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This is How You Say “I Do” in Lake Tahoe

There’s something very, very special about saying “I do” in Lake Tahoe. Just ask Abby and Joey. These two sweeties (+ mountain lovers) chose the fabulous Heavenly Lake Tahoe to host their crazy cool celebration and the results were nothing short of amazing. Think a fun-filled weekend with friends + family, plus beyond breathtaking, well… everything. Scroll for every beautiful detail.

From Heavenly Lake TahoeFor Abby and Joey, deciding to get married at Heavenly in Lake Tahoe was an easy choice. Abby grew up on the south shore of Lake Tahoe skiing at Heavenly from age three, and Joey spent annual family trips at the lake. The first time Abby brought Joey to meet her family in Tahoe they went skiing at Heavenly and after an elaborate proposal at the top of Little Mountain in Washington, they knew the mountains were where they would say their I do’s.

On the day of the wedding, the bridal party arrived early, boarding Heavenly’s 6-person Gondola cabins for an epic 15 minute journey up to the Blue Sky Terrace at 9,123 feet, all the while taking in amazing views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Nestled amongst the granite boulders and towering Jeffrey Pine trees, Abby and Joey had their first look. This led into bridal party photos taken on the edge of the Blue Sky Terrace with a unique backdrop of pristine Lake Tahoe. The three-tiered flagstone patio overlooking the lake served as the ceremony location with the cocktail hour to follow. Log rounds accenting the rustic ceremony location were provided by Lavish Floral whom had them milled from the local Lake Tahoe forest. Rev. David Beronio Jr officiated a beautiful ceremony to join two families as one on a gorgeous July afternoon.

After a customized cocktail hour, the guests re-boarded the Gondola to be taken to the private Tamarack Lodge further up the mountain. While the bridal party finished up photos at Blue Sky Terrace, the guests enjoyed additional beverages while playing corn hole and ping pong on the outdoor patio spaces looking up at the ski slopes. Upon entering the reception venue, the guests were greeted by Blue Sky Events staff and were encouraged to provide the bride and groom with well wishes, wisdom, or marital advice in the custom made wish box.

The guests dined at solid wooden tables with lace runners featuring table numbers that provided images of the bride and groom at the age of the table number. The lavender and mint color scheme was accented with beautiful sunflowers and wildflowers to add a whimsical touch of Tahoe. Following a delicious three entrée buffet catered by Heavenly, the couple did a cupcake cutting from the elaborate dessert bar provided by Cakes by Grace, including custom cannoli’s honoring Joey’s Italian family tradition.

With the backdrop of the mountains behind them, the first dance was held under the large rustic chandelier to “Can’t Help Falling in Love with You”. Following the father daughter dance, the 120 guests took over the dance floor as “Uptown Funk” filled the air. The guests continued to dance to the tunes played by The Reno Tahoe DJ Company as Brandi from Indigo Photography escorted the bride and groom over to Tamarack chair and into the woods for sunset photos.

The ending of the night included a Gondola ride down the mountain while the moon and stars glowed over Lake Tahoe. Producing a wedding at 9,123 feet seems like a tall task, however these professional vendors worked so well together to make a magical experience for the guests and a seamless and relaxing experience for the bride and groom.

Can’t wait to create your very own breathtaking mountain celebration in Lake Tahoe? We don’t blame you. Contact Heavenly Lake Tahoe today to speak to their talented staff about hosting your Big Day. Whether you’re planning a small, intimate ceremony for 40 or an elaborate party for 250 of your nearest and dearest, Heavenly Lake Tahoe has the wedding package + venue for you. Bonus? No matter how you tie the knot, every last detail comes with one amazing view.

Photographer: Indigo Photography | Wedding Coordinator: Blue Sky Events | Florals: Lavish Floral | Hair and Make Up: Tahoe Wedding Hair | Lighting: Celadon Events | DJ: The Reno Tahoe DJ Company | Ceremony & Reception: Heavenly Ski Resort- Lakeview Lodge | Desserts and Cake: Grace Gore & Sarah Woldt | Video: Light The Moment

Crazy About Color? This Styled Shoot Is for You!

Jacqui Cole Photography wants to know if you’re craving color. If so, how about you make your way over to The Vault to pin the pretty that she’s captured. Coordinated by the Summit Soiree, this is one saturated soiree you’ll want to share pronto!

From Jacqui Cole PhotographyThe wonderful ladies at Summit Soiree teamed up to create a magical, woodland bridal shoot. We really wanted allow the Tahoe backdrop to inspire us and pull our design elements from there.

The bride wore a Anna Campbell dress and carried deep purple blooms. The invites were a mixture of thick card stock and a wooden ‘save the date’. The rose gold custom calligraphy complimented the rustic elements. This was carried through to the rose gold flatware which added a sense of elegance while the farm style tables creates a rustic vibe.

The low centerpieces are designed to complete the farm-style table. While overflowing with luxe flowers they also enable all guests to be able to see and converse easily. You’ll notice that while we chose a gritty, wooden dining table, the chairs are a sleek modern acrylic. We wanted brides to not be nervous about mixing different styles! This also follows through to the bride’s effortless, boho hair style which is paired with the embellished Anna Campbell gown. We absolutely love all the different elements, textures and styles throughout this shoot!

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Photography: Jacqui Cole Photography | Coordination: Summit Soiree | Floral Design: Stems by Diana | Wedding Dress: Anna Campbell | Stationery: Prim & Pixie | Hair + Makeup: Jessica Harringtons | Calligraphy: Calligraphy Nerd | Venue: West Shore Cafe | Bridal Boutique: Malindy Elene | Model: Kate Olsen | Rentals: Tahoe Rustic Rentals | Rentals: Camelot Party Rentals Nevada

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Lake Tahoe Wedding by Jose Villa, Part II

It is not too often that we reserve an entire day for one wedding but with a Jose Villa number like this, we’re almost tempted to reserve a whole week. Instead, we are kicking back and letting the gorgeous images do all the work while visions of the perfect wedding re-dos dance in our heads. And these nuptials of photography talent KT Merry are all out romance. Ohhhh, the romance. We are literally eating it up one beautiful detail at a time. And for all of you brides to be who are dying to borrow the gorgeous details from this affair, we haven’t left you hanging. We have a buying guide coming up next filled with tons of steal-worthy bits. And don’t forget, even more can be found right here! Click here to see Part I.

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Our ceremony location was all about natural beauty with huge pines overlooking Lake Tahoe.  We had a large military presence at our wedding with my dad being a decorated Naval Captain. He wore his traditional dress whites (sword and all) to escort me down the aisle. Our ceremony site, was decorated by a symbolic circle of white rose petals with the guest chairs in two semicircles surrounding. The ceremony was given by a close friend of my fathers known as ‘Badger’ who is revered as the best fighter pilot living today. He closed our ceremony with ‘by the power vested in me as fighter pilot…’. I also attached my Dad’s bronze star he was awarded from his service in Iraq to the base of my bouquet.

From the ceremony, our guests were shuttled down the mountain to the valley where I grew up.  In the foothills lies a 500 acre ranch owned my one of my dearest friends and bridesmaid. The ranch has a small farm house with a fenced yard where we served cocktails before the reception. Later, guests were seated at long wooden king’s tables for an outdoor reception in front of a 100+ year old barn decorated with chandeliers and a moss set of letters making our initials.

Family and friends played a huge role in the decor of the wedding.  My bridesmaid Nicole created the runners for all the tables, my Aunt Terry created the signs that pointed to horseshoes, dancing and cocktails, my cousin Sara found antique chandeliers, and old doors that created tables over wine barrels.  I also asked several members of our families prior to the wedding to locate vintage plates in their area and they served at the plates for our table settings, each unique and decorated with a fresh gardenia.  I personally found all the mercury glass that we used and my mother hand crafted framed chalk boards that we used for the menu and signature drinks signs.  She and a friend also created a pair of wooden swings that were decorated with flowers and were hung in the cocktail location.

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Wedding Photography: Jose Villa / Wedding Ceremony Venue: Regan Beach, South Lake Tahoe / Wedding Reception Venue: Willow Stay Ranch, Private Residence /  Wedding Dress: Vera Wang via Ever After / Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Jewelry: Maria Elena via Ever After / Bridal Kimono: Custom by Plum Pretty Sugar / Garter: Custom by Florrie Mitton Couture / Bridesmaid Dresses: Vera Wang via Boca Raton Bridal / Groom’s Suit: Ermenegildo Zegna / Catering: Bella Vita Catering / Wedding Cake: The Cork & More / Cupcakes: Russell’s Mercantile / Wine: Ironstone Vineyards / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals SacramentoThe Entertainer + Genoa Tree Farm / Flowers: Art in Bloom / Wedding Ceremony Music: Avalanche Music / Wedding Reception Music: Jeff Campbell Music / Linens: Custom by Sewin’ Oats / Wedding Invitations: Kari Dyas / Invitation Calligraphy: Hilary Williams / Seating Chart Calligraphy: Sally Jose (brownhorse.1@netzero.net) / Hair: Acqua Hair Design / Welcome Bags: Proforma Albrecht & Co. / Parasols: Luna Bazaar / Welcome Cruise: The Tahoe Queen via Zephyr Cove Resort & Lake Tahoe Cruises / Film Work: Richard Photo

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