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Valhalla Grand Hall, Lake Tahoe wedding ceremony photos – Lindsay & Dan

The historic Valhalla Grand Hall is a beautiful location for a Lake Tahoe wedding.

The historic Valhalla Grand Hall is a beautiful location for a Lake Tahoe wedding.

Lindsay and Dan held their wedding ceremony at the Valhalla Grand Hall in South Lake Tahoe. Valhalla means “heavenly place” in Norwegian, and this building and location are certainly in a heavenly place. The Grand Hall is located along the sourth east shore of Lake Tahoe and is certainly a romantic site for a wedding.

The Valhalla Grand Hall was built in 1924 and has beautifully detailed wood and stone features including a wrap-around, lodge pole pine porch with gorgeous views of the lake. Inside there are hardwood floors and the French doors open onto the porch and a large lawn. At one end of the hall is a huge 20-foot tall stone fireplace and walk-in hearth that served as the backdrop for Lindsay and Dan’s wedding ceremony.

Lindsay and Dan's mothers light the unity candles to start the wedding ceremony at the Valhalla Grand Hall on the shores of Lake Tahoe.

Lindsay and Dan's mothers light the unity candles to start the wedding ceremony at the Valhalla Grand Hall on the shores of Lake Tahoe.


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Lake Tahoe Wedding Reception Photos – Lindsay & Dan

Serenading of the bride.

Serenading of the bride.

Following the portraits at Emerald Cove and Valhalla Grand Hall the wedding party made their way to Murphy’s Irish Pub in South Lake Tahoe for the wedding reception. It was a beautiful Lake Tahoe evening and a wonderful time was had by all.

Lindsay and Dan's first dance as a married couple.

Lindsay and Dan's first dance as a married couple.


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Citizen Hotel, Sacramento, Wedding photography, Vanessa & Michael

Vanessa and her father wait to walk down the aisle to the wedding ceremony in the penthouse suite of the Citizen Hotel in Sacramento.

Vanessa and her father wait to walk down the aisle to the wedding ceremony in the penthouse suite of the Citizen Hotel in Sacramento.

Vanessa and Michael were married at the Citizen Hotel in Sacramento on July 8, 2009 (07/08/09). It was an small intimate family wedding with the ceremony held on one of the penthouse balconies of the hotel and the dinner held on another. Michael, Vanessa and members of their family had the entire penthouse of the hotel, so it was quite a special event. The officiant was a close friend of Vanessa’s making the entire event quite special.

The views from the penthouse are outstanding. The capitol dome to one side and the Darth Vader building to another while overlooking Cesar Chavez park and the City of Sacramento Town Hall.

It was a wonderful event that I really enjoyed with a wonder group of people!

Vanessa and Michael also had a fun engagement photo session in Old Town Sacramento.

Vanessa and Michael say their vows on the penthouse balcony of the Citizen Hotel overlooking the city of Sacramento.

Vanessa and Michael say their vows on the penthouse balcony of the Citizen Hotel overlooking the city of Sacramento.

A wedding portrait near the California State Capitol in Sacramento.

A nice wedding portrait near the California State Capitol in Sacramento.

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Palace of Fine Arts engagement photos, San Francisco – Margaret & James

Margaret & James walk through the grounds at thePalace of Fine Arts in San Francisco for the engagment photos shoot.

Margaret and James decided that the grounds of the Palace of Fine Arts in the Marina District of San Francisco would make and ideal location for an engagement photo shoot and they were absolutely correct.

The Roman and Greek inspired architecture at the Palace of Fine Arts made for a wonderful backdrop for an engagement photo shoot.

We had beautiful weather at the end of June for the engagement shoot – the weather was warm and the late afternoon sun was shining brightly.

The Palace of Fine Arts was originally built in 1915 for the Panama-Pacific Exposition. It is now used for concerts and other arts events.

I love the shadows in this image - I'm always on the lookout for strong graphical elements in my photos as well as great moments and emotions.


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Engagement photo shoot in Sacramento’s Land Park – Heather & Eric

Heather and Eric sit along a wall on 15th Avenue during their engagement session in Land Park in Sacramento.

Heather and Eric decided to have their engagement photos taken in Land Park in Sacramento because that was where Eric popped the big question and asked Heather to marry him.

It was late in the afternoon on warm summer day that we met in the park and just decided to stroll around to see what kinds of scenes were around that would make for good backdrops for their photo shoot. We found this nice wall along 15th avenue and nearby were some well maintained gardens as well as a pond with a spraying fountain. They all made for some nice photos.

Heather and Eric are planning a wedding at St. Joseph’s Church in Clarksburg, California with the reception to follow at Wilson Vineyards in Clarksburg. It should be a lot of fun – stay tuned.

This is a cute shot from Heather and Eric's engagement photo shoot - peering from behind some trees near Land Park Drive.

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Casa Gardens, Sacramento, wedding photography – Stef & Mike

Stephanie gives directions to a lost guest before the ceremony.

Stephanie gives directions to a lost guest before the ceremony.

Stefanie and Mike were married at the Casa Garden Restaurant and Meeting center in Sacramento on June 20, 2009. It was a beautiful day for a wedding and a fun venue. The Casa Garden is run by a volunteer staff and all of the proceeds from events at the Gardens benefit the Sacramento Children’s Home.

Stephanie gets ready to put on her wedding dress.

Stephanie gets ready to put on her wedding dress.

Stefanie and Mike's rings sit on some rose petals.

Stefanie and Mike's rings sit on some rose petals.

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Old Town Sacramento engagement shoot – Vanessa & Michael

This is the engagement shoot I did for Vanessa and Michael in Old Town Sacramento.
Their wedding was a small intimate family affair on the penthouse balcony of the Citizen Hotel in downtown Sacramento.

Vanessa & Michael on L Street in Old Town Sacramento.

Vanessa & Michael on L Street in Old Town Sacramento.

Having fun on one of the trains near the Rail Road Museum in Old Town.

Having fun on one of the trains near the Rail Road Museum in Old Town.

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