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Lake Tahoe Wedding from Chelsea Nicole Photography

I’ve been waiting for this day. Very impatiently. You will, without a doubt, remember this couple (and their dog) from their sailboat engagement session last year. Like I said, I’ve been impatiently waiting for their big day to arrive, and it’s finally here. I felt like a kid on Christmas morning when Chelsea Nicole Photography sent over the images from their wedding, and let me just tell you. It’s good. As good as I was hoping, and then some. A whole gallery of good.

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From the planner … When Amber and Derik first began their planning, they searched everywhere for a venue, from Mexico to San Diego to Hawaii, before the perfect place finally hit them: Lake Tahoe; a place that’s very special to both them and their families. It’s
not only where they spend their summers boating and relaxing at Derik’s family lake house, but also happens to be the place where he put one knee down in the sand and proposed.

Amber’s a wedding planner in Northern California, so in planning her own wedding with the help of her then fiancé Derik and her coordinator team, Dawn, Melissa and Kahea, no detail was overlooked. As guests arrived for the ceremony along with beach they were treated to Lavender champagne, chilled grapes and parasols to shade the sun.

The ceremony began on the beach in the warm sunshine, with Bobby Jo Valentine serenading them with his acoustic guitar. Close friend Joey officiated the wedding and was able to incorporate personal details to make the ceremony extra special. It was funny and emotional all in one.

The flowers were beautifully done by Heidi Gellerman. She made a special trip to San Francisco to gather some of Amber’s favorite flowers, Astilbe, and Garden Roses. Lavender was the special flower that tied the whole wedding together; accented in Amber’s bouquet, Derik’s Boutonnière, and a single stem at each guest’s place seating. Heidi designed beautiful Grapewood centerpieces, using the roses and Lake Tahoe Moss.

The table names were thoughtful, creative and made from love. Amber and her team of coordinators took the glass out of antiqued picture frames, lined the cardboard on the inside with lace, and then twisted a wired twine by hand into different towns and places in Lake Tahoe that Amber and Derik had been.

Derik and Amber really appreciated all of the hard work their family and bridal party had put into the wedding. They thanked them all with a duffle bag with their name embroidered on it. The men also got matching sunglasses and a single cigar case. The ladies got matching Betsey Johnson sunglasses and a gold necklace with their initial engraved on a hammered gold pendant.

Amber and Derik are so lucky to have had an amazing photographer, Chelsea Nicole, who was able to capture all of these special details. When Amber received the images just a short month after the wedding, she couldn’t believe that Chelsea had been able to get pictures of every part of the day. So much time goes into planning a wedding, but the actual wedding day goes by so quick. To be able to reflect back on every moment is something that Derik and Amber will have with them forever. They could not have been happier with Chelsea and everything she did to make their wedding feel extra special.

But even more important to them was celebrating the day to the absolute fullest with all their loved ones. From getting ready with their dog, Hurley, and sneaking him out for a few photos (despite the ‘no dog’ policy) to hopping aboard the Tahoe Star for a celebratory boat ride and cocktails with their wedding party immediately following their ceremony, they included lots of special touches to make the day their own – and it was absolutely perfect.

Wedding Photography: Chelsea Nicole Photography | Wedding Venue: Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe in Incline Village | Wedding Coordination & Design: A Touch of Grace | Flowers: Heidi Gellerman at Green with Envy | Decor & Lighting: Red Carpet Events | Linens: Wildflower Linens | Makeup: Kari Addison Styling | Hair: LuLu Hair Salon | Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone ”Romantique” | Boat: Harrah’s Tahoe Star, Sr. Captain Doug Teakell | Guitarist: Bobby Jo Valentine | Videography: Scinema Productions

Chelsea Nicole Photography, Wildflower Linen and Bobby Jo Valentine are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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Lake Tahoe Wedding from One Fine Day Events + Theilen Photography

From the very first impression of the pine cone save the dates, each and every guest got a pretty, little glimpse into the wedding to come. Filled with tons of natural elements like wood, greens, and earth tone colors, One Fine Day Events crafted a beautiful day just as the bride and groom imagined. Theilen Photography captured all the pretty to perfection. Click here for the full gallery!

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Rustic

From the Bride… Tahoe is such a special place for me because my family and I have gone up to Tahoe every summer and winter since I was a small child. The first trip Mike and I took was to Lake Tahoe in the summer, and we have gone back together many times since in both summer and winter. When we found out that we would be able to fit our 65 guests in the yard of my parents’ lake house in Tahoe, that was even more special for us and just added significance to the entire event.

The theme of the wedding started with tiny pine cones, which was what I used for save-the-dates. I got together about 50 little pine cones and tied ribbon and save-the-date tags to each one, and then sent them out in small brown gift boxes to each wedding guest. The rustic touch of the pine cone as well as the colors of brown and sage green were our starting point for the wedding style. From there we built upon the pinecone theme and incorporated other rustic elements (a lot of wood, tree stumps, greenery and natural colors) while also striving for elegance and a very clean and coordinated look.  ’Rustic elegance’ was our aim, and from there I handed over the reigns to the experts (my wedding planner and florist) and watched them execute my vision perfectly!

The food and drinks were amazing, everyone loved the custom drinks that we created and I was happily surprised they had turned out to be so delicious! Mike and I were both so thrilled when we walked into the tent and saw what our wedding planner and florist had done with the tables and the setup. It just looked so perfect and exactly what I had envisioned, complete with a pine cone escort card holder and hanging flowers around the property and the little tree stumps holding the table numbers.

The wedding was complete blur to me as I was so overwhelmed with the significance of the day and having all my friends and family together in such a special place. However, a moment that stood out for me was during the ceremony, two of our friends read an excerpt from the Velveteen Rabbit, my favorite book when I was little. I started to tear up as I looked around at the benches full of people I love and thinking about the significance of the moment. Then Mike caught my eye and gave me a funny grin and my tears turned to laughter, which is typical because Mike always finds a way to make me laugh. It was just a great memory.

Wedding Photography: Theilen Photography | Wedding Venue: Bride’s Parents Home in Tahoe City, California | Event Planning + Design: One Fine Day Events | Floral Design: Bellissima Floral | Catering: Moody’s Catering | Wedding Cake: Cake Tahoe | DJ: DJ Dave Gillis | Wedding Invitations: Alee and Press | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Hair: Kolor By Kori | Men’s Attire: Fine N Funky | Makeup: Kiss and Make-Up

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Lake Tahoe Wedding at West Shore Cafe from Annie X Photographie

When your wedding locale is Lake Tahoe, you need little in the way of decor or embellishment to create a stunning celebration, and this West Shore Cafe fête from Annie X Photographie is a perfect example. A sweet yellow + grey palette, perfectly sunny skies and a gorgeous Mr. + Mrs. make for a dreamy destination fête you’ll be swooning over all morning! See every last detail right here!

From Annie X PhotographieYellow and grey platinum color scheme, lake ceremony with dinner inside and dancing on the deck/pier at sunset. All the details were in yellow, candy bar… perfect early summer wedding with dramatic skies, great looking bride, reception on the lawn on the shore of Lake Tahoe.

Wedding Photography: Annie X Photographie / Wedding Venue: West Shore Cafe in Lake Tahoe, California / Floral Design: Martha Bernyk Floral Design / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Hair: Kory from Urban Angels / Makeup: Jen Ergut from Kiss and Makeup

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