Intimate & Warm Elopement // Lake Tahoe


Bride and groom stand on shore of Lake Tahoe during elopement ceremony

Shortly after getting engaged in Italy Kristina told me that she didn't want a big, traditional wedding. Why would she tell me this? Well folks, this beautiful human happens to be my longtime friend! We were roommates living in London in 2011, and despite living in Colorado and Pittsburgh we have stayed extremely close and see each other at least twice a year for girls trips and, recently, wedding events. Kristina was a bridesmaid at my own wedding and I was thrilled to support her and Phil by photographing and filming their July elopement at Lake Tahoe.


When designing their perfect elopement day they knew they wanted to have a relaxed and grounding morning. They opted for a scenic hike in Emerald Bay State Park. Afterwards, Kristina went to a salon in South Lake Tahoe for her hair and make-up while the rest of the group relaxed at our adorable Airbnb. OK, technically I was out location scouting with my husband slash film crew! Our morning consisted of hiking in several different areas looking for the perfect ceremony spot that would have uninterrupted views of the lake and as few people as possible.


We arrived back at the Airbnb in time to see Kristina and Phil transferring vows from phones to a shared vow book. They opted to gift each other a perfume and a cologne, creating a scent memory connected to their wedding day. After steaming their clothes and packing their elopement bag (not to mention a cooler of hard seltzers and champagne!) we drove to their portrait location. Another non-negotiable for these two was doing all of their portraits before the ceremony so that they wouldn't be photographed post-elopement tears! The couple changed in the parking lot, helping each other into their formalwear.


We wandered among the boulders taking romantic portraits for nearly an hour before packing up to drive to our second location with wide lake views and zero people. Their elopement ceremony was performed by Phil's best friend and his wife, who then played their first dance song on ukulele! We hiked back to the cars in the late afternoon sunlight and drove to the Edgewater lakefront resort for a fancy dinner. We all toasted with countless glasses of wine, beer, and old fashioneds before finally returning to the Airbnb to sit under the starts until midnight in the hot tub. The perfect ending to a phenomenal day!


A close up of a white rose and wedding ring on the groom's black leather shoes

A close up of several of the bride and groom's items, including their shoes, vow book, wedding rings, and jewelry

A close up of the bride's wedding rings placed on top of her vow book

The bride writes her vows in a journal before getting ready for her elopement

The bride writes her vows in a journal before getting ready for her elopement

The bride writes her vows into a journal before getting ready for her elopement

Bride and groom laugh as they get ready together before their elopement on Lake Tahoe

Groom puts perfume on the bride's wrist as they get ready for their elopement

Bride lifts her wrist to smell the perfume

Bride and groom kiss as they get ready for their elopement on Lake Tahoe

Best man helps adjust the groom's bow tie before the elopement ceremony on Lake Tahoe

Best man and groom laugh together before the elopement ceremony on Lake Tahoe

Bride and groom put on their shoes in the parking lot before their elopement ceremony on Lake Tahoe

Groom bends down to put on his shoes before the elopement ceremony on Lake Tahoe

Groom helps the bride put on her heels in the parking lot before their elopement ceremony

Bride smiles as the groom puts on her shoes in the parking lot before their elopement ceremony


Bride helps the groom put on his jacket in the parking lot before their elopement ceremony

Bride helps the groom adjust his cuffs before the elopement ceremony on Lake Tahoe

Groom gets ready in the parking lot before their elopement ceremony on Lake Tahoe


View of the blue water and large boulders with mountains in the background on Lake Tahoe

Bride and groom pose on Lake Tahoe during their elopement ceremony

Bride and groom pose during elopement ceremony on Lake Tahoe

Bride and groom pose on the shores of Lake Tahoe during elopement ceremony

Bride and groom kiss on the shores of Lake Tahoe during elopement ceremony

View of the bride's engagement ring and her hand on the back of the groom's neck

Bride and groom hold hands on the shores of Lake Tahoe during elopement ceremony

Bride and groom hold hands on the shores of Lake Tahoe during elopement ceremony

Bride and groom hold hands on the shores of Lake Tahoe during elopement ceremony



Bride and groom pose next to a large boulder on Lake Tahoe

Bride shows off her wedding dress to the groom on Lake Tahoe

Bride and groom pose on the shore of Lake Tahoe during elopement ceremony

Bride and groom pose in front of large boulder on Lake Tahoe during elopement ceremony

Bride and groom pose in front of a large boulder on Lake Tahoe during elopement ceremony

Bride and groom pose in front of a large boulder on Lake Tahoe during elopement ceremony


Bride and groom pose on the shores of Lake Tahoe during elopement ceremony

Bride takes groom's face into her hands and smiles

Groom whispers into the bride's ear as she smiles

Bride and groom pose on the shore of Lake Tahoe during elopement ceremony

Bride and groom pose on the shores of Lake Tahoe during elopement ceremony

Bride and groom pose on the shores of Lake Tahoe during elopement ceremony

Bride and groom look at each other and smile during elopement ceremony on Lake Tahoe

Bride and groom hold hands on the shore of Lake Tahoe during elopement ceremony

Groom helps the bride climb a large boulder on the shore of Lake Tahoe

Groom helps the bride climb a large boulder on the shore of Lake Tahoe

Groom helps the bride climb on top of a large boulder on Lake Tahoe

Bride and groom dance on top of a large boulder on the shore of Lake Tahoe

Bride and groom embrace on top of large boulder on Lake Tahoe

Bride and groom look at each other and smile on top of a large boulder on Lake Tahoe

Bride and groom dance on top of a large boulder on Lake Tahoe during elopement ceremony

Bride and groom hold hands and walk through the forest on Lake Tahoe

Bride and groom pose in the forest of Lake Tahoe during elopement ceremony

Bride and groom walk toward officiant on Lake Tahoe

Officiant reads to the bride and groom on the shore of Lake Tahoe

Groom laughs during the elopement ceremony on Lake Tahoe

Bride and groom listen and smile as the officiant reads during their elopement ceremony on Lake Tahoe

Bride and groom listen as the officiant reads during their elopement ceremony on Lake Tahoe


Bride and groom stand on the shore of Lake Tahoe during their elopement ceremony

Bride and groom laugh as the officiant reads during their elopement ceremony on Lake Tahoe

Bride reads her vows to the groom on the shore of Lake Tahoe during elopement ceremony

Bride reads her vows to the groom on the shore of Lake Tahoe during elopement ceremony

Bride reads her vows to the groom on the shore of Lake Tahoe during elopement ceremony

Bride and groom exchange their vow book during elopement ceremony

Groom reads his vows to the bride on the shore of Lake Tahoe during elopement ceremony

Groom reads his vows to the bride on the shore of Lake Tahoe during elopement ceremony

Groom reads his vows to the bride on the shore of Lake Tahoe during elopement ceremony

Bride and groom share their first kiss on the shore of Lake Tahoe during elopement ceremony

Bride and groom share their first kiss on the shore of Lake Tahoe during elopement ceremony

Bride and groom share their first kiss on the shore of Lake Tahoe during elopement ceremony

Bride and groom share their first dance on the shore of Lake Tahoe during elopement ceremony

Bride and groom share their first dance on the shore of Lake Tahoe during elopement ceremony

Bride and groom share their first dance on the shore of Lake Tahoe during elopement ceremony

Bride and groom share their first dance on the shore of Lake Tahoe during elopement ceremony

Bride and groom share their first dance on the shore of Lake Tahoe during elopement ceremony

Bride and groom share their first dance on the shore of Lake Tahoe during elopement ceremony

The bride and groom pose with their friends on Lake Tahoe

The bride and groom pose with their friends on Lake Tahoe

The bride and groom pose with their friends on Lake Tahoe

Bride and groom pose on a trail on Lake Tahoe

Bride and groom pose on a trail on Lake Tahoe

Bride and groom pose in front of sunset on Lake Tahoe

Bride and groom embrace in front of sunset on Lake Tahoe