Destination intimate wedding + elopement photographer based out of Lake Tahoe, available for travel worldwide.
 
 
 

a powerful wedding experience that will inspire you for the rest of your lives.

 
 
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in a world where we encourage people to be their best selves, we lack empowerment.

 
 

Can you imagine the way the world would change if everyone who had a dream was told they could do it, reach for it, achieve it? If we collectively came together and empowered the people around us to choose what sets their souls on fire?

Your elopement is bigger than a gorgeous day in a beautiful place: it is an opportunity to be empowered to choose what speaks to your most authentic self, and in turn — pass that empowerment along to someone else. It’s a beautiful circle, that ultimately allows you to tap into who you really are, with the person who feels most like home. HECK YES.

 
 
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hey, I’m Ruthanne.

And the guy making me smile so big? That’s my husband, Demetri. We eloped on top of a mountain in 2017 overlooking our home of Lake Tahoe & Truckee — with our families supporting us, and encouraging us to choose what spoke to our hearts. Ultimately, that’s why I’m here, because the people we love empowered us, and I wanted to pass that along to you. I love people. Not only that, but I love creating meaningful relationships that carry over into life beyond working together. Hiring me does not just mean I show up, shoot your photos, send them off a few weeks later and never talk to you again. From start to finish, the process is dynamic and spirited, full of the essence of you, because I promise: I will take the time to get to know what makes you who you are, and empower you to always seek what makes you feel the most alive.

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listen to the elopement podcast

Eloping, for most people — is new. There are unknowns about so many different things, and seeking the answers can prove to be challenging in a world focused on centerpieces and seating charts. This is the first elopement podcast, ever.

The Elopement Podcast is here to serve you and make you feel confident and empowered in your choice to ditch tradition.

I believe eloping is awesome and I want you to feel the same way at the end of it all, too. Subscribe below so you don’t miss a beat!

 

 
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my couples have said the nicest things about me


 

 
 

INTIMATE WEDDING & ADVENTURE ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY

LOCATED IN LAKE TAHOE, CALIFORNIA

FUN. ENERGETIC. NATURAL.


Adventure is just a word. Working with me? That’s a feeling. From the moment you inquire, it’s my goal to make you comfortable. I know where to take you, how to plan your day, and will surround you with the kind of energy that makes you excited today, tomorrow, and every day after.

Marriage is the coolest thing I’ve ever been apart of, and I want my couples to feel as supported as I did in their journey and choice.

If you dream of eloping, this is it. This is your sign.


 
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ditching tradition can be scary & I get it.


Flipping the bird to traditions and expectations can be scary AF.

Yes, I said it. I’m not gonna sugarcoat it - you could be the most excited to elope, but have this twinge of “is this the right move?” tugging at your heart. I get it.

I’m here to help you, and when I say I want to be your #1 fan, I mean it.

I want to empower you to follow your heart, chase this dream and have the best freaking day ever - YOUR WAY.

Heck, I’ll even help you write a letter to your great aunt Margaret telling her that you’re eloping. Why? Because eloping is the most liberating thing in the whole world, and this is coming straight from the mouth of someone who did it herself. No one should make you question something that you want. I don’t just “know how it goes” because I shoot elopements - but because I had one too. Which is why there is an entire page dedicated to the questions you have.

I am no stranger to the fears, worries and doubts. But I am here to tell you: it is worth it, and you will find total joy in the decision to spend your day doing whatever you want.

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take a peek through these full galleries!

Claire and Wilson West Shore Lake Tahoe

claire & wilson

A stormy October day lent itself to some moody & romantic elopement portraits overlooking big blue herself.

Truckee elopement photography highway 89

carrie & tim

Morning elopement on the shore of a lake north of Truckee. These two called me 3 days before their plans, and we made it happen!

south lake tahoe intimate wedding adventure

jo & brian

South Lake Tahoe Intimate Wedding with a flare of adventure + spontaneity.


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