Kaley and Grady knew from the moment of the proposal that they were to be married in Lake Tahoe. The couple had been going to Kaley’s family’s cabin together since they started dating in 2005 and fell in love with the raw beauty of the Lake Tahoe woods and lake. Really though, what better setting for a wedding? The Gatekeeper’s Lodge and Museum had all the elements they were looking for: a 3-acre lakefront venue, pine trees, wood chips and picnic tables. Matt Edge Photography captured this wedding and the couples love like no other!
What a DIY masterpiece! Due to the plentiful supply of pinecones, they quickly found their motif and collected as many pine cones as possible during their visits to the lake. Kaley even ordered pinecone stamps for the paper goods. The couple went with the rustic woodsy theme so they painted wood signs to direct their guests, carved round chargers out of cork, sewed burlap runners and collected antique wood frames and chalkboards. Kaley also bought the two wood doors for the table seating from an architectural salvage and painted the guests names on each windowpane.
One of my absolute favorite parts about this wedding is the bible given to the bride that has been passed down through her family for 100 years!
From the bride ~
Sunflowers are my absolute favorite flowers so we kept the arrangements simple with white flowers, green foliage and sea glass blue vases. We accented the table settings with green moss, white wood flowers, hurricane candles, lanterns and occasional vintage birdcage. To direct our guests to the various wedding locations we painted wood signs with titles like “I Do’s” (ceremony), “Wine, Dine and Dance” (reception), “Wet Your Whistle” (bar), and more. We hung white Chinese lanterns and market lights in the trees. Grady and I chose Moscow Mules for our signature cocktail which were served in mason jars with striped straws. For the buffet dinner we chose colorful seasonal fare including grilled Farmers Market vegetables, a wild basmati rice salad with apricots, cashews and pecans, a farfalle pasta with spicy sausage, smoked tomatoes and fontina cheese, seared cumin and coriander crusted salmon filet and grilled tri tip steaks. We wanted the environment to be casual and relaxed so we set up a s’more station with a fire pit and comfortable seating areas so our guests could wander around as they pleased. It was truly the most beautiful, fun and happy day to celebrate with our closest friends and family. We wouldn’t change a thing!
From the photographer ~
They are such a beautiful and sweet couple. There are several DIY details that Kaley and her family spent a lot of time putting together. My favorite detail of the day was a bible given to the bride that had been passed down through several generations of her family – over 100 years! The bride receives the bible on their wedding day and signs it for the next generation. It is such a special heirloom that couples can start for their own families.
Photographer | Matt Edge Photography
Ceremony and Reception Venue | The Gatekeeper’s Lodge and Museum
Catering | Mountain Magic Catering
Wedding Coordinator | Susi Trottnow
Rentals | Event Masters
Florist | Family Members
Music | Ryan Palmer of Lake Tahoe DJ
Wedding Dress | St. Pucci
Bride’s Shoes | Tori Burch
Bridesmaids’ Dresses | Free People
Groom’s Suit | Ted Baker (Grey)
Groomsmen’s Suits | Various Light Grey (Ted Baker, Calvin Klein, John Varvatos)
Ties | J. Crew