Lakefront Backyard Wedding at Homewood

This wedding, on a beautiful Labor Day weekend in the Homewood neighborhood of Lake Tahoe’s west shore, took our breath away. The pine trees Tahoe is so famous for worked as the perfect background for photographer Lauren Alisse Photography. The couple worked with the brides parents to make their Homewood cabin wedding wedding ready and the results were better then they could have even imaged. The bride took us on a journey through some of the most memorable moments from the day.

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Our family friend, Susan Boyle, offered to do our flowers for us. After a few conversations we decided that I was going to have my girls make their own bouquets for the wedding day. I was so excited! Each girl would be able to put her own personal twist into our day, and that was something that just seemed so awesome and unique to me.

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I decided to have a first look with my Dad and two older brothers. That is one of the most incredibly special moments that I have ever experienced in my life. Both of my brothers cried when they saw me, wrapped me up in their arms, and told me how much they loved me and were proud of me. Truly incredible.

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I arrived in style with my Mom and Dad driving me up in our 1956 hot rod green Chevy Pick Up truck and both of them walking me down the isle to the man of my dreams.

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We had the perfect wedding ceremony performed by our Pastor, and then we arrived in style together to reception as Mr. and Mrs. Frisk pulling up in the same green truck.

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From a vacation home to a wedding reception. The summer was filled with yard work, landscaping, house painting, and more yard work. We were preparing for the most perfect wedding, ours. 

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The weather was perfect, and she made me feel like a princess with every shot that she took.

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Lake Tahoe Wedding Vendors~
Photographer: Lauren Alisse Photography | Ceremony: St. Nicholas Episcopal Church | Reception: Bride’s Parents Private Home | Catering: The Cheeseboard  | Flowers: Family friend’s Sue Boyle and Maggie Bowker | Music: John Thorpe at High Sierra Sounds

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Bohemian Ranch Wedding Inspiration

Maybe it’s because we live in the mountains but there is something we find especially beautiful and romantic about tropical greenery and therefor cannot get enough of these palm leaves.

This boho-ranch styled shoot takes place on the other side of the country in Wellington, Florida, but we love how easily its elements could be re-appropriated into your Lake Tahoe wedding. Everything from the beautiful lace details, to the grooms laid-back assemble,  to the simply yet elegant flowers screams Tahoe wedding. Scroll the entire gallery below, from One Perfect Event.

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From the photographer ~
The Village of Wellington, Florida is a unique world-famous equestrian community. It has miles of horseback trails, beautiful weather and it’s also host to the acclaimed world’s largest horse show (the Winter Equestrian Festival). On a warm Sunday evening, a group of top Florida vendors pooled resources to showcase their talents for this dreamy love story featuring the romance and elegance of equestrian lifestyle. There were two styled looks for this bridal session. The first look features the bride wearing a flowy silk chiffon gown with a cathedral length tulle veil; complimented by a green and white floral crown. The trendy groom wore an Ivory jacket with Blue Slacks and matching tie. The images are captured at the entrance of the ranch featuring the tropical greenery, a pebble stone driveway, and of course a meticulously groomed brown stallion.As the evening wound down, we switched from a soft and angelic ambiance to a more alluring vibe. The bride wore a translucent lace gown with her brown wellington cowboy boots. We then swapped horses a brown to a white stallion. The mood transformed to Boho Chic, enhanced with natural light pouring in through the sun rays. The light rays magnified the beauty of nature as light washed the beautiful rustic barn on set. This shoot was well styled and so was nature in full cooperation. It showcased the glamour and sophistication that there is in equestrian lifestyle, the importance of a great team and the need to fashion your wedding using the right fabrics and designs fit for your occasion.

Wedding Vendors:
Photographer:  One Perfect Event | Floral Designer: Green Acre Florist | Apparel: Island Bridal | Model: Kasey Kayde | Apparel: Swatches & Rags | Beauty: The Lola Project

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This rustic fall styled shoot was inspired by Nora Jone’s hit song “Come Away With Me”. Tana Photography LLC, the stylist and  photographer, used the songs lyrics and reinvented them into wedding elements.

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Come away with me in the night
Come away with me
And I will write you a song

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Come away with me on a bus
Come away where they can’t tempt us
With their lies

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I want to walk with you
On a cloudy day
In fields where the yellow grass grows knee-high
So won’t you try to come

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Come away with me and we’ll kiss
On a mountaintop
Come away with me
And I’ll never stop loving you

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And I want to wake up with the rain
Falling on a tin roof
While I’m safe there in your arms
So all I ask is for you

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To come away with me in the night
Come away with me

Wedding Vendors:
Photographer: Tana Photography LLC | Event Venue: McCall Riverside Ranch | Caterer: Amy’s Whole Food Creations  | Model: Dustin and Danielle Charters | Floral Designer: Flowers At Will | Other: IDoWED | Other: IDoWED McCall | Heirlooms and extras: Ira and Lucy Vintage Rentals | Apparel: LaNeige Bridal Boutique |Paper Props: Paperie Pen | Event Planner: Soiree | Cinema and Video: Two Bird Studio | Dress Designer: Wedding Gowns by Daci

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This wedding incorporated so many of the beautiful elements that make Lake Tahoe weddings so spectacular. Everything from the location to the flowers to the decor were executed beautifully. The ceremony took place under a beautiful old tree and the couple then moved the party and reception to Tahoe Paradise Park. You would be hard pressed to talk about this magical day without mentioning Catherine Leanne Photography, who captured this couples love flawlessly.

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From the photographer~
What an honor it was to document this wedding. It has been long anticipated and 100% worth the wait! One could tell by the details alone this couples style and the sweet love they have for each other. It is easy to tell that these two are meant to be! The ceremony took place beneath a 100+ year old tree that was just magnificent! I remember walking up to it for the first time and just standing there in awe for a few quick seconds….wait until you see it! They celebrated the beginning of their new life together in South Lake Tahoe at Tahoe Paradise Park, which is a beautiful venue that fits their personalities to a “T”! Jared loves the outdoors, fishing, etc. and so it didn’t surprise me that their wedding reception took place right next to Lake Baron!! For the grand finale we ended with the most romantic portraits out at the dock during sunset…….TAHOE IS GORGEOUS!!! I loved every minute of photographing this amazing day in Tahoe!! I still can’t believe it’s over. It’s so sad to think that all of that gorgeous planning and decorating was coming to an end.

Wedding Vendors:
Ceremony Location: Tahoe Paradise Park | Reception Location: Tahoe Paradise Park | Photographer: Catherine Leanne Photography | Videographer: Advanced Video | Floral Design: Thran’s Flowers | Cake Artist: Cakes By The Lake Tahoe | Caterer: Leon & Dean Callahan (family friends) | DJ: Big Sound DJ | Hair + Makeup Stylist: Tahoe Weddings A GoGo | Wedding Gown: Maggie Sottero |Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal | Groom’s Attire: Tuxedo Junction | Groomsmen Attire: Tuxedo Junction | Stationer: Wedding Paper Divas | Linens: Tahoe Party Rentals | Officiant: Jason Knowles (family friend)


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As we know, a couple can control the majority of the aspects of their wedding but weather is something that is totally left up to mother-nature. But when planning a winter wedding, you cannot help but dream of snow flurries to add that little extra touch of magic to an already romanic day. For Page and Ken, they experienced every season in the time span of 4 days….and thankfully a big ol’ snow storm was one of them! It poured with rain the morning of the wedding and then all of a sudden, we received the biggest snow storm of the season and it just started dumping. Needless to say, they extended their trip to enjoy a few powder days after the wedding!

Here we have yet another wedding beautifully executed by One Fine Day Events and photographed by Cooper Carras Photography, set in the idyllic, cozy setting that is PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn. With the help of the makeup artists at  House of Blackbird the bride and her wedding party looked beautiful, even when their makeup was exposed to the elements. The evening ended in true party fashion with the musical stylings of Ike and Martin who led guests to dance well into the night.

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From One Fine Day Events:

Page and Ken hired us to plan an incredible destination winter wedding in 4 months time. This couple and their families were so much fun to work with and made it a breeze to produce 3 large events in a short time frame. They wanted to make sure they would have time to see everyone that traveled from all over. So we planned numerous events all centrally located in Squaw within walking distance from their lodging. From the Apres Ski Party to the Welcome Party to the Wedding and then the brunch, it was the perfect way to bring everyone together to enjoy this weekend to the fullest.

When it came to the wedding, Page and Ken asked us to create a romantic dining room with tons of candles and ambient lighting…followed by an awesome dance party! From there they let us take the reigns and get to designing.  They really liked a simple color palette of grays and neutrals complimented by the rustic setting of Tahoe. So we used linens that reflected the look of birch wood as well as hand made gold paper. We went on a mission to shop for inspiration in San Francisco and found the most beautiful collection of paper in various patterns….we used these down the center of the wooden tables to add some color and texture to the wood. Additionally, they didn’t love the ceiling at the venue, so we designed a full canopy to cover the ceiling and added lights underneath the fabric to line the walls – this created a really beautiful and soft backdrop instead of what would have been a plain wall. Floating candles and votives lined every table and provided the majority of the light in the room, but was also complimented by a large chandelier and manzanita trees cluttered with hanging candles in glass balls. After a series of incredible speeches, guests proceeded upstairs to dance the night away with the band. As they walked up the stairs they could see the giant snow flakes blanketing the ground….winter had finally arrived at the end of March! For the reception, we lit up the cocktail tables from underneath to provide a glow and more ambient lighting. We brought in trees covered with lights to add a little dimension to the lounge furniture nooks and to fill vacant space in the room. It was such a beautiful celebration for an amazing couple.

To see for yourself, watch Reel Eyes’ incredible video of the day – click here.

Lake Tahoe Wedding Vendors:
Wedding Planning and Design : 
One Fine Day Events | Photographer : Cooper Carras Photography | Reception Venue : PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn | Ceremony Venue : St. Francis of Assisi, Incline Village | Hair : House of Blackbird | Makeup: Kari Addison Beautiful | Florist : Art in Bloom | Ceremony Music: Ike and Martin | Reception Music: Jumpstart  | Paper Goods: Forever HeyDay | Linens: La Tavola | Rentals : One Fine Day EventsRed Carpet Events & Design, La Tavola, and Classic Party Rentals | Transportation: Northstar | Cinematography : Reel Eyes

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Swings at Your Lake Tahoe Wedding

Swinging in the breeze with your love… We can’t think of a more lovely, sweet, or perfect way to spend a few glorious moments on your wedding day!

Sonya Khegay Photography // Kristyn Hogan Photography// Paul Von Reiter Photography // Michelle March Photography

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Mountain Wedding Invitation Ideas & Inspiration

Living full-time in the mountains, we love to embrace our culture and style. For couples looking to marry in the mountains of Lake Tahoe, we suggest incorporating the unique feel of your wedding into your wedding invitations. To get your creative juices flowing, below are some of our favorite mountain inspired stationary suites.

These screen printed invitations for Briana and Jason’s wedding weekend in the mountains feature awesome illustrations and hand lettering – all without taking themselves too seriously.

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This couple was married at an elevation of 11,500 feet, high up in the mountains of Keystone, Colorado. Their outdoor summer wedding is a nature lover’s dream. The venue is truly rustic and romantic, surrounded by mountain views and open sky. Guests had to hop on a chair lift to reach the lodge ceremony site. The designer used illustrations to help capture the picturesque surroundings and the mood of their unique wedding weekend.

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Our next set of wedding invitations comes from Molly at Paisley Quill and was created for a Vermont mountain wedding! Molly dove into the rustic wedding theme with a nature-inspired color palette, a fold out map, and fun envelope liner. Whimsical calligraphy from Lettered Life and vintage postage completed this rustic invitation suite.

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This invitation suite was letterpress printed in charcoal gray ink and accompanied by a reproduction of a vintage postcard that included additional wedding invitation on the reverse side. Accents of moss green and chartreuse were brought in as accent envelopes for the thank you card and rehearsal dinner invitation. An aspen leaf motif was carried through all the pieces, from the reply card to the chalet inspired monogram.  As well, the mountain imagery was carried through to the day-of paper with program booklets (designed to fit inside the coat pockets of male guests), menus, and escort cards.

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What to wear at your Lake Tahoe wedding

Picking your wedding dress for your venue is quite important. You wouldn’t want to wear a hefty, thick, long sleeve gown to a beach wedding, would you? There are definitely many things to think about when selecting your dress and we urge you to keep your venue in mind, so below are some of our suggestions for choosing the dress that will suit your location perfectly.

Beach Wedding: Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe or West Shore Cafe

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For those of you that love to put your toes in the sand and are planning on a beach wedding try to stay away from heavy beading, which weighs a dress down. Look for such light and airy fabrics as silk chiffon or organza. These lighter, airy fabrics will help with the sun and heat of the day. Halter necklines also lend a more casual, beachy look. You may want to forego the long train, which is sure to accumulate lots of sand. And sandals or bare-feet are a must!


Golf Course Wedding: Tahoe Mountain Club or Tahoe Donner Association

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These venues are the most versatile. From high-end designer gowns to bohemian inspired dresses, you really can’t go wrong. Heels are tricky at an outdoor wedding, but flats don’t feel right with a formal dress. So we suggest wedges, as they are great for lawn ceremonies or receptions.


Elegant Mountain Wedding: The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe, PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn or West Shore Cafe

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For fans of rustic mountain setting, but love the luxury of The Ritz. Brides choosing to have an elegant mountain wedding should focus on fashion and nothing is over the top. A designer dress donned in lace, rhinestones and a large train would be perfect for this kind of setting. Make sure to pair with an elegant up-do. Luxurious accessories are a must, be it a fur shawl or chandelier diamond earrings.


Ski Resort Wedding: Homewood Mountain Resort, Sugar Bowl Resort, Squaw Valley Stables, or Tahoe Wedding Collection

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If you want something really offbeat you can always go for a classic ski resort wedding. We suggest a delicate bohemian inspired dress with soft lace and relaxed fabric. Another option is to focus on a “green” or eco-friendly wedding; choose a handmade dress in sustainable fabrics.

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