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This is How You Host the Perfect New Year’s Eve Affair

New Year’s Eve weddings are one of my fave ways ever to tie the knot… and when that NYE affair is hosted at the dreamy Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino? Even better. Think snow-covered mountains, faux fur accessories and the perfect waterside captures all coming together for a celebration that will go down in history. (Seriously.) Scroll below to soak in a wedding that will show you just how awesome it all can be.

For Margaret and Travis, choosing the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino for their New Year’s Eve affair was sort of a no-brainer. They wanted a “winter wonderland” celebration packed with breathtaking views and luxurious amenities and, well… they got it. From the full-service salon and spa to the on-site catering and restaurants to the lush accommodations, they knew they were in for a party they would never forget. Not to mention that the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino offers in-house babysitting for the little ones (!), so every single one of their guests could enjoy everything the resort has to offer. Sooo fun… and relaxing.

From the snow-capped Sierra Mountain range to the lake-view ballroom to the icicle-clad cottages dotting the property, the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino is the perfect place to celebrate your New Year’s Eve affair, countdown included. Contact them now to start planning your dream day, and don’t forget to ask about how you can earn FREE honeymoon nights anywhere in the world.

Photography: Torrey Fox Photography


Bringing a Big Dose of Modern to this Napa Black Tie Affair

Black and white wins every single time in our book. It’s so classic and elegant even when paired with modern details. Now throw a crazy talented bunch of wedding vendors into that mix including design by A Savvy Event, florals by Nancy Liu Chin, a whole lot of pretty imagery by Lindsay Madden Photography and a film by Reel Eyes Media, and it takes this already stunning affair and truly makes it shine. Plus there’s a fairy godmother of wine tucked in the gallery and what’s not to love about that?

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From A Savvy Event…Katlin and Nawder Alavi were just a girl from Florida and a boy from Texas, until they met each other at SMU during their college years. They fell in love, and eventually moved out to a beautiful apartment in the marina district of San Francisco. Their home is clean, and white, with many modern elements. When Katlin and Nawder first started planning their big day, they knew that they wanted to bring a similar style to their wedding.

With the help of Kelly from A Savvy Event, the Alavis planned a romantic, elegant, black tie affair at Meadowood Napa Valley. The entire weekend of events was picture perfect, from their welcome party and rehearsal dinner at Brasswood Estate, to their brunch and croquet game on the lawns at Meadowood.

Because the groom and his family are Persian, it was important to the couple that they incorporate Persian elements into the ceremony. Katlin and Nawder had two officiants, and a Persian-American ceremony. In following with the Persian traditions, they had a sofreye aghd, filled with beautiful elements such as a mirror, candlesticks, beautifully crafted flatbreads, decorated eggs, sugar, gold coins, and more. Traditionally this portion of the wedding is very colorful, but in keeping with Katlin and Nawder’s design aesthetic, it was filled with white and metallic accents.

Cocktail hour was held on the fairway of the golfcourse, with playful elements such as a woman wearing a champagne skirt, which the guests enjoyed immensely. They offered signature drinks from a bar surrounded by elegant lounge areas, all enclosed with greenery.

Dinner was held in an open air tent on the upper lawn. The tent was intended to define and elevate the outdoor space, so that the guests felt as if they were simultaneously inside a black tie venue while enjoying the beauty of Meadowood’s outdoor spaces. The head table ran down the middle of the tent, with chandeliers hanging above. The silver mirrored tables used to seat the bridal parties and bride and groom reflected the lights shining from above, creating a sparkly ambiance throughout the meal. The rest of the surrounding tables were covered in metallic tablecloths of two variations, all of which complemented each other and the head tables. The florals were white with hints of greenery and sage colors, in modern vessels to create a clean contrast with the more romantic china and table scapes.

Nawder’s most important request was to have a fantastic band that could sing into the night. So, they flew one up from Los Angeles and danced the night away with their guests.

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Photography: Lindsay Madden Photography​ | Event Planning: A Savvy Event | Floral Design: Nancy Liu Chin | Wedding Dress: Custom Made | Invitations: Yonder Design | Wedding Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Calligraphy: Sarah Hanna | Lighting: Lux Production | Entertainment: Elan Artists | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Meadowood Napa Valley | Hair & Make Up: Professional Makeup Artistry | Hair & Make Up: It's A Date at The Powder Room | Photobooth: Giggle and Riot | Rentals: Hensley Event Resources | Rentals: Bright Event Rentals | Rentals: Glassy Baby | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Rion Designs | Sofreh Aghd Designs: Fancy Little Details | Video: Reel Eyes Media

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Blush + Marsala: Does It Get Any Prettier Than This!?

This is one of those posts that could have gone on and on forever, there was just too much goodness to work with. Because while it’s no surprise that we love blush around these parts, add in some pops of marsala and our hearts pitter patter even faster than usual. Charmed Events Group took the pretty palette and ran with it and we’re so glad they did. Jasmine Lee captured every stunning spec and it’s all in our Vault ready to be enjoyedright this way!

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From Charmed Events GroupIt was love at first sight for this lovely couple. For their wedding, they dreamt up a romantic wedding of marsala, gold and blush to complement the venue that they chose and dreamt up a European experience for all their guests to enjoy. The bride wore the most amazing blush dress by Vera Wang and her bridesmaids wore various blush and rose gold gowns by Amsale. The men looked dapper in their Menguin tuxes.

The ceremony took place inside at Wente Winery; Gavita Flora did an amazing job of creating the dreamiest arch with lush foliage and blooms accented with lots of candles and foliage lining the aisles. Guests were given petal toss bags upon entering the ceremony and as the couple kissed and said “I do”, guests celebrated by tossing rose petals in celebration.

For their cocktail hour, they wanted to re-create the love they have for Italy. They were engaged in Italy so they wanted to pay homage to that special place by inviting guests to their seats with homemade limoncello.

Their reception was a beautiful affair under a tent of stringed lights! We created an elegant feel by pairing grey linens and modern, gold chairs. The marsala and blush blooms really popped on the tables and guests were seated at place settings of grey and custom wax seals. As the sun went down, the atmosphere became a rowdy yet romantic one as the tent of stringed lights came to life, allowing guests to celebrate and dance the night away.

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Photography: Jasmine Lee Photography | Videography: Lovespun Handmade Wedding Films | Event Planning + Design: Charmed Events Group, LLC | Floral Design: Gavita Flora | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Stationery: Charmed Events Group, LLC | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Hair + Make Up: Makeup By Quis | Tuxedos: Menguin | Bride (+Blogger): Chic Happens | Invitation Suite: Little Miss Press | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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