Fairytale moment during their engagement photo session at Vikingsholm, Emerald Bay

Emerald Bay Tahoe Engagement | Manpreet + Gurvinder

Engagement photography session at Emerald Bay Tahoe

Emerald Bay Tahoe Engagement Photography

One winter afternoon, Manpreet called me to say that she and her family were coming up to visit Lake Tahoe. They had never been to the West shore before, so I suggested a few locations that we could go to for their pre-wedding engagement photos. Out of the many beautiful vistas around the lake, Emerald Bay Tahoe is one of its gems. Of course we had to go sometime during their visit.

Vikingsholm Trail and Fannette Island

We met at the Vikingsholm trail entrance, one of the places around the lake that you can see a clear view of Fannette Island.

Built in 1928 by Mrs. Lora Josephine Knight, Vikingsholm is considered one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture in the United States. She wanted to build a summer home that would compliment the magnificent natural surroundings. Emerald Bay beach reminded her of fjords she had seen on her travels to Scandinavia. She decided to commission her nephew, Swedish architect Lennart Palme, to design the home. Vikingsholm was completed in the fall of 1929. The exceptional summer home was enjoyed by Mrs. Knight and her guests, until her death at the age of 82 in 1945. It is now a part of the Harvey West Unit of the Emerald Bay Tahoe State Park. The house is open for tours during the summer months and the magnificent scenery can be enjoyed all year round.

Engagement Photo Session Planning

For their Emerald Bay Tahoe engagement photography session, we had prepared a few outfits beforehand. Manpreet + Gurvinder came dressed in the most beautiful, vibrant red dress and tie, which provided a stark contrast to the blue of the lake. It was a sunny winter day and the conditions were cold but vibrant. I asked if they were down to go hiking in their fancy clothes, and of course they were. We clambered up the top of rocks and over snow piles to get to the ledge overlooking Fanette Island. Gurvinder brought a bouquet of red roses, surprising her with them as they got to the top. It was the cutest. Congratulations on your upcoming wedding celebrations!

  • Engagement photos overlooking Emerald Bay in South Lake Tahoe
  • Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer Starscape Studios at Emerald Bay Tahoe Engagement | Manpreet + Gurvinder
  • engagement and pre-wedding photo session at Emerald Bay, South Lake Tahoe California
  • Looking into his fiancee's eyes at an engagement and pre-wedding photo session at Emerald Bay, South Lake Tahoe California
  • Fiancee's reaction to surprise roses during their engagement session at Vikingsholm, Emerald Bay
  • Offering roses to his fiancee during their engagement session at Vikingsholm, Emerald Bay
  • Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer Starscape Studios at Emerald Bay Tahoe Engagement | Manpreet + Gurvinder
  • Fairytale moment during their engagement photo session at Vikingsholm, Emerald Bay
  • Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer Starscape Studios at Emerald Bay Tahoe Engagement | Manpreet + Gurvinder
  • Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer Starscape Studios at Emerald Bay Tahoe Engagement | Manpreet + Gurvinder
  • Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer Starscape Studios at Emerald Bay Tahoe Engagement | Manpreet + Gurvinder
  • Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer Starscape Studios at Emerald Bay Tahoe Engagement | Manpreet + Gurvinder
  • Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer Starscape Studios at Emerald Bay Tahoe Engagement | Manpreet + Gurvinder
  • Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer Starscape Studios at Emerald Bay Tahoe Engagement | Manpreet + Gurvinder

See more photos for this surprise proposal at Emerald Bay State Park!

Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer Starscape Studios at Emerald Bay Tahoe Engagement | Manpreet + Gurvinder

About Starscape Studios

Kimmi Cranes is a South Lake Tahoe wedding photographer. Her style combines color, vividness, and authenticity to capture genuine smiles and moments to remember during your wedding day or photography session. Servicing locations around Lake Tahoe, Sacramento, Reno, Los Angeles, San Francisco and the greater SF Bay Area, Available for travel to destinations worldwide.

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