Melissa + CJ’s Lake Tahoe Engagement Session

Lake Tahoe Engagement Session | Photography by Angie Capri

Melissa, CJ and their sweet Fur Baby Yukon are an adorable family. I’m always thrilled when a couple includes their sweet doggie in their engagement shoot or wedding. Melissa and CJ’s two favorite places in this world are Lake Tahoe during the winter, and Hawaii – well all year long! The Big Island of Hawaii is where they planned their Spring 2014 wedding and capturing them enjoying both destinations and including such diverse landscapes and climates was a treat. They were sure to include orange and blue Syracuse University NY school colors because CJ is a huge orange fan, since he was born and raised in NY.

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Sierra Foothills Anniversary Session Before the King Fire Destroyed the Land

I have such compassion for this couple. First their wedding pictures weren’t what they had hoped for. Then a fire destroyed their community. What a blessing to have these images to remember the beauty of a land not burnt over.

Fire Anniversary Shoot | Jennifer Lourie Photography

Megan and James weren’t happy with the way their wedding pictures turned out, so they contacted Jennifer Lourie Photography (not their original wedding photographer) to do an anniversary shoot. One month after capturing their beautiful anniversary shoot, the King Fire destroyed their anniversary shoot venue

Megan writes, “This fire was devastating. We were evacuated from our home for a few days… the pictures are a beautiful memory of what is now burnt down.”

1 month before the King Fire started, they contacted me to photograph them for an anniversary shoot in mid-August.

What we didn’t know was that less then a month later, the places we had photographed in, places we had visited as kids, would be shut down to the public for several weeks while firefighters battled a fire destroying everything it touched.

This couple not only love each other deeply (enough to have their fingerprints tattooed on each other in the shape of hearts) but also deeply love and connect to the areas that they were photographed in. The locations they choose were  places that they swam in the summer, and hiked through while waiting for school to start again. They choses places where everyone who grew up in this small town did the same activities- until September 13th, when the King Fire destroyed everything. The Fire burned until October 9th. By the time it was out, it had burned 97,717 acres including several mountain homes.

The areas have been re-opened to the public, and as the town returns to normalcy and people pick up the pieces of their lost homes, it is time to celebrate the memories of the places that were lost. These images depict not only the love of the couple, but the connection that not only they have, but this town has to the surrounding forests.

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Ella + Nathan’s Autumn Wilderness Engagement

Ella & Nathen are getting married at a modern indoor location, so they wanted to do something completely different for their engagement session. This outdoorsy, mountain engagement is so sweet and fun. The overcast sky makes all the colors look so rich, and Ella and Nathan’s couple’s youthful personalities are a perfect detail. Nathen’s southern charm is perfectly complemented by Ella’s girlish energy.
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Rustic Pyramid Lake Mountain Wedding in Alberta

Christina and Skye in a canoe | Pyramid Lake wedding | Jarusha Brown Photography

Christina and Skye‘s Pyramid Lake Wedding was perfection. The Rocky Mountains were stunning as usual, the sun was shining, the temperature was perfect, and these two beautiful souls promised themselves to each other. Jarusha Brown Photography was on hand to capture every sweet moment and every lovely rustic detail.
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