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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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Vikingsholm Castle, Emerald Bay / South Lake Tahoe Boat Rides, CA Elopement Photo Story Award

Emerald Bay South Lake Tahoe Boat Rides, CA Elopement Photo - Captain Steve officiates their wedding ceremony on the bow of his boat

Lake Tahoe Boat Ride Wedding Images | Captain Steve officiates their wedding ceremony on the bow of his boat

Captain Steve officiates their wedding ceremony on the bow of his boat, overlooking Vikingsholm Castle in Emerald Bay State Park. Vikingsholm Castle was constructed in 5 months in 1929 for Ms. Lora Knight and modeled after Scandinavian architecture.

For Julieanne and Mark, boats had always been central to their relationship. Mark had proposed on the Queen Mary and they had subsequently planned to get married on it. Long before COVID, their wedding was dealt a couple of blows: the Queen Mary changed hands and was sold, altering their first wedding date and plans. Subsequently, COVID altered them again. Julieanne said, “We were tired of our wedding getting cancelled, so we decided to have an intimate trip to Tahoe, just the two of us, to tie the knot. It was amazing.” Since they had originally wanted to get married on a boat, they decided to have a Lake Tahoe boat elopement and hired Lake Tahoe Boat Rides for the event.  Captain Steve, who happens to be one of my best friends, officiated, shared all the incredibly rich history that he knows about the area, and took us on a cruise of Lake Tahoe.

Julieanne and Mark were married as the sun was setting behind the ridge in Emerald Bay, on the shores of Vikingsholm Castle and it was absolutely beautiful.  We nailed the timing and the light! They promised all their friends, like many of my couples, that they are going to celebrate with family and friends when it’s safe but that the incredibly unique experience was absolutely perfect for them. “Lauren, you and Captain Steve made our day even more special and were such a pleasure to hang out with.  You made Mark and I laugh, relax and brought such a positive energy to our unique elopement,” Julieanne wrote afterwards. I’m so grateful that this year, that has been so incredibly challenging for EVERYONE, has been filled with amazing clients like these two. For me 2020 has been all about trying to be as present as possible for the small joys and shared experiences that we have managed to have and this is one of my favorites from the year!

South Lake Tahoe, CA Boat Rides Wedding Photo of The bride and groom boarding the boat

South Lake Tahoe, CA Boat Rides Wedding Photography | The bride and groom share their first look before boarding the boat

Julieanne and Mark share their first look before boarding their Lake Tahoe Boat Rides charter.

Wedding Boat Cruise on Lake Tahoe image of The bride and groom boarding the their Lake Tahoe Boat Rides Charter

Pic from a Wedding Boat Cruise on Lake Tahoe | The bride and groom reboard the Boda Boat, their Lake Tahoe Boat Rides Charter

Julieanne and Mark reboard the Boda Boat, their Lake Tahoe Boat Rides Charter after their portrait session.

Boat Wedding image from a South Lake Tahoe, CA elopement showing The bay is filled with sailboats

Boat Wedding Pictures from South Lake Tahoe, CA | The bay is filled with sailboats from that night's sailboat race

The Lake Tahoe Boat Charter enters Emerald Bay, filled with sailboats from that night's sailboat race.

Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe, CA Wedding Ceremony image of the boat Captain with the couple sharing their elopement vows

Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe, CA Wedding Ceremony Pics | Captain Steve looks on while the couple share their elopement vows

Captain Steve looks on while Julieanne and Mark share their wedding vows at their intimate boat elopement with Lake Tahoe Boat Rides.

Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe Wedding image of The newlyweds sharing their first kiss on a boat

Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer | The newlyweds share their first kiss

The newlyweds share their first kiss during their wedding ceremony in Emerald Bay.

South Lake Tahoe Boat Wedding Day Portraits are interrupted as people yell congratulations from other boats

Boat Wedding Day Portrait - South Lake Tahoe | portraits are interrupted as people yell congratulations

Julieanne and Mark's portraits are interrupted as people yell congratulations at them from other boats.

Dock Couple Portrait from a Boat Wedding Ceremony at Emerald Bay State Park, CA

Dock Portrait after a Wedding at Emerald Bay State Park | The couple's wedding portrait on the dock

The couple's wedding portrait on the dock in Emerald Bay State Park.

Vikingsholm Castle, Emerald Bay, South Lake Tahoe Wedding image of The bride and groom sharing a dance in the courtyard

Vikingsholm Castle, Emerald Bay, South Lake Tahoe CA Wedding Pics | The bride and groom share a moment while dancing in the courtyard

The bride and groom share a moment while dancing in the courtyard of Vikingsholm Castle in Emerald Bay after their elopement.