Having a Lake Tahoe wedding means you get to lounge around by the lake and in the sun for the majority of the week, or two. Instead of doing the same thing on your honeymoon take the modern approach and explore, educate and inspire yourself . Here are our top 5 modern honeymoon ideas to get you out of the lounge chair!
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Located on Donner Summit near Truckee, Sugar Bowl is an incredible ski resort that not only hosts some of Lake Tahoe best terrain but is a quiet and secluded summer wedding gem. Laura Nelson Photography shared their soft and elegant film photos with us from Alexis and Matt’s Sugar Bowl wedding and we couldn’t be happier. Take a look in the gallery below for a summer wedding that focuses on the natural and serene.
From the photographer, Laura Nelson ~
Matt proposed to Alexis on a mountain top in Colorado exactly one year before their wedding day, so celebrating their love and marriage on a mountain top was the perfect location for their wedding. The bride is originally from Tahoe, so the summer of their wedding they moved to Truckee & planned this beautiful mountain top wedding!
Photography : Laura Nelson Photography | Wedding Venue : Sugar Bowl Ski Resort | Flowers : Molly from Dinner Bell Farm | Dress: Watters | Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo | DJ: Kyle Brock Productions
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
With the desert environment so very close by we thought we should embrace this incredible landscape of Nevada and Utah and show you how to incorporate desert design details into your Lake Tahoe wedding.
Think Virginia City. Black Rock Desert. Bonneville.
Include succulents and cactus; muted, warm colored decor mixed with bright florals; elements from the environment, such as feathers and antlers; and don’t forget the Tipi Marquee from Under Canvas!
clockwise from top left : ring from Clayton Austin via Ruffled | California Vintage Rentals | tablescape and wood box from The Modern Romance | invitation via The Knot | tipi marquee from Under Canvas
Monday, August 25, 2014
A few weeks ago we shared Ashley and Dustin’s upbeat Lake Tahoe wedding video by Johnny B Films, and today we are very excited to share all the details and beautiful images from Sun and Life Photography. From the natural wood reception rentals provided by Camelot Party Rentals, the Tahoe City wedding ceremony at the Gatekeeper’s Museum, to dinner and drinks provided by As You Wish Catering, this wedding is gorgeous in every way.
From the bride, Ashley ~
Our wedding day was wonderful, it was truly a reflection of us, and our love for our friends and family. Choosing to get married in Lake Tahoe was an easy decision. I was born and raised in Tahoe City, and as a couple we’ve created so many wonderful memories there over the years. We fell in love with the Gatekeeper’s Museum. It was the first venue we looked at and we knew instantly it was where we wanted to say “I do.” We were looking for a venue right on the lake with a blank slate, a location that we could make our own, and the Museum offered just that.
We chose to have our “first look” in the meadow at Squaw Valley. We wanted to incorporate the majestic beauty of both the Lake and the mountains into our wedding. I grew up skiing at Squaw and Dustin and I have spent a lot of time on the mountain together. Plus, the dramatic backdrop is jaw dropping!
Our wedding was truly a family effort. My dad handmade the beautiful copper and wood BAR sign, my uncle crafted the doors for the entrance to our ceremony, he also made the corn hole and Jenga game for people to enjoy during cocktail hour. We handed out my grandmother’s heirloom handkerchiefs for people to use for their “happy tears” during the ceremony, and my aunt designed our programs, menus and other signage. Dustin and I handcrafted all the chalkboard and barn wood signs. We also designed our save the dates and our wedding invitation suite. It was a true joy to see it all come together the day of our wedding.
We are so grateful for our incredible team of vendors. Hiring people who you trust and who share your vision is so important. My biggest piece of advice to other brides is to invest in a videographer and at least a day of coordinator. Our wedding coordinators, Take the Cake Events, made everything go so smoothly. We went back and forth on the additional expense of a videographer, however we decided that it was important to us, and we’re so happy we sprung for it! Johnny B captured the spirit of our love and our wedding day so perfectly. Our video is something we will treasure for a lifetime.
I have so many amazing memories from that day; it was truly the best day of our lives. We worked closely with our officiant, Mark Frady, to compose a beautiful ceremony that incorporated so much of who we are as a couple. Our mothers each read a reading we had chosen, and Dustin and I wrote our own vows, which made our ceremony incredibly special. The dance floor was packed all night; it was wonderful to see all of our closest friends and family having a blast. A few times throughout the evening we took a moment to ourselves to just look around and take it all it. It is a day we will never forget!
Photographer : Sun and Life Photography | Wedding Venue : Gatekeeper’s Museum | Wedding Videographer : Johnny B Films | Caterer : As You Wish Catering | Florist : Martha Bernyk Floral Design | Wedding Planner : Take The Cake Events | Rentals : Camelot Party Rentals | Cake & Cupcakes : Cake Tahoe | Reception Music : All About the Music | Invitations : Cards of Wood | Officiant : Mark E. Frady | Hair : Kolor by Kori | Makeup : McKenzie Morrison | Linens : La Tavola Fine Linen | Wedding Dress : Enzoani | Bridesmaid Dresses : J. Crew and Amsale | Bride’s accessories : Haute Bride | Bride’s shoes : Kate Spade
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Whenever browsing through real Lake Tahoe weddings, I love looking for this detail. The creativity that brides are putting into escort cards these days is amazing. Personalities emerge with escort card displays and their counterpart, the place cards
clockwise from top left : pencil escort cards from Catie Ronquillo via The Every Last Detail | grass escort cards from JAC Photo via Snippet & Ink | key escort cards from Molly Watson via Snippet & Ink
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
We were extremely happy to find Jenna and Simon’s gorgeous Lake Tahoe wedding by Emily Heizer Photography in our inbox. It’s been a little while since we last featured a The HideOut Wedding. From rustic details, rentals from Celebrations! and wedding signage to soft pink floral design by Lake Tahoe florist, Art in Bloom, this wedding gives us so much inspiration for a truly stand-out Tahoe wedding.
From the photographer, Emily Heizer:
Jenna & Simon met in Lake Tahoe a few years ago, and are a hugely outdoorsy couple. The Hideout was a natural choice for a venue given it’s location, and it’s wild state.Jenna’s mother passed away a few years ago and several memorials were done during the wedding to remember her. A candle was lit during the ceremony, a bouquet of tulips was placed on her seat at the ceremony site, and part of Jenna’s mother’s wedding dress was used on her bouquet- it was wrapped around the stem with the bridal buttons beautifully displayed down one side.
Jenna and Simon had a first look before their ceremony on a granite dome behind the venue. Completely private and with gorgeous views.Jenna also had a first look with her dad, who presented her with a special peridot bracelet, which was her mother’s birthstone. Jenna immediately added it to her outfit for the day.
Simon plays the guitar and rather than a guestbook, the couple had their guests sign a guitar to remember their wedding day by! After the ceremony, Jenna & Simon rode up Pucker Butt Hill, a small mountain on the venue’s property to enjoy the view and a few moments alone! Not very many couples brave this high hike, but they did! We were all driven by Jenna’s dad, who was an excellent driver! Jenna & Simon took a sunset canoe ride around the private lake on the Hideout’s property and were SO incredibly brave to actually stand up in the boat and give each other a big kiss!
Instead of a traditional cake, Simon and Jenna had bundt cakes! They also had a donut bar, which were freshly made on site. Late in the evening, Beth Soggard provided mini grilled cheeses and truffle french fries as a late night snack.
Lake Tahoe Wedding Vendors :
Photography : Emily Heizer Photography | Wedding Venue: The HideOut |
DJ : Super Sound Professional DJ Entertainment & Lighting | Florals: Art in Bloom | Caterer: Beth Soggard | Roadside & Reception Signage: Em Lauren VO | Framed Art Quotes: The First Snow | Beauty: RAH Salon, South Lake Tahoe | Rentals: Celebrations! Party Rentals and Tents
Monday, August 18, 2014
This color scheme is popular in weddings that are held by a body of water. Hello, Lake Tahoe wedding! Outdoor weddings can always be enhanced with wood or ceramic flower pots, and vintage colored glass wine glasses. Bright tropical colors can be easily integrated with greenery and pairing them with a neutral background gives off a sophisticated feel that is often preferred by brides who aren’t looking to throw an overly feminine wedding. The exhilarating brightness of tropical colors is perfect for a wedding in which the couple wants their guests to experience a true summer wedding.
clockwise from top left : tropical centerpieces from One Fine Day Events and Lake Tahoe wedding photographer, Catherine Hall Studios | tropical wedding invitation from CL.AM | wedding cake via Burnett’s Boards | tropical wedding drinks via Style Me Pretty from Feather and Stone | Lake Tahoe wedding ceremony from One Fine Day Events and Lake Tahoe photographer, Mike Larson | tropical bride from Joielala
Friday, August 15, 2014
From Big Sur to Bodega Bay, today’s wedding inspiration come from true Northern California style; where he mountains are big and the coastline is rugged and vast.This style is casual, rustic and completely elegant at the same time. Utilize this style at your Lake Tahoe wedding with soft blues, vintage rental from California Vintage Rentals, dish ware from Heath Ceramics and dark wood farm tables from Celebrations! Party Rentals.
clockwise from top left : seating chart from Benj Haisch | chair and wool blanket from Benj Haisch | cake and food display from Weddings by Jenn | Heath Ceramics place setting from Casa de Perrin | tablescape and place setting from California Vintage Rentals and Lake Tahoe wedding photographer Bret Cole Photography