Kirkwood Hope Valley Wedding | Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer

Hope Valley Wedding, Kirkwood, California
Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer

Camping and Outdoor Wedding Celebration
Photographer Charleton Churchill

 

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Hope Valley Campout Wedding

Hope Valley. Aaron and Jennifer wanted a rustic wilderness wedding. They are an easy going great couple. They wanted a unique location that reflected their love for the outdoors. Thus, the idea of renting out the entire campgrounds for a campout wedding in Hope Valley for close friends and family was created. Brilliant. No doubt, if I were to redo my wedding, this would be my plan. Hope Valley is a beautiful place in the Lake Tahoe area if you ever get a chance to visit.

 

Their Outdoor Wedding Story

They began at Kirkwood Mountain Resort, California, getting ready for the day. This resort is one of the best skiing/snowboarding resorts with 22 summer mountain biking trails. Aaron and some of his groomsmen had worked on staff at Kirkwood, so the location was symbolic. But it also provided that rustic element to their wedding day. It was only a short time there before we left and toured with the wedding party to capture some images along the journey. Aaron and Jennifer decided to see each other before the ceremony. It was their chance to capture some images together along the way to Hope Valley, stopping at different locations along hwy 88, that didn’t require any hiking before exchanging vows.

Once we arrived to Hope Valley, tents were setup, wooden signs were hanging, table decorations were in place, and the rugged ceremony location was surrounded by creative chopped logs. The guys had been hard at work designing wooden benches, wooden signs, and wooden steps to cross the stream. Then looking into the meadow off in the distance, you can view the Tahoe mountains. Certainly, a gorgeous location for any wedding or an adventure elopement.

After the short ceremony, they went back and played games, horseshoes, and casually hung in pockets of conversation, drinking to their hearts content. Dinner was served, speeches were shared, and there was a night hike later that evening that I wasn’t able to attend. Finally, the night ended with roasting s’mores together around campfire.

In all, they had a pretty amazing wedding. Congratulations to Jennifer and Aaron.

Lodging Preparations: Kirkwood Mountain Resort
Ceremony: Hope Valley Campgrounds
Reception: Hope Valley
Photographer: Charleton Churchill

 

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Big Sur Elopement Photography
Big Sur Coast, California
by Adventure wedding photographer Charleton Churchill

 

Adventurous Elopement on the Big Sur Coast of California.

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BIG SUR REDWOOD ELOPEMENT STORY

Josh and Chelsie decided to have their elopement on the beautiful coast of California at Big Sur. Both exchanged vows privately with a few friends and an officiant in the quiet Redwood forest. A short ceremony, they left signing papers and heading out to get some adventure wedding photos with me for the remainder of their time. We explored some areas along the California coast, like the Bixby Bridge, the moody fog of the hiking trails. Below is what we captured for the short time. Also, they decided to go glamping for their honeymoon stay at the Ventana Big Sur campgrounds. Where did they stay? They had a romantic and cozy large tent, a little bit like a hotel, but in a tent surrounded by giant redwood sequoia trees. I’m so thankful to have captured their exciting day, congratulations to Josh and Chelsie.

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