West Shore Cafe Wedding

West Shore Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer: Charleton Churchill
Alex and Michael married in Lake Tahoe. With just a few family members and close friends gathered at the West Shore Cafe, it was elegant and personal. As you’ll see, it was beautifully designed and planned very well. They found me through another couple I had photographed for a winter adventure shoot in Alaska a few years back. As a result, they requested some type of Tahoe adventure with their wedding package, which is always good. So, a few days before their wedding date, we ventured around south Lake Tahoe for some hiking and adventurous photos together. We did the lake thing, no doubt, but then we traveled into some rugged locations I had explored earlier this year. I had only been there a few times with a few other couples; however, it was a different part of the mountain. We attempted one difficult area, but it wasn’t working out. So we discovered a new location and photographed there instead. Bonus.

That’s the intrinsic character about Tahoe and the mountains surrounding it; there’s always some place different on the trail to capture a couple uniquely.


After their rugged adventure session, we connected a few days later at West Shore Cafe. The West Shore is actually a gorgeous wedding venue that books up well in advance, and is one of Lake Tahoe’s only private lakefront venues. That is where Alex and Michael celebrated their vows together for an intimate ceremony. There was a total 16 people including Alex and Michael.


The West Shore also has delicious food where you can indulge on their private dock to enjoy the views. Our couple gathered with close family for a private reception. They had one large table allowing for 16 seats enclosed by beautiful awning and drapery, floral arrangements, and lights. The wedding was beautifully decorated with the coordination of Nicole from Sikora Events. The table decor was by Theoni Collection, party rentals by Celebrations, linens by La Tavola, and florals by Natasha Kolenko, which all made the lovely evening perfect.

I’m honored to have been part of an amazing intimate wedding, a good family, and a wonderful team to partner with in accomplishing excellence. Congratulations to Alex and Michael.


lake tahoe adventure photographer session on granite mountain peak for epic wedding photos
front of the west shore cafe in homewood california
the dock of lake tahoe in West shore with red umbrellas for shade
feather arm wedding gown hanging from light in west shore inn
reflection of bride in window with tahoe makekup artist
jimmy choo wedding shoes hanging from wooden cabin bench
creatively backlit bride near window in tahoe with boats in background
brothers before the wedding day ceremony at tahoe
brother putting his bow-tie on
groom michael with his black suit bow-tie outfit at the cafe and inn
classic black and white images of mother assisting bride with her wedding gown
classic and fashionable bw bridal images in lake tahoe
bride getting veil on in reflection of the mirror
mother putting shoes on for daughter the bride in cafe inn room
soft palette wedding decor with bride and groom cards custom made and a mountain logo
silhouette of bride in hotel overlooking lake tahoe at the west shore cafe
stylish groom portraits on day of intimate wedding in tux
bouqet with groom
fine art beautiful bridal portraits in lush green backdrop and moody with white bouquet
first look of an emotional father
tears of happiness by father in tux with his daughter
bride is tearfully happy to see her father connected
first look of the groom
happy groom getting emotional on wedding day at the look of his bride
bride emotionally happy at the first time seeing her fiance
bride and groom portraits out on lake tahoe dock of west shore cafecouples creative wedding photos out on the west shore cafe dock with the venue behind them
west shore cafe small wedding ceremony setup and decor with white flowers and tahoe's lake
ceremony charirs in tahoe with flowers
father walking daughter down aisle on lush venue
emotional groom on the lake during a ceremony of vows and close intimate family
father giving her bride away in tahoe
bride laughing during ceremony with veil on
happy family at west shore intimate ceremony
engaged family during ceremony
happy mother of groom getting tearful during wedding ceremony
ceremony at tahoe's wedding venue west shore
lush green flowers and plants decorated all around ceremony arch
the kiss photo during the ceremony
real weddings and candids of couple after the ceremony
family portraits after the ceremony with natural light
lake tahoe wedding couple portraits with a profoto light on the deep blue lake even when it's cloudy.
wedding couple just married on lake tahoe at west shore cafe
couples portraits in tahoe
fun whimsical wedding couple on mountain venue of lake tahoe at sunset golden hour


Alex and Michael’s Tahoe Adventure Photo Session:

Here are some images from their adventure photo session just a few days prior to their wedding. An adventure session usually involves anywhere from four hours to a few days of hiking and photos in places that are epic in nature. For Alex and Michael, these next images were mostly from the later day session with wedding attire up in Lake Tahoe. I took them to a location where there were less crowds, plenty of epic views, and a great outdoor adventurous experience.

epic lake tahoe wedding photographer capturing couple with wind blowing veil creativelylake tahoe wedding photographer from west shore cafe capturing couple on blue lake during sunset desolation wildernesstahoe intimate wedding portraits on mountain top overlooking blue lakeadventure wedding couple on granite of rugged mountain top exploring photos together during sunsetcouples session during lake tahoe adventure elopement photographycouple hiking in wedding dress and tuxedo on granite rock of tahoe mountainslake tahoe mountain wedding and adventure elopement photographerblue sky mountain top landscape photos with elopement couple hiking off trailtahoe adventure wedding photographer capturing couple hiking on summit with a red backpack in wedding dress and a tuxsunrise on lake tahoe morning adventure couples session before wedding day of south lake tahoe

Back at the West Shore Cafe

epic clouds and sailboat on tahoe lake reception at West Shore Cafe with table decor and awning with linen hanging and flowers on lawnstylish wedding decor at reception of outdoor intimate wedding couple with table for 16 gueststable decor and plates for sixteen at outdoor tahoe wedding venueplates and customized cards, boxes, and elegant design on tablewhite outdoor furniture for reception at homewood, ca wedding venuewedding cake and creative 3D seating chart for weddingcandids of reception toasts surrounded by close family and linens with white flowerscheers and toasts with smiles around a small wedding venuecapturing emotions of happiness with couple in celebration of marriagetoasts as they all clink of glasses togethereveryone seated at the table for sixteen under an awning while the band plays jazzcandids of close family under the awning cutting the cake at west shorecreatively lit awning with drapes and linens, chairs, and table design and decor romantic for the evening eye candycreative bride and groom night photo under lit awning in lake tahoe at the west shore cafe







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