I’m a Lake Tahoe based wedding and portrait photographer, and fan of unposed, giddy-in-love, melt-my-lenses-editorial-style moments … oh, and t-shirts and jeans.
Hailing all the way from the U.K., Kashif and Jeni chose Lake Tahoe for their destination elopement. With 300 days of sunshine here, it’s pretty rare that we get heavy rain for too long in July. The morning of, I stalked the radar incessantly. It was pouring in South Lake all day but just 20 minutes north, where we chose the ceremony site to be, seemed to remain untouched. We decided to go for it and it was as if there was someone in the heavens holding an umbrella over this breathtaking vista point. It was completely dry!
The Hytch came on board, being the perfect catalyst to bring their vision together. Yeliz has a way of taking elopements to the next level with her pop-up wedding style and pulling together the right team to execute the details.
Jeni described wanting a ‘luxurious’ altar full of flowers, but not particular on what type of flowers.
The pampas grass arrangements built up from the ground, tucked into and complemented the setting more than perfectly! The curve of the design made it seem as if the florals were growing there naturally.
Nancy, with Nancy Rice Artistry, styling Jeni as Kashif finishes his final touches.
We made a quick stop at Round Hill Pines to let these two put their feet in the sand for the first time since they arrived in Tahoe. They were leaving the next day for Los Angeles so we had to make sure they visited a beach at least once!
Jeni said she would love to twirl in her gown for a few shots, almost as if she was asking me if she could. I told her “We’ll twirl in that gown in every setting we go to!” It’s your day brides, I have my ideas but ultimately LOVE doing what makes you feel alive!
It brought me to tears to listen to how intensely these two care for each other. I remember being so happy they had videographers to record the exchange… it was that moving.
It’s as if the rest of us standing nearby melted away, and it was just Kashif and Jeni, there alone on top of the world.
Juston, with The Hytch, officiates with a similarly tranquil articulation. People say I add a calming effect to their day and it’s safe to say Juston has that way with ceremonies.
Their video from Tweaking Reality Studios gave me chills!
These two had dinner reservations to get to, but I don’t think any of us wanted to end the evening. They went on to tour California before returning to England. A few months passed and they traveled to their homeland of India to celebrate with their families in a beautiful celebration of their cultures.
I am continually humbled by the couples that invite me to play a role in their wedding day. To spend this intimate time with these two, having only spoken a few times and spent a few hours together and to be left with a lifelong connection. I have no doubt our paths will cross again and through the beauty of social media, no one is ever truly too far away. Thank you, Jeni and Kashif!
Styling, Officiant & Coordination: The Hytch
Florals: Love and Lupines
Rentals: Lucky Burro
Linens: Creative Coverings
Hair and makeup: Nancy Rice Artistry
Video: Tweaking Reality Studios