Holly Shankland Photography: Blog https://www.hollyshankland.com/blog en-us capturing moments of love and adventure holly@hollyshankland.com (Holly Shankland Photography) Mon, 24 Oct 2022 02:08:00 GMT Mon, 24 Oct 2022 02:08:00 GMT https://www.hollyshankland.com/img/s/v-12/u758198791-o469919373-50.jpg Holly Shankland Photography: Blog https://www.hollyshankland.com/blog 120 80 Sarah + Scott // Holly Farm, Carmel, CA https://www.hollyshankland.com/blog/2022/7/sarah-scott---holly-farm-carmel-ca Location: Carmel, CA

Venue: The Holly Farm

Beauty: Kim Larson Bridal

Music: DJ Antonio Diaz / Soundshine

Floral: Laughin' Gal Floral

Desert: La Crème Monterey

Catering: La Crème Monterey


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Sarah + Lev // Tahoe Blue Estates, CA https://www.hollyshankland.com/blog/2022/7/sarah-lev---lake-tahoe-ca Venue: Tahoe Blue Estate

Videographer: Little Wild

DJ: Cruz Entertainment

Florals: Create with T

Beauty: RAH Hair Studio

Catering: Roundabout

Bar Services: Celebrations Party Rentals

Wedding Dress: Grace Loves Lace

Bridesmaid Dresses: Petal and Pup

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Fallon + Scott // Palisades Tahoe, CA https://www.hollyshankland.com/blog/2022/7/fallon-scott---palisades-tahoe-ca Venue: Palisades Tahoe

Florals: Love and Lupines

Videography: Logan Lisle

DJ: Logan Steele

Hair: NorCal Brides, Sarina Bruno

Wedding Planning: The Wedding Plan & Company


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Sissy + John // Nakoma Resort, Lake Tahoe, CA https://www.hollyshankland.com/blog/2022/6/sissy-john---nakoma-resort-lake-tahoe-ca Venue: Nakoma Resort

Florals: Love & Lupines

Videographers: Modern 8 Films

DJ: DJ Funn

Cake / Dessert: Rebel Pioneer

Coordination: Joy Simplified Mountain Weddings with Klytia Dutton

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Kelly + Froilan // Sunnyside, Lake Tahoe https://www.hollyshankland.com/blog/2022/6/kelly-froilan---sunnyside-lake-tahoe Venue: Elopement near Sunnyside, Lake Tahoe

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Molly + Emerson // Resort at Squaw Creek, Lake Tahoe, CA https://www.hollyshankland.com/blog/2022/6/molly-emerson---resort-at-squaw-creek-lake-tahoe-ca Wedding Venue: Resort at Squaw Creek

After Party Venue: Auld Dubliner Tahoe

Coordination: First Pick Planning

Videographer: Video Quest Productions

DJ: MMDJ Tahoe

Florals: Love & Lupines

Rentals: Celebrations! Party Rentals

Makeup: Kiss and Makeup Tahoe

Hair: Salon Bella Vita


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Laurie + John // Spring Ranch, Mendocino, CA https://www.hollyshankland.com/blog/2022/6/laurie-john---spring-ranch-mendocino-ca Venue: Spring Ranch

Coordination: Mendocino Weddings

Florals: Jen Johns Floral

Food: Feast Mendocino

Bar: Raise the Bar

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Greta + Bowen // The Holly Farm, Carmel, CA https://www.hollyshankland.com/blog/2022/6/greta-bowen---holly-farm-carmel-ca Venue: The Holly Farm

Coordination: Coastside Couture

Vintage Event Rental: Kiss Me Carmel

Rehearsal Catering: Albatross Ridge Winery, Fire on Wheels

Wedding Catering: La Crème Luxury Catering

Florals: Laughin' Gal Floral

Beauty: Kelly Jones Makeup and Hair

DJ: Belmont Entertainment

Vintage Photo Booth: The Booth Bus

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Dana + Drew // Valhalla, South Lake Tahoe, CA https://www.hollyshankland.com/blog/2022/6/dana-drew---valhalla-south-lake-tahoe-ca Venue: Valhalla

Coordination: Mountain Thyme Events

Florals: Flourish 

Music: Milton Merlos Productions

Catering: Washoe Public House 

Cake: Cornerstone Bakery

Beauty: Rah Beauty, Angela

Invitations & Menus: Ivy and Linen Design Co


 

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Zander + Miriam // Holly Farm, Carmel, CA https://www.hollyshankland.com/blog/2022/5/zander-miriam---holly-farm-carmel-ca Location: Carmel, CA

Venue: Holly Farm

Florals: Big Sur Florals

Catering: La Créme Montery

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Brooks + Dan // Spring Ranch, Mendocino, CA https://www.hollyshankland.com/blog/2022/5/brooks-dan---spring-ranch-mendocino-ca Venue: Spring Ranch

Floral: Mendocino Floral Design

Beauty: Kayla Arielle Artistry

Event Planning: Mendocino Weddings

Catering: Mendocino Outland

Video: Tucker's Creative

 


 

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Shaina + Patrick // Holly Farm, Carmel, Ca https://www.hollyshankland.com/blog/2022/5/shaina-patrick---holly-farm-carmel-ca Venue: The Holly Farm

Location: Carmel, CA

Photographer: Holly Shankland Photography

2nd Shooter: Tuckers Creative

Videographer: The_Schwartz

Vintage Rentals: Kiss Me in Carmel

Catering: La Creme Monterey

Beauty: Fellini Salon

 

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Molli + Drew // Lake Tahoe, CA Elopement https://www.hollyshankland.com/blog/2022/4/molli-drew---lake-tahoe-ca-elopement Florals: Ash + Lily


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Alex + Brian // Triple S Napa, CA https://www.hollyshankland.com/blog/2022/4/alex-brian---tripple-s-napa-ca Venue: Triple S Ranch

Florals: M Designs Floral and Events

Catering: Stacy Scott

Beauty: Eliza Desch

Cake: Flour & Bloom Cakes

Planning: Alexis Raine Events

 

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Molly + Emerson // Bridal session on snow // Palisades Tahoe, CA https://www.hollyshankland.com/blog/2022/2/molly-emerson---bridal-session-on-snow---palisades-tahoe-ca  Have you ever wanted to ski in all your wedding attire???? Molly + Emerson show us the way @ Palisades, Tahoe. I have to say the bride was ripping'.

 

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Nick + Mariah // Palisades Tahoe, CA https://www.hollyshankland.com/blog/2021/12/nick-mariah---palisades-tahoe  Nick + Mariah's second wedding celebration (Thank you, Covid )

Take a look at this magical golden hour in the Olympic Valley.

 

 

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Emily + Tyten // Cornerstone, Sonoma, CA https://www.hollyshankland.com/blog/2021/9/emily-tyten---cornerstone-sonoma-ca Venue: Cornerstone Sonoma

Floral: Julie Stevens Designs

Beauty: Ritual SalonDream Catcher Artistry 

Event Planning: Hitched by Haley

Catering: Folktable

Bride Fashion: Wildbride

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Noelle + Taylor // Mendocino, CA https://www.hollyshankland.com/blog/2021/8/noelle-taylor---mendocino-ca Venue: Spring Ranch

Planner: Mendocino Weddings

Floral: Mendocino Floral Design

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Max + Jess // Edgewood, Lake Tahoe, CA https://www.hollyshankland.com/blog/2021/8/max-jess-edgewood---lake-tahoe Venue: Edgewood

Coordination: Awe Tahoe

Beauty: Rah Beauty Bar at Edgewood

Floral: Thrans Flowers

Video: Jones Lane Studio


 




 

 

 

 

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Ian + Anna // The Hideout, Kirkwood, CA https://www.hollyshankland.com/blog/2021/8/ian-anna---the-hideout-kirkwood-ca Fishin poles, canoes, bolo ties, turquoise, cowboy cats, cowboy boots, rainier beer, swords, all of the dogs, champagne, golden light, hot babes, lake parties......I guess these were a few of my favorite things. Check out Lake Tahoe's ultimate wedding venue in the woods, The Hideout.

 

Watch the reel here from our lake day after party

 

Venue: The Hideout ( Perhaps the best in California )
 

 

 

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Katie + Griggs // Rainbow Lodge, CA https://www.hollyshankland.com/blog/2021/8/katie-griggs---rainbow-lodge-ca With details to die for...check out Katie and Griggs wedding at the Rainbow Lodge!!!

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Saige + Gavin // Big Sur, CA https://www.hollyshankland.com/blog/2021/7/saige-gavin Venue: Wind and Sea in Big Sur, California

Floral: Big Sur Flowers

Makeup: Lisa Teller Beauty 

Event Planning: Dazante Events 

Catering: Chef Hyson Epstein

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Christopher + Sarah // Mendocino, CA https://www.hollyshankland.com/blog/2021/6/christopher-sarah---mendocino-california Venue: Cuffey's Cove at Elk, California, Mendocino County 

Floral: Mendocino Floral Design

Bar: Mendocino Outland Bartending

Coordination: Mendocino Weddings

Video: Sun House Video

Catering: Katie Powers Catering

Hair & Makeup: Bridal MUAH

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Max + Jess // Joshua Tree Bridal session https://www.hollyshankland.com/blog/2021/5/max-jess---joshua-tree-bridal-session Park Ranger as we enter.

"Are you getting Married"?

"Max".....uh, someday"

Max and Jess couldn't bring their two doodles to the wedding day so we had our own special photo shoot with the dogs in the desert! The sunset did not disappoint.

 

 

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Mary + Nick // Lake Tahoe, CA https://www.hollyshankland.com/blog/2021/5/mary-nick Venue: The Chateau at Incline Village

Wedding Planner: Epic Thyme Events 

Photographer: Holly Shankland Photography 

Hair and Makeup: Rah Hair Studio

DJ: Ascent DJ Productions

Floral: Golden Fields Floristry 

Cake: Flour Girl Wedding Cakes 

 

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Becca + Kurt // Big Sur + Carmel, CA https://www.hollyshankland.com/blog/2021/5/becca-kurt---big-sur-carmel-ca

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Chanel + Colton // Rolling Hills, CA https://www.hollyshankland.com/blog/2021/5/chanel-colton Dress: Rue De Seine

Venue: Family's Private Residence

Location: Rolling Hills, CA

Photographer: Holly Shankland Photography 

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Keith + Jackie // Olympic Valley, CA https://www.hollyshankland.com/blog/2021/3/keith-jackie---olympic-valley-ca
Couple: Keith + Jackie

Venue: Squaw Valley Weddings

Reception: Garwoods

Video: Aflatis

Coordinates Jewelry: Lat & Lo 

Publishing: Tahoe Unveiled 

Photography: Holly Shankland Photography

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Catherine + Adam // Lake Tahoe Elopement https://www.hollyshankland.com/blog/2020/9/catherine-adam


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Kerry + Arie // Meeks Bay Private Estate Wedding https://www.hollyshankland.com/blog/2020/8/kerry-arie---meeks-bay-private-estate-wedding  

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Sophie + Andrew // Mill Valley, CA https://www.hollyshankland.com/blog/2020/8/sophie-andrew---mill-valley-ca

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Emily + Branden // Northstar CA Resort, Lake Tahoe https://www.hollyshankland.com/blog/2020/3/emily-branden

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Leo + Sabrinah // Leap of Love, Squaw Valley https://www.hollyshankland.com/blog/2020/2/leo-sabrinah---leap-of-love-squaw-valley
 

Leap Year only comes around every four years and this year was a year of Leaping! Squaw Valley Weddings hosted a ceremony and reception on Leap Day for 27 couples, all uniquely different in their foundational goals and intentions for being there on that day. Some couples showed up to the windy, yet beautifully sunny, Squaw Valley morning planning to renew their lifelong vows, while for others, this was their first leap into the rest of their lives. 

 

Leo and Sabrinah asked me to join them alongside 26 other couples for the Leap of Love to capture their adventurous romance as they said “I do” in front of so many teary-eyed on-lookers in the Squaw Valley Village. Leo and Sabinah met at the University of Vermont where they both got their degrees in 2017 and since, have never left each other's side as they moved around the United States for their Travel Nursing jobs. They lived in Salt Lake City most recently and now, Reno is their landing place until they uproot again for work. They both love to mountain bike, ski and snowboard and get out and climb together too! Sabrinah was a natural model on the slopes during her wedding day, with her sweet sassy brown eyes (their wedding song was Brown Eyed Girl) and Leo was so thoughtful and caring toward her. Their love was obvious in such a subtle way as they cruised around Squaw together, holding hands on their skis and snowboard. A very natural connection. 

 

When I met them in the morning, they rolled up in their Mercedes Sprinter Van, I knew they were going to be a rad couple! Their mellow yet exciting demeanor was contagious. It was cool to see so many couples relaxed, excited and in love on their wedding day. There is a definite “chill” vibe to all my eloping couples. I love it! 

 

The ceremony was performed by Meredith Richmond of Ceremonies By Meredith. She has such a beautiful way of setting the stage and mellowing a crowd of 27 jittery couples all together in one space. She made time for each couple to say their vows to each other and allow for privacy together while in a very public eye. I’ve been to quite a few weddings that she has officiated and we’ve actually become good friends. She has such a talent that exists within her voice alone, it’s just perfect. Megan Ganim of Made Rowdy Events was my Photo Assistant for the day. She was able to live stream the event for close family and friends that I’m sure would have loved to been right there with them! 

 

After the ceremony, all the couples either went skiing or headed over to Base Camp in the Squaw Village and cut cake, danced to a live band, and toasted with champagne. 

 

Leo and Sabinah, Megan and I all went up KT-22 to take a few victory laps. Sabrinah and Leo cut their cake on the lift, it was pretty iconic! 

 

We had a super fun afternoon! What’s better than champagne, skiing, cake, laughing, dancing, and love!?! 

 

Leo and Sabrinah’s first wedding gift from Mother Nature was a powder day!!! Lucky for them, they got to camp in their epic van and be one of the first on the slopes to enjoy the snow! Elopements make me so happy! They truly are a way to have a low stress, love celebration, incorporating what matters most to YOU! 

  

Vendors: 

 

Photo Assistant: Megan Ganim at Made Rowdy Events 

Officiant: Ceremonies by Meredith 

Venue: Squaw Valley Weddings 

 

              

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Rainbow Lodge // Styled Shoot, Donner Pass, CA https://www.hollyshankland.com/blog/2019/10/rainbow-lodge---styled-shoot-donner-pass-ca Rainbow Lodge // Styled Shoot, Donner Pass, CA
 


The Rainbow Lodge was built in 1869 from local granite and hand-hewn logs used to build the Trans Sierra Railroad. This special spot in Soda Springs has so much history. It used to be a stagecoach stop for those traveling through the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range on a horse and covered wagon. Every corner of this lodge has character and vintage accessories that embody what could be the perfect Tahoe wedding. You can feel it’s authentic rustic vibes with scattered vintage ski photos across the lodge with boar and elk heads decorating the living spaces. It sits on 114 acres along the South Yuba River with aspens and pine groves accented the High Sierra mountains. 

 

I was asked to put together a stylized wedding shoot for The Rainbow Lodge to showcase its reopening. They used to host weddings, but put that part of their business on hold and now Tahoe is lucky enough to have it open again for bookings. It can sleep 88 people! It's the perfect place to hold a party where your guests do not have to drive home. We did this shoot in the fall and it was insanely beautiful with all of the granite and fall colors. 

 

I had so much fun piecing together all of the details for this shoot. Makeup was crafted by Kiss and Makeup, the dress was a Rue De Sein that we fit to my model-bride and best friend, Aubrey McCready at the dress shop, Swoon, in Reno. Zoe Jane Hair from Truckee beautifully sculpted Aubrey’s hair and I asked Love and Lupines to design fall florals and it couldn’t have turned out more perfect as a setting amidst the yellows and oranges that were in the mountains that week.

 

I got to bring together some of the best vendors in the business to style a shoot exactly how we envisioned it. There’s also something refreshing about having time to capture a moment without time constraints that might be present on a real wedding day. There was time to explore and play and that’s actually a reason why I encourage all of my brides to schedule a time for photos outside of the wedding day; it’s less pressure. For example, I shot Aubrey’s wedding when she and Aaron got married in 2017 and the next day, we went out on the lake and shot wake surfing photos of them together in their wedding outfits. It’s an opportunity to incorporate the things a couple loves to do together like biking or skiing and in Aubrey and Aaron’s case, time spent on Lake Tahoe. 

 

Aubrey and I have been friends since we were 15 both growing up in Michigan dreaming of bigger mountains. Living in Tahoe together now, it’s a bit surreal to look back on the dreams we had together as kids and watch them come to life. Aubrey is a talented wedding photographer as well and we often work as a team to combine ideas and bounce concepts off of each other.

 

I shot Aubrey’s wedding so it was like round two doing a stylized shoot with them together again. Aubrey and I feel comfortable around each other which made this shoot so smooth because we’re already so used to working and being with each other. We’ve seen each other in many phases of life and truly grown together so there’s an unspoken understanding on both sides of the camera. 

 

We both walked away from this shoot feeling like it was one of those “best days of our lives” kind of days. I know for Aubrey too, being a bride again was extra special. 

 

It’s really amazing working with venues to showcase their beauty and especially the opportunity to do it in Tahoe as a local who lives only 10 minutes from this spot. Keep an eye out for this venue, they already have bookings lined up! I have some insight too and hear they’re putting in a 40 person hot tub, like come ON. 

 

Vendors

 

Venue: The Rainbow Lodge

Florals: Love and Lupines Floral Design

Wedding Dress: Rue De Sein

Models: Aubrey and Aaron McCready

Hair: Zoe Jane Hair

Makeup: Kiss and Makeup