Pendleton Woolen Mills is a textile manufacturer founded in 1863 in Oregon. Recently, the iconic pattern had increased in popularity throughout mountain towns. We love the idea of subtly incorporating the pattern into your winter wedding. Some ideas, as shown below, include aisle runners, centerpieces, and blankets for your guests during a chilly ceremony. What we love about providing these blankets into your ceremony is that they double as a wedding favor.

Now, don’t get sticker shock when looking at the price of these products (yes, they are pricey), but because of their increased popularity that look has been recreated at more affordable price points.

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There are lots of traditions associated with weddings, but toasting of the bride and the groom with Champagne (or sparkling wine) is one of the most historic traditions that we honor. Sparkling wine is truly the wine of celebration and your wedding is the ultimate time to celebrate! So I never suggest you skip the champagne toast. I have to say, it’s actually one of my favorite parts of the evening. If high end Champagne is a bit too rich for your blood, then here are 3 of our favorite alternatives:


Evolution Sparkling Wine, $20 – Bursts of citrus and aromatics of apricot, green apple and Bosc pear, this bright, delicious glass of bubbly starts off dry and finishes crisp. Pairs well with just about anything and is the ideal match for hors d’oeuvres, especially salty dishes.

Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne, $35 On par with entry-level bottles from Piper-Heidsieck, Veuve Clicquot, Laurent-Perrier, and Moët & Chandon. The Blue Label is crisp with hints of peach and green apple overtones.


NV Le Grand Courtage Grande Cuvee Brut Rose, $20 – A pink blend of Chardonnay, Ugni Blanc, and Gamay. Fresh and fruity, with clear strawberry notes on the nose. A bracing and lasting acidity comes along quickly on the palate, offering some floral elements — almost green and grassy at times. The finish is clean and inviting, that strawberry element lingering, along with some rose petal notes. Lovely and difficult to put down


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When the big weekend arrives, even the most excited guests could use a little boost! And there’s no better way to treat your nearest and dearest than with the perfect Lake Tahoe wedding welcome bag. This Fall and Winter, our advice is to stuff those goody bags chock-full of cool-weather treats, and kick off that wedding weekend in the yummiest ways!

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Step 1: Start by choosing a unique packaging to hold your welcome goodies. We like a canvas bags or wooden boxes that guests can reuse. You can even iron on details to make it more personal.

Step 2: Start building your bag. Infuse a personal touch by adding treats that are locally sourced, special to you as a couple, or are unique finds for your guests. Include warm drinks like hot cocoa, tea or coffee and sweet bites to make guests feel at home. Try a package of granola and honey to be enjoyed in the morning.

Step 3: Be sure to include a map or activities card for guests to reference. If you have a wedding website with an online itinerary, be sure to direct your guests there for more information.

Step 4: A sweet additional and personalized touch, handwritten ‘Thank You’ notes for each guest are a thoughtful gesture that go a long way.

Step 5: Your welcome bag is ready for delivery! Your guests will love their warm welcome due to every thoughtful detail.



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Non-Traditional, Colorful Wedding Dresses

So, we’re not saying you should walk down the aisle in a hot pink gown, but we are saying you should be open to muted hues if you consider yourself a non-traditional bride. Our favorite colors to play off of are pink, blue, and gray (a few examples of which we showcase below). In fact, we think there is something elegant and romantic about a pastel dress and at least worth a try on.

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Rompers are the New Getting Ready Robe

A bridal party trend we’ve been loving for a while now are matching robes for the bridesmaids to wear while getting ready for the big day. Recently, we have seen the trend switch from robes to rompers and we are absolutely loving it! They operate under the same idea — a nice memento to keep from the day (plus they look GREAT in photos) — but rompers, in our opinion, seems a little more practical and less, well, airy. Here are some examples of getting ready rompers we are absolutely loving.

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It Girl Weddings // Love Ophelia
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Spring Flowers to Brighten Up Your Day

Winter weather can be depressing — we don’t get nearly as many sunny days in the winter as we do in the spring and summer. These bouquets are here to brighten your day and give you some inspiration for your spring wedding. We are loving the idea of going bold with pinks and pastels this spring, it brings a bright feminine pop to your day.

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Tulle and Chantilly // Swallows Nest Farm

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Who doesn’t love ice cream, seriously, try and find someone. But, unfortunately, ice cream can be messy and not necessarily something you want melting in the sun on your wedding day. We are here to tell you that there is a way to keep an elegant, sophisticated vibe at your wedding while still serving ice cream. Below we outline some simple treats, mostly bite-sized, that would be the perfect addition to your wedding menu.

And, another secret, you don’t have to wait until dessert time to serve ice cream — imagine the look on your guest’s faces if along with the passed bruschetta and mini crab cakes they were offered an ice-cream sandwich.

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Country Living // The Cookie Rooky
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The Kitchen McCabe // The Tom Kat Studio
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Breville // Whimsical Wonderland Weddings
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B Lovely Events // Yolkin

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Lake Tahoe Winter Elopement

This gorgeous couple decided on a destination elopement in Lake Tahoe after growing up spending their summers vacationing in along the same shores. Their sunset ceremony was so utterly romantic and an intimate crowd of family and friends was there to witness the event and celebrate with the couple. Cassidy Carson was there to capture the day and be sure to check out the behind the scenes video from Alyssa Torrech Videography.

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From Photographer, Cassidy CarsonWhat’s better than the most divine lake, snow-capped mountains and a magical sunset? Simple – when they merge at the horizon and create an absolute picturesque moment.

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Molly and Collin met one summer when their families were vacationing in Lake Tahoe as they did every year. The nostalgia of childhood memories was a no brainer when Southern Social was scouting their elopement location. This sunset ceremony was the perfect combination of both Molly and Colin with its utterly romantic view paired with striking winter whites. The soft hues against the pristine snow made for an unimaginable scene and maintained the simple palette Molly described during the planning and designing of her elopement.

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Molly donned a lush, refreshing bouquet from Petal & Pine accompanied by intricate details of her hand-stitched lace veil from Alice & Mae and flawless silk gown from Lea-Ann Belter with a stunning side braid by Leslie Ellis. Molly and Colin dreamed of a travel-inspired elopement to join their families in their favorite little lake town. Their dream was attained by devotion to the littlest of details including exquisite handmade paper, calligraphy and illustrations from Olive Juice Press for their invitation suite. They sent guests home with personal luggage tags to remember their incredible trip. The evening ended with a sunset to rival all sunsets forming a delicate package of perfection captured by Cassidy.

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Watch the couple’s behind the scenes video here:


Wedding Vendors:
Photography: Cassidy Carson Photography | Cinematography: Alyssa Torrech Videography | Event Planning + Design: Southern Social Events | Floral Design: Petal and Pine | Wedding Dress: Lea-Ann Belter Bridal Flagship Boutique | Hair + Makeup: Leslie Ellis | Calligraphy + Invitations: Olive Juice Press | Bridal Boutique: The Bride Room | Hair Accessories + Veil: Alice and Mae Bridal | Ribbon: Silk & Willow

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