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Romantic Northern California Wedding

I’ve never been to Northern Cali but after seeing (ok, staring at…for an extended period of time) these pics by Johnstone Studios, I’m certain I’d fall in love with every inch of its gorgeous landscape immediately. This couple is pretty adorable as well and every inch of their romantic, rustic wedding has me smiling. See every beautiful bit right this way!


From Johnstone Studios… The Sierra Nevada’s evoke a certain romance; dappled light cascades through the tall pine forest creating the perfect backdrop for a picturesque wedding. Stephanie and Rob were taken with Tahoe’s beauty and chose to make Truckee, CA the location for their destination wedding. He loves her cute cheeks, she loves his bright blue eyes. We love this couple! We had a great time photographing Stephanie and Rob’s wedding. They are such a sweet couple whose adoration for one another is clear. Their wedding was full of lovely details and joyful moments, a perfect day for the happy couple. We are so glad they found us through Style Me Pretty!

From the Bride… The Proposal – It was Rob’s birthday weekend, and we decided to go to Buena Vista for Irish Coffees then walk to grab lunch. After a couple Irish Coffees, I felt pretty good as we started on our way. We came to this pier and Rob suggested that we go out to look at the view. It was rather cold, but he assured me we wouldn’t be out there for too long. After a while admiring the view, he started saying all these sweet things to me. I thought, “This is a little bit more sappy than usual…” and next thing I knew he was on one knee. I was in shock! I immediately thought, “I need to remember this moment” as a friend of mine got engaged a few weeks prior and said everything was so exciting and such a blur that wished she remembered everything more clearly. After a few seconds, Rob got nervous and asked if I was going to say anything, and of course I said yes.

We decided to get married in Truckee because my family has had a place in Lahontan for 10+ years, plus Rob and I have shared so many wonderful memories there.

The ceremony was a unique combination of both our family traditions – a Greek Orthodox ceremony (my side of the family) in a Catholic Church (Rob’s side of the family).

We had several special moments! We had many “big fat Greek wedding” moments throughout the ceremony and the reception – the crowns used in the ceremony were my grandmothers, Greek dancing music while the band went on break, trays of baklava, and of course, my dad presented Rob and I Windex and a copy of the ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ moving during his Father of the Bride speech. I also work in social media, so Rob’s brother spoke in hashtags during his speech. Rob’s family is in the beer distributor business, so of course we had to honor the family tradition by serving his favorite beers. Rob also played the piano during his younger days (even at Carnegie Hall!) so he selected all the ceremony music. My 91-year-old grandpa flew cross-country to celebrate the big day with us!

Photography: Johnstone Studios | Coordination: Made In The Shade | Floral Design: Art In Bloom | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Ceremony Venue: Assumption Church Truckee CA | Reception Venue: Lahontan | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Makeup: Fusion Hair - Talia Doignon | Hair: Inna Irkhin | Band: Hip Service | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss Red Label | Groomsmen's Attire: Hilfiger | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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Northstar Zephyr Lodge Wedding

If you logged on to Style Me Pretty this morning looking for something that was going to brighten your day, you’re in luck. We’ve got a super cheery, super happy, absolutely gorgeous Tahoe wedding from Em The Gem and it’s put a smile on my face that isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Rustic Venue

From the stunning bride… My husband, Nick, and I met 10 years ago in Tahoe as members of the UC Davis Ski Team. When becoming engaged last August, we agreed our wedding location needed to be meaningful and unique. Tahoe was the natural choice, since it is where we first met and continue to visit. After viewing multiple Tahoe venues, we discovered the gorgeous Northstar Zephyr Lodge. With beautiful Tahoe mountain vista views and capacity to comfortably accommodate our 200+ guests, the Zephyr lodge perfectly fit the bill. The best feature: guests would arrive via ski lift! Being a new ski lodge, our wedding was the first ceremony and reception at the location, so it was exciting piecing together all the details.

As a graphic designer, it was assumed that I would design everything myself, and I happily took on the challenge. For our wedding colors, we chose fuchsia and a mustard yellow. We liked the happy, summer combo and also how it popped against the natural forest colors. For our wedding paper materials, we wanted a simplistic look that was also lighthearted and reflected our space. I created simple caricatures of Nick and I, along with one of our goldendoodle, Maisie, that we used for the invitations in addition to day of wedding materials and signage. We incorporated wood details in to our stationery to reflect the location. I designed everything from the save the dates and programs, down to the rice toss packets.

Most of the decor was DIY. We wanted simple decorations that would showcase the modern, yet rustic venue and not outshine the gorgeous views seen through the nearly ceiling to floor windows. We ordered our flowers in bulk from a local florist shop and, with help from friends and family, arranged them the day before the event using recycled jars. The venue provided beautiful wood tables that we accented with neutral colored runners. At the tables, we left fun scratch off pop-quiz cards and pennies for our guests to enjoy.

Magnetic boards from Ikea displayed our escort cards. We made our own fabric covered mustard yellow and fuschia button magnets to affix the cards to the boards. For favors, we implemented the Tahoe mountain version of a candy bar: the self serve trail mix bar!

The Bridesmaids wore neutral silk skirts from BHLDN and each chose their own tops in addition to yellow shoes. The groomsmen wore J. Crew trousers and white shirts and mustard yellow ties for a causal mountain feel. The mother of the groom created all of the bouquets and boutonnieres.

Northstar did a wonderful job catering the dinner food and drinks. The dessert buffet consisted of all homemade desserts courtesy of friends and family. Macarons, brownies, cookies, toffee and cupcakes pleased many bellies. After a long night of dancing, feasting and drinking, guests grabbed glow sticks to light their way down the mountain via gondola. It was a beautiful day and magical night we will always remember.

Photography: em the gem | Wedding Planner: Northstar Zephyr Lodge | Wedding Gown: Mikealla | Makeup: Jill Briggs with Beauty Box Makeup Arts | Hair: Krystle Tanton | Groomsmen Ties: Ashley NEF | Suit: J.Crew | Venue: Northstar Zephyr Lodge | Bridal Hair Comb: Prim and Posies | Bridesmaid Skirts: BHLDN | Dancing Dress: Anthropologie | Earrings: Kate Spade | Floral Sash Embellishment: Belle de Benoir | Guest Book: Bridewell Market | Invitations and Day of Stationery: Elsie J Wedding Invitations | Photo Booth: Pic Box | Stationery Photography: Lindsey Chin-Jones

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Truckee Mountain Wedding from Two Foxes Photography

It’s crazy to think that you could meet the love of your life at the ripe old age of five, but for this beautiful bride, that’s exactly how it happened.  One minute she’s making friends at Montessori School and the next minute, she’s meeting her future husband.  And even though she didn’t know it at the time, fate (or Cupid) was setting up a lifetime of family vacations and BBQ’s with the most amazing wedding celebration capping it all off at the end.  That’s true love right there, SMPers… and you can see every last minute captured by Two Foxes Photography right here.


From Two Foxes Photography… Jason and Eileen hosted this gorgeous event at the downright spectacular private estate of Eileen’s uncle – a beautiful timber home situated on several acres of Truckee mountain land. The couple’s closest family and friends traveled all lengths of distances to celebrate their union and the bride’s cousin acted as the officiant. This awesome bride went bananas on DIY projects!! The old ladder with each escort tag individually tied on with burlap string, the custom stamped flags that hung throughout the site with the couple’s initials and sweet words, the hundreds of succulents planted in their custom built planter boxes, paper flags, fabric flags, just married flags, oh my! We also loved the Spanish overtones that the bride chose to compliment her rustic mountain wedding, including the amazing paella feast, delicate tissue paper flags, and bright orange paper fans (which came in handy for guests in the hot temps). The bride also put her bridal party to work several weeks pre-wedding assembling and freezing over 500 empanadas for guests to nibble on during cocktail hour- talk about dedication!! The succulents were uniquely and tastefully done in custom built rustic planter boxes which adorned the long family-style tables (yes, the bride planted each one herself!) We love how she also managed to sneak in a pop of orange into almost every facet of the wedding (we especially loved the idea of using mandarin Cuties and sewing pins to display the place cards).

What made this wedding extra special to capture was the sweet sweet love story these two share. Jason told us that he has always loved Eileen and would’ve waited his entire life for her. Jason was pretty much the happiest man we had ever met on his wedding day and it was an honor to be a part of their celebration.

From the Bride… Jason and I met many years ago… may sound crazy, but I was actually five years old!! My sister Rose and I were enrolled in the same Montessori school as Jason’s younger brothers, David and Jonathan. Jason’s mom and my mom became very close friends and soon our families were doing everything together, from weekly barbeques at the beach to summer vacations! We were always in each other’s lives in some way or another, but the timing for a relationship was never right. Fast forward to 2011, Jason and I crossed paths again, and finally the timing made sense! We dated for about a year before getting engaged and the rest is history!

As far as my process behind the wedding, it honestly all came together pretty organically as we went along. I always knew I wanted to get married outside, and I envisioned lots of little white lights and white candles. When I first started planning, I had no clue what I wanted our ‘theme’ to be, I just knew I wanted the color orange (my favorite) to be involved. A nice neutral like gray tied it all together.

I also always knew I wanted to use succulents rather than flowers, as they can last long after the wedding is over (you can plant them in your garden as a sweet reminder of the day, or give them to guests/family!).  Once I had our color palate down, I felt myself drawn towards a more earthy and rustic theme – succulents, reclaimed centerpieces and wooden signs that I knew I would use.

As for food, I always knew I wanted to serve paella at my wedding. My mom, sister and I all lived in Spain and my mom learned to cook traditional paella when she lived there, and so we grew up eating it! I loved the idea of having some Spanish flair in our wedding, which came out in the form of the food and hints in our decor. The white papel picado that we hung on our altar, my moms very dear friend actually bought in Spain when I was born and wrote a little note on them saying that they were for my wedding when I grew up!

I feel that everything just came together once I had those specific things nailed down (the Spanish accents, the succulents, and orange, of course). Overall, I was so happy with the final outcome and feel like Jason and I got everything we wanted and it was the perfect day for us.

Photography: Two Foxes Photography | Event Design + Planning: Bride | Wedding Dress: St. Patrick-La Sposa | Shoes: Tory Burch | Rings: Dell Williams Jewelers | Bridesmaids Dresses: Henkaa Bride | Caterer: Addy's Paella | Make Up: Jill Briggs with Beauty Box Makeup Arts | Hair: Krystle Tanton | DJ: Chesapeake Strings | Centerpiece Planter Boxes and Wood Signs: The Alibi Interior Creations | Florals + Day Of Coordination: Blooming Soiree | Groom + Groomsmen Suit: Vera Wang, Beverly Hills | Hand-piece Jewelry + Bride's Bouquet Locket: Rose Inez | Private Residence: Private Residence | Succulents: Succulent Gardens