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I’ll just start with saying that some of my favorite wedding themes are bohemian, alternative, indie, and woodsy. And that’s just the reason I’m loving today’s wedding! Karen and James’ Lake Tahoe wedding at The HideOut would fit any one of my favorite themes. From the diverse array of botanicals to the macrame dreamcatchers,  Kate Whelan Events created a day that lives in boho-indie wedding heaven. The spectacular gallery from Sarah Maren Photography depicts a day filled with love, creativity and spontaneity.

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A surprise rainstorm joined the wedding day just before the ceremony. The couple and their guests waited out the showers while sipping cocktails under the pine trees.

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From the wedding planner,  Kate ~
Karen and James were married at the gorgeous Tahoe-area venue, The HideOut in Kirkwood. Karen’s bohemian dreams were realized by adding handmade dream catchers in ever nook and cranny, pheasant feathers tucked into textural flowers and even a mini teepee. The couple and their guests endured some stormy Tahoe weather by having their Cocktail Hour first, followed by their Ceremony and rocking’ into the Reception, entertained by their many musical guests.

From the photographer,  Sarah ~
Karen and James had an AMAZING wedding at The Hideout in Kirkwood, California. It was seriously one of the most incredible weddings ever! Yes, there was hail and rain RIGHT when the ceremony was supposed to happen. But Karen and James had the Alchemy team on hand, and we moved things around and had a cocktail hour first and then once the rain passed we got these two MARRIED! It was a great night with a fantastic group of people and holy cow I LOVE this wedding!

Wedding Venue : The HideOut, Kirkwood, CA | Photographer : Sarah Maren Photography | Wedding Design, Stationary and Planning : Kate Whelan Events | Rentals : Celebrations! Party Rentals and Forever Vintage Rentals | Reception Music : The Blank Tapes | Cake : Matthew Rogers, Coracao |Catering : Beth Sogaard Catering | DJ : SJ’s Disc Jockey | Florist : Flourish Designs | Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Music : Jesse Hendricks | Hair : Renee Brooks-Marquez, Hello Glam | Makeup : LeiLani Miladi, Hello Glam | Officiant : Abigal Doolittle

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As a global society, we are finding design inspiration from all parts of the world. Designs from places like Turkey, Morocco, and India are especially popular due to their intricate patterns, rich colors and unique textures. Often seen in interior design and fashion, this trend can easily transcend into wedding design. Take a hint from wedding professionals and draw your inspiration from global sources for your Lake Tahoe wedding. Here are 3 ideas to get you started:

 

1. Turkish Kilim and Moroccan boucherouite rugs. These colorful rugs can be seen adding an extra dose of color to modern or bohemian weddings everywhere.

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2. Layers of global print, patterns and textures. From African patterns to Moroccan textiles, this trend is often seen in interior design.

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3. Textile art.  Textile art was huge in 2014 and we are just seeing this design make it’s way into wedding design.

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Anne and Pete worked closely with Truckee based wedding planner, Summit Soiree and Tahoe City based D’lish Catering  for their summer Lake Tahoe Wedding. Together, they decided on Tahoe’s historic Thunderbird Lodge as the backdrop for their summer wedding which incorporated an intimate ceremony of subtle nautical blues and whites with a lively after-party, at Incline Villages Hyatt Regency, complete with signature cocktails, life size Jenga and music by Brian Hess.  Photographer, Melina Wallisch braved the elements and adapted to last minute weather related changes to capture their day perfectly.

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From the photographer ~
Anne and Pete reside in Portola Valley, CA and married at the historic Thunderbird Lodge… Anne’s love of travel coupled beautifully with Pete’s adventurous spirit… their nautical themed wedding was a weather infused mountain soiree! The pouring rain was a happy welcome after Lake Tahoe had been engulfed in smoke all week from fire… many day-before and last-minute decisions were made… the entire ceremony and reception were rearranged and moved the to night before! We were so happy to have an outdoor ceremony, and nobody would’ve guessed anything had been changed… the day was pulled off splendidly with a seamlessly awesome design team… I am so thrilled to share this wedding with you… xo

Lake Tahoe Wedding Vendors:
Photographer: Melina Wallisch Photography | Wedding Coordinator: Summit Soiree | Wedding Venue: Thunderbird Lodge | After Party Venue: Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort | Event & Floral Design: :  | DJ & Instrumental Band: Brian Hess Music | Catering: D’lish | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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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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From the photographer ~
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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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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Set against a breathtaking Lake Tahoe backdrop, this romantic affair is all sorts of stunning. Think soft details, lush blooms and a beachfront ceremony that screams summer! The couple, Sidney and Greg, knew they wanted a mountain lakefront setting and booked their venue site unseen. The Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino in Incline Village was everything the adventurous couple dreamed of, a mountain location with the most gorgeous white sand beach. One of our favorite hair and makeup stylists, Greco Rose Beauty, was there to make sure the beautiful bride was looking her best. Watch how the day unfolded in the gallery captured by the lovely Chelsea Nicole Photography.

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From the photographer~
Sidney and Greg are that perfect mix of active, fun and adventurous. The outdoors are their idea of cozy comfort perfection! So when planning their ideal day, they simply let their fond memories of Sidney’s family lake-hours guide them to a different lake that they’d never been to before: Lake Tahoe.

Site unseen. Booked! Now that’s adventurous! Not to worry though; The Hyatt Regency Resort is a venue I’m very familiar with, and their mountain retreat in the beautiful Incline Village delivered the best of all worlds – breathtaking backdrops, fun activities for guests and plenty of adventure opportunities!

The day started getting ready in the private lakeside cottages followed by a romantic ‘first look’ where Sidney and Greg got to see each other for the first time before joining their families for pictures. Having spent a lot of time hiking and exploring with these two for their engagement shoot, I have to admit, seeing Sidney and Greg exchange first looks kind of made my heart flutter! I know they’ve been waiting years just to experience this perfect tiny little moment in time! Afterward they celebrated their ceremony lakeside, at the Hyatt’s beautiful stretch of private beach by the Pier surrounded by all their favorite people. This day was the perfect start of an amazing new adventure (the best adventure!) for Sidney and Greg. And I happen to think they rock the “Happy New Mr & Mrs” look quite well! :-)

Lake Tahoe Wedding Vendors:
Photography: Chelsea Nicole Photography | Ceremony/Reception Venue: Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino | Hair/Makeup: Greco Rose Beauty | Wedding Dress – Watters Wtoo | Floral: Rose Petals Florist | Entertainment: Lucky Devils Band | Officiant: Mark Frady

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Kaley and  Grady knew from the moment of the proposal that they were to be married in Lake Tahoe. The couple had been going to Kaley’s family’s cabin together since they started dating in 2005 and fell in love with the raw beauty of the Lake Tahoe woods and lake. Really though, what better setting for a wedding? The Gatekeeper’s Lodge and Museum had all the elements they were looking for: a 3-acre lakefront venue, pine trees, wood chips and picnic tables. Matt Edge Photography captured this wedding and the couples love like no other!

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What a DIY masterpiece! Due to the plentiful supply of pinecones, they quickly found their motif and collected as many pine cones as possible during their visits to the lake. Kaley even ordered pinecone stamps for the paper goods. The couple went with the rustic woodsy theme so they painted wood signs to direct their guests, carved round chargers out of cork, sewed burlap runners and collected antique wood frames and chalkboards. Kaley also bought the two wood doors for the table seating from an architectural salvage and painted the guests names on each windowpane.

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One of my absolute favorite parts about this wedding is the bible given to the bride that has been passed down through her family for 100 years! 

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From the bride ~
Sunflowers are my absolute favorite flowers so we kept the arrangements simple with white flowers, green foliage and sea glass blue vases. We accented the table settings with green moss, white wood flowers, hurricane candles, lanterns and occasional vintage birdcage. To direct our guests to the various wedding locations we painted wood signs with titles like “I Do’s” (ceremony), “Wine, Dine and Dance” (reception), “Wet Your Whistle” (bar), and more.  We hung white Chinese lanterns and market lights in the trees. Grady and I chose Moscow Mules for our signature cocktail which were served in mason jars with striped straws. For the buffet dinner we chose colorful seasonal fare including grilled Farmers Market vegetables, a wild basmati rice salad with apricots, cashews and pecans, a farfalle pasta with spicy sausage, smoked tomatoes and fontina cheese, seared cumin and coriander crusted salmon filet and grilled tri tip steaks. We wanted the environment to be casual and relaxed so we set up a s’more station with a fire pit and comfortable seating areas so our guests could wander around as they pleased. It was truly the most beautiful, fun and happy day to celebrate with our closest friends and family. We wouldn’t change a thing!

From the photographer ~
They are such a beautiful and sweet couple.  There are several DIY details that Kaley and her family spent a lot of time putting together.  My favorite detail of the day was a bible given to the bride that had been passed down through several generations of her family – over 100 years!  The bride receives the bible on their wedding day and signs it for the next generation.  It is such a special heirloom that couples can start for their own families.

Vendors:
Photographer | Matt Edge Photography
Ceremony and Reception Venue | The Gatekeeper’s Lodge and Museum
Catering | Mountain Magic Catering
Wedding Coordinator | Susi Trottnow
Rentals | Event Masters
Florist | Family Members
Music | Ryan Palmer of Lake Tahoe DJ
Wedding Dress | St. Pucci
Bride’s Shoes | Tori Burch
Bridesmaids’ Dresses | Free People
Groom’s Suit | Ted Baker (Grey)
Groomsmen’s Suits | Various Light Grey (Ted Baker, Calvin Klein, John Varvatos)
Ties | J. Crew

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Lake Tahoe Golf Club Wedding

The Sierra Nevada’s evoke a certain romance; dappled light cascades through the tall pine forest creating the perfect backdrop for a picturesque wedding. Stephanie and Rob were taken with Tahoe’s beauty and chose to make Lahontan Golf Club in Truckee, CA the location for their destination wedding. A wonderful group of wedding vendor Lake Tahoe wedding vendors helped make this a perfect day for the couple.  Art In Bloom and La Tavola Linen coordinated to create an elegantly bright style mixed with blues, purples, oranges and pinks. Johnstone Studios captured the day beautifully and  Hip Entertainment kept the dance floor full!

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From the Bride~
The Proposal – It was Rob’s birthday weekend, and we decided to go to Buena Vista for Irish Coffees then walk to grab lunch. After a couple Irish Coffees, I felt pretty good as we started on our way. We came to this pier and Rob suggested that we go out to look at the view. It was rather cold, but he assured me we wouldn’t be out there for too long. After a while admiring the view, he started saying all these sweet things to me. I thought, “This is a little bit more sappy than usual…” and next thing I knew he was on one knee. I was in shock! I immediately thought, “I need to remember this moment” as a friend of mine got engaged a few weeks prior and said everything was so exciting and such a blur that wished she remembered everything more clearly. After a few seconds, Rob got nervous and asked if I was going to say anything, and of course I said yes.

We decided to get married in Truckee because my family has had a place in Lahontan for 10+ years, plus Rob and I have shared so many wonderful memories there.

The ceremony was a unique combination of both our family traditions – a Greek Orthodox ceremony (my side of the family) in a Catholic Church (Rob’s side of the family).

We had several special moments! We had many “big fat Greek wedding” moments throughout the ceremony and the reception – the crowns used in the ceremony were my grandmothers, Greek dancing music while the band went on break, trays of baklava, and of course, my dad presented Rob and I Windex and a copy of the ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ moving during his Father of the Bride speech. I also work in social media, so Rob’s brother spoke in hashtags during his speech. Rob’s family is in the beer distributor business, so of course we had to honor the family tradition by serving his favorite beers. Rob also played the piano during his younger days (even at Carnegie Hall!) so he selected all the ceremony music. My 91-year-old grandpa flew cross-country to celebrate the big day with us!

Lake Tahoe Wedding Vendors:
Photography: Johnstone Studios | Coordination: Made In The Shade | Floral Design: Art In Bloom | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Ceremony Venue: Assumption Church in Truckee, CA | Reception Venue: Lahontan Golf Club | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo “Baxen” Wedge Pump | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew “Kylie” Silk Chiffon Dress| Makeup: Fusion Hair – Talia Doignon | Hair: De’ Arti Salon – Teri Silva | Band: Hip Entertainment | Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss | Groomsmen’s Attire: Tommy Hilfiger | Linens: La Tavola Linen | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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