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Classic Elegance at The Glenbrook Club

Can we talk about this Bride’s chignon for a sec? It was this first capture from Elisabeth Millay that pulled me into this classic soiree and still has me completely captivated. What is it about a perfect hair-do that gets us girls so crazy excited?! And don’t even get me started on her Vera Wang dress. Dying. I might suggest that you head on over to the full gallery to indulge a bit more—sooo worth it.

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From the beautiful Bride…Chris and I were married in a place very special to both of us. We got married at my family’s vacation getaway in Glenbrook, Lake Tahoe. I have spent 30 summers growing up in Glenbrook, and introduced Chris to “Glenbrook heaven” when we first starting dating. It was the first place he told me he loved me, and where we’ve had countless family celebrations, such as my grandfather’s 90th birthday and my brother’s wedding. There is a magical serenity about this hidden cove of Lake Tahoe, and it was the ideal setting to launch our adventure together.

I wanted to take advantage of the rustic nature of Lake Tahoe but also bring in classic elegance to the venue. The ceremony took place on a grassy spot overlooking the Lake, with a string trio welcoming our guests as they mingled over lemonade and enjoyed the views. It was a a warm, breezy, perfect September Lake Tahoe day.

We tented the front deck of the clubhouse and strung cafe lights, creating a romantic and elegant ambiance among the Tahoe pine trees. I incorporated pine cones throughout the reception decor; since I was a little girl, the moment we’d drive into the gates of Glenbrook I’d open the car window to smell the fresh pine air, so it was special to incorporate what exemplifies Tahoe to me. Leading up to the wedding, I spent hours collecting pine cones around the lake. We used them as table number holders and escort card holders.

In contrast to the rustic pine cones, we had soft almond linens, ivory striped runners on farm tables, and the head and cake tables were adorned with blush sequin runners. Candles throughout the reception imbued a romantic and cozy vibe. Classic calligraphy elements were displayed throughout the ceremony, from escort and place cards, to handwritten menus and signs. I surprised Chris (a Notre Dame alum and Irish football fanatic) with a Notre Dame-themed groom’s carrot cake, which paired beautifully with our “celebration” funfetti and banana peanut butter cakes simply adorned with ruffled frosting and garden roses. I will never forget that special moment cutting the cake with my mother’s heirloom silver cake cutter, taking in the energy and love from our friends and family in the room. Our flowers were an exquisite pink and blush mix of garden roses, roses, hydrangeas, dahlias, ranunculus, anemones and greenery.

Our signature cocktails included a “Ritz 100″ which we toasted with after we were engaged in London at The Ritz, and a Rob Roy which is Chris and his father’s special drink. Fresh and local dishes included an appetizer of truffle risotto, entrees of wild salmon and new york steak, paired with heirloom tomatoes, late summer succotash and roasted baby potatoes.

After the pink and pearl confetti toss sending us off on our decorated golf cart, guests departed armed with french macaron favors which my bridesmaids and I spent hours lovingly packaging the day before with pink ribbons over glasses of rose.

From day one, Chris and I simply wanted an amazing party celebrating with our family and closest friends. We had an incredible band, everyone danced the night away, and it was an evening exuding love and friendship, with many memorable moments. Our fairytale wedding!

Photography: Elisabeth Millay | Wedding Planner: Summit Soiree | Floral Design: Brandie Chisolm | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Debbie Reetz | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J Crew | Catering: Mark Estee | Hair: Laura Seegmiller | Calligraphy: Forget Me Not | Band: The Crocodiles | Venue: The Glenbrook Club | Groom's Cake: Delicious Designs | Linens: Roundabout | Rentals: Camelot

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Lake Tahoe Wedding from Merrily Wed

Take everything you thought about your typical Tahoe wedding and be prepared to turn it inside out and upside down. Why? Because this lakeside beauty is an unexpected take on an outdoorsy affair with formality and tradition woven throughout. Merrily Wed designed a day around the prettiest pink, gold and champagne color scheme, and I kind of want to spend all afternoon tucked away in the gallery of Jonathan Young’s stunning photos. Join me right here.

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From Merrily Wed…Karen and Cyrus were no strangers to frequent flier miles as they lived apart, she in Los Angeles and he in San Francisco.  Upon their engagement in fall 2011, plans were made for her move north to San Francisco. Karen’s family has a second home in Tahoe and she grew up visiting during the summers and winters.  As busy working professionals, it was naturally a special place that Cyrus and her could retreat and feel peaceful and complete.  They wanted a formal black tie wedding and wondered if they could pull it off outside on the beautiful shores of Lake Tahoe.  We think they did!

This past September 8th, 2012 they wed at a private lakefront estate on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe.  Cyrus and his groomsmen arrived for the ceremony aboard an Italian water taxi to the delight of their unsuspecting guests. Peony pink, ivory, gold and touches of champagne comprised the color palette of this classically elegant wedding.  Heavy draping reminiscent of Karen’s stunning gown’s details graced the main arch that guests walked through as well as the wedding processional.  Karen wore her mother’s cathedral veil that both of her sisters also wore at their own weddings.

Gold detailed embellishments could be found through-out the reception including the vintage lounge.  Crystal chandeliers and clear tents allowed the towering pines overhead to not be forgotten and blended the classic indoors with the Tahoe outdoors.  Gold logs anchored the ticket style escort cards.  Karen and Cyrus selected table names after their favorite worldwide locations. Vintage etched champagne glasses welcomed guests pre ceremony filled with bubbly.  Gold rimmed plates, gold votives and a gold runner added the rich feel to the tablescape.  Beautiful blush, deeper pink and ivory floral centerpieces brought a romantic feeling to the tables.

From  the ceremony opening with a tenor and string quartet to the 8 piece band from Los Angeles for the reception, guests’ ears were treated to notes from Frank Sinatra and the rat pack days.  The checkerboard dance floor was the perfect touch to the stylish feel complete with the overhead simple string lighting. After sunset, the lighting on the pier, from string lighting to lanterns, beckoned guests to come closer to the best vantage point for soaking up the Jewel of the Sierras.  Just to ensure no one left hungry, warm chocolate chip cookies and sliders were passed as the dancing winded down.

Photography: Jonathan Young Photography  | Wedding Design + Planning: Merrily Wed | Ceremony + Reception Location: Private Lake Tahoe Estate via Merrily Wed | Floral Design: Art In Bloom | Ceremony Music: The String Beings | Band: Jay Sterling Band | Rentals: Celebrations Party Rentals + Archive Vintage Rentals | Linens: La Tavola | Invitations + Paper Goods: Gigi Press | Wedding Gown + Bridesmaids Dresses: Monique L’huillier

 

 

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Lake Tahoe Wedding from Velare Imaginarium

This film from Velare Imaginarium has left me nothing short of breathless. Adding cinematography to a wedding allows you to hang onto every syllable during the vows, and to pause at your favorite parts that you never ever want to end. And oh, Lake Tahoe, with it’s effortless blend of sandy beaches and snowy mountain peaks, it truly is heaven on earth. This gorgeous affair is the perfect addition to this day of wedding bliss, and don’t mind me…I will be over in the gallery getting lost in all that is pretty.

From Summit Soiree… This couple was from Colorado who wanted a destination wedding in Lake Tahoe for their guests to enjoy a weekend of fun and frolic on the beaches of Incline Village, Nv.  They had their wedding on a Monday so all their travelling guests could enjoy a summer weekend in Lake Tahoe ending with their wedding celebration! 

Their theme and style was a mix between vintage and retro-modern accents. They wanted an organic outdoor wedding celebration among the towering pine trees and Lake Tahoe sandy beaches.  They embraced all their senses with lemons, eucalyptus, succulents and other California classics. Lots of bright lemon/citrus yellow and whites, along with touches of grey/aluminum.  Large classic daisies with white and yellow spider mums were incorporated throughout the wedding.  Vintage umbrellas in lemon yellow, white and grey hung above the dance floor and dining area with a candy table with every kind of yellow and white candy imaginable.

Wedding Photography: Steve Stanton Photography / Wedding Cinematography: Velare Imaginarium / Wedding Venue: Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe in Incline Village, Nevada / Wedding Planning: Heather Spear of Summit Soiree / Floral Design: Sweetpeas of Tahoe / Ceremony Pianist: Tim Callicrate / Reception Band: The Cheeseballs / Wedding Stationery: Cards of Wood / Calligraphy: Calligraphy by Tammi / Lighting: Celebrations / Sound: PSAV / Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental / Lawn Games: Crux Events / Wood Signs: Raymond Kent / Wedding Dress: Tara Keely via Blue Bridal Boutique / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew / Hair: Kori Walker of Kolor by Kori / Makeup: Jennifer Ergut Makeup / Suits: Kenneth Cole + Macy’s

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Lake Tahoe Wedding from Merrily Wed + Jay Reilly + Courtney Aaron

Seersucker and navy. Stripes and boats. Driftwood hearts and polka dot cakes. Sounds like the makings of a fabulous nautical affair. But what really struck my fancy with this Lake Tahoe wedding was the romantic element added by Merrily Wed. Alongside the boat shoes and the color blocked maids’ were parasols and bright blooms from Bellissima Floral. Both the bride and the groom were ever present in the deets from the day, perfectly captured by both Jay Reilley Photography + Courtney Aaron Photography, and that is something we love to get on board with. Click here for more!

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From Merrily Wed We had a lot of fun incorporating their personalities into the wedding! Abby is a teacher so we used chalkboards for the table numbers and she also had a ton of wine corks. I gave her the idea to glue the wine corks around the table number frames and create the bar menu frame backings which we simply pinned the bar menu to as well. We also stacked tons of corks in vases (along with white dendrobiums and limes) at the bar.

Abby also loves mason jars so we used these to serve her signature drink, to showcase family photos at the guest book table and to also suspend orange pillars from shepherd hooks around the property. She found some stemmed mason jars that we brought to them for their quick spin on the Lake after the ceremony.  She had some old shutters which we used to present the guests’ escort cards on and embellished them with a few floral blooms. They love riding their beach cruisers so this was stamped on their escort cards and dining menus too.

Abby has a very fun, playful personality and this is seen everywhere with the vibrant orange touches from the parasols to the sashes on her bridesmaid dresses to the flowers in the bridesmaids’ hair to punches of color throughout the reception. We played up Nic and his groomsmen seersucker suits by using navy pinstripe napkins at dinner and using navy pinstripe ribbon for subtle details throughout the reception.

We were striving for an overall casually elegant with a natural, warm inviting feel. Abby wanted to use their initials somewhere so Bellissima Floral created giant initials that we hung around the necks of giant seagrass urns at the aisle entrance and reused these at the entrance to the reception tent later on. We used burlap runners on the dining tables over Tuscany eggshell knobby linen – both very appropriate for Lake Tahoe. The walnut wood dining chairs complimented the walnut wood charger. The centerpieces were a mix of clear pedestal vases and ceramic white pitchers with single stems in white and clear glass bottles – a Tahoe rustic garden elegance feel. Key tables (guest book, lemonade and cake tables) were graced with Tuscany spice knobby linen for bursts of color.

Photography: Jay Reilly Photography + Courtney Aaron Photography / Wedding Planning + Design: Merrily Wed / Ceremony + Reception Venue: Private Estate, Sunnyside Estate / Florals: Bellissima Floral / Catering: As You Wish Catering / Cake: Sugar Pine Cakery / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Bridesmaids Dresses: LulaKate / String Music: Accent Music / DJ: We Ain’t Saints / Rentals: Celebrations Party Rentals

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Lake Tahoe Wedding by Matt Edge Wedding Photography

Well, I don’t think this Lake Tahoe wedding by Matt Edge Wedding Photography can get any prettier. Actually I know it can’t. Is it just me, or is Lake Tahoe the land of lovely where gorgeous is the norm? Because this elegance meets the outdoors wedding is knocking my socks off this morning with all of its gorgeousness! It’s sure to do the same to you, and don’t forget you can get lost a bit more in the land of lovely by stopping by the full gallery of images!

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From the Bride…Joe and I both grew up in Danville, CA and went to rival high schools, but it took Spring Break in Maui for us to meet. I was 16 and a sophomore in high school, and Joe was 18 and a senior in high school. Both of our families were traveling with family friends – who happened to know each other. So all of the kids got together one night and hung out. Joe asked for my number and called me when we got back home. Our first phone conversation lasted 4 hours, and the rest was history! 10 years later, we decided to tie the knot!

Joe and I decided on Tahoe for our wedding location because it’s place we love to go together and spend as much time as possible. Since it would be too difficult to have all of our family join us in Hawaii (Amanda’s dream), Tahoe was the easy compromise to get a destination wedding that was still close enough to home – not to mention it’s a beautiful place to begin with. The Hyatt in Incline was the perfect venue because of their lakefront location and accommodations.

We wanted to keep our decor simple since Tahoe is already a gorgeous backdrop. We went with a wood and crystal theme, and kept all our color palate as different shades of white. The wood balanced out the “bling” of the crystal to give it a natural yet glamorous feel. As you can see from my shoes and head piece – I really like “bling,” but wanted to be sure it was done tastefully.

We worked really hard to make our wedding as personal as possible, which in many aspects just meant making it fun and classy, but with a twist. We scripted our entire ceremony with our officiant, and family friend, which was one of the most rewarding aspects of our wedding. It was short and sweet, but very meaningful and very “us.” We wanted to attend cocktail hour with our guests so immediately after our ceremony we met our guests at the bar and were serenaded by a steel drum band – which was something Joe wanted from the very beginning.

The meal was also a very big part of our wedding. We were able to customize our menu to be a delicious 3 course, Mexican-inspired meal: tortilla soup, salad, and tostadas. We both don’t eat a lot of cake, so we decided to go with our favorite dessert, chocolate malts. And if that wasn’t enough, a frozen yogurt machine and topping bar opened up a bit later on in the evening. The one thing I always said growing up was that I would have a frozen yogurt machine at my wedding – and my wish came true! For those who made it to the end of the evening and worked up an appetite (again), we provided late-night food of hot pretzels and dipping sauces in to-go boxes.

Lastly, and perhaps one of the most personal touches of our wedding was our favors. Joe is a hot sauce connoisseur, so he wanted to create his own and bottle it for each of our guests. He called it: “Joe and Amanda’s burning fire of love,” which definitely brings out sense of humor. To balance out the spicy with a little sweet, we also included “Ball” jars (Amanda’s maiden name was Ball) of raspberry freezer jam, which is a family recipe passed down from Joe’s grandma. We are still getting requests for refills of both.

It was a magical day and all of our vendors made it happen. Now if only we could just relive it!

Venue: Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe / Wedding Planner: Julie Briggs Dunn of JBD Events / Floral Design:  panacea event floral design / DJ + Lighting: Exquisite Entertainment / Rentals: Celedon Events / Wedding Photography: Matt Edge Wedding Photography / Wedding Videography: Rose Street Studios / Hair + Make-up: Jane Kim, The Glamourist / Frozen Yogurt: Raff’s Tropical Frozen Beverages / Steel Drum Band: Bay Music and Entertainment / Wedding Dress: Priscilla of Boston / Head Piece: Priscilla of Boston / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bridesmaids Dresses: Ann Taylor

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