Chalet View Lodge is a beautiful outdoor venue in the Sierra Nevada forests near Graeagle. At this completely private resort, I had the pleasure of photographing an amazing couple as they celebrated with all their favorite people. Overwhelmingly, the theme of this day was joy! As a wedding photographer, I love being able to capture the excitement and anticipation during a day like this.
Chalet View Lodge offers a spacious “bridal suite” as a getting ready space. Needless to say, this could be used by either a bride or a groom. At this wedding, I photographed the bride and her bridesmaids in this space as they prepared for the ceremony. When I first arrive to photograph a wedding, it is common (and totally normal!) for people to seem my camera and feel a little self-conscious. However, once I begin shooting, this always changes. My specialty is photographing candid moments, and my approach is very calming and down-to-earth. At every wedding I photograph, this reassures everyone that they can be themselves and enjoy the day.
Here are some photos of the bride and her bridesmaids getting ready at Chalet View Lodge. I noticed some light by a window, so I made a classic black and white portrait before making a couple more bridal portraits outside.
With all your wedding guests seated and ready for the ceremony to begin, it is time to make your grand entrance! At this wedding, the bride waited inside a cabin so that guests would not see her. As the ceremony began, I photographed her and her dad walking across the lawn and down the center aisle. A careful choice of lenses and being quick on my feet allowed me to also photograph the groom waiting at “the altar”.
One of the best wedding gifts is one you can give yourself. Specifically, find ways be more mindful and present on your wedding day. The day flies by so quickly, it can be easy to get swept up in the fast lane. My careful approach is based on more than a decade of documenting weddings. My ability to anticipate important details and be in the right locations allows you to be in the moment and take it all in.
Wedding Day Details and Decorations
My wedding photography style is primarily focused on capturing authentic moments and candid expressions. However, I always take a little time to photograph the unique details of your celebration. Here are a few photos of the beautiful dining area during this Chalet View Lodge wedding.
Portraits of the Bride and Groom
Chalet View Lodge includes more than 10 acres of grassy and forested property. So, a golf cart is a great way to get around for some photos of the bride and groom. During sunset, I like to head over to a grassy meadow for portraits of the bride and groom. To make the best photos, lighting is important. So, I communicate with the couple and the wedding coordinator (if there is one) to make sure we get our timing right.
At this wedding, our timing was perfect. We found some gorgeous golden sunlight, and the couple enjoyed a beautiful walk in the woods as the sun set in the background. In general, I avoid overly posed photos. However, how many of us ever know what to with our hands and bodies when someone points a camera at us? So, I like to offer some friendly guidance and basic recommendations that will help you look your best in your wedding photos. As long as you enjoy hanging out together, you’re going to look great!
One of the reasons why I love Chalet View Lodge weddings is the private nature of the venue. Especially at night, when you can enjoy your own dance party in the woods! The only wedding crashers here will be the squirrels and owls. Here are a couple photos from their wedding toasts, and some fun photos of the action on the dance floor!
Chris Werner Photography
Are you getting married at Chalet View Lodge? I would love to hear your wedding plans and be there to photograph your big day! Go to my contact page to send me a message and find out if I am available on your date. To see more wedding photos, head over to either the Chalet View Lodge wedding photography page, or my main wedding portfolio.