Lauren and Jon were married in a beautiful mountaintop ceremony at Northstar’s Zephyr Lodge. Everyone made a grand entrance via the ski gondola to the stunning ceremony site, then enjoyed cocktail hour on the deck before dining in the rustic mountain ski lodge. Love is in The Hair, some of our favorite beauty professionals, were on scene to ensure all the ladies looked completely stunning. And wedding photographers, The Nichols, captured the day beautifully. Check it all out in the gallery below.

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Lauren and Jon choose a color palette of navy blue, with the bridesmaids wearing mis-matched floral patterns in blues. It all paired together so nicely! The beautiful ceremony chuppah was constructed of birch trees with floral accents of white peonies and and pale peach antique roses. It was sunny skies and a cool breeze, with a stunning mountain view. All in all, it was a picture perfect day for the newlyweds!

Vendors:
Venue and Catering: Zephyr Lodge from Tahoe Wedding Collection | Photographers: The Nichols | Florist/ Planner: Blake’s Floral Design | Band: The Poprocks | Hair: Love is in The Hair

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Elegant Lake Tahoe Wedding Inspiration

To La Lune took to the beautiful shores of Lake Tahoe for this organic, minimalist styled shoot and we absolutely cannot get enough of the design. The simplicity of muted neutral colors against the Lake Tahoe backdrop is enough to make any heart melt because even on an overcast day this place, that we are lucky enough to call home, makes for the perfect backdrop.

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Lake Tahoe was the perfect backdrop for our organic minimalist editorial shoot. Sprawling open fields, wooded rocky paths, and that ever so stunning blue lake enabled us to tell a story of raw beauty taking multiple forms.

When designing an event or shoot it is so important to take the existing landscape into consideration. With such a dramatically gorgeous natural setting, we chose to keep our design elements as neutral and unobtrusive as possible. It is so easy to go overboard for design, but when you are gifted with such incredible views, ultimately less is more!

A favorite element from the day, which added a surprise shift in form, ended up being the shift in weather. Starting the day with blue skies, the weather quickly transition to the most magical thunderstorm that swept over the entire lake! Watching the thunder clouds roll in we were reminded of the ever evolving beauty in mother nature.

Wedding Vendors:
Photography: Carmen Santorelli | Event Planning + Design: To La Lune Events | Floral Design: Plenty Of Petals | Wedding Dress: The Dress Theory | Ribbon: Bellame Ribbon | Tabletop Rentals: Borrowed Blu

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The trend of featuring a signature drink at you wedding is becoming increasingly popular and with a signature drink comes the opportunity to showcase it with a beautiful menu. Here we have outlined a few of our favorite cocktail menu design ideas, perfect for anyones Lake Tahoe wedding. Insider tip: a cocktail menu is the perfect DIY project because it will be fun, save you money, and will not not break the budget.

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We are so incredibly excited to share Tahoe Unveiled photographer, Catherine Hall’s Lake Tahoe wedding at Pinecone Manor, a stunning lakefront private estate. Catherine’s artistic DNA came into play during planning, and she and Erik envisioned a wedding that represented the couple: warm, modern and unique. For the two, being completely present on their wedding day was also important. That meant working with a team, and Lake Tahoe wedding vendors, that they could trust completely.

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The couple collaborated with wedding planner Melissa Panico of MAP Events, event designer Asiel Design, and rental company Camelot Party Rentals to work with the natural beauty of their Lake Tahoe venue. “The environment of Tahoe and the lake is so beautiful that we wanted the design to complement, not compete,” Catherine says. With the couple’s direction, the team created a stunning, secluded retreat on a charming lakeside manor owned by a close family friend. It was a perfect blend of romantic and rustic: elegant white roses paired with natural greenery, tiny glass vessels filled with wildflowers, tables adorned with pinecones and knotty wood accents. The talented photographer JB Sallee captured the day beautifully in the gallery below.

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As a photographer and creative director of Catherine Hall Studios, Catherine knows how to capture the moment. And so when she spotted Erik on the dance floor at a yoga festival, she knew that she had to take action. After some urging from her sister, Catherine asked Erik to dance. They stayed up until 3 in the morning, and the rest was history. “I knew she was the one after our first kiss that night,” Erik says.

It was on a trip to the Redwoods that Erik, owner of Strategic Event Evolution and Design, made it official. He led Catherine to a secluded redwood grove, the very spot where they first realized that they were both falling deeply in love. Surrounded by towering redwood trees, Erik proposed. “I was so shocked that I did not even answer yes for a long time,” Catherine recalls. “He had to ask me twice!” Of course, she happily accepted the ring, a sparkling vintage piece carefully chosen by the groom.

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For her “something borrowed” and “something blue,” Catherine wore her grandmother’s favorite aquamarine ring, and her grandmother’s wedding band was displayed on the bouquet.

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Catherine wore a delicate fluted lace dress from Pronovias while the groom donned a handsome blue Ted Baker suit. The bridesmaids wore floor-length BHLDN dresses in a pretty shade of periwinkle, paired with JBalducci moondrop earrings gifted by the bride. The groomsmen wore gray suits, complete with matching Michael Kors ties gifted by Erik. Personal touches made the big day all the more special.

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With the serene waters of Lake Tahoe as their backdrop, the couple exchanged their vows.

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For drinks, they served cocktails, both hilariously named by Erik: The Bridezilla and The Yes Man.

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The gorgeous swirled white cake sat atop a tree stump, and lights twinkled from above.

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Erik also surprised the bride with a heartfelt gift that symbolized their relationship. “When we first started dating, we were at a gallery and I noticed an art piece that showed an extreme, most beautiful connection between the couple,” she says fondly. “I remarked that this connection reminded me of us. He surprised me with the original painting.” Through the excitement, Catherine and Erik treasured being in the moment on their wedding day, and Catherine had a word of advice for other brides-to-be: “Be present on the wedding day,” she says. “Don’t stress out. Enjoy every minute.”

Lake Tahoe Wedding Vendors:
Photographer: JB Sallee | Planner: Melissa Panico, MAP Events | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Pinecone Manor, Perry’s Private Estate in Lake Tahoe | Event Designer: Asiel Design | Dress Designer: Pronovias | Bridesmaid Dress Designer: BHLDN | Wedding Dress Boutique: Novella Bride | Groom’s Wardrobe Designer: Ted Baker | Shoe Designer for Bride: Bagley Mischka | Shoe Designer for Groom: Cole Hann | Designer, groom’s wedding band: Jewelry by Johan | Designer for engagement ring: Vintage | Hair + Makeup: Sarah Hyde and Mili Simon, SHE artists | Invitations: Starboard Press | Wedding Paper Goods: The DIYStore, Etsy | Officiant: Robert Novogratz, The Novogratz
Florist: Asiel Design | Caterer: As You Wish Catering | Cake Designer + Desserts: Sugar Pine Cakery | Rentals + Lighting: Camelot Party Rentals | Linen: Napa Valley Linens | Ceremony + Reception Music: Mixx Company Band
 | Wedding Cinematography: David Ethridge, AVR films | Transportation: Northstar Transportation

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Any of you on the hunt right now for a Tahoe wedding photographer for 2017 or 2018? Or do you know a fab couple who is? Our photographer friend Justine Grajski Photo is putting on the most amazing photo shoot giveaway in Lake Tahoe. The elopement, engagement or couple shoot will take place at a time and place in the Tahoe area that works for both you and Justine. Scroll to the bottom of the page to find out how to enter!

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From Justine: I like to let the day unfold naturally, while I document it in an artful, meaningful way. You could say my style is a blend of photojournalism meets art. 

Above all, I strive to create authentic, emotive, intimate images, that truly captured the love between two people. Thus, my intention is to craft a space for you to let your guard down, because that’s when the magic happens.

 

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ENGAGEMENT OR ELOPEMENT GIVEAWAY

One couple will win a complete engagement or elopement sessions in the Lake Tahoe / Truckee Area:

  • 2 hours of  coverage with Justine Grajski Photo
  • Shoot to happen in the spring or summer of 2017
  • Hi-resolution images
  • Online gallery filled with all the photos from your session (prints + albums will be available for purchase)

Here’s how to enter:

  • Head over to our instagram account:@tahoeunveiled
  • Look for the giveaway image, like the image and tag a friend, your bridesmaids or a couple you think would also be interested in the comments
  • Follow @tahoeunveiled and @justinegrajskiphoto
  • Send an email to justinegrajskiphoto@gmail.com with your name and contact info, instagram handle, plus a quick write-up about you and your love!
  • Winner will be announced on Friday, April 21.
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After meeting on the dance floor in the Bahamas, Megan and Justin continued a long distance relationship for a year before moving to Texas together. While on vacation in Lake Tahoe Justin popped the question during a walk on the lake one quite morning. It was in that moment the couple knew the shores of Tahoe was the perfect location for their wedding, and West Shore Cafe was their venue of choice.

With gorgeous elements from B&B Flower DesignCelebrations Party RentalsLa Tavola Linen and designed by Merrily Wed, Megan and Justin had the wedding they dreamed of. Scroll down to see all the details from the day, captured by Heather Anderson Photo.

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Vendors:
Photographer: Heather Anderson Photo | Wedding Planner: Merrily Wed | Florist: B&B Flower Design | Wedding Venue: West Shore Cafe and Inn | Musician/DJ: Jeff Jones | Rentals: Celebrations Party Rentals | Linen: La Tavola Linen | Make-Up: Jennifer Ergut of Kiss & Make-Up | Hair: Tara Morrissey of Bella Vita Salon

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Hailing from Brooklyn, Errica and Brett held their intimate Lake Tahoe destination wedding with 75 of their closest family and friends at the beachfront estate, The Fairwinds. So many Tahoe Unveiled wedding vendors helped make this the perfect day, including catering by Butter + Salt, rentals from Celebrations! Party Rentals  and Annamae Photo captured all the details in the gallery below.
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Lake Tahoe Wedding Vendors:
Venue: The Fairwind’s Estate | Rental Company: Celebrations! Party Rentals | Flowers: Moda Floral from Sacramento | Photo: Annamae Photo | Caterer and Coordination: Butter + Salt | Dessert: Cakes from Milk Bar | Desserts: Homage Bakery | Dress: BHLDN | Groom’s Suit: Born to Tailor NYC | Bar: Catering for Causes | Hair/makeup: Zoe Jane Salon

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The night before the Big Day is something to be celebrated. And an evening along the lake with a Gar Woods’ signature cocktail, The Wet Woody, in hand is the ultimate way to party in Lake Tahoe. The bride and her new Mother-in-Law decided on a nautical theme with bright colors to differentiate from the wedding day that would have a more elegant look. Elise Events was behind the scenes helping the couple craft every nautical detail.

The one and only Mike Larson was there to capture every moment and the bride tells the story of her day below.

 

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With our wedding taking place at the gorgeous Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe, a mountainside resort, we knew we had to incorporate the lake into our rehearsal dinner. After researching and looking at a few possible venues, we came across Gar Woods Grill & Pier. With its floor to ceiling windows sprawling the entire length of the restaurant, our guests could enjoy a full 180 degree view of the lake all evening from the 2nd floor entertainment space. It was exactly what we were looking for.

 

 

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Designing a nautical themed event was so much fun because the possibilities available are endless! After searching for ideas on Pinterest, I stumbled upon the most clever escort card design, which we enjoyed recreating. We took floatable key fobs, which we personalized with our wedding date, and then attached the cards to them. Our guests enjoyed searching for their escort cards and fobs, which were clipped to an authentic fishing net.

 

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Not only were our vendors incredible, but the staff and service at Gar Woods was exceptional as well. During the planning process, Amy Grisby’s patience and responsiveness was invaluable. She truly helped us create the event of a lifetime. The waiting staff at Gar Woods was beyond amazing. They allowed for our guests to make special food-related requests (i.e. accommodating our veggie lovers by offering two different vegetarian entree selections) and truly provided exceptional customer service.

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We wanted the night to look and feel completely different than the wedding. Our wedding would be elegant with soft, romantic colors, so we wanted our rehearsal dinner to be sophisticated, yet relaxed and fun. My Mother-In-Law decided on a nautical theme, and together, we chose a navy and yellow color palette, as well as, various design elements. Our wedding coordinator, Danielle, from Elise Events, found a fabulous navy tablecloth with a white rope pattern for the dinner tables and a navy and white stripe tablecloth for the cocktail tables. We then accentuated the look with bright yellow napkins. Our talented calligrapher, Vita, from Pop Calligraphy, used water color to create our place cards and table numbers, which we then displayed on the tables with Monkey’s Fists (a nautical knot).

Our florist, Natasha Kolenko, completely outdid herself. We followed her suggestion to add orange as an accent color to the yellow and green arrangements we already had requested, and we couldn’t have been more pleased with the outcome. Our stunning floral arrangements were rich in color and texture, and they really popped against the tablecloths.

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Choosing Gar Woods as our rehearsal dinner venue made for a few unique bonus options. The first was having a Wet Woody station – Gar Woods’ signature rum & fruit cocktail. Our guests could sip the different variations of the Wet Woody while overlooking the view of the lake off the balcony. The second was our grand entrance on the classic mahogany wooden boat. My husband has always had a fond appreciation for these gorgeous boats and when he saw the dock, he couldn’t think of a better way for us to join our rehearsal dinner party.

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There aren’t enough words to describe the excitement my husband and I felt when we rode in to our rehearsal dinner on a classic woody with 70 of our closest friends and family members waving and cheering. The evening was a huge success across the board. We ate delicious food, enjoyed the impeccable service, and listened to the memorable toasts made by our family and friends. Apart from our wedding, it was the best evening of my husband’s and my life. Our rehearsal dinner was a magical evening filled with love and is one that we will cherish for the rest of our lives.

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Lake Tahoe Wedding Vendors:
Photo: Mike Larson Photography | Video: Dax Victorino Films | Event Planning + Design: Elise Events | Venue: Gar Woods Grill | Floral: Natasha Kolenko | Paper Goods: Vita Popov Studios | Rentals: La Tavola Linens and Celebrations! Party Rentals | Transportation Boat | Grand Tahoe Charters

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