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Sugar Bowl Resort, known for world-class skiing and nestled atop Donner Summit near Lake Tahoe, offers expansive views, private settings and a weekend destination wedding unlike any other. Not just for the avid skiers, Sugar Bowl is a Lake Tahoe wedding venue for any couple looking for a true mountain wedding. Accommodating weddings up to 500 guests, indoor and outdoor locations, three different sites and lodging for 80 people.

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Perched high atop Tahoe’s Donner Summit, Sugar Bowl Ski Resort has been a historic Tahoe destination since 1939. Known for world-class skiing and ample snowfall in the winter, Sugar Bowl is equally well known as a popular and attractive summer spot to host corporate outings, family reunions and of course memorable weddings, complete with world-class cuisine and gracious hospitality stemming from a guest-centric staff. Sugar Bowl offers alpine charm and first-rate service for your magical day.

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Sugar Bowl’s historic lodge serves up a unique setting where the resort grounds can be all yours for an unforgettable private wedding. Sugar Bowl is known world-wide for its picturesque setting, gourmet food, imaginative menus and beautiful presentations. With accommodations for 80 people in the lodge and more available on-site and nearby, you’re sure to accommodate everyone comfortably for your special day.

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Options are vast and varied for your ceremony and reception. The famous Sun Deck atop Mt. Disney, complete with breathtaking mountain vistas, glorious sunsets and a well-manicured lawn area for you and your guests to bask in the fresh, crisp alpine air, is a perfect choice for an on-mountain outing. For indoor receptions, you’ll find no finer than their Four Peaks Restaurant, where Executive Chef Al Davis and the rest of the staff work tirelessly and diligently to provide an outstanding menu and a wedding day that is uniquely yours. Lake Mary provides a unique, secluded private lake or ceremonies or parties, and the Judah Lodge serves up a modern banquet room for events and ceremonies on a grand scale

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From the moment you arrive at The Lodge at Sugar Bowl, you are greeted as guests to this amazing resort, and can anticipate the ultimate alpine experience. At Sugar Bowl, you and your special guests can choose accommodations ranging from slopeside hotel rooms to magnificent lofts, and from newly built condominium units to well-appointed suites with mountain views. Whatever your ideal accommodation, we’ve got it for you.

The friendly and experienced staff at Sugar Bowl will work with you to make sure your wedding day is uniquely yours, and utterly unforgettable. Their on-site Wedding Coordinator will provide personalized, detailed and professional service, complete with passionate attention to detail, ensuring all of your wedding wishes come true.

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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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Lake Tahoe Wedding Welcome Bag

Your guests have traveled a long way to see you marry the love of your life. Welcome them to your Lake Tahoe destination wedding with the perfect goody bag that is filled with thoughtful gifts and useful items specific to a weekend in Tahoe! I’ve put together a list of welcome bag musts that can be found at local stores including the incredible Bespoke in downtown Truckee, Fine N Funky and Tahoe House in Tahoe City.

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1.  You want to thank your guests for travelling to Tahoe to celebrate your marriage. Include a welcome note and an itinerary with all the weekend details. Find great cards from Lark Press at Bespoke.

2. Help your guest’s satisfy their sweet tooth with a homemade cookie or baked good from Tahoe House. Also great as a midnight snack!

3. You can never have too much chocolate, throw in some more sweets with a bar of Mast Brothers Chocolate from Bespoke. The packaging is so gorgeous you won’t want to eat it!

4. Whether it’s summer or winter, the sun is shining in Tahoe! Make sure to include a skin and nature friendly bottle of sunscreen. You can find Aveeno at Bespoke and Kiehl’s at Fine N Funky.

5. Lake Tahoe has a very dry climate. Keep your guests hydrated by including a glass water bottle from Lifefactory.

6. A great looking map (print) of Lake Tahoe. This map was commissioned for the Basecamp Hotel in South Lake Tahoe by Wendy Macnaughton and can be purchased on Etsy.

7. Stay warm with an American-made wool blanket from Bespoke. Perfect if your guests have a moment to picnic at the lake.

8. Support the Keep Tahoe Blue Organization and include a snazzy blue sticker in your bag. Stickers can be purchased at many local retailers along with a Tahoe Quarterly Magazine. Perfect for keeping up with local events and all the hot spots in Tahoe.

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Our private estate tour with One Fine Day Events continues today with a property that invokes visions of tropical isles, Caribbean beaches, and warm sun. The Gold Coast Estate is nestled down in the quiet and tranquil cove of Rubicon Bay. The golden sandy beaches and tropical water meet pine trees and meadow making it the perfect place to have a wedding isolated from the rest of the world.

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With toes tucked in the sand for the ceremony and dinner amongst a canopy of pine trees, this venue really showcases everything that is so wonderful in Tahoe all wrapped up in one luxuriously private lakefront venue.

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Lounge furniture sprinkled on the beach with dancing amongst the stars, this is the perfect lakefront wedding celebration estate!

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Photos courtesy of Mike Larson Photography

Interested in booking The Gold Coast Estate for your wedding? Contact One Fine Day Events!

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We invited the ladies at One Fine Day Events to show off some of their favorite Lake Tahoe private estates that are perfect for summer weddings. Today, they are starting the tour by introducing The Sandy Shores Cove Estate. Nestled atop a bluff and protected by the wind, Sandy Shores Cove boasts a gorgeous lawn, a lodge-style home, and access to a private sandy beach. Tall old growth pine trees surround the perimeter of the property, creating the perfect overhead canopy for an open air or clear tent reception. The long stretch of lawn creates plenty of space for spreading out the ceremony, cocktails, dinner,and dancing. Plus, no matter where you are on the property, you have a panoramic view of Lake Tahoe!

sandy shores 1 This property really captures the essence of what Lake Tahoe has to offer – beauty, comfort, and a secluded space for you to enjoy a night of celebrating your wedding!

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One Fine Day Events has produced several stunning weddings at this property. If you are interested in this property or even just chatting about One Fine Day’s services, you can find our contact information by clicking here.

Photography from Mike Larson.

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Stefani and Michelle from Love is in the Hair are on the blog today discussing all things wedding hair. Don’t book your beauty vendors until you read what these awesome ladies have to say!

What are your tips for the perfect wedding day hair?

Up your beauty game if you want to look on-point for your wedding day. Invest in a great shampoo and conditioner and even a hydrating mask, especially if your hair is lacking shine and moisture. Book regular haircuts and have your final color appointment two weeks before the wedding in case any adjustments need to be made and to allow the color to settle. Quick tip: Add a color gloss to this appointment for added shine and illumination.

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What preparations should the bride do on her wedding day?

Make sure your hair is washed and conditioned with your favorite duos and freshly blown out the morning of your wedding. We know you’re thinking… day two hair is better for an up style, but this is no longer the case, especially if you have cow licks or sever parting. We can create the texture or smoothness with a variety of products, so, your job? Show up with clean, fresh and dry hair and leave the rest to us.

When should a bride start thinking about her wedding day hair?

ASAP!  This gives your hairstylist the time needed to adjust your color and get your hair into optimum health.

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When should a bride start contacting a hair and makeup team for her wedding?

As with any good vendor, the good ones get booked well in advance. We suggest booking your hair and makeup team as soon as you know your venue and date. Beware of vendors who offer only verbal promises, those who work without contracts, and those who eagerly over promise and undercharge.

What is your most important tip for a bride?

Jumpstart your hair and skin care routine. Makeup loves healthy skin, invest in multiple facials and a personalized skin care regimen prescribed by your esthetician. P.S. this is not a good time to try ANYTHING new, definitely not a hairstyle/color or hair dresser. If you are a color client, have your touch ups re-done about 2 weeks before the wedding (don’t skip on the color gloss) along with your final facial and waxing appointments. Yes, we said waxing.

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What is the one thing every bride needs?

A professional hair and makeup team. We are here to tell you a little secret: the most important accessory on your wedding day is your hair. You are going to look back on your wedding day photos and be so relieved everyone looks their absolute best. We provide a seamless, organized experience allowing you and your bridal party to arrive on-time and photo ready for the most photographed day of your life.

Any advice on complimenting hair and makeup styles?

Our advice on choosing your perfect bridal look; don’t stray too far from your own look and style. If you are the kind of girl who loves having her hair down and flowing,  don’t go for a sleek up style —if you’re not a Glam-a-zon, don’t wear so much makeup that your groom won’t recognize you.  We think it’s best to go with the look you normally go for when you dress up for an occasion, and then glam it up a notch (or two)  for your wedding day. We couldn’t agree more with Sofia Vergara’s comment about make up, “I have a very important makeup tip for the girls [who] are getting married soon ,I think sometimes we overthink it because it’s a very special occasion and we want to have everything perfect… With makeup, sometimes people exaggerate a little bit or make it too different because they want to do more. Sometimes, it makes it look like it’s not you and when you see the pictures you’re like, ‘Oh, what happened to me?’ So I think it’s better to keep yourself looking fresh in the makeup that you’ve always liked and be you.”

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Any tips for dry ends and any products you recommend?

Get regular haircuts and go easy on the heat styling. Find products that will repair and enhance your ends, consult your hairstylist, they are a wealth of beauty knowledge. We love Kevin Murphy HYDRATE-ME. MASQUE, an excellent choice for color treated hair in need of moisture and shine.

What are your favorite winter wedding styles for Lake Tahoe?

We are loving a pop color with a dark lip for a winter wedding, either a red or a darker berry color. It pops with the white dress and a snowy background. For a darker lip color we recommend a stain, it last all day and night and you can share all the kisses with your groom without leaving a mark.

What about your favorite summer wedding styles for Lake Tahoe?

For summer weddings we love a softer makeup look with a bright highlight on the cheek bones, the shimmer pops in the sunlight and in photos.  We are seeing a lot of brides choose to wear full, shiny, long hair in a soft romantic wave. Consider hair extensions to add volume and length.  We also love seeing the bride exchange her veil for a floral headpiece after the ceremony, a great way to achieve a second look for the reception.

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Wanderlust Squaw Valley — a yearly event that allows guests to choose their own adventure with multi-level yoga and meditation sessions, mouthwatering organic and whole foods, heart-pumping music, inspiring lectures and workshops, and boundary-pushing outdoor activities — is coming back to Lake Tahoe July 14-17, 2016.

This weekend is the perfect opportunity for you and your spouse-to-be to get away and relax before the big day. The Wanderlust experience invites guests to practice, listen, explore, learn, and taste. We suggest booking a room in Squaw Valley, shutting off your cell phone, and spending some quality time with soulmate before the excitement of your wedding day.

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We are so excited to introduce our newest Tahoe Unveiled vendor, Jesse and Lindsay from The Traveling Photo Booth. These two are such an important part of any Lake Tahoe wedding, I mean who doesn’t love jumping in a photo booth? We are not embarrassed to say that we have had our share of time in this booth at local events and Lake Tahoe weddings. Seriously, my fridge is full of photo booth photos! Read on to find out more about this couple and the awesome services they offer.

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Where are you from?
Jesse is from Park Ridge, New Jersey, Lindsay is from Tahoe City, California

Where do you live now?
We live in NW Reno

How did you end up in your profession and what brought you to the wedding industry?
Jesse was interested in starting up our own business and thought about what makes Tahoe unique. He was drawn to the high amount of weddings, and then from there he just thought about what makes weddings fun, and then came Photo Booth. He researched and found the Traveling Photo Booth and was impressed with the cutting edge technology, attractiveness of the machines and the super high quality photo strip. So, we took the plunge. I was on board because I grew up with entrepreneurial parents and it seemed like a wonderful opportunity.

Tell us about The Traveling Photo Booth and what makes you special.
Our photo booth has a charming, vintage look and offers a unique, real photo booth experience. Our booth is packed with features you won’t find anywhere else, and, most importantly, prints a traditional 7″ photo strip that will have guests looking their very best.
The Traveling Photo Booth began over a decade ago in Minneapolis. The founders, Matt and Jacob, were college roommates and photography and architecture majors, respectively. They saw a photo booth at wedding reception Jacob was photographing and thought, “we could do this better”. So, they went for it. The deadline was a year’s end Christmas party and Matt was literally working all night the night before. We were drawn to the spirit of The Traveling Photo Booth, a bit of competitiveness mixed with tons of fun. We love that our business is always growing and changing with the times. We are always trying to be the best in the industry and are passionate about photo strip quality. In addition, we have features that are patent pending and we use our own software.

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What services does your photo booth offer?
Our rentals include a full-time attendant, set up a break down outside of your rental time, unlimited prints and unlimited reprints, access to a password protected online gallery for free downloads, super tones, split tones, animated GIFs, video previews, frame-filing photos, lightning speed, “grandpa approved” software, quality waaay beyond megapixels. Add ons include: hand stitched, hand made guest book, new prop kits, Custom Center Strip, Custom Branding, The Social Package-Telebooth™, post event Photo Strip Collage, Thank You’s, Photo Strip Frames and Event CD’s with lots more coming down the pipeline.

What are some of the Lake Tahoe venues you’ve worked at?
West Shore Cafe, Northstar, Lahontan, Martis Camp, Nevada Museum of Art, The Ritz, Valhalla, The Hyatt, Aspen Grove, The Resort at Squaw Creek, Plump Jack, Sunnyside, Sugarbowl, Tannenbaum

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Any advice you can offer couples who are interested in having a Photo Booth at their event?
DO IT! But, beware of stranger danger. There are literally dozens of photo booth companies out there. And many don’t offer a real photo booth experience or post what their photo booth looks like, and even more post their single, raw pictures as examples, not showing the real photo strip, the one that will serve as a party favor. So, get a sample and be sure you can see a picture of what the booth or stand looks like. Photo booths are super fun, but just like any industry, there is a huge variety of cost and quality. Contrary to popular belief, photo booths are not all about props. We suggest keeping it simple; high quality photo strips are really all you need.

Besides weddings, what types of events has this photo booth been to?
Birthday Parties of all ages, Holiday parties, New Year’s Eve parties, Graduation Parties, Gala’s, Corporate events, Anniversary Parties, baby showers…

What trends do you see for 2016 in regards to photo booths?
The Stand. The modern, eye-catching “red -carpet” style is super popular. Social media is increasingly popular as well, getting your pictures instantly and sharing them with the world. Less props. Last minute bookings.

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What is the craziest thing to ever happen in your photo booths?
We did a wedding that had many Burning Man goers. So, a lot of nudity.

Do you have any tips for posing for the perfect picture?
If it’s just two of you, scooch forward. Look at the camera. Shout out whatever pose you are thinking and get everyone to join in (falling of a cliff face, thinking man, serious, funny, mug shot,). Go over and over again till you get it right. If it’s a group shot(our record is 11 peeps) get close together, cheek to cheek and look hilarious.

When you’re not capturing those special wedding moments, what do you do in your spare time?
Get outside, hang with our darling daughter, spend time with family, play softball, watch some Met games, read, make delicious food and breathe deeply.

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Where can we find you on a Sunday morning?
Summer time it’s often times just chilling at home, recovering from the weddings/events from the night before and possibly getting ready to turn it around for another wedding that day. In the off season, probably going up to the lake or checking out our new home town of Reno.

3 words that describe a Lake Tahoe wedding… Unique, breathtaking, fabulous

Favorite quote… Mine is “be yourself, everyone else is already taken” and Jesse’s is “keep it simple, stupid”

Favorite instagram account… @AmandaBisk, @CordMamas and @WeFollowLucasDuda

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