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This year, 2.3 million couples will get married in the United States and will receive $19 billion worth of wedding gifts (that’s a ton of gravy boats). Imagine if each couple added just one more gift to their registries, or in lieu of shower gifts, favors, etc – a gift that would help a family in need. The Adventure Project, a nonprofit that “adds venture” capital to create jobs in developing countries, is now offering a wedding registry campaign to provide charcoal-efficient stoves to women in Kenya.

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Co-founder of The Adventure Project, Becky Straw, was inspired to create the campaign leading up to her own wedding this June. She shares, “As the co-founder of The Adventure Project, I’ve witnessed how a simple stove can transform a woman’s life. So while I have been busy adding pots and pans to our own wedding registry, I wanted to ensure we share our blessings with others. It’s such an easy way to help. I hope you join us.”

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It only takes $35 to provide one stove – and by providing a stove, you will be saving a woman from cooking over an open fire. Over four million people die each year from breathing in toxic smoke from cooking over open fires. In fact, it’s one of the largest – and least known – killers of women and children.

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The stoves are made locally and sold by men and women in Kenya. Each stove drastically reduces toxic smoke and uses 50% less charcoal than cooking over open fires. One stove saves six trees from being turned into charcoal each year.

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Lake Tahoe Engagement Brunch Party Ideas

We like to think there are 4 key elements to consider when planning a flawless engagement party and we have adapted these elements to fit with planning the perfect Lake Tahoe engagement brunch.

1— Décor and Theme

One of the reasons we love engagement party’s so much is they allow us to go totally crazy with a theme. We often worry about going overboard with a wedding theme, for fear it will take away from the day itself. However, engagement parties are a whole different ball game and allow a couple to cater a theme to their specific interests.

For a Lake Tahoe wedding, this usually means something to do with natural beauty and the great outdoors.

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2—Invitations

The invitation for your engagement party are often the first time people will hear of your engagement, or at least the first time a large group of people will come together to celebrate you as a couple.

Similar to what we said about décor and theme, these invitations are free to be a bit more whimsical than you may want for your wedding invitations. Whether it’s a photo of you and you fiancé goofing off at the Ski Mountain or a silhouette of twinkle lights in the back yard, we love the idea of showing some personality in engagement party invitations. Brunch_Invitations Zazzle

3—Location

The only thing better than a brunch engagement party, is an outdoor brunch engagement party in the California sunshine. What better place than Lake Tahoe to hold your first event as an engaged couple.

We absolutely love the idea of holding your party in a field of wild lupine, amongst the pine trees of the Truckee River or in a secluded beach cove.
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4—Food

Everyone loves brunch, and if they say they don’t they are flat out lying, because what could be better than the guarantee of a bloody-marry before noon. The beauty of an engagement party is that the food can be as extravagant as a multi-course meal or as casual as passed appetizers and a table of deserts.

For brunch, we love the idea of a few passed, miniature brunch foods. Some of our favorites include mini quiches, silver dollar pancakes, sliders, smoked salmon bites, mini chicken and waffles and donut holes. Engagement Brunch Silverdollar Pancakes-1 EngagementBrunch_Food
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Take Your Honeymoon in Kurokawa, Japan

The Lake Tahoe couple is looking for so much more than a honeymoon at the beach. I mean, we have the most beautiful beaches in the world to enjoy everyday. So why not try something a little different for your honeymoon? Today we are continuing our series on unique alternatives to the traditional honeymoon destinations. Today’s pick: Kurokawa, Japan.

Kurokawa located in the Aso Mountains is a magical part of Japan. You can’t miss the ultimate Japanese experience, staying at a ryokan with an attached onsen. A traditional Japanese inn where rooms are as peaceful as can be and the staff provides the most excellent service – all while dressed in kimonos (you get one too!). An onsen is a traditional hot spring fed bathhouse. You can find these special places secluded in a Japanese forest. Be sure to go in spring-time, during shin-me (new blossom) season.

Jet off to  your honeymoon in Japan as Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio did for their honeymoon in 1954.

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Expert Advice For Your Destination Wedding

All the people you know and love are coming together to celebrate your special day. It’s normal to feel a little under pressure to get everything right while planning your wedding. Making sure every single detail is perfect could be very daunting, especially if you are planning a destination wedding.

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Here’s a few tips to get your perfect destination wedding done just right.

Think about priorities. A lot of people simply don’t pay as much attention to the details of the location they are traveling to. Some questions to ask yourself include: What is important to us on this trip? What experience do we want our guests to have? Is the location affordable for our guests?  Figure out what is most important to you and go with that. Simply deciding your priorities will help you narrow down your list of options which can really take the pressure off.

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Study the personality of where you go. The site you pick must suit both the mood of the wedding and your personality. You need something that has the culture, history or amenities to go with your persona and the way you and your partner are as a couple.

Keep guests in mind. Keep in mind all the guests. The father of the groom may want to give a special speech at his son’s wedding and that may be the most important speech all evening. But if he is afraid to fly, the wedding may not be incentive enough to get on a flight.

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Get a Guarantee. Make sure you have contracts with each and every vendor.

Do your research. Study the details carefully. What may be said on a brochure or on the website of a hotel may not be entirely true once you get there. Get the place looked at by someone you know or go visit the location yourself. It is the least you can do before dragging hundreds of people across the country for your wedding.

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Guest Post from Andy Bell of  wedding speech blog. Read more at myfatherofthegroomspeech.com

 

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Beloved wedding photographer, Christina Brosnan of Bronsan Photographic, has released a new wedding book filled with stunning images, inspiration and useful wedding advice. that bridges the gap between wedding planner and wedding inspiration.

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Inside the book couples will find 165 tips aimed at helping them get better wedding photos from their wedding day. The advice she shares is from a photographer’s perspective and you won’t find many of these ideas in other wedding books. Christina offers advice on creating a wedding day timeline that will maximize use of time and valuable daylight, and offers considerations for better ceremony and reception photos. We loved browsing through and reading Christina’s book and we suggest you take a look yourself.

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Click here to purchase the book. For Tahoe Unveiled readers only, Christina is offering 40% off the book. Be sure to use this discount code at checkout: unveiled40

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Mid-Century Modern Wedding Ideas

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People in the 50’s and 60’s sure knew how to party, and that’s all we really all want out of a wedding right? A fun time for us to get together with friends and family to celebrate love. Mid-Century design is making a serious comeback in the design world and we are loving incorporating it into our wedding themes. Below are a handful of mid-century modern wedding trends we’re loving right now.

Martini Bar

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Fondue Course

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Birds Party

Mis-Matched Lounge Furniture

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100 Layer Cake // Magnolia Rouge // Ruffled

Birdcage Veil

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Wedding Bells // Chic Vintage Brides

Tea Length Dresses

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The fall is an absolutely beautiful time in Lake Tahoe. The summer visitors are coming to town less and less and there is a blanket of peacefulness that takes over the region. The weather is starting to cool down and trees are beginning to change.  Anyways, it’s the perfect time to get married in this breathtaking place. Below are 5 tips for planning an autumn wedding in Lake Tahoe.

1. Have a backup plan. Although this is sunny CA, the weather in the fall can be unpredictable so we suggest being prepared for rain (or even snow). This means, if you have an outdoor venue checking with them to make sure they have a backup plan in case of rain and we always always suggest reserving a tent just in case.

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2. Fall colors. The fall is probably the most famous of the seasonal color palates as it incorporates foliage. Luck for us, not only does the Tahoe fall color palate include all your dark reds and oranges but we always have that beautiful Lake Tahoe blue that can be incorporated into any fall wedding color palate.

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3. Come prepared. Make sure to let your guests know about potentially unpredictable weather. We suggest putting a cute weather infographic on the back of the directions to the venue that go out with invitations. Also, its always nice to provide your bridesmaids with cozy coverups, not only to keep them worm, but they look great in photos.

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4. Take advantage of nature’s backdrop! With the autumn colors turning everything a gorgeous shade of gold and copper you will be sure to capture some spectacular images to remember your big day.

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5. Seasonal fare. With the cooler, crisp air of the fall we suggest serving a variation of sessional, comfort food with a twist. We love roasted seasonal veggies, warm tomato soup with grilled cheese crouton, apple cider donuts and hot toddys.

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With Food and Love // Damn Delicious // 40 Aprons // Refinery 29

 

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Wanderlust Squaw Valley is your destination for the ultimate bachelorette party weekend! Wanderlust Squaw Valley is right around the corner and the perfect idea for a get together with your favorite ladies. Taking place July 16 -19, 2015, this annual Lake Tahoe yoga event boasts a star-studded lineup of yoga classes, music, lectures and culinary treats. In addition to some of the best yoga and music on the planet, this year’s festival will also feature mountain biking, SUP yoga, a meditation series and farm to table dinners. We couldn’t think of a better way to spend a weekend in Lake Tahoe!

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YOGA

Hit the mat with world-renowned yoga instructors encompassing a vast variety of yoga styles and personal tastes: Sri Dharma Mittra, Shiva Rea, Ana Forrest, Seane Corn and more.

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MUSIC

Jam out with conscious artists like Michael Franti, Thievery Corporation, Rob Garza, Trevor Exter, and the positive hip hop of MC Yogi.

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NATURE

Outdoor enthusiasts of all ages will delight in the full range of adventurous activities, which offer spectacular views such as explorative hikes, adventure runs, and destination biking.

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TALKS

Attendees will be inspired by the Speakeasy series, a lecture program featuring today’s most mindful and spiritual thought leaders including Swami Govindananda, Taylor Conroy, Christina Rasmussen, Amanda Bacon and more.

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CULINARY

Experience culinary delights like no other with farm to table dinners from local food pioneers, craft beers and small production wine. Take a break with Uncorked Wine Bar for nightly wine tastings and happy hour form 3 – 5pm.

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OTHER ATTRACTIONS

A collection of imaginative activities like SUP Yoga, Acroyoga, hooping, aerial yoga and slack lining will be available. And don’t forget the photo workshops, self massage bodywork and meditation series.

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Click here to purchase your tickets!

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