedding. So when they proudly hang their two large portraits on their wall (they purchased two epic wall canvas prints), they have more than just cute wedding photos to show off; they have an adventure story to share with everyone.

Not only that, there was bitter cold weather; Cristina’s veil kept twisting in the wind and we had to constantly unwind; our helicopter flight kept getting pushed back another day; and it almost seemed like nothing went as planned, but in the end, we captured many images not planned. The God-sent rainbow in the sky we chased was a perfect example. We didn’t plan for a rainbow, but we got some incredible photos with them.

Konrad and Cristina were both great and hungry for adventure. We woke up early and worked hard until sunset. In the end, we captured some gold nuggets I’m proud to share on this blog post. Congratulations to both Konrad and Cristina on their epic adventure elopement.


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