In October we were invited to experience a "wedding weekend" celebration held at one of our venue vendors, The Ritz Carlton. We were treated to pedicures, massages, a super delicious dinner (with lots of wine, yum!) and a ceremony celebration on the gorgeous lawn overlooking the mountain. They made us feel ultra special, pampered, and ready for a real wedding at the Ritz!

The beautiful outdoor ceremony & chair flowers were designed by Hattie Reed of Art in Bloom and Tina Hoy-Barnwell of Lavish Floral. Sara Spurlock of Bellissima Floral is responsible for the gorgeous table and accent pieces that made the inside of Ritz Carlton look absolutely stunning!

All images courtesy of Ciprian Photography

From the Ritz Carlton -

In October 2011, The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe extended an invitation to the regions most distinguished collection of Professional Wedding Planners to personally introduce them to the first and only AAA Five Diamond resort in Lake Tahoe. The event was designed for the planners to experience first hand a wedding weekend at this rustic elegant retreat. Welcomed by towering pine trees and a warm greeting from the Resort’s Ladies and Gentlemen, these professionals checked into luxurious accommodations followed by an evening “rehearsal dinner” at the Resort’s signature restaurant, Manzanita created by renown Chef Traci des Jardins. The following morning, guests were invited to experience the salon and spa as the beautiful bride would before her moment in the spotlight. Smiles and laughter filled the air as each was pampered with manicures, pedicures, reflexology massages, and a display of decorative cake pops. The evening brought a new array of surprises. The planners received invitations to attend a “wedding” complete with ceremony, cocktail reception, and a dinner with live entertainment. Guests also had the opportunity to work directly with the Executive Chef to execute The Ritz-Carlton distinguished a-la-minute plated service style. With the help of several talented local florists and event designers, each beautifully appointed venue displayed a different seasonal concept, showing the planners the versatility of this all season destination. *Above is their Organic Elegance display. Stay tuned for Part II of this wonderful event where we'll showcase their beautiful Winter Whimsical decor! Vendors: Photography | Ciprian Photography Florals | Art in Bloom, Lavish Floral & Bellissima Floral Design Event Rentals | Creative Coverings, Celadon Events, Red Carpet Events & Blue Print Studios Entertainment | Quartet Minus One & Martin and Vargas