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Dazzling images from our own Merrily Wed® weddings as well as others that capture our heart from Lake Tahoe and beyond. Along with wedding design ideas, fresh trends and helpful wedding planning hints. Get comfy, take a look around and stay awhile!
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March 19, 2014

Towering pine trees, a babbling brook and the Jewel of the Sky sprawling at your feet… the ideal location for a Tahoe lakefront wedding.  Sarah and Ryan’s romantic day played to the beautiful natural setting at Madden Creek.  Duck away for a minute in the private forest or dangle your feet from one of the two bridges and just let the magic of it all soak in.

Soft blush, champagne, pale peach, ivory and cream composed their delicate color palette which worked perfectly with the stunning outdoor venue.  Everything felt and looked elegant yet effortless.  From the mid-day jump in the Lake to the night time smooches on the dance floor, all their guests felt the special vibe and eagerly shared in their wondrous time.

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Congratulations to Sarah and Ryan – you will always bring a smile to our faces!

The noteworthy photography of the day was by Twin Lens and the exquisite florals by Martha Bernyk Floral Design.

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February 13, 2014

And so do we!  We first introduced this wonderful country & shabby-chic destination wedding to you last October.  Bursting with details such as over 100 hanging mason jars in 4 clear tents, a converted washer drum fire pit for the gourmet s’mores bar or a wood trivet Save the Date with lace embellishment – this Lake Tahoe wedding is full of wedding inspiration.  If you are looking for ideas, you can’t afford to miss it!  (pssst – if you did, check it out here!)

Destination I Do Magazine now has Tiana and Kyle’s Lake Tahoe wedding on their beautiful destination wedding blog!  Now its even easier then ever to catch up on gorgeous destination wedding inspiration!

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January 21, 2014

Metallics are turning up the heat in 2014.  Whether you favor gold or silver or something in between, there is a precious metal shade for you… platinum, copper, bronze, gold or silver.

Copper is a natural compliment to the fall hues, bronze looks stunning with vibrant summer colors (think of how great a bronzed, tan body looks in bright summery clothes…).  Gold always adds a richness and sophistication to the design.  Platinum brings a cool, classic antique elegance to the table while a shiny silver gives a sleek gleam.

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Credits: Top left to right – DetroitPaperCompany on Etsy, SterlingSocal.com, LivingWikii.com, WeddingWire.com
Middle left to right – DesignandPaper.com, HooplaLove on Etsy
Bottom left to right – Pinterest.com, 100LayerCake.com, TheSweetestOccasion.com, AtelierJoya.blogspot.com

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It is easy to incorporate this trend into your wedding style by selecting an embellished wedding gown, a wedding accessory like a hair clip, shoe or belt with your favorite metal color or perhaps a metallic linen for your tables. Groomsmen attire isn’t off limits either!  Metallic invites and glittery gold escort cards are options too.  On the table from votives, to flatware, glassware and china begged to be embellished.

There are so many ways to play with this metallic trend. Have fun with it!

Tahoe Signature of Style,

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December 18, 2013

‘Tis the season to be merry and bright…  And what a better way to celebrate the holidays then with our very own rendition of “The Twelve Days of Christmas”?!  

You guessed it – The Twelve Days of Weddings!  We know you know the song!   We couldn’t resist embellishing this timeless tune and just had to share. 

So grab your hot chocolate, cozy up to the fire and let the wedding inspiration begin.

On the twelfth day of weddings, my true love sent to me:

12 Strands of Romantic String Lights,

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11 Giddy Groomsmen,

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10 Mouth-Watering Menu Items,

10 Menu Items


9 Inviting Chiavari Chairs,

9 Chiavari Chairs


8 Delicate Cupcakes,

8 Cupcakes


7 Flowing Floral Centerpieces,

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6 Oh-So Brilliant Colors,

6 Brilliant Colors


5 Champagne Signature Drinks,

5 Champagne Drinks


4 Elegant Bridesmaids,

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3 Candled Lanterns,

3 Lanterns


2 Young Lovers,

2 Lovers


and a Stunning Diamond Ring…

1 Diamond Ring 

From all of us to you and yours, we are Wishing You the Happiest of Holidays!

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December 11, 2013

TKRNCA14SS_Cover Katie ChrisPssst, we have been sitting on this secret for sometime and can finally announce it!  The charming and unique details of Katie and Chris’ wedding at the Ritz Carlton Highlands Resort landed them in the knot Northern California’s Top 12 weddings!

Out in stores now, the 2014 Spring/Summer issue has the scoop on this beautiful mountain side Lake Tahoe wedding – the first and only outdoor wedding at the Ritz Carlton from the first kiss to the last dance.  But this was only one component of the couple’s desire to work with the beautiful Tahoe setting rather than compete.  For the rest you will just have to check it out!

We gave a sneak peek earlier this year in our Rustic Elegance Redefined post spilling the beans on their organic details ranging from the sailcloth tent, to farm tables brimming with interesting accents to the neutral color palette punctuated with white and light green.  The rest of the knot Northern California’s article is below.

Thank you to photographers The Youngrens and floral artistry by Bellissima Floral for their delightful work on this rustic classic wedding!

 

 

 

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Best of Weddings for 2013 by the KnotTahoe Signature of Style,

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December 6, 2013

Nah, not really!  A beautiful, sun-kissed and fun-filled wedding at Martis Camp was exactly what transpired last June for Katie and Steve on their wedding day.  They traded vows (and shared a symbolic margarita!) on an overlook above a pine tree filled valley, then danced the night away in front of the red Family Barn.  Their 200 plus guests happily gave their blessings as this playful couple begin their new life together.

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With whites, creams and ivories, the pale and deep mustard yellow made appearances throughout the summer day.  Navy blue Donna Morgan bridesmaid dresses provided the perfect backdrop to the sunny yellow burlap wrapped bouquets.

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With a nod to the Tahoe surroundings, the dining tables sported texturally interesting elements such as birch logettes, twine balls, submerged vines and soft, full florals in wooden boxes.  The stationery suite consisted of kraft paper stamped with a tasteful tree or bear…

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A beautiful three tiered ruffled cake reminiscent of her Judd Waddell gown tempted the guests as they danced nearby in the amphitheatre to the beats of the 11 piece band Hip Service.  The beautiful pale yellow floral linen overlay added the right bit of charm to the area.

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Dusk descended quickly but with just enough time for them to share a laugh and ‘ham it up’ one more time…

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Thanks to an all star crew such as Damion Hamilton Photography who captured every moment of their big day and the stunning florals created by Bellissima Floral.

Congratulations to Katie and Steve!

Tahoe Signature of Style,

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October 29, 2013

Set your wedding table with your own personalized touch of style from customized hand-written chargers to hand-picked colorful mason jars.  We couldn’t resist these 5 options which look like a million bucks but cost almost nothing to make.  Whether choosing three or picking just one idea, they are all an easy way to put your own stylish stamp on your wedding reception!

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What a perfect way to share your cherished vows or maybe the words to your favorite wedding song on these sweetly inspired DIY porcelain plates courtesy of Ruffled Blog.  It is a keepsake that will last forever too!

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metallictablenumber ruffled blogTable Numbers

Natural rustic meets the oh-so trendy metallic chalkboard to greet your guests at their tables.  Either adorn a simple weathered wood box or hang from an object of your desire… Also courtesy of Ruffled Blog.

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oncewed rustic cake standWedding Cake Stand/Dessert Buffet Pedestals

A perfect pairing for a Tahoe treat (or two)!  We just loved this woodsy accent to any decadent dessert display.  Once Wed gives the simple step by step instructions on the how-tos!

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100layercake colored mason jarFestive Mason Jars

Put a little pizazz in your wedding decor and elevate the mason jar from cute to irresistible with just a spray of paint by 100LayerCake.  These beauties can be used everywhere!

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Style Me Pretty Ice Cream in a JarJackie Wonders PhotographerIce Cream Favors

To temper the summer heat, show your gratitude for your sweet guests with some ice cream in a jar.  Check out this recipe of thanks from City Cradle Design that had our mouths watering.  With a simple modification you can serve S’Mores in a Jar instead which is always a hit!

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Tahoe Signature of Style,

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October 15, 2013

Tiana and Kyle knew each other in high school but it wasn’t until after college their romantic love story began.  Tiana bumped into Kyle when visiting home and the rest was meant to be.  Both being born and raised on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe, they knew this was where they wanted to marry – a destination AND local lakefront wedding after all.  The venue without a doubt would be her great grandmother’s historic Lake Tahoe lakefront estate on the West Shore. 

The earliest wedding date possible was November 3rd due to Kyle’s job.  We all knew how DARING this was as old man winter can come anytime in the fall here.  Everything from ceremony to late night dancing would be held outside.

Our luck didn’t last and it snowed over 2 feet at lake level the week before their wedding.  We had all hands on deck clearing snow from the lawn and property the Friday before due to the 3 day tent install to start on the following Tuesday (and pending 2nd storm) – we had to have as much time for the grass to dry as possible.  4 tents, 23 heaters and countless hours later – the setting was perfect for their dream wedding.

1 Classic Fall Lake Tahoe Wedding

Tiana’s wedding color palette was a burnt yellow, ivory and cream with natural, organic touches woven throughout the ceremony and reception – manzanita branches, log stumps, wood tags, table round plaques etc…  An overall shabby chic with a touch of country style and feel.  The Tahoe fall surroundings complimented this color scheme perfectly with harvest gold leaves in the trees and on the ground.

2 Classic Fall Lake Tahoe Wedding

Tiana’s custom white and ivory bouquet was comprised of ALL fabric rosettes.  The bridesmaids wore ivory lace dresses accented with custom mustard yellow & ivory rosette sashes.  Kyle also wore a custom fabric floral boutonniere matching Tiana’s bouquet. 


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A large cream floral monogram hung from the arch entrance which all guests passed under.  On the other arch side, a twiggy garland with cream florals and manzanita framed the ceremony processional.   Perfectly cut log stumps flanked the aisles with pillar candles and petals and a simple birch arbor with cream floral treatments framed the altar.  Wooden antique skis beckoned guests to sign their well wishes for the newlyweds.

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Reminiscent of their mini log round Save the Dates, table names were chosen after tree species and actual wood cross sections from the exact tree were engraved with the same name.  We custom made the huge fabric escort card board complete with a linen patchwork design and rustic nails for hanging the wooden escort tags. 

Ivory lace runners topped the burlap runners on the wooden farm tables creating a detailed base for the stunning tablescape.  Burlap and lace also adorned all the shepherd hooks holding varying types of lanterns – rustic to mason jar – filled with mustard yellow pillars. 

5 Classic Fall Lake Tahoe Wedding

True to their wedding style, Tiana and Kyle’s fall style wedding cake emulated an aspen bark with cascading ivory leaves.  Not to forget the stunning clear tents – overhead 100 hanging mason jars flanked black wrought iron chandeliers and swooping ivory swagging.  The 4th tent was the dance tent and had a single giant crystal chandelier in the middle with the ivory swagging converging on it. 

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Dancing, an awesome photo booth from Reno Photobooth and a complete s’mores wine barrel bar where guests roasted marshmallows over a fire in a converted washer drum completed the party.  This was the warmest and loving celebration Tiana and Kyle could have ever dreamed of!

The stunning photography courtesy of A Day In Your Life Photography and the beautiful florals by talented Bellissima Floral.

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