I love intimate weddings! I feel like I say this all the time, but I really do. There's just something about small weddings that excite me. Maybe it's because I feel there's less fuss about them being perfect and more about the couple expressing their love. I'm not saying that big weddings aren't about love, but the bride and groom are just worrying about everyone else during big celebrations. I feel the bride and groom should be enjoying their guest's company and each other on their wedding day. That's why I was so stoked when Katie contacted me from Pennsylvania to do their intimate wedding in Tahoe.
A lot of intimate weddings I have had the privilege to photograph never do anything traditional. For Katie and Eryck's wedding I didn't do bride preparation photos or send off photos. They simply didn't want that. They just wanted something simple to document their day. Unfortunately, I didn't get to meet them before their wedding, but we talked over the phone and they filled out a questionnaire about themselves as a couple. Once I spoke to them and read their responses I knew they were my kind of people.
Katie and Eryck love the outdoors and they love to travel! Katie's Instagram stories are of beautiful places in Pennsylvania where they are from. She's usually hiking with her adorable lab/collie mix. Eryck proposed to Katie on a hike in Iceland. What a perfect place to get engaged for two people who love the outdoors.
My favorite part of their story is their first date. They went to a banjo night at the Elks Lodge in their hometown. I mean anyone who does first dates that are out of the ordinary has my heart already. A banjo night is something my husband and I would totally do.
These two have also been going on "dates" all over the world. One of their favorites was traveling to Munich, Germany to visit an old college roommate. As we all know traveling can be very stressful, but it's a great way to get to know someone in stressful situations. Katie said this wasn't the most perfect trip and that it tested their relationship. Obviously, they both passed the stressful situations test.
Their wedding is a reflection of this adventurous and intimate relationship. They love Tahoe because it represented all the things they love, the outdoors, hiking, views and good food. (Oh I forgot to mention they love good food and are avid cooks.) If you have never been to The Ridge Resorts in Tahoe you have to see it to believe it. The resort literally sits on a ridge. I feel if there ever was an earthquake it would just topple over down the other side of the mountain. The wedding site looks out over a valley that Minden and Gardnerville (small cities in Nevada) lie in. Even though it's not a view of the lake it's still breathtaking as you can see the entire valley with the Pine Nut Mountain range in the background. (Side note: did you know that Nevada is the most mountainous state?) Next to the resort is part of the Tahoe Rim Trail. One of the most beautiful hikes in California that goes around the entire lake.
Even though the wedding site it small it definitely is one of the most beautiful and it's great because you don't have to jazz up the space at all with decorations. The view and surroundings are their own decorations. Katie and Eryck know the true beauty of nature and like nature they kept their ceremony simple. The vows were short and sweet and everything was simple including her dress, the wedding party and the reception. The most memorable part of the ceremony, for me at least, is that she walked down the aisle to the Jurassic Park theme song. I'm pretty sure it was intentional (I forgot to ask), but if it wasn't it'll be a great story to tell everyone! (I'm pretty positive it was intentional.)
Lastly, I just want to say thank you to Katie and Eryck for allowing me to be a part of their special day. It's such an honor to be allowed into such a tight circle of family and friends. I wish both of you a life of love and happiness although I think you already have that.