One of our all time favorite ceremony elements is a beautifully understated, floral alter. Not only will it take your guest’s breath away, but it will look absolutely magnificent framing Lake Tahoe . As seen here, beautifully captured by Jon M Photography.

This stunning blue-sky day at the West Shore Cafe and Inn was nothing short of a fairy tale, complete with the help of  House of Blackbird to put the final hair and makeup touches on the day.

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Wedding Vendors:
Venue, Catering, and Cake: West Shore Cafe and Inn | Florist and Designer: A Bud and Beyond | Wedding Planner: Forget Me Knot | DJ: Lake DJ | Officiant: The Reverend Chris Rankin-Williams | Hair and Makeup: House of Blackbird

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We could look at photos of the shore of Lake Tahoe all day and this bridal session from Kay Kroshus Photography is no exception. The overcast skies and neutral tones create that simple elegance we love so much. And the rustic shores of West Shore Cafe is the perfect compliment to the brides elegant, long-sleeve, lace dress.

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From the photographer ~
This bridal session was beyond amazing! We originally had only planned to shoot outside on a rocky beach in Lake Tahoe. However, when the unbearable wind and cold weather had us feeling less than our best, we had to improvise. We decided to take the photo shoot inside to the West Shore Cafe, and I’m so glad we did. They have a beautiful fire place that we spent warming up and getting gorgeous images. Just before the sun set, the wind died down, and we were able to go back outside where we finished the shoot with what I had envisioned! I love the complete opposite looks we got in these photos, one set is dark, romantic, and moody and the other light and airy.

Photography: Kay Kroshus Photography | Venue: West Shore Cafe and Inn

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Once again, One Fine Day Events has outdone themselves. Gillian and Matt’s wedding, on the shore of the Lake Tahoe Hyatt Regency, is absolutely stunning with everything from the warm color palette to the bridal wear screaming bohemian chic. Together with La di Da Beauty and Art in Bloom the day was incredibly perfect. Not to mention the joyfully tearful ceremony officiated by Reverend Mark Frady. And all this beauty was captured by a Tahoe Unveiled favorite photographer, Annamae Photo. Don’t miss scrolling through the gallery below.

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Lake Tahoe Wedding Vendors:
Wedding Venue: Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe | Wedding Planner: One Fine Day Events | Photographer: Annamae Photo | Florist: Art in Bloom (Hattie) | Officiant: Mark Frady | Videographer/Photobooth: Rose Street Studio (Jason) | Ceremony and Reception Musicians: Brian Hess Music | Transportation Co: North Tahoe Executive Shuttle | Bridesmaids Dress: Free People | Suits/Tux: Combative Gentleman | Hair: La di Da Beauty | Make-up: Kyra Mienzar

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Your wedding day can be overwhelming, in addition to marrying the love of your life your mind is going in a million other directions. For this reason many couples choose to schedule a photo shoot, in their bridal attire — or in the case of this shoot, a variation of their bridal attire — so they can better enjoy the big day.

We absolutely LOVE this day before session from Annamae Photo. The lighting was stunning and both the bride and groom chose to wear a more casual variation of their bridal attire, this created a more laid back look while still remained bridal.

Tomorrow we will post this gorgeous couple’s wedding from One Fine Day Events, make sure to check out!

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2016 Valentine’s Day Wedding Inspiration

If you are inclined to go for the Valentine’s Day wedding (and we love the idea) here is some inspiration to get your started.  Southern Sophistication Designs used a beautiful blush palette accented with hints of Marsala. The wedding dress was a stunning gown from the White by Vera Wang collection offered by David’s Bridal and the groom wore a pale grey slim fit suit with a blush and white seersucker bow tie. Because it’s cold outside (it is February after all), the bride topped off her stunning designer gown with a vintage blonde mink coat. Check out all the Valentine’s Day inspiration in the gallery below from Andie Freeman Photography.

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Photographer:  Andie Freeman Photography | Equipment Rentals: Barron’s Rental Center | Caterer and Cake: Blondies | Makeup Artist: Bombshell Creations | Apparel: Classic City Cotton | Wedding Dress: White by Vera Wang from David’s Bridal  | Cinema and Video: Image Media Works | Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Perno’s Formal Wear | Event Planner: Southern Sophistication Designs | Paper Props: Sweet E’s Celebrations | Jewelry: TK Anderson Designs

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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.

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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.

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Hi Tahoe Unveiled readers, my Name is Chloe Mackintosh, and I run a lifestyle blog called Boxwood Avenue! I live about 2 hours outside ofthe Tahoe area in a small town where my husband runs a cattle ranch. I am so excited to be talking all things veils with you today.

My husband and I got married in Tahoe earlier this year at the West Shore Café. It was such a beautiful afternoon, and we had the perfect warm fall weather for our special day. While planning my wedding, I used Tahoe Unveiled extensively to help me find reputable and talented vendors like Dax & Pao Victorino with Victorino Films; as well as draw inspiration from some of the beautiful venues Tahoe has to offer. Let’s just say, I’m a huge fan of everything Tahoe Unveiled.

I purchased my dress from Swoon Bridal Salon in Reno, and had originally planned on making my own veil for our wedding (I am an avid DIY’er). However, as many of you know, there are a lot of surprises while wedding planning, and veil making got pushed off until the last minute, so I made the choice to purchase one.

As any of you who have ever purchased a veil know, there are approximately 3 trillion different combinations of veil styles to choose from. What seemed like ‘just another accessory’, turned into a monumental life decision. Did I want horsehair trim? Should I attach it in a traditional way, or should I try out some gold pins? There. Were. So. Many. Choices. Ultimately, I decided to have a custom cathedral length veil made, and asked the designer to add an additional four feet, trimmed with lace. The girls at Swoon made sure I had the veil of my dreams! It was simple and elegant, and complimented my Monique Lhuillier dress perfectly.

Now, what kind of blogger would I be if I didn’t help you all learn from my journey? I am so excited to be able to share this veil cheat sheet with all of you, so you can easily navigate the many veil choices out there!


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Lake Tahoe Wedding Vendors:
Photography: Gagewood | Hair & Makeup: Hello Darling | Location, Dresses, & Veils: Swoon…A bridal Salon

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This, my friends, is how you convince the world that winter is absolutely stunning. From the snowcapped mountain views to the gorgeous florals and cozy fur shawl, this bridal shoot by Candice Benjamin Photography is sure to inspire your Lake Tahoe wedding.

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From Candice Benjamin Photography ~
We were inspired by the clean, snow-covered Rocky Mountains for this lovely bridal session. We wanted to inspire brides to think outside of spring + summer bridal sessions and to see how a little snow can make anything magical! Plus, we know that everyone has that perfect wrap hanging in their closet!

The styling was done by Candice Benjamin Photography and Lace + Lilies. Candace of Dotted with Hearts created the fabulous bridal makeup look. Lace + Lilies created a beautiful flower crown and bouquet that could easily be also used as a table arrangement, as well as a simple floral garland for a repurposed vintage chair.

Wedding Vendors:
Photography: Candice Benjamin Photography | Florist: Lace & Lilies | Invitations: Minted | Makeup: Dotted With Hearts | Belt: Anthropologie | Bridal Dress: Dora Grace Bridal | Fur Shrug: Nine West

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