From gorgeous florals to breathtaking lake views, this day is chock full of the great stuff. Held at the Hyatt Regency on the shores of Lake Tahoe, the bride and groom honored their love amongst friends and family. See how beautifully the day was through the images by annie X photographie. The bride describes her day below... The inspiration behind our wedding was really this gorgeous place (Lake Tahoe) we fell in love with last year and decided to move to together. The color palette evolved, but I knew I wanted to bring the outside in, so light greens, ivory, subtle purples to be the gentle pop of color and blue suits for the men. We had my husband's grandfather do the ceremony, he's a bit more traditional than we are, so we tried to respect that in our ceremony and allow him to bring in aspects of his faith while also combining them with our own.
Christina, from A Bud & Beyond, really took the cake on the decor. She handled everything from the florals to the decor. It was wonderful having it all from one experienced and professional vendor. She sent me linen swatches and images of centerpieces she was using for inspiration, and just took my vision and perfected it. We had textured light green linens, floral centerpieces with these beautiful rusted, gold hued vases that matched the votives for the tea lights really well, and gold chargers. There was a lush table runner on the head table, sprigs in all the napkins. The only "DIY" addition were custom M&Ms with mine and Jason's names on them, that we bagged and had placed on the tables. It was a really cute! We also provided flip flops for the ladies to kick their heels off and dance.
Our florals were gorgeous and a huge part of the overall style of our wedding. Even my bridesmaids' dresses had a subtle floral print on them, which was a perfect guide to the color scheme I wanted. I loved my cascading bouquet, the gentle floral additions in the men's boutonnieres. Instead of having an alter, we had two big urns overflowing with lovely florals that were on theme with the rest of the decor. Our cake was trimmed with some greenery, and even my dog's leash had a green vine wrapped around it (he was in the wedding). Every other row of seating had greenery cascading down the aisle seat, and we had the most adorable flower boy.
I really wanted an elegant dress, and hair/make-up that made me look like I belonged in such an elegant dress. I'm typically outdoorsy, and don't get dressed up a lot, so I wanted to feel like a princess on this day. My dress had a multi-layered, multi-length, wavy tulle skirt with a fitted lace and beaded v-neck bodice. The back of my dress was stunning; sheer, patterned lace with buttons on the back of the bodice, and a flowy train. I also wore a long veil that flowed into the skirt. My husband wore a handsome slim-fitted blue suit, white shirt, brown shoes and a soft green-colored tie and a boutonniere. We went with blue because of the lake. We got matching light green ties for him, his groomsmen, our nephews, and the bandana for our dog. The ties and bandana were "topo-ties" from a company called, Kind Design, and they can put topographic maps of famous mountains on ties, so we had Squaw and Alpine put on them. Really cool idea! The groomsmen and nephews wore navy suits and my bridesmaids wore gently floral patterned long dresses. I let the ladies pick the style, but the patterns all matched.
Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you'd like to share with other couples planning their day? Yes, a couple of things. Be confident that it will all come together in the end. It might be your first wedding, but it's not the first wedding your vendors have done. They're there to help you enjoy the process and super nice!! Which leads me to my next word of advice, which applies to both wedding planning and marriage. Open up a dialogue with your partner about creating a balance between effort and support. It's normal for one person to feel like he/she is taking on a lot more of the responsibilities, but with support and reassurance from your partner it balances out. Weddings can be stressful, making all these decisions, involve each other even if it's just for the encouragement.