Here in the mountains the days are hot and the nights can be a bit….well, chilly. Be sure to wrap yourself in a snuggly but stylish shawl when the sun goes down and you’ll want to dance next to Lake Tahoe all night! It’s also a great idea to think of your guests – pashminas come in a brilliant array of colors and can work double duty as cute decor too!

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Jana Williams Photography // Jen Huang // Josh Gruetzmacher // Anna Roussos Photography // Stacy Reeves // Jessica Claire

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There are so many ways you can benefit from a used wedding dress sites — whether you are seeking to save some of your wedding budget by purchasing a used dress or if you’re looking for some extra cash from an old dress look no further than the following sites. We also love that some of these sites also offer bridal party dresses, veils, jewelry, and accessories.



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Pre-Owned Wedding Dresses allows you to be a seller and/or a buyer. They offer safe selling, shipment, chatting, and the ability to change your mind — no matter which side of the aisle you’re on. We love these guys because their site allows you to refine your search by designer, color, size, dress style, location and more. If you can navigate your favorite online store you can navigate Preowned Wedding Dresses. But our favorite feature these guys offer is the ability to see your percent savings.



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Rent the Runway is most famously know as a girl (or guys) go-to when looking for the perfect dress, for a special occasion, without breaking the budget. Well, what would you know, they have broken into the wedding industry offering all sorts of unique dresses that could be beautifully re-appropriated for your special day.



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Tradesy is cool because they have expanded the wedding rental market into veils, jewelry, accessories, shoes — you name it, they rent it. They also bring the guys into the equation, offering pieces for both grooms and groomsmen.

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Mike Larson Photography on the Truckee River


My fiance really wants our dogs to be a part of our ceremony, but I’m worried they’ll act up. Any tips?


Ok, so this is Lake Tahoe, and we LOVE dogs here. It’s also increasingly popular to include our four-legged friends in our weddings, but there are a few things to think about. First, ask yourselves this: Do you just want yours there for the cuteness factor, or would the day truly feel incomplete without them? Then consider your dog’s personalities. Is your pup fidgety? Do they bark at the slightest provocation? If the answer is yes, then maybe feature them in a less prominent way. A good idea may be to have them put in a brief appearance during the pre-ceremony or cocktail hour, or pose for photos (we love the addition of a floral collar!).

On the other hand, if your pets are well-behaved enough to trot down the aisle, ask a canine-loving member of your wedding party to walk them and act as their handler through-out the ceremony. Most venues do not allow pets, such as restaurants and some hotels, but private estates may be a good option if you would like your babes to hang with you through the reception. And be sure to have plenty of treats and water around.

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David Newkirk at West Shore Cafe

Wedding dog ideas

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Sophia + Alex’s Bohemian Elopement

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Sophia and Alex eloped in true boho fashion. The rustic feeling of the day’s setting coupled with the flower heavy decor made for a moment that the two will always remember. We especially loved Sophia’s extravagant flower crown and the rustic simplicity of their cake.

Thanks to Elle Lily Photography and Videography the couple will be able to share their day with friends and family.

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Wedding Vendors:
Videography/photography: Elle Lily Photography and Videography @ellelilyphoto |  Floral: Sweet Stems Florist @sweetstemsflorist | Cake: Laura Marie’s @lauramariecakes  Makeup: SNF Makeup Artistry @snfmakeup | Hair: Desperately Seeking Sueann @desperatelyseekingsueann | Coordinator/Decor: Nomad Nuptials @nomadnuptialsandevents | Venue: Murrieta Wine Field 

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Lake Tahoe Engagement Brunch Party Ideas

We like to think there are 4 key elements to consider when planning a flawless engagement party and we have adapted these elements to fit with planning the perfect Lake Tahoe engagement brunch.

1— Décor and Theme

One of the reasons we love engagement party’s so much is they allow us to go totally crazy with a theme. We often worry about going overboard with a wedding theme, for fear it will take away from the day itself. However, engagement parties are a whole different ball game and allow a couple to cater a theme to their specific interests.

For a Lake Tahoe wedding, this usually means something to do with natural beauty and the great outdoors.

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The invitation for your engagement party are often the first time people will hear of your engagement, or at least the first time a large group of people will come together to celebrate you as a couple.

Similar to what we said about décor and theme, these invitations are free to be a bit more whimsical than you may want for your wedding invitations. Whether it’s a photo of you and you fiancé goofing off at the Ski Mountain or a silhouette of twinkle lights in the back yard, we love the idea of showing some personality in engagement party invitations. Brunch_Invitations Zazzle


The only thing better than a brunch engagement party, is an outdoor brunch engagement party in the California sunshine. What better place than Lake Tahoe to hold your first event as an engaged couple.

We absolutely love the idea of holding your party in a field of wild lupine, amongst the pine trees of the Truckee River or in a secluded beach cove.
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Everyone loves brunch, and if they say they don’t they are flat out lying, because what could be better than the guarantee of a bloody-marry before noon. The beauty of an engagement party is that the food can be as extravagant as a multi-course meal or as casual as passed appetizers and a table of deserts.

For brunch, we love the idea of a few passed, miniature brunch foods. Some of our favorites include mini quiches, silver dollar pancakes, sliders, smoked salmon bites, mini chicken and waffles and donut holes. Engagement Brunch Silverdollar Pancakes-1 EngagementBrunch_Food
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Another exciting addition has made it to the Lake Tahoe wedding world! Tahoe Rustic Rentals is our newest boutique rental company based in Truckee, CA and offering their services in the Northern California Area. With a range of rustic focused decor pieces, Tahoe Rustic Rentals offers an unique, handcrafted items to perfect your wedding style. We couldn’t wait to ask them about their selection!

Learn more about Tahoe Rustic Rentals below and be sure to follow them on instagram at @tahoerusticrentals:


Name: Jenelle Dronkers

Company: Tahoe Rustic Rentals

Hometown: Pleasanton, California in the East Bay Area.

Currently Location: Truckee, California

Tell us a little about yourself…
I grew up in the Bay Area but escaped to the Tahoe area permanently this last year! We are a family owned business, and each one of us bring our own set of talents to the team. My dad, boyfriend and small team of local woodworkers build custom reclaimed wood pieces for our clients as well as all of our rental inventory. I am in charge of running the rental side of things! My boyfriend and I try to take advantage of where we live and get outside as much as possible. We ski, snowboard, hike, camp..anything to be out in nature. We also enjoy cooking and trying new recipes–our latest endeavor was homemade egg noodles with an old-fashioned pasta maker!


Tell us about Tahoe Rustic Rentals and what makes you special…
Tahoe Rustic Rentals is unique because we build all of our own pieces! Our pieces are engineered to last and designed to be timeless and versatile. They make the perfect foundation for a beautiful event!

What products do you offer? We rent everything from farm tables, benches, bars, dessert and serving tables, arches and more. We also create custom, rustic table numbers, signage and decor.

What is your favorite rental item you offer?
Our eight foot bar is stunning and really helps shape a space. We love nothing more than a classic cocktail bar! But you can stock this beauty with just about anything, including spirits, juices, cigars, desserts and whatever else you can dream up. And it can be be decorated to be super rustic or super elegant, it’s all in how you choose to style it. We love that!

How did you end up in your profession and what brought you to the wedding industry?
Helping my family with sales for our custom furniture company led to many questions of if we ever rent our pieces for weddings or events. At the time we were only equipped to build and deliver the furniture to our clients homes but I dreamed of the day we would be able to provide our reclaimed wood pieces for special events. Moving up to Truckee has allowed us to expand our workshop and staff and embark on a new adventure!


3 words that describe a Tahoe wedding…
Magical, Adventurous, Timeless

Favorite quote…
“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” John Muir

Favorite instagram account…
I don’t get down to the workshop as often as I would like to, so I get excited whenever @urbanminingcosf posts and I can see what our talented woodworkers have been up to each day!

Where can we find you on a typical Sunday morning?
You can find me cross country skiing in the winter and hiking during the summer. I love Truckee because of the endless amount of activities you can get into!



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Thanks to Elise Events, B & B Flower Designs , and Camelot Party Rentals , Danielle and Michael experienced a Lake Tahoe wedding that was filled with beauty and personal touches.  The couple met when they were just 15 years old, and at 16 they knew they were meant to be.  The long awaited day was completely stunning and we especially love the deep red hues paired with soft pinks against the natural backdrop of Lake Tahoe. And all the ladies looked perfectly styled thanks to the team at Greco Rose Beauty.

The talented Ryan Ray Photography  and  Johnny B Films beautifully tell the wedding story below.

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From the Bride ~
It’s not every day that a person meets their husband at 15 years old! By the time I turned 16, I knew Michael and I had something that some people only dream about. After 13 amazing years together, we decided it was time to walk down the aisle. Needless to say, our wedding was a long awaited event for many of our friends and family members! This was part of the reasons that we wanted to make it a very personal affair with many details that came from our hearts.

We both grew up spending our summers on the beaches and our winters in the snow of Lake Tahoe, so it made perfect sense to have our wedding there. Since we now live in North Carolina, this made for a destination wedding for us and many of our guests. We wanted a location that was unique, but I wanted to have the amazing Tahoe water in the background. When we stumbled upon the Hellman-Ehrman Mansion, we knew it was perfect. The beautiful stone house is perched upon a grassy hill, full of Tahoe pines, and down the hill is the gorgeous water.

Since one of our first dates was to Michael’s prom, we included our picture from that night in our save the date! To give our guests some inspiration, we included a copy of a Lake Tahoe watercolor-done by my father.

All of our guests were invited to our rehearsal dinner-thrown by Michael’s parents-at Gar Woods Grill & Pier. It was a wonderful way to kick off the weekend. Guests were greeted with a Polaroid camera and a door to sign their well wishes (the door will someday stand in our home).

The day of our wedding started off so perfectly. Our rehearsal had been almost washed out by rainstorms the evening before, but we awoke to perfect temperatures. Small personal details made our day even more special for us. The ceremony took place in the grass-near the water of Lake Tahoe with several boats in the background joining in the fun! Before the ceremony, guests were greeted with lemonade and sweet tea. I was escorted down the long hill by my father to Sigur Ros, “Untitled 1”-a song that Michael and I listened to together in college and throughout the years. We were married under an arch built by my father-in-law that was adorned with flowing greenery and floral by Brandie from B & B Floral Designs. We wanted to add something special to the service so we included a ribbon tying ceremony. Each of our parents, grandmothers and attendants tied a ribbon around our hands while giving us a personally written blessing. This was one of my most treasured parts of the day. Their words will be something we always remember and cherish. I’m so happy that Johnny B Films was there to catch each one on film.
I surprised Michael with a bluegrass band (The Pine Street Ramblers) as a nod to our home in North Carolina. They played through cocktail hour and part of dinner. Before the reception guests had to locate their seat by finding a funny picture of themselves on our escort wall. Michael and I had scoured the internet for months to find photos of each person and Michael’s father built the free standing wall. Together we handmade paper pockets to go under each picture, and inside was a card that I calligraphed with their name and table number.

Our florist and wedding coordinator both went above and beyond with our vision. It was even more beautiful than we planned out. We spent so many hours carefully preparing with Danielle, from Elise Events, and watching it unfold was so magical. I loved seeing the set tables and the gorgeous flowing flowers at our reception! Each table setting had a beautiful menu with a ribbon that my mother and I hand dyed together. These same ribbons were in my bridesmaid’s bouquets. Almost all of the gold vases and candlesticks were gathered by my mother. We included celebration crackers that I calligraphed with each person’s name as their place card. In each cracker there was a hand written note from either Michael or me. We were later told that these notes brought tears to a few of our guests. That meant so much to us to hear!

The night was perfect under the mountain stars! We danced under the bistro lights, ate delicious food and had a wonderful time being silly in our big photo booth. I only wish it could have lasted for hours longer.

All of our vendors did such an amazing job pulling our day together. We cannot thank our team enough-they truly were the stars of the day!

The best advice I received and would pass on is that something may go wrong and you just have to flow. No one even knew that something we had planned was missing on our day, and everything was just as perfect without it.

Lake Tahoe Wedding Vendors:
Event Planning + Design: Elise Events | Photography: Ryan Ray Photography | Videography: Johnny B Films | Florist: B & B Flower Designs | Band: Pine Street Ramblers | DJ: Moonlight Mobile | Rentals: Camelot Party Rentals / Classic Party RentalsEncore Events | Linen: La Tavola Fine Linens | Invitations & Menus: Olde York Station | Cake: Dee’s Bakery | Photo Booth: Bending Branch Studio Booth | Floral Ribbons: Frou Frou Chic | Venue: Hellman-Ehrman Mansion at Sugar Pine State Point | Catering: Mountain Magic Catering | Makeup: Kari Addison Beautiful | Hair: Greco Rose Beauty | Dress: Inbal Dror- Bridal Galleria | Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Hair accessory: Jenny Behr | Earrings and Robes: BHLDN | Bridesmaids Dresses: Watters | Bouquet charm: Locket In Your Heart-Etsy | Ring Box: The Mrs. Box | Robes: Anthropologie | Suit: Abbeydale | Groom’s Shoes: Valentino | Ties: The Tie Bar

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Having a green wedding does not mean you have to sacrifice elegance or the details you have been waiting your whole life to actualize. But, it is important to realize that, according to the Green Bride Guide; each one of the 2.5 million weddings this year in the United States will produce an average of 62 tons of carbon dioxide and 400 to 600 pounds of garbage. It does not matter if you choose to go totally green OR simply incorporate a few elements, being conscious of going green is a step in the right direction.


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Do you have a pile in your house of wedding favors you never use? Have you walked out of a wedding and immediately put your favor in the trash? Who really wants wedding favors anyways? We say, ditch them altogether and give away something your guests will actually use — like a reusable grocery tote, succulent planter, or something a local farm specializes in. Not only will your guests love the gesture but you are inevitably cutting down on your carbon footprint.

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We love paper culture, their new wedding collection is printed on 100% post consumer waste and with every order they plant a tree.
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The venues associated with weddings end up using lots of water and electricity. Tahoe is beautiful so we suggest, should weather permit, utilizing the great out doors (of course with tents in case of emergencies) to host as much of your wedding events as possible. When looking for lodging and indoor venues we suggest looking for hotels and venues that use energy-efficient lighting. It also helps to hold your ceremony and reception in the same location so people don’t have to drive and use extra fuel.

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It is a common misconception that, just because flowers grow in the wild, they are eco-friendly. Flowers, especially wildflowers — which often times are illegal to pick — can come with a laundry list of factors that negatively impact the environment. To keep flowers eco-friendlier, choose local blooms that are in-season (and legal to pick) or use potted plants and flowers as centerpieces.

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This seems like a no-brainer but can account for higher cost. Serving fresh, local foods at your wedding means your are not only giving the business to a local farmer, but your food does not have to be shipped as far and will need less fridge-time.

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Wedding gifts come with a massive carbon footprint because they often involve so much shipping, Typically a gift is shipped from factories or stores to the couple. Because Millennials are getting married later and often already have furnished homes many prefer to receive cash instead, or one of our favorites, ask if the couple has enrolled in a honeymoon fund which allows wedding guests to donate to the couple’s honeymoon.



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