Whimsical Tahoe Wedding | Alex and Joel

August 19, 2016

Whimsical Tahoe Wedding, one to remember and was lots of fun. We had the privilege to shoot Alex and Joel’s Whimsical Tahoe Wedding back in May. This couple has such a cute love story and wedding the prove it. We were able to capture who they are and their love 100%.

We asked Alex and Joel to fill out a few questions for us and this is what they shared.


Questionnaire with the Couple

How Joel and Alex met

We met during our junior year of college at UC Berkeley.
I had tickets to a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert for February 19th. The guitarist broke his leg 2 weeks before their concert and the RHCPs had to cancel/postpone their California tour dates. My friend (and now bridesmaid) Jocelyn invited me to go to a masquerade party on frat row that night to make me feel better about missing out on the concert. Right as we were getting on the dance floor, their electricity blew out and after 45 mins of waiting around, they announced they weren’t able to get the electricity back on and cleared out the party. So much for making up for the missed concert. At that point, my ADPi Little Sis Casey (a bridesmaid as well) texted me to join her at the ADPi & Pi Kapp exchange (a party hosted by only those 2 houses). Her cousin Matt and her best friend Dimitri (a groomsman) were at the exchange and she convinced me to join her there. Jocelyn and I got to Pi Kapp but the party had also cleared out by the time we got there. We were just about to leave, when Joel and his friend stopped us in the foyer and introduced themselves. About 10 seconds into the introduction, a freshman slipped right in the foyer, spilling an entire pitcher of beer on my face. Joel ran upstairs to get me towels, and Jocelyn and several brothers tried to help me dry off in the bathroom. I created quite a scene and stormed out of Pi Kapp, pushing Joel as he tried to hand me a towel. We got back to our apartment and I realized I had caused quite a scene and never thanked Joel for getting the towel. I texted Casey to apologize about causing a scene at her best friend and cousin’s fraternity. She also gave me Joel’s number so I could apologize for pushing and yelling at him and thank him for getting the towel. I texted Joel an apology and two minutes later he texted me back asking if I’d like to go get ice cream the next day.


The Proposal


After graduating from Cal, and before starting law school together, Joel and I embarked on a 4-month backpacking trip through Europe. About 2.5 months into the trip, we rented a studio apartment for a week in Paris. On our last night in Paris, we ate at a restaurant with a view of the Eiffel Tower. After the dinner, we took a romantic walk around the Eiffel Tower and watched everyone rush to the metro to catch the last midnight train. We were all alone as we watched the Eiffel Tower’s midnight light show. Joel said we should take a photo and he set the camera down on self-timer. I didn’t know he had set it to take 15 photos in a row with the flash on (which meant about 45 seconds between photos). After the first couple photos, he knelt down and proposed right there in front of the Eiffel Tower, with no one else in sight.


Their Fondest Wedding Moment

My fondest wedding moment was our first dance to one of our favorite songs, “Then” by Brad Paisley. It was so magical to dance with my husband for the first time, surrounded by friends and family who had flown from all over the US to share our special day with us.


Interesting Facts about the Couple

We live in Davis, CA and are about to start our last year of law school at UC Davis School of Law. Currently, Joel and I are working as Summer Associates at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and the Federal Courthouse respectively. We’re “that couple” at our law school that takes all of our classes together and even TA’ed (we’re teaching assistants) for the same professor. We have an amazing group of law school friends and 35 of them joined us for our wedding day.

Favorite Wedding Vendors


Clane was by far my favorite wedding vendor! He is incredibly passionate about what he does and approaches everything with a high degree of professionalism and enthusiasm.
Our videographer, Ben Ridpath, was another favorite of mine. He is so fun to work with and he and his team worked so hard to capture all of the precious moments of our big day. He even incorporated drones over the dance floor and GoPro’s for time-lapse shots!


I also loved our caterer Clint Jolly, who was recently on Food Network’s Chopped competition. He was very creative in designing the dishes for our rehearsal dinner and wedding reception and incorporated our travel theme nicely.


Lastly, our DJ, Jammin J, made our reception so much fun. Jose and his wife Ana worked to host a highly personalized, yet fun reception for all of our guests. They even extended the dance floor another hour so we could dance until midnight.

Alex’s Advice for Future Brides

If you’re a busy bride, be sure to get a wedding planner! I tried to plan it without a wedding planner and quickly began falling behind on “deadlines”. The one caveat I would add though is that you shouldn’t be busy to research your wedding planner before booking them! They are such an important part of your day and you really want to be sure you’re picking the right one.






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The Chalet View Lodge was a great choice for this wedding


Chalet View Lodge, Badgley Mischka, Wedding Gown

Alex’s Badgley Mischka wedding gown was perfect for her wedding in the forest


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Quality Event Design arranged the lovely bouquets for Alex and her girls


Chalet View Lodge, Stylish Scribe

Perfectly scribed invitations


Chalet View Lodge, Badgley Mischka

Stunning Badgley Mischka wedding shoes to match her dress


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Alex’s Mother assisting her getting into her gown


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What a beautiful bride


Chalet View Lodge, Groomsman gifts

Joel handing his gifts to the men that helped him out on his BIG day


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Alex’s mother hand folded over 1000 cranes for her big day, Tradition


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What an emotional moment shared by the two of them


Chalet View Lodge, Bridesmaids

The lovely ladies of the gorgeous day


Chalet View Lodge, The Couple

What a magical moment to capture between this couple


Chalet View Lodge, Quality Event Design

Christina did at spectacular job as setting up and putting together the reception seating


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Such a wonderful arch that was hand made and put together specific for Joel and Alex


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“Here comes the Bride”


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So much excitement, “Joel you may now kiss the bride”


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Signature Picture Pose

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What a breathtaking photo captured of this couple


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Dee’s Bakery put together the perfect cake


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Hand engraved wood stand for Alex and Joel’s Cake


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Table setting and favors in one!


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Celebratory shot gun


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Picture perfect


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Enjoying their first dance together, how magical


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Cheers and congrats to Alex and Joel


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