Today we have an especially gorgeous wedding for you to set your eyes on! And, it was even featured on the cover of Coastal Living Weddings Magazine! Our sister company, One Fine Day Events, designed and planned this beautiful Lake Tahoe wedding at West Shore Cafe without missing a single detail: from the brightly colored invitation suite to the striking floral design, every element embodies a fantastic Lake Tahoe summer. Don’t miss a moment of this wedding and check out all the beauty from Lake Tahoe wedding photographer Catherine Hall Studios below:
From the wedding photographer, Catherine Hall Studios ~
Elisa and Ryan’s wedding story began with another couple’s wedding—or a bachelor party, to be more precise. Celebrating in Las Vegas his with roommate and best friend from Harvard, Ryan met Elisa at Mandalay Bay after inviting her and her friends to help finish a bottle (the Harvard boys were lacking some ladies). That night, when Ryan offered to take Elisa on a “proper date,” she replied “Come on—we’re in Vegas, dude.” He did, however, manage to finagle her telephone number, and late the next evening they met for a nightcap that turned into a two-hour conversation over Coca-Cola. They kissed good night by the elevator, and almost two months later, after many e-mails, the couple finally enjoyed that “proper date” in San Francisco.
It was on another date night that Ryan proposed. “We take an annual ski trip over President’s Day Weekend with friends,” says Elisa, “and we always try to plan a night for just the two of us during the trip.” As the couple strolled through Vail Village, they stopped on a bridge overlooking a stream with snow-covered banks. There, sounding a little nervous, Ryan began his speech and dropped to one knee. Elisa, of course, accepted!
To design their wedding, the couple turned to planner Stephanie Martin of One Fine Day Events to develop a personalized event that blended their eclectic tastes with timeless elegance. Says Elisa,“We tried to create an event that was a reflection of our values: heartfelt and meaningful, classy and beautiful—but also a ton of fun!”
One of Elisa’s fond memories of her wedding day is waking up at her family home and spending the morning with her family. Reflecting this love of home and family, Elisa gave her bridesmaids a special gift: a Maya Brenner silver necklace with a little diamond over each girl’s hometown. Likewise, Ryan wanted his groomsmen to share in one of his favorite New York City experiences: going to his tailor, Michael Andrews Bespoke. He gave each of the groomsmen a tailored shirt, cummerbund, and bow tie (along with Psycho Bunny socks) to wear for the wedding. Michael Andrews Bespoke also designed the groom’s custom suit and dinner jacket for the event, with Ryan’s final wedding-day look being completed by stylist Julie Rath (Rath & Co).
At the ceremony, held at St. Nicholas Church, the couple continued to add their personalized touches. Rather than the traditional wedding march, Elisa walked down the aisle to “Loro” by Pinback, played by The String Beings. The bride’s appearance in her exquisite Pronovias gown is one of Ryan’s favorite moments of the day. “I will always remember how Elisa looked in her dress, silhouetted by the light streaming through the tall trees at sunset,” he recalls. For her part, the bride recalls being so nervous when reciting her vows that she squeezed Ryan’s hands hard enough to hurt!
To ensure the guests could interact freely, the couple opted for floral vines (rather than tall centerpieces) for their the West Shore Cafe reception. It was also important to them to pay tribute to the happy marriages of their parents and grandparents. “Their commitment is an inspiration to us,” says Elisa, “so we had pictures from each of their wedding days displayed on our cake table.” Of course, when it comes to setting the stage for a great party, nothing does it like the right music—and Elisa says their band, Pop Fiction, knocked it out of the park. Ryan has great memories of the party, too, “The end of the night was just so much fun—dancing on the bar with Elisa, singing on the stage, and finally jumping into the lake to end the evening.” Looking back on the exciting and emotional day, both Elisa and Ryan recall details that they’ll treasure forever. Says Elisa, “It is the most special thing in the world to marry the man of your dreams with everyone you love surrounding you. I can’t explain how amazing it is, and I wish I could go back and enjoy the day in slow motion—it went by in the blink of an eye!”
Planning & Design : One Fine Day Events | Photographer : Catherine Hall Studios | Reception Venue : West Shore Cafe | Ceremony Venue : St. Nicholas Episcopalian Church | Florist : Bellissima Floral | Invitations : Atelier Isabey | Ceremony Music : The String Beings | Reception Music : Pop Fiction | Rental Equipment: One Fine Day Events, Red Carpet Events & Design , Blueprint Studios | Linen : La Tavola Fine Linen | Hair : Kristy Pellegrino | Makeup: Artistry by Andrea | Dress : Pronovias