Set against a breathtaking Lake Tahoe backdrop, this romantic affair is all sorts of stunning. Think soft details, lush blooms and a beachfront ceremony that screams summer! The couple, Sidney and Greg, knew they wanted a mountain lakefront setting and booked their venue site unseen. The Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino in Incline Village was everything the adventurous couple dreamed of, a mountain location with the most gorgeous white sand beach. One of our favorite hair and makeup stylists, Greco Rose Beauty, was there to make sure the beautiful bride was looking her best. Watch how the day unfolded in the gallery captured by the lovely Chelsea Nicole Photography.


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From the photographer~
Sidney and Greg are that perfect mix of active, fun and adventurous. The outdoors are their idea of cozy comfort perfection! So when planning their ideal day, they simply let their fond memories of Sidney’s family lake-hours guide them to a different lake that they’d never been to before: Lake Tahoe.

Site unseen. Booked! Now that’s adventurous! Not to worry though; The Hyatt Regency Resort is a venue I’m very familiar with, and their mountain retreat in the beautiful Incline Village delivered the best of all worlds – breathtaking backdrops, fun activities for guests and plenty of adventure opportunities!

The day started getting ready in the private lakeside cottages followed by a romantic ‘first look’ where Sidney and Greg got to see each other for the first time before joining their families for pictures. Having spent a lot of time hiking and exploring with these two for their engagement shoot, I have to admit, seeing Sidney and Greg exchange first looks kind of made my heart flutter! I know they’ve been waiting years just to experience this perfect tiny little moment in time! Afterward they celebrated their ceremony lakeside, at the Hyatt’s beautiful stretch of private beach by the Pier surrounded by all their favorite people. This day was the perfect start of an amazing new adventure (the best adventure!) for Sidney and Greg. And I happen to think they rock the “Happy New Mr & Mrs” look quite well! :-)

Lake Tahoe Wedding Vendors:
Photography: Chelsea Nicole Photography | Ceremony/Reception Venue: Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino | Hair/Makeup: Greco Rose Beauty | Wedding Dress – Watters Wtoo | Floral: Rose Petals Florist | Entertainment: Lucky Devils Band | Officiant: Mark Frady

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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!

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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.

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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! 

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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

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Lake Tahoe Golf Club Wedding

The Sierra Nevada’s evoke a certain romance; dappled light cascades through the tall pine forest creating the perfect backdrop for a picturesque wedding. Stephanie and Rob were taken with Tahoe’s beauty and chose to make Lahontan Golf Club in Truckee, CA the location for their destination wedding. A wonderful group of wedding vendor Lake Tahoe wedding vendors helped make this a perfect day for the couple.  Art In Bloom and La Tavola Linen coordinated to create an elegantly bright style mixed with blues, purples, oranges and pinks. Johnstone Studios captured the day beautifully and  Hip Entertainment kept the dance floor full!

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From the Bride~
The Proposal – It was Rob’s birthday weekend, and we decided to go to Buena Vista for Irish Coffees then walk to grab lunch. After a couple Irish Coffees, I felt pretty good as we started on our way. We came to this pier and Rob suggested that we go out to look at the view. It was rather cold, but he assured me we wouldn’t be out there for too long. After a while admiring the view, he started saying all these sweet things to me. I thought, “This is a little bit more sappy than usual…” and next thing I knew he was on one knee. I was in shock! I immediately thought, “I need to remember this moment” as a friend of mine got engaged a few weeks prior and said everything was so exciting and such a blur that wished she remembered everything more clearly. After a few seconds, Rob got nervous and asked if I was going to say anything, and of course I said yes.

We decided to get married in Truckee because my family has had a place in Lahontan for 10+ years, plus Rob and I have shared so many wonderful memories there.

The ceremony was a unique combination of both our family traditions – a Greek Orthodox ceremony (my side of the family) in a Catholic Church (Rob’s side of the family).

We had several special moments! We had many “big fat Greek wedding” moments throughout the ceremony and the reception – the crowns used in the ceremony were my grandmothers, Greek dancing music while the band went on break, trays of baklava, and of course, my dad presented Rob and I Windex and a copy of the ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ moving during his Father of the Bride speech. I also work in social media, so Rob’s brother spoke in hashtags during his speech. Rob’s family is in the beer distributor business, so of course we had to honor the family tradition by serving his favorite beers. Rob also played the piano during his younger days (even at Carnegie Hall!) so he selected all the ceremony music. My 91-year-old grandpa flew cross-country to celebrate the big day with us!

Lake Tahoe Wedding Vendors:
Photography: Johnstone Studios | Coordination: Made In The Shade | Floral Design: Art In Bloom | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Ceremony Venue: Assumption Church in Truckee, CA | Reception Venue: Lahontan Golf Club | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo “Baxen” Wedge Pump | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew “Kylie” Silk Chiffon Dress| Makeup: Fusion Hair – Talia Doignon | Hair: De’ Arti Salon – Teri Silva | Band: Hip Entertainment | Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss | Groomsmen’s Attire: Tommy Hilfiger | Linens: La Tavola Linen | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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Wedding Signs for the Bride and Groom

Bride and Groom signage at your table and reception is an eye-catching wedding decor piece. They are super fun and cheerful and you can also tailor them to your personal style. For your Lake Tahoe wedding, try mixing it up with fun and unique materials such as wood or copper.

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Now that your best friend, sister, college roommate is engaged – it’s time to start thinking about the bachelorette party! There are so many ideas but we have a few tips to get you started on the right track.

1. Pick the group that he feels comfortable “letting loose” around | Get the invite list from the bride and let her decide who she would like to have join – if she hasn’t spoken to someone in a while or doesn’t feel comfortable in Vegas with work colleagues, they don’t need to get an invite.

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2. Remember, this is her night/weekend | Focus on what will make her have fun and enjoy a relaxing evening, not what everyone else wants to do.If sipping wine by a roaring fire while glamping, or partying all night in Vegas are things that will make your bride-to-be happy, then that is what your plan should entail.

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3. Create a budget | Once you have the guest list created, ask everyone what they are comfortable spending. If it’s relatively small, keep this in mind and maybe plan a one-night, local adventure. If everyone has a little more wiggle room, maybe consider turning this into a weekend relaxation trip or quick flight to somewhere fun.

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4. Elect one person for planning | It’s so easy for everyone to brainstorm and come up with a million locations, ideas, themes, etc. Let one person coordinate all of the details and then as a group finalize everything. That way no one is doing double work and everything will be more seamless.

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5. Take care of transportation | Do everyone a favor and rent either a limo, town car, or party bus. No one wants to be the “sober” one for this fun night out, so everyone should build in their budget an allotment for responsible transportation.

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Menus are one of my absolute favorite details at a Lake Tahoe wedding. There are so many ideas and 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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Jodie and Kevin’s held their Tahoe destination wedding at River Ranch Lodge along the Truckee River. The couple chose to have their wedding in fall, which is such a lovely time of year in Lake Tahoe. Check out the full gallery below from the talented Anita Martin Photography.


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Lake Tahoe Wedding Vendors:

Photographer: Anita Martin | Wedding Coordinator/Planner: Linda Johns, River Ranch Lodge with help from Jodie’s Aunt, Janet | Officiant: Steve Antonini (Jodie’s Uncle) | DJ: Lake Tahoe DJ | Florist: Martha Berynk Floral Design | Venue: River Ranch Lodge | Baker/Cake: Leigh Anne from Delicious Designs | Hair: Jessica Vinciguerra and Eryn Lovingier | Make-up: Jill Briggs from Beauty Box Make-Up Arts | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridal | Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale | Tuxedos: Mens Warehouse

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We are very excited to welcome Tahoe Unveiled vendor, florist Brandie Chisholm of  B&B Designs. Brandie has been creating gorgeous floral designs for Lake Tahoe weddings for years and we absolutely love her creativity and style. Here are Brandie’s top tips for choosing your wedding flowers.

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1. Where to begin. Create a folder or Pinterest board and place images that you like in it. You should start to notice a pattern or a theme through these images that will ultimately help you decide on your style, theme and color palette.

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2. Choose your color palette. Pick your main color/colors based on colors you have always liked. Remember that not every flower comes in every color, so if a specific flower is more important to you then the color, then you may want to pick your color based on that flower. Couples should also be open to a range of colors, due to the fact that flowers come from nature and may come in shades of your color but not the exact color.

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3. Decide on a style or theme that fits YOU. The flowers are the perfect way to relay your theme to your guests. How your flowers are designed should have a reflection on you the couple. A couple should think about what style best describes them, whether it be elegant, classical, rustic, vintage, country, etc and choose that style that best fits them. Also, keep in mind the venue you have selected because it too may influence this decision.

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4. Set aside a floral budget. Most people don’t realize the expense of flowers and often cut this part of the budget short. Couples, however, should remember that the flowers are what brings everything together. They add the extra beauty to your space and photos, and are a way to transform your venue, represent your style, and create the “wow” effect that your guests will remember.

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5. 2015 wedding flower trends. This year in color I am seeing a lot of whites, creams, and blushes with a marsala/burgundy accent and touches of gold. I am also noticing that bouquets and arrangements are loosening up and overall vases are moving toward a more elegant container. Garland is also making a huge appearance in this year’s wedding scene.

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