Brittany and Kevin were married at Valhalla Tahoe in October when the fall colors were at their peak. I have always loved weddings at Valhalla because I am a sucker for old Tahoe estates and historic buildings. And what made this wedding extra special for me was that I was the first wedding photographer ever to photograph a couple in the historic Valhalla boathouse! The boathouse was built in the 1800’s, and George Pope Sr. housed his motorboat, The Sheik, in it. He named the boat after his friend and frequent guest Rudolph Valentino. The Sheik was the biggest and fastest boat on Lake Tahoe at the time. After I took Brittany and Kevin out to the pier for an amazing sunset, we went in to the boathouse where they did a brief dance on the stage with the floor to ceiling window behind them. I also wanted to show off the actual theater itself, so I had them sit in the blue velvet seats for a few photos. Then I ran up to the balcony and photographed them sitting on the edge of the stage. I was really excited to have this honor and wanted to make sure I got several different angles and looks for them, and they were actually pretty excited too about being the first couple to be photographed inside. Brittany and Kevin were such a sweet, authentic couple, it was so easy to photograph them. Their family members were also so nice, and I think I probably shed a few tears when Brittany’s dad came up to the bride’s room to see her for the first time.