When bride Molly envisioned her wedding, she foresaw a celebration where she, her fiancé and guests were surrounded by flowers. And that is exactly what she got. With the help of Lake Tahoe florist,  B&B Flower Designs, Molly and Brendan’s lakefront wedding was filled with beautiful, brightly colored wedding flowers—in Molly’s favorite color, PINK! The decor and design was perfectly complimented by neutral colored linens and dark wood farm tables from Camelot Party Rentals. See all the gorgeous details captured by Motivity Films and Handlebar Studios below:

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From the beautiful bride ~
We wanted our wedding to be an intimate celebration highlighting our love for each other and our hometown of Lake Tahoe. When we got engaged, Brendan and I decided right away that we wanted to get married on the lake. We both grew up on the North Shore and we reunited there three and a half years prior so sharing the majestic beauty of our home with all of our guests while showing them a wonderful time seemed like a no brainer. The beach is also my favorite place and I couldn’t think of anything better than having my toes in the sand while marrying the man I love.

Our venue was a Private Lakefront Estate located in Carnelian Bay. It was one of the first places that came to my mind when we started talking about venues. My Maid of Honor grew up nearby and are friends with the owners so it was a property that I was very familiar with and grew up loving and admiring for its beauty. It had everything we had imagined for our wedding….Lakefront with beach access, private and intimate with a gorgeous view as well as uniqueness as there had only been three other weddings there. I was so happy when Brendan saw the property and fell in love with it just as much as I did!

We wanted our ceremony to be short and sweet, highly personal with a good dose of humor thrown in. We decided to write our own vows and a very close family friend was our officiant. We also helped write the ceremony and put both of our hearts into it which made the whole experience much more personal for us. We performed a sand ceremony with the sand in my vase coming from my favorite beach in Lake Tahoe while the sand in Brendan’s vase was from his favorite beach where he grew up in San Gregorio, Ca. Everyone both laughed and cried during the ceremony, myself and Brendan included, which made it so special and everything we had imagined.

When I envisioned my wedding as a young girl, I always envisioned being surrounded by flowers. They are my favorite thing in the world so I knew I wanted to have a ton of them…everywhere! I also knew I wanted pink as it is my favorite color, but not too much pink for Brendan, so with the help of our wonderful wedding planner we settled on bright colored florals with neutral tones. From there and with the few ideas Brendan and I had, our planner helped us create the wedding of our dreams. It was more beautiful than anything Brendan and I had imagined and it was also a ton of fun!!! Our number one priority for our reception was that all of our guests had fun and were comfortable even if they did not enjoy dancing. So besides a killer DJ, we had a digital photo booth, a fire pit with lounge chairs and s’mores, a lounge area with couches along with a full dessert and candy bar. We got engaged in Rome, Italy so we also incorporated some Italian decor and other elements, such as homemade rosemary infused olive oil favors, Jordan Almond favors, and our menu was written in Italian. We also served a huge Italian buffet with 6 entree options along with olive oil tasting, Italian desserts and a late night pizza bar.

Our wedding day came and went so fast but it was truly the most perfect day ever! We could not have done it without our wonderful parents and the amazing team of vendors we were so fortunate to work with. My favorite parts of the day were the first looks I had with my dad and with Brendan, listening to Brendan recite his vows, the surprise grooms cake I got for him and the tequila toast we had during the reception. Brendan and I both had the time of our lives and we couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful day surrounded by our family and friends!

From the photographer, Stephanie ~
I love, LOVE (did I say love?) Molly & Brendan! They are some of the sweetest, most laid back and fun couples out there! I may have said it before but its so great to walk into the bridal room and the mood is light and fun and not stressful. There are many things that attribute to that but the biggest stress reliever for a bride? It has to be a GOOD wedding planner/coordinator. I’m not talking about the ones that come with a venue who are going to throw the basic stuff out and call it a day but someone who can give you a real full service and experience. Someone who will make sure that every detail was thought of and assemble a team to make it happen. Molly got just that when she hired Jessica at Once Upon a Time Events. As soon as we got there Jessica’s team was hard at work and Molly was cool as a cucumber!

Molly and Brendan decided to get married at a private estate in Lake Tahoe, CA. and it was beyond beautiful! The view was amazing and the property was completely decked out, dripping flowers which were artistically crafted by Brandie at B&B Floral Design while sparkling chandeliers hung delicately behind the head table. I can’t even believe how many details there were so please… Check it out below!! Some of my favorites are the “Cold Feet” Socks, The barber shop setup the guys had brought in, and the cake that simply states “Amore”.

Lake Tahoe Wedding Vendors:
Photographer : Handlebar Studios | Wedding Planning & Design : Once Upon A Time Events | Makeup : McKenzie Morrision Makeup | DJ & Cocktail Music : Jeff Jones | Cake: Delicious Designs | Catering : Roundabout Catering | Floral Design : B&B Flower Designs | Hair : Shannon Fry | Barber : Barber Arias  | Videographer : Motivity Films | Bridal Salon : Swoon…A Bridal Salon | Bridal Gown : Augusta Jones | Groom’s Attire : Brooks Brothers | Bridesmaids’ Dresses : David’s Bridal | Groomsmen’s Attire : Men’s Wearhouse | Rentals : Camelot Party Rentals | Invitations : Paper Moon | Wedding Venue : Private Estate

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The events leading up to your wedding can, and should, be as festive as possible. Making sure you, your fiancé and all your guests are having a wonderful time. Liven up the traditional ideas with an engagement party or rehearsal dinner with a fiesta theme. Take a unique approach and incorporate some classic fiesta standards with a modern or bohemian twist.

Music: Arrange for a mariachi band to serenade guests throughout the night.

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Decor: Bold, bright tables settings and decor pieces. Try paper flowers, colorful textiles and rustic wood accents.

fiesta party wedding ideas clockwise: lounge via Loverly | centerpiece from Jose Villa via Grey likes Weddings | fans via The Goodness | tablescape via 100 Layer Cake | coule via Green Wedding Shoes | decor via Hostess with the Mostess

 

 

Food and Drink: Place pitchers of margaritas and sangria on each table. Set up a taco bar filled with traditional fare, such as grilled meats, fresh vegetables and a variety of salsas and guacamole. Other ideas include fish tacos and empanadas.

fiesta menu ideas margarita via Gillty Pleasure | tacos via Fork About

 

 

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Katie and Casey held their simply elegant wintery destination wedding slope-side in Lake Tahoe. With floral design by  Art in Bloom Floral, linens from La Tavola Fine Linen and paper details from Forever Heyday, this group of talented Lake Tahoe wedding vendors transformed the already gorgeous location at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe into an elegant winter celebration. See all the details from this white winter wedding in the gallery below, captured by Milou and Olin Photography

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From the planner, Kerrie ~
Katie and Casey’s destination wedding at the Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe was total luxe lodge perfection. We had a sprinkling of snow, cold weather for everyone to bundle up in, and an absolutely gorgeous winter setting perfect for their Big Day. I loved having Caroline (with Milou + Olin Photography) and her team there to photograph the day.

Lake Tahoe Wedding Vendors:
Wedding Venue : The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe | Photographer : Milou and Olin Photography | Florist : Art in Bloom Floral | Linen Rental : La Tavola Fine Linen | Rentals : Classic Party Rentals | Wedding Planner : Platinum Weddings by Kerrie | Hair and Makeup : Sacred Salon | Photo Booth : Giggle and Riot | Transportation : Tahoe Sierra Transportation | Invitations and Paper : Forever Heyday | Wedding Dress : Monique Lhuillier | Bridesmaids Dresses : Amsale Bridesmaids | Music : Lake DJ

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Your guests have traveled a long way to see you marry the love of your life. Welcome them to your Lake Tahoe destination wedding with the perfect goody bag that is filled with thoughtful gifts and useful items specific to a weekend in Tahoe. We’ve put together a list of welcome bag musts that can be found at local stores including Bespoke  and High Camp Home in Truckee.

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Camp mug, lip balm and picnic kit from Bespoke Truckee

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His and hers water bottles and games from High Camp Home

 

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Notebook from California 89 | wild game jerkey from Jerky Junction | lip balm from Sierra Essentials

 

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scott corridan sea ranch wedding-13 Tahoe Unveiled vendor, designer Scott Corridan, and husband Russ were married on May 16, 2014 in a bluff top ceremony on the coast of California. The setting at Sea Ranch Lodge spoke to the couple who wanted to incorporate important aspects of their lives in an emotionally honest, strongly masculine, nature inspired celebration shared with friends and family.

The picturesque setting and abundance of deer roaming the property played a significant role in the wedding day décor and being a professional event planner, Scott reached out to all his favorite vendors (and Lake Tahoe wedding vendors, Brian Hess Music  and Johnny B Films) to take part in executing the details of the design. Rustic centerpieces with candles, antlers and plaid covered the tables and colors of the Corridan family tartan were incorporated into the groom’s attire as a nod to Scott’s family history.

The couple arrived on horseback at the entry gate to the ceremony bluff with their horses Lady and Duchesse. Together with their dog bearers, Daisy and Duke, they walked down the aisle to a gathering of 118 guests and a Southern inspired Baptist choir that sang a processional hymn of ‘Reunion’ from the Color Purple.

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From the couple, Scott & Russ ~
As we started searching for inspiration to share our story, we were struck by the very fact that, as gay men, we never imagined having the right to legally marry. Following that path, and serendipitously mailing or save the dates on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s march on Washington, we found parallel after parallel with the civil rights movement from the ‘60’s. Excerpts of Dr. King’s speech were read during the ceremony in a way that spoke to our paths as gay men. It had a very profound impact on us, and all our guests.

Wedding Planner, Floral Design & Rentals : Scott Corridan Design | Photographer : Leah McCormick Photography | Wedding Venue : Sea Ranch Lodge | Accommodations : Sea Ranch Lodge | Printed Materials : Hello Lucky |  Videographer : Johnny B Films | Officiant : Your Ceremony Matters | Rentals : Encore Event RentalsDiversified Stage & Lighting and  Northbay Portables | Entertainment / DJ : Brian Hess Music | Horse Handler : Saddle Up Scout | Publicist : East River PR | Dove Release : Doves Aflight

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I first saw this styled shoot over on The Lane and immediately fell in love. Every element of the shoot has me dreaming of a Lake Tahoe summer, where the days are long and the nights are warm. The earth tone color palette with shades of sienna pairs with the rugged landscape and romantic design details. The rustic gold elements are the perfect contrast against the soft, whimsical linens.

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Photography & Styling : Miesh Photography | Florals & Styling : Soil & Stem | Hair & Makeup : Nicolette Paige Ballif | Linens : Silk & Willow | Flatware : West Elm | Plates : Pier One | Cake : Pippa Cakery | Invites & Paperwork : Wildfield Paper Co | Macarons : Seine Macaron | Vintage Dress : Capital City Antiques | Model : Marae Wright

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Lake Tahoe BBQ Engagement Party Ideas

As summer approaches, utilize the warmer days and longer nights to your advantage by throwing yourself, or your having your parent’s host, a Lake Tahoe summer BBQ engagement party. There are many twists on a classic BBQ but traditional, all-americana is great too. Instead of classic country, hire a bluegrass band to play. Nix the checkered linen and opt for red and white stripes, and keep the tables simple with repurposed metal containers and lush, white flower centerpieces. Spice up the BBQ fare with whole grilled chicken and house-made sausage. Finish the evening around a fire and enjoy pie pops as opposed to pies – less mess! Try these inspiring ideas to liven up your mountain summer BBQ engagement party.

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from top: band and tables via Style Me Pretty | BBQ from Matthew Morgan | BBQ dinner Intimate Weddings | flatware from Liz Banfield | pie pops via Purple Tree Photography

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One delicious way to personalize your Lake Tahoe wedding is by incorporating his and hers signature cocktails. What a better way than add a unique twist to the classics.  Tahoe Unveiled vendor Butter + Salt Gatherings developed two tasty spring and summer worthy cocktails for us to share. Today, his cocktail, an elderflower + rosemary old fashioned. Check back next week for hers.

 

Elderflower + Rosemary Old Fashioned

 

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Our Elderflower + Rosemary Old Fashioned is a refreshing twist on the classic Old Fashioned. If you can’t find Elderflower syrup, St. Germaine will do just fine.

Ingredients:
2 tbsp Rosemary Elderflower Syrup
½ Sprig of rosemary
few dashes of bitters
2 oz whiskey
Large ice cube

Rosemary + Elderflower Simple Syrup:
Place a few sprigs of rosemary with 8oz. elderflower syrup in a small saucepot. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let sit until it comes to room temperature. Pour into an airtight container. Will stay good for one week.

Directions:
• Lightly muddle ½ spring rosemary with 2 tsp of rosemary elderflower syrup
• Add a few dashed of bitters
• Add 2 oz whiskey
• Pour over large ice cube
• Garnish with rosemary

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