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WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIOS OPEN DURING COVID-19 - Many couples don’t want to wait. They are planning to get married in the very near future, eloping, or rushing a small ceremony with their photographer, some close friends, and family but dispensing with or postponing the reception party. 

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Lake Tahoe Demonstration Garden Wedding Photo of the first kiss at their intimate outdoor elopement

Lake Tahoe Demonstration Garden Wedding Pic | Community College Photo of the first kiss at their intimate garden elopement

The couple shares their first kiss at their intimate garden elopement as wedding guests gather around during their outdoor ceremony.

Hannah said after planning multiple weddings and having all their plans change: “Not going to lie, being a covid bride is probably number 1 on my ‘do not recommend’ list, but dear universe sometimes you have it so figured out…”

When Hannah and Max’s Washington wedding was canceled due to Covid, they came up with an alternative plan…or five. Like so many of my couples, they simply just wanted to get married. In the end, the universe provided and a small group of their family and friends drove from the Pacific Northwest to South Lake Tahoe, CA, where they vacationed together for a weekend and had a simple, beautiful LTCC Demonstration Garden elopement presided over by their best friend and co-worker.

The Lake Tahoe Community College Demonstration Garden provided the perfect backdrop for this couple, who both work in natural resources so somewhere outdoors and filled with the nature they both love felt perfect. 

The Lake Tahoe Demonstration Garden is a community partnership designed to protect and preserve the Lake Tahoe Basin by showcasing landscapes to promote the use of water-efficient native and adapted plants and gardening practices, display native and adapted plants in an attractive natural setting, demonstrate Best Management Practices (BMPs) and other backyard conservation practices that prevent erosion into Lake Tahoe and allow us to preserve our lake’s clarity, as well as, providing a public venue for inspiration and education.  Max and Hannah were incredibly thrilled to provide a monetary donation as a contribution in thanks to the garden for the ability to use it for their ceremony.

Another fun fact about this wedding is that I had actually just returned from abroad and came home with a bout of traveler’s sickness that turned into dysentery.  I was on some pretty serious antibiotics and hadn’t been able to eat for days.  I’m proud to say that I did not faint as I thought that I might and in the end, Hannah’s review says it all: “What's more 2020 than your photog getting dysentery… but still $*&#! KILLING THE GAME….May faint will still provide a good time.”  As for me, I’m fully recovered and adding “Successfully can forge any river or task…even with dysentery” to my resume.

Outdoor Garden Wedding photo of the bridal party dogs

LTCC Demonstration Garden Wedding Image | The wedding party included their four-legged dog friends

Max and Hannah's wedding party included their four-legged friends, who were brought down the aisle by family members.

Wedding photo from the Demonstration Garden of Lake Tahoe Community College of The bride and her father on the outdoor aisle

Weddings at Demonstration Garden of Lake Tahoe Community College | The bride and her father proceed down the outdoor aisle

Hannah and her father proceed down the aisle in the LTCC Demonstration Garden to her intimate ceremony.

Lake Tahoe Community College Demonstration Garden Wedding picture of The bride looking at her husband while giving their vows

Lake Tahoe Community College Demonstration Garden Wedding Image | The bride looks on at her husband to be while giving their vows

Hannah looks on at her husband to be while giving their vows at their intimate garden ceremony.

Lake Tahoe Wedding pic from LTCC showing The wedding party is overcome with emotion during vows

Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer for LTCC | The wedding party is overcome with emotion in this image

Hannah's wedding party is overcome with emotion while she reads her vows.

Community College Demonstration Gardens of Lake Tahoe Wedding pic of The couple receding down the aisle and sharing a kiss

Demonstration Gardens of Lake Tahoe CC Wedding Photo | The couple recede down the aisle and share a kiss

Hannah and Max recede down the aisle and share a kiss during their garden elopement.

LTCC, South Lake Tahoe CA Wedding pic taken as the bridal party tries to assist the bride by cooling her off

LTCC, South Lake Tahoe CA Wedding Photography | The wedding party tries to assist the bride by cooling her off

Hannah's wedding party tries to assist by cooling her off while family formals are being taken.

Lake Tahoe Community College Wedding pic from a private walk in the aspen woods

Lake Tahoe Community College Wedding Photography | A private walk in the aspens

Hannah and Max share a moment in the aspens at the Lake Tahoe Community College Demonstration Garden.