Mammoth Run Away Wedding

Twin Lakes Mammoth

Twin Lakes Mammoth

A “run away wedding” for a SoCal couple, put together by our great local wedding professionals. American Beauty for hair, Mammoth Ski Area  coordinated the site. Forest Chapel for the service. The chapel is nestled in a stand of Jeffrey pines on the shore of Twin Lakes Mammoth, California.

Forest Chapel Mammoth

Forest Chapel Mammoth

Weaving her way through the trees to Forest Chapel ; her groom was waiting at the rustic chapel steps with Stacey Powells a local wedding officiant.  Perfect!

Forest Chapel Mammoth

Forest Chapel Mammoth

Twin Lakes Mammoth

Twin Lakes Mammoth

A boat ride on Twin Lakes an ice cream cone from the camp ground store and a romantic cabin at Tamarack Lodge

Twin Lakes store in Mammoth

Twin Lakes store in Mammoth

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Convict Lake Wedding by The Cookes’


“Any ideas for a first look without a first look”? that was the question that sent the brides’ mind racing ahead to her wedding day at Convict Lake California. We pulled it off without spoiling that first glimpse of Krystle coming down the aisle.

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Mt Morrison is the backdrop to Convict Lake, and the brides shoes, one of our favorite wedding venues.

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The storm passed leaving the soft light all Master photographers wish for.Convict lake photographer-krystle-7 Black and white shots can add to a wedding day, just a few to add a little spice.      Catwalk Salon in Mammoth created a great look for Krystle. Paula did Krystle’s makeup Convict lake photographer-krystle-10 Krystle and Jonathan met in college when the guy at the top of his class asked Krystle for help with homework..nice move Jonathan!  He showed her the place he loved most..Mammoth Lakes and that is where he eventually proposed in the snow at Twin LakesConvict lake photographer-krystle-8 Krystle’s cute college friends from Cal Lutheran took a break whilst we took the the “must haves”.Convict lake photographer-krystle-3 A happy 2 year old ringbearer.Convict lake photographer-krystle-11 Convict Lake Resorts tent was lit up by DJ Tim PremConvict lake photographer-krystle-12

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A sparkler farewell and a toast in the bar.






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Jewish Wedding Photography in Mammoth by the Cookes’

Everyone was there for Erin, even the fishermen at the lake heard the call to prayer and gathered at the back of Forest Chapel to witness this Jewish wedding at the outdoor chapel In Mammoth. Wedding photography continues to be our passion and to capture a whole family come together to celebrate is a privilege.

Starting with a first look…mammoth-photographer-jewish wedding 2

The weekend long event was coordinated by Green Fox Events, from the flowers to the farewell brunch. Lisa Peterson Designs transformed Erin from an outdoor girl into a beautiful bride.mammoth-photographer-jewish wedding 1

Erin’s favorite shade of blue in all the arrangement by Red Lily designs, loved the shepherds crook with the shiny buckets, a splash of color in the forest.mammoth-photographer-jewish wedding 3

Must admit, both Michael and I were moved by this joyous ceremony…and we have witnessed hundreds of weddings.mammoth-photographer-jewish wedding 4mammoth-photographer-jewish wedding 5

A kiss at the end of the aisle and everyone was off to the bridge at Twin Lakes for a  huge group shot.mammoth-photographer-jewish wedding 6

Party time at Convict Lake, the bitter brush gave us another chance to be alone with the bride and groom, then a quick dash to the pole line road.mammoth-photographer-jewish wedding 8mammoth-photographer-jewish wedding 9

The Hora is a wild, energetic, everyone on the dance floor traditional dance. mammoth-photographer-jewish wedding7

The cake by Mimi’s cookie bar was cut, then it was time to throw the Red Lily bouquet and leave through a tunnel of sparklers.

mammoth-photographer-jewish wedding 10 Our last look back at Convict Lake and the heavens above.mammoth-photographer-jewish wedding 11


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Mammoth Lakes Wedding at Forest Chapel

Twin Lakes Mammoth on a perfect day in September.



 Red Lily designs recreated the bouquet from their wedding day.

Mammoth-twin-lakes-photographer-002 We were not present on their Mammoth Lakes wedding day at Forest Chapel, “everyone was under the weather”, so  The Cookes  went with Jenny and Galen to the wedding chapel and captured some sunny memories.


Mammoth-twin-lakes-photographer-005 Mammoth-twin-lakes-photographer-006  Ice cream at the Twin Lakes Campground store a sweet finish to the day.Mammoth-twin-lakes-photographer-007


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Wedding at Double Eagle Photographed by Mammoth Photographer

Wedding photography in June Lake near Mammoth, in the summer months will always be one of our favorite photo days. Ashley and Cody have known each other forever, actually elementary school. Being a year ahead of Cody, Ashley was off to college when they realized there was just a spark….I just love stories of how couples met.

Double Eagle wedding photo 1 Ashley is a passionate girl, in Cody’s eyes her compassionate ways and warm smile always pick him up. Ashley wrote a love note, to open on a day in the future when it’s needed, gives you an idea of her caring ways. Red Lily  in Mammoth shows what a splash of color can do against green summer grass.

Double Eagle wedding photo 2 Fishing with Dad and now a walk down the aisle; memories to bring you back to June Lake near Mammoth, California

Double Eagle wedding photo 4And there will always be passion!Double Eagle wedding photo 7And a sense of fun, especially with Cody!Double Eagle wedding photo5 Dancing on the outside deck of the Double Eagle and the relaxed, country themed wedding, was all planned to give her family and friends a warm welcome.Double Eagle wedding photo 6

Double Eagle Resort is a special place in June Lake near Mammoth, California, tucked up close to Carson Peak. Winter in June Lake offers skiing, and snowboarding, summer brings fishing and water sports in the many large lakes in the June Lake Loop. The ever popular June Lake triathlon had 600 entries this year! June Lake is fast growing as an adventure sports destination.

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Mammoth Wedding for Mallory & Justin

Mammoth wedding days are special, it is such a privilege to be a Mammoth wedding photographer with a couple that are ready for spring weather at 11,053′.

We all had “A Mammoth Day”

Mammoth is a mountain ski town Mallory and Justin love, the perfect place to spend the day with family and friends. The day was filled with thunder and lightning that magically cleared as we rode the gondola to the “Top of Mammoth”.

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They met at the gym after Justin figured out a way to crash Mallory’s conversation, he knew that this cute blond was something special…he was right.

They knew within the first few weeks that they wanted to spend their lives together.  Justin loves Mallory’s kind and gentle personality, whilst Justin supports Mallory on everything  she does and always makes her laugh. Mallory has the moves that makes everyone laugh.


Red Lily designed a bouquet  of white with a gold wrap…perfect


The 11,053′  elevation at the “Top of Mammoth” is a great place work as a Mammoth wedding photographer, as a skier we know how cold this bride was.

The thrill of the view and the excitement of her wedding day was evident in Mallory’s radiant smile.mammoth-photographer-4

Black and whites tell a story of their own.



Hold the gondola!  The crew on Mammoth Mountain always accommodate their guests.mammoth-photographer-7     They wanted something simple, elegant and whimsical; SO the welcoming bear, champagne bar before the ride, gold accents and cake pops.

mammoth-photographer-weldon       A bronze of a woolly mammoth is at the main ski lodge at Mammoth Mountain; a great photo prop for everyone that visits.mammoth-photographer-6

    Sisters in stilettos, brothers, a niece, nephew and friends, went out in the snow for the bridal party shot, we wore snow boots!

Mallory and Justin’s engagement session. We heard their love story and can retell the proposal. Justin was so nervous and excited, theirs was very spur of the moment after spending ages to find the perfect ring.
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Flowers by Patricia at Red Lily

Cake Pops by Mimi’s



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