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For This Couple, Family + Friends Were the Focus of the Big Day

For this gorgeous Bride and her handsome Groom, their vision for a wedding was a personal, intimate affair that was all about our love, and giving close friends and family a fantastic weekend. With a special emphasis on honoring his deceased parents and her Jewish heritage, Hunter & Company brought this day together perfectly. See it all from Anne Ciotola and Light The Moment in The Vault!

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From The Bride…Ralph Waldo Emerson once said that the only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. I lived by those words, but it wasn’t until I fell in love with my husband that I realized that the person I decided to be with (aka the man I was destined to marry) would also play a big role in shaping me.

I was introduced to Greg by a mutual friend a few days after I relocated to San Francisco for work, and we just clicked. People say that when it’s right it’s easy, and it was always just so easy with Greg. I was quick to fall in love with him, for his charismatic charm, impeccable manners, big heart, twinkling blue eyes, but most of all for his unflappable integrity and sense of morality. I have never met a better man, and I knew I was going to marry him when I realized that I became the best version of myself when I was with him.

In early September, he got down on one knee in a beautiful garden in France’s Rhone region, and neither of us wanted to wait until summertime to tie the knot. We happened to spend a weekend at the Ritz-Carlton in Lake Tahoe for a charity event benefiting Make-A-Wish just after our engagement, and we realized it was a perfect winter wedding venue. Greg is from Melbourne and I grew up between the super warm climates of LA and Tel Aviv, so we were both enchanted by the idea of a snow-covered wedding.

We had the same goals in mind for our wedding-we both wanted a personal and intimate affair that was all about our love, while giving our close friends and family a fantastic weekend. We also wanted to honor Greg’s deceased parents, as well as my Jewish heritage.

I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) by Sleeping At Last played as Greg walked down the aisle, and my parents walked me down the aisle to the instrumental tune of I’m Kissing You by Des’ree. Charms with photos of Greg’s parents hung from my bouquet, and memorial candles inscribed with their names and birth dates flickered in front of us as we stood under the gorgeous and elaborate floral chuppah (Jewish wedding arch). The weekend was everything we wanted it to be and more.

I read an article about weddings many years ago, and I never forgot the writer’s advice. She wrote that while a wedding should be about the couple, it was not for the couple; rather, it was for the couple’s friends and family. I happily embraced the notion, and kept it always at the forefront of my mind throughout that magical weekend, even though it meant skipping dinner at our reception (I don’t think I would have been able to eat anyway!), and never sitting down again after the first course was served.

Based on my experience, I would very humbly offer the following advice to future brides:

(i) Your guests have invested huge amounts of time, effort and expense to be at your wedding (this is particularly true for destination weddings)- do your best to find a few minutes to have an individual chat with each guest, and thank them personally for being there.

(ii) Everyone loves a good photo booth!

(iii) Get a fantastic photographer-I think I found the best with Anne Ciotola.

(iv) Take private dance lessons. Knowing how to move together will always come in handy, and we so cherished that bonding time. We were at our busiest in the weeks leading up to the wedding what with our respective full-time jobs, wedding planning, and acting as pseudo travel agents, but also desperately in need of quality time together. Those weekly lessons forced us to stop the world and enabled us to focus only on each other. Bonus points for getting to do that while locked in an intimate embrace.

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Photography: Anne Ciotola | Cinematography: Light The Moment | Event Planning: Hunter & Company | Floral Design: Art In Bloom | Wedding Dress: La Sposa By Pronovias | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Invitations: Hunter & Company | Bride's Shoes: Valentino | Bride's Shoes: Dolce & Gabbana | Hair + Makeup: Laurie Jones Hair | Lighting: Red Carpet Events And Design | DJ: Will Magid | Groom's Attire: Christian Dior | Venue: Test Vendor | Cufflinks: Van Cleef & Arpels | Photo Booth: The Traveling Photo Booth | Veil: Rime Arodaky

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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!

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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.


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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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