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WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIOS ARE OPEN - Many couples don’t want to wait. They are planning to get married in the very near future, eloping, or rushing a small ceremony with their photographer, some close friends, and family but dispensing with or postponing the reception party. 

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Tahoe City, California Elopement Photo Story Award

Tahoe City wedding ceremony was on the deck of VRBO with a view of Lake Tahoe

Tahoe City, California Elopement Photography of The bride, groom, and their friends rented a house in Tahoe City with a sweeping view of Lake Tahoe. The wedding ceremony was on the deck.

The bride, groom, and their friends rented a house in Tahoe City with a sweeping view of Lake Tahoe. The wedding ceremony was on the deck.

Kimberly and Mike wanted a small wedding in a beautiful location. They found a great place to spend the weekend in Tahoe City, and invited four of their closest friends. Their son Oliver came along as well, and Kimberly is pregnant with a little girl! The house where they stayed has a large deck overlooking Lake Tahoe. It was a great place for a small outdoor wedding ceremony.

A mini wedding like this is different from a large wedding on several levels. One of the main benefits I continue to see at events like this is that without a strict timeline, there is less stress overall. In this case, we chose a ceremony time and then decided on a photography start/finish time that sounded good to everyone. After the ceremony, they planned to order takeout from a great restaurant in town. That was essentially the itinerary for the day!

As everyone got ready for the ceremony, it became clear that this was a big day for their son as well. It felt like this was a wedding for three people, not just two. I enjoyed photographing Oliver's big day as much as I enjoyed photographing Kimberly and Mike's big day!

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Tahoe City, California Elopement Picture | The groom, two friends, and the groom's son get dressed for their small wedding

The groom, two friends, and the groom's son get dressed for their small wedding in Tahoe City, CA.

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Tahoe City, California Elopement Photo | The groom and bride's son didn't want to wear a tie! The groom tries to convince him by explaining that all the guys are wearing one for the wedding.

The groom and bride's son didn't want to wear a tie! The groom tries to convince him by explaining that all the guys are wearing one for the wedding. The bride tries to distract and calm him by giving him one of his favorite toys.

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Tahoe City Elopement Image | The bride wore a strapless black wedding dress

The bride wore a strapless black wedding dress and a colorful flower crown.

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Tahoe Elopement Image | The wedding couple's two dogs were an important part of the wedding day

The wedding couple's two dogs were an important part of the wedding day, so they wore floral dog collars around their necks.

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California Elopement Ceremony Photo | The bride and groom's son sat in his own special chair during the ceremony

The bride and groom's son sat in his own special chair during the ceremony, equipped with a blanket and his favorite snacks.

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Tahoe City, California Elopement Ceremony Image | The wedding ceremony was emotional for the groom

The wedding ceremony was emotional for the groom, especially the exchange of vows.

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California Elopement Ceremony Detail Image | The bride and groom's son was given an important role during the ceremony.

The bride and groom's son was given an important role during the ceremony. His job was to hand the rings over to each of his parents before the wedding ring exchange part of the ceremony.

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Tahoe City, California Elopement Photo | The bride, groom, and their son opted for an informal cake-cutting

The bride, groom, and their son opted for an informal cake-cutting, forgoing utensils and simply feeding one another by hand.

What are the Requirements for a California Marriage License?

  • Both partners must be 18 years or older, be present, and have valid picture identification
  • Have the full birth names the couple's parents (including mother’s maiden name and state or country of birth)
  • If either partner has been divorced within the last 90 days, you must bring divorce papers showing the date of dissolution
  • No blood test required
  • You do not have to be a California resident to marry in California
  • There is no waiting period between receipt of a marriage license and the ceremony
  • Minors cannot be licensed to marry in California without a parent's written consent and a Superior Court Order