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South Lake Tahoe Wedding, Evan & Kaitlin
Photography by Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer, Charleton Churchill

To begin, Lake Tahoe is the second highest alpine lake in the world. It’s surrounding sierra mountains make it even more attractive. It provides couples the opportunity to have their wedding in such a captivating fashion. No doubt, Evan and Kaitlin’s wedding was a captivating one, as they had the ingredients to an epic wedding celebration. Thus, I’m grateful to be asked to photograph it.

In addition, they were a stellar couple with whom everyone respected and connected. They have a great story with great family. Moreover, Evan and Kaitlin’s chemistry is evident in how they treat each other. During our photo time, they were cuddling, hugging, smiling, and looking into each other’s eyes. Honestly, as a photographer, it makes my job enjoyable and easier to direct couples.

Getting ready.

Certainly it can’t be bad getting ready in a private estate lodge overlooking the crisp blue lake. Many of the guys ended up jumping off the dock into the lake. In that instance, we were there early scouting, so I had to use my iPhone 8. Apparently, it wasn’t bad. After that, and getting some images of Kaitlin, we drove down to the Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Tahoe City, for the ceremony. Nonetheless, it was packed. After family photos, we returned to their home in the Tahoe forest to celebrate with everyone, to walk along the beach, watch together as our couple planted a tree, to eat delicious food, and dance all night to the ridiculously talented live band.

I had photographed Evan’s sister’s wedding (Kelsey and Ryan) a few years back. Similarly, they planted a tree a few years ago, which is next to Evan and Kaitlin’s. So, I’m honored to have been invited to document another wedding of the family. Moreover, I’m thankful and I just want to say congratulations to Evan and Kaitlin, to the families.

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Lake Tahoe Wedding Vendors

Wedding Venue: Private Estate, South Lake Tahoe, CA.
Ceremony: Corpus Christi Catholic Church
Photographer: Charleton Churchill
Event Planner: Every Elegant Detail, Janece Shellooe, Amelia Thomas
Catering: Componere Fine Catering,
More Catering: Blend Catering, Randy Peters Catering
Cake and Desserts:  Lake Tahoe Cakes
Design & Floral:  Brown Paper Designs, Danielle Rowe
Hair and Make-up:  La Di Da, Laura Garcia
Band:  Hip Service Steve Bloom
Videographer:  ByDesign Films

The Hideout, Kirkwood

Book your outdoor wedding with Adventure Wedding Photographer, Charleton Churchill and receive an offer only for 2018/2019 year
A top wedding venue in California for outdoor couples, mountain couples, adventurers, hikers, engaged couples looking for the perfect cabin on the lake venue.

book your wedding at Kirkwood

I was at The Hideout at Kirkwood this past weekend meeting with engaged couples who were considering booking or have already booked their wedding at this unique adventurous wedding venue. Hiking around the property to the backwoods gave me extra angles to see what was possible. Exploring different photo angles for couples is what I love. I photograph many mountain weddings each year around Tahoe, northern California and around the world, including the epic Mt. Everest wedding last year that went viral around the world. I’m always looking for something different and epic for every couple.

Down the street from where I live is this ridiculous secluded mountain venue that has even attracted the TV Show The Bachelor to the film one of their seasons. It was all built by hand by Tom, BJ, and their two sons, Dusty and Josh. Even more, when you drive up the dirt road off hwy 88, you enter this scenic view of a private cabin on the lake, surrounded by the rocky mountains. Your first time is a jaw dropper, and makes you want to build your own log cabin on a lake. Ultimately, this is truly a wedding venue for those who love the outdoors.

Benefits of Booking The Hideout

A benefit is when you book with The Hideout, they give you the property for 3-4 days, allowing for family and close friends to sleep in the lodge and Saloon, even camp out. The average wedding size is around 50-200 people and their ceremony site is surrounded by thousands of acres of National Forest land, seating up to approximately 165 guests on their log benches. They allow you to swim in the lake, bring your dog, camp out, hike, and fish (catch and release). Kirkwood is 12 miles away allowing extra lodging as well as Bear River Resort down hwy 88.

Furthermore, they provide chairs and tables for up to 200 guests and they have power via solar and generators (yes, they are completely off-grid). They are just about booked out this year, but you can call to see if they have your dates available.


So, if you’re booking this wedding venue for 2018/2019, I am offering for this year only with a purchase 8 or 10 hour wedding package, a next day photo shoot at no charge, my 4 hour adventure couple’s session on the property while there that week. The 4hour photo shoot must take place on a Monday thru a Friday.


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Book Adventure Wedding Photographer Charleton Churchill for your outdoor wedding.

Here are a few images below of my work.
If interested in wedding coverage rates, contact me through the contact link above.

Charleton Churchill Photographer
Adventure Weddings + Elopements
Based near Kirkwood/Tahoe
Featured in multiple magazines
Speaker in Photo Conventions, for Nikon, Profoto
Presenter for TEDTalks
Rated in Top 100 Photographers in the USA/Canada
Father and Husband, Family man.
Hiker and Explorer

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