Thank you is the first thing I must say to these two. Thank you for trusting us and for letting us capture such a unique love story. Athena and Erik invited us in and let us capture the beautiful family they were creating last Sunday. They chose Northstar in North Lake Tahoe as the best place for their family and friends to get away for a weekend, play games, drink wine and enjoy the mountains. After doing all of that on Saturday Erik and Athena had a gorgeous wedding on Sunday where are their family helped setup, and create every detail of their wedding day. The cross, the flower boxes, the games, every detail was made by Athena and her friends.
It all started one night at a bar in North Lake Tahoe where Dominic and Christy met. Soon they were skiing and snowboarding together and getting away to have fun. Quickly they became inseparable and Tahoe became the place they loved together. It was that very same bar that Dominic proposed to Christy exactly one year from when they met. How could we not go back to Tahoe to photograph their engagement photos? Little did any of us know that there would be a fun surprise snow storm awaiting us! 20 degree weather is no problem when you’ve got your love to keep you warm. 🙂 We started at their cabin in Donner for a couple cute photos of them both dressed to impress. I was pleasantly surprised as Dominic came out in his tux and Christy in her fun gold sequins!
We then drove down the street to the Donner Lake. This is where these two like to have a bit of fun in the summer. This, however, is not sumer time. In fact this is when we were hit by the snowstorm the hardest. We got out of the car and snow was actually going sideways with a strong wind from the west. That did not stop these two from having a blast!
We decided we had all had fun and were getting a bit cold. A quick change was in order to head to downtown Truckee. It was amazing as the sun decided to poke it’s head out just in time for us!
I still can not believe we went from howling winds to beautiful sunset in just an hour! Who would have ever guessed this is how their amazing afternoon would have ended. Thank you again Christy and Dominic, we can not wait for your wedding in September!
Ok my lovely blog readers, get ready for the best “how they met” story, ever. Seriously, it is straight out of a movie…
Kristin accompanied her little brother on a trip to Europe. One night in Paris, the two siblings spent the night apart, each doing their own thing. Kristin ended up at a nearby bar, where the bartender introduced her to the charming Claude. The two hit it off right away and spent such an amazing evening together, that Claude offered to show them around Paris the next day. Well, they just could not get enough of each other, so Claude met up with Kristin and her brother in Amsterdam and finally at their last stop of the trip, in Prague. Kristin went home to California and Claude went back to Paris. When for the average person, that could have been the end of the story, don’t think for a second that 5000 miles and an ocean could keep these two apart. They simply could not be without each other, so Claude came to the U.S. to visit a couple times before Kristin decided she couldn’t be without him any longer. She packed her bags and moved to Paris to be with the man she loved. It’s all so terribly romantic. What is even better, is that Geoff and I were in Paris when Kristin emailed us about their wedding. We were actually staying just a couple blocks away from their apartment! We met in a cafe near the Place de Bastille and fell in love with their unbelievably romantic love story. So, I don’t really have to tell you how EXCITED we were about this wedding!
Claude and Kristin decided to have their wedding back in California, but wanted to have a fun destination for their guests, so the decided to get married near Lake Tahoe at the Sugar Bowl resort. It was so beautiful there! The wedding was really a coming together of friends and family from all over the world. There were people there from Norway, Holland, Sweden, France (of course), and Indonesia, just to name a few.
Kristin is such a sweet girl. She is so nice and happy and so very much in love with Claude.
Oooh, la, la!
TrГЁs magnifique! Talk about an amazing view!
Claude and Kristin’s ceremony was so sweet. It was performed in both French and English and getting to hear their story again was wonderful. It was full of many laughs and happy tears.
These of French gentlemen were definitely not used to, as they called it, the American smile, but they were such great sports for us photographers!
After the ceremony and some photos, we all headed back to the lodge for the ceremony.
How beautiful is this backdrop for celebrating? Love it!
Appropriately, all of the tables were named after some of Paris’ most famous monuments and attractions.
Honestly, the toasts are one of my favorite parts of the day and this wedding had some fantastic speeches. I think the highlight was Claude’s best man’s toast. So funny and heartwarming. His comedic timing was impeccable! Especially for english being his second language. He even mentioned how, in preparation for being Claude’s best man, he even practiced his American smile for the photographer. We think he did great!
For dessert, Claude and Kristin had a Croquembouche, the traditional french wedding cake. It is a cone shape, covered in profiteroles (cream puffs) and drizzled in sugary syrup. The inside even lit up!
Claude and Kristin, we feel beyond lucky that we got to meet you and capture your wedding day. You love story is completely amazing and so inspiring. We hope our future travels bring us back to Paris and we get to see you both again sometime! Congratulations!
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