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West Shore Lake Tahoe Couple

While I don’t think many would disagree that weddings in 2020 have looked a little different than past years, the love between many of the couples that have endured through it all has been unmatched. And Madi and John Michael are no exception.

After returning to the drawing board countless times, these two were intent on making their wedding day happen, no matter how big or small. And let me tell you, they ROCKED it. Thanks to the help, flexibility and expertise of the vendors involved (special shout out to Courtney Lawhon Events!), they were able to celebrate with their favorite people.

And, boy, it was dreamy.

**All vendors listed at the bottom.

West Shore Bridal Dress Lake Tahoe
Brides maids in Lake Tahoe
Sarah Seven Wedding Dress South Lake Tahoe
Bridal Portraits in North Lake Thaoe
South Lake Tahoe Bride Elopement
Lake Tahoe Elopement

Photography: Vanessa Lynne Photography

Second Shooter: Jennifer Ingles Photography

Planning + Coordination: Courtney Lawhon Events

Florals: Taylor Anne Co

Makeup Artist: Lisa Pietrza Hair and Makeup

Hair: Love is in the Hair

DJ: Contemporary DJ

Catering: D’lish

Dress: Sarah Seven

Jean Jacket: The Brodie Bride

Rentals: Camelot Rentals and Memorable Events Rentals

Calligraphy: Sugar Pine Calligraphy

Madison + JM // West Lake Tahoe


When I first found out that Maggie and Adam’s wedding day would be held at the Crocker Art Museum my jaw *actually* dropped. I’m all about making your big day unique and having it at an art museum definitely takes the cake!

The bride and groom, along with their family and bridal party, got ready for the big day at the Kimpton Sawyer in Downtown Sacramento. (If you’ve ever been to the Kimpton Sawyer, then you know the views over the city are outta this world!) Their bridal party was on the larger side, so they opted to have a party bus transport them over the the venue – keeping things simple and efficient.

The couple opted for a first look which enabled us to get all of the bridal party and family formal portraits finished before the ceremony had even begun AND they were able to mingle during cocktail hour with all of their guests! Talk about a win-win!

It was such a joy being a part of Maggie and Adam’s perfect day. And a special shoutout to all of the vendors who brought it to life!

Planning and Coordination: Alluring Events

Venue: Crocker Art Museum

Florals: The Posh Posey


Catering: Supper Club

Dress: Alyssa Kristin from A&Be

Videography: Classic City Films

Hair and Makeup: Christi Reynolds Beauty

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Maggie + Adam: Crocker Art Museum


Katie and Bryan’s wedding tucked away in the redwoods was one for the books! I had been looking forward to this wedding for quite some time because, let’s be honest: After meeting Katie once (with many email exchanges), I knew how FUN their wedding was going to be. And secondly, my most favorite friendors were also going to be there. A real win-win, if you ask me!

Katie and her gals had the entire lodge to get ready in (with the AC blasting, I might add), while Bryan and his groomsmen had their pick of the many onsite A-Frame cabins to choose from. I remember walking in and thinking how relaxed Katie was, enjoying the morning with her bridesmaids.

The couple chose their ceremony spot – an open expanse with the redwoods as their backdrop, just a few minutes walk up from the lodge. Guests were shuttled in and were encouraged to grab a drink in anticipation of the ceremony starting. The reception was back at the lodge, which was transformed to the open dance floor, with cocktail hour and dinner located outside under the trees and twinkling market lights. <3

Biggest congratulations to one amazing couple. We love you, Katie and Bryan!

**All vendors and their respective websites listed at the bottom of blog post.

SIDE NOTE: As a photographer I have to say that one of the most memorable parts of the day is that before ceremony began, the officiant stood before the guests, acknowledged that we were all here to witness Katie’s and Brian’s vows, but requested vows of the guests themselves. He had the guests repeat after him that at no point throughout the rest of the ceremony would the guests take out their cellphones or cameras. They vowed that they would keep them stowed away and be present during the ceremony. And wouldn’t you believe….They followed through! I didn’t see any guests try to sneak any shots! This, my friends, is GOLD! I’ve been to *many* weddings and this cellphone free request was completely requested! Just a note for brides who want an unplugged wedding but aren’t sure how to make it happen. 🙂


Photography: Vanessa Lynne Photography

Event Planning and Design: Alluring Events + Design

Florals: The Blonde Bouquet

Videography: Sean Kenney Films

Dress: Miosa Bride

Hair: Bridget Jasper of lovealways_bk

Makeup: Susie Castilone

Mobile Bar: The Whiskey Chaser Bar

Catering: Savory Events

Venue: Waterfall Lodge and Retreat

DJ: Dj Rufio

Katie + Bryan: Waterfall Lodge + Retreat


When Chelsea first described how she envisioned her elopement to be with Jesse, she really emphasized that she wanted the day to be about the two of them and not about having all of the “extras” that so many wedding seem to come with. There is truly something to be said about simply spending your wedding day with the one you love. Call me crazy, but I think they are on to something! 😉

Chelsea and Jesse chose to say their vows and exchange their rings on a secluded beach in Trinidad, Ca, where they could be free of onlookers and quietly enjoy their ceremony. After a quick champagne toast that immediately followed the ceremony, we ventured to the redwoods where they saw the giants for the very first time. We explored the park (my favorite national park!), stopping only to take in the beauty of it all. It was truly a perfect day!

A few days after the wedding, Chelsea surprised me with this:

Vanessa, you are FABULOUS! You made our day EXTRA enjoyable, perfect fit, can’t imagine how the day would have gone with anyone else. Felt like we were a trio the moment I dropped my robe and hopped in the bath. I LOVED that you GOT him from first dad joke. I know that made it way more fun for him to have 2 people to pick on instead of only 1.
Professionally you gave good, subtle direction. Never made us feel awkward. Created and kept the timeline with no stressing or rushing. Handled communication with the officiant. Cool with last minute ideas. Had Kacey Musgraves ready to go. Totally willing to hold the go-pro even though the battery was dead. Also willing to get down n dirty all up in the wispy bushes. Brought an extra sweater ‘with tags on’ cause you knew I was gonna freeze my ass off. Offered to keep going even though we tapped out. Dealt with 107493874 questions before we even met…

The first look mishap, almost running out of gas, and forgetting the rental car made the experience an adventure. Wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.”

CONGRATS, YOU TOO! Your day was so special to me and I’m beyond grateful to have been a part of it <3


Chelsea + Jesse: Redwood NP Elopement