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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!

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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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Hey Tahoe Unveiled readers, it’s Jenelle here from Tahoe Rustic Rentals and today I’m sharing our favorite tips for setting up your own cocktail bar, be it for your home or wedding!

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One of our most popular rental items is our 6 foot long, reclaimed wood bar. It is a very simple design which allows it to be used and styled in so many ways. We have had folks use it as a brunch buffet, dessert bar, favor stand and of course as a beverage bar! My boyfriend is a cocktail aficionado and is known to for creating a signature drink to match the meals I dream up in the kitchen. So, we wasted no time in deciding to dress up our bar in preparation for a summertime backyard bash with a little help from local Christina Milke Photography.

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Use Shelving Wisely. The most important part for us is a beautiful looking bar, it seriously sets the scene for your cocktail creations. One of the best features of our bar is all of the shelves! These come in handy if you are planning to use your bar for beverage service. We recommend filling the shelves with all of the glasses, tools and bottles you may need within reach. If you have a more traditional bar, this is the perfect piece to use in conjunction. Just stick behind it and keep stocked with all of your different glassware.

Showcase Colorful Ingredients. Our favorite drink to make at home is a Whiskey Sour with lemon and thyme. Lucky for us, fresh thyme plants, lemons, and limes add beautiful texture and color to our bar scene.. Use your ingredients as decor! Liquor bottles add great color and shapes and should also be highlighted. Drink flags, straws, and skewers get you bonus points!

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Elevate. We rent different trays, log slabs, crates and tubs that can help separate the bar into zones to keep you organized! Different trays and log slabs help to enhance and showcase what you want people to see. No need for too much clutter! Metal tubs do an excellent job keeping different beverages cold and separate and can be refilled as needed.

Use Signage. Themed bars and events can really benefit from some signage. Not only do they help set the tone, they can be great for showing your guests where they should be (and in the case of cocktails, where all the fun is). We love our custom set of mountain-inspired chalkboard signs from Do Well Signs in Reno!

Keep Essentials on Hand. You don’t have to break the bank when setting up your bar but it does help to have some essentials stocked. We always keep Vodka, Whiskey, Tequila, Rum and Gin on hand as well as plenty of citrus! We LOVE St. Germain, an elderflower liqueur that adds just a touch of sweetness. And we are always reaching for Angostura Bitters, ginger ale and homemade simple syrup.

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Today, we have the lovely opportunity to introduce you to our dear friends, Kate and Jason Abraham from Elevated Photo Booth. Kate and Jason are both long-time Lake Tahoe locals and found their niche in the wedding industry with their photo booth skills. Get to know these two better in our interview with Kate below.

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Where are you from?
I am originally from Staunton VA and my husband, Jason grew up in Philadelphia PA.

Where do you live now?
We live in Alpine Meadows CA and that is where our Photo Booth business is based as well.

Tell us a little about yourself…
Jason studied Business at the University of Vermont and moved out to Lake Tahoe shortly after college. He started a photography business in 2005 and then added Elevated Photo Booth in 2013. I studied Interior Design at the Savannah College of Art and Design and moved out to Lake Tahoe after completing school.

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How did you end up in your profession and what brought you to the wedding industry?
Jason started taking on work as a wedding photographer and through that he realize how popular photo booths were becoming. Our friend Sherry reached out to us to offer a photo booth at her event. Jason has always been super handy so he custom built the structure for the booth and with his knowledge for photography combined with my eye for design, we formed a custom photo booth. We kicked off our first photo booth at the 2013 McConkey Gala in Squaw Valley and it was a total hit.

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Tell us about Elevated Photo Booth and what makes you special.
Elevated Photo Booth is a vintage inspired booth designed for any occasion. It offers a touch screen interface, custom props, on site printing and professional quality images that can be viewed on a flat screen panel outside of the booth. The client is able to choose from several different backdrop options and even custom order to fit a their needs. The interface and photo strips can also be custom designed to match the couples color scheme, font, dates and names. We offer an array of different packages, everything from a studio booth to a fully enclosed expandable booth that fits up to 15 people. This booth is designed with the client in mind.

What are some of the Lake Tahoe venues you’ve worked at?
We have worked at Squaw Valley, Squaw Creek, The Ritz Carlton, Northstar, The Hyatt, and Private Homes around Lake Tahoe.

Any advice you can offer couples who are interested in having a Photo Booth at their event?
A Photo Booth not only offers a memorable experience, it becomes a focal point of each event. It appeals to all ages. People have a blast in our booth and we enjoy designing them to fit the needs of that special day. Also, check out our custom guest book. It presents a way for guests to archive their photo strips and add a personal message during the evening. The couple is able to take the book at the end of the night to have a memorable way to display their photo booth photos.

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Besides weddings, what types of events has this photo booth been to?
We have done everything from weddings to corporate events, employee parties, Shane McConkey Gala and after party, Big Truck Fun First Party to fundraising events for organizations like High Fives Foundation.

What trends do you see for 2016 in regards to photo booths?
I think it is all about the custom design and props. I spend a lot of time searching through thrift stores to find unique items to incorporate into the booth. Some really creative photos come out of our booth, so it is all about keeping it fresh and tailored to trending themes and quotes.

What is the craziest thing to ever happen in your photo booths?
Our photo booth has had some pretty interesting moments, especially in the enclosed booth but I would have to say the hand stand guitar photo or the classic selfie photos have become the most iconic.

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Do you have any tips for posing for the perfect picture?
It’s all about the props! Get warmed up, take a few photos and you are guaranteed to get that winning shot before the end of the night.

When you’re not capturing those special wedding moments, what do you do in your spare time?
We are usually out enjoying the many activities Lake Tahoe has to offer. I love to ski, mountain bike, hike and garden. We also have a five year old son who keeps us extremely busy.

Where can we find you on a Sunday morning?
I would have to say sitting on my deck, enjoying a cup of coffee, listening to the sound of our creek. That is of course, unless it is winter time and then you will find me on the slopes at Squaw or Alpine.

3 words that describe a Tahoe wedding… stunning, pristine, memorable

Favorite quote… “Oh snap!”

Favorite instagram account… @TahoeUnveiled, of course!

Kate and Jason, thank you so much! We are incredibly happy to have you as part of the Tahoe Unveiled team. To find out more information and to book Elevated Photo Booth, you may contact them here:

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www.elevatedphotobooth.com
530.448.1156
info@elevatedphotobooth.com

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Another exciting addition has made it to the Lake Tahoe wedding world! Tahoe Rustic Rentals is our newest boutique rental company based in Truckee, CA and offering their services in the Northern California Area. With a range of rustic focused decor pieces, Tahoe Rustic Rentals offers an unique, handcrafted items to perfect your wedding style. We couldn’t wait to ask them about their selection!

Learn more about Tahoe Rustic Rentals below and be sure to follow them on instagram at @tahoerusticrentals:

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Name: Jenelle Dronkers

Company: Tahoe Rustic Rentals

Hometown: Pleasanton, California in the East Bay Area.

Current Location: Truckee, California

Tell us a little about yourself…
I grew up in the Bay Area but escaped to the Tahoe area permanently this last year! We are a family owned business, and each one of us bring our own set of talents to the team. My dad, boyfriend and small team of local woodworkers build custom reclaimed wood pieces for our clients as well as all of our rental inventory. I am in charge of running the rental side of things! My boyfriend and I try to take advantage of where we live and get outside as much as possible. We ski, snowboard, hike, camp..anything to be out in nature. We also enjoy cooking and trying new recipes–our latest endeavor was homemade egg noodles with an old-fashioned pasta maker!

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Tell us about Tahoe Rustic Rentals and what makes you special…
Tahoe Rustic Rentals is unique because we build all of our own pieces! Our pieces are engineered to last and designed to be timeless and versatile. They make the perfect foundation for a beautiful event!

What products do you offer? We rent everything from farm tables, benches, bars, dessert and serving tables, arches and more. We also create custom, rustic table numbers, signage and decor.

What is your favorite rental item you offer?
Our eight foot bar is stunning and really helps shape a space. We love nothing more than a classic cocktail bar! But you can stock this beauty with just about anything, including spirits, juices, cigars, desserts and whatever else you can dream up. And it can be be decorated to be super rustic or super elegant, it’s all in how you choose to style it. We love that!

How did you end up in your profession and what brought you to the wedding industry?
Helping my family with sales for our custom furniture company led to many questions of if we ever rent our pieces for weddings or events. At the time we were only equipped to build and deliver the furniture to our clients homes but I dreamed of the day we would be able to provide our reclaimed wood pieces for special events. Moving up to Truckee has allowed us to expand our workshop and staff and embark on a new adventure!

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3 words that describe a Tahoe wedding…
Magical, Adventurous, Timeless

Favorite quote…
“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” John Muir

Favorite instagram account…
I don’t get down to the workshop as often as I would like to, so I get excited whenever @urbanminingcosf posts and I can see what our talented woodworkers have been up to each day!

Where can we find you on a typical Sunday morning?
You can find me cross country skiing in the winter and hiking during the summer. I love Truckee because of the endless amount of activities you can get into!

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