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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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July 23, 2014

Emily and Joe’s lovely Lake Tahoe wedding is a modern classic.  They exchanged vows, sipped signature drinks, dined under twinkling lights and danced on a custom white dance floor with sparkling crystal chandeliers overhead – all by the water’s edge!

Held at the West Shore Cafe and Inn, the waterfront space was transformed with lush Southern-style white hydrangea blooms woven with magnolia leaves from Blooms by Martha Andrews.

“We knew that we wanted a more traditional looking wedding, rather than Tahoe rustic, and the team at Merrily Wed helped our vision come to life,” Emily says.  A mostly white palette mixed with a light dove gray allowed texture to play into the decor.

The classic style of Jonathan Young Weddings photography captured this wedding perfectly!

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Her adorable 4 flower girls can’t go without a mention either – babies breath hair wreaths with dove gray ribbon completed their ensemble and two dashing ring bearers rounded out the beautiful wedding party.

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The thrills began with Joe making a grand entrance on a classic woody boat with nothing less than formal tux attire for the groomsmen, junior groomsmen and for him. The bridesmaids were gorgeous in long chiffon light gray Amsale dresses while Emily herself wore a stunning Vera Wang gown.

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Gray escort cards with white script along with silver julep cups and platinum beaded glass chargers all subtly wove the touches of gray & silver.

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Prominent accents include a custom monogram incorporated in the boxwood wreaths, dining napkins, goodie bags, lounge pillows, matchboxes…

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All white luscious florals, white linen, a white leather lounge, a delicious white wedding cake – wedding white was never seen better!

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Elegance in simplicity… congratulations Emily and Joe!

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June 19, 2014

The West Shore and the East Shore of Lake Tahoe each have a special allure that draws visitors to their sunny beaches – some sand and some rock.  They also both have a wealthy history dating back to the 18th century thanks to the aristocratic families that weaved their legacy with Tahoe lore.

George Whittel built a fabulous summer home that he named Thunderbird Lodge.  It sits in isolation on the eastern shore of Lake Tahoe.  This section of the lake is rugged and pristine, in contrast to much of the rest of Lake Tahoe’s shoreline.  His failure to allow development on the 27 miles of shoreline that he bought more likely was a result of wanting privacy than being a nature conservationist.  Regardless, it has kept this section of the lake from being developed with hotels, homes and shops.

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Thunderbird Lodge – photo courtesy of Catherine Hall Studios

Visitors to Lake Tahoe often may not be aware of historical attractions such as Thunderbird Lodge and two other mansions on the western shore that tell a tale of how the fabulously wealthy spent their summers at Tahoe back in the first half of the 1900’s.  All three homes are open to tours every summer and two of the three are beautiful venues to host your Lake Tahoe wedding.

Landscaping at the Thunderbird Lodge includes waterfalls, pools and streams connected by winding stone pathways and flourishes such as a stone shamrock and other whimsical designs.  One tunnel leads to the infamous Card House where Whittel indulged his passion for late night card games and alcohol.

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Thunderbird Lodge – photo courtesy of Catherine Hall Studios

Your wedding guests may even be able to see the Card House on a tour of the famous Thunderbird property during your wedding.  A tower was added to the original lodge after Whittel’s death by investor Jack Dreyfus Jr, where today the space is now used for weddings and special events.  The Thunderbird Lodge Preservation Society manages the proceeds from tours and events to help maintain and restore the property and the 55-ft Thunderbird mahogany yacht.

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Thunderbird Lodge – photo courtesy of Catherine Hall Studios

The Hellman-Ehrman Mansion on the west shore is the largest of these three mansions consisting of 11,703 square feet and three stories.  Hellman and his descendants used Pine Lodge from 1903 until 1965 when Hellman’s granddaughter sold it to the state of California.  It is now part of Sugar Pine State Park and commonly known as the Ehrman Mansion.  Weddings are held on the lawn by the lake and receptions are commonly located on the hilltop closer to the Pine Lodge/Ehrman Mansion.

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Ehrman Mansion – photo courtesy of Brian MacStay Photography

The third historic mansion rich in history and wealth is Vikingsholm just a little farther down the west shore from Hellman-Ehrman Mansion.  This was Lora J Knight’s summer retreat whose estimated wealth at that time was $43 million, built in 1929, and sits at the head of Emerald Bay, arguably Lake Tahoe’s most scenic spot.  She wanted the mansion to look Scandinavian as the bay reminded her of fjords in Norway.

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Vikingsholm – photo courtesy of Vikingsholm.com

She also owned tiny Fannette Island which sits in the middle of Emerald Bay.  A small stone teahouse that she built sits on its crest.  She rarely used it because of the difficulty in accessing it.  For the same reason Vikingsholm, despite its intriguing beauty, is not an ideal wedding location due to the narrow path one must hike to reach it.

Whether selecting the West Shore or the East Shore, incorporating one or more of these locations would be a great idea for visiting guests to see more of Lake Tahoe’s rich history.  And if you are lucky, one historic site may be host to your wedding itself!

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May 8, 2014

The How-To’s on some small details (but oh-so important!) which added to the ambiance of the naturally beautiful Lake Tahoe wedding of Katie and Chris are dished on in California Wedding Day’s Spring and Summer issue!  This wedding has been a favorite among many and if you happened to miss our first post on this gorgeous Tahoe mountain wedding, Rustic Elegance Redefined, now you can!

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California Wedding Day 2014 Spring Summer Cover

CWD - Katie.Chris SS14RusticDecor

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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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Tahoe Signature of Style,

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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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Metallics 2014

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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,

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9 Inviting Chiavari Chairs,

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8 Delicate Cupcakes,

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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,

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2 Young Lovers,

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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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