Wedding Cakes That Scream Lake Tahoe

From watching two people seal the deal to seeing all the beautiful outfits, weddings are a blast. But a large part of the blast comes down to the delicious nibbles, and, in particular, the cake.

But I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s been to a wedding where the cake’s icing is hard-as-nails, and the sponge tastes, well, stale. Wedding cakes have become a bit of an obsession of mine since the first I ever tasted, and I’ve tracked down my favorite Lake Tahoe-esque ones that I think will make your day that much more memorable.

Whether you’re going for a flower, mountain or water-theme, here are some wedding cakes to inspire you in your exciting planning! These cakes scream Tahoe, in a nice way, not a screamy way. Here’s to making your cake match your Lake Tahoe wedding venue.

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Add to your visual wonderland of a Lake Tahoe wedding with mountain-esque decorations. From whimsical paper cranes to canoes filled with beautifully-presented appetizers, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite Tahoe wedding decor ideas.

Surrounded by towering pine trees and crisp water, you’ll feel inspired to incorporate Lake Tahoe’s splendor in your wedding decorations. Plus, since you and your partner’s love feels so natural, why not make everything else feel natural, too?

These decorations will be sure to start a symphony of oohs and aahs. They’re simple, elegant, and, more importantly, woodsy.

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Save the roses for Valentine’s Day; your unique Tahoe wedding needs something a little more special, something with a little more “wow.” Plus, you’re a modern bride, so why not opt for unconventional flowers? Out with the old, in with the new. Your wedding day is representative of a new life, and your bouquet is a great way to reflect adventure and newness.

Yes, orchids are lovely, but we’ve found the real crowd-pleasers. Your guests will ooh and ahh over bouquets made of succulents (bonus: they’ll last a long time post-wedding), pine cones (you are having a Tahoe wedding, after all), vegetables, herbs and more. There’s no right way to make a bequest, but there is a wrong way: by going run-of-the-mill.

Make this day yours—pick the bouquet that really speaks to you.

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Succulent bouquet. Chelsea Nicole Photography

Rosemary accents. Paula O’Hara Photography

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Settling on a hairstyle for your Lake Tahoe wedding might be overwhelming; the options are endless. But whether you’re styling your hair yourself, having a family member do it, or  hiring a professional stylist, here’s one thing to consider: your surroundings.

What do I mean by “consider your surroundings?” Foremost that you’re in Lake Tahoe, and Lake Tahoe weddings are inherently natural-looking.

It’s imperative to pick a hairstyle that makes you feel comfortable and that won’t require a lot of fuss, but it’s also important to pick something that will go along with the relaxed and peaceful Tahoe feel. Two words: limited hairspray.

Here are some ideas to whet your whistle. We’re all about loose waves, natural flower accessories, delicate hair chains, and, well, simplicity.

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One easy way to put some personality into your wedding is to swap out the traditional “Canon” by Pachelbel for something that speaks to you and your soon-to-be-husband. This could be the song that was playing when you first met, or something with inspiring, partnership-related lyrics. The song could fit the overall tone of your Tahoe wedding, or be totally out-of-the-blue. Walking down the aisle is your special moment, so don’t hold back. It’s your time to shine, your time to walk toward the love of your life accompanied by a meaningful tune.

Questions to ask when picking your processional song are:

1. Do you want lyrics?

2. Do you want something guests aren’t expecting?

3. Do you want something romantic?

4. Do you want something slow?

Here are 14 nontraditional processional songs that’ll make the entire ceremony’s hearts melt, and since I’m on a popcorn kick, I’m going to say like butter over freshly-popped popcorn. But this is just the start–just something to get your creative juices flowing. I recently went to a wedding where the bride walked down the aisle to an instrumental version of “Moon River,” and it was tear-inducing. Elegant doesn’t do the song justice.

“Heartbeats” by Jose Gonzalez

“Everyday” by Buddy Holly

“Boom Clap” by Lennon & Maisy

“Can’t Help Falling In love” by Ingrid Michaelson

“Is This Love” by Bob Marley

“Moon River” by Andy Williams

“Come Away With Me” by Norah Jones

“Lucky” by Jason Mraz, featuring Colbie Caillet

“Hallelujah” by Jeff Buckley

“Skinny Love” by Bon Iver

“Wonderwall” by Ryan Adams

“She” by Elvis Costello

“I Won’t Give Up” Jason Mraz

“Awake My Soul” by Mumford and Sons

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Not to be blunt, but nobody likes a sweaty foot. And since a summertime Lake Tahoe wedding means warm temps and cloudless skies, that’s exactly what you risk in toe-covered heels. The solution: bridal sandals.

Sandals? You heard me right. I’m not talking plastic flip-flops; I’m talking something a little more delicate, something a little more bridal-y. From braided straps to those strung with pearls, we’ve found the perfect summer wedding sandal, a sandal that’ll keep your feet cool, blister-free, and ready to take on the dance floor all night long.

Another bonus to bridal sandals is that you can wear them again and again. They’ll make any casual outfit cuter after your big day, and each time you wear them, you’ll be mentally transported back to the happiest day of your life. Win-win.

We give two thumbs up to repurposing, two thumbs up to comfort, and two thumbs up to the bridal sandal. Here’s some inspiration to get your creative juices flowing.

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Calling all prepsters! Have we got a wedding for you! From koozies, camp mugs, and patriotism, to nautical stripes and sail boat table number, One Fine Day Events hit the nail on the head with the planning of Meagan and Kyle’s Gar Woods Lake Tahoe wedding.

The bride’s stunning up-do, styled by Greco Rose Creative, is as classic and beautiful as can be. The gorgeous rosy pink floral design from Jiosia Designs looks amazing against the navy and white stripe decor.  Sara & Rocky Photography captured the summer day in the gallery below:

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From the bride, Meagan ~
Kyle and I have been together for over 10 years, and we started dating when we were 19. Our history together played a huge part in this celebration. Kyle proposed to me on a sailboat and we’ve always loved boating and the water, so it was no question that our wedding was going to be unabashedly nautical. (Kyle called it ‘extreme nautical.’) So I was really inspired by boating culture and the water. Other than that, we both agreed that we wanted our wedding to be a joyful celebration with family and friends, so we tried to stay focus on that as the goal for the event.

Lake Tahoe is a special place for me and Kyle. We’ve been coming up to the mountains from the Bay Area since we started dating both to ski in the winter as well as adventure and enjoy the water in the summer months. We considered a variety of different locations in the area, but after Kyle’s company hosted an awesome Fourth of July party at Gar Woods, we knew it was the perfect fit. The lakeside location is unbeatable, but what made the location a good fit was the great attitude of the restaurant staff – we knew they’d help us achieve our ultimate goal which was to throw an awesome celebration with our family and friends.

One detail that was really special to me was my grandmother’s dress. I have had my maternal grandmother’s dress in my closet since I was a kid, and always wanted to wear it for my wedding. Since it is a tea-length dress, I opted to wear a classic long dress for the ceremony, and change into my grandmother’s dress for the reception. Putting it on was really special, and seeing the reaction of my family members (some who had even been at my grandmother’s wedding over 50 years earlier!) was really awesome. It was a special way to honor her. I wasn’t the only one with a costume change – Kyle and his groomsmen also changed into shorts, which was only fitting since he runs the American-made shorts company Chubbies Shorts (many of the guests were wearing shorts too). 

Wedding Vendors:
Photographer : Sara & Rocky Photography | Wedding Planner : One Fine Day Events | Venue : Gar Woods Pier and Grill | Makeup : Kari Addison Beautiful | Hair : Elyssa Corson, Greco Rose Creative | Floral Design : Jiosia Designs | Bride’s Dress : WToo Mimi | Veil : January Rose Boutique | Shoes : JCP, Brian Atwood | Groom’s Suit : Hugo Boss | Bow Tie : Kiel James Patrick | Shirt : J.Crew | Bridesmaids Dresses : Love Lane via Bella Bridesmaid | Groomsmen Bow Ties : Sperry Top-siders | Pants : J.Crew, Chubbies Shorts | Rentals : Crux Events | Band : Orella Entertainment Group, Smash City Band | Cake : One Divine Cake | Boat : Wild Goose II | Videography : Natasha Drobina

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There are a few things Tahoe weddings are not. To name just three: complicated, stressful, and unsightly. For this reason, we’ve come up with some wedding reception meal ideas that are simple, stress-free, and aesthetically pleasing. To boot, they’ll help you come in under budget.

I recently went to a wedding where Paella was served, and here’s why it was a hit:

1. No individual menu cards: the chef stood in front of the reception and explained the meat and veggie options. This not only created a more intimate feel, but saved money on printing. You can also rest well knowing you saved a tree or two.

2. Efficiency: There was no waiting for multiple courses, which carved out more time for dancing and mingling.

3. No servers: Again, a money-saving strategy! Guests serve themselves from the pans, making the experience interactive. Bonus: you can control your portion.

4. All the colors!

5. It’s not something the average person eats frequently, making the dinner portion of the wedding that much more exciting.

6. Since you only need one meat and non-meat option, it’s easy to plan.

7. You spend just a fraction of your wedding-planning time testing food.

8. It’s filling, but won’t weigh you down, and it’s appropriate for all ages.

Paella aside, here are some stress-free meals for your stress-free Tahoe wedding:

Mashed Potato Bar (a.k.a. “mashtinis”): all you need is a few giant bowls of mashed goodness, and the rest is history, I mean toppings.

Chicken & Waffles: to bring out the inner kid. This is one surefire crowd-pleaser.

Taco Bar: Taco ’bout a way to celebrate?! Could be a little messier, but always a hit. Ingredients aren’t expensive, guests can customize, and you can eat as few or as many as you’d like.

Mac ’n Cheese Bar: By dinner time, you’re all in your dresses, so there’s no need to hold back. Plus, since Lake Tahoe offers many chances to burn energy outdoors, you have every right to load up on carbs; you’ll just be prepping for post-wedding festivities!

Breakfast for Dinner: Anything tastes better in nature, but when you’re at a Tahoe wedding, nothing’s like huevos rancheros or eggs benedict in the evening.

Pizza: Why? Because fun food makes a fun party!

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