Making a memorable entrance is important but let’s not forget the dramatic exit too. With this in mind designers have paid careful attention to how brides will look from behind. 2013 is the year of chic, romantic and sexy backsides. Breathtaking backs featuring delicate embroideries, decorative illusions, lace frames, and peekaboo keyholes is a trend that is not going away soon. As we can see, it’s for a reason.

Lake Tahoe Wedding Inspiration | Dramatic Wedding Gown Backs

First Row: Claire Pettibone, photo by Brian Leahy | Monique Lhuillier | Pinterest
Second Row: Claire Pettibone | Wedding HQ

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Though it may seem a bit contrary to the traditional wedding cake route, the latest look in wedding cakes, the unfrosted layered wedding cake, is not all that unusual after all.  The unfrosted cake, while of course, still so amazingly yummy, is something different, and it can still be easily decorated with pretty blooms and fresh fruit.  The cake also looks a bit rustic and funky … a few of my favorite things!

from top left: Creative Edge Parties via Always a Blogsmaid | Sarah McKenzie Photography via Style Me Pretty | Natalie Bell Photography via The Cake Blog | Abigail Seymour Photography via Style Me Pretty

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Wedding Trends | Bridal Bouquet

From trendy to traditional, there are many options for your bridal bouquet. The infograph below can help you with flower selection, style and colors. Created by the lovelies at Simply Bridal.

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Avid skiers, Scott proposed to Jaime on the slopes in Lake Tahoe. It was this moment that the couple decided they wanted a snowy,  mountain-top, winter wedding at Northstar California . Their gorgeous Lake Tahoe winter wedding was everything the couple dreamed of, a snowy blizzard for the ceremony  and a cozy ski-lodge for the reception. The floral design by Jiosia Design complimented the ski lodge them wedding by Summit Soiree perfectly. See all the beautiful images from David Newkirk Photography below: Jaime+Scott_1412_01 Jaime+Scott_0351_01 Jaime+Scott_0532_01 Jaime+Scott_0285_01 Jaime+Scott_0030_01 Jaime+Scott_0023_01 Jaime+Scott_0419_01 Jaime+Scott_0135_01 Jaime+Scott_1980_01 Jaime+Scott_1608_01 Jaime+Scott_1821_01 Jaime+Scott_1601_01 Jaime+Scott_1606_01 Jaime+Scott_0622_01 Jaime+Scott_0564_01 Jaime+Scott_1425_01 Jaime+Scott_1402_01 Jaime+Scott_0989_01 Jaime+Scott_0988_01 Jaime+Scott_0973_01 Jaime+Scott_0939_01 Jaime+Scott_0872_01 Jaime+Scott_0866_01 Jaime+Scott_0843_01 Jaime+Scott_0833_01 Jaime+Scott_1075-2_01 Jaime+Scott_0396_01 Jaime+Scott_1364_01 Jaime+Scott_1344_01 Jaime+Scott_0643_01 Jaime+Scott_0401_01 Jaime+Scott_1315_01 Jaime+Scott_0585_01 Jaime+Scott_0599_01 Jaime+Scott_0713_01 Jaime+Scott_0708_01 Jaime+Scott_0700_01 Jaime+Scott_0695_01 Jaime+Scott_1172_01 Jaime+Scott_1180_01 Jaime+Scott_0692_01 Jaime+Scott_1167_01 Jaime+Scott_0630_01 Jaime+Scott_0491_01 Jaime+Scott_1304_01 Jaime+Scott_1110_01 Jaime+Scott_0521_01 Jaime+Scott_0511_01 Jaime+Scott_2018_01 From the bride ~ Zephyr lodge has sweeping views of the sierras, and is a stunning new lodge mid-mountain at Northstar. The ceremony, due to the weather was around the back of Northstar facing Martis Valley…. but due to the blizzard, it was just hysterically and beautifully snowy. The aisle was laid with garland, and the altar was decorated with asymmetrical garland and white flowers. The groomsmen work black suits and sweaters with tartan bow ties and snow boots, and the girls wore their own, different, long black dresses, with fur stoles as a gift from the bride. The crowd was given blankets as their gift, which they bundled up with during the ceremony. Many wore ponchos as well, and everyone was cracking up.

Vendors:
Wedding Venue : Zephyr Lodge, Northstar California | Photographer : David Newkirk | Florist : Jiosia Design | Wedding Planner & Designer : Summit Soiree | Invitation Designer : Snail Mail by Miriam Schneider | Cake & Desserts : Northstar California | Wedding Gown Designer : Monique Lhullier | Ceremony Music : Shades of Blue | Reception Music : The Nines | Hair : Kolor by Kori

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From the photographer, Melina Wallisch ~
Alissa and Brenton are meant to be. With a new teaching credential under her belt, Alissa is living her dream of becoming a kindergarten teacher. Brenton, a kind and handsome farmer from the fields of mid-cal, found his one true love in Alissa. Though his work takes him traveling, as does her schooling and interning, no distance can keep them apart. Their obvious love and affection for each other radiated through them from our first cup of coffee and tea together. They chose the stunning Lake Tahoe views for their engagement session and wedding destination. Both of their families grew up vacationing here, and Alissa’s mom has a home here. We chose Valhalla and a neighborhood meadow to secret beach as our locations. I simply adore Alissa’s Tory Burch boots, paired with an adorable couple of whom I am so excited to photograph their love story!
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For the foodie couple that loves to entertain, cook for friends and family, and drink craft cocktails, here are 5 wedding favors for you.

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1. Gourmet salt sets, either make your own or purchase from a salt shop.
2. Home-baked biscuits and jam, again, you can either make your own or ask your local baker.
3. Gorgeous bars of craft chocolate from Mast Brothers, sold at Bespoke in Truckee.
4. Homemade seasonal bitters. There are so many flavor combinations to try. You can even ask your favorite mixologist to make the bitters for you  then bottle them.
5. For the java obsessed couple. Coffee beans are a great way to incorporate your local, from Portland? Try Stumptown or Heart Roasters. Getting married in Lake Tahoe? Alpen Sierra Roasters. From San Francisco? Blue Bottle Coffee.

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Photographers, Tourine and Trevor of Johnstone Studios headed out into the Donner Summit wilderness for Kirsten and Kevin’s engagement session. Having a mutual love for backcountry skiing, they are completely in their element and their resulting photos turned out brilliantly.

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From the Bride to Be, Kirsten
We had such a fun time posing for these photos. Tourine and Trevor were great and really made everything so easy. We were so impressed that they were willing to get out in the snow with us, on snow shoes, to get our engagement pictures doing what we love to do together- ski! We couldn’t have imagined a better engagement photo session.

How the couple met, from Kirsten ~
Kevin says that when he first met me, he thought I was unfriendly because I would not talk to him in a bar. Really, I just don’t like to talk to people I don’t know out at the bar. We ended up meeting again about a month later because Kevin needed a ride back to Truckee and I was driving our friends home. I remember seeing him walk towards my car and thinking this guy seems super cute and a little nerdy. We all ended up going to my place for Bloody Marys which Kevin made and I was sold. He was sweet and could make a killer Bloody! He tells me that when he walked into my condo and saw my back-country ski set up, he knew that he wanted to get to know more of me. We had a few ski dates and a few normal dates and the rest is history. As a couple, Kevin and I try to balance each other. He is a very laid back North Cali kind of guy and I am a type A East Coast kind of girl.

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Abby and Patrick held their Lake Tahoe wedding at the Hyatt Regency in Incline Village. The day started out with light snow and ended as a gorgeous, winter wonderland. Abby, the bride, looked stunning, with makeup from Kari Addison Beautiful.

After the beautiful indoor, lakefront ceremony, the couple strolled on the beach for a few moments of alone time. Theilen Photography followed and captured some of the greatest winter wedding photos. We absolutely adore the lighted “Love” sign the couple installed in the reception location.

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Wedding Vendors:
Photographer : Theilen Photography | Reception & Ceremony Venue : Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe | Wedding Planner : Tracy Connolly | Make-up Stylist : Kari Addison Beautiful | Officiant : Scott Parker (bride’s uncle) | Hair Stylist : Leanne Matteoni | Florist : B&B Flower Designs | Caterer : Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe | Wedding Cake : Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe | DJ : Lake DJ (Derek Tarpey)

Blog content and curation by Andria Gutierrez

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