Woman Wednesday: Mollie Connell, Rebel Pioneer

Woman Wednesday: Mollie Connell, Rebel Pioneer

If there could be a person next to a word in the dictionary, Mollie would be under the word Badass, and Hard worker. I can't even list all the things she does. First off she's a mom of four kids (which is like a million kids, if you listen to Rachel Hollis's Rise Together podcast, think of her saying it) and homeschools ALL of them!!

Beach Lake Tahoe Engagement Session

Romantic beachy engagement session in Lake Tahoe

Lynn and Garrett decided to have a destination engagement session in Lake Tahoe, leading them to contact me! They are from Texas, so Tahoe is a bit different than what they're used to as far an environment.

They were such a fun couple to photograph. We got to walk along a path through a meadow that leads down to the beach, giving me lots of time to talk with them and have some laughs. The trail offered so many different settings for photos, which was great not because to get different looks I usually include two different locations that require driving. For some reason, the mosquitos were SO bad as in clouds of them. Every few seconds we were hitting mosquitos off ourselves. I pulled out my mosquito spray, but it was like I was spraying sugar water instead (Parent Trap fans anyone??).

One of the prettiest things that Tahoe has is when the lupine flowers are in bloom. They don't last very long, but we were able to find a little patch of those pretty purple flowers that were still alive! When I had Lynn and Garrett sit in the middle of the patch, it looked like that beautiful cheesy scene from the movie Twilight. Now that I've said that, you'll totally see it!

When we got to the Lake, instead of seeing the mountains and, it looked like we were on the ocean where it seems like the water has no end. There were so many fires going on in California that the smoke in Tahoe was pretty thick covering the mountains. But the colors from the sunset were gorgeous through the smoke, giving orange and pink colors. It made me miss living in San Luis Obispo and going to the ocean!

Winter Lake Tahoe Engagement Session; Jordan + Devon

Winter Lake Tahoe Engagement Session; Jordan + Devon

The snow didn't stop her from wearing a dress and heels. And she rocked it! One of the spots for photos was off the path, Jordan was going to wear her heels trudging right through that snow. But like a gentleman, Devon swooped up his girl and carried her. He didn't have shoes appropriate for snow either which meant getting the snow in his shoes, but it's better to have cold feet now than at the wedding. ;) 

Lake Tahoe, Winter Wedding: Ridge Resort

Lake Tahoe, Winter Wedding: Ridge Resort

Winter is not my favorite season but any place looks extremely dreamy with the snow covering everywhere. Lake Tahoe is already such a beautiful location for a wedding but with the pine trees and mountains dusted with snow, is an entirely new level of beautiful.

Winter Lake Tahoe Engagement Session: Riandy & Marcella

Winter Lake Tahoe Engagement Session: Riandy & Marcella

Snowy Engagement in Lake Tahoe

It's pretty much a whiteout outside, and you have an engagement session. Do you cancel? Nope!

Reno, Toiyabe Golf Club Wedding

Reno, Toiyabe Golf Club Wedding

Ten minutes away from ceremony time which is outside... it's sideways pouring rain. A quick decision was made to move the ceremony inside as the rain continued to get heavier. While everyone was pushing the reception tables around and setting the ceremony up inside,  I immediately looked at Katie to see how she was handling it