Fall Gatekeeper’s Museum Wedding by Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer
What I loved the most about Matt and Claire’s amazing and gorgeous wedding was the overwhelming joy and laughter throughout the day. This couple is absolutely surrounded by the happiest and most supportive friends and family.
Claire’s preparations started at the Tahoe Marina Lodge in Tahoe City, while Matt’s began at the Tahoe Tavern. Actually – wait – before I go into details on their magnificent wedding day – can I just tell you how they met? I’ve seen it written on paper and I heard it from Matt and Claire when I met up with them for their engagement, but when Claire’s dad welcomed the guests with the story, it seriously dawned on me how small of a chance it was that they bumped into each other. Claire took her brother’s dog, Brawlie, to the beach…where, to her surprise, Matt was also there with his dog, Rollie. The similarity of dogs’ names started a conversation that never ended…just like that, two souls were brought together in the most impossibly perfect way. Rollie was MVP of the day…pretty much following Mom & Dad everywhere they went and getting lots of laughs during the ceremony. He is such a good boy.
Claire and Matt decided to share a first look with their bridesmaids and groomsmen – a moment I will never forget as a photographer. Their wedding party was full of some of the most important people in their lives, so they wanted to share that special moment with all of them, too. It was magical if I do say so myself. After a moving ceremony officiated by Matt’s father, apps & drinks were served while Mr. and Mrs. Hoff ventured out to the beach for some spectacularly sunny photos with me. Rollie joined us, of course.
After an incredible dinner courtesy of Mountain Magic Catering (yummy!!), the night was full of happy conversations, hugs and of course, dancing. I’m partial to photographing kids on the dancefloor – especially babies…but it seemed like EVERYONE at this wedding knew how to bust a move. I could only wish for dancing skills like the KIDS at this wedding! It was so amazingly fun and I’m grateful and honored that Matt and Claire, along with their families (hi Sue!!), decided to choose us as their Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer team. I’m truly blessed.
Below are just some of my absolute favorites from the day…it was so hard to narrow it down! Matt and Claire – I hope you adore the photos from your day as much as I adore you guys!
Wedding Venue: Gatekeepers Museum – Tahoe City, CA
Wedding Coordinator: Martha with Mountain Magic Catering
Officiant: Ted Hoff (Matt’s father)
Makeup Artist: Victoria
Hair Stylist: Brie Gleitsman & Gabbi Gilmore (Soquel Beauty Bar) & Nicole Oxandaboure (Salon Bella Vita)
DJ and/or Live Musicians: Mountain Event Productions
Florist: Green with Envy
Caterer & Cake/Dessert: Mountain Magic Catering
Wedding Rentals, Linens & Tablewear: Camelot Party Rentals
Wedding Dress: Epiphany Boutique – Carmel, CA
Engagement/Wedding Rings: Mirabelle Jeweler & Dell Williams
Bridesmaid Dresses: Nordstrom
Groomswear: Tommy Hilfiger
Wedding Paperie: Mandy Lindeke Design
Second Photographer: Kirsten Slavin – a special thank you to this amazing lady for being my wing woman – LOVE YOU!
Videographers: Forever Forward Productions
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