Hey Tahoe Unveiled readers, it’s Captain Tyler here, from Tahoe Sailing Charters. This past summer and fall we had the incredible opportunity to host a number of gorgeous weddings aboard our sail boat.
One particular wedding happened on our last charter of the season, mid-October. The lake weather in the fall is spectacular. It can of course be a gamble as it is historically when the storm window opens and all the skiers begin their prayers to the snow gods (well done this year guys!) This year, however, we had two straight weeks of perfection to start our October. This wedding for Paula and Ryan happened right during the heart of that gorgeous patch of fall magic.
It was fun wedding to be a part of because the couple was so clear about their vision. They had only a handful of family members aboard, which is perfect because the boat they chose, the “Tahoe Dreamer” can only take up to twelve passengers. They organized their own catering, which was delivered and set up before anyone arrived. Everyone was starving after their session with the photographer.
Once we cast off the lines, we headed down the west shore all the way to the iconic Emerald Bay. It is a smooth ride of about 45 minutes. During that time everyone has a chance to enjoy a beverage and take in the scenery. I take a direct line to our destination, but I made it especially speedy because I could tell that the nerves and excitement were building.
Once inside Emerald Bay, I took note of where the slight breeze was coming from and brought “The Dreamer” up to the shoreline on that side to give us maximum time for our ceremony. Once in position I shut off both engines and we made our way to the bow. One element I thought was particularly unique was that the parents of the couple, (grandparents of the bridesmaids and groomsmen) stayed on the fly bridge to take in the ceremony. This gave the bow a stadium seating kind of feel and also provided a spectacular vantage point for the pictures, not to mention keeping the grandparents in the shade.
I had worked with Paula and Ryan on their vows, but when it came time to complete the ceremony, they totally nailed it! Marriage is such a significant moment in a person’s life, it is truly an honor to be asked to officiate. The emotion and the energy are contagious as the scenery and atmosphere are transcendent.
As Captain at Tahoe Sailing Charters, my job is to keep everyone on board safe and happy. As wedding officiant it is my job to see the couple through to the completion of the ceremony. In a certain light, both roles have clear similarities. There is tremendous satisfaction in both, but to combine them brings me even greater joy. There is also joy in the hope that each marriage I have performed will sail smooth waters and flourish.