What can I say about Elissa and Andrew that isn’t evident from the pure energy of these photos? Andrew and Elissa are from Texas, Dallas to be exact, and as big as that state is, completely replicated the size of their energy and love for each other. They are die hard cross fitters and I swear they could have benched pressed each other throughout the ceremony if they wanted to! I think Andrew picked Elissa up like a feather at least 85 times while I was there in pure, unadulterated passion for each other. Their entire entourage flew in from Texas to celebrate in Lake Tahoe at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe hotel. The waterfront setting was the perfect escape and venue for their amazing brunch wedding. Now the simple mention of a brunch wedding might leave you wondering about the lack of the traditional rough and rowdy reception dancing that most weddings portray deep into the night. Please leave those thoughts at home because this wedding rocked the house in broad daylight! Apple Z brought out the funk and the energy and spirit of the day was nothing I’d seen before before 3pm! They had a getaway boat ride planned to end the celebration but the waves were so rough on the lake that they improvised with a flower toss instead. I am blessed to have been a part of this union and celebration and only wish I could have stayed for the after wedding poker tournament.

Wedding Coordinators: Caroline and Hattie @ Caroline Events
Venue: Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe
Band: Apple Z

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While this photo may seem like an ordinary dance image, it is actually my favorite of the entire day. The bride and groom and both sets of their parents dancing in one shot. Moments. They move me.hyatt regency lake tahoe wedding photography hyatt regency lake tahoe wedding photography hyatt regency lake tahoe wedding photography hyatt regency lake tahoe wedding photography hyatt regency lake tahoe wedding photography hyatt regency lake tahoe wedding photography

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Congratulations you two beautiful people!

Riki and Dylan are the type of couple you want in your lives. They decided to hold their fun loving wedding at the Grass Valley North Star House venue which was the perfect rustic setting for their outdoor wedding. If you’re wondering how two people can be so good looking AND fun, stop now because I can assure you they are all that and a box of cookies. When you combine two last names like “Sheesley” and “Mitzel”, it’s only right that they combine into “Shitzel” in which all things wedding related soon became…Shitzelfest. It was hard for me to narrow down the post to just a few images because the entire day oozed with laughter and down right amazing moments. I feel so lucky to have been a part of this celebration and to witness their union. Truth be told, I was also there for the killer cupcakes and Billy Summers’ shenanigans (be on the lookout for his ridiculousness sprinkled throughout this post). This was one of those weddings that you never wanted to end…grandmas and grooms crying, cake smashing, dance floor butt grabbing, high jumping and jello shot slamming just to name a few. So without futher ado, enter Riki and Dylan and their day to never be forgotten.

North Star House, Grass Valley California

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