The Thunderbird Lodge is a historic wedding venue on the shores of Lake Tahoe. Rich in history, this location offered Ally and Michael’s destination wedding guests an opportunity of a lifetime. Incorporating a Texas style BBQ from Lake Tahoe catering company High Pointe Event Catering had everyone feeling right at home. The bride, Ally, describes her Thunderbird Lodge wedding day below:
Our wedding described our Tahoe life perfectly. Being locals, for us, the Thunderbird Lodge was a place we had never explored. For our families we were able to provide them all with a destination wedding and an experience in a historic lakeside location! The Thunderbird Lodge has been a part of east shore since 1936 and once we toured it we couldn’t resist sharing it with our loved ones.
The day started by our guests arriving to the lodge and going on the tour to get familiar with the venue and its history. Shortly after everyone gathered at the lawn under the sunny blue skies that Lake Tahoe usually offers to get ready for the ceremony. The groomsmen wore Vera Wang Suits and the groom wore a Balani Custom Clothiers suit. The bridesmaids wore a navy blue lace dress by Adrianna Pappell and nude patent leather shoes and the bride wore a Jim Hjelm dress with Jimmy Choo shoes – the belt and cathedral veil were handmade by yours truly – the bride. The ceremony was performed by Davy Ratchford who was not only my former boss but is also a great friend. I…the bride walked down the staircase with my mom and aunt to the acoustic beats of “All My Life” by K-Ci & JoJo performed by Little Town Music. The ceremony was just perfect!
Being a marketer at heart I couldn’t help but brand our whole wedding and a custom logo was found in all of our wedding goodies throughout the night. Let’s start with the invitations – they were a hit, living in the woods I felt that the wood grain paper would be ideal. As soon as I sent the invitations out I knew I had to kick it up a notch for the wedding. And I think we did it…
Heidi Gellerman from Green With Envy did wonders with the simplicity of baby’s breath and dahlias for the pop of coral. Ally’s bouquet and Mike’s boutonniere both had baby’s breath and calla lillies. The wedding colors were navy blue and a splash of coral. The centerpieces included wood slabs that were cut by the groom, steel galvanized lanterns with baby’s breath inside of them, and a few small vases with dahlias in them. Also, the custom chalkboards were just one more detail that we had to have…also DIY. The guest were able to walk away with handmade wood coasters (cut by the groom) stamped with the custom logo as well as mini brown bags full of candy!
Let’s talk about the food…I am from Texas so what better way to have a little BBQ from High Pointe Catering, their buffet spread was to die for and we both managed to sit down and eat our dinner.
We danced the night away and had one of the most beautiful sunsets we have seen in Tahoe and there are many. We just feel lucky we were able to share it with everyone. Our photographers were Karla & Andy from K. Raphail Photography who flew out from Texas to capture these special moments for us. I do not regret for one moment planning our entire wedding and I would do it all over again and I would also have my AMAZING wedding day coordinator Brett Sneed who made sure everything ran smoothly. It was a dream day as we rode away in our boat with the “Just Married!” and sign on it. I am glad we have all these pictures and memories to reminisce with our loved ones.
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Wedding Venue : Thunderbird Lodge, Incline Village, NV | Catering : High Pointe Event Catering | Invitation Printing: Envelopments | Invitations : Worboys Design | Wedding Design And Planning: Ally Chase | Day of Coordinator : Brett Sneed | Floral Design : Heidi Gellerman At Green With Envy | Cake : Nothing Bundt Cakes | DJ : Jack Curtis | Rentals : Eventmasters | Photography : K. Raphail Photography | Bridesmaids’ Dresses : Adrianna Pappell | Grooms Attire : Balani Custom Clothiers | Band : Little Town Music | Wedding Dress : Jim Hjelm | Hair and Makeup : Vanessa Ramos at Sierra Bella Salon