I’m completely smitten with this adorable pair and I’ve shamelessly been crushing on them, and their lovable e-sesh with This Love Of Yours Photography all week long. Tangled up in twinkly lights, which happens to be symbolic for one of their first moments together decorating the high school halls, and dotted with giant pinecones, this gallery is a sweet gem of the season.
From the beautiful Bride…Lake Tahoe is a very special place for Justin and I. It’s not only where we both grew up, but it’s where we first met and fell in love. We were lucky enough to meet in high school and had that fall-really-hard-for-you-first-love that you never get over. I knew then that we were meant to be, but college in different states separated us and we decided to let each other fully experience that time in our lives. 6 years later and we still had not forgotten about each other. After all those years we finally reconnected (in Tahoe of course) and it was as if no time had gone by. Now fast forward 11 years from when we first met and we’re engaged, living in Washington DC, and planning our wedding in Napa, CA!
For our engagement session there was no question that we wanted to go back to where it all began! We were lucky enough to have our high school prom at the beautiful Edgewood Tahoe Golf Club so we decided the lakefront course was not only a BEAUTIFUL setting for the romantic style and feel we were looking for, but it also holds a special place in our hearts.
We wanted photos in both the woods and on the lake so we decided to do a fall look (scarf, boots, and plaid) in the woods and then dress it up with me in a peach dress and Justin in grey slacks (our wedding colors) for a glam session on the dock overlooking the lake and mountains.
Lucky for us it was a beautiful fall day and as we posed for photos we were able to enjoy the sun setting over the lake. After the sun set, we changed back into our first outfit to snap some shots entangled in Christmas lights. Not only did they make for cute pictures, but the Christmas lights are symbolic to us because they’re what brought us together. We first met when we were paired up to decorate our high school for the holidays. When we broke an entire box of lights it literally broke the ice!
Our photographers, Erika + Michael of This Love of Yours Photography, absolutely brought our vision to life; capturing two people in love in the place that they love the most!
Photography: This Love Of Yours Photography | Hair & Makeup: Lauthr Salon | Wedding Venue: Edgewood Tahoe
Something about the dessert always stands out to me. Maybe its the stark beauty of barren landscape, or the warm hues of red and orange offset by green succulents and cloudless blue skies. Or, in this case, a beautiful floral crown from Flora Couture and cakes from Shanna Cakes help elevate the scene as well. Either way, huge swoon alert for Paris Mountain Photography‘s pictures of the day.
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From Paris Mountain Photography
… Emily and Ryan are residents of Las Vegas! Ryan is an MMA fighter like his dad Randy Couture who is an MMA Champion and stars in The Expendables with Sylvester Stallone! Their session took place at Valley of Fire State Park about an hour north of Las Vegas! There is nothing that compares to the red sand and amazing landscape of this place. Archel Rowling brought in several vendors to make this desert themed engagement session come to life!
Photography: Paris Mountain Photography | Flowers: Flora Couture | Wedding Dress: Bella Bridesmaids | Cake: Shanna Cakes | Makeup: Glamour Gore Makeup | Hair: Amy Williams | Cookies: Like Yumm! | Paper Goods: Aisle Bound | Shoot Location: Valley Of Fire State Park | Stylist: Archel Rowling
Keep scrolling to see what happens when J. Anne Photography and Kristen Joy Photography meet up with some friends (like Layers of Lovely, Paper and Home, and Showboy Bakeshop) in Las Vegas. Hint: it’s not what you’re expecting, and yes, its beyond gorgeous. The palate of light contrasting with darker neutrals proves it doesn’t have to be hot pink to pop. We’ll just say, we’re happy what happened didn’t stay in Vegas.
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From J. Anne Photography
…When one of my good friends, Kristen from Kristen Joy Photography, approached me about doing a styled shoot with her during the Wedding and Portrait Photographer International convention we immediately knew what we wanted to do for the shoot. Kristen and I shoot very similarly and are drawn to the same sources of inspiration, yet we also both have our own style and help push one another beyond our comfort levels.
Immediately, we knew that we would be shooting in the desert. We know first-hand the beauty that surrounds Las Vegas as we are both wedding photographers from the area; however, we also knew what Las Vegas has to offer is rare for any other part of the country and/or world for that matter. So we wanted to be able to give photographers a chance to see the beauty outside of the glitz and glam of Las Vegas.
We were inspired by every element of the desert down to the native coyotes, barb wire fencing, and softly muted colors which were represented by a palette of neutrals mixed with an eclectic mix of jewelry, wire details, and fur blankets and throws.
Often times the desert is seen as a place for cactus, cowboy boots, and rigid heat; however, we wanted to bring some elements of glamour to our shoot in order to step outside of the rustic box the desert is known for. Some mirrored elements along with flowing florals, dramatic veils, and a bridal crown gave the shoot a touch of sophistication and some much needed romance to the often stark landscape.
Approximately 15 photographers from around the world were able to come out to the desert to join us on our shoot. They left the shoot raving about the beauty of the desert and so thankful to have been able to photograph such a beautiful group of people and details. Kristen and I were humbled by the experience of meeting and learning from so many talented photographers.
Photography: Kristen Joy Photography | Photography: J. Anne Photography | Floral Design: Layers Of Lovely | Stationery: Paper And Home | Hair & Makeup: Mosaic Salon | Tuxedo: Tuxedo Junction | Venue: The Desert | Cake Design: Showboy Bakeshop | Furniture Rentals & Alter Setup: The Wooden Trunk