Jan 1, 2020

Real Elopements

2019 is in it’s final moments – and I’m gearing up for another crazy year! I wanted to take time to reflect on all of the incredible people I met & images we created together!

I started out here at home in Tahoe on New Year’s day 2019 with Melissa & Aaron. Samantha & John weren’t too far behind with an intimate ceremony of just the two of them in South Lake Tahoe. Tristan & Andrew celebrated their engagement at Donner Lake, as well as Jess & Jim in the woods!

Laura & Dustin endured a pretty snowy afternoon for their elopement (it was amazing!) and Nikki & Kevin followed me up a mountain to make some magic overlooking the North Shore.

Natalia & Spencer celebrated their engagement in her hometown right here in Truckee! M & Rob skied Homewood for an adventure session. Shortly after I jaunted up to Seattle to document Kelly & Jameson, and jumped right back on a plane that night to make it home for Sarah & Robert’s elopement on the West Shore.

I got to document Hannah & Steven’s anniversary in the rain, and Jaime & Davis hosted one hell of a party on Donner Lake to celebrate their new life together. Alex proposed to Bridget in South Lake Tahoe, and Sam + Mariana celebrated TEN YEARS! married!

Ashley & Nick hosted the most incredible intimate wedding at a private family estate on the West Shore (we even got to go on a boat!) and Amy & Hunter flew to Tahoe from Florida for a private elopement. Sara & Ryan spent the sunrise saying “I do” followed by a magical time in the woods. Gabby & Ben hosted the most classic party – full of fun & dancing.

Rachel & Ed experienced big blue in all her glory for a sunrise elopement, and Kaitlin & Max hiked miles to get the best view for their elopement with just their son as a witness.

Bridget & Dean flew to California for a coastal elopement, and Jenn & Ross brought their families to Tahoe to celebrate their intimate wedding.

Demetri & I flew to Switzerland for Khasarah & George’s adventurous Swiss elopement. Before we left, I got to be part of a wedding day that hit close to home – Colleen & Jon got married on the same mountain that I did!

Molly & Chris said I-do in an incredibly private and sweet ceremony in the Napa Valley. Sibylle & Patrik got married in a 500 year old church not far from where Sibylle grew up in Switzerland.

Sydney & Mike celebrated their wedding day with family in South Lake Tahoe. Dominie & Handel trusted me to trek them into the backcountry for an epic engagement session beneath one of the Sierra’s finest mountains.

Kayla (a childhood friend!) & Josh got engaged, and Jen & Mike hosted an intimate wedding in the Redwoods of the bay area with family and friends. Alex & Ian bucked tradition with a red dress & ball cap, and said their vows overlooking Donner Lake. Nate & Vanessa planned a somewhat last minute elopement with family, which resulted in an epic set of images.

Ashley & Colton let me create some images of them for my brand video, and I even got to photograph MY wedding photographer while she was in town! Kirsten & Ryan (and their pups, of course!) Madasyn & Kyle ditched their planned wedding for an intimate elopement outside of Zion National Park – and my dear friend Allison met me there the next day for anniversary photos/engagement photos.

And lastly, Handel & Dominie eloped in Tahoe 2 days before Christmas with family & friends. It was a dream.

2019 was the most amazing year full of incredible people. I can’t wait for what’s next! CHEERS!



Ruthanne is an Elopement Photographer & Expert based in Lake Tahoe, California. She specializes in elopements inspired by the beautify and elegance of the High Sierra mountains, but you can find her all over the west at any time. She lives in Truckee, California where she was born & raised, with her husband Demetri & Australian Shepherd, Sasha. 


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