I can finally say I have photographed a wedding at the Lodge at Tahoe Donner. It was worth the wait! This venue has it all located in Truckee nestled in the mountains not far from Lake Tahoe. The ceremony and reception area is on the golf course, but you don’t even notice golf carts or golfers the way it is situated. What I really loved was having great locations to take portraits within walking distance for the bride and groom. We found some great little spots! And the reception tent…a photographers dream! The sweeping fabric with lights is always a favorite, classic design of mine.
Aaron and Lori first met in 7th grade. Aaron was the ‘first boy in and the last man out’ as he was the first to ever come over to Lori’s house. He doesn’t recall Lori’s dad and brother cleaning their guns as a deterrent, and only remembers her moms cookies! These two remained friends through high school, but went their separate ways afterward. It wasn’t until just last year when the reconnected through Facebook that they saw each other again. Just two months after they got together, they were engaged and are now married 9 months later. Isn’t that great? I love their story. Such a special day and I am glad I was able to be the one to document the beginning of their forever at the Lodge at Tahoe Donner!
We started the day off photographing a few of the details at the Lodge at Tahoe Donner. I LOVED Lori’s Justin Alexander dress. I want one for myself, except I don’t have anywhere to wear it. The only thing I can come up with is wearing it around my house. It would make cleaning much more fun!
Aaron and Lori chose to see each other prior to their ceremony and take portraits together. All I had to tell them was to act like they like each other. 🙂 We started with a few pictures next to this cool big log that helped set the scene for their wedding at the Lodge at Tahoe Donner . . .
We wandered over to this open area with tall grass and evergreen trees as our backdrop at the Lodge at Tahoe Donner . . .
And then it was off to the ceremony to get hitched . . .
I loved the simplicity of the details . . .
That moment when you walk your daughter down the aisle on her wedding day . . .
The ceremony at the Lodge at Tahoe Donner was truly beautiful . . .
I especially loved how Aaron and Lori included his daughter. It was so touching!
And then they were united as ONE!
See what I mean about this tent? It’s beautiful and totally set the stage for the reception at the Lodge at Tahoe Donner . . .
It was easy to see that a lot of thought and hard work went into the details!
I’d say there is a strong possibility that Aaron likes Star Wars 🙂
The toasts . . . so heartfelt!
I’ll say it again. The tent at the Lodge at Tahoe Donner was a dream for the First Dance! I really wanted to incorporate the lights into the photographs . . .
This photograph melted my heart of this new party of THREE!
This is when the party started. Justincredible did such a great job keeping the party going all night! It was a fantastic group.
Congratulations Aaron and Lori! I hope your wedding day was everything you dreamed it would be and more!