Katie and Emily: Lake Tahoe Golf Course LGBTQ Wedding

Nicky Byrnes Weddings

How to describe Katie and Emily? They are opposites and equals. They are silly and caring. They are beautiful and ridiculous. They are generous and curious. In short, I love them a whole lot, and they are the best. I was honored that they chose me to photograph their LGBTQ wedding in South Lake Tahoe!

I was lucky enough to Minneapolis, MN (where they live) to do some engagement photos for them and that’s when I knew that we’d be friends for a loooong time. They showed me around their awesome city and we had WAY TOO MUCH fun tasting the beers of Minneapolis. I also discovered that even though I HATE golf, Top Golf is actually super duper fun! But yeah I’m not good at it in the slightest…

They got married during Pride Month (look at those rad Pride themed Converse!) at Lake Tahoe Golf Course in South Lake Tahoe, CA. This was my first wedding at the venue and it is GORGEOUS! I mean look at those views! The staff was so excellent and everything went on without a hitch! The gals chose to have an intimate wedding, surrounded by their closest family and friends.

A side note for photogs and LGBTQ wedding planners: If you’re doing a first look at an LGBTQ wedding, don’t feel like you need to follow “tradition!” We had Katie led in backwards so they could both turn around at the same time!

Both ladies wore gorgeous white gowns from David’s Bridal. Fun fact that I found out at the ceremony: Emily tried on the dress Katie chose and REEEEEALLY wanted to get it! Thankfully her friends/fam knew that Katie had chosen that dress and they were able to talk her out of it. Personally I think it would have been hiiiiilarious if they’d chosen the same dress! (It looked great on both of them btw!)


Congrats you two! Can’t wait for our next adventure together!

Venue: Lake Tahoe Golf Course
Emily’s Hair and Makeup: Salon Be
Katie’s Hair and Makeup: Tahoe Wedding Hair and Makeup
Florals: Rose Petals
Cake and Cupcakes: Cakes By Grace
Katie and Emily’s Dresses: David’s Bridal