The knot California Magazine – Autumn Lake Tahoe Wedding | Merrily Wed Lake Tahoe Weddings

Lake Tahoe is a fab destination wedding retreat for most couples, but for Erin and Ryan it was coming full circle to where they first met and became sweethearts. Over a decade earlier, they both worked at the famous Sunnyside Restaurant on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe. Little did they know that what began with a fun mountain bike ride, would start a friendship that turned into a love match.

Their exquisite autumn wedding was nothing less than the best that fall splendor can deliver. From the warm temps to the glassy Lake, everything was absolutely perfect for their family and friends. Both are of the greatest importance to Erin and Ryan. This could be seen throughout their special day from pivotal roles in the ceremony to their 20 member wedding party which also included the 4 legged type – Izzy, their tail wagging dog! Not to mention their grandiose head table seated 50!

Ryan, an accomplished singer and musician, surprised Erin by singing his vows in an original song also written by him. He learned to play the piano in order to delight his new wife. It was one of the most magical ceremony moments we have been privy to witness.

Their stylish wedding color palette was perfect for a splendid September fall day – marsala, ivory, burgundy, taupe, sable brown and greens. Details of their beautiful Lake Tahoe wedding included organic elements of birch, manzanita branches, eucalyptus, pine cones, log stumps and berries which contrasted with the beautiful floral blooms and shimmery accented wedding decor. The knot California Magazine selected this inspirational wedding to be in their current Spring/Summer 2016 issue.

The “Mara-rita” was the specialty cocktail of the evening and guests could also sample Napa wine from mini-wine barrels (so quaint!). Guests were also tempted by a gourmet S’mores station later in the evening along with delicious tiramisu and a wedding cake. The S’mores fire pit was none the less a recycled washer drum!

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Lake Tahoe Wedding, Merrily Wed Wedding Planning, Lake Tahoe Wedding Planner, the knot Magazine Weddings, Destination WeddingsCongratulations to Erin and Ryan, we are very honored to have been a part of your special day!

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Smitten by a S’Mores Cake | Merrily Wed Lake Tahoe Weddings

Yummm – everyone loves a warm, just-off-the-fire s’more! And the nostalgic, comfort feeling they instill…  Nothing goes hand-in-hand better than Lake Tahoe, the mountains and s’mores but sometimes incorporating these into your Tahoe wedding might be difficult with open fire rules, the thought of dripping marshmallow on fine silk or maybe it just doesn’t go with your wedding style/look for the big day. The rehearsal dinner can be a good option OR how about a s’mores cake!?!

 

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From the glorious kitchen of Canadian baker and blogger Sweetapolita, this sinful 6-layer rich chocolate malted and toasted marshmallow cake will be a crowd pleaser and have your guests coming back for more. The marshmallow filling is full of marshmallows actually toasted in the oven – these little details are what really makes (and takes!) the cake.

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6 layers of dark, moist chocolate cake sandwiching alternating rich and fluffy frosting: satiny Belgian chocolate malted frosting and creamy toasted-marshmallow vanilla frosting with bits of actual crispy marshmallow in every bite. Strangely, the finished cake is not really super sweet–it’s more rich, light, and creamy sweet…

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Okay, mouth-watering yet? No more teasing, here is the recipe for an 8″ round 6-layer cake courtesy of Sweetapolita:

Rich Chocolate Cake

This is for three 8″ pans, but the layers will be a bit more shallow if you use the recipe as it is written. If you double the recipe, you will be able to fill the pans 2/3 full, resulting in thicker layers. You will have some remaining batter, with which you can make cupcakes, etc. You can also increase by 50%.

Ingredients:

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup Cacao Barry Extra Brute Cocoa Powder (or similar premium brand)
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup strong black coffee
1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespooon pure vanilla extract

Method:

Preheat oven to 350 F. Prepare 3 x 8″ cake pans with butter and flour or parchment paper. In bowl of electric mixer, sift all dry ingredients. Add all remaning ingredients to bowl with the dry ingredients and with paddle attachment on mixer, mix for 2 minutes on medium speed (you may need the plastic splashguard that comes with mixer) and pour into prepared pans. Batter will be liquidy.

Bake for 20 minutes and rotate pans in oven. Cakes are done when toothpick or skewer comes clean–approximately 35 minutes. Try not to overbake. Cool on wire racks for 20 minutes then gently invert onto racks until completely cool.

Malted Belgian Chocolate Frosting

Ingredients:

1 lb butter (4 sticks or 2 cups) at room temperature
4 cups icing sugar (confectioners’ or powdered)
3 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup Ovaltine Classic (brown in colour)
8 oz Pure Bittersweet chocolate, premium brand – chopped and melted
1/2 cup whipping (35% fat) cream

Method:

In a bowl of stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, combine the icing sugar and butter and beat on low speed for about 1 minute. Add vanilla and malt powder, and beat on low until well combined. Add the melted chocolate and beat on medium speed until smooth (about 2 minutes). Add whipping cream and beat on med-high speed for another minute. Best used right away.

*Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Chocolate Frosting recipe

Toasted-Marshmallow Frosting

Ingredients:
16 large white marshmallows
1 cup icing sugar (confectioners’ or powdered)
1/2 lb butter (2 sticks, or 1 cup) at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
8 oz of Kraft Jet-Puffed Marshmallow Cream (or Marshmallow Fluff)

Method:

Place marshmallows on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Place on lower rack of oven, and broil marshmallows until nice and brown on top, between 30-60 seconds. Remove pan from oven and gently turn the marshmallows over, and broil until they are golden brown. Be sure to keep an eye on them–they burn very, very quickly. Combine butter and icing sugar in electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment, on low until blended (about 1 minute). Add vanilla and mix on high for about 3 minutes. Add marshmallow cream and toasted marshmallows, and mix on lowest setting for about 1 minute.

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This is a fresh, stylish way to introduce s’mores into your wedding reception with possibly a groom’s cake or cupcakes or even the showcase wedding cake!

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Merrily Rocco Dishes the Inside Scoop to Catering Magazine | Merrily Wed® Lake Tahoe Weddings

I recently had the honor to dish the inside scoop to Catering Magazine on how to properly navigate ‘The Seating Game’ at an event or wedding. With many options today, which is the best for your next occasion?
In their Insider’s Insight feature, my discussion pulls from over a decade of experience in planning and designing Lake Tahoe weddings. From the formal evening dinner to the laid-back luncheon, the below article will be sure to give you many creative and effective ideas when the ‘dinner bell’ is rung!

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A Berry-licious Wedding at the West Shore Cafe | Merrily Wed® Lake Tahoe Weddings

The Knot Magazine California, Merrily Wed Lake Tahoe Wedding Planner, Merrily Wed, West Shore Cafe weddingThis berry-licious Lake Tahoe wedding just oozes rich, lush color – light pink, coral, raspberry, cranberry, spring green, hunter green all complimented by shimmery gold tones and dark wood. The Knot California magazine featured this beautiful lakefront wedding at the West Shore Cafe earlier this summer. Now its our turn!

We are pleased to give you previously unseen photos of the many gorgeous details below! From the personalized Daddy’s little girl mug to the escort cards nestled in a giant bed of ombre hydrangeas this wedding has it all. The best dressed wedding party rocked short olive lace bridesmaid dresses to khaki seersucker suits topped with bow ties for the groomsmen.

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Thanks to Jay Reilly, who is always a pleasure to work with, for the stunning photos!

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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.

Divulge all you like below!

 

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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

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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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Our “Twelve Days of Weddings” Inspiration | Merrily Wed® Lake Tahoe Weddings

Due to numerous requests, we bring you this charming blog post again! It’s one of our personal favorites too for its sweet holiday tune – Happy Holidays from us to you!

‘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,

11 Groomsmen


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,

7 Centerpieces


6 Oh-So Brilliant Colors,

6 Brilliant Colors


5 Champagne Signature Drinks,

5 Champagne Drinks


4 Elegant Bridesmaids,

4 Bridesmaids


3 Candled Lanterns,

3 Lanterns


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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Hauntingly Hip Halloween Wedding | Merrily Wed® Lake Tahoe Wedding Inspiration

What if you were planning a Halloween wedding? So for fun here at Merrily Wed® (since I probably will never plan a wedding actually on Halloween or face my kiddos disowning me for missing trick-or-treating), we thought What If?

The wedding inspiration challenge here is to create an elegant event, and dare we say romantic, without it feeling like a kid’s Halloween party… but at the same time not to completely lose the obvious inspiration of the hallowed holiday.

What if… we used velvet topped coffins for benches to sit on during the ceremony? What if…. lighted pumpkins lined your aisle?

What if… your flower girl used a beautifully carved pumpkin to toss her petals from?

What if… we used cleverly marked tombstones to direct guests to various vignettes?

What if… we used a smokey black cauldron to serve your signature drink?

What if… you dyed the crinoline under your wedding dress a fall orange? What if… you dressed your bridesmaids in black and white?

What if… we garnished passed appetizers with mini-tombstones monogrammed with your initials?

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What if… for your grand departure your guests released glowing wish lanterns into the Halloween night sky?

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Halloween Wedding Inspiration
Halloween Wedding Inspiration

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Happy Halloween!

 

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All Eyes on Destination Lake Tahoe! | Merrily Wed® Lake Tahoe Wedding Planning

Destination Weddings & Honeymoons has a crush, a HUGE crush actually, on all things California in their 2014 November/December magazine. They take an in depth look at the myriad of different locations in California for your destination wedding (thank goodness it is the third largest state in land space so there is plenty of options for everyone).

From deserts to beaches to big cities to mountains and from vineyards to lakes, they scout the best spots that will have the just right venue for your dream wedding. An added bonus is that your guests don’t need a passport for this vacation!

Here at Merrily Wed® we are thrilled to offer the insight expert advice for their close-up on Lake Tahoe weddings from tips on how to make your wedding really maximize what our charming Lake Tahoe area offers as well as the scoop on some great one-of-a-kind venues.

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Ready to buy your tickets for Destination Lake Tahoe?!

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MW Classic Wedding on Style Me Pretty |Merrily Wed® Lake Tahoe Weddings

This waterfront Lake Tahoe wedding is like a pure breath of fresh air. Take one look and then all you want is more… And we are more than happy to oblige!

Between Style Me Pretty’s feature of Emily and Joe’s Lake Tahoe wedding back in hot, summery August and our original debut in July, you should feel rejuvenated and revived with wedding inspiration! If you happened to miss this white modern classic lakefront wedding due to summer vacation or hanging out at the beach, you can catch it again right here!

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If you still can’t catch your breath, there are more photos of this exquisite private lakefront wedding in our Lake Tahoe Wedding Gallery! Congratulations to Emily and Joe!

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Wedding Color 101 |Merrily Wed® Lake Tahoe Wedding Design

Skimming through the thousands and thousands of photos we have from our past Merrily Wed® Lake Tahoe weddings, it struck me the range of colors that presented itself.  Why not put together a handy dandy little guide to the secret meaning behind each color?

We never know what colors our next client may fancy and the opportunity to do something new is one of my favorite aspects of my job.  Even with the same basic color palette, little twists and adjustments to the primary colors make every wedding different and a true testimony to the couple.

This detailed guide below will show you what your favorite color means, what it may say about your personality and how the colors you select for your wedding color palette can influence the overall feel of your wedding day.  The psychology of color is real and it impacts you daily so why not keep this in mind for one of the most important days of your life as well!

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Red:
Red is the most intense color of the color wheel. Red stimulates energy as well as increases enthusiasm. Red symbolizes love, passion, courage and rage. Red also emits a sense of protection from anxiety and fears. If red is your favorite color you are passionate, maintain a busy lifestyle, desire strength and may be a risk taker.

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Pink:
Pink is fun and exciting, some shades of pink can have almost the same energy as red. Red is passionate without being an overly aggressive hue. Pink is the color of happiness. Pink stimulates energy, encourages action and confidence. If pink is your favorite color you tend to be calm, sensitive and sympathetic. You are also compassionate towards others and dislike controversy.

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Orange:
Orange, a close relative of red, radiates warmth and energy. Orange stimulates appetite, socialization, as well as activity. If your favorite color is orange you are friendly, confident and full of energy. You balance your life with business and pleasure and enjoy both!

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Yellow:
Yellow shines with optimism, enlightenment and happiness. Yellow is mentally stimulating and encourages communication. Yellow will increase optimism, energy, as well as spark creative thoughts. If yellow is your favorite color you are creative, intelligent and happiness comes naturally to you.

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Green:
Green occupies more space in the color wheel than any other color and is the second most popular favorite color. Green is a large contributor to the colors of nature. The color green is seen as tranquil and refreshing, with a balance of cool and warm hues. Most shades of green are known to be physically and mentally relaxing. If green is your favorite color you enjoy the nature that surrounds you and love spending time in the outdoors. You also enjoy calming your loved ones, as well as helping the less fortunate.

 

Teal:
Teal has the calming effect of both green and blue. Teal represents sophistication, generosity and creativity. Teal encourages communication as well as creativity. If your favorite color is teal you tend to be sensitive, intellectual, imaginative and charming. You also tend to be self-reliant and independent.

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Blue:
The color blue is the most common favorite color in the world. Blue is seen as trustworthy, dependable and committed. It invokes rest and can cause the body to produce chemicals that are calming. Not all blues are serene, bright blues can become dramatic and cause exhilaration. Blue is the least gender specific color, it appeals equally to both genders. If your favorite color is blue, friends find you to be very trustworthy and patient. You are also conservative and love to have stability in your life.

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Navy:
Navy symbolizes wisdom, self-mastery and spiritual realization. Navy, being a shade of blue, increases communication within yourself. Navy develops intuition, increases solitude and lets you focus on personal issues. If navy is your favorite color you are spiritual, intuitive and intelligent. You are also self-reliant and tend to take on responsibility.

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Purple:
Purple balances red’s stimulation and blue’s calming effect. With a sense of royalty, purple is a color often well liked by very creative personalities. Purple is uplifting, calms nerves, as well as encourages creativity. If purple is your favorite color, you desire respect, power and often tend to be sentimental.

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White:
White projects purity, neutrality and cleanliness. The color white encourages clarity and enables fresh beginnings. White also encourages clearing clutter and purifying thoughts and actions. If white is your favorite color, you prefer a peaceful surrounding and like to be surrounded by truth and innocence.

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Grey:
Grey is the color of knowledge, wisdom and intellect.  Grey is also known as the color of compromise because it is a mixture of powerful black and pure white.  Grey can sometimes be unsettling because of this compromise, but can also create expectations. If grey is your favorite color you constantly look for peace and composure.  You have good business abilities and tend to work hard, sometimes without reward.

 

Black:
Black is authoritative, powerful, formal and evokes strong emotions.  The color black can create a sense of potential and possibility.  If black is your favorite color you are classy and others perceive you as a powerful individual. You are very in tune with your emotions and can be spontaneous.

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Brown:
Brown symbolizes stability, reliability and approachability.  Brown is the color of earth and is affiliated with being natural and organic.  Brown creates a feeling of wholesomeness, stability and orderliness.  If your favorite color is brown you are dependable, patient and reliable.  You tend not to be impulsive, because you are organized and everything is well planned.

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Champagne:
Champagne represents the basics, the essentials.  This color incorporates the warmth of brown with the crispness of white.  It creates a feeling that is calm, relaxing and imparts a sensation of simplicity.  If your favorite color is champagne, you are conservative, dependable and friendly.  You also tend to be a perfectionist and like everything to be precise.

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Colors influence and reveal more than just adding some visual interest or depth to an area or object.  Keep in mind that a single description may not fit you perfectly and it may be a combination of colors that describe you best.

You may consider these meanings when selecting the color palette for your wedding to convey the feeling that you desire.  More importantly though, just have fun with it!  You can never go wrong with your favorites and your wedding will be a true reflection of yourself!

 

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Top 10 Bachelorette Party Destinations |Merrily Wed® Lake Tahoe Weddings

As the summer has sailed, surrender to the oh-so cherished tradition and let the bachelorette parties begin!  Whether your bridal party wants to relax in the sun or dance all night long, we just swooned over these hottest bachelorette party destinations. And we think you will too…

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1. Las Vegas  Not surprised here at all!  This is definitely the number one destination for your ‘maids to soak up some sun from daytime swanky pool parties to fabulous dining and outrageous entertainment.

2. Miami   Think sun-soaked pool parties or white sandy beaches…a perfect place to sip a cocktail or two with your besties.

3. New York City  The Big Apple offers such a variety of sightseeing to incredible cuisine and nightlife.  Your luxurious ladies will definitely love this bach weekend.

4. New Orleans
  Have a bit of a rowdier experience in mind?  Then Bourbon Street is the place to be!  Jazz music, creole cuisine, and truly a party bar scene…this place will not disappoint!

5. Napa Valley
  Okay, so relaxing at world-class spas or drinking wine in style is more your idea of celebrating your upcoming nuptials, then Napa Valley it is.  Gorgeous wine country views coupled with some special girl time…priceless!

6. Austin
  Ahhh, the live music capital of the world, Austin is the perfect destination for the music loving ladies.  Party house boating on Lake Travis is sure to heat up the day!

7. Nashville
  Get your dancin’ boots on and get ready for some of the most iconic bar hopping you will ever experience.  And saddle up for all things country!

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8. Scottsdale
  Beautiful desert weather and transcendent spas provide an ideal setting for a relaxing girls’ getaway.  Lively bars and restaurants in Old Town Scottsdale make place this city on the top ten for sure.

9. Atlantic City   For all our East Coast brides…bask on the beach during the day then try out your lady luck while gambling and dancing at the casino clubs.

10. Chicago 
  This cosmopolitan city has a fantastic restaurant and bar scene.  Lots of alternative activities for your celebration including cooking and art classes, comedy and cabaret shows, burlesque classes and more.

Thanks to Glamour for the inspiration!

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White Modern-Classic Lakefront Wedding | Merrily Wed® Lake Tahoe Weddings

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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A Tale of Two Shores | Merrily Wed® Destination Lake Tahoe Weddings

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. At Merrily Wed® we have found these shores to be memorable locations to hold your destination Lake Tahoe wedding.

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 destination 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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