Amanda and Shaun: Tahoe City Backyard Wedding

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When I talked to Amanda the first time, she told me that she was a Tahoe local, her wedding would be held in a backyard literally two minutes away from my house, and BOTH she and her fiancé Shaun were archaeologists. How could I not love absolutely everything about this wedding? Amanda’s beauty and AMAZING dress blew me away. This was such a fun, chill, day! Thanks for letting me document your awesomeness guys! Caterer: Bella Affair Catering

Kenny and Luke: Valhalla LGBTQ Wedding

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Kenny and Luke: loving, funny, silly, smart, caring, kind awesome people. I was more than honored and delighted to be a part of their big day at Valhalla in South Lake Tahoe. Their spirits couldn’t be dampened by near frigid weather and crazy wind as they celebrated with their friends and family. I won’t be doing much talking today because my face hurts from laughing and smiling too much. Also, take note of their EXCELLENT styling choices! If you’re both planning on wearing a suit, try to choose different colors from each other as all blacks or whites tend to get lost together in photos.  Kenny and Luke’s contrasting tones looked so so so so good together and gave them …

Alex and Ben: Squaw Valley Wedding

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I am so, so so so thankful that I met and got to work with Alex and Ben. They have become fast friends and I’m only sad that they live so far away in San Francisco so I don’t get to eat giant bowls of ramen with them every night. They got married waaaaaay up at 8200′ on the deck of Squaw Valley‘s High Camp. These two lovebirds (seriously, do they ever stop smiling????) exchanged vows with dramatic views of Lake Tahoe in the background. Congrats Alex and Ben!!!!!!!! Thanks so much to all the amazing vendors that made this day possible! Venue: Squaw Valley Resort Planning and Coordination: First Pick Planning Florist: Love and Lupines Hair and Makeup: Kiss …

Speedboat Beach Wedding Venue

Speedboat Beach Wedding Venue Spotlight

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History and Location Speedboat Beach is a neighborhood beach in Kings Beach, CA on the northern shore of Lake Tahoe, amid the California-Nevada state line. Known for its crystal-clear waters and magnificent boulder formations, this beautiful beach draws thousands of visitors to its shores each year. It is often referred to as the “hidden gem” of the Kings Beach area because it is less well known than some other popular local beaches. It can be found at the end of a small winding road, off of Speedboat Street. At this beach, you can find both tourists and locals enjoying outdoor water sports like swimming or kayaking, or simply sunbathing and enjoying the magnificent views. It is thought to be one …

wedding venue spotlight at squaw valley

Wedding Venue Spotlight: Squaw Valley

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History and Location Squaw Valley is a world-famous ski resort in North Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada mountains. It has more than 3,600 acres open to skiing on its six peaks, and 30 chairlifts. The resort is set in magnificent Placer County, CA where snowfall reaches up to 450 inches every year, and most days are sunny. It is the perfect place for enjoying all seasons outdoors. The resort was founded in 1949 by Alex Cushing almost by chance—on a visit from the East Coast he broke his ankle skiing, and subsequently became curious about the area. He ended up opening the ski mountain and resort. The attraction remained relatively small (the resort could fit about 50 guests at …

Wedding Venue Spotlight: Hellman-Ehrman Mansion

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History and Location The Hellman-Ehrman Mansion was built in 1903. Starting out as nothing more than a hill of sand, the designer of this home, Walter Danforth Bliss created one of the most beautiful sights at Lake Tahoe. I.W. Hellman set out to have a home built that would be perfect for entertaining. The result of these two amazing minds led to the creation of the Hellman-Ehrman mansion, a stunning location for any wedding ceremony or reception. This mansion was the product of the immense wealth that I.W. Hellman had obtained. This legendary location also features buildings that are not directly attached to the property, including: a cottage near the lake, the children’s house, quarters for maids, a butler’s cabin, …

Top 5 Wedding Planning Sites

My Top 5 Sites for Planning Your Tahoe Wedding

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Wedding planning can become stressful, especially when having to sort through all the websites of resources and scour for helpful articles. It’s easy to take on too much at once and get overwhelmed with the mass amounts of bookmarks and screenshots you’ve collected as you try just to begin to plan. In hopes of setting your mind at ease when it comes to the search of where to turn to for help, I’ve compiled this list of sites to help with your wedding planning in the Lake Tahoe area. You’ve got better things to do than stress over the little stuff! So sit back, relax, and do some browsing on these websites I’ve found to be great for those pre-planning …

Tips on Planning a Tahoe Winter Wedding

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The perfectly chic, winter wonderland wedding starts with finding the right location. You will be hard-pressed to find a venue more romantic than the snowy mountain tops of Lake Tahoe. The inviting chill and cozy backdrop of a Tahoe wedding can seem picturesque but can require a bit of skillful planning. Here’s how to turn your wooded, fairy-tale wedding into a reality without breaking the budget. When to Book Your Date Whether you dream of burgundy hues and gold or classic spruce tree elegance, all Tahoe couples can agree on one thing – all the pretty snow. Setting the perfect date for your wedding can make or break that dream. To ensure a serene background from the picture books, consider …

Granlibakken Tahoe Venue Spotlight

Granlibakken Tahoe Venue Spotlight

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There was something in the air that day. You could feel the energy between Fay and Scott rustling through the trees as they eagerly awaited their wedding ceremony. There was a sense of great anticipation and good vibes that resonated from the private bridal dressing area. This couple truly sparkles with love and excitement, making it hard not to get caught up in the emotions of the day. Especially Scott’s first peek at his bride, as she stood tall and graceful among the sheltered first of the Lake Tahoe wooded valley. The Granlibakken Tahoe venue, tucked into the mountainous Tahoe area, was a perfect wedding and reception location for the playful couple. They had decided this was the absolute perfect …

Five Stunning Locations for Lake Tahoe Wedding Photos

Five Stunning Locations for Lake Tahoe Wedding Photos

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You’ve made it through months of planning. You’ve chosen a destination, thrilled your second cousin’s daughter by asking her to be the flower girl, and picked the perfect table adornments. You’ve found the right cake, said, “yes” to the dress, and booked a honeymoon trip to die for. Destination weddings are all the rage these days, and Lake Tahoe doesn’t disappoint! If you are looking for the best locations to take photographs that will take your breath away for years to come, read on! Hidden Beach While Hidden Beach is located right next to Highway 28, it really is “hidden”! The beach is situated between giant boulders, hiding the highway from view. The beach provides a large sandy area, perfect …