Thunderbird-16 Jessica and Matt's wedding at the Thunderbird Lodge on Lake Tahoe's east shore perfectly embodied classic elegance with a twist. A color scheme of white and earth tones against the dramatic beauty of Lake Tahoe's east shore made for the perfect day, captured by wedding photographer Josh Gruetzmacher. Thunderbird9 Thunderbird-25003-thunderbird-lodge-wedding-josh-gruetzmacherJessica intended to keep her maiden name, however when it became clear how important it was to the groom that she take his, she decided to gift it to him. She had a silver box engraved with the name Nordby with a glass heart inside bearing a banner that said: With love, Mrs Nordby. Thunderbird41Thunderbird-26 005-thunderbird-lodge-wedding-josh-gruetzmacher Thunderbird-24 Thunderbird12The bride personally calligraphied the envelopes for the wedding invitations, as well as the name place cards. Her sister made the brides bouquet. Thunderbird-28 012-thunderbird-lodge-wedding-josh-gruetzmacher014-thunderbird-lodge-wedding-josh-gruetzmacherThunderbird46 Thunderbird-18 Thunderbird35 Thunderbird-17After the ceremony Jessica and Matthew took a ride on the Thunderbird yacht. Just the groom and bride, no one else. They wanted a moment for just themselves. This is when Matthew revealed the honeymoon location (Costa Rica & Nicaragua) which he had kept secret until then. Thunderbird29020-thunderbird-lodge-wedding-josh-gruetzmacher Thunderbird21The sit down dinner was outdoors, with a view of the lake during sunset. There was one, very long feasting table where everyone sat. After dinner, the live band started playing and the guests danced, drank around the alfresco bar and smoked cigars in the outdoor gazebo. This made for a fun, happy, carefree feeling to the event! Thunderbird-29 028-thunderbird-lodge-wedding-josh-gruetzmacher040-thunderbird-lodge-wedding-josh-gruetzmacher Thunderbird4The couple wanted to get married at Lake Tahoe not only because of its breathtaking and pristine beauty, but also because of the sentimental value it has to them. Lake Tahoe is where Jessica and Matthew's romance started, where they got engaged and where they have their home. 030-thunderbird-lodge-wedding-josh-gruetzmacherThunderbird-3Thunderbird20 Thunderbird-13 First dance: Feels Like Home Father/Bride: You Are The Sunshine of My Life Grandmother/Groom: What a Wonderful World Thunderbird-10 Thunderbird-12Jessica surprised Matthew by having her brother play ' Feels Like Home' acoustically on the guitar. In turn, her brother surprised her with a touching speech. There wasn't a dry eye in the house. Lake Tahoe Wedding Vendors: Photography: Josh Gruetzmacher | Wedding Venue: Thunderbird Lodge | Wedding Planner and Florist: Once Upon a Time Events | Florist: Thrans Flowers | Officiant: Mike Elmore | Bride’s Dress: Vwidon | Groom’s Suit: District Homme | Stationery: Paper Source | Hair: Lindsy Shontz | Makeup: Ashley Holz | Ceremony Music: Accent Music | Reception Music: Hip Service | Wine: Frank Family | Cake & Dessert: Sugar Pine Cakery | Boat Transportation: Wild Goose, Woodwind II, The Thunderbird