There is a certain magic about a winter wedding in the Sierras that makes Jennifer and Bret’s Lake Tahoe wedding so stunning. We are completely in love with the couple’s venue of choice, The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe  and their elegant, organic decor, designed by  Elise EventsB&B Flower Designs and Celebrations Party Rentals. Scroll through for more gorgeous inspiration from wedding day photographer Gagewood Photo and cinematographer Dax Victorino Films …

From the bride: “All it took was a game-night setup, lots of wine, and great friends for Bret and I to see that there was something truly special between us. Our relationship was instantaneous from that first night and every year that passed thereafter seemed to fly by faster and faster. Before I knew it we had been together over three years and Bret was proposing to me at his family’s ranch in Northern Nevada. High on excitement and love, coupled with the excitement of our family and friends, it didn’t take long to start planning our nuptials.”

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“We had three mains that were non-negotiable when we started wedding planning. First was we had to have great food. Bret is an insanely talented ‘amateur’ chef so great food was a must. Secondly was location, we wanted something that was true to our style and to the area we grew up in. Northern Nevada is so incredibly beautiful and we truly have the splendor of all four seasons here. The both of us have grown up spending all seasons outside, doing some type of activity in the Lake Tahoe basin and we wanted to share our love of this area with all of our guests. The last thing, and probably our most cherished looking back, we wanted a resort where our family and friends could stay to enjoy in all the weekend festivities with us. With all of those in mind we selected one of the most stunning contemporary mountainside resorts, The Ritz-Carlton at Lake Tahoe.”

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“Leading up to our wedding weekend we had beautiful sunny weather and then that Thursday a big storm rolled in. It started raining Thursday and it kept going all the way till about ten minutes before our ceremony. Determined to have my ceremony and pictures outside we made the decision to bring in a tent for our outdoor ceremony and I still cry thinking about how beautiful that tent was. It made for the most romantic and intimate ceremony we could have imagined. That tent may have been one of my most favorite things from our wedding. Funny how that works out!”

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“We enlisted the help of Danielle from Elise Events to tie all our ideas together. She was, by far, one of the best decisions we made. We were able to vocalize all of our ideas, loves, hates and concerns and she took all of them in and delivered way above and beyond anything we could have imagined. With her in tow she brought our wedding style of organic understated romance to life. We wanted everyone to feel cozy and wrapped in the love that, the both us have for each other, and for our families and friends. Because of this, Bret and I pushed to keep our guest list limited and it made for a very intimate celebration.”

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“As we spent the night dancing away it started snowing heavily outside making for the most beautiful and serene evening. I only wish the night could have lasted longer. All of our vendors did an amazing job and we couldn’t be more grateful for their hard work every step of the way.”


“The best advice I received was to remember that this day is about you and your love and at the end of the day the only thing that matters is that the two of you are together, healthy and happy. Everything else will fall into place. Oh, one more, remember to have fun and enjoy every step because everything goes by so fast!”



Photography: Gagewood Photo | Wedding Venue: The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe | Event Planning + Design: Elise Events | Videography: Dax Victorino Films | Floral: B&B Flower Designs | Hair: Greco Rose Beauty | Make-Up: Jackie Trombley | Music: Moonlight Mobile DJ | Invitations: Bella Figura | Invitation Calligraphy: Boxwood Avenue | Wedding Day Paper Goods: Forever Hey Day | Bridal Salon: Swoon… A Bridal Salon | Wedding Dress One: Jim Hjelm | Wedding Dress Two: Willowy by Watters | Bridal Veil: Paris by Debra Moreland | Bridal Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridal Sash: Sara Gabriel | Bridal Hairpiece: Jennifer Behr | Bridal Jewelry: Jenny Packham | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Joanna August | Groom’s Attire: J.Crew | Rentals: Celebrations Party Rentals and  Theoni Collection | Linen: La Tavola Linens

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Eye-catching Envelope Design Ideas

There are some relatively simple trends with, believe it or not, envelopes, that we are absolutely loving right now. The first trend is including a smattering of visually appealing stamps on your envelopes. You can search for stamps that make up the going post rate and include them on the front of your envelopes like art. Other trends we are loving are calligraphy, uniquely shaped envelopes, and bold lettering.

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Lindsay Letters // Riley Grey
Postal Pop // Oh So Beautiful Paper

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Perfect for Fall ‘Save the Date’ Cards

Save the Date cards are the first introduction to your wedding guests will receive. So make sure they are something your guests will look at and say ‘Man, I cannot miss this wedding’ (no pressure). But seriously, these cards are a cool, simple way to begin choosing the themes you want to carry out on your special day. Below are some Save the Date designs we find particularly appropriate for a fall wedding in Lake Tahoe.

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etsy // Save Our Date Card by Artifact Uprising

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An Intimate Wedding Day Morning Photo Shoot

A cozy wedding morning with words from the photographer, Brian Whitt:

“Love is a smoke raised with the fume of sighs.”

-William Shakespeare from Romeo and Juliet

 “Our creative team was inspired by this quote from William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. To me, this signifies it is the littlest of nuances and gestures that are special to a couple – the way you look at each other and the rest of the world disappears or the way he runs his hands through her hair every time. There is a special bond and a shared connection that can only be known by two people in love. This is what I remember most when I think about love and I wanted to capture these moments of connection that are unique to Maja and Alex. This is the culmination of what makes their connection special.

This shoot features an intimate scene taking place in a styled bedroom where the couple enjoys a relaxing morning before what would be the excitement of their wedding day. They playfully snuggle and share freshly baked pastries and warm coffee in bed. While shooting, we gave them very little direction which allowed us to capture their authentic and natural interactions. The tender moments that occurred as they helped each other get ready, albeit nontraditional, are a loving sentiment of their relationship. Since Maja is a florist, flowers were immensely important to her and we wanted to showcase that with a thoughtful and unique table piece and bouquet. While viewing these images, we hope you feel inspired to get lost in the more honest moments of connection on your wedding day.”

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Wedding Vendors:
Photography: Brian Whitt | Film Lab: PhotoVision | Stylist & Planner: Lewis and Levy | Floral Designer:Ponderosa & Thyme | Dress Designer: Claire La Faye | Venue: Adored Vintage | Hair & Make-up Artist:Cassandra Kennedy Beauty | Videographer: Hunting Ground Films | Calligraphy: Kelsey Malie Calligraphy | Models: Maja Rohling and Alex

Original post on Wedding Sparrow

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The amazing team at Elise Events curated this beautiful West Shore Cafe & Inn wedding. The day was nothing short of a fairytale with jazz music from Brian Hess Music and a the ceremony performed by a close friend. “Danielle helped to make each detail of our reception a reflection of us as a couple, down to the personalized, hand-stitched napkins and place cards that guests were able to take home with them” the bride said. This is thanks in-part to the help of wedding vendors like Melina Wallisch Photography, Art in Bloom, and Greco Rose Beauty.

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Wedding Vendors :
Photography: Melina Wallisch Photography | Wedding Venue: West Shore Cafe and Inn | Event Planning + Design: Elise Events | Floral: Art in Bloom | Music: Brian Hess Music | Hair: Greco Rose Beauty | Make-Up: Priscilla Fitzpatrick Make-up Artistry | Wedding Day Paper Goods: Forever Hey Day | Custom Napkins | Eko Kreations | Cupcakes: SusieCakes | Wedding Dress: Amy Kuschel | Bridal Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridal Jewelry: Amy Kuschel  |Groom’s Attire: Indochino | Rentals: La Tavola Linens & Classic Party Rentals
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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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What To Wear To A Lake Tahoe Wedding

The most important thing to remember when shopping for a Lake Tahoe wedding is you want to look cool and stylish, but you don’t want to distract from the bride or draw attention for the wrong reasons. We recommend you use the wording on the invitation or the time of year to determine your wedding attire. Casual Summer = Sundress, Semi-Formal = Cocktail Dress and Black Tie = Long Evening Gown.

But first, let us tell you the ground rules for dressing for a wedding.

Rule number one: Don’t ever, EVER wear white to a wedding. Also avoid wearing white to pre-wedding festivities, like the engagement party, shower or rehearsal dinner. The only exception to this rule is if there’s an all-white dress code for one of the celebrations.

Rule number two: It’s better to be overdressed than underdressed. If an invite says “black tie optional,” err on the side of caution and wear a long dress or dark suit or tux. Like your mom always said, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Rule number three: You can wear black to a wedding—it’s not off-limits. It used to be taboo to wear black to weddings, but now a little black dress is totally appropriate for an evening affair.

Rule number four: Always be respectful to religious affiliations. If you know the wedding is going to be held in a Catholic church, it might not be a bad idea to cover bare arms with a sweater and avoid showing too much leg or cleavage.

Our friends at The Black Tux came up with this great infographic to help you, and your man, decide:


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Greg and Rachel’s Round Hills Resort Wedding
This Lake Tahoe wedding is especially special because the couple, Rachel and Greg, live right on the Lake and were therefore able to get ready at their own home on their wedding day — they even got married right down the street from their house.In the gallery from Emily Heizer, their personalities really shine through. We especially loved the funky colored, teal bridesmaid dresses.

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Wedding Vendors:
Photography: Emily Heizer | Hair: RAH Hair | Makeup: Sublime Beauty | Caterer: The Ridge Tahoe | Florist: Rose Petals | DJ: Sound Image Entertainment | Cake: Cakes by Grace
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