Light pastels and the subtle texture of watercolors inspired this mountain wedding, and the The Landing Resort and Spa in South Lake Tahoe couldn’t have fit any better. With a lakeside backdrop to mimic the ethereal qualities of the watercolors, décor, and dreamy bridesmaids dresses, you’ll definitely be swooning if you love all of the above. Thanks to photog Jon M Photography for the gorgeous snaps!
The planners, Once Upon a Time Events, tell the wedding tale below:
Our team bonded with Alicia and Henning before we even met them and was solidified as the planning process progressed. It was so fun to hear about all the details of their relationship; how they met (on OkCupid.com), their nicknames for each other (Bear and Moose), and how he proposed (on the beach with a hidden photographer!).
The morning of the wedding Henning went for a hike over Emerald Bay while the girls got dolled up by Edin Carpenter. Alicia and her sister were able to take a moment with each other to cut a heart from one of their father’s shirts, who had passed years earlier, and hand sew it inside her wedding dress together. The Bride’s family added the final touch to her look with earrings that her grandmother was given to wear on her wedding day. Every woman married in the family since then has also worn them, including her mother and sister. The Bride also adorned the veil that her mother wore in her wedding to her father and gifted a watch of her father’s to the Groom the day of the wedding. The gorgeous bridal bouquet was tenderly wrapped in lace from both of her Grandmother’s wedding dresses.
The Bride’s childhood Rabbi married them with Lake Tahoe as a stunning backdrop and signed the Ketubah, a special Jewish prenuptial agreement. Their guests from all over the world (even Israel) took South Lake Tahoe by storm.
Midway through planning, our design focus shifted as the idea of a watercolor wedding was brought up based on a potential bridesmaid dress by Donna Morgan. Our team loved the idea of playing with all of the different soft colors and 6 months later it all came to life!
Every detail was planned out, down to the hand-dyed ombre napkins DIY’d by the Groom himself! The custom chandelier at the reception draping with flowers by Thran’s Flowers was a show stopper, not to mention the live painter Nata’s Fine Art, who captured every important moment of their wedding day in a one-of-a-kind piece which will hang on their wall for years to come.
Alicia’s cousins have been known to serenade the new Bride and Groom during the toasts, and this wedding was no exception. A medley of three songs were the perfect ending after a heart felt speech was given by a close friend of the family in place of the Bride’s father. The partying commenced after a beautifully choreographed first dance and was followed by the Horah!
Lake Tahoe Wedding Vendors:
Planning/Design: Once Upon a Time Events | Photographer: Jon M Photography | Videographer: Estrella Films | Venue: The Landing Resort and Spa | Floral: Thrans Flowers | Select Rentals: Camelot Party Rentals & Holy Chic Rentals | Linens: Creative Coverings | Cake: Delicious Designs | Music: Jeff Jones Band | Live Painter: Nata’s Fine Art, Wedding Painting | Print Design: The Stylish Scribe | Hair/Makeup: Edin Carpenter Makeup Artistry | Wedding Dress: Tara Keely | Bridal Shoes: Bandolino | Bridesmaid Dresses: Donna Morgan | Suits: Calvin Klein | Groom Shoes: Allen Edmonds