This wedding from Elise Events encompasses everything we love about Lake Tahoe weddings. The couple chose to keep the decor rather simple in an effort to highlight the rustic, yet elegant, beauty that makes up Lake Tahoe. Florals were provided by B & B Designs, and Hip Entertainment kept guests on the dance floor, while Greco Rose Beauty made sure the bride looked stunning all night. Local Tahoe companies D’lish Catering and Elevated Photo Booth ensured that the day’s guests were well fed and well photographed at the this beautiful private estate.

Before moving on to the full gallery by Foot Candles Photography, be sure to check out their wedding video from Dax Victorino Films:

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Lake Tahoe Wedding Vendors:
Wedding Venue: Private Estate, Rubicon Bay, Lake Tahoe | Videographer: Dax Victorino Films | Photography: Foot Candles Photography | Event Planning + Design: Elise Events | Floral Design: B & B Designs | Music: HIP Entertainment | Catering: D’Lish Catering | Hair: Greco Rose Beauty | Make-Up: Kari Addison Beautiful | Wedding Dress: Liancarlo | Bridal Salon: Swoon.. A Bridal Salon | Bridal Accessories: Sara Gabriel | Bridal Veil: Jennifer Leigh | Photo Booth: Elevated Photo Booth | Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic | Pies: Levi’s Pies | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linens | Paper Goods: Minted

From the Bride ~
Despite living in San Francisco, our love for hiking, skiing, and the outdoors brings us to Tahoe often, which made it feel like the perfect destination for our wedding. We were fortunate enough to find a lovely private estate for our venue, located right on the lake in beautiful Rubicon Bay.

Hiring our wedding planner, Danielle, from Elise Events, was one of the best wedding decisions we made. She was instrumental in helping bring our ideas to life, and handled every last detail, which really allowed us to relax and enjoy our wedding day.

I wanted the decorations to complement, and not distract, from the rustic elegance of the venue, so we focused on a neutral color palette for everything from the flowers and linens to the bridesmaid dresses. Brandy, from B&B Designs, created beautiful natural floral arrangements and garlands with soft white flowers and a variety of greenery like eucalyptus and olive branches.

Our ceremony stands out as my favorite part of the wedding. With the Lake as our backdrop, Tyke’s brother officiated the ceremony, carefully weaving together our two separate stories of how we met and why we are so excited to spend the rest of our lives together. Tyke and I walked down the aisle with a parent on each arm, exchanged the vows we had written for each other, and had members of our wedding party each share a blessing for our marriage.

We wanted to make sure that our wedding was filled with personal touches that represented us as a couple. At the reception, we served our favorite local beers and wines, and crafted the recipes for our signature cocktails ourselves. Tyke’s close friend from college performed the song “More than Life” by Whitley on guitar for our first dance, a song that we both knew and loved from the time we began dating. During dinner, we asked each table to write a note for us to open on various anniversaries, and we’re already so excited to read them in the years to come.

We kept our guest list small; about 85 people, and I loved that we were able to spend time and create memories with every single person there. We ate pie with my best friend, sampled the whiskey bar with our brothers, danced to Third Eye Blind with old high school friends, and lounged by the fire pit with Tyke’s family. I underestimated how incredibly special it would feel to have all the people you love most in the world in the same place. The whole day was simply magical, and the amount of love and joy felt on that day is something I’ll never forget.

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Unique Floor Plans for your Reception

There is so much to think about when planning your wedding that elements, such as how to organize your tables, can get lost in the mix. While we understand that the shape of your venue will often dictate how your tables are arranged we also encourage creativity in this aspect. And so, below are a few different table set ups  — covering everything from a single long table to quirky zig-zags — so you can decide the best set-up for your Lake Tahoe wedding.

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Table Format ModWedding // the knot

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A new spate of online registries offer presents you won’t find at Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s, or Williams-Sonoma. At Newlywish, you can register for experiences, such as dance lessons, wine tastings or ballet performances. You can sign up for bedding and dinnerware on the site as well, with choices from more than 40 independent stores. And to make things a little easier, bachelorette shower packages, bridesmaids gifts, and welcome bags are also available–so you can spend less time planning wedding-related events and more time looking for something you’ll love forever.

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For the Do-Gooders, I Do Foundation makes it easy for you to give back by offering multiple ways for your guests to make charitable contributions. Create a registry where all the gifts are charitable contributions, or make a more traditional one through I Do Foundation partner stores and 5% of all purchases will benefit the charity of your choice.

Oenophiles unite! Those who can’t get enough of pinot and cabernet can now celebrate their nuptials by giving guests the opportunity to contribute vintages to their very own wine cellar at Register for cases, bottles and all necessary accessories for your own wine bar, from personalized wine glasses and decanters to wine fridges, hi-tech cork screws and aerators.



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There are so many types of roses out there it’s easy to get confused. Today, I want to highlight David Austin roses, often called garden roses. These roses are much softer and fuller than the traditional “import rose” you see in grocery stores. It is also a great substitute for those brides looking to have a beautiful peony bouquet but are not getting married in spring or early summer, which is the peony’s growing season. The many layers of the garden rose open up to create a gorgeous and soft flower!

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Clockwise from top left:

1.‘Keira’, one of the newest David Austin breeds, has a delicate, light-pink petal tipped in a darker hue.

2. ‘Juliet’, is a sophisticated pale-apricot color with the lightest fragrance of David Austin’s roses. The pink of ‘Miranda’, lightens from the center to the outermost petals.

3. ‘Darcey’ is a rich, velvety red that fades to purple. Its dark-green leaves can also be used as a bold element in arrangements.

4. ‘Rosalind’, one of eight David Austin rose varieties available as a cut flower, has a fruity fragrance and a bluish-pink hue. The bloom is known for its dense, round head, similar to that of a peony. Its romance peaks as it starts to fade.

5. A mix of David Austin’s pinks-from top left, ‘Emily’, ‘Rosalind’, ‘Miranda’, ‘Keira’—makes for a beautifully layered, monochromatic centerpiece or bouquet.

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Cartier jewelry has graced some of the world’s most famous brides and marked some of the past century’s greatest love affairs. But how did all this get started?


Caveman reportedly tied cords of braided grass around the wrists, ankles, and waists of their intendeds. By the first century AD the betrothal process had evolved; Pliny the Elder recorded instances of grooms giving brides bands to wear to wedding ceremonies. It took another 1,400 years for a diamond to appear at an engagement, when Archduke Maximilian I of Austria proposed to Mary of Burgundy with a ring set with flat diamonds in the shape of the letter M.

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But it wasn’t until the late 19th century, with the discovery of South African mines, that a diamond engagement ring became de rigueur–which also happened to coincide with the birth of the house of Cartier. Louise Cartier took full advantage of new technologies that made platinum highly flexible and thus suitable for his intricately embroidered jewelry designs, which were inspired by the architectural motifs of Paris’ great cathedrals.

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Soon after, Cartier jewelry became a central figure in some of the great love stories of the 20th century: as a diadem worn by Russian Princess Irina at her wedding to Prince Felix Yusupov in 1914; in the form of a 20-carat emerald ring presented by King Edward VIII to Mrs. Wallis Simpson; in the shape of the large white diamond ring worn by Grace Kelly in High Society, which, unknown to audiences at the time, had been given to her by her future husband, Prince Rainier of Monaco. Most recently Cartier adorned the head of the newly ennobled Duchess of Cambridge at her wedding to the future king of England.

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Shana and Joe’s South Lake Wedding

Shana and Joe knew from the moment they were engaged that they would be married on the beautiful property that had been in the groom’s family for over 100 years, lovingly referred to as The White House and located just off the lake in South Lake Tahoe.

Jasmine Star Photography captured a private first look deep in the woods surrounded by acres of trees and forest. The ceremony featured vintage rentals and pieces from Archive Rentals, and designed by Amazáe Events, creating an eclectic and intimate space for family and friends to watch as the two exchanged their personalized vows with one another.

The reception featured so many special touches and details including a custom bar with marquee sign built lovingly by Shana and the groom’s father. Guests enjoyed family styling dining at long tables with mix-matched chairs again from Archive Rentals and beautiful flowers from Petal Works. The couple had a custom dessert bar created by Sweet Tooth Confections as well as a night time fire pit and with gourmet s’mores for guests to enjoy.

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Lake Tahoe Wedding Vendors:
Planning and Design: Amazáe Events | Florist:  Petal Works | Photography: Jasmine Star Photography | Music: San Francisco Booking Agency (All Star Jukebox) | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals and Archive Rentals | Linen: Napa Valley Linens | Cake: Sweet Tooth Confections | Venue: Private Estate, Glenbrook, NV

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Macramé adds the bohemian element that a Lake Tahoe wedding craves and we love that you can use as much or as little of the design technique as you. Plus, this is an element that you can do yourself, if you’re looking to save some money on decor. The technique looks especially cool with cactus, bright flowers, antlers, succulents, well … just about anything.

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Eden Eve Macramé // Ruffled Blog

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We invited the ladies at One Fine Day Events to show off some of their favorite Lake Tahoe private estates that are perfect for summer weddings. Today, they are starting the tour by introducing The Sandy Shores Cove Estate. Nestled atop a bluff and protected by the wind, Sandy Shores Cove boasts a gorgeous lawn, a lodge-style home, and access to a private sandy beach. Tall old growth pine trees surround the perimeter of the property, creating the perfect overhead canopy for an open air or clear tent reception. The long stretch of lawn creates plenty of space for spreading out the ceremony, cocktails, dinner,and dancing. Plus, no matter where you are on the property, you have a panoramic view of Lake Tahoe!

sandy shores 1 This property really captures the essence of what Lake Tahoe has to offer – beauty, comfort, and a secluded space for you to enjoy a night of celebrating your wedding!

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One Fine Day Events has produced several stunning weddings at this property. If you are interested in this property or even just chatting about One Fine Day’s services, you can find our contact information by clicking here.

Photography from Mike Larson.

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