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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

This Bride’s Blue Dress on the Beach is What Wedding Dreams Are Made Of

You don’t need to go big and bold to host one special celebration. This intimate Santa Catalina Island wedding hit all the right notes despite it’s small size. It’s romantic and casual and elegant all at the same time – and the real OMG moment? This Bride’s beautiful blue dress. Elyse Hall captured it and every other beachside detail, all in our Vault right this way!

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From Revel Wedding CompanyChelsea and Randy are one of the most loving and generous couples and it was their dream to have a small destination wedding surrounded by their closest loved ones. For them, this was more than just a wedding between a bride and a groom – it was a chance to officially blend their combined five children and lives together in this exciting new chapter.

Living in Southern Illinois, the couple knew they wanted to travel somewhere amazing yet accessible for their closest friends and family members to join in their wedding day. Always ones for the beach, they knew Descanso Beach Club on Catalina Island would be the ultimate wedding destination for them! With a beach-front ceremony location and a reception dinner space with killer views they knew that this was the location for their dream wedding.

To make that dream a reality, the couple chose amazing and creative wedding vendors like Elyse Hall Photography, Isari Flower Studio, Revel Wedding Company and Celebrations in Paper. The wedding design was taken straight from the Frank Lloyd Wright and Art Deco architecture that is so beautiful and prominent in Avalon. All of that history combined with the stunning natural surroundings created the ultimate backdrop for this memorable day!

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Photography: Elyse Hall Photography | Event Planning: Revel Wedding Company | Floral Design: Isari Flower Studio + Event Design | Stationery: Celebrations in Paper | Venue: Descanso Beach Club

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Blush + Blue Pair Up For This Beautiful Bash

Pink and blue may have you thinking babies (boy or girl!?) but when this darling hue duo paired up for this al fresco fete, it was pure love all around. From the florals by The Bloom Of Time to the beauty of Rancho Las Lomas in general, it was all perfectly on point – thanks to the talent behind Weddings by Susan Dunne. Hello Blue Photo captured it all for our lucky eyes – see more in our Vault right this way!

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From the Bride… When we visited Rancho Las Lomas we immediately fell in love with how gorgeous it is, with the Spanish style architecture surrounded by lush botanical gardens. One of our favorite things about the property is that it is also a wildlife foundation that is home to some unique animals, including a white tiger! The venue has so many little details that make it a beautiful and exciting place to explore and we knew that it was the perfect setting for our wedding.

After deciding to have our wedding at Rancho Las Lomas started on the details that would make our wedding special. When trying to decide on colors, I wanted to make sure that they harmonized well with the colors of the venue. Around Rancho Las Lomas there are beautiful painted tiles, lampposts, and cobblestones that inspired me to choose a dusty blue and blush pink color scheme. I wanted the flowers to be whimsical and romantic so I asked my florist to have things like berries and thistle mixed in for added color and texture.

When I was looking for a photographer, I had a certain style in mind, and when I found Christina from Hello Blue Photo I knew that she was the right choice. The way that Christina uses the natural light creates a soft and romantic look that I wanted for our wedding photos. She also uses both digital and film photography to beautifully capture her images. Looking back, one of the best things that happened on our big day was that we were able to stay relaxed and enjoy our time together because of Christina’s warm and friendly demeanor. Picking Christina as our photographer was definitely one of the best choices that we made!

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Photography: Hello Blue Photo | Cinematography: Le Reve Films | Coordination: Weddings by Susan Dunne | Floral Design: The Bloom Of Time | Wedding Dress: Martina Liana | Cake: Heidelberg Pastry Shop | Stationery: Vera Wan For Papyrus | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: 24 Carrots | Hair + Makeup: B.A.E. Bridal | DJ: Vive Entertainment | Groom's Attire: Vera Wang | Venue: Rancho Las Lomas | Bridal Boutique: Blush Bridal Couture | Film Processing: Pro Photo Irvine

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