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Lake Tahoe Wedding by Heidi Huber Photography

It’s official, Lake Tahoe produces some of the prettiest of pretty weddings for us to enjoy, and this earth-friendly fête by Heidi Huber Photography is yet another beauty to add to that long list of lovelies. I just adore this handsome couple’s take on a sustainable wedding (love that trend, btw), and you can see all the reasons why in the full gallery of images!

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From the Bride…Adam and I envisioned our wedding to be modern and natural (sustainable). Adam and I are both in the industry of Landscape Architecture, and the whole idea of sustainability was something that truly mattered to us. Aesthetically we’ve always been attracted to modern designs that have a sense of comfort. Simple and elegance was our goal. Not over designing. We envisioned our day to have yellow and peuter as our main colors. We used the two colors all throughout our wedding invitation, cupcakes, programs, and stationery. We didn’t want to overdo the yellow, so we mixed in some shades of green or grey greens with the use of our plant materials. Adam and I love succulents, and we thought it was the perfect material and color palette to go with our color theme.

In going along with the theme of sustainability, we made sure that our succulent centerpieces were a “living” centerpiece, that our guest could bring home. We designed the planter boxes and the cake stand and had Adam’s best man build all the custom pieces. To reduce the amount of paper used, our “Save the Dates” we’re all sent out electronically and viewed on our website.  We continued this theme of reducing paper by designing our invitations that fold into it’s own envelope.  We didn’t use envelopes for  the reply cards and thank you cards because we designed them as postcards.  We selected four different wedding favors that we felt would not be wasteful (re-useable bags, a blend of our favorite tea, our favorite bath bombs, and two different types of “grow-your-own” herbs).  We designed our own website, wedding programs, table callouts, cake/cupcake layout as well as the guest place cards.

We chose Lake Tahoe because we wanted a destination wedding that was near the water and would provide our guests with lots of activities throughout the weekend.  Edgewood provided the perfect location for us because the ceremony and reception room look out towards the beautiful lake.  Also, the contemporary architecture of the building was perfect for our theme because of the natural wood beams and modern floor to ceiling windows.Since we were doing a destination wedding we chose our wedding vendors by reading reviews online and then calling each one of them to get a feel for how it would be to work with them.  Once we spoke to them and felt they had a good understanding for what we wanted and made us feel comfortable we decided to hire them.  We felt that the wedding photography was the most important part of our wedding.  So when it came to that decision we searched for someone who would capture candid moments throughout our big day. We found Heidi Huber while searching online and instantly fell in love with her photography and knew she would be perfect for us.

We went shopping for our wedding bands on a whim and picked them out in about an hour and couldn’t be happier with them.  Adam’s is a modern white gold band, while Camille’s diamond band has a timeless style that compliments her vintage engagement ring. The wedding gown and bridesmaid’s dresses where all custom designed by Camille’s maid of honor, Hallie Vy.  Camille showed Hallie a few aspects of gowns that she liked; simple, modern, textural and elegant.  Hallie took those concepts and designed the gown that was perfect for her. For the bridesmaids gowns, we went to downtown LA garment district and found the perfect material and design. Camille wanted the gowns not to look too “bridal”, a simple design that would allow the girls to use their dresses again.

We chose a charcoal grey suit for him and his groomsmen that compliment the color theme.  The slim cut jackets and flat legged pants helped keep the guys a part of the modern theme. We decided that the groomsmen wouldn’t wear a tie, and just had a yellow handkerchief in their pockets to keep the look less formal and make Adam’s outfit a little bit more formal and unique from his party, since he was the only one who wore a tie (pale yellow and grey in color).

Venue, Catering + Coordination: Edgewood Tahoe / Wedding Photography: Heidi Huber Photography / DJ: Ryan Palmer of Lake Tahoe DJ / Wedding Cake: Katie Cakes / Floral Design: Thran’s Flowers / Wedding Dress: Hallie Vy Design / Bridesmaid Dresses: Hallie Vy Design / Hair + Makeup: Marianna Lucido / Groom + Groomsmen Attire: 3-Day Suit Broker / Groom’s Shoes: Steve Madden / Invitations: The Bride + Groom / Wedding Rings: Robbin’s Brothers / Engagement Ring: McClave Jewelers

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Lake Tahoe Wedding by Aravaggio Photography + Rose Street Studio

Lake Tahoe ranks high on my list of the world’s most beautiful places, so it should come as no surprise that I am 100% head over heels for every last amazing detail of this charming lakeside affair.  Boasting a lovely gray, blue and pink color palette, majestic mountain views and a bride rockin’ a stunning gown (plus a cute as can be cardigan), this rustic chic meets elegant soiree is all sorts of gorgeous… And all sorts of awesome.  And when you add to the mix each and every breathtaking image captured by Aravaggio Photography, well, it just doesn’t get much better than this.  So, join me in the gallery for every last ounce of pretty and then stay tuned for even more fabulous from Rose Street Studio below!

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And, of course, we couldn’t wrap up the day without leaving you with even more gorgeous from Rose Street Studio!  Enjoy!

From the Bride… I have a “life list” of all of the things I want to do in my lifetime, and Myles takes great pride in helping me cross things off. During a trip to Las Vegas, he told me he had a surprise for me. We were picked up by a driver and taken to a small airport where there was a helicopter waiting. The helicopter took us over the Grand Canyon and we landed on an inside ledge on an Indian reservation for lunch. I was so excited to have crossed 2 things off of my life list (Grand Canyon and helicopter ride) that I had no idea what was coming next!! We were sitting on the side of a cliff and he asked me to marry him. I still cannot remember any of the words he said, because everything got very cloudy, but I did manage to say yes!

Myles’ favorite baseball player is Ryne Sandberg, a Hall of Fame player that played for the Cubs when he was little. He used to watch him play with his Dad, who passed away 2 years ago from complications of lung cancer. I knew how special he was to the two of them, and I needed a way to honor and remember the man who is responsible for making Myles the man and father he is today. I started calling, emailing, and sending letters a year before the wedding in an attempt to get in touch with Ryne. I found out he had just been hired as the manager of a minor league team in Philadelphia. I sent him a letter and a wedding invitation to the new ballpark (just in case!).  To my surprise, I came home one day to find a large box from Ryne himself, with an autographed gift to give my sweet groom on our wedding day. It meant and means the world to him, and I hope it made his Dad smile, too.  My wedding day gift was a beautiful charm bracelet. He told me that for each anniversary he will buy a charm to represent something special we did or experienced that year.

Since we were planning from out of town, we actually scouted our “First Look” location while on a ski trip in February. The ground was covered in snow, but the trees were tall and beautiful and everything we wanted. When we arrived for pictures, we were amused to find out we had actually picked a popular frisbee golf course!! We were dodging frisbees through the bridesmaid and groomsmen photos. Luckily, my cousin Jessica has quick reflexes, because she dodged a close one that could have left her with a large bruise across her forehead just minutes before the ceremony!

The sash I wore was made by my mother. She used flowers from a bridal hair comb and stitched them to the sash. The hair piece is actually an upside down blusher. I loved the look of it originally, but after wearing it for my hair trial.. I decided to flip it because it bothered me being in my face for such a long period of time.

I made the aisle chair decor by folding strips of scrapbook paper like a fan and gluing it together with hot glue! Myles hand stamped/varnished/bowed all of the bridesmaid hangars! I made the boutonnieres from some faux succulents and blueberries from the local craft store. I made the Happily Ever After sign using the lid to an old planter from our backyard. I traced the letters onto it with stencils, and then used a woodburning pen to fill it in. It was my first time to use the pen, and it was really easy! We had handkerchiefs hand embroidered for my mother, Myles’ mother, and my Grandmother.

Wedding Photography: Aravaggio Photography / Cinematography: Rose Street Studio / Event Planning & Design: The Bride / Flowers: Tina Hoy-Barnwell of Lavish Floral / Wedding Ceremony Location: Round Hill Pines Beach / Wedding Reception Location: Tahoe Bleu Wave / Casino Location: Harvey’s Lake Tahoe / Catering and Cakes: The Cork and More / Wedding Invitations and Water Bottle Labels: Two Yellow Shoes / Wedding Dress: White Collection by Vera Wang via David’s Bridal / Harp Music: Anne Roos / Exit Confetti: Rice Butterflies / Makeup: Natalie Cusson / Hair: Sessions Salon / Hair Piece: David’s Bridal / Lightening Bolt Patches: Stitches Aplenty / Cake Flower: DK Designs Hawaii / Bridesmaid Necklaces: Charming Charlie / Ring Bearer Bowl: Paloma’s Nest / Guest Book Tree: Bleudetoi / Handkerchiefs: Sherri Angel Creations

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Lake Tahoe Wedding by Kate Webber Photography + Merrily Wed

If Napa and Tahoe had a wedding baby, this, my dears would be it. It’s one part rustic one part romantic and all sorts of fabulousness. The bride’s dress and veil are simply beyond beautiful and I’m loving how all her gold accents are repeated in the sophisticated tablescapes complete with gold rimmed wine glasses and plates. Oh, and that tent! If that’s not the prettiest, most breeziest and beautiful tent ever, then I don’t know what is. I just want to sit under it all day and watch it blow in the breeze as I sip champagne from a fabulous gold rimmed glass. And I bet that’s just what these lucky guests did. Designed and planned perfectly by Merrily Wed and captured to perfection by Kate Webber Photography, this wedding is just to die for. Click here for more and for even more gorgeous California weddings, check out our SMP California blog here!

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From Merrily WedMutual friends tried to set Alison and Jeremy up but Alison wouldn’t have anything to do with it for two years. Then they actually started talking and a bi-coastal relationship began. Fast forward to living as a couple in San Francisco when Jeremy proposed to Alison on a San Francisco rooftop surrounded by 10,000 lights – literally, and the lighted Golden Gate Bridge as a backdrop. They didn’t have a dream of how to finish their fairytale love story… Little did they know it would end up on a magnificent sprawling lawn on the shores of Lake Tahoe with the help of Merrily Wed.

The ceremony was held at Corpus Christi Catholic Church (seen in the Godfather II) and the reception site was kept a well hidden secret from their 165 guests. Upon arriving at the palatial, luminous lakefront estate, guests were treated to a champagne cocktail and twinkling music by a string quartet. Wine barrels doubled as cocktail tables and this look was carried over to the majestic main bar overflowing with soft, white flowers.

Alison wanted a vintage, romantic look but with a twist of sophistication. The color palette was neutral with ivories, creams and natural tones but with a fresh punch of color from the flowers. To add a bit of glamour to her wedding day, we wove touches of gold throughout: from Alison’s couture French Chantilly lace dress with gold metallic accents, to her intricately detailed place setting to the gold-rimmed glassware to the gold lace on the hanging mason jar lanterns. Her place card table was an old farm table with layers of antique lace wrapped around it. The place cards were woven into the lace. Two giant floral arrangements on wine barrels framed the entrance into her dreamy summer night tent – a clear top canopy with sheer ivory swagging which allowed the just right amount of light, towering trees and twinkling stars to peek through. The antique rustic chandeliers created a dramatic focal point at each end of the tent and a natural spot to gather the draped swagging.

Napa French-slotted wooden chairs complimented the natural style of the eggshell Tuscany linen on the dining tables. Alison used colorful gold-rimmed china reminiscent of her Grandma’s on top of a rustic embossed charger. The details were in the rich patterns of each. Gold-rimmed glassware picked up the gold in the ornate floral band of the Diana china. Tables were named after locations that had sentimental meaning to Alison & Jeremy as well as the guests matched at each. These were attached to twigs and incorporated in the loosely arranged centerpieces. The wedding cake cannot go unmentioned – it was a very special family recipe by Aunt Allie. Served in her memory, Aunt Allie is Alison’s namesake and July 31st is not only their wedding date but Aunt Allie’s birthday. Pride & Joy, a 10 piece band, kicked off the dancing under the summer night’s dream of a reception tent. Their energy and costume changes kept the guests dancing.

Event Design + Planning: Merrily Wed / Wedding Photography: Kate Webber Photography / Caterer: As You Wish / Flowers: Stems by Diana / String Music: The String Beings / Band: Pride & Joy / Ceremony Venue: Corpus Christi Catholic Church / Reception Venue: Private West Shore Lakefront Estate / Invitation Designer: Hello!Lucky / Wedding Dress: Atelier des Modistes / Wedding Videography: Stanislav Basovich / Cake Designer: Sugar Pine Cakery / Equipment Rentals: Celebrations Party Rentals + Classic Party Rentals / Linen Rental: La Tavola Linen / Make-up Artist: Yvette Beebe / Hair Stylist: Jarr Von Samuel

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Summer Thunderbird Lodge Wedding from Catherine Hall Studios

As far as we’re concerned, Lake Tahoe has so many fabulous weddings we have a hard time keeping up! Luckily, we have the best of the best sending us the amazing Tahoe affairs. Like this Thunderbird Lodge wedding. For you water-loving brides, we’ve got the piercing blue lake. For you mountain-loving brides, seriously, check out that view. And to top it all off, the wedding itself, seen through the lens of Catherine Hall Studio, is stunning enough to measure up to the scenery – and maybe even surpass it! There was not one detail forgotten, and we capital LOVE them all. You’ll need to spend more time with this wedding – we couldn’t do it justice here – so click here for Catherine’s blog!

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We wanted to have the wedding in Lake Tahoe because it’s such a beautiful spot.  I usually spend a few weeks of the summer there, and Dan and I have spent time there together too.  Thunderbird Lodge was the ideal location because it is right on the water and perfect for the small intimate wedding that we were going for.  We just wanted a mellow wedding in a beautiful spot with a small group of friends and family, and that was just what we got.  The weather couldn’t have been more gorgeous and everything went exactly as we had hoped for the day of our wedding, if not better!  I just wish the day didn’t fly by so quickly, but we tried to enjoy and remember each moment.

In terms of our wedding cake, a friend of ours who is a baker, made a tier of cupcakes with little chocolate pine cones on each, incorporating the surrounding pine cone trees into the decorations.  I kept the jewelry simple, since the Monique Lhullier dress did not need much else to accompany it. I wore my engagement ring and new wedding band and my grandmother’s earrings.

Photography: Catherine Hall Studios / Second Photographer: Melissa Slater / Coordinator: Summit Soiree / Ceremony Venue: Thunderbird Lodge / Reception Venue: Thunderbird Lodge / Dress Designer: Monique Lhuillier / Florist: Thran’s Flowers / Caterer: Moody’s Bistro & Lounge / Makeup: Jennifer Ergut / Hair: Laura Seegmiller

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Lake Tahoe Wedding by Merrily Wed

Hello Wednesday and hello seven (yes, seven!) SMP weddings to inspire. For those of you new to SMP, here’s a little refresher – we use Wednesday to pretty up the mid week by showing snip-its of several gorgeous soirees. But have no fear, simply click on the full gallery of images to get the entire fete in full. Now that’s a day I am ready to start!

And start we will – with this beautiful blending of cultural traditions by Merrily Wed. This lovely lakeside affair is filled to the brim with beautiful traditions, and its sophisticated, yet rustic style is definitely a good way to kick off this day of pretty. And there is so much more pretty to be had in the full gallery.

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From Merrily Wed… Natasha and Ali said their “I Do’s” amidst a beautiful garden lakefront estate on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe.  Their 80 guests witnessed a stunning Persian ceremony, known as the Aghd, of which the details were new to some and quite familiar to others.

During the Aghd, Natasha and Alia were seated before a spread of traditional items, called the Sofreh. A Sofreh specialist from Los Angeles was brought in to make this moment truly authentic.  On the Sofreh facing them was a mirror, illuminated by candles on either side.  Many other items were also placed on the Sofreh and each had its own symbolism with regard to prosperity that it may bring.  The married women in the family held above the couple a canopy of fine fabric and ground two cones of sugar over Natasha and Ali’s heads, to hope for a sweet life.  Tasting honey with their fingers was another ritual within the Aghd.

When it came time to say “I Do,” the Persian tradition is more elaborate than Western tradition and entices the bride to agree to marry the groom.  When the officiant asks for the bride’s hand on behalf of the groom, the bride does not speak at first; instead she remains silent, which represents the pursuit of the bride by the groom.  The third time that she is asked the bride speaks up and gives the affirmative response of “baleh!” (yes).  The officiant then directs the question to the groom, who answers yes without hesitation.  This was exciting to watch Natasha and Ali enact this.

By using natural, neutral tones and organic elements along with hints of copper and gold, Natasha’s wedding style was a sophisticated edge to the rustic side of Tahoe.  Her bridal bouquet of lisianthus, peonies and garden roses was accented with grasses, gold skeleton leaves and bleached peacock feathers while a cocoa copper chiffon ribbon tied the luscious arrangement together.  The gold skeleton leaves also graced the aisle sides and the lily floral stringers comprising the birch altar behind the sofreh.  Bleached peacock feathers were used throughout the reception from embellishing the wooden wedding sign to bar arrangements to an element in the unique tablescapes.

For Natasha and Ali’s cocktail style reception, we varied the table sizes to give an on-going party feel and draped luxurious Moire toffee linen over all.  Wooden trivets on each table anchored the detailed centerpieces – each a slight variant combo of lisianthus stems in a bud vase, hurricanes, gold sand, mini pine cones, feather flower clips and pine cone candles.  They served a variety of food and dedicated one station to authentic Persian food made lovingly by Ali’s family.

Natasha and Ali’s wedding day was pure magic and a marriage between a man and a woman as well as a blending of two cultures.

Wedding Design and Planning: Merrily Wed / Wedding Photography: Dave Getzschman of Ben Chrisman Photographers / Wedding Flowers: Bellissima Floral Creations / Wedding Venue: Private Lakefront Estate / Catering: As You Wish Catering / Wedding Cake: Josef’s Vienna Bakery / Music: We Ain’t Saints / Linens: La Tavola Linen / Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza / Sofreh: Elegant Sofreh Design / Hair: Laura Seegmiller / Wedding Invitations: Paper Monkey Press

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Vibrant Lake Tahoe Wedding From Merrily Wed

Amy Kuschel and Coren Moore gowns, vibrant splashes of purple, pink and tangerine orange ~ a segway to the festive Lake Tahoe wedding of Ginger and Brannan from Merrily Wed and Ben Chrisman Photography!


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Photography – Ben Chrisman Photography / Wedding Design & Planning – Merrily Wed / Florals – Bellissima Floral / Wedding Gown – Amy Kuschel / Bridesmaids Dresses – Coren Moore / Catering – Moody’s Catering /  Wedding Cake & Cupcakes – Sugar Pine Cakery / Venue – Private North Shore Estate / Rentals – Celebrations Party Rentals / Linen – La Tavola Linen

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