Lake Tahoe

So many brides and grooms dream of having their wedding at Lake Tahoe, and for good reason. Summers in Tahoe are absolutely perfect – sunny and warm during the day, and mild at night. If you schedule your wedding in July, chances are you will have absolutely zero chance of rain, which is a great assurance if you have your heart set on an outdoor wedding! And there’s nothing like looking out at that huge, pristine, blue water while you say your vows. Lake Tahoe is rimmed with some of the most impressive private estates in California, which make for perfect wedding locations. Many couples will rent a private estate for the week, and have their wedding there, so everything can be in one place.
Here are some tips for planning the perfect Tahoe wedding, from the perspective of your wedding photographer:
1. The best months for Tahoe weddings are July, August and September. July being the absolute best for warm weather and no rain!
2. Everyone wants to have their ceremony overlooking the lake, but make sure to schedule it late enough in the day so the sun is low and won’t cast unflattering shadows on your face.
3. Outdoor weddings are the most popular type of Tahoe wedding, so if you decide to have an outdoor reception under the stars (with no tent) make sure to bring in a lot extra lighting such as strings of twinkle lights. Extra lighting will help make your photos warmer by adding colors to the background instead of just darkness and direct flash.
4. Remind your guests to bring wraps or sweaters for the evening.


Gar Woods Grill & Pier, Lake Tahoe, California

Bonnie and Ryan’s wedding at Gar Woods in Lake Tahoe.


West Shore Cafe, Lake Tahoe, California

Sophia and Nick’s shiny, happy Tahoe wedding at West Shore Cafe.


Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe, Lake Tahoe, California

Wendy and Mike travel from Taiwan to marry at Lake Tahoe.


Lake Tahoe, California

This lakeside wedding ceremony was filled with happy tears. The party, however, was nothing but high spirits, wild dance moves, and unadulterated joy.


FitzHaven Estate, Lake Tahoe, California

Susie is a photojournalist and filmmaker and already has an adorable son with now-husband Michael. Their Lake Tahoe wedding day was filled with love and adoration, with a focus on family.


Lake Tahoe, California

Noree and Doug say “I do” in a church, then dance the night away beneath the stars at a lakefront estate.


Gatekeepers Museum, Lake Tahoe, California

During their first conversation while attending law school in Davis, CA., Erin and Jason discovered yet another similarity between them. Coincidentally, they had both planned a skiing trip the next day in Lake Tahoe.


FitzHaven Estate, Lake Tahoe, California

Ginger and Brannan’s wedding day took place completely outdoors, with the daylight lasting till just before the end of the reception.


Fairwinds Estate, Lake Tahoe, California

Wei and Mike get married by the lake in Tahoe, then bravely climb the rocks for our creative portraits at sunset.


Lake Tahoe, California

We first talked with Paige and Alex over two years ago. They were both in the Navy at the time (Paige still is), and Paige was about to set out on a battleship for the next two years.