The winter of 2023, one of the snowiest ever in California, started with some of the most challenging weddings we’ve ever been part of. Highway 395 closed in both directions just days before Tara & Chris’s Mammoth Mountain wedding in February, which left them and all their guests stranded in Bishop (where I was also stranded), or unable to make it as their people were scheduled to come in from all over the country. The road finally opened the morning of the wedding, the Mammoth Mountain wedding crew was somehow able to get whomever made it to town up to McCoy Station in snowcats, and it all worked out–just with most of the day moved inside and more than half the guests unable to attend.
That’s how it started.
The good thing about having 900 inches of snow at the top of the mountain in the winter is that we still had snow in the mountains through the summer. Fire season never had a chance. The foliage stayed green and held those early-summer vibes into the fall. And the water features stayed awesome through the season.
We got to shoot portraits in 20-foot snow tunnels, we got to ski in wedding clothes (twice) over 4th of July weekend. We got wet, we got muddy and we got sunburnt at the hottest wedding I’ve probably ever done at June Mountain. We caught the peak fall colors at Convict Lake and Tioga Pass and Milky Way at its best from several undisclosed high-alpine roads. It was a season of superlatives.
Here are a collection of some of my favorite images from the season.
2024 is off to a much more average start, but nothing remains the same. The next adventure has just begun. Thanks for following along on Instagram in 2023.