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Romantic + Elegant Lake Tahoe Inspiration

If inspirations are your guilty pleasure, then get settled in because this lil’ number is scroll city. I’m talking about a new take on neutrals that’ll have you pinning up a storm. Especially given the fact that Carmen Santorelli is the one behind the lens, you better bet ever second is stare-worthy. It’s natural elegance that shines on its own, and you can see every sparkling detail in THE VAULT!


From Carmen Santorelli… Lake Tahoe was the perfect backdrop for our organic minimalist editorial shoot. Sprawling open fields, wooded rocky paths, and that ever so stunning blue lake enabled us to tell a story of raw beauty taking multiple forms.

When designing an event or shoot it is so important to take the existing landscape into consideration. With such a dramatically gorgeous natural setting, we chose to keep our design elements as neutral and unobtrusive as possible. It is so easy to go overboard for design, but when you are gifted with such incredible views, ultimately less is more!

A favorite element from the day, which added a surprise shift in form, ended up being the shift in weather. Starting the day with blue skies, the weather quickly transition to the most magical thunderstorm that swept over the entire lake! Watching the thunder clouds roll in we were reminded of the ever evolving beauty in mother nature”. – To La Lune

Photography: Carmen Santorelli | Floral Design: Plenty Of Petals | Wedding Dress: The Dress Theory | Venue: Lake Tahoe | Event Planning + Design: To La Lune Events | Ribbon: Bellame Ribbon | Tabletop Rentals: Borrowed Blu

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SMP Blogger Bride: DIY Skipping Stone Favor Bags

Hi there SMP readers, it’s Chloe from Boxwood Avenue here for a fun DIY! I’ve wanted to add lots of personal touches to our wedding (what bride doesn’t!?), so when I saw a skipping stone favor bag on Pinterest, I immediately wanted to include something like it. Since our wedding vibe is “organic elegance/farm-to-table” I wanted to translate some of that into the project, and the watercolor wreath I used was the perfect touch, and of course, any chance I get to use a calligraphy font, I jump!

Small Drawstring Bags
Transfer Paper (my favorite is Lesley Riley TAP Paper)
Template for Transferring (here’s mine!)
Skipping Stones

This project is also great for those of us trying to stretch the budget, but still wanting to wow our guests with unique, personal touches. In total, each bag cost about fifty cents to make; you can’t beat that!

Step 1:

Download or create the image you’d like to transfer onto the bags. I made mine in PowerPoint, and shrank the image down, so that I could fit 20 images on one page. If you use my graphic, I’ve already reversed it for you, but if you make your own, don’t forget to flip it, so that it prints out backwards! There’s nothing worse than realizing you forgot to reverse your file after you’ve already transferred! Trust me, I’ve done it multiple times!

Step 2:

Print and cut your graphics, trimming off as much excess white as possible.

Step 3:

Turn your iron on, and adjust it to the proper heat settings for the transfer paper, according to the package’s instructions. Once the iron is warmed up, place one of your images face down in the center of a bag. Iron the paper so that the ink transfers onto the fabric. Here’s a little tip – use your muscles! I wrote an entire post about this on Boxwood Avenue, if you’re interested, you can view it here!

Step 4:

While the paper is still hot, gently pull it up. If you see any spots that didn’t transfer as you remove the paper, you can always press it back down, and re-iron.

Step 5:

Fill with skipping stones, and surprise your guests with a unique favor!

I hope you enjoyed this DIY, and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments. Oh, and if you decide to make this, make sure you tag me, @boxwoodavenue, so I can gawk over your handiwork!

Photography: Chloe Legras At Boxwood Avenue | Design: Chloe Legras At Boxwood Avenue | Venue: Private Residence | Watercolor Artwork: Maria From DigiCrafts

Chloe MacKintosh

Blogger Bride
Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe

Hands down, Lake Tahoe is one of my favorite destinations on earth, so it goes without saying that a wedding held at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa, and Casino would be a dream in my book! The ultimate destination for both summer and winter weddings, this stunning venue has everything a couple could want for their big day.

During the fall and winter months couples can tie the knot in a lakeside ballroom or outdoors surrounded by fire pits — perfect for roasting s’mores! — all while watching the snowfall in the mountains or in a stunning mountain lodge. And in the spring and summer? Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe’s Cottage Green lawn or private beach are the perfect setting for your big day. Making planning as easy as possible, Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe offers one-stop planning with everything from gorgeous event spaces to the luxe Stillwater Spa and countless activities for guests, including catamaran cruises, kayak tours, world-class skiing and sleigh rides!

I couldn’t imagine a more picture perfect setting. Top it all off with incredible wedding managers to oversee every detail, complimentary accommodations for the newlyweds and the ability to earn up to five free nights for a honeymoon at any Hyatt property worldwide, and my dears, we’ve got a recipe for a winning wedding venue. Head over here to learn more about Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe and to get started booking your big day!


Marmalade Sky Films + A Discount + A Giveaway!

There is something so special about having your wedding day captured on film for you and your honey to relive over and over again. And when the film is done by the insanely creative Northern California boutique cinematography company Marmalade Sky Films, you’ll find any excuse to press play.

Behind the lens is a team of best friends, Eugene + Matt, who worked in the film industry prior to discovering their passion for wedding cinematography. Thanks to this experience, every film they create is based in a deep love for visual storytelling. Their films capture all the special moments of the couple’s big day, from the kisses to the laughter and tears, in a way that is authentic and genuine, to tell each couple’s individual and unique love story.

Are you head-over-heels yet? Well now’s the time to book your big day with Marmalade Sky Films because they’re giving SMP readers who book before September 2015 $200 off a Wedding Cinematography Package of their choice! Simply mention this post when booking to redeem the offer. Check out their packages here.
Oh and there’s more! Marmalade Sky Films is giving one lucky reader a Save the Date film shot on Full HD ($499 value).

To enter:Comment on this post with why you’d love to have Marmalade Sky Films tell the story of you and your honey!

To win: A winner will be randomly chosen and announced in WIUP on Friday, April 24, 2015.

The details: Session must take place in San Francisco or mutually agreed upon location on mutually agreed upon date. The giveaway includes session time and one Engagement Video or Save the Date Invitation video (30 seconds to 1 minute in length).


Rustic Lake Tahoe Summer Wedding

After meeting at a confused restaurant, these lovebirds decided to say their “I do’s” in the beautiful simplicity of the Lake Tahoe woods, with one stellar team of vendors. MAP Events created a rustic wonderland, and Michele Papineau and A Day In May added the perfect dash of elegance. Catherine Hall and Elysium Productions captured it all and with this gallery and film below, my day is officially made.

At Home

From Catherine Hall Studios… As Lizzie and Keith will recall with a laugh, they met in the most unlikely of places: a Nantucket-themed Mexican restaurant in San Francisco. Keith couldn’t help but notice Lizzie – partly because she happened to cut in line in front of him. Soon after, he made an excuse to go over to her table. “Keith had the guts to strike up a conversation with me,” Lizzie says. “Four hours later, we closed the place down and met the next night for a real date.”

A little over two years later, Keith took matters into his own hands once again. During a weekend trip to Carmel-by-the-Sea, he slipped away to go on a coffee run. Little did Lizzie know, he was staking out the perfect proposal spot. As they picnicked on the beach later that day, he surprised Lizzie with a cleverly hidden ring, designed by Edmund Weber Jewelers. Happily, Lizzie accepted.

When it came to choosing a venue, one special place soon came to mind: Lizzie’s family estate, nestled in the lush Lake Tahoe setting. “It has become a place where we can get out of the city, and it has become very special to us both,” says Lizzie, a Bay Area native. She and Keith fell in love with the idea of being able to share it with his family, who hail from Massachusetts.

With the rich, natural beauty of Lake Tahoe as their backdrop, inspiration quickly took off. Working with Melissa Panico of MAP Events and Tracy Radeff from Radeff Design Studio, a beautiful, rustic setting was created for the sunny outdoor wedding. White flowers stood bright against a palette of forest greens and deep browns. Tall trees were adorned with string lights, and verdant, leafy garlands were hung along doorways and beneath the canopy tent.

The two coupled the rustic scene with timeless looks. Keith donned a J. Crew suit and a Shinola watch, and Lizzie wore a stunning Vera Wang gown. Her bridesmaids wore soft creams, plus Ippolita teardrop earrings gifted by Lizzie to match her own pair.

Lizzie and Keith also infused the day with personal touches. The couple made sure to have an oyster bar – one of Keith’s favorite foods. For a hint of funkiness, they chose Aretha Franklin’s “Baby, I Love You” for their first dance. For favors, guests left on a sweet note: miniature mason jars, filled with M&Ms personalized with the bride and groom’s initials and their wedding date. The thing that made their day even sweeter? Sharing their wedding day with the mother of the groom’s birthday, and surprising her with a birthday cake and song.

To brides-to-be, Lizzie shared a thoughtful piece of advice: “I realized what was really important on my wedding day,” she says. “It wasn’t what my hair looked like, what flowers were on what tables, or what drinks were served when. It was about making the commitment to Keith, and getting to marry the most wonderful man.”

Photography: Catherine Hall Studios | Cinematography : Elysium Productions | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters | Catering: D'Lish Catering | Hair & Makeup: TEAM Hair And Makeup | Calligraphy: Michele Papineau Calligraphy | Lighting: Zephyr Tents | Grooms Attire: J.Crew | Transportation: Reno Tahoe Limousine | Transportation: Bell Limo | Transportation: Tahoe Sierra Transportation | AV: Crux Events | Bride's Jewlery & Accessories: Ippolita | Cake Designer & Desserts : Real Food Tahoe | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Bull Residence | Designer For Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands : Edmund Weber Jewelers | Event Design & Florist: Radeff Design Studios | Event Design & Planning: MAP Events | Groom's Accessories: Shinola Watch | Invitations & Wedding Paper Goods : A Day In May Design | Linen: La Tavola | Photobooth: The Magnolia Photo Booth Co. | Reception Music: Entourage, De Bois Entertainment | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Shoe Designer For Groom: Banana Republic

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