Any of you on the hunt right now for a Tahoe wedding photographer for 2017 or 2018? Or do you know a fab couple who is? Our photographer friend Justine Grajski Photo is putting on the most amazing photo shoot giveaway in Lake Tahoe. The elopement, engagement or couple shoot will take place at a time and place in the Tahoe area that works for both you and Justine. Scroll to the bottom of the page to find out how to enter!

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From Justine: I like to let the day unfold naturally, while I document it in an artful, meaningful way. You could say my style is a blend of photojournalism meets art. 

Above all, I strive to create authentic, emotive, intimate images, that truly captured the love between two people. Thus, my intention is to craft a space for you to let your guard down, because that’s when the magic happens.

 

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ENGAGEMENT OR ELOPEMENT GIVEAWAY

One couple will win a complete engagement or elopement sessions in the Lake Tahoe / Truckee Area:

  • 2 hours of  coverage with Justine Grajski Photo
  • Shoot to happen in the spring or summer of 2017
  • Hi-resolution images
  • Online gallery filled with all the photos from your session (prints + albums will be available for purchase)

Here’s how to enter:

  • Head over to our instagram account:@tahoeunveiled
  • Look for the giveaway image, like the image and tag a friend, your bridesmaids or a couple you think would also be interested in the comments
  • Follow @tahoeunveiled and @justinegrajskiphoto
  • Send an email to justinegrajskiphoto@gmail.com with your name and contact info, instagram handle, plus a quick write-up about you and your love!
  • Winner will be announced on Friday, April 21.
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After meeting on the dance floor in the Bahamas, Megan and Justin continued a long distance relationship for a year before moving to Texas together. While on vacation in Lake Tahoe Justin popped the question during a walk on the lake one quite morning. It was in that moment the couple knew the shores of Tahoe was the perfect location for their wedding, and West Shore Cafe was their venue of choice.

With gorgeous elements from B&B Flower DesignCelebrations Party RentalsLa Tavola Linen and designed by Merrily Wed, Megan and Justin had the wedding they dreamed of. Scroll down to see all the details from the day, captured by Heather Anderson Photo.

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Vendors:
Photographer: Heather Anderson Photo | Wedding Planner: Merrily Wed | Florist: B&B Flower Design | Wedding Venue: West Shore Cafe and Inn | Musician/DJ: Jeff Jones | Rentals: Celebrations Party Rentals | Linen: La Tavola Linen | Make-Up: Jennifer Ergut of Kiss & Make-Up | Hair: Tara Morrissey of Bella Vita Salon

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Hailing from Brooklyn, Errica and Brett held their intimate Lake Tahoe destination wedding with 75 of their closest family and friends at the beachfront estate, The Fairwinds. So many Tahoe Unveiled wedding vendors helped make this the perfect day, including catering by Butter + Salt, rentals from Celebrations! Party Rentals  and Annamae Photo captured all the details in the gallery below.
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Lake Tahoe Wedding Vendors:
Venue: The Fairwind’s Estate | Rental Company: Celebrations! Party Rentals | Flowers: Moda Floral from Sacramento | Photo: Annamae Photo | Caterer and Coordination: Butter + Salt | Dessert: Cakes from Milk Bar | Desserts: Homage Bakery | Dress: BHLDN | Groom’s Suit: Born to Tailor NYC | Bar: Catering for Causes | Hair/makeup: Zoe Jane Salon

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The night before the Big Day is something to be celebrated. And an evening along the lake with a Gar Woods’ signature cocktail, The Wet Woody, in hand is the ultimate way to party in Lake Tahoe. The bride and her new Mother-in-Law decided on a nautical theme with bright colors to differentiate from the wedding day that would have a more elegant look. Elise Events was behind the scenes helping the couple craft every nautical detail.

The one and only Mike Larson was there to capture every moment and the bride tells the story of her day below.

 

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With our wedding taking place at the gorgeous Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe, a mountainside resort, we knew we had to incorporate the lake into our rehearsal dinner. After researching and looking at a few possible venues, we came across Gar Woods Grill & Pier. With its floor to ceiling windows sprawling the entire length of the restaurant, our guests could enjoy a full 180 degree view of the lake all evening from the 2nd floor entertainment space. It was exactly what we were looking for.

 

 

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Designing a nautical themed event was so much fun because the possibilities available are endless! After searching for ideas on Pinterest, I stumbled upon the most clever escort card design, which we enjoyed recreating. We took floatable key fobs, which we personalized with our wedding date, and then attached the cards to them. Our guests enjoyed searching for their escort cards and fobs, which were clipped to an authentic fishing net.

 

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Not only were our vendors incredible, but the staff and service at Gar Woods was exceptional as well. During the planning process, Amy Grisby’s patience and responsiveness was invaluable. She truly helped us create the event of a lifetime. The waiting staff at Gar Woods was beyond amazing. They allowed for our guests to make special food-related requests (i.e. accommodating our veggie lovers by offering two different vegetarian entree selections) and truly provided exceptional customer service.

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We wanted the night to look and feel completely different than the wedding. Our wedding would be elegant with soft, romantic colors, so we wanted our rehearsal dinner to be sophisticated, yet relaxed and fun. My Mother-In-Law decided on a nautical theme, and together, we chose a navy and yellow color palette, as well as, various design elements. Our wedding coordinator, Danielle, from Elise Events, found a fabulous navy tablecloth with a white rope pattern for the dinner tables and a navy and white stripe tablecloth for the cocktail tables. We then accentuated the look with bright yellow napkins. Our talented calligrapher, Vita, from Pop Calligraphy, used water color to create our place cards and table numbers, which we then displayed on the tables with Monkey’s Fists (a nautical knot).

Our florist, Natasha Kolenko, completely outdid herself. We followed her suggestion to add orange as an accent color to the yellow and green arrangements we already had requested, and we couldn’t have been more pleased with the outcome. Our stunning floral arrangements were rich in color and texture, and they really popped against the tablecloths.

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Choosing Gar Woods as our rehearsal dinner venue made for a few unique bonus options. The first was having a Wet Woody station – Gar Woods’ signature rum & fruit cocktail. Our guests could sip the different variations of the Wet Woody while overlooking the view of the lake off the balcony. The second was our grand entrance on the classic mahogany wooden boat. My husband has always had a fond appreciation for these gorgeous boats and when he saw the dock, he couldn’t think of a better way for us to join our rehearsal dinner party.

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There aren’t enough words to describe the excitement my husband and I felt when we rode in to our rehearsal dinner on a classic woody with 70 of our closest friends and family members waving and cheering. The evening was a huge success across the board. We ate delicious food, enjoyed the impeccable service, and listened to the memorable toasts made by our family and friends. Apart from our wedding, it was the best evening of my husband’s and my life. Our rehearsal dinner was a magical evening filled with love and is one that we will cherish for the rest of our lives.

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Lake Tahoe Wedding Vendors:
Photo: Mike Larson Photography | Video: Dax Victorino Films | Event Planning + Design: Elise Events | Venue: Gar Woods Grill | Floral: Natasha Kolenko | Paper Goods: Vita Popov Studios | Rentals: La Tavola Linens and Celebrations! Party Rentals | Transportation Boat | Grand Tahoe Charters

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We are so incredibly excited to share Tahoe Unveiled photographer, Catherine Hall’s Lake Tahoe wedding at Pinecone Manor, a stunning lakefront private estate. Catherine’s artistic DNA came into play during planning, and she and Erik envisioned a wedding that represented the couple: warm, modern and unique. For the two, being completely present on their wedding day was also important. That meant working with a team, and Lake Tahoe wedding vendors, that they could trust completely.

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The couple collaborated with wedding planner Melissa Panico of MAP Events, event designer Asiel Design, and rental company Camelot Party Rentals to work with the natural beauty of their Lake Tahoe venue. “The environment of Tahoe and the lake is so beautiful that we wanted the design to complement, not compete,” Catherine says. With the couple’s direction, the team created a stunning, secluded retreat on a charming lakeside manor owned by a close family friend. It was a perfect blend of romantic and rustic: elegant white roses paired with natural greenery, tiny glass vessels filled with wildflowers, tables adorned with pinecones and knotty wood accents. The talented photographer JB Sallee captured the day beautifully in the gallery below.

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As a photographer and creative director of Catherine Hall Studios, Catherine knows how to capture the moment. And so when she spotted Erik on the dance floor at a yoga festival, she knew that she had to take action. After some urging from her sister, Catherine asked Erik to dance. They stayed up until 3 in the morning, and the rest was history. “I knew she was the one after our first kiss that night,” Erik says.

It was on a trip to the Redwoods that Erik, owner of Strategic Event Evolution and Design, made it official. He led Catherine to a secluded redwood grove, the very spot where they first realized that they were both falling deeply in love. Surrounded by towering redwood trees, Erik proposed. “I was so shocked that I did not even answer yes for a long time,” Catherine recalls. “He had to ask me twice!” Of course, she happily accepted the ring, a sparkling vintage piece carefully chosen by the groom.

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For her “something borrowed” and “something blue,” Catherine wore her grandmother’s favorite aquamarine ring, and her grandmother’s wedding band was displayed on the bouquet.

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Catherine wore a delicate fluted lace dress from Pronovias while the groom donned a handsome blue Ted Baker suit. The bridesmaids wore floor-length BHLDN dresses in a pretty shade of periwinkle, paired with JBalducci moondrop earrings gifted by the bride. The groomsmen wore gray suits, complete with matching Michael Kors ties gifted by Erik. Personal touches made the big day all the more special.

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With the serene waters of Lake Tahoe as their backdrop, the couple exchanged their vows.

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For drinks, they served cocktails, both hilariously named by Erik: The Bridezilla and The Yes Man.

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The gorgeous swirled white cake sat atop a tree stump, and lights twinkled from above.

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Erik also surprised the bride with a heartfelt gift that symbolized their relationship. “When we first started dating, we were at a gallery and I noticed an art piece that showed an extreme, most beautiful connection between the couple,” she says fondly. “I remarked that this connection reminded me of us. He surprised me with the original painting.” Through the excitement, Catherine and Erik treasured being in the moment on their wedding day, and Catherine had a word of advice for other brides-to-be: “Be present on the wedding day,” she says. “Don’t stress out. Enjoy every minute.”

Lake Tahoe Wedding Vendors:
Photographer: JB Sallee | Planner: Melissa Panico, MAP Events | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Pinecone Manor, Perry’s Private Estate in Lake Tahoe | Event Designer: Asiel Design | Dress Designer: Pronovias | Bridesmaid Dress Designer: BHLDN | Wedding Dress Boutique: Novella Bride | Groom’s Wardrobe Designer: Ted Baker | Shoe Designer for Bride: Bagley Mischka | Shoe Designer for Groom: Cole Hann | Designer, groom’s wedding band: Jewelry by Johan | Designer for engagement ring: Vintage | Hair + Makeup: Sarah Hyde and Mili Simon, SHE artists | Invitations: Starboard Press | Wedding Paper Goods: The DIYStore, Etsy | Officiant: Robert Novogratz, The Novogratz
Florist: Asiel Design | Caterer: As You Wish Catering | Cake Designer + Desserts: Sugar Pine Cakery | Rentals + Lighting: Camelot Party Rentals | Linen: Napa Valley Linens | Ceremony + Reception Music: Mixx Company Band
 | Wedding Cinematography: David Ethridge, AVR films | Transportation: Northstar Transportation

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Set against a breathtaking Lake Tahoe backdrop, this romantic affair is all sorts of stunning. Think soft details, lush blooms and a beachfront ceremony that screams summer! The couple, Sidney and Greg, knew they wanted a mountain lakefront setting and booked their venue site unseen. The Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino in Incline Village was everything the adventurous couple dreamed of, a mountain location with the most gorgeous white sand beach. One of our favorite hair and makeup stylists, Greco Rose Beauty, was there to make sure the beautiful bride was looking her best. Watch how the day unfolded in the gallery captured by the lovely Chelsea Nicole Photography.

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From the photographer~
Sidney and Greg are that perfect mix of active, fun and adventurous. The outdoors are their idea of cozy comfort perfection! So when planning their ideal day, they simply let their fond memories of Sidney’s family lake-hours guide them to a different lake that they’d never been to before: Lake Tahoe.

Site unseen. Booked! Now that’s adventurous! Not to worry though; The Hyatt Regency Resort is a venue I’m very familiar with, and their mountain retreat in the beautiful Incline Village delivered the best of all worlds – breathtaking backdrops, fun activities for guests and plenty of adventure opportunities!

The day started getting ready in the private lakeside cottages followed by a romantic ‘first look’ where Sidney and Greg got to see each other for the first time before joining their families for pictures. Having spent a lot of time hiking and exploring with these two for their engagement shoot, I have to admit, seeing Sidney and Greg exchange first looks kind of made my heart flutter! I know they’ve been waiting years just to experience this perfect tiny little moment in time! Afterward they celebrated their ceremony lakeside, at the Hyatt’s beautiful stretch of private beach by the Pier surrounded by all their favorite people. This day was the perfect start of an amazing new adventure (the best adventure!) for Sidney and Greg. And I happen to think they rock the “Happy New Mr & Mrs” look quite well! :-)

Lake Tahoe Wedding Vendors:
Photography: Chelsea Nicole Photography | Ceremony/Reception Venue: Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino | Hair/Makeup: Greco Rose Beauty | Wedding Dress – Watters Wtoo | Floral: Rose Petals Florist | Entertainment: Lucky Devils Band | Officiant: Mark Frady

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Kaley and  Grady knew from the moment of the proposal that they were to be married in Lake Tahoe. The couple had been going to Kaley’s family’s cabin together since they started dating in 2005 and fell in love with the raw beauty of the Lake Tahoe woods and lake. Really though, what better setting for a wedding? The Gatekeeper’s Lodge and Museum had all the elements they were looking for: a 3-acre lakefront venue, pine trees, wood chips and picnic tables. Matt Edge Photography captured this wedding and the couples love like no other!

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What a DIY masterpiece! Due to the plentiful supply of pinecones, they quickly found their motif and collected as many pine cones as possible during their visits to the lake. Kaley even ordered pinecone stamps for the paper goods. The couple went with the rustic woodsy theme so they painted wood signs to direct their guests, carved round chargers out of cork, sewed burlap runners and collected antique wood frames and chalkboards. Kaley also bought the two wood doors for the table seating from an architectural salvage and painted the guests names on each windowpane.

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One of my absolute favorite parts about this wedding is the bible given to the bride that has been passed down through her family for 100 years! 

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From the bride ~
Sunflowers are my absolute favorite flowers so we kept the arrangements simple with white flowers, green foliage and sea glass blue vases. We accented the table settings with green moss, white wood flowers, hurricane candles, lanterns and occasional vintage birdcage. To direct our guests to the various wedding locations we painted wood signs with titles like “I Do’s” (ceremony), “Wine, Dine and Dance” (reception), “Wet Your Whistle” (bar), and more.  We hung white Chinese lanterns and market lights in the trees. Grady and I chose Moscow Mules for our signature cocktail which were served in mason jars with striped straws. For the buffet dinner we chose colorful seasonal fare including grilled Farmers Market vegetables, a wild basmati rice salad with apricots, cashews and pecans, a farfalle pasta with spicy sausage, smoked tomatoes and fontina cheese, seared cumin and coriander crusted salmon filet and grilled tri tip steaks. We wanted the environment to be casual and relaxed so we set up a s’more station with a fire pit and comfortable seating areas so our guests could wander around as they pleased. It was truly the most beautiful, fun and happy day to celebrate with our closest friends and family. We wouldn’t change a thing!

From the photographer ~
They are such a beautiful and sweet couple.  There are several DIY details that Kaley and her family spent a lot of time putting together.  My favorite detail of the day was a bible given to the bride that had been passed down through several generations of her family – over 100 years!  The bride receives the bible on their wedding day and signs it for the next generation.  It is such a special heirloom that couples can start for their own families.

Vendors:
Photographer | Matt Edge Photography
Ceremony and Reception Venue | The Gatekeeper’s Lodge and Museum
Catering | Mountain Magic Catering
Wedding Coordinator | Susi Trottnow
Rentals | Event Masters
Florist | Family Members
Music | Ryan Palmer of Lake Tahoe DJ
Wedding Dress | St. Pucci
Bride’s Shoes | Tori Burch
Bridesmaids’ Dresses | Free People
Groom’s Suit | Ted Baker (Grey)
Groomsmen’s Suits | Various Light Grey (Ted Baker, Calvin Klein, John Varvatos)
Ties | J. Crew

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Lake Tahoe Golf Club Wedding

The Sierra Nevada’s evoke a certain romance; dappled light cascades through the tall pine forest creating the perfect backdrop for a picturesque wedding. Stephanie and Rob were taken with Tahoe’s beauty and chose to make Lahontan Golf Club in Truckee, CA the location for their destination wedding. A wonderful group of wedding vendor Lake Tahoe wedding vendors helped make this a perfect day for the couple.  Art In Bloom and La Tavola Linen coordinated to create an elegantly bright style mixed with blues, purples, oranges and pinks. Johnstone Studios captured the day beautifully and  Hip Entertainment kept the dance floor full!

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From the Bride~
The Proposal – It was Rob’s birthday weekend, and we decided to go to Buena Vista for Irish Coffees then walk to grab lunch. After a couple Irish Coffees, I felt pretty good as we started on our way. We came to this pier and Rob suggested that we go out to look at the view. It was rather cold, but he assured me we wouldn’t be out there for too long. After a while admiring the view, he started saying all these sweet things to me. I thought, “This is a little bit more sappy than usual…” and next thing I knew he was on one knee. I was in shock! I immediately thought, “I need to remember this moment” as a friend of mine got engaged a few weeks prior and said everything was so exciting and such a blur that wished she remembered everything more clearly. After a few seconds, Rob got nervous and asked if I was going to say anything, and of course I said yes.

We decided to get married in Truckee because my family has had a place in Lahontan for 10+ years, plus Rob and I have shared so many wonderful memories there.

The ceremony was a unique combination of both our family traditions – a Greek Orthodox ceremony (my side of the family) in a Catholic Church (Rob’s side of the family).

We had several special moments! We had many “big fat Greek wedding” moments throughout the ceremony and the reception – the crowns used in the ceremony were my grandmothers, Greek dancing music while the band went on break, trays of baklava, and of course, my dad presented Rob and I Windex and a copy of the ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ moving during his Father of the Bride speech. I also work in social media, so Rob’s brother spoke in hashtags during his speech. Rob’s family is in the beer distributor business, so of course we had to honor the family tradition by serving his favorite beers. Rob also played the piano during his younger days (even at Carnegie Hall!) so he selected all the ceremony music. My 91-year-old grandpa flew cross-country to celebrate the big day with us!

Lake Tahoe Wedding Vendors:
Photography: Johnstone Studios | Coordination: Made In The Shade | Floral Design: Art In Bloom | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Ceremony Venue: Assumption Church in Truckee, CA | Reception Venue: Lahontan Golf Club | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo “Baxen” Wedge Pump | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew “Kylie” Silk Chiffon Dress| Makeup: Fusion Hair – Talia Doignon | Hair: De’ Arti Salon – Teri Silva | Band: Hip Entertainment | Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss | Groomsmen’s Attire: Tommy Hilfiger | Linens: La Tavola Linen | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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