Happy Thanksgiving!

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and we wanted to take a moment to not only share some of our favorite fall dinner party decor ideas with you, but to also Thank You! for helping to make Tahoe Unveiled what it is today, a successful resource for couples looking to have their wedding in Lake Tahoe. We obviously couldn’t have done it without our readers, wedding couples and featured vendors. Enjoy yourself this weekend and we will see you back here on Monday.

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A table set in tones of copper & grey with tableware and decor from Anthropologie.


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Gather a few dried leaves from your yard, hire an awesome calligrapher and you have the perfect fall escort cards or place cards.


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I love how spare and simple this setting is, from the grain sack runner to the tapered candles at each plate. Understated in all the right ways.


The Merry Thought

This painted pumpkin is both gorgeous and informative, letting guests know what’s for dinner – in a very stylish way. All you’ll need to recreate this look is a pumpkin with interesting markings and a paint pen in a contrasting color.


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The white candles, pinecones, clementines and some greenery. That is all you need to create this beautiful, yet simple tablescape.


The Daily Basics
This tablescape has a unique color scheme consisting of muted greens and blues, but the gourds and pumpkins make it still feel like it’s a Thanksgiving centerpiece. The cabbage and kale give it an organic, natural look perfect for the fall holiday.


thanksgiving entertaining  Head on over the The Glitter Guide for some last minute Thanksgiving entertaining ideas.

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Our Favorite Winter Wedding Trends

One of the many, many things we love about Lake Tahoe is that it is a four season climate. However we have to admit that we are partial to winter and think that there is something especially magical about a winter wedding. There is just something unmatchably romantic about snow falling and a fireplace burning that just cannot be matched by the other seasons.

When planning your Lake Tahoe winter wedding there are many things you have to consider, these are just three of our favorite trends. Everything from campfire s’mores, to blankets for your guests, to a hot cocoa bar will make your Lake Tahoe winter wedding a day you’ll always cherish.

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West Shore Cafe Wedding // Elizabeth Anne Designs // Wedding Chicks // Style Me Pretty

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There are a lot of ways to incorporate the holidays into your winter wedding and no matter how extravagant or subtle you want your holiday decor, there is something for everyone. Here we have chosen to highlight bridal bouquets and table decor.

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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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Backyard Wedding from Sara Weir Photography

This backyard Tahoe City wedding had a beautiful woodsy setting but an even more magical love story, as told by the bride below.  The couple was able to take a modest budget and create a beautifully intimate day. The decor was a collaborative DIY effort and the bride chose only to include her children in her bridal party.

Photographer Sara Weir Photography was able to perfectly capture the elegant simplicity the bride strived for through whites and neutral colors coupled with simple lines and the beauty of the great outdoors. The bride tells the tale of her wedding below:

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Like every bride who’s made the decision to marry outdoors, I had been glued to the 10-day forecast in Tahoe City, concerned for rain–but waking up in Tahoe City on the morning of wedding, I knew I had nothing to be concerned about. It was a fantastically beautiful day: it was pleasantly warm with a sweet breeze, an ideal set up for a much anticipated occasion. 

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After getting the majority of the decor arrangements settled, I stepped into bride mode and began to get ready for the day. I remember an air of excitement as I moved through my beauty regimen, my unofficial wedding party (I opted to include my children in the wedding party, but my best friends were honorary bridesmaids) paused for a time to read a gorgeous heart-felt message from my groom that brought tears to all of our eyes. The message could be summed up as him feeling blessed by God and our angels to have the opportunity to find real, meaningful, amazing love. It was touching and kind and set the perfect mood the rest of my day.

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Justin and I decided that we wanted to capture the moment when we saw each other that day, keeping it intimate between the two of us (and our amazing photographer) before the ceremony. Approaching him was thrilling, and getting those intimate moments together before we joined our lives was so precious to me.

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The ceremony was brief and heartfelt, with special momentous of lost loved ones displayed front and center among our guests as well as attached to my bouquet.

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The theme I had in mind throughout the entire planning process was elegant simplicity. I wanted muted, harmonious colors–whites and neutrals to blend in with the beauty of the outdoors; My statements were to be made with a sweet, understated ingenuity–clean lines, simple yet stately floral arrangements and most importantly the luxury of candle-light.

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We moved our small congregation back to our cozy cabin in the woods, for a beautiful, forest, candle-lit dinner. The intimacy of our very small guest list was the ideal situation for us. We were able to have the modest group at one long table where we could all enjoy the company of one another. 

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The food was absolutely delectable: a juicy pesto chicken with roasted potatoes and a beautiful side salad. We knew that good food and great company would be the top priority on our list of wants, when it came to our wedding, and we were not in the slightest bit disappointed. 

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A gorgeous, mild, mango cake was enjoyed by all and Justin and I were allowed our first dance. Words cannot express the way I felt while dancing with my handsome, charming groom. The candlelight, the music (Songbird by Fleetwood Mac) and being surrounded by the people I loved most and the dancing happiness in my husband’s eyes made the day beyond my wildest dreams. I could not have asked for more.

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Lake Tahoe Wedding Vendors:
Wedding Venue: Private Estate in Lake Tahoe | Photography: Sara Weir Photo | Caterer: Justin Carrabello | Cake: Divine Desserts by Aguirre | Decor and Floral Design: DIY | Bouquet and Boutonnieres: Rocklin Florist | Rentals: Paradise Party Rentals | Bridal Make-Up: Kimberly Benny

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There is something truly unique about winter bridal fashion. Thick fabrics, long sleeves, and heavy beaded embellishments are just a few of our favorite details for the Lake Tahoe winter bride. Whatever your fashion choice, your dress will be sure to look magnificent with the backdrop of Lake Tahoe.

Mira Zwillinger gown via Style Me Pretty // Enaura Bridal via Style Me Pretty

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Take Your Honeymoon in Kurokawa, Japan

The Lake Tahoe couple is looking for so much more than a honeymoon at the beach. I mean, we have the most beautiful beaches in the world to enjoy everyday. So why not try something a little different for your honeymoon? Today we are continuing our series on unique alternatives to the traditional honeymoon destinations. Today’s pick: Kurokawa, Japan.

Kurokawa located in the Aso Mountains is a magical part of Japan. You can’t miss the ultimate Japanese experience, staying at a ryokan with an attached onsen. A traditional Japanese inn where rooms are as peaceful as can be and the staff provides the most excellent service – all while dressed in kimonos (you get one too!). An onsen is a traditional hot spring fed bathhouse. You can find these special places secluded in a Japanese forest. Be sure to go in spring-time, during shin-me (new blossom) season.

Jet off to  your honeymoon in Japan as Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio did for their honeymoon in 1954.

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Thanksgiving and Fall Tablescape Inspiration

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, there couldn’t be a more perfect post for today than this luscious fall tablescape design by Brita Olsen Creative  and photographed by  Tory Williams. Use this inspiration for your Thanksgiving table or for a fall wedding. fall wedding table thanksgiving-table-1 thanksgiving wedding ideas 1 thanksgiving wedding table ideas for fall thanksgiving-table-1 thanksgiving table ideas 1 thanksgiving table ideas From Brita Olsen Creative~ I wanted to create a tablescape that would inspire fall brides without the use of pumpkins or obvious fall themes. Couples who chose to get married in the cooler months are subject to so many subdued, darker tones, I wanted to infuse a little color and richness while still feeling seasonably appropriate. Bright orange ranunculus and deep red dahlias look so crisp against cream garden roses, hellebore and grasses. Purple artichokes serve as place card holders. The vintage china and gold dipped glassware from Octavia & Brown lends a romantic yet modern twist on this concept that would be perfect for a Thanksgiving dinner or wedding. Calligraphy invitations in a mixed palette of grey, beige and cream prove that you don’t have to be so matchy-matchy when thinking about your invitation suite. Simple and elegant, all you need is a fireside cocktail and a heartwarming meal! Vendors: Photography: Tory Williams | Styling & Design: Brita Olsen Creative | Prop Rental: Octavia & Brown | Calligraphy: Ink Revival

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