Lindsay and Chris met in San Diego on the dating app Hinge. She had just moved there when Chris asked her out on a sushi date in Pacific Beach. Even though she didn’t like sushi, she accepted to see if they had potential as a couple. Needless to say, their relationship took off from there, and they’ve been together for over seven years. Here’s a little peek into their special day captured by Doug Miranda Photography.
Lake Tahoe has been a magical place they have visited yearly since they started dating. Lindsay said, “Chris’ family has a house in Incline Village, where we hosted our rehearsal dinner and ‘Brunch with the Boutelles’ the morning after. We ski all of Tahoe’s mountain resorts in the winter and love to boat in the summer. Chris grew up learning how to ski on Tahoe’s mountains, specifically Palisades and Northstar. It’s an incredible place, and we can’t get enough!”
Wedding planning also came with a few bumps in the road, and this was the third time Lindsay and Chris had planned to get married. They previously submitted into Sugar Pine Point’s lottery in 2019 and got accepted for a 2020 wedding. Unfortunately, the venue closed a few months before September 2020 due to COVID-19. “Since we loved the park and the reception venue, we stuck to our guns and moved our wedding with the same venue and vendors to September 2021. We all know what happened in September 2021 in Lake Tahoe… our venue had to postpone one week before our wedding. Again. And for a good reason, they were working with local firefighters to put fire retardant around the trees and save the park.” They say the third time’s the charm, and luckily, all their vendors accommodated them and moved their date one more time.
Lindsay had forgone her first wedding dress and had a special gown ordered from Arava Polak in Israel. Fate brought her this dress because it was perfect with bows and floral lace appliqué. However, when the dancing began, she changed into a sparkly, feather-embellished dress.
The couple had a champagne tower and toasted with their wedding party upon the grand entrance into the ceremony. The duo also opened a bottle of reserve champagne during sunset photos they had brought back from the champagne capital, Reims, France, in 2018. In addition, they used Lalique champagne coupes during the reception that Lindsay’s father had gifted them due to his interest in glass. On the other hand, Chris’ father handpicked his favorite wine from Clos du Val in Napa Valley for the reception, and the groom brought in his favorite beer from Lost Coast Brewery in Eureka, CA.
A few personalized touches included the guests receiving a personalized note from the couple upon arriving at the ceremony. All signs were handmade by Lindsay, and they also included pictures of their parents’ and grandparents’ weddings at the welcome table. In addition, their guestbook had a sketch of the Hellman-Ehrman mansion, created by Lindsay’s best friend. To top it off, they had a mailbox with their new last name on the welcome table for guests to put cards in. Another unique element was the custom-made koozies for people’s drinks that still said the couple’s 2020 date on them. Lindsay couldn’t let them go to waste. But the fun didn’t stop there; at the night’s end, the couple surprised one of the groomsmen by playing a song he had written and produced. With him also being a dancer, he naturally danced to it for the crowd. “It was so much fun!”
The couple also wrote personalized vows, and so many of their guests commented on how wonderful it was to hear them. “It kind of felt like we were on The Bachelor/Bachelorette blubbering our hearts out to each other, but our guests enjoyed being included in our love.” If you’re like Lindsay and you cry at the drop of a hat upon hearing your partner’s kind words, she’d recommend you say them to each other beforehand. “So, before our rehearsal dinner, we found a quiet space and read them to each other. It meant so much to both of us because they were from the heart, and we could enjoy them just the two of us.” Lindsay would also recommend scheduling times and places to meet with your guests for a destination wedding. “We hosted a ‘Welcome to Tahoe’ event at Incline Public House (everyone grabbed their own beer), BYOB beach day at Speedboat Beach before our rehearsal dinner, Rehearsal Dinner, and a brunch the morning after. This may not be for everyone, but we did feel like it gave our guests a good way to experience Lake Tahoe like a local.”
Best wishes on this beautiful journey together, Lindsay and Chris!
Venue Sugar Pine Point State Park + Hellman-Ehrman Mansion / Photography Doug Miranda Photography / Planner She Said Yes Weddings / Catering Mountain Magic Catering / DJ McClain’s Mobile DJ / Florals Sparks Florist / Photo Booth Tahoe Photo Bus / Desserts Buttercream Bliss Gourmet Cupcakes / Cake Tahoe House Bakery / Rentals Camelot Party Rentals / Transportation Tahoe Elite Transportation / Guest Shuttle All West Coachlines