Best of 2020: Winter Wedding

Lake Tahoe Winter Wedding

December 24, 2020

Megan Butcher/Tahoe Unveiled

Couples who opt for a winter wedding in Lake Tahoe hold a special place in our hearts! Some of them are avid winter sport enthusiasts looking to incorporate skiing or snowboarding into their nuptials and others just love the idea of a romantic, cozy wedding. All of them are flexible about winter weather in the mountains and most are rewarded with a romantic blanket of snow on their special day! Scroll on to see scenes from some of our favorites.



This sweet couple hoped for snow and definitely got their wish  - good thing the groom packed his Sorels! Their winter wedding featured a rich color palette, lots of candlelight, and, luckily, as the very last wedding at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe before the covid shutdown, all of their friends and family. 

Gagewood | The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe | B&B Designs


Holly Shankland Photography

Kane and Kendall grew up coming to Serene Lakes and skiing at Squaw so the resort's "Leap of Love" leap-year elopement event was the perfect opportunity for them to tie the knot. Photography Holly Shankland followed them around on skis and even snapped this photo of the couple enjoying a shot-ski on the Red Dog lift! They just announced their secret elopement to friends via a Christmas card and will have a full wedding next year in Mendocino.

Holly Shankland Photography | Ceremonies by Meredith (Officiant) | Squaw-Alpine


Kay Kroshus

One of our favorite weddings of the year, Sara and Ross fully embraced the magic of winter, with a Christmas tree on the pier, dramatic red and white florals, winter white tablescapes, and the most perfect princess wedding gown. See the full wedding here. 

Kay Kroshus | Forget Me Knot Events + Design | B&B Designs (Florals) | Love Is In The Hair (HMU)

La Tavola Fine Linen Rentals | Celebrations Party Rentals


Holly Shankland Photography

Another slopeside affair, Emily and Branden rented a huge house at Northstar where all their friends and family could stay together. They were married in front of the home's giant stone fireplace and then hit the slopes afterwards in the middle of one of the year's biggest storms! See the full microwedding here.

Holly Shankland Photography | Northstar California Resort | Ceremonies by Meredith (Officiant) | Platterfare (Catering) 


Athena & Camron Photography

There's nowhere quite like the Ritz in winter, as shown by Jamie and David's cozy Christmas inspired wedding. The couple was married on the outdoor Fireside Terrace and then everyone headed indoors to the ballroom for a reception featuring nine decorated Christmas trees and an abundance of glittering candlelight. Of course, guests enjoyed the resort's fine cuisine and the famous hot chocolate bar too! See the full wedding here.

Athena and Camron Photography | She Said Yes Weddings (Planning) The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe | Celebrations Party Rentals


VILD Photography

When covid very abruptly caused the cancellation of their wedding at The Landing in South Lake Tahoe, this beautiful couple opted to simply have their ceremony on the beach and then take photos atop Cave Rock. They had to leave their hotel that evening as everything was shutting down but still managed to find a way to celebrate and find beauty amidst it all. That's the true power of love! 

VILD Photography