Jess and Brandon held their intimate, destination wedding on the shores of Lake Tahoe. The couple and their guests dined on a delicious dinner from Tahoe Unveiled vendor Butter + Salt, danced the night away under the stars, had a blast at the Cigar Bar and everyone couldn't get enough of the beignets for dessert. With stunning photos by Carmen Santorelli Photography, planning and design by Elise Events, and gorgeous rustic wood rentals from Celebrations Party Rentals, Jess and Brandon's Tahoe wedding turned out better than they could have ever imagined.
From the bride ~ Brandon proposed to me on a random Wednesday night in October of 2014, I turned the corner to three pumpkins carved with the words Will You Marry Me? After going back and forth with what we wanted for our wedding, we decided on an small destination wedding in Lake Tahoe. Once we realized that random October date fell on a Saturday this year, we knew it was meant to be.We originally had found a private estate online and thought it would be perfect, so we booked it! Well...once we arrived in Tahoe for our last bit of planning in April, we realized it wasn't going to work. Panic set in and we were frantically searching online for the perfect venue, since all of our vendors were already booked I had to keep our special October date! The stars lined up for us that weekend because we found a true hidden gem. The Tahoma Boathouse, perched right on the lake, filled with old Tahoe charm, a gorgeous lush lawn for cocktail hour, a stunning fireplace for s'mores later in the night, and just the right size for our guests.Being from San Diego where the sun shines 365 days a year, I was so conflicted on whether we should have a tent or not. Better safe than sorry, right? We rented a clear tent and had huge wooden chandeliers draped with florals by the amazing Stems by Diana, Celebrations Party Rentals strung twinkle lights around the ENTIRE property, it was magical.We enjoyed a delicious dinner from Butter + Salt, danced the night away under the stars, the guys enjoyed the Cigar bar and everyone loved the beignets for dessert! Photography and videography were the two most important things for us, once we spoke with Carmen of Carmen Santorelli Photography, we knew she was our girl! Dax Victorino Films completely blew us away with a same day edit that played at the bar during the reception, our guests couldn't believe it!On that same October night, exactly two years later, we were married by Brandon's stepdad with 65 of our closest family and friends right on the lake. There was so much love surrounding us that weekend, it was an absolute dream. To say Lake Tahoe will always have a special place in our hearts is an understatement.