Squaw Valley Meadow Engagement Session

If romantic walks on the meadow are your jam, then look no further because this lovely Lake Tahoe engagement session in Squaw Valley is all that and more. Complete with gorgeous views and the sweetest couple ever. Captured by the incomparable Samantha Kirk Photography, we’ve got it all below.

From the bride ~
My fiance, Kevin and I recently moved to Reno, Nevada from the Bay Area. While we miss California, we have found so much joy in northern Nevada and love living right next to Lake Tahoe. When it was time to do our engagement shoot, we knew Squaw Valley Meadows was the perfect location – it echoes everything we love about our new home!
Our photographer, Samantha Kirk did an incredible job capturing our love story. Everything was so natural and she photographed us completely in our element; silly laughs, running barefoot, stolen kisses, and all. We’re so excited for her to capture a beautiful new beginning to our ever growing love story at our wedding in Sonoma County this October!
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We have been introducing you to One Fine Day Events’ collection of Private Estates for Lake Tahoe weddings and events and today we would like to highlight another lakefront property – The Lakefront Cottage Estate! This estate, tucked along the coast of the West Shore, has a gorgeous green lawn, and a panoramic backdrop of the lake. See below for a few images from a wedding designed and planned by One Fine Day Event and photography from Mike Larson.

MikeLarson1 A flat, lush lawn accommodates the perfect ceremony, with plenty of room for all of your guests to settle in and listen to your vows as you become husband and wife.


View More: http://mikelarson.pass.us/johnshannontahoewedding A beautifully appointed tent protects your guests from the elements while letting them enjoy an al fresco dinner amongst the fresh mountain air.


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Photos courtesy of Mike Larson Photography

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Erika has been a fan of site since before her engagement to Ryan. The Reno couple chose the iconic Chambers Landing to celebrate their love and sourced many of her vendors from Tahoe Unveiled, including Anita Martin Photo and La Di Da Beauty. We especially love the subtle hints of lavender, both in both and florals. More from the bride below.

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From the bride~
My fiancé, Ryan, and I grew up in Reno, and thus Tahoe was always the quick getaway. From romantic dinners on the lake, to our yearly camping trips with my parents, to our engagement on the Hyatt beach; it only made sense for our next big event to be on the water.

I’ve always been a take control, and do-it-myself type of girl, so I knew my wedding would not be any different. However, as I finished my last year of medical school with 2 months in Las Vegas, I relied on Ryan to find our perfect venue. With our theme in mind, and a strict no ballrooms policy – he knew chambers landing was the perfect location when he laid eyes on it.  The beach with its quiet lapping waters for our ceremony, the oldest bar on Tahoe sitting atop a newly refinished deck for our cocktail hour, and the open air restaurant with rustic beams, and sweeping lake views for our reception; It was perfect.

Ryan and I had the same vision for the decor. We called our theme rustic Italian. For us, that meant old world beautiful with simple touches of lace and sparkle. We wanted romantic candlelight with unadorned wood tables. Elegant curly willow and plush hydrangeas with our sparkly sweetheart table cloth. Opposites that come together perfectly, just as ryan and I are in our relationship. Thran’s flowers took our ideas and brought them to life. Combined with our gold and lavendar paper signage matching our wedding invites to our hand-stained wood signs build by my father and designed by do well signs, to my vintage lace dress made modern by its body-hugging detail and exquisite sequin details – everything came together in a way that was beyond what we were even imagining.

Our wedding was 100% a reflection of our relationship and us. Ryan and I started dating in high school. We went through college, first jobs, medical school, family losses and holidays together. Our relationship has always been about enjoying the moment, trying new things and making memories. That is exactly what we wanted from our wedding. I walked out to a song Ryan had played for me two years prior, stating at that time that this would my wedding march. My uncle officiated, bringing up stories of his first encounter with Ryan; walking out from his room naked to find Ryan and I arriving at his house a day earlier than expected for our spring break. We exchanged personal vows we had started to write months before – after 10 years of dating, this was a commitment we fully understood the weight of. We shared our favorite foods of roasted Rosemary chicken, fresh bruschetta, and mushroom risotto. We toasted with our families in our Waterford crystal glasses my parents gifted us for Christmas the year before. We took shots with our friends from college at our hosted full bar and dropped it low with our cousins as our favorite club hits played into the night. Our photobooth brought our families together in cowboy hats and batman masks and the lake drew couples out all evening to reflect and sneak a quick kiss and snuggle.

As I reflect back on this day, there is nothing I would have changed. Life is very different for us now. We have started new lives in San Diego where I accepted a position as a resident physician in the children’s hospital and Ryan transferred his career as a mortgage consultant. We now spend our evenings with hands held strolling by the ocean instead of Lake Tahoe. But no matter the changes or growth; Tahoe and our breathtaking wedding there will be a day that we will always be able to look back on as classically and perfectly us.


Wedding Vendors:
Location: Chamber’s Landing | Desserts and Wedding Cake: Homage Bakery | Music: Derek Tarpey of Lake DJ | Florist: Thran’s Flower | Photography: Anita Martin | Invitations, framed paper signage, guest thank-yous, & seating chart: Pretty Little Paper Company | Wood signage, bar menu mirror: Katie and Matt McDowell at Do Well Signs | Wedding dress: Swoon Bridal Salon | Bridesmaid dresses: Swoon Bridal Salon | Groom and groomsmen suits: Macy’s | Make-up: Veronica Chavez of MAC | Hair: Marie Lear of La Di Da Beauty | Officiant: James Hagar

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Wedding programs are the perfect way to keep your guest in the loop about the sequence of events for the day. They will also (hopefully) make for less questions directed at you.

We love the idea of cramming as much information as humanly possible onto your wedding programs. Be it the standard schedule of events and names of key players, but we also love including fun facts about the couple, the venue, or whatever the heck else you might think your guests need to know. And, if the weatherman is calling for a scorcher, we suggest turning your programs into fans to keep you guest cool.

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the imaginary beast // Fox and Fallow

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Brides.com // Style Me Pretty
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etsy // Sara Winward
Programs 2
Intimate Weddings // Zephyr Weddings

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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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Wedding Inspiration | Beach Weddings


Top: Pretty Days Photography via Rock N Roll Bride | Jose Villa &  via Green Wedding Shoes
Bottom: Brilliant Studios via 
Rock My Wedding

For some couples the most romantic place on earth is the beach. So why not get married there? From the emerald blue waters and white sand beaches of the East Shore’s Hyatt Regency, to the gorgeous lakefront lodge at West Shore Cafe, beach weddings in Lake Tahoe are a popular must-do alternative to the traditional.

Beach wedding inspiration

Brilliant Studios via Rock My Wedding

Beach wedding inspiration

Jose Villa &  via Green Wedding Shoes

Beach wedding inspiration

Green Wedding Shoes

Blog content & curation by Andria Gutierrez

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Welcome baskets are a nice gesture, especially if you’re asking guests to travel and spend the night in celebration of your wedding. They are the perfect way to let your guests know that you understand destination weddings can be tricky and you appreciate them  making the effort.

These baskets are also a fun way to introduce your wedding guests to the area, in our case Lake Tahoe. We suggest including a visitors guide (you can pick this up from a local visitor center or create one yourself to cater to what you think your guests will want to do and local treats such as Tahoe Blue Vodka, tahoemade hoodie, or coffee from Tahoe House. It is also popular to include a “hangover package” in your welcome packet — including things like Advil, Gatorade, or even the makings for morning bloodies.


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Wedding Paper Divas // Blog Lovin
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The Gift Inside // Brides.com
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The Pineapple Paperie // Brides.com

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We love seeing our Lake Tahoe wedding planning peers on the other side of the event, celebrating their own nuptials. This wedding is no different as we are excited to showcase Danielle of Elise Event‘s Ritz-Calton Lake Tahoe wedding. The day was nothing short of magical with every moment captured by Theilen Photography.

All of the beautiful, unique details that made this day so beautiful are thanks to vendors like Art in Bloom and Greco Rose Beauty. And those bridesmaid dresses, just wow!

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From the Bride~
One of my very favorite aspects about being a wedding planner is getting to know my couples.  The relationships that I build with them generally becomes a long lasting friendship! The very best part of finally reaching that couple’s day, is seeing their personalities as a couple come through in their wedding: the overall design, little touches, details, and elements that really portray their unique personalities.

So, when it came time for my own special day – I knew very well that I not only wanted to throw a rad weekend, but one that really signified ‘us’ to all of our closest friends! My Husband, Kyle, and I grew up in Marin County, (where most of our guests traveled from) and both spent many summers at Lake Tahoe. My parents own a second home in Tahoe City, and so many of my favorite memories are surrounded around this beautiful place, so we knew Tahoe was the perfect place from the get go! One of the best things about a destination wedding is that it truly is an event, and allows for a full weekend of activities and celebration.

Kyle and I wanted our family and friends to have the opportunity to get to know each other.  We welcomed our wedding weekend off with a Kick-Off Party at a local wine and cheese bar, Thursday evening, where family and friends enjoyed drinks and appetizers outdoor by a fire pit. A casual setting allowed for an intimate meeting of both families!

Friday we invited all of our guests, 150, to float down the Truckee River.  This was by far one of our favorite memories from the weekend! Piled into rafts, we packed all the necessities for a fun day: drinks, food, water guns (of course) and played like kids all day! As you could imagine, things may have gotten crazy at times – but it was a great setting for the group to let loose, enjoy all the beauty Tahoe has to offer, and goof off! That evening, we hosted an intimate family-style Rehearsal Dinner at Stella Restaurant, Cedar House Sport Hotel.  Stella’s chef created a unique Mediterranean style menu, an ode to our Honeymoon in the Greek Isles! The night was filled with lots of tears, laughs and best of all: our families’ company! Concluding the rehearsal dinner, we invited the entire wedding party to join us for dessert and drinks before the big day! Both excited and exhausted, we retired to the Ritz-Carlton, where the groomsmen and bridesmaids took to their own suites for a last night of ‘hooray’.  Kyle and I both loved spending the night before the wedding with our closest friends – such a special moment!

As we all know, on the morning of the wedding there is an awful lot going on! I arranged a peaceful morning with my girlfriends where we enjoyed a quiet breakfast before the craziness kicked off. But don’t you worry, the balcony from our room allowed complete view of set-up and YES, I most certainly peeked outside to make sure everything was just so. With our mimosas in hand, Plumb Pretty Sugar robes on, and lots of face moisturizer – we were ready to be glammed up! One of my favorite elements from the wedding day were my bridesmaid’s dresses, designed by Yoana Baraschi! The dresses were a soft ivory to nude ombre color with an intricate lace applique! Just like boys do… They played all morning at the spa and pool, while we primped!

On the day of the wedding guests were shuttled to The Ritz-Carlton where they enjoyed pre-cocktails before the ceremony.  We had a traditional Jewish ceremony, saying our “I do’s” under a gorgeous organic Chuppah.  The Chuppah was laced with my late Grandfather’s Talit, a very special and emotional tribute. Our cantor from our Temple in Marin traveled to officiate our wedding. Seven of our loved ones took part in reading the seven traditional Jewish blessings.  We both felt it was very important to write our own vows to each other  – something we hold very dear to our heart! It was very important to me to find a special way to have him with Kyle throughout the day.  I had a small patch of plaid fabric from one of his Dad’s favorite shirts sewn into his jacket.  Draped in my talit from my Bat Mitzvah, our cantor blessed us, Kyle broke the glass, and we were husband and wife! Kyle’s father passed away from ALS a couple months before we began dating.

Immediately following ‘Mazel Tov’, the sky roared and down came a hailstorm. During Cocktail Hour, guests huddled under blue umbrellas, drank, ate and laughed as it dumped rain! And as quick as the storm arrived, it left!

I have always been a sucker for an outdoor wedding! A tented soiree was a must for us; guests dined on a mixture of long wood farm tables and rounds, draped in La Tavola’s French inspired linens under a gorgeous canvas canopy tent created by Zephyr Tents. Hattie from Art in Bloom Floral, created the most romantic mixtures of soft, natural florals, mixed mercury vessels, organic wooden boxes and candelabras! Our table numbers were handmade by my mother and I; we had one of those playful craft days, hand-painting 16 table numbers/lanterns, of course, with wine in hand!  All of the wedding day paper goods and calligraphy were created by me! Another wine-filled craft day at best!

Our closest friends and family entertained guests with some of the most beautiful toasts I have ever experienced! Lots of tears and laugh later, we stuffed our guests with miniature Bailey’s Smoothies, Passed Ice Cream Cones and danced the night away!

Come Rain or Shine, it was truly the most magical day in one of the most beautiful places in the world!

Vendor List:
Venue: The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe | Event Planning + Design: Elise Events | Photography: Theilen Photography | Floral Design: Art in Bloom | Videography: XOXO Video | Hair: Greco Rose Beauty | Make-Up: Kari Addison Beautiful | Bride’s Dress: Tara Keely | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bride’s Accessories: Sara Gabriel | Bridesmaid’s Dress: Yoana Baraschi | Bridesmaid’s Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Groom’s Shoes: To Boot New York | Groom’s Suit: Canali | Groom’s Tie: Robert Talbott | Groom’s Socks: Bugatchi | Invitations: Dauphine Fine Press | Rentals: Zephyr Tents, La Tavola Fine Linens, and Classic Party Rentals | Calligraphy: Elise Events

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