I’ve gotta say, this was one of the more fun weddings I’ve photographed. Not because it was on a waterfront house on Lake Tahoe, but because the couple was so chill. When I had gotten into town on Friday, Jay was telling me that most of the weddings he does up there have pretty cool couples, and they’re never really taut or anything about the course of wedding, but rather there to really enjoy their day together.
This couple was exactly that. They were really relaxed about everything, and their affection for each other was unmistakable – truly a breath of fresh air to see them interact together.
One thing I thought was pretty interesting however, was their photo they had listed as the “most important shot of the day.”
(Side note – usually during a wedding, there might be a shot list of certain things the couple wants for their album ie. the dress, shoes, earrings, family photo with uncle bernhard)
It turned out that the most important photo of the day was a shot of their dog, Darcy, walking across the bridge towards the ceremony with her flower collar on. Not the bride, but their Bernese Mountain Dog with it’s decorative necklace. Now, there is also a back-story to this as well…throughout the day, I had a few conversations with some of the coordinators and groomsmen about the process of using dogs in weddings. Apparently, sometimes what happens is that dogs will get overwhelmed by all the people and they get excited and run amuck during the ceremony. To prevent this from happening, you have to feed the dog Benedryl in order for them to stay relaxed. We had to feed Darcy about 5 or 6 pills before she calmed down! It ended up working perfectly, and Darcy made her triumphant walk across the bridge just fine.
I’m a dog person myself, so I thought it was pretty cool that they made Darcy an important part of their day (and the photos).
Here are some photos to remember the day, enjoy!