MAY & IAN: SOUTH LAKE TAHOE

January 8, 2018
Married Couple Walking Through Snow
Because Nothing Ever Goes According To Plan

When May and Ian invited us to Lake Tahoe to be the only others present while they exchanged their vows, we knew it would be the trip of a lifetime. We love the spirit of elopement photography, and they are easily one of the most affectionate and adventurous couples we have gotten to know. Their carefree attitude carried us through the hilarious mishaps of the trip (because nothing ever goes according to plan).

A Series of Not-So-Unfortunate Events

First, the rain. We are no strangers to moody weather, and Tahoe delivered with three days of constant drizzle. May and Ian weren’t discouraged; they embraced the cold rain and and even picked up some cute umbrellas. Those two turn everything into a reason to laugh!

Second, the rock slide. The guys had originally planned on exchanging their vows at Sand Harbor, but the highway had different ideas. We turned around and discussed some options while driving… a different beach, the forest, the top of the mountain. We couldn’t afford to drive too long though, as we were losing light. May nearly jumped out of the car when she saw the spot: a gorgeous snow-capped rock formation totally immersed in pristine pine forest. We pulled over, strapped on our snow shoes, and made our way to the spot. It seemed like they fell in love all over again. You don’t often see brides as happy as May when everything goes wrong!

Who Needs The Wedding Band, Anyway?

But the day had one last surprise in store for us. After Ian and May exchanged their vows, they started to walk into the woods. When May tried to take a step backward, her snow shoe caught and she fell into the snow! Ian reflexively thrust out his right hand to try and catch her (like any good husband would do), unconsciously jerking his left hand backwards and throwing the ring off of his finger. He had worn it a grand total of less than five minutes. May was totally fine, but Ian was a bit worried (like any good husband would be). We put down the cameras to help them search, but after an hour we still hadn’t found it.

Porque Nada Va Según Lo Planeado

Cuando May e Ian nos invitaron a Lake Tahoe para su matrimonio no tradicional, sabíamos que sería el viaje mas importante de sus vidas. Son fácilmente una de las parejas más cariñosas y aventureras que hemos llegado a conocer. Su actitud ante los percances del viaje nos enseñó lecciones que nos ayudaran para siempre.

Una Serie de Eventos Desafortunados

Primero, la lluvia. No somos ajenos al mal clima, y Tahoe ya llevaba tres días de lluvia constante. May e Ian no se desanimaron y compraron unos lindos paraguas. ¡Esos dos convierten todo en una razón para reír!

Los chicos habían planeado originalmente el intercambio de sus votos en Sand Harbor, pero la carretera tenía otros planes. Nos dimos la vuelta y hablamos sobre algunas opciones mientras conducíamos… una playa diferente, el bosque, la cima de la montaña. No podíamos manejar demasiado tiempo, ya que estábamos perdiendo luz. May casi saltó del automóvil cuando vio un lugar entremedio del bosque: una hermosa formación rocosa cubierta de nieve totalmente inmersa en unos pinos. Nos detuvimos, nos pusimos los zapatos de nieve, y nos dirigimos al lugar.

¿Quién Necesita Los Anillos?

Pero el día tenía una última sorpresa planeada para nosotros. Después de que Ian y May intercambiaron sus votos, comenzaron a caminar hacia el bosque. Cuando May intentó dar un paso atrás, ¡su bota de nieve se atrapó y cayó en la nieve! Ian intento ayudarla con la mano derecha (como cualquier buen esposo haría,) inconscientemente sacudió

su mano izquierda hacia atrás y tiro el anillo de su dedo. May estaba totalmente bien, pero Ian estaba muy preocupado. Dejamos las cámaras para ayudarlos a buscar, pero después de una hora todavía no encontrábamos el anillo.

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We decided to collect ourselves and come back to find the lost wedding ring in an hour. So we headed back to our home base, The Coachman Hotel, to tackle the situation.

What began as simple elopement photography had escalated into a full-scale find and rescue mission! The amazing hotel staff played a pivotal role: they connected us with a local hobbyist with a metal detector. Curtis was nice enough to drive from his mountain home in the rain to help hunt for the ring! With his help, we found it in five minutes, hiding beneath a finger’s width of snow. We’re pretty sure they could hear our cheer from the other side of the lake. We arrived back at the Coachman with light hearts, to find that they left a bottle of champagne in our room! May and Ian are that quintessential adventurous couple who make the most of every situation, and they started their life together on that exact note. They have a happy, exciting life ahead of them and we are so happy to have shared this one-of-a-kind day with them!

Decidimos volver a buscar el anillo en una hora. Así que nos dirigimos de nuevo a nuestra base de operaciones, El Coachman Hotel.

¡Lo que comenzó como un lindo intercambio de votos se había convertido en una misión de rescate a gran escala! El increíble personal del hotel jugó un papel fundamental: nos conectaron con un aficionado de detector de metales. ¡Curtis fue increíble y manejo  desde la cima de la montaña hasta la ciudad para ayudar a buscar el anillo! Con su equipo y ayuda, lo encontramos en cinco minutos. Estamos bastante seguros de que podían escuchar nuestros gritos de alegría desde el otro lado del lago. Llegamos de nuevo al hotel con corazones contentos, y para nuestra sorpresa, el personal del hotel había dejado una botella de champán en nuestras habitaciones! May e Ian son esa pareja aventurera que aprovechan al máximo cada situación, y comenzaron su vida juntos en esa nota exacta. ¡Tienen una vida feliz y emocionante por delante y estamos muy felices de haber compartido este día único con ellos!

Champagne for the Elopement at the Coachman Hotel
Congrats to the Newlyweds at the Coachman Hotel
Newlyweds Kissing at the Coachman Hotel
Newlyweds Celebrating at the Coachman Hotel
Content Couple at the Coachman Hotel in Lake Tahoe
Beautiful Newlyweds in Lake Tahoe
A Tender Moment After the Elopement
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