We are so excited to introduce one of our Tahoe Unveiled’s newest Lake Tahoe wedding vendor, Andrea Hansen of House of Blackbird. One Fine Day Events has worked with Andrea many times and cannot say enough wonderful things about her and her wedding hair styling. See what inspires Andrea and what trends she is loving in our interview with her below:

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1. How did you end up in your profession?
From a young age I was fascinated with hair and makeup. But, like most 20-somethings, I thought I had to have a “real job” in order to support my family. One day, a stylist friend sat me down and said, “Why aren’t you doing hair?” That one question changed my life and put me on the road that I am traveling now.

2. What is the best part of your job?
I look forward to going to work everyday. Whether I get to play with makeup, style hair or work in the salon, every day is like arts and crafts time.

3. Who and what inspire you?
Iconic hair stylists like, Oribe, Laurent Phillipon and Jordan M constantly inspire me. They have been in the industry for decades, yet they still come up with new and exciting things to do with hair. From fashion week to editorial work and red carpet events, the things we see there shape trends for the next year and sometimes years to come. Knowing what those trends are and how to translate them into something that the everyday woman will want to wear helps to keep me fresh and innovative.

4. What hair and wedding trends do you love right now?
I am so in love with the softer feminine styles we are seeing trending for brides right now. Gone is the slicked back perfect chignon. What brides are going for now is a romantic, unstructured and tousled look or even a messy fishtail braid. They want something that looks effortless and delicate. I feel like these styles are universally flattering as well as, my absolute favorite style to create.

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5. What is your most important tip for a bride?
When choosing a stylist for hair or makeup, brides should look for someone that really listens to their ideas and is able to put them at ease. They should also resonate with the artist’s portfolio of work – if you see something there that you would like for yourself, that is a good sign that you are making the right choice.

Andrea Hansen

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Homewood Lake Tahoe Wedding from Johnny B Films

This week’s wedding is rustic, yet elegant and offers stunning views in a way only a Lake Tahoe wedding captured by Johnny B Films could be! This cute-as-can-be couple looks so in love, and every part of the day—from getting ready at PlumpJack Squaw ValleyInn and chairlift rides at  Homewood Ski Resort  to the ceremony to visits from the local wildlife—comes together to create one beautiful Lake Tahoe wedding!

From the wedding planner,
Ashley and Mike fell in love in Lake Tahoe, so they knew they wanted to get married there. The Bridal Party enjoyed the pool at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn before the wedding, and the guys did some golfing. The day of their wedding started early with hair and make up by “The Decorated Bride” while Ciprian with Ciprian Photography took all of the photos he could get and Johnny with Johnny B Films recorded the video of the day.

“A beautiful ride” provided a classic car for the bride and the guests were picked up with a school bus to get to the wedding location at Homewood Ski Resort. The ceremony was on the mountain top with amazing views over Lake Tahoe. John, the guitar player, learned special songs for Ashley’s and Mike’s ceremony.. Kelly, with “A Floral Affair” did a beautiful job just highlighting the arch with some beautiful flowers as well as created some romantic bouquets for the girls. The centerpieces for the reception also resembled the romantic, classy look Ashley was going for. Delicious food creations were provided by North Tahoe Catering. The rest of the night belonged to the band “The Decades”. They kept the party going and even let the groom of the night sing on stage as well!

Wedding Venue : Homewood Ski Resort | Cinematographer : Johnny B films | Wedding & Event Planner : Sandy Stringer of Strings and Champagne Events | Accommodations : PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn | Caterer : North Tahoe Catering | Rentals : EventMasters | Linen : Creative Coverings | Florist : A Floral Affair | Photographer : Ciprian Photography | Band : The Decades | Transportation : First Charter | Makeup and Hair Stylist : The Decorated Bride | Car Rental : A Beautiful Ride |Officiant : Ken Usher


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Sometimes you get engaged and you want the wedding to happen right away. That’s hard when the best Lake Tahoe wedding venues have been booked for months. Although we hate to hear about a cancelled wedding, Sugar Bowl Ski Resort just had one weekend open up for this summer, September 20th. Yes, that date is coming up soon but with the special pricing they are offering for their all inclusive package on this date, there is nothing for you to worry about. Sugar Bowl will take care of everything!

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The $15,000 package for 100 guests includes:

• Ceremony and Reception Site
• Bridal Suite
• Hors D’oeuvres, Dinner Menu and Alcoholic Beverages
• Setup, Breakdown, Furniture and Tableware
• Decor: Wedding Party Flowers, Reception and Ceremony Flowers, Signage, and Guestbook
• Extras: Mountain Bikes, Outdoor Fire Pit, PA System, Wedding Officiant, Wedding Cake, and more
• Wedding Coordinator

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images from Laura Nelson Photography

Sugar Bowl Ski Resort
Meghon Shrewsbury


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Wedding Color Palette | Neutral

Wedding days are always hectic and having a calming color palette of neutrals at your Lake Tahoe wedding can be a great way to remind everyone to stop and enjoy the day. These colors are flattering to most people and brides will find that choosing wedding flowers that go with this color scheme is any easy thing to do.

With all the beauty and bright colors of Lake Tahoe, a neutral color palette is a great way to enhance the surrounding scenery. It is just as appropriate for an outdoor wedding as an indoor wedding and doesn’t have to be confined to one particular season.

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decor via Brides of Adelaide | dress via Jose Villa and  Once Wed | bride via 100 Layer Cake | escort cards via Style Me Pretty

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Whether you are hosting your wedding in Lake Tahoe or not, Lake Tahoe affords some of the most dramatic scenery, perfect for engagement photos. See Maya and Dan’s engagement shoot below from Anita Martin Photography:

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From the photographer, Anita Martin ~
I was thrilled to meet up with this super fun couple at Nevada Beach in South Lake Tahoe for their engagement session last weekend. They are planning a lovely wedding for Spring 2015 and wanted to get a jump start on their engagement photography to use an image for their save the date! Maya is in the middle of an intense psychology program and Dan has had a hand in building a successful marketing venture. They took advantage of their weekend in Tahoe to relax, enjoy the views, and drink in the mountain air before heading back to reality and work and school. We met up and started our session wandering the walking paths that surround South Lake Tahoe’s Nevada Beach. The trees towered above us and Maya and Dan as they laughed with each other. We ended our session down at the beach just as the sun dipped below the Sierras to our west. It was perfect.

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Romantic Maxi Bridesmaid Dresses

clockwise from left: all dresses can be found at Nordstrom Weddings, Chloe Foiled Chiffon Gown $395 | Lori Metallic Butterfly Chiffon Maxi Dress $395 | Julie Beaded Chiffon Column Gown $525 | Coralie Foiled Silk Chiffon Gown Ivory $395

Erin by Erin Fetherston’s newest line has us inspired today! True to  signature feminine, whimsical and romantic sensibility, the collection features a mix of 22 styles. Our favirties are the especially romantic maxis. Available in a few colors and prints, any of these bridesmaids dresses would go wonderfully matched or mis-matched.

Romantic maxi dresses

all dresses can be found at Nordstrom Weddings, Clarisse Off Shoulder Front Twist Chiffon Gown $295 | Sandrine Embellished Chiffon Gown $295 

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Tahoe Unveiled’s August Favorites

August Favorites Tahoe Unveiled (clockwise from top left)

- Earlier this month we featured Tal and Sara’s beautiful Squaw Valley Stables wedding. Check out the gorgeous gallery from annie X photographie.

- We are drooling over Romantique by Claire Pettibone. The newest collection is featured on Smitten, and now with very “easy on the eyes” price tags, all gowns are under $3,000.

- Kinfolk held a series of dinners around the world last spring called l’esprit de la mer, check out the images in their gallery here. We can not wait for the next series of dinner coming this October. See Kinfolk’s event page for details.

- Great design and styling at this Moon Party featured on Design Love Fest featuring styling by Moon Canyon and photography by Our Labor of Love

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Menus are one of my absolutely favorite details at a wedding. They are a great way to add eccentric design and creativity to your wedding decor.  Whether you decide to go with an individual menu for your wedding guests or a large scale option, there are plenty of options from simple to elaborate. Here are some wonderful ways to include wooden details in your wedding.

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clockwise from top left: Blue Dahlia Events,  Five Dot Design, &  Nathan Peel Photography via Style Me Pretty | Blue Pool Road &  Bonnie Tsang Photography via Snippet and Ink | Melangerie & Docuvitae | Paper Bark,  Alise Taggart Wedding Styling & Event Design & Paula O’Hara Photography via Magnolia Rouge


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