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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.

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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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Tahoe Donner at The Lodge
Truckee, California
Adventure Wedding Photographer
Charleton Churchill

I met Marcy and Zach with a similar passion for the outdoors and adventure who wanted their wedding in the mountains, specifically just north of Lake Tahoe. I had photographed their engagement photos in south Lake Tahoe.  For their wedding day, Marcy rented a nice vrbo home to get ready in while many friends and family stayed at the Lodge at Tahoe Donner. Zach and the groomsmen rented a cabin on Donner Lake where they prepared and dressed, as well as skinny-dipped the evening prior. The drive to north Lake via highway 80 is always beautiful and quiet, mountains everywhere, blue lakes, rivers, creeks, tall rocky mountains, vast space and openness. Then to arrive at the Tahoe Donner Lodge for the first time, a beautiful property for weddings and wedding photos, besides lodging, playing golf, and of course, enjoying the views and the surrounding areas. I’m happy to have photographed their wedding last year, a great couple. And then I saw them again recently at their friends wedding (Megan and Jessie) whom I photographed in December in some crazy, way back yonder, 4wd country in Reno during the cold winter, which was another adventurous wedding. I’m honored to have been chosen to document their special day together and see them drive off in a Shelby Cobra. Congratulations to Marcy and Zach.


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Hair and Makeup: La Di Da Beauty, Reno, NV.
Ceremony & Reception Venue:  Tahoe Donner, The Lodge, Truckee, CA.