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A Truly Chic Tented Ceremony That You Won’t Believe

If there was one wedding that would convince me to pack up everything and move to California, this would be it. Captured by Gagewood, it’s a celebration brimming with seriously elegant style and a few Bella Figura flourishes for good measure. It’s classic with a modern twist and we’ve got it all waiting for you to fall in love with via The Vault!

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From The Bride…All it took was a game night setup, lots of wine, and great friends for Bret and I to see that there was something truly special between us. Our relationship was instantaneous from that first night and every year that passed thereafter seemed to fly by faster and faster. Before I knew it we had been together over three years and Bret was proposing to me at his family’s ranch in Northern Nevada. High on excitement and love, coupled with the excitement of our family and friends, it didn’t take long to start planning our nuptials.

We had three mains that were nonnegotiable when we started wedding planning. First was we had to have great food. Bret is an insanely talented ‘amateur’ chef so great food was a must. Secondly was location, we wanted something that was true to our style and to the area we grew up in. Northern Nevada is so incredibly beautiful and we truly have the splendor of all four seasons here. The both of us have grown up spending all seasons outside, doing some type of activity in the Lake Tahoe basin and we wanted to share our love of this area with all of our guests. The last thing, and probably our most cherished looking back, we wanted a resort where our family and friends could stay to enjoy in all the weekend festivities with us. With all of those in mind we selected one of the most stunning contemporary mountainside resorts, The Ritz-Carlton at Lake Tahoe.

From there we enlisted the help of Danielle from Elise Events to tie all our ideas together. She was, by far, one of the best decisions we made. We were able to vocalize all of our ideas, loves, hates and concerns and she took all of them in and delivered way above and beyond anything we could have imagined. With her in tow she brought our wedding style of organic understated romance to life. We wanted everyone to feel cozy and wrapped in the love that, the both us have for each other, and for our families and friends. Because of this, Bret and I pushed to keep our guest list limited and it made for a very intimate celebration.

Leading up to our wedding weekend we had beautiful sunny weather and then that Thursday a big storm rolled in. It started raining Thursday and it kept going all the way till about ten minutes before our ceremony. Determined to have my ceremony and pictures outside we made the decision to bring in a tent for our outdoor ceremony and I still cry thinking about how beautiful that tent was. It made for the most romantic and intimate ceremony we could have imagined. That tent may have been one of my most favorite things from our wedding. Funny how that works out!

It was the work of our florist that helped to create that gorgeous tent and the overall vision of our organic understated romance. Floral for me was one of the most important things and B & B delivered by leaps and bounds. Everything from my bouquet, to the table pieces, the flower crowns and the hanging greenery in our tent it was just beyond. She worked so closely with our wedding coordinator to bring this vision to life and oh my god was it gorgeous.

As we spent the night dancing away it started snowing heavily outside making for the most beautiful and serene evening. I only wish the night could have lasted longer. All of our vendors did an amazing job and we couldn’t be more grateful for their hard work every step of the way.

The best advice I received was to remember that this day is about you and your love and at the end of the day the only thing that matters is that the two of you are together, healthy and happy. Everything else will fall into place. Oh, one more, remember to have fun and enjoy every step because everything goes by so fast!

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Photography: Gagewood | Cinematography: Dax Victorino Films | Event Planning + Design: Elise Events | Floral Design: BandB Designs | Invitations: Bella Figura | Stationery: Forever Heyday | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Jewelry: Jenny Packham | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Makeup: Jackie Trombley | Hair: Greco Rose Beauty | Calligraphy: Chloe Legras At Boxwood Avenue | DJ: Moonlight Mobile DJ | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Venue: A Bud & Beyond | Bridal Boutique: Swoon Bridal | Hair Accessories: jennifer behr | Rentals: Celebrations Party Rentals | Rentals: Theoni Collection | Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Sash: Sara Gabriel | Veil: Paris By Debra Moreland | Wedding Dress One: JLM Couture, Inc | Wedding Dress Two: Watters

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From Childhood Vacations to this Stunning Sunset Elopement

These two spent their summers vacationing with their families in Lake Tahoe, so when it came time to find that perfect destination to say “I do,” they didn’t have to search very far. In front of the setting sun, they became husband and wife in an intimate affair, with Cassidy Carson snapping it all up in these perfect pics and Alyssa Torrech Videography recording away. More romance here in our Vault!

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From Cassidy Carson… What’s better than the most divine lake, snowcapped mountains and a magical sunset? Simple – when they merge at the horizon and create an absolute picturesque moment.

Molly and Collin met one summer when their families were vacationing in Lake Tahoe as they did every year. The nostalgia of childhood memories was a no brainer when Southern Social was scouting their elopement location. This sunset ceremony was the perfect combination of both Molly and Colin with its utterly romantic view paired with striking winter whites. The soft hues against the pristine snow made for an unimaginable scene and maintained the simple palette Molly described during the planning and designing of her elopement.

Molly donned a lush, refreshing bouquet from Petal & Pine accompanied by intricate details of her hand-stitched lace veil from Alice & Mae and flawless silk gown from Lea-Ann Belter with a stunning side braid by Leslie Ellis. Molly and Colin dreamed of a travel-inspired elopement to join their families in their favorite little lake town. Their dream was attained by devotion to the littlest of details including exquisite handmade paper, calligraphy and illustrations from Olive Juice Press for their invitation suite. They sent guests home with personal luggage tags to remember their incredible trip. The evening ended with a sunset to rival all sunsets forming a delicate package of perfection captured by Cassidy.

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Photography: Cassidy Carson Photography | Cinematography: Alyssa Torrech Videography | Event Planning + Design: Southern Social Events | Floral Design: Petal and Pine | Wedding Dress: Lea-Ann Belter Bridal Flagship Boutique | Hair + Makeup: Leslie Ellis | Calligraphy + Invitations: Olive Juice Press | Venue: Lake Tahoe | Bridal Boutique: The Bride Room | Hair Accessories + Veil: Alice and Mae Bridal | Ribbon: Silk & Willow

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Meet in the Groundlings. Fall in love. Have epic wedding… Check.

This wedding right here?  It’s everything.  Think a storybook Tahoe setting, beyond dreamy details and a stunning Bride and Groom who also happen to be talented comedians that met in The Groundlings Sunday Company.  (Sooo awesome.)  Now take that Hollywood star power and pair it up with an amazing team of vendors, including MAP EventsMeg Smith and Creative Lighting Design and the results are pretty and then some.  Head to THE VAULT to fall helplessly in love.

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From the Bride… Tony is starring on the upcoming “School of Rock” TV series, playing the role Jack Black played in the movie (it premieres in January). I’m a writer-actress and write daily on my comedic lifestyle blog, Heels in the Hills. Tony and I met performing together in the Groundlings Sunday Company, a comedy theater in Los Angeles with alumni that include Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Will Ferrell and Phil Hartman.

We got married at “The Big House,” the home of my parents’ best friends. It’s a gorgeous 10-bedroom estate on the lake that has been in their family for three generations. I spent summers there growing up and Tony proposed there; I dreamed of getting married there my entire life. There have only ever been 2 other weddings there; the owners (my parents’ friends – the bride had a replica of Princess Diana’s dress made), and their nephew’s. And now ours!

That gorgeous setting was the biggest inspiration of all! The home and the lake are so beautiful, I didn’t want to do anything to distract from them. Instead, I chose colors and design elements that would complement the house and backdrop of the lake, while still feeling timeless and elegant.

Tony and his dad homemade the table numbers; he bought marble from a scrap yard and gold house numbers, and they had a father-son bonding day cracking the marble and building them.

My friend Carly Kuhn (The Cartorialist, who’s drawn for Vogue, Prada and Sarah Jessica Parker) drew the image of us with our three dogs that went on our programs and cocktail napkins.

As a wedding gift, Tony had his two grandmothers’ engagement rings turned into a necklace; he used the diamond from one and the setting from the other, and gave it to me the morning of the wedding.

Josh McDermitt (star of “The Walking Dead”) officiated the ceremony. He and Tony are writing partners, and created an improv group together years ago and have been making internet comedy videos together since.

Our place cards were slices of blue agate; they looked like mini Lake Tahoes, and were also a way to honor my geologist grandfather, who sadly passed away before the wedding. Our calligrapher, Jenny Sanders, wrote the names and table numbers on them.

Tony’s stepsister and her husband sang and played the acoustic guitar for the guest arrivals and the ceremony.

Embracing the groom’s comedy background, Tony and the groomsmen arrived to the ceremony via pontoon boat (driven by the owner of the estate/the Father of the Bride’s best friend) with The Darkness’ “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” blasting while the groomsmen waved heart flags, because they wanted the wedding to reflect the groom’s silly, inner 80’s-action-star side, too.

Our three rescue dogs (Lucy, Tippi and Maggie) joined in on the first look photos. We named the cocktails after them: Lucy Lemelonade, Tipsy Tippi, Maggie Mocktail.

For my “something borrowed” and “something blue,” I wore my grandmother’s sapphire wedding ring.

My mom drew the map in our welcome bags; it included helpful information like where the wedding was, but also funny memories, like the spot where Tony accidentally drove my car into a tree once, the spot where he proposed, the spot where my dad almost burned the house down helping set up the proposal, etc.

As a nod to Tony’s southern roots, we had an upscale comfort food theme (fried chicken, pimento cheese on green tomatoes, truffle macaroni and cheese, etc), and the caterer made several of my Texas grandmother’s recipes. (My dad baked her cheese biscuits himself, which we set out during guest arrivals.)

We had five kinds of cake at the wedding, including the “cake in a jar” favors: red velvet, marble, lemon, strawberry and chocolate peanut butter.

One of our favorite moments of the night was sneaking upstairs to look down and watch our guests rocking out to The Spazmatics, the greatest wedding band of all time. (Other favorite moment: when Tony crowd-surfed.)

I wore a beautiful Vera Wang dress with Kate Spade shoes (and later, to dance all night, white Nike wedge sneakers as a nod to the my favorite film “Father of the Bride”).  My jewelry: Grandmother’s sapphire wedding ring for something borrowed and something blue. My necklace was a gift from the groom the morning of the wedding – he had it made from the diamonds from both of his grandmothers’ engagement rings.

My favorite moment or part of the day…Too many to list, every minute was my favorite! But here are a few: Seeing Tony’s face, holding back tears, as we said our vows. Our officiant hilariously taking a selfie mid-ceremony. Tony crowd-surfing to The Spazmatics. When I got too hot from dancing, my mom and I went upstairs and she braided my hair and pinned it up, just like when I was a little girl; such a beautiful, unexpected and unplanned mother-daughter moment that I’ll never forget. And Tony and I sneaking upstairs to look down on the house we love so much, seeing all our friends having the time of their lives on the dance floor while we danced, just the two of us, in the window, was one of the happiest moments of my life. The wedding at “The Big House” that I’d dreamed of since I was a little girl came true.

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Photography: Meg Smith Photography | Cinematography: Razon Byrne Productions | Event Planning: MAP Events | Floral Design: Jiosia Designs | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Susie Cakes | Stationery: Graceline Art | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Black Halo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Armani Vest From YOOX | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Isabella Oliver | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Catering: D'Lish Catering | Hair + Makeup: Veronica Sinclair | Lighting: Creative Lighting Design | Band: The Spazmatics | Groom's Attire: All Custom/bespoke | Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux | Officiant: Josh McDermitt | Venue: At Home | Late-night DJ: Satyr Entertainment | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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