Whimsical Forest Tahoe Wedding | Merrily Wed® Lake Tahoe Weddings

When most people think of Lake Tahoe weddings, images of a bride and groom next to the dazzling blue lake come to mind but there is another love affair some have with this natural beauty – its woodland forests!

New Yorkers Sarah and Tom were enchanted with the towering pines and mystical forest setting of this private estate. The feel and natural aesthetic was exactly what they had in mind for their ideal wedding venue. On their wedding day, their 100 guests were treated to their whimsical forest wedding complete with a beautiful view of the lake too.

We designed the outdoor reception with details such as twinkling string lights, rows of dark wood farm tables contrasted by light wood chairs and fun decorated chalk boards to complement the natural forest landscape. Touches of lavender, rose and sky blue softened and romanticized the wedding day.

Junebug Weddings skipped at the chance to feature this Tahoe wedding in all its woodland wonder and we think it will add that little extra pop to your day too!

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Photography – Alison Yin Photography
Venue – Bear Paw Lodge
Floral Design – Art In Bloom
Catering – Season’d Catering
Cake – Real Food Tahoe
DJ – We Ain’t Saints
Invitations – Forever Fiances
Hair Styling – Merria Dearman
Wedding Dress – Shareen Vintage

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Summery Lake Tahoe Wedding in The Knot Magazine | Merrily Wed® Lake Tahoe Weddings

The Lake Tahoe wedding of Katie and James is currently seen among the Real Weddings in the Knot Weddings California 2015 Fall/Winter magazine but their love story began when they met in college at UCLA. James was on the basketball team and Katie was on the dance team. They started dating their sophomore year and have been best friends ever since.
Their June lakefront wedding in Lake Tahoe was ripe with summery color – light pink, coral, raspberry, cranberry, spring green, hunter green all complimented by shimmery gold tones and dark wood. Held lakeside at the West Shore Café, they shared their vows at the water’s edge and dined later on the perfectly lighted and decorated patio.
Dinner was full of excitement including personalized candy-filled mugs sporting Katie’s photo as daddy’s little girl for each guest. A surprise for her by, whom else, but her dad. Katie’s younger brother wrote and sang a song (while playing guitar!) just for her. There wasn’t a dry eye in the place when he finished. James and his mom danced what has to be one of the best Mom/Son dances I have ever seen.
Their beautiful wedding party makes the best dressed list with the bridesmaids turning heads in short olive lace dresses by Diane Von Furstenberg and the groomsmen sporting khaki seersucker suits – complete with suspenders and bow ties! – by Joseph A Bank.

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We will feature more summery and lovely photos from the wedding of Katie and James in our Part II…

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‘Texas’-sized Lake Tahoe Wedding | Merrily Wed® Lake Tahoe Weddings

Sometimes simplicity is best. A classic navy, yellow and white wedding color palette with organic green touches created the perfect lakefront setting for Kate and Neel’s Lake Tahoe wedding. Hailing from the grand Lone Star State, they brought a small entourage into town including their hometown pastor. With 145 guests in attendance, their wedding transcended beyond their wedding day into a memorable vacation for all.

From arguably the largest wedding party ever (we love you guys, really!) coupled with the fabulous House Party gals too (it’s a southern thing), a megaphone could have been used for the ceremony rehearsal. Their wedding celebrations started with a bang and the small party never ended!

And this small party grew into a loved-filled celebration honoring Kate and Neel the following day. Tears, hugs and laughter made their wedding day unforgettable.

Everything is big in the state of Texas and our lovely Texan couple didn’t disappoint by adding their personal touches through-out their Lake Tahoe wedding. Kate’s lovely cascading bouquet was simply composed of all phalaenopsis orchids, a 3-tiered cinnamon roll groom’s cake (with not a crumb remaining), a 10 piece band kept the energy level off the charts and then topping the evening – the late night departure in a red vintage convertible cadillac…

Our faces ached at the end of the night from smiling and laughing so much and we know that we weren’t the only ones! Congratulations to Kate and Neel!

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Yes, that is the wedding party!

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Thank you to our priceless wedding team – Photographer – Caroline Jurgensen, Florist – Martha Bernyk Floral Design, Band – Napata and the Chocolate Kisses, Caterer – As You Wish Catering, Cakes – Sugar Pine Cakery, Rentals – Celebrations Party Rentals.

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Peach-n-Cream Wedding Style Part II | Merrily Wed® Lake Tahoe Weddings

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Aaaahhhh, pure sweetness! Now for the best part of being under wrap, the unveiling… Seeing Erika and Karim’s ethereal and elegant peach-n-cream wedding in the glossy pages of Destination I Do Magazine is definitely worth the time spent waiting!

We think good things are always worth the wait but sweeter things are worth the wait and more. Hope you do too and this Lake Tahoe destination wedding satisfies your sweet cravings for prettiness!

This beautiful Lake Tahoe wedding is captured by the talented Jen Philips of Jen Philips Photography and assisted by Tess Pace of Tess Pace Photography.

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Peach-n-Cream Wedding Style Part I | Merrily Wed® Lake Tahoe Weddings

We have been waiting to serve this sweetly sophisticated peach-n-cream wedding to you on a silver platter… and at last we can! This beautiful wedding has been under wraps until Destination I Do Magazine’s newest issue came out this month. Right in the glossy pages under Real Weddings, you can read about Erika and Karim’s Lake Tahoe destination wedding!

For Part I today, here are some of our favorite romantic images from their wedding on the shores of Lake Tahoe. Captured by the talented Jen Philips of Jen Philips Photography and assisted by Tess Pace of Tess Pace Photography.

More sweetness to come in Part II of Peach-n-Cream Wedding Style directly from the pages of Destination I Do Magazine!

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Don’t miss Part II coming next!

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A GoPro Wedding Proposal | Merrily Wed® Lake Tahoe Weddings

When Scott literally dropped on one knee to propose to Maureen, she had no idea what was happening nor that everyone would be able to watch it unfold later! We give complete props to Scott for pulling off this secret proposal and it brings tears to our eyes every time we watch it!

HowHeAsked.com absolutely loved this stealth proposal too and posted their GoPro wedding proposal for all to see! HowHeAsked.com is a beautiful collection of real life wedding proposals ranging from the traditional to the unusual. If looking for wedding proposal inspiration (whether you are a boy or a girl), this is the site for you!

In Scott’s eloquent words:
How we met: Maureen and I met just before Christmas in 2008 at a piano bar where she was out celebrating her friend’s graduation from college that fall and I was out celebrating a buddy’s birthday. She proceeded to “accidentally” knock my elbow off the bar and introduced herself. Upon hearing her name I “smoothly” replied that I loved her name, as it’s my grandmother’s name. We quickly found out that sharing my grandmother’s name would not be the only odd coincidence we would have, from us growing up within blocks of each other and attending the same church, but different masses, to her mom rescuing and returning my dog many years prior. One week after meeting we had our first date and have been together ever since.

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How he asked: I will start by explaining that we are not the type of couple that celebrates dating anniversaries, but as the 5 year mark began to roll around I knew I could get away with doing something for it without Maureen knowing what was coming. I decided that I was going to send her on a scavenger hunt ending in a dinner and fly my buddy in from Los Angeles, who is a cinematographer, to film the whole thing. The date was set and the flight for my buddy was bought… everything was ready to go. And then I received a phone call from Maureen who is a consultant and travels Monday through Thursday every week. She explained to me that things had gotten pretty crazy on the project and that they were going to have to work through the weekend… plan blown. At this point I had to improvise, so my buddy the cinematographer, who had flown in, helped me pick out a GoPro and set up a shot at the restaurant to capture the proposal. I continued on with the same plan, but moved it to the next weekend. Fortunately for me the next weekend was also technically the night of our first date 5 years later, so I could still operate under the auspice of celebrating an anniversary and Maureen would be none the wiser. The day began with Maureen having brunch with friends, and upon returning from brunch she came home to flowers and a scavenger hunt that was guided by me via video messages that I sent her throughout her day. The scavenger hunt ended with a car picking her up and taking her to the restaurant where we had our first date. Once she arrived I acted like dinner was the end of our 5 year anniversary celebration and continued to have a normal dinner, giving her no real indication of what was to come. On our first date at this restaurant 5 years ago one of the things we discussed was the most important qualities that we look for in people and mine was “loyalty” and hers was “honesty”. So the video picks up at the end of our dinner where I explain to her that I have “broken the honesty piece” from our first date.

We have been having a wonderful time planning with Maureen and Scott and we are so looking forward to their Lake Tahoe wedding later this year!

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Plan Your Own Wedding | Merrily Wed® Lake Tahoe Wedding Planning

Plan Your Own Wedding, DIY Wedding Planning, Merrily Wed Academy, Wedding Planning CoachOnce the novelty of being engaged subsides (or even if doesn’t!), you can’t ignore the growing reality that you need to begin to plan your wedding. If your life is already scheduled to the max, how do you make the time for this?

How to plan your own wedding, much less where to begin, can seem very daunting. From glossy wedding magazines to e-newsletters, from blog-sites to wedding website collectives, from social media to bridal fairs….

You get the idea, the amount of available information is staggering. Besides not knowing exactly where to start, how do you know which available information is actually useful rather than a gimmick?

Most couples begin planning their wedding with little or no experience, yet have the pressure to get it ‘right’ from the first to last important decisions. Not much else in life comes with these expectations! When planning your own wedding, you cannot afford to waste time, money or your peace of mind.

So, if you are a newly engaged bride and wondering how to plan your own wedding, your options might look something like this:

1) Depend on your best friend, second cousin or a friend of a friend from work who was just married for her experience or advice that she received from the catering manager at the hotel where she was married. Maybe the printed info is still legible since she can’t seem to find the originals on her computer. Let’s hope your plans for the weddings are identical!

2) Quit your job so you will have time to surf through the millions of posts on wedding advice online and determine which posts are the best and most useful (hopefully). Load the advice to your phone, tablet and whatever else you may have so you can have it whenever you need it (if you remember). But which blog advice post do you start with? Then don’t forget the time to interview and hire the vendors for your wedding and, finally, decide upon all the fun details of the wedding! But who has the energy or time now for these?!? Whew!

3) Or you can enroll in the Merrily Wed® Academy and be coached on how to plan your wedding! This one-of-a-kind wedding planning coaching program takes a modern approach to DIY wedding planning consisting of daily lessons, a wedding coach and useful wedding tools and strategies.

Whichever option is ultimately best for you, make sure it is one that sets you up for success from the start, is convenient for your schedule, taps into professional planning experience and can deliver the results you desire!

Happy Wedding Planning!

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Innovative Wedding Designers Tell All | Merrily Wed® Wedding Design Lake Tahoe

Catering Magazine Cover 2014

 

When Catering Magazine came calling last fall to find out what new innovative and emerging trends we are seeing in the wedding industry for their current issue, we were more than happy to divulge one of our favorites of the year at Merrily Wed®.

The wedding reception, whether a destination wedding or in your hometown, offers many opportunities to really personalize this portion of your wedding day. There are many different styles of receptions to choose from – plated, buffet, family style and action stations are the most common.

Our favorite new innovation actually solves a problem we have seen with the increasingly popular Family Style reception – where to put the food platters without disrupting the gorgeous tablescape? Read on as our wedding design solution is not only functional but stylish!

 

 

 

 

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