California cherry season is on its way. The month of June provides the sweetest, brightest cherries. If you are a lover of fruit and strong red hues, cherries are a great way to incorporate a splash of color into your Lake Tahoe wedding. Our Top 5 cherry wedding ideas are below:

cherry wedding ideas

tablescape from Jose Villa via Before the Big Day | cherry favors from Jose Villa via Before the Big Day | cherry table number via Wedding Window | cherry escort card display via Wedding Window | wedding cake from Katie Stoops Photography and Paradox Pastry via Elizabeth Anne Designs

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Cathy Reynolds Thorne has years of experience in the event industry. From designing, planning and renting vintage decor Cathy is now the Director at High Pointe Catering in Truckee, CA. Her eye for design and detail makes High Pointe Catering a leader in the Lake Tahoe wedding industry. Cathy is here today giving her expert advice on the wedding menu.

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Plated Vs. Buffet

The variables of cost are found principally in the menu selections and service style. Menu selections such as filet of beef will be more expensive than tri-tip and halibut more than salmon, for example. As for service, a plated menu will cost more than a buffet, usually only because of the extra wait staff and kitchen staff required. The tax and gratuity, rentals and service, will all be fairly comparable across the board from caterer to caterer. However, what a caterer includes in its pricing can differ in regards to the food service itself. Be aware of caterers that charge extra for chafers, buffet linens and cake cutting, for example.

Get Creative With Your Menu

This year we are seeing so much more individuality in menu creation. Our clients are really putting their personalities, backgrounds and interests into the menu selections. We are creating more themed menus, incorporating international dishes and menus based on farm to table preferences. We are making our client’s favorite family recipes, adding a special cocktail to the bar reflective of the client’s style and social circle and even serving menus based on where got engaged (Italy for one!)

Dress-Up The Chicken

The traditional Chicken Marsala and Chicken Picata are still requested, but lately we have stepped outside that box and made Maple and Pecan Glazed Chicken Breast over a Sweet Potato Puree, Asiago Chicken Roulade with Soft Polenta & Wilted Greens/Pancetta and the ever popular Chipotle BBQ Chicken and Garlic Smashed Potatoes. We always cook on site, so any chicken dish requested will be juicy, hot and perfectly seasoned!

Have a Budget & Headcount

There is no place in our business for a poorly planned or boring menu based on the excuse of budget. We work with every budget to find fresh, creative options, always with the client’s taste and preferences in mind. Added to budget, local sourcing and seasonal availability always drive my menu suggestions as well.

A proposal can be worked backwards to first incorporate the fixed costs, such as rentals, taxes and estimated service and gratuity. What is left is a menu budget which will determine your selections and service style. The menu budget will include your appetizers, menu entrees and beverages/bar. Your proposal, with all of the components included, should match up to your conveyed budget. Changes can always be made throughout the process, but seeing how all the costs figure in from the beginning is important.

Always Ask Questions!

Have they catered at your venue before? Can you get names for references? Are they licensed for catering and alcohol? What is the payment process and what will it take to hold your date? Can you get a full proposal, including all line items, up front? Do they provide rental options, or will you need an event rental company as well?

Have a Plan B

The weather in Tahoe can be fluid, so planning ahead is a must. Outdoor weddings are most often the reason people select Tahoe as their destination, but keeping your guests comfort in mind will be your gift back to them! Tents, heaters, etc. should be discussed as a back-up so your guests can eat and party in comfort.

The catering piece of wedding planning should be a pleasure, and working with a qualified coordinator will help make it painless as well.

Cathy Reynolds Thorne
High Pointe Catering

High Pointe Catering Lake Tahoe

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If there is anything that will get you in the mood for summer, Lauren & Kyle’s gorgeous Lake Tahoe wedding held at West Shore Café will do it. From the summer cocktails to the gorgeous tropical table decor, and rentals from Celebrations! Party Rentals to the living wall backdrop from Bending Branch Studio Booth;  One Fine Day Events designed and planned this wedding to summer perfection. With every moment and detail captured by Catherine Hall, this Lake Tahoe Wedding is sure to make you smile this Monday morning. 032_Okerman_CatherineHall lake-tahoe-summer-wedding-01 lake-tahoe-summer-wedding-03 lake-tahoe-summer-wedding-00 lake-tahoe-summer-wedding-17 lake-tahoe-summer-wedding-19 lake-tahoe-summer-wedding-50 lake-tahoe-summer-wedding-04 lake-tahoe-summer-wedding-05 lake-tahoe-summer-wedding-08 lake-tahoe-summer-wedding-09 lake-tahoe-summer-wedding-10 lake-tahoe-summer-wedding-11 lake-tahoe-summer-wedding-12 lake-tahoe-summer-wedding-13 lake-tahoe-summer-wedding-14 lake-tahoe-summer-wedding-15 lake-tahoe-summer-wedding-16 lake-tahoe-summer-wedding-18 lake-tahoe-summer-wedding-20 lake-tahoe-summer-wedding-21 lake-tahoe-summer-wedding-22 lake-tahoe-summer-wedding-02 lake-tahoe-summer-wedding-23 lake-tahoe-summer-wedding-24 lake-tahoe-summer-wedding-25 lake-tahoe-summer-wedding-26 lake-tahoe-summer-wedding-28 lake-tahoe-summer-wedding-29 lake-tahoe-summer-wedding-30 lake-tahoe-summer-wedding-31 lake-tahoe-summer-wedding-32 lake-tahoe-summer-wedding-33 lake-tahoe-summer-wedding-35 lake-tahoe-summer-wedding-27 lake-tahoe-summer-wedding-36 lake-tahoe-summer-wedding-37 lake-tahoe-summer-wedding-39 134_Okerman_CatherineHall lake-tahoe-summer-wedding-40 lake-tahoe-summer-wedding-44 lake-tahoe-summer-wedding-45 Hip Service band finished the night with an incredible dance party! lake-tahoe-summer-wedding-49 lake-tahoe-summer-wedding-48 From the Wedding Designer & Planner, One Fine Day Events ~ This wedding was so much fun to plan I don’t even know where to begin! Our lovely Bride, Lauren, wanted to create “moments of drama” as she liked to call it – and boy did we ever. From the lush, jungle-like tent with large leaves canopying the dinner tables, to the romensco flanking the cocktail tables, & the air-plants popping up everywhere. We created whimsical touches and unexpected elements at every corner. Organic accoutrements complimented every aspect of the décor, including Bending Branch Studio Booth creating the custom, living-wall backdrop complete with concrete nooks to host plants. Everyone was enjoying themselves on the dance-floor under the stars and the night ended with one last surprise- the bride’s Dad jumping on stage and rocking out with the band!

Vendors: Wedding Venue & Caterer: West Shore Café | Photography: Catherine Hall Studios | Wedding Design & Planning: One Fine Day Events | Stationery: Hello Lucky | Flowers: Diana Thale, Stems By Diana | Ceremony Music: Ike and Martin | Reception Band: Hip Service | Escort Cards, Place Cards, & Menus: Hello Tenfold | Living Wall Backdrop:  Bending Branch Studio BoothRentals: Zephyr Tents & Celebrations! Party Rentals | Linens: La Tavola Linens | Hair: Kori Walker, KOLOR by Kori | Makeup: Jennifer Ergut Makeup | Dress Designer: Anna Meier Ulla Maija Couture | Shoe Designer: Glint, Nordstroms | Groom’s Attire: Banana Republic, J. Press Madras Neckwear & Vans | Jewelry: Melissa Joy Manning lake tahoe wedding catherine hall

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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.

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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