Tristin and Gabe’s Zephyr Cove wedding was a fun (and scenic!) opportunity to chase authentic moments. From the beginning, they put their trust in me and my goal of documenting their day. When it comes to a few group portraits and some sunset photos, I usually offer some guidance. But aside from those times, I prefer to let the day unfold naturally. Being present in the moment is one of the best ways to experience a day that often feels like whirlwind celebration.

The Zephyr Cove Resort boasts one of the most scenic lakeside locations in Lake Tahoe. If you prefer an action-packed beach scene, summertime here will be your jam. On the other hand, if you prefer the peace and tranquility of an idyllic lakeside wedding venue, I recommend spring or fall. Empty beaches and golden Aspen groves are a gorgeous setting for a Lake Tahoe wedding.

The cabins at Zephyr Cove offer a convenient getting ready location. As a Tahoe photographer, I love the natural light that comes in through the cabin windows and doorways. The light coming through the trees near the reception tent is a great spot for some wedding party photos. Lastly, the east side of Lake Tahoe is one of the best places for afternoon and sunset photos.

Even though most grooms walk down the aisle alone, Gabe chose to walk with his parents. This led to some really nice moments with both his mom and dad as they congratulated him. Tristin’s expression when he saw Tristin arrive at the ceremony (see below!) is one of my favorite images from the day. Looking at their photos, I remember how strong their connection with one another felt. And Tristin’s parents shared some words during their toast that made some eyes watery and noses snotty.

If you are interested in more mountain wedding photos, check out this Tuolumne Meadows elopement in Yosemite! And if you are searching for a mountain wedding venue not far from Lake Tahoe itself, I recommend exploring the photos from this Graeagle Twenty Mile House wedding.

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