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Whimsical Al Fresco Lake Tahoe Wedding at The Hideout Inn

All I have to say after looking at this gallery is, YASS! Coco Tran you’ve done it again – continually captivating our hearts and screens with every single capture of this whimsical al fresco affair. From the elegant outdoor setting, to the sweet heartfelt ceremony, Eric and Isabel’s special day is beyond special. Scroll for even more and witness the beauty firsthand via THE VAULT!


From Coco TranEric and Isabel have been dating over a decade, just a few months after Eric proposed to Isabel in Hawaii, they received joful news thatIsabel was expecting! The wedding planning was put on hold, until little Tyler was born. Three years have passed and Isabelle and Eric along with their son Tyler stood in front of their closest friends and family to read each others personal vows to each other. The sweetest moments and words were exchanged, and not one person had dry eyes in the audience.

Isabel and Eric picked Lake Tahoe, as it holds a special place in their hearts. Both avid snowboarders, they spent a lot of their time enjoying the slopes. There was no other place that would of been perfect for them to tie the knot than The Hideout, Lake Tahoe.

They envisioned an intimate outdoor setting to gather their friends and families. Good food and great company was the most important thing to them. They both shared a lovely day and evening dancing below the stars until the wee hours, celebrating ten years of being together and cheering to many more.

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Photography: Coco Tran | Event Planner: Kate Whelan Events | Floral Design: Tango And Foxtrot | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang Boston | Venue: The Hideout | Bridemaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo

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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 | Event Planning + Design: To La Lune Events | Floral Design: Plenty Of Petals | Wedding Dress: The Dress Theory | Venue: Lake Tahoe | 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

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