Wow. Cynthia and Nick chose the kind of wedding venue that simply takes your breath away. I’ve photographed weddings in Lake Tahoe before, so I am no stranger to the altitude. But, Squaw Valley High Camp is the kind of venue that leaves you struggling for words.
I’ve always felt that giving your wedding guests a bit of a “journey” is always a good thing. If it takes some time, and maybe even some difficulty to get to your wedding, that gives guests a chance to reflect. On their journeys. On yours.
Cynthia and Nick’s day was a journey of many steps. Step one: guests had to make it to Lake Tahoe. Step two: after the ceremony at the iconic Queen of Snows Church, guests were ferried up to the High Camp via an epic aerial tram. I have to say, this part of the trip was my absolute favorite. Let me explain.
As you know, I am an avid crossfitter. I love nothing more than some time being put on the clock, and being given a task to accomplish before the time expires. Well, the ride up to 8,200 feet takes about 10 minutes. So I had 10 minutes to create some photo magic with Cynthia and Nick in that tram. And I hope you’ll agree – we succeeded.
What I really loved about working with Cynthia and Nick was how chill the couple was. They took the day in stride, and tried to simply enjoy every minute. As it turns out, Cynthia Talmadge used to be a professional boxer, so it’s no surprise that she was cool as cucumber on her wedding day.