Thunderbird Lodge sits on a gorgeous peninsula along the eastern shore of Lake Tahoe. In addition to being a historic landmark, it is a beautiful place to get married. This incredible venue combines heavenly lake views with a romantic mansion and a fascinating chapter in history. During the day, your guests can learn about the unique background of this property and visualize the opulent history of a bygone era. As the photographer at this wedding, I used my skillful documentary approach to capture a combination of both candid photos and scenic portraits.

Bride and groom walk in front of the mansion at Thunderbird Lodge, Lake Tahoe, NV.
A groom kisses his bride at the sweetheart table at a Thunderbird Lodge wedding reception on the shores of Lake Tahoe.

Bride Getting Ready

At Thunderbird Lodge, there are several places where a bride or groom can get ready before the wedding. Generally, the bride and her bridesmaids usually start the day in a large room which overlooks Lake Tahoe and the ceremony site. It features large windows and beautiful views of the lake. This makes it a great place for wedding hair and makeup.

With plenty of excitement and anticipation in the air, I always enjoy photographing this part of the day. I use my artistic eye to capture the fun moments as everyone helps the bride get ready for the ceremony. If you and your fiancé are planning a first look, that comes next. Otherwise, everyone heads to the ceremony!

A view of a bride getting ready for a wedding at Thunderbird Lodge in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
A photographer's creative view of a makeup artist applying eyeliner to a bride's eyes.
Silhouette photo of bridal preparations in a room at the Thunderbird Lodge overlooking Lake Tahoe.
Bridesmaids in shiny maroon dresses help a bride put on her dress at Thunderbird Lake Tahoe.
The mother of the bride clasps her hands in delight as she looks at her daughter in a wedding dress.
A bride smiles with joy as her mother spreads out a veil on the floor behind her.
A bride and her bridesmaids walk together in front of the historic Thunderbird Lodge mansion, next to Lake Tahoe.

Groom Preparations

At this wedding, the groom and his groomsmen started at a nearby hotel in Incline Village. So, instead of driving to Thunderbird Lodge, the groom and the groomsmen arrived by boat! No matter where you are, my approach as your photographer will be consistent. I document each part of the wedding day unobtrusively. This allows you to be yourself, take it all in, and enjoy every moment.

Black and white, candid portrait of the groom buttoning up his vest at a hotel room in Incline Village.
Candid photo of a groom sitting on the front of a motorboat on Lake Tahoe.
The groom's boat crosses Lake Tahoe on the way from Incline Village to Thunderbird Lodge.
A groom and his best man ride in a motorboat across Lake Tahoe to a wedding at Thunderbird Lodge.
A Lake Tahoe florist pins a boutonnière on the groom's jacket lapel before a wedding at Thunderbird Lodge.

Wedding Ceremony

The lawn at Thunderbird Lodge is one of the most scenic places to get married in Lake Tahoe. As you exchange vows, you can hear the water splashing against the rocks. It is hard to find a more picturesque backdrop for a wedding!

I photograph Thunderbird Lodge weddings as I do at any other Lake Tahoe venue. Most importantly, I move around the ceremony quietly. While all eyes are on you, I shoot from a variety of angles and anticipate all the important moments. And I always take a few photos from the balcony so you can remember the clear blue waters of Lake Tahoe.

The bride and her father walk down the aisle at a Thunderbird Lodge wedding ceremony.
A wide-angle view of a lakeside wedding ceremony at Thunderbird Lodge next to Lake Tahoe.
At the altar of a Thunderbird Lodge wedding, a bride smiles lovingly at her groom.
The groom and bride raise their hands in celebration after saying "I Do" at their Thunderbird Lodge wedding in Lake Tahoe.
The happy couple, smiling together for a photo under the gazebo at Thunderbird Lodge.

Wedding Reception

While I photograph family portraits, your guests can enjoy cocktail hour. At the same time, your team of vendors will transform the ceremony site into a reception and dining area. This couple chose the second story balcony for their grand entrance!

The bride and groom make their grand entrance to their Thunderbird Lodge wedding reception from the balcony and guests cheer from the lawn below.
A bride and groom smile at the sweetheart table at their outdoor Thunderbird Lodge wedding reception.
Wedding guests enjoy a sunset on the shore of Lake Tahoe at a Thunderbird Lodge wedding.

Sunset is a great time for us to step away from your reception and capture some bride and groom portraits by the lake. There are numerous locations for wedding photos at Thunderbird Lodge. So, we can spend as much time as you like exploring the venue before heading back for speeches and dancing.

A bride and groom laugh together in front of Lake Tahoe at sunset.
On the shore of Lake Tahoe, a bride and groom  share a romantic moment at sunset.
Pine trees frame a bride and groom at sunset along the shore of Lake Tahoe after their Thunderbird Lodge wedding.

Wedding Speeches and Dancing

Wedding speeches are one of my favorite parts of a wedding day. For better or worse, this is when your closest friends and family take the microphone to share a story or two about you as a couple. As a photographer, I love documenting the laughter and smiles that come from these toasts. As soon as the dance floor opens, I follow the action and continue shooting throughout the night.

The best man delivers his wedding speech to the bride and groom.
The bride sips champagne while the groom hugs his best man after delivering a speech at the wedding reception.
The father of the bride dances with his daughter on the outdoor patio at Thunderbird Lodge in Lake Tahoe.
Bride and groom enjoy their first dance as husband and wife at their Thunderbird Lodge wedding near Sand Harbor State Park, Nevada.
Surrounded by friends, the bride and groom dance the night away at their Lake Tahoe wedding.
Colorful lights from a Lake Tahoe DJ illuminate the dance floor at an outdoor Thunderbird Lodge wedding.
The wedding party celebrates on the dance floor with the bride and groom at the end of a Thunderbird Lodge wedding reception.

Chris Werner Photography

Are you getting married at Thunderbird Lodge? I would love to photograph your wedding! Visit my contact page to send me a message and check availability. To see more photos from this venue, check out my Thunderbird Lodge wedding photography page. Or, head over to my main portfolio.

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