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WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIOS ARE OPEN - 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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North Lake Tahoe - Skylandia Park, N. CA Elopement Photo Story Award

Skylandia Beach Park Wedding couple portrait at Lake Tahoe of romantic bride and groom

Skylandia Beach Park - Wedding Photography for Lake Tahoe | A romantic portrait of the bride and groom

A romantic portrait of the bride and groom that really showcases the bride's gorgeous white dress, the emotional and deep love that the couple share, and the glorious green and lushness of the Tahoe National Forest. The trees loom high overhead, the big leafy ground cover is lit up by a touch of sun that has made its way through the tree opening, and the sky is bright blue with the few fluffy clouds that have made their presence.

These two lovely people reached out to me wanting to do a small elopement-style wedding at a beautiful location in Lake Tahoe, California just south of the small town of Truckee, California. This was a destination wedding for them for she was normally from New York and the groom was from Texas.  We were nearing the time of the wedding date and the past few weeks had been scorchers 100+ degrees and fires were causing smoke to move in and make everything uncomfortable with poor visibility.They were absolutely blessed with the perfect day.  Temps dropped 15 degrees and the smoke cleared out.  The day was absolutely perfect surrounded by the Tahoe National Forest and Lake Tahoe just beside them.  They had a few family members and a few very close friends there to witness their sentimental ceremony.  The kids gathered pine cones to create a little aisleway/path for the bride to walk down.It was just the perfect day for this heartfelt elopement.

North Lake Tahoe Wedding Details Photography of brides bright pink shoes perched in a dried out tree

North Lake Tahoe Wedding Details Photography | The brides bright pink shoes perched in a dried out tree

The bride's bright pink shoes perched in a dried out tree making for an artistic detail shot before the ceremony begins in the Tahoe National Forest just east of Tahoe City and South of the town of Truckee.

Tahoe Wedding Photography from Outdoors at Skylandia Park of kids using pine cones to create a pathway for the bride to walk down

Tahoe Wedding Photography from Outdoors at Skylandia Park | The kids gathered pine cones to create a pathway for the bride to walk down

The kids gathered pine cones to create a pathway for the bride to walk down for the ceremony in the Tahoe National Forest.  The groom is in the background prepping the ceremony spot. Other guests watch as this is happening.

Skylandia Beach Park Wedding Image from Tahoe City of The flower girl getting her flower crown wreath fixed on her head by the bride-to-be

Skylandia Beach Park Wedding Images from Tahoe City | The flower girl gets her flower crown or wreath fixed on her head by the bride-to-be

The flower girl gets her flower crown or wreath fixed on her head by the bride-to-be with the Tahoe National Forest behind her in Skylandia Park just east of Tahoe City, CA. The bride perfects how the flower crown sits upon the flower girl's head just before the ceremony begins.

CA Outdoor Wedding Photography at Skylandia Park Lake Tahoe of The bride and flower girl walking down the path

Outdoor Wedding Photography - Skylandia Park Lake Tahoe, CA | The bride-to-be and the flower girl make their way down the path

The bride-to-be and the flower girl make their way down the path that was created by the other kids before the ceremony started. The pine cones make for the perfect wedding aisle for the bride and flower girl to walk down in their stunning white dresses. The bride holds her magnificent bouquet as she smiles down at the flower girl during the descent along the custom built pine cone path. The glorious trees of the Tahoe National Forest loom behind them.

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Image in CA from Skylandia Park Lake Tahoe of A funny moment between the bride and groom

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Image -  Skylandia Park Lake Tahoe | A funny moment happens between the bride and groom

A funny moment happens between the bride and groom as he reads his custom vows to her. He snickers-smiles-laughs with a huge grin forming on his face. She smiles back at him during this very happy moment during the ceremony in the Tahoe National Forest.

Lake Tahoe Wedding Pic from an Outdoor Ceremony of a moment everyone waits for during the elopement

Lake Tahoe Wedding Pic from an Outdoor Ceremony | The moment everyone waits for during the elopement

The moment everyone waits for during the elopement ceremony. The first kiss. The couple embraces each other and kisses in the Tahoe National Forest. Lake Tahoe sits behind them and the tripod that has been setup to video record the ceremony captures the kiss as well. It is a very special moment in the silence that the forest gives them. You can see the bride's bright pink shoes pop against the forest's pine needle covered ground.

Skylandia State Park Beach Wedding Picture of bride and groom at grand exit after having their first kiss in the Tahoe National Forest

Skylandia State Park & Beach Wedding Pictures | The bride and groom make their grand exit after having their first kiss in the Tahoe National Forest

The bride and groom make their grand exit after having their first kiss in the Tahoe National Forest with Lake Tahoe behind them. All of their guests, family and friends, celebrate and watch them as they make their way along the pine cone lined pathway. The kids sit upon the rock on the right side. The trees reach high into the air.

Lake Tahoe, California - Skylandia Park Outdoor Wedding Pic of bottle of champagne popped and poured

Lake Tahoe, California - Skylandia Park Outdoor Wedding Pic | After the ceremony the bottle of champagne has been popped and poured

Toast time! After the ceremony the bottle of champagne has been popped and poured. Their family and friends toast in this special moment in the Tahoe National Forest to celebrate the bride and groom just being married. The lush green shows behind them.