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 Tahoe… For 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