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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Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer, Evan & Kaitlin

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


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