Twenty-twenty, can you just go away already! What a strange year this has been. Between murder hornets and a worldwide pandemic, it is no surprise the large weddings for this year have vanished. Despite the risk and uncertainty of gathering together a large group of friends and relatives to celebrate your Lake Tahoe Wedding, you can still get married and have a great time and get some amazing photographs. The keyword this year is wedding downsizing. That’s right, many couples have put off their large, Lake Tahoe dream weddings until next year and we think that is a smart move. By next spring and summer, odds are good that a vaccine will have been around for awhile and risks will be minimal. However, a lot of DIY weddings, and small elopements and proposals have been rocking the shores of Lake Tahoe this summer.
As someone who makes his living from wedding photography, my first choice would not be to recommend a go small and simple approach, but this year is unique. Small elopements are a great way to celebrate your Lake Tahoe wedding and save a ton of money at the same time. $25,000 venue, gone! $40,000 dinner and drink tab, gone! Even the photography can be pared down with one or two hours being plenty to capture your socially distant beach or mountain wedding ceremony, engagement or proposal. We have even had some great shoots with couples who just decided to sign the papers at the courthouse, then hire us for an hour or two to do some exciting and memorable photos around the lake while they were all dressed up.
This sweet proposal below was a last minute arrangement, with the groom contacting me just a few days before they flew in to South Lake Tahoe. I got to Edgewood early while they were having dinner, and texted the groom a pin with the location of a section of beach I had picked out that was nice and private and this is what we got in one short hour.