You can scour the internet for beauty advice to prepare for your wedding, or you can go to the source. Laura from La di Da is writing today’s guest post and sharing her top tips that gets her client’s beautiful glowing skin for their big day.

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Skin

Water is the answer to youthful, fresh, glowing skin. Make sure to drink plenty of water the week leading up to and on your wedding day. This is the oldest trick in the book and it’s there for a reason!

Brows

Have your brows waxed and looking their best, ideally one week ahead of time. Haven’t had your brows groomed before? Now is the perfect time to start!

Eyes

Dark circles and puffiness can be common bride-to-be afflictions. A nightly application of eye cream, along with adequate sleep will improve the appearance of dark circles. Also a cool compress a couple times a week (or as much as you’d like!) will help to keep puffiness at bay. Lastly, the week before the wedding, steer clear of too much salty food, which can cause eyes to look swollen.

Lips

Make sure to give your lips some much-needed TLC. Use a lip conditioner with Vitamin E to help combat cracks and creases. You should also exfoliate your lips at least once a week (or at the very least before the big day!). You can find some great at-home sugar scrub recipes on Google, or simply take a wet toothbrush with warm water and brush lips with a gentle back-and-forth motion. Finally, protect your lips with sunscreen, to keep them from looking and feeling parched.

Neck and Décolleté

Start taking care of this overlooked region as soon as you can. Think of it as an extension of the skin on your face – but remember that this fragile skin is thinner, has fewer oil glands than the rest of the body, and requires special care to keep is supple and smooth. Exfoliate it with a gentle face scrub every other day, apply a light moisturizer daily, and use sunscreen when heading out in the sun.

The Dreaded Wedding Day Pimple

Avoid new products, including shampoos or makeup, during the month before your wedding. If that occasional blemish (often caused by stress!) does make an appearance, a hot compress will reduce it, followed by a cold compress and a tiny bit of your favorite zit zapper. I’ve also had brides who have had great success with toothpaste (the paste type not the gel). If redness persists the morning of your big day, apply a drop of Visine on the pimple. And whatever happens, don’t pick

Airbrushing

For more info on airbrushing check out my blog post on Tahoe Unveiled!

Emily (39 of 47) Makeup : La di Da | Photography : Anicia Beckwith | Florist : Delfina Kuzmik

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Last week I had the pleasure of attending Bespoke’s first class in their Blue Floor Studio! It was a Hand Lettering class taught by the incredibly talented Amanda Tenant, owner of Forever Heyday, a calligraphy and invitation company. If you haven’t ever heard of or had the joy of walking into Bespoke, let me do the honors and introduce you to your new favorite shop! It is the quintessential must see shop in downtown Truckee. From the alluring design of their products to the abundance of amazing finds, this shop is a must see when gift shopping, looking for something unique for your home, or even when you are just in the mood for a little inspiration! Their products are made by artists, makers, and small companies. When selecting products and brands to sell in their shop, owners Brian and Heather, have one main rule of thumb – “Everything we sell is made where it is designed.”

Owners, Brian Hess (yup, he is that awesome musician on our vendor guide) and Heather River (equally as awesome), have recently introduced classes to their repertoire of services and goods. The calligraphy class was incredible and I just loved the new Blue Floor Studio above the shop. We each received our own kit complete with a calligraphy pen, ink, ink holder, and collection of paper to practice our new skills.

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Since everything is better with a little bubbly, we enjoyed sipping on Prosecco while fine tuning our calligraphy skills! Amanda taught us the essentials for this artistic trade, while also gracefully demonstrating her gorgeous work.

Calligraphy class at the blue floor studio

To learn more about Bespoke’s classes, check out their events & workshop pages on their site.  And be sure to sign up in advance as these events sell out quickly!!

Thank you Bespoke and Forever Heyday for this delightful experience!

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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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Can you believe Thanksgiving is less than a week away? Where did November go? As I’m writing this post, the snow has started to fall and a hot pot of soup is sounding incredibly delicious. We asked Chef Lee of D’lish Catering in Tahoe City what his go-to fall soup is and this Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Soup is his answer for chilly evenings. For a twist, try kabocha or acorn squash instead of butternut and serve as a soup shot at your holiday cocktail party.

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Butternut Squash and Apple Soup
Time: 2 hours
6 to 8 servings

2 medium butternut squash (can substitute kabocha or acorn)
2 tbls butter
2 granny smith apples, peeled, cored and chopped
½ medium onion, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 piece of celery, chopped
6 fresh sage leaves
2 ½ cups low sodium vegetable broth or chicken stock
2 cups water
1 ½ tsp kosher salt
¼ tsp fresh ground pepper
1/3 cup heavy cream
Garnish: ½ cup toasted pumpkin seeds, (pepitas), toasted coconut (both optional)

Cut butternut squash in half, place cut side down on lightly oiled baking pan and roast for 20 minutes or until soft.
Meanwhile you can sauté apples, onion, carrots and celery in butter until soft. Add remaining ingredients, bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium high and let simmer for 30 minutes. Transfer to blender using a ladle and puree until smooth. Adjust seasoning. Serve with garnish.

Note: Having to peel an oddly shaped, tough skinned squash for soup can be a challenge and a hassle, so simply cut in half and roast in oven meat side down, be careful some skins are tougher than others to cut in half so watch yourself. The flavors become more concentrated by roasting without simmer for hours and the roasted flesh is easy to scrape out of the skin.

Have you planned your holiday party? Let D’lish take care of all the details and leave your guests with an unforgettable evening of delicious food and great memories.

Call or email today for special holiday menus and pricing.

D’lish Catering
www.dlish.com
info@dlish.com
530.583.6609

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Top 3 Lake Tahoe Winter Wedding Trends

Temperatures are dropping and the smell of snow is in the air (yup! you can actually smell the snow!). We collected our Top 3 favorite Lake Tahoe winter wedding trends we are seeing brides incorporate this year. The inspiration and ideas below will have you sipping hot coco all day.

STAY WARM IN A BOLERO

Add a bolero to your bridal style for a fashionable statement but most importantly, to keep you warm during your winter ceremony.

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GLAM IT UP WITH METALLIC BRIDESMAID DRESSES

Floor length, metallic gowns in gold, copper and bronze are completely stunning and glamourous. If you’ve ever worn one of these dresses, then you know they make you feel like a million bucks! And it shows!

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LUSH WINTER GREENS

Olive branches, California bay laurel and eucalyptus are the perfect greens to add to any color palette. This winter opt for classic colors of white and gold.

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Clayton and Chaz held their Lake Tahoe wedding at Clayton’s family’s property in South Lake Tahoe. This blank canvas, with a stunning forest backdrop, was completely transformed with rentals from Camelot Party Rentals and decorated by the couple. From DIY floral design to the custom moon made by friends, this duo’s design talents extended to all the paper elements too, which they designed themselves in Chaz’s studio, Brylo Studio. The wedding video from Dax Victorino Films makes us wish we were a guest at their fun, forest wedding. Read what Chaz has to say about her day below the video.

How They Met
Clayton is a biomedical engineer,  I am a designer. We met in college at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo while at a gypsy jazz show in a local brewery after farmer´s market. Clayton walked into the room and I froze. After a week full of dancing, beer, bicycle adventures, cooking and hiking together we realized we were crazy about each other.

The Proposal
The proposal was incredible. We hiked up to Arapahoe Pass in Indian Peaks (we live in Boulder, Colorado) with our dog and when we got to the top while I was looking at the lakes down below Clayton was getting down on one knee! Hilariously, there was a crazy lightning and thunderstorm starting and we were above tree-line, so he proposed, I said yes, we took a few pictures and then literally RAN down to get below tree-line. No hidden photographer, no preplanned outfit, it was real and it was intense and it was FUN.

The Venue
The wedding was held on Clayton´s parent´s property in South Lake Tahoe. Most of our guests live in California so we chose not to get married in Colorado. I had always dreamt of a forest wedding, so the free forested horse pasture was serendipity. It also made some of our crazier ideas- like the hammocks, teepees and horses- much more doable.

Wedding Style
I had a vision for the wedding, but there wasn’t a specific theme. We just incorporated things we both loved. My Pinterest board for the wedding has things like animals running through the forest, abstract artwork, moon imagery, leafy vines, flowy fabrics and quotes right alongside all the dresses, hairstyles and decor ideas. We used the phrase ¨wild, magical love¨ throughout to describe our relationship and our wedding. I hand-lettered that phrase on the envelope liners for the Save the Dates. Another big element was the moon. That came about kind of by accident- we chose the date because it was the closest Saturday in June to the giant harvest full moon. We were really excited about dancing under a full moon with all our friends and family so I painted a moon and used it on the Save the Dates and on the dinner menu. I have a good friend who designs furniture and he made the beautiful moon bench for the wedding also.

The Ceremony
Neither of us is religious, so we asked Clayton´s high school friend who studied astrophysics in undergrad and then religious studies for his masters to officiate. He was so perfect. We also chose to leave out anything we weren´t excited about- we had pie instead of cake, no garter toss (and we accidentally forgot to do the bouquet toss!), no unity candles or anything like that. We focused on the vows, the dinner and the dancing because it was all about celebrating our love with our family and friends. One thing we did a little differently is we had Clayton and the groomsmen walk up the aisle and line up, then I and my bridesmaids walked from behind through the forest to the ceremony site. This way we all met in the middle and got to walk through the forest without seeing eachother ahead of time. We also had our favorite band, Proxima Parada, play all our music. This is the band Clayton was in when we met and one of the groomsmen is still in it. Since they were playing the processional and recessional, Bryson walked up the aisle while playing the guitar and that was really fun :)

Weddings Songs
Processional : ¨That´s How Strong my Love is¨ preformed by Proxima Parada, written by Roosevelt Jamison

Recessional : ¨You and Me¨preformed a cappella by Proxima Parada, originally by Penny and the Quarters

Father-Daughter Dance : ¨Wild Horses¨ by the Rolling Stones

Lake Tahoe wedding vendors:
Wedding Cinematography : Dax Victorino Films  | Wedding Venue : Groom’s Family Property | Paper : Chaz’s Design Studio, Brylo Studio |  Photography: Robbie Cole | Catering : The Cork and More | Band: Proxima Parada | Rentals : Camelot Party Rentals | Flatware/tableware : Tahoe Event Rentals | Hair and Makeup: Acqua Hair Design | Restrooms : Royal Restrooms | Dress: Claire Pettibone | Floral Design : Bride and Bridal Party | Flowers : Wild Flowers Design Group | Wedding Planning Consultant: Lara Kreutner, Sealed With a Kiss Events | Dress Alterations: Donna Beth Creations, Denver, CO | Bride’s Ceremony Shoes : Madewell | Bride’s Reception Shoes : Frye

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This Glenbrook Lake Tahoe wedding is breathtaking. As owners of Butter and Salt, Aubrey and Tyler are professionals in the art of merrymaking. Seed escort cards and produce filled centerpieces completed their romantic, farm theme, which is true perfection. From the lakeside wedding venue to meadow portraits, Rose Street Studio captured a beautiful gallery below.

Be sure to check out Aubrey and Tyler’s day-after photo session from Annamae Photo.

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From the bride, Aubrey ~
My husband and I had the most intimate and relaxing wedding in Glenbrook, Nevada on August 2nd. Jaime from Rose Street Studio did such an amazing job capturing our day and I am thrilled to share them with you all.

My husband, Tyler and I are the chef/owners of Butter + Salt, a local boutique private chef company. We incorporated veggies and herbs into my bouquet and our centerpieces as an ode to our profession. Our chocolate lab, Porter, was our ring barer. We skipped the traditional bouquet toss, garter toss and the cake cutting and kept the night super simple. We also didn’t do a “first look” and Tyler’s cry face says it all of why we didn’t.

Lake Tahoe wedding vendors:
Wedding Venue : Private Home in Glenbrook, Nevada | Photographer: Rose Street Studio | Florist : Bumble Bee Blooms | Centerpieces : Rita Warren | Wedding Dress: Ivy & Aster, Swoon Bridal Salon | Hair + Makeup: Imagine Salon | Pie: Levi’s Pies

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Classic details filled Emily and Joe’s Lake Tahoe wedding at West Shore Cafe and Inn. The bride’s Vera Wang show-stopper gown sets the stage of their wedding; gorgeousness in every last detail! From the giant hydrangea bouquets and magnolia leaf filled arbor, to the utterly important reception and lounge rentals from Celebration! Party Rentals, this white wedding was elegant, traditional, and completely romantic. See exactly what we are talking about in the gallery below, from Jonathan Young.

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From the wedding planner,  Merrily Wed ~
Emily and Joe’s wedding was a modern classic. They exchanged their vows, sipped signature drinks, dined under twinkling market lights and danced on a custom white dance floor with beautiful crystal chandeliers overhead – all lakeside!

The thrills began with Joe making a grand entrance on a classic woody boat with nothing less than formal tux attire for the groomsmen, junior groomsmen and for him. The bridesmaids were gorgeous in long chiffon light gray Amsale dresses while Emily herself wore a stunning Vera Wang gown.

Her adorable 4 flower girls can’t go without a mention either – babies breath hair wreaths with dove grey ribbon completed their ensemble and one dashing little ring bearer completed the beautiful wedding party.

White, silver and black was the predominant wedding color palette with sophisticated detail evident throughout the ceremony and reception. All white luscious florals, white linen, white leather lounge, white wedding cake – wedding white was never seen better!

A custom monogram on the entry wreathes, dining napkins, goodie bags, lounge pillows, matchboxes… Grey escort cards with white font along with silver julep cups, platinum beaded glass charger all subtly added the touch of grey & silver.

Lake Tahoe wedding vendors:
Wedding Venue : West Shore Cafe and Inn | Wedding Design And Planning : Merrily Wed | Photography : Jonathan Young | Floral Design: Blooms By Martha Andrews | Invitations: Paper Moon | Calligraphy : Kristen Henderson Calligraphy | Favors : The Caramel Jar | Make-Up: Jackie Trombley | Hair: Roxy Gamboa | Cake : El Dorado Casino Bakery | Dessert: Homage Bakery | Getting Ready Lace Robe: Girl With A Serious Dream | Linen: La Tavola | Maps: Laura Hooper | Music: We Ain’t Saints | Rentals: Celebration! Party Rentals and Classic Party Rentals | Transportation : Wild Goose II | Ceremony Musicians : The String Beings | Bridesmaids Dresses : Amsale | Flower Girl Dresses : Swoon | Gown and Veil : Vera Wang | Bridal Salon : Vera Wang of San Francisco | Jewelry : Custom | Shoes : Jimmy Choo | Reception Dress : Nicole Miller |  Belt : Vera Wang | Suit and Tie : Brooks Brothers | Shoes : Armani

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