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I Do’s with Spectacular Views
On a picture-perfect Lake Tahoe afternoon, Pamela and Dan blissfully exchanged wedding vows in an awe-inspiring North Shore setting. Featuring a vibrant yellow and “Tahoe Blue” color palette, the beauty and joy of their lakefront celebration was expertly captured by Nick Higman Photography. Nick and his associate chronicled the spirit of the day in photographs to last a lifetime.
As an added bonus, here are a couple of images from the photo booth provider, Cornerstone Entertainment:
While Pamela, a Bay Area native, often spent weekends in Tahoe with her family, Dan grew up in Nebraska where the magic of Tahoe wasn’t known to him until he moved to California after college. However, they both shared a draw to its natural beauty and endless outdoor activities.
During a short vacation from medical school, Dan and Pamela were visiting the sandy shores of Tahoe, beautifully backlit by the sunset and the Sierra Mountains, when Dan dropped down on one knee to pop the question.
This perfect Tahoe proposal deserved the perfect Tahoe wedding – so one year later, they tied the knot beside those same crystal blue waters. The couple selected Gar Woods Grill & Pier as the ideal venue to share their special day with friends and family and enjoy the idyllic Tahoe views.
Their wedding vision started with the sunflower, which laid the foundation for the decor. Pamela had always loved sunflowers. They are bright and cheery, and as warm and inviting as the sweet summer sun – perfect for their Tahoe wedding.
Although they are often do-it-yourselfers, Pamela and Dan also knew when to pull in help from local vendors, who worked together to make their wedding sparkle. Their Wedding Planner, Events of Distinction, orchestrated the logistics of their day to ensure a seamless execution. To ensure an on-time performance, Reno Tahoe Limousine transported wedding party members to the celebration in style.
The waterfront ceremony location at Gar Woods provided an amazing panorama of the Lake’s awesome beauty. Arrangements of sunflowers and wildflowers, creatively designed by Wanda’s Floral and Gift, lined the aisle as Pamela and Dan joyfully exchanged vows.
After witnessing wedded bliss, guests were escorted to the outdoor balcony at Gar Woods, which offered a picturesque location to watch the sunset over the Tahoe Mountains. As a full-service restaurant, Gar Woods allowed guests to select their entrée from their lakeside seats, which added a personalized feel to the delicious dinner.
After dinner, Moonlight Mobile DJ got guests revved up on the dance floor with a festive assortment of everyone’s favorite tunes. To complement the décor and the Tahoe locale, Sugar Pine Cakery provided a cake adorned with flowers, accompanied by cupcakes and assorted desserts displayed upon tree rounds.
When the last song ended, Pamela and Dan were sad to see the festivities come to a close. But they were thrilled knowing they had experienced a magical day, filled with the joy of family and friends coming together, celebrating by the shores of Lake Tahoe.
Photographer: Nick Higman Photography | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Gar Woods Grill & Pier | Cake & Desserts: Sugar Pine Cakery | Floral Designer: Wanda’s Floral and Gift | Bride’s Gown: Watters Wtoo | Hair: Kristie Pellegrino | Makeup: Kiss and Makeup Reno | Music: Moonlight Mobile DJ | Officiant: India Wood | Photo Booth: Cornerstone Entertainment | Transportation: Reno Tahoe Limousine | Wedding Planner: Events of Distinction
An Out of the Ordinary Wedding – Tahoe Tropical
We are delighted to feature this spectacular wedding produced by TWIG member and wedding planner extraordinaire Kerry Hawk, along with her outstanding team at Blue Sky Events. With the azure waters of Lake Tahoe as their backdrop, this adorable couple enjoyed a sparkling celebration at the West Shore Café, which was beautifully photographed by Rose Street Studio.
Kendra and Carl are a true “Tahoe Couple.” Having grown up in small Northern California towns, they were both drawn to Tahoe by friends to pursue the “Tahoe Mountain Lifestyle.” They met one summer while both working in the Banquet Department at The Hyatt Regency in Incline Village, and life was never the same.
This delightful couple shared their vows with each other on an amazing early summer day in June, surrounded by family and friends at the lovely West Shore Cafe in Homewood. The sweet and very special Ceremony took place on the expansive lawn, overlooking the different shades of Tahoe Blue, complete with a surprise Bagpiper to honor both families.
The bride’s chic vision was beautifully executed with the help of Blue Sky Events, with elegant details and exotic florals from Stems by Diana. Though not the normal Tahoe décor, the tropical theme chosen by the couple blended perfectly with the clear blue waters of the Lake. Explains Kendra, “I wanted something to stand out and not be the typical theme – we liked the juxtaposition. That’s also why we chose king proteas as our main flower – it is so unique and majestic and out of the ordinary.”
For the cocktail hour, mingling and hors d’oeuvres on the deck and pier was finished with an outstanding sunset. Then, guests moved inside the Main Dining Room for a scrumptious dinner. Paying homage to where Kendra and Carl had met, the magnificent cake and delicious whoopee pies were provided by The Hyatt Regency. The celebration continued into the night with joyful dancing, courtesy of Brian Hess Music.
Wedding Planner: Blue Sky Events | Photographer: Rose Street Studio | Ceremony & Reception Venue: West Shore Café | Floral Designer: Stems by Diana | Dress Designer: Hayley Paige | Hair & Makeup: Kiss and Makeup | Cake & Desserts: Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe | Linens: La Tavola | Ceremony Bagpiper: Sean Cummings | Reception Music: Brian Hess Music | Videographer: Dax Victorino Films
Happily Ever After Begins With a Tahoe Lakefront Setting
It was truly an honor to have world-renowned photographer, Catherine Hall, submit her lakefront wedding for publication in our blog. Catherine has fabulously photographed weddings all over the world, but until we received her submittal, we had no idea how strong her connection to the North Lake Tahoe area is… so strong that once Erik proposed, they knew immediately where they wanted to have their wedding celebration.
As a photographer and creative director of Catherine Hall Studios, Catherine knows how to capture the moment. So when she spotted Erik on a dance floor at the Wanderlust Festival in Squaw Valley, she knew that she had to take action. After some urging from her sister, Catherine asked Erik to dance. They stayed up until 3 in the morning, and the rest was history.
“I knew she was the one after our first kiss that night,” Erik says. It was on a trip to the Redwoods that Erik, owner of Strategic Event Evolution and Design, made it official. He led Catherine to a secluded redwood grove. Surrounded by the towering trees, Erik proposed.
“I was so shocked that I did not even answer yes for a long time,” Catherine recalls. “He had to ask me twice!” Of course, she happily accepted the ring, a sparkling vintage piece carefully chosen by the groom.
Catherine’s artistic DNA came into play during planning, as she and Erik envisioned a wedding that truly represented the couple: warm, modern, unique… and of course, Lake Tahoe. You see, not only did the couple meet in the North Lake Tahoe area, but Catherine was practically raised on the slopes of Squaw Valley, racing as a member of their Ski Team for 10 years. So, for their perfect wedding venue, the couple chose a stunning, secluded retreat – a charming lakefront home owned by a close family friend.
“The environment of Tahoe and the lake is so beautiful that we wanted the wedding design to compliment, not compete,” Catherine says. With the couple’s direction, their team of service providers created perfect blend of romantic and rustic: elegant white roses paired with natural greenery, tiny glass vessels filled with wildflowers, tables adorned with pinecones and knotty wood accents. A swirled white cake from Sugar Pine Cakery sat atop a tree stump, while lights twinkled from the ceiling of the tent installed by Camelot Party Rentals.
With Lake Tahoe’s serene waters as their backdrop, Catherine and Erik joyfully exchanged vows in their lakefront location. The bride wore a delicate fluted lace dress from Pronovias, while the groom donned a handsome blue Ted Baker suit. The bridesmaids wore floor-length BHLDN dresses in a pretty shade of periwinkle, paired with JBalducci moondrop earrings gifted by the bride. The groomsmen wore gray suits, complete with matching Michael Kors ties gifted by Erik.
Personal touches made the big day all the more special. For her “something borrowed” and “something blue,” Catherine wore her grandmother’s favorite aquamarine ring, and her grandmother’s wedding band was displayed on the bouquet. For drinks, they served specialty cocktails, both hilariously named by Erik: “The Bridezilla” and “The Yes Man.”
Erik also surprised the bride with a heartfelt gift that symbolized their relationship. “When we first started dating, we were at a gallery and I noticed an art piece that showed an extreme, most beautiful connection between the couple,” Catherine recalls fondly. “I remarked that this connection reminded me of us. He surprised me with the original painting.”
Through the excitement, Catherine and Erik treasured being in the moment during their lakefront wedding celebration, and from that experience, Catherine offers this word of advice for other brides-to-be: “Be present on the wedding day,” she says. “Don’t stress out. Enjoy every minute.”
Photographer: Sallee Photography | Planner: MAP Events | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Private Estate in North Lake Tahoe | Floral Designer: Asiel Design | Dress Designer: Pronovias | Bridesmaid Dress Designer: BHLDN | Wedding Dress Boutique: Novella Bride | Groom’s Wardrobe Designer: Ted Baker | Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Groom’s Shoes: Cole Haan | Bride’s Jewelry & Accessories: Nordstrom | Groom’s wedding band: Jewelry by Johan | Engagement ring: Vintage | Hair & Makeup: SHE artists | Invitations: Starboard Press | Wedding Paper Goods: The DIY Store | Officiant: Robert Novogratz | Caterer: As You Wish Catering | Cake & Desserts: Sugar Pine Cakery | Rentals & Lighting: Camelot Party Rentals | Linen: Napa Valley Linens | Ceremony & Reception Music: Mixx Company Band | Videography: AVR Films | Transportation: Northstar Transportation