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Paper Lanterns for your Tahoe Wedding

Paper lanterns add not only great lighting but a cozy feel to your wedding environment, plus they look great against the greenery of trees so they are the perfect accompaniment to your Tahoe wedding. If you decide to incorporate lanterns into you Lake Tahoe wedding you can chose to go with either all white or a colorful array — we love both!

White lanterns create a more formal, romantic atmosphere; while colored lanterns are more whimsical and playful. Another reason to decorate with these paper bulbs is you can re-use them in your backyard and let your wedding memories live on forever.

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Pendleton Woolen Mills is a textile manufacturer founded in 1863 in Oregon. Recently, the iconic pattern had increased in popularity throughout mountain towns. We love the idea of subtly incorporating the pattern into your winter wedding. Some ideas, as shown below, include aisle runners, centerpieces, and blankets for your guests during a chilly ceremony. What we love about providing these blankets into your ceremony is that they double as a wedding favor.

Now, don’t get sticker shock when looking at the price of these products (yes, they are pricey), but because of their increased popularity that look has been recreated at more affordable price points.

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Calgary Bride // Modern Haus Design

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Lake Tahoe Winter Elopement

This gorgeous couple decided on a destination elopement in Lake Tahoe after growing up spending their summers vacationing in along the same shores. Their sunset ceremony was so utterly romantic and an intimate crowd of family and friends was there to witness the event and celebrate with the couple. Cassidy Carson was there to capture the day and be sure to check out the behind the scenes video from Alyssa Torrech Videography.

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From Photographer, Cassidy CarsonWhat’s better than the most divine lake, snow-capped mountains and a magical sunset? Simple – when they merge at the horizon and create an absolute picturesque moment.

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Molly and Collin met one summer when their families were vacationing in Lake Tahoe as they did every year. The nostalgia of childhood memories was a no brainer when Southern Social was scouting their elopement location. This sunset ceremony was the perfect combination of both Molly and Colin with its utterly romantic view paired with striking winter whites. The soft hues against the pristine snow made for an unimaginable scene and maintained the simple palette Molly described during the planning and designing of her elopement.

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Molly donned a lush, refreshing bouquet from Petal & Pine accompanied by intricate details of her hand-stitched lace veil from Alice & Mae and flawless silk gown from Lea-Ann Belter with a stunning side braid by Leslie Ellis. Molly and Colin dreamed of a travel-inspired elopement to join their families in their favorite little lake town. Their dream was attained by devotion to the littlest of details including exquisite handmade paper, calligraphy and illustrations from Olive Juice Press for their invitation suite. They sent guests home with personal luggage tags to remember their incredible trip. The evening ended with a sunset to rival all sunsets forming a delicate package of perfection captured by Cassidy.

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Watch the couple’s behind the scenes video here:


Wedding Vendors:
Photography: Cassidy Carson Photography | Cinematography: Alyssa Torrech Videography | Event Planning + Design: Southern Social Events | Floral Design: Petal and Pine | Wedding Dress: Lea-Ann Belter Bridal Flagship Boutique | Hair + Makeup: Leslie Ellis | Calligraphy + Invitations: Olive Juice Press | Bridal Boutique: The Bride Room | Hair Accessories + Veil: Alice and Mae Bridal | Ribbon: Silk & Willow

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Saying “I do” on a picturesque mountaintop is dream-worthy in its own right, but saying “I do” atop a mountain overlooking the gorgeous Sierra Nevada Mountains? That’s an entirely new level of pretty.  These two sweeties, tied the knot at the Northstar Zephyr Lodge in a take-your-breath-away celebration featuring mesmerizing views, crystal blue waters and a gondola or two.

To plan your very own dream day perched on an 8000 foot mountain-top, contact Tahoe Wedding Collections. Whether you’re planning a small, intimate affair or a larger gathering of 500, your guests will marvel at the stunning Pacific Crest views and drop-dead gorgeous sunsets, no matter the time of year. Just promise to invite us, okay?


First Pick Planning describes the beautiful Tahoe wedding day below:

When we met Katie and Grant they let us know they planned to get married in Lake Tahoe, CA. The couple wanted a place where they could surround themselves with family and friends in a place near and dear to both of their hearts. Both Katie and Grant grew up spending time in Lake Tahoe and had fond memories with their families. It seemed like the ideal place for the two families to become one. They decided on a picturesque view at the top of Northstar’s Zephyr Lodge.

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Northstar and its magical mountains set the perfect backdrop for their romantic wedding. The ceremony was outside facing out into the mountains and encompassed the love they had for each other, family and friends. During the ceremony they honored their parents longstanding marriages and Grant paid tribute to his grandfather by choosing his wedding ring as his wedding band. 

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After the ceremony guests entered the reception inside Zephyr Lodge, which only lends itself to the stunning natural beauty that surrounds it with the floor to ceiling windows along one side of the venue. Art in Bloom brought us wild and free blooms that were placed in small clusters of mismatched vases that Katie’s mother had lovingly collected over the last year. The palette of rich greens and bright blooms complemented the scenery outside.

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Guests dined at long family style tables with views of the mountains. As we further got to know Katie and Grant, we learned that family and friends truly mean everything to them. Based on this it was decided that we would serve the dinner “family style” with guests being able to try a little bit from each of the plates as they passed and encouraging guest to chat with one another.  After dinner was served and the traditional dances and speeches commenced.

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Every aspect of the venue was perfection due to the amazing team at Northstar. During the planning process we quickly learned that Grant had a sweet tooth and dessert would be his main focus. In lieu of a traditional cake the couple opted for an entire dessert table filled with a few of Grant’s favorite’s: mini chocolate mousses, cupcakes, cookies and even doughnut holes. The night was truly one of those beautiful brisk mountain nights and guests enjoyed hot cocoa as they waited for the gondola to take them down the mountain at the end of the evening. Many of the guests joined the couple at the after party at Mikuni’s Sushi restaurant in the village where the rest of the doughnut holes were devoured and the life-sized cut outs of Katie and Grant made their grand appearance!

Lake Tahoe Wedding Vendors:
Photographer: Candice Benjamin Photography | Videographer: Jordan Claverie | Coordination: First Pick Planning | Florist: Art In Bloom | Makeup: Jen With Kiss And Makeup | Hair: Sam Harris | Lighting: Event Masters Rental | After Party Bar: Mikuni Sushi | Ceremony and Reception: Northstar Zephyr Lodge | DJ/Musician: Brian Hess | Desserts: Treat Box Bakery | Photo Booth: The Traveling Photo Booth| Rentals: Celebrations Party Rentals

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June 13th was the perfect summer day for a wedding on Lake Tahoe; great weather, no clouds and the sun sparkled against the blue waters. With wedding planning and design by Summit Soiree, Katie and Erik’s vision for their big day was perfectly executed. The couple opted for an elegant theme mixed with dark wood farm tables and chairs from Camelot Party Rentals. The bouquets and floral arrangements focused on greens and creamy whites, while incorporating fern leaves and branches; everything tied in very well with the natural backdrop at the Glenbrook Club.

The adorable couple pledged their love to each other along the lake creating an elegant scene. And the two flower girls dressed in turquoise fairy wings with woven flower crowns dropped rose petals before Katie’s awaited walk down the aisle. We are incredibly lucky that one of our favorite destination wedding photographers, Virgil Bunao Photography was there to capture all the precious details of the day.

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Lake Tahoe Wedding Vendors:
Wedding Location: Glenbrook Club | Wedding Planner: Summit Soiree | Photography: Virgil Bunao Photography | Beauty: Tahoe Beauty | Flowers: Thran’s | Ceremony Music: Avalanche Music | Reception Music: Moonlight Mobile DJ | Rentals: Camelot Party Rentals and Crux Events| Transportation: Reno Tahoe Limousine

From the photographer, Virgil Bunao~
I’ve been to the Lake Tahoe area before, and luckily for me, it was another wedding I worked on previously with Summit Soiree (they have some of the best brides!). I seriously had a huge case of the blues after leaving the area; Lake Tahoe is just brilliant and the landscape is a photographer’s dream. When Summit Soiree informed me that I had an inquiry to do photography for Katie and Erik’s big day in Glenbrook, I was extremely overjoyed and so pumped to head back.

I arrived in Glenbrook on a Wednesday, left on Monday, and was able to cram all of the festivities and the scenery in that short amount of time. Katie and Erik and their families met up with me, and they were such good folk. Their rehearsal dinner was in the midst of the beautiful nature scenes of Lake Tahoe with such a laid-back feel. Their wedding was no different. The day was as perfect as it could be; great weather, no clouds, and the sun was shining off of the surface of the blue waters. Katie and Erik chose to have their ceremony in front of the lake and from every angle, there was a perfect shot.

Their design elements was the ideal accompaniment to the surroundings. They incorporated greens and creamy whites, fern leaves and branches and rustic browns and tans; everything tied in very well with the nature scene at the Glenbrook Club. Ashlie and Heather from Summit Soiree did a great job at executing the vision Katie and Erik had for their wedding day, and I had a blast photographing it and especially Mr. and Mrs. Mcdonald. They made my stay in Lake Tahoe another wonderful experience, and it was a treat on its own to be in such a beautiful place, helping beautiful people make new memories.

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Winter Wedding Shawls for Every Bride

Outdoor winter weddings are incredibly romantic — they seem almost fairytale-like, but, with the cool winds and snow in Tahoe we suggest having a plan for an extra layer to wear over your dress if you’re getting married outside (or even just taking pictures outside).

Here we showcase a range of shawls, featuring everything from faux fur to rustic plaid to intricate lace detailing. We ask you to remember, you don’t have to necessarily wear your shawl during the ceremony, but it is an important option to have just in case of cold temperature or unexpected snow and they really look great in photos.

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Revie Gallery // Borrowed and Blue
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Willowdale Estates // Wedding Forward

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Top 5 Lake Tahoe Weddings of 2016

As 2016 came to a close, we can confidently say that it has been an amazing year for Lake Tahoe weddings. Each week we brought you incredible real weddings, all of which are brimming with unique love stories and inspiring details. In honor of the spectacular events and vendors we feature on a regular basis, we gathered up our favorite real weddings from the last twelve months. Click on the images below to see the full wedding.




Danielle and Michael met when they were just 15 years old, and at 16 they knew they were meant to be.  The long awaited day was completely stunning thanks to Elise Events, B & B Flower Designs, and Camelot Party Rentals.

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John and Shannon were meant to say “I do”, being that they met at a wedding and their first five dates were at weddings! And when the time was right, this lovely couple contacted One Fine Day Events to create a drop-dead gorgeous affair that is as colorful as it is rich in personal details.


Planning & Design: One Fine Day Events | Photographer: Mike Larson | Videographer: Reel Eyes | Wooden Boat: Wild Goose 2 | Catering: D’lish Catering | Florist: Jiosia Designs | Music: Tahoe Bagpiper & Brian Hess Music | Invitations: Bride’s Father | Rentals: Celebrations Party Rentals & La Tavola Fine Linens | Venue: Private Estate | Hair: Greco Rose | Makeup: The Makeup Dolls




Take a Hollywood power couple and pair it up with an amazing team of vendors, including MAP EventsMeg Smith and D’Lish Catering and the results are pretty… and then some.


Photography: Meg Smith Photography | Cinematography: Razon Byrne Productions | Event Planning: MAP Events | Floral Design: Jiosia Designs | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Susie Cakes | Stationery: Graceline Art | Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Black Halo | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Armani Vest From YOOX | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Isabella Oliver | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Catering: D’Lish Catering | Hair + Makeup: Veronica Sinclair | Lighting: Creative Lighting Design | Band: The Spazmatics | Groom’s Attire: Custom | Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux | Officiant: Josh McDermitt | Venue: At Home | Late-night DJ: Satyr Entertainment | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals




SMP blogger bride, Chloe of Boxwood Avenue, dreamed up the perfect lakeside wedding at West Shore Cafe and Inn. With a wealth of knowledge in the field, Chloe chose Tahoe Unveiled vendors Reno Tahoe Ceremonies and Camelot Party Rentals to make sure the day went off without a hitch.

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Rentals: Camelot Party Rentals, Frances Lane, & Classic Party Rentals | Reception Venue: West Shore Cafe | Photography: David Newkirk | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Florals: Karen Tran Florals | Giant Love Letters: Tahoe Entertainer | Calligraphy : Chloe Legras At Boxwood Avenue | Sound: West Coast Audio & Visual | Hair: Pretty Parlor | Makeup: MAC Cosmetics | Dress Boutique: Swoon Bridal Reno | Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Sound: Crux Events | Officiant: Pastor Eric Tastet from Reno Tahoe Ceremonies | Veil: Jennifer Leigh Couture Veil Design | Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss Red Label | Accessories : Camille Wynn from The Dress Theory | Cake: Paris Custom Cakes | Paper: Minted | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Ribbon: Silk and Willow | Event Planning: A Savvy Event




With a stunning lakeside ceremony, an intimate reception, a breathtaking Oscar de la Renta gown and beautiful design details, each moment of this day planned by Summit Soiree is the reason we love Tahoe weddings.


Photography: Bret Cole Photography | Event Planning: Summit Soiree | Floral Design: Art In Bloom | Wedding Dress: Oscar de la Renta | Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Alfred Sung | Catering: D’Lish Catering | Makeup: Edin Carpenter | Hair: Amber Jahn | DJ: Brian Hess Music | Groom’s Attire: Joseph Abboud Men’s Wearhouse | Officiant: Reno Tahoe Ceremonies | Venue: Hellman-Ehrman Mansion | Acoustic Duo: Avalanche Music | Baby Sitting: All About Kids | Crystal Brooch: Oscar de la Renta | Embroidered Handkerchiefs: Molly & Mom | Invitations + Stationery: Aubrey Day | Rentals: Camelot Party Rentals | Rentals: Forever Vintage Rentals | Robes: Homebodii | Vendor: The Bride’s Aunt & Grandmother | Wedding Invitation Photo: Aubrey Day | Videography: Reel Eyes Media

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Best Lake Tahoe Wedding Details of 2016

There were SO many things we loved about this year’s Lake Tahoe weddings. From DIY bride’s to the most elegant affairs, here are our just a few of our favorite wedding details we saw.



We love innovative centerpieces! And hanging centerpieces are just the thing that catch our eye. These hanging centerpieces from One Fine Day Events are perfectly paired with the rustic-wood barrel light fixtures from Celebrations! Party Rentals.

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Wedding Vendors: Planning & Design: One Fine Day Events // Photographer: Mike Larson Photography // Flowers: Art in Bloom // Hair: Greco Rose // Makeup: Kiss and Makeup // Catering: As You Wish // Cake: Flour Girl // Desserts: Sugar Pine // Ceremony Music: String Beings // Reception Music: Hip Entertainment // Officiant: Pastor Eric Tastet // Videographer: Reel Eyes // Linen:  La Tavola // Rentals: One Fine Day Events, Celebrations! Party Rentals, Camelot Party Rentals // Venue: Private Estate



You can’t get classier than this triple threat. We love how these bridesmaids paired a fury shawl and winter boots with the most stunning winter bouquet we’ve ever seen.


Photographer: Kayla Barker Fine Art Photography | Videographer: Montoto Productions | Floral & Event Design: A Bud and Beyond | Reception Venue, Cake, & Catering: The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe | Designer of Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander | Designer of Veils: Sara Gabriel | Designer of Bridesmaids Dresses: Allure Bridal |Designer of Jewelry: Chloe + Isabel | Hair and Makeup Artists: Urban Angels



Northstar California’s Zephyr Lodge is only accessible by chairlift and overlooks the gorgeous Tahoe Backcountry, making it our pick for best wedding reception venue.

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Photographer: Candice Benjamin Photography | Videographer: Jordan Claverie | Coordination: First Pick Planning | Florist: Art In Bloom | Makeup: Jen With Kiss And Makeup | Hair: Sam Harris | Lighting: Event Masters Rental | After Party Bar: Mikuni Sushi | Ceremony and Reception: Northstar’s Zephyr Lodge | DJ/Musician: Brian Hess | Desserts: Treat Box Bakery | Photo Booth: The Traveling Photo Booth| Rentals: Celebrations Party Rentals



Shana and Joe’s reception featured so many special touches and details including a custom bar with marquee sign built lovingly by Shana and the groom’s father.


Planning and Design: Amazáe Events | Florist:  Petal Works | Photography: Jasmine Star Photography | Music: San Francisco Booking Agency (All Star Jukebox) | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals and Archive Rentals | Linen: Napa Valley Linens | Cake: Sweet Tooth Confections | Venue: Private Estate, Glenbrook, NV

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