Today's real wedding is packed with pretty! The Ritz Carlton has done it again with their elegant decor, beautiful backdrop and gorgeous views which Matt Theilen captured with his perfectly skilled lens! Take this beauty in - with all the great little decor details and beautiful flowers I'm sure this will bring a smile to your face & brighten your day!

From the Photographer~ Dan and Margaret met at work while Dan was in the Air Force and Margaret was in the Navy. Dan was living in Washington, DC at the time and Margaret was living in Denver, CO, but they were both assigned to work on a project together in Monterrey, CA. At lunch the first day, Margaret found herself more interested in talking with Dan than the three astronauts sitting with them, and by the end of the day Dan found the courage to ask her out for a drink, in front of their boss (brave!). That first drink led to several dinners in Denver; cross-country road trips; moving Dan to California; trips to Hawaii, Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, Disney World, Spain, Italy, Mexico, Canada and a Caribbean cruise; numerous visits to California and Wisconsin to visit families; moving Margaret to Washington, DC; and countless plane tickets in between! After almost three years of long-distance dating, Dan surprised Margaret with a proposal at her childhood home and she happily said "yes!"

They had visited Lake Tahoe in the first year they dated and fell in love with the pristine beauty and inviting charm of the area. They were living in Washington, DC, and were both in the military and had friends coming in from all over the country -- so there was no clear choice of where to host the wedding. In the end, they thought "if we could host a fun weekend for all our family and friends, where would we want to take them & what would we want to do with them?" and decided Lake Tahoe was the perfect place! The theme of the wedding was focused most on the things they love -- music, food, wine, friends & family, and fun. They wanted to keep things simple and classic (although, they learned nothing is simple when planning a wedding!).


Photographer | Matt Theilen Photography Church | St. Francis of Assisi Reception | The Ritz-Carlton Highlands Cake | The Ritz-Carlton Highlands Flowers | Martha Bernyk Floral Design DJ | Moonlight Mobile DJ Hair & Make-up | The Ritz-Carlton Highlands Transportation | Bell Limo