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After spending the week in Lake Tahoe for your wedding you may be looking for a honeymoon location that is close by, where you can relax and really get away from it all. In this case I must suggest the Big Sur coastline.

 

WHERE TO STAY

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Hyatt Carmel Highlands

The Hyatt Carmel Highlands, located in beautiful Carmel, California, is a picturesque retreat that offers high quality amenities, a variety of accommodations, and access to the best of the California coast. There are many features that attract visitors to this resort, including the view of the Big Sur coast. The natural environment, combined with a peaceful atmosphere, is enough to put your mind at ease. Hyatt Carmel Highlands is not the only seaside hotel in California; however, it is one of the best, inside and out.

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Even though there is a lot to keep you busy in Big Sur, there will come a time when you need to rest your head. The luxurious accommodations offer full kitchens, jacuzzi tubs, and patios overlooking the rocky cliffs. I seriously could have lived in one of the rooms.

 

WHERE TO DINE

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Big Sur Bakery
Behind the Shell station, this warmly lit, funky house has seasonally changing menus, on which wood-fired pizzas share space with more refined dishes like butter-braised halibut. Fronted by a pretty patio, the bakery makes addictive fruit-and-ginger scones and super-stuffed sandwiches. And the bacon-and-egg topped “breakfast pizza,” available on weekends, is worth the drive from anywhere.

 

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Big Sur Roadhouse
The Big Sur Roadhouse features Chef Brendan Esons delicious California cuisine with fresh, local ingredients, using a variety of house made products . The seasonal menu is filled with locally sourced organic ingredients. Also, not to be missed, San Francisco designer Steve Justrich’s “homegrown modernism” has transformed the Roadhouse into a truly unique and fitting environment for dining in Big Sur.

 

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Pacific’s Edge Restaurant
With the most spectacular views of the Big Sur coastline, Pacific’s Edge is a sensory overload. The California Coastal cuisine is prepared with the freshest locally sourced ingredients. A couple menu items you must try include freshMonterey Bay abalone and the braised short ribs.

 

WHAT TO SEE

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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
It’s not every day that you get to see a waterfall dropping 80 feet over a cliff and into the Pacific Ocean —unless you live in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Combine that with 300 foot redwoods, some over 2,500 years old, and you have yourself quite a magical place. The coastal trails at this park are some of the best in the state and provide dramatic coastal views. Really… you can’t go wrong here!

 

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Henry Miller Library
The Henry Miller Memorial Library is in fact a Big Sur art hub and book store focused on promoting the literary and artistic works of Henry Miller. Miller was not just a fiction writer but also wrote some excellent travel books, particularly about Greece. The library was founded a year after Miller’s death by close friend Emeil White, who decided to maintain his property as a memorial to his friend and as a gallery for local artists. Over the years it has also come to serve as a cultural experience for both visitors and residents alike.

 

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Lake Tahoe Wedding Makeup

With bright blooms in burnt orange and fuchsia and the rustic, elegant beauty of the West Shore Café, this summer wedding took my breath away.  Add in the stunning bride and her dapper groom and I just can’t get enough of Ciprian Photography‘s gorgeous gallery. The perfect scenery of Lake Tahoe proved the ultimate backdrop for the couple’s lakefront ceremony and reception.  And while guests dined on strawberry shortcake and mini pies, Tahoe Unveiled vendor, DJ Brock Weddings, had guests dancing the night away under the stars.

The bride tells the story of her wedding day below:

You often hear people use the word “magical” when describing their wedding day so I hesitate to use it, but it truly describes our wedding at West Shore Café in Lake Tahoe. My husband, Justin, and I have been together for seven years so planning our long awaited event had to be just right.

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One of the first things I did before I ever even picked out the venue was secure my wedding dress. On a visit to Los Angeles I met with Katie May Bridal and fell in love with what was to become my “dream” dress. It was exactly what I wanted – elegant and timeless.

Black and White Wedding Photo Tahoe West-Shore-Cafe--Tahoe-Wedding-1 West-Shore-Cafe--Tahoe-Wedding-2 west shore cafe wedding 1 We always knew we wanted a destination wedding on the water. Lake Tahoe was the perfect location for us because not only was it on a most majestic lake, but it also incorporated the woodsy area similar to what Justin grew up with in Oregon. I researched the area and learned all about the beauty of the West Shore and fell in love with the West Shore Café all the way from Arizona. Yes, I booked this place site unseen! I was able to visit the venue in April and it exceeded my expectations. The view of the lake was breathtaking with the tall aspen trees hanging above. I could already imagine the beautiful sunset and dancing under the stars. As a teacher, I thrive on planning and creativity so I was very excited to start designing this special day.

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It wasn’t us to go with a traditional wedding cake so we went with strawberry shortcake and three different types of mini pies with handmade flags I created myself.

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Cirprian, our photographer captured the day perfectly, and we are still in a state of awe and gratitude as we look back at the amazing photos and relive that night.
I took every bit of advice I could and I made sure to take a step back and fully be present. 1 month later if I was to give advice to future brides it would be to be patient with each other during the planning process and fully enjoy every moment of it. As wonderful as our wedding day was some of my most memorable moments were the tears I shed writing my vows and the many nights we cleared our living room floor and practiced our wedding dance. You can never count on everything turning out exactly the way you planned, and that’s just what happened. It was so much better than that.

Lake Tahoe Wedding Vendors:
Photographer: Ciprian Photography | Wedding Venue: West Shore Cafe and Inn | DJ: DJ Brock Weddings | Rentals: Event Masters | Hair and Makeup: Studio 89 | Rehearsal Dinner Caterer: D’lish Catering | Wedding Coordinator: All the Details

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West-Shore-Cafe-Wedding-in-Tahoe-14 This is a special one. It’s the kind of wedding that truly overflows with love, from not only the couple but every single person that surrounded them on their big day. It was a glorious family affair planned by the couple and their wedding venue, West Shore Cafe.  The details were inspired by the natural surrounds of Lake Tahoe and the couples laid-back personalities. Rachelle Derouin Photography was on hand to make sure not a moment of this magical day was missed, and you can see it all unfold below.

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From Kristen, the bride ~
We’re a laid back couple, and while both of our jobs require us to be the “go-to” person in many situations we tend to shy from the spotlight. Though somewhat tough to avoid during your own wedding, our personalities served as the guiding principals while we planned our big day. It was intended to be about getting together the most important people in our lives, while celebrating love and having fun at Lake Tahoe.

Choosing a venue wasn’t a tough once we settled on Lake Tahoe as our location. The West Shore Cafe was phenomenal to work with and the lawn setting is absolutely beautiful, not to mention perfectly situated right on the lake. We met and spend a lot of time in Mexico, so we opted for Mexican food served family style. West Shore worked out a menu for us that worked well with our long tables, guests easily shared and loved the food. We still get compliments!

With a breath taking back drop, it didn’t take much decor to create a beautiful and intimate environment for the celebration. Our goal was to complement the lawn at West Shore Cafe, we choose a very neutral palate – no specific color scheme – and kept things simple. We had seen Casey Shostag (our florist) work before and knew that she had the eye for what we were looking for – lots of neutral colors and elements of non-floral to tie in the natural surroundings. And in the end our flowers were one of our most favorite elements of the wedding. The ceremony faced the water and long tables around a dance floor created an intimate environment for dinner and dancing plus a single chandelier strewn across two trees highlighted the cocktail area making for the perfect location for our special day.

Lake Tahoe Weding Vendors:
Photographer: Rachelle Derouin Photography | Wedding Venue and Catering: West Shore Cafe and Inn | Florist: Second Nature Creations | Dress: Amy Kuschel

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Beach house interior design covers a hugely large range of design trends and varieties. We have appropriated a few of our favorite trends—from classic nautical stripes to bohemian bold color to shabby chic—and made them work for anyones Lake Tahoe wedding.

NAUTICAL STRIPES

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Harpers Bazar // Adorn Magazine

 

BOLD BOHEMIAN

Beach House Chic Wedding Inspiration 7 Harpers Bizarre // Intimate Wedding

 

AQUA & WHITE

Beach House Chic Wedding Inspiration 4 Harpers Bizarre // Style Me Pretty

 

RUSTIC RATTAN

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Harpers Bizarre // Wedding Sparrow

 

SWEEPING WHITES

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Bungalow Blue Interiors // Style Me Pretty

 

STARFISH LINING

Beach House Chic Wedding Inspiration 3 Zesty Nest // Bridal Guide



REPURPOSED SHUTTERS

Beach House Chic Wedding Inspiration 6 Completely Costal // Mod Wedding 

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This Lake Tahoe summer wedding from One Fine Day Events is the perfect example of going bold with your flowers and it paying off. The bright hues of red, pink and orange looked beautiful against the natural rustic backdrop of the West Shore Cafe and Inn and the gorgeous big blue lake! With the help of Tahoe Unveiled vendors, Celebrations! Party RentalsHip EntertainmentLa Tavola, and D’lish Catering, the awe-inspiring decor met a perfectly coordinated day.

… and thanks to Catherine Hall Studios, the couple have photos of their day they will forever cherish. View all the details below:

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From One Fine Day Events ~
We enjoyed many lunch dates and planning sessions with Maureen, the bride, and her mom, Debbie, to produce this gorgeous soiree. Maureen and David requested Colorful Cocktail Attire on their invitations and we designed their amazing wedding based around this request! Ombre shades of pink, red, orange, and ivory florals were featured throughout with accents of blue and geometric patterns in the linens, flower vessels, and paper items. We were so lucky to work with Sara Spurlock from Bellissima Floral before she closed the doors to her business. Unexpected floral arrangements were suspended between trees, vases were wrapped with geometric blue patterns to compliment the linens and the escort card wall, and every tabletop arrangement was bursting with beauty! A Day in May was also a key partner in this celebration with the stunning invitation suite and day of paper goods. The Save the Date was designed to look like the California Republic flag and our friendly bear was tied into the paper goods throughout the wedding day. The entire day flowed perfectly with non-stop entertainment for the guests. The band, Pop Rocks of Hip Entertainment, had the dance floor full for the entire reception!

Lake Tahoe Wedding Vendors:
Planning & Design: One Fine Day Events // Hair and makeup: Kari Addison Beautiful // Dessert: D’lish Catering and Sugar Pine // Flowers: Bellissima Floral // Music:  String Beings and Hip Entertainment // Paper: A Day In May // Calligraphy: Barbara Callow // Photographer: Catherine Hall Studios // Rentals: Celebrations! Party Rentals, La Tavola, Blue Print & One Fine Day Events // Videographer: Doxa Studios // Wedding Venue: West Shore Cafe and Inn

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Wedding invitation trends are no different than design, fashion or art trends. Incorporating multiple elements, striving for uniqueness and pushing the limits of design, there is so much that can be said with your wedding invitations. For one, they give your guests the first glimpse into the style of your wedding. No matter your invitation choice they most definitely get everyone excited for what’s to come. Here are our top 5 wedding invitation trends:

1- Custom Illustrations

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Wedding Party App | 100 Layer Cake

 

2- Wooden

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Style Me Pretty | Designed with Amore

 

3- Gold Foil

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Oh So Beautiful Paper

 

4- Cutouts

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Intimate Weddings

 

5- Bold Colors and Geometric Cutouts

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Having your wedding at Lake Tahoe, whether you live here or not, involves a lot more than just the ceremony and day of events. This beautiful pocket of the world lends for not only spectacular views and outdoor recreation but awesome spots to grab a quick bite or a glass of wine. While the list could be endless, we’ve gathered some of our favorite lake-front locations here. These spots are Tahoe Unveiled approved and the perfect places to recommend your to your out of town guests.

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Local Perspective: Even in the summer it gets chilly at night so we suggest sitting by one of the outside fire pits and enjoying a glass of wine. If you bring the kiddos make sure to ask for a s’more kit.

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LAKE-FRONT PICNIC

Local Perspective: Take your lake-front dining experience into your own hands by making a cheese plate from selections at New Moon or Market 28 and pick up a bottle of wine from Uncorked Tahoe. From there your possibilities are endless, we suggest sitting on a dock at Tahoe Park Beach or a bench at Commons.

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MOE’S BBQ

Local Perspective: We love the more casual, roll up your sleeves atmosphere of Moes where you can get a craft beer and plate of BBQ to enjoy on the restaurant’s deck. Moe’s also often has music in the upstairs function room.

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WEST SHORE CAFE AND INN

Local Perspective: We love sitting outside on the deck at West Shore Cafe and enjoying the local peach and tomato salad with burrata paired with glass of  sauvignon blanc.

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CHRISTY HILL

Local Perspective: Sit outside on the more casual, but still fine dining Sand Bar. We suggest going for sunset and sharing a bottle of rosé  with a few appetizers.

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This spectacular wedding from One Fine Day Events and Carrie Richards Photography took place at the family’s private estate on Lake Tahoe’s West Shore. With the help of Celebrations! Party Rentals and La Tavola Linens the wedding’s green and white color scheme was carried throughout the decor and dinner tables.

Brian Hess Music had guests partying well into the evening and D’lish Catering provided a feast from start to finish including wood fired pizza and all your favorite comfort foods. Our favorite part of this wedding just might be the bar set up at the end of the private pier!

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From One Fine Day Events ~
Where to begin….we had such an amazing time planning, designing, and producing Heather and David’s wedding. Two people so giddy in love with one main focus – to throw an incredible celebration for their guests. Well, to say the least this was achieved and then some! Guests arrived to a grassy ceremony overlooking the peaceful lake. The couple stood under a custom arbor in which the groom’s uncle built for them…there were tears, laughs, and so much love throughout the ceremony and the entire day. After the I do’s, guests proceeded to enjoy libations on the pier where we made sure they would have both comfortable lounge furniture to enjoy soaking in the view, great entertainment by the A capella Group, and plenty of tasty snacks and beverages. An incredible feast of the best comfort food ever – wood fired pizza, garlic bread, and creamy alfredo pasta – was served under the clear tent with two waves of twinkle lights cascading overhead. Our favorite part might have to be the dancing. The couple and their friends love going to costume parties, so the entire reception was set to a few different themes…with music, beverages, food, and props to match each theme. After the first dances, the dance floor cleared and the DJ, Brian Hess, went right into a traditional Irish song and down the grand steps came a guest dancing to traditional Irish Music. She proceeded to show off her moves and then taught everyone a few to enjoy the next couple songs. Car bombs, green necklaces, and green sunglasses were passed around to help everyone get into the spirit. Fast forward a few songs and an 8′ tall American Flag dropped from above as Garth Brooks started the country theme! Cowboy hats and cans of PBR were passed around as everyone flocked to the dance floor. This continued all night with the 90′s theme and a few others. It was quite possibly the best dance party we have ever seen…and definitely the most entertaining!

You have to see this one for yourself – enjoy Reel Eyes’ video of the celebration – Darren did a phenomenal job of capturing this wedding! Oh and there’s a little surprise at the very end!

Lake Tahoe Wedding Vendors:

Wedding Planner: One Fine Day Events // Photographer: Carrie Richards Photography // Wedding Venue: Private Estate // Catering: D’lish Catering // Rentals: Celebrations! Party Rentals // Music: Brian Hess Music and Hip Entertainment // Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen // Hair and Makeup:  Kari Addison Beautiful // Flowers: A Rose is a Rose // Paper: Heart, Paper, Soul // Video: Reel Eyes

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