Tahoe Nature Inspired Nuptials | Merrily Wed® Lake Tahoe Wedding Inspiration

We at Merrily Wed® shared the “How-To’s” on some small details (but oh-so important!) which added to the ambiance of the naturally beautiful destination Lake Tahoe wedding of Katie and Chris. These are dished on in California Wedding Day’s 2014 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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Tahoe Lakeside Romance | Merrily Wed® Lake Tahoe Weddings

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 Storybook Cottage.  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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Destination I Do Mag Loves Lake Tahoe! | Merrily Wed® Tahoe Wedding Inspiration

And so do we!  Merrily Wed® 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 Lake Tahoe wedding inspiration!

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All That Glitters & Gleams… | Merrily Wed® Lake Tahoe Wedding Design

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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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!

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

‘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,

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5 Champagne Signature Drinks,

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3 Candled Lanterns,

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2 Young Lovers,

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and a Stunning Diamond Ring…

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

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the knot Northern California Top 12 Weddings | Merrily Wed® Lake Tahoe Weddings

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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Martis Camp Mayhem | Merrily Wed® Lake Tahoe Wedding Design

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!

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Crafty Reception Ideas | Merrily Wed® Lake Tahoe Wedding Design

Set your wedding table with your own personalized touch of style from customized hand-written chargers to hand-picked colorful mason jars.  Here at Merrily Wed® 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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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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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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Classic Fall Lake Tahoe Wedding | Merrily Wed® Lake Tahoe Lakefront Weddings

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 Lake Tahoe lakefront wedding after all.  The venue without a doubt would be her great grandmother’s historic Lake Tahoe lakefront estate on the West Shore and with Merrily Wed® on-board, their wedding was going to be unforgettable!

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.

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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.

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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. 

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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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Mastering Your Guest List | Merrily Wed Lake Tahoe Wedding Planner

In the initial stages of planning, one of the hardest decisions may be agreeing on the number of guests to invite to your wedding.  Whether your favorite venue or budget (or just personal preference!) is determining the number of guests which can attend, having the discussion with your parents, future in-laws and fiance from the start will save you big headaches later on.

Of course the number you invite will be higher than the number actually attending.  We recommend using about a 15% decline rate but this can vary on each individual situation – where the majority of guests are traveling from, time of year for your wedding and your guests’ own personal budgets.  We advise our clients individually on a percentage to use.

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Three Easy Steps to Master Your Guest List:

1)  A key point to address and not to tip-toe around is how you will divide up this total number of invited guests.  We have seen lots of scenarios – half for the bride side, half for the groom side – is the most common.  Or depending on who is paying.  Sometimes couples marry later on in their careers and find themselves contributing substantially to their wedding day so a three-way split is acceptable between both sides of parents and then the couple themselves.  Or perhaps four ways, both parents and then a list for each of you.

2)  However you split the master guest list, sit down and compare your personal lists as you may likely have a few overlaps and common invitees.  This will open up a couple of spots!  When making your list, start at the top with your family and friends that you cannot imagine not having there on your wedding day.  As you add to your list, widen the circle of must attends.  This will help if you have to cut (yes, it does happen) guests from your invite list if you are exceeding the total number of guests to invite.  You will have done your work and eliminate from the bottom up.

3)  Equally important is sticking to this guest list!  The master guest list is easily the biggest source of contention for everyone throughout the wedding planning.  Depending on the length of your engagement, you may hit it off with a new work colleague, your third cousin has returned from their world trip or you ran into your long lost childhood friend.  Each wedding is different and if in your situation it works, then the more the merrier, but if it doesn’t, then you need to stick to your guns.  If everyone added 4-6 guests, then you could suddenly be looking at an additional 20 guests and so the problems begin.

Spend a little time at the beginning to agree on a course of action and this will save you a lot of stress, contention and potential arguments later on.  After all your engagement is your first big test of ‘compromise’ with each other and your new family.  Make it a successful one!

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Summer Sips to Wet Your Whistle | Merrily Wed Lake Tahoe Wedding Planning

With the long hot dog days of summer here, we couldn’t resist these refreshing and mouthwatering cocktails hand-picked by Catering Magazine to ensure to wet your whistle as well as “raise the bar” at your next summer BBQ, party or even your wedding.

From a lip smacking Kumquat Mojito to a Ben & Jack’s Swimming Pool to a Mango Spice and Ice, you will find something here to quench your thirst and tempt your guests’ taste buds with the exotic.

What is your favorite??

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What Junebug Loves… A Tahoe Wedding! | Merrily Wed Lake Tahoe Weddings

What Junebug Loves is full of inspiring wedding ideas for brides with some serious personal style.  That pretty much sums up Catarina and Ross’s grey chevron themed Lake Tahoe wedding featured on What Junebug Loves!

From the cheery, melon-colored gerbera daisies to the grey chevron pattern subtly (and not so subtly!) woven through out their day, this wedding is so charming and colorful.  For the full spread, just click here!

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A big thanks to Mauricio of Chrisman Studios for photographing this stunning wedding.  For our own post earlier this year on this colorful and uplifting wedding, just go here!

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Tahoe ‘Rustic Elegance’ Redefined | Merrily Wed Lake Tahoe Wedding Planner

Katie and Chris married last September at The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe.  Throwing a good time for their family and friends was top of their list for their Lake Tahoe wedding as was working with the beautiful natural mountain setting.  So instead of heading to the ballroom when dinner hour arrived, the guests walked the manicured stone pathway to the custom sailcloth tent beckoning in the nearby meadow.

What began at the ceremony as a fresh and light interpretation of ‘rustic elegance’, the varying textures of burlap, linen and wood continued under this gorgeous canopy.  The earthy, natural elements were softened by the white, cream, ivory and overall neutral color palette favored by Katie.

We will let the photos from this wedding do the rest of the talking!  Starting with one of the most memorable First Looks we have seen, all the way to Katie and Chris’ sparkler exit, each photo is more and more delicious!  Pure eye candy!

Bellissima Floral Creations created the beautiful floral artistry and all of the ‘rustic redefined’ details from Katie’s gown to the cuisine to the escort cards could not have been captured so perfectly without the fine talents of  The Youngrens.

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Lovely green was color-spotted through out the entire day and a natural complement to Katie’s wedding color palette and style.  Working and complementing, not competing with, the natural surroundings was the goal.

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They wed surrounded by the towering pines at the Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe.  Nodding to nature, tree stumps lined their aisle and a birch arch framed the two as they exchanged their vows.

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The outdoor reception was beneath a sailcloth tent complete with mill wood beams and onion copper lights adorned with silver dollar eucalyptus and white hydrangea.  A forest canopy of curly willow and luscious foliage framed the tent entrance.  Aspens and shepherd hooks with dangling lanterns lined the guests’ pathway to the party.  First course was a green soup that winked at the wedding colors.

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Guests dined in the twilight and following dinner, a 7 piece band kept them shaking their groove-thangs.  Katie’s bridesmaids even surprised her with a choreographed dance to one of their favorite college day songs.  Adirondack chairs and cleverly placed tree stumps invited guests to kick their feet up and take it all in.  The surrounding ski slopes, typically white with snow, were showing their summer green and a breathtaking sight.

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Later on, an ice cream buffet delighted the guests while late night passed snacks of donuts and cookies made all the big kids feel like little ones again.  Sparklers lit the newlyweds’ path as they departed with full grins on their beautiful faces!  Congratulations to Katie and Chris!

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(*Spoiler Alert – lots more to come of this exquisitely fine rustic wedding!)

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Stylish Sequins – Wedding Trend | Merrily Wed Lake Tahoe Wedding Planner

Why is it that something sparkly and shiny seems so irresistible sometimes?  Sequins are adding a little, okay A LOT, of shimmer in the wedding world these days!

They are the perfect way to bring a little glitz and glamor to your wedding gown, a bridesmaid dress, an invitation, a wedding cake, a floral arrangement, a place setting, a linen – their use is endless!  And when done just right, sequins have a remarkable statement to make.

We love this tantalizing combo of sequins paired with this season’s favorite blush tone, ivory, champagne and gold color palette!

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Sequin Inspiration Board

Credits – Top L-R: Etsy Artist – Beautiful Again Bridal, The Lane.com, EngagedAndInspired.com, Revel-Blog.com
Middle: ElizabethAnneDesigns.com, NBarrettPhotography.com, LuxeFinds.com
Bottom: MelissaandBeth.com, YasminKhajaviPhotography.com, LunaandChloeWeddings.com, 20SomethingBride.com

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Style Me Pretty Loves Our Lakeside Glamour | Merrily Wed Lake Tahoe Weddings

Ready for a little lakeside glamour?  Style Me Pretty took a major liking to the Gatsby-esque wedding of Karen & Cyrus that we recently unveiled and featured it on their main blog.  All the prettiness of this glamorous lakeside wedding is right here!

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If you happened to miss our post on this stunning wedding – don’t fret, just click here.  Thanks to Jonathan Young Weddings for photographing this beautiful wedding!

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DIY Stationery Ideal for a Tahoe Lakeside Wedding | Merrily Wed Lake Tahoe Weddings

We dove head over heels for these DIY watercolor wedding invitations, stationery and more.  This romantic, water-inspired style pairs nicely with a Lake Tahoe lakeside wedding anywhere from formal to casual.  With a dash of color and a sprinkle of water, this “labor of love” will surely have your guests diving in too!

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wedding chicks freeprintablesThis Petunia printable watercolor invitation from Anticipate Invitations on Wedding Chicks, is in this summer’s popular fresh peach.  They also include some oh-so darling tips on how to highlight the watercolor theme throughout your wedding.  From brightly painted cookie frosting to dainty, pastel floral napkins… your summer wedding will surely “float” with this unique touch.

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annika likesDIYFor a more formal approach, this DIY tutorial on letterpress watercolor invitations from Annika Likes is sure to wow.  Beautifully hand-painted and customized invitations never seemed so easy!

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diy-wedding-escort-cards Once Wed 1.jpgWhen its time to invite your guests to find their seats for dinner, splash in a bit of watercolor romance to their experience.  We loved this DIY idea featured on Once Wed and we just had to share…  Definitely steal-worthy!

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DIY marbled paper Green Wedding ShoesThis next idea from Green Wedding Shoes involves a little more “labor of love” than the rest, but the end result is definitely something you and your guests will cherish.  With a little acrylic paint, this marbled paper can be used for almost all things wedding from tags to menus to box wraps…  Take a look!

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DIY Welcome Bag Labels Betsy White BoutiqueWe thought these lovely, quick and easy printable labels for your Welcome Bags, Favor bags and more would be a perfect complement to your lakeside day.  Betsy White Stationery Boutique gives us the 411 on how to make this irresistible accessory.

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Martha Stewart Guest Book 2Lastly, but certainly not least, as you create your watercolor masterpieces for your guests, reward yourself with this adorable printable poster to use as your guest book from Martha Stewart Weddings.  Then adorn your newlywed home with this piece of art and never forget those that “Love Always” on your wedding day!

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Gatsby-esque Lake Tahoe Wedding | Merrily Wed Lake Tahoe Wedding Design

Dapper black tuxes, gilded gold touches, an endless pier with a beckoning light, a big band… details echoing a definite Gatsby style made this wedding a timeless classic.

Karen and Cyrus wed last September at a private lakefront estate on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe.  As leaves turn and kids head back to school, Tahoe becomes a quiet playground and there is no doubt why this is the most popular time of year to marry here.  Cyrus and his groomsmen arrived for the ceremony aboard an Italian water taxi to the delight of their unsuspecting guests.

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Peony pink, ivory, gold and touches of champagne comprised the color palette of this classically elegant wedding.  Heavy draping reminiscent of Karen’s stunning gown graced the main arch that guests walked through.  Gold detailed embellishments could be found through-out the reception including the vintage lounge.

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Crystal chandeliers and clear tents allowed the towering pines overhead to not be forgotten and blended their classic indoor styling with the Tahoe outdoors.

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A tenor and string quartet set the stage for the ceremony and later on an 8 piece big band from Los Angeles entertained for the reception – all true to the vibe of the day.  The black and white checkerboard dance floor was the perfect touch to the stylish Gatsby feel complete with simple string lighting overhead.

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After sunset, the lighting on the endless pier beckoned guests to come closer to the best vantage point for soaking up the surrounding Jewel of the Sierra.  Truly a timeless and unforgettable soiree’!

Jonathan of Jonathan Young Weddings captured this beautiful wedding and the talented Hattie of Art In Bloom designed the stunning florals.

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A Real California Wedding Day | Merrily Wed Lake Tahoe Real Wedding Reveal

Last December we first revealed Jill and Dave’s gorgeous and modern wedding at the West Shore Cafe and hinted that this wouldn’t be the only time you would see it in the world of weddings…  Now their Lake Tahoe wedding is in the glossy and beautiful California Wedding Day Spring/Summer 2013 issue for wedding inspiration for everyone!

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In case you missed it, you can see our past blog post feature and more photos from this stunning celebration right here – Modern Style West Shore Cafe Wedding.
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Congratulations to Jill & Dave and a thank you to everyone who worked hard to make their dream wedding a real California wedding day!

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Lake Tahoe Wedding with Chevron Charm | Merrily Wed Lake Tahoe Weddings

We were crushing on chevron (and still are!) while planning and designing this wedding!  Catarina loves everything chevron and the grey chevron pattern was the perfect backdrop to her wedding color palette of vibrant melons, blues and purples.

With over 150 guests in attendance for their late September wedding, Catarina and Ross married on the East Shore of Lake Tahoe at the Glenbrook Club House.  We are excited to share their charming, color popping wedding with you!

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Over 250 roses created the melon swirl petal design down the aisle.  Curly willow with symmetrical floral clusters draped overhead as Catarina and Ross exchanged their vows.  B & B Designs provided the cheery flowers for their colorful wedding!

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Bright melon colored Gerbera daisies helped guests find their seats.  The light grey chevron table runners served as the perfect base for the beautiful tablescape on the dining tables.  This chevron pattern repeated in the background on the escort cards and cleverly numbered table cards.

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Who wants a lollie?  Fun, color palette matching lollipops decorated the cake table in custom initial mugs and more were found on their separate candy bar.  And there were enough lollies for everyone!

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Grey striped straws with custom monogram tags decorated each guest’s drink and complemented the color palette.

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Their celebration lasted into the night as the white paper lanterns’ glow took over as the sun set.  Dancing was definitely a highlight of the evening as well as the memorable toasts from close friends and family.

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Thanks to Mauricio of Chrisman Studios for capturing this charming wedding celebration!
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The Cascade Effect – Trending Up | Merrily Wed Lake Tahoe Wedding Design

What’s trending up today in wedding design is actually a trend down…  So out with the old and in with the new!  We just fell in love with the lavish, luxurious cascading flower wedding trend for 2013.  This romantic and intoxicating cascade of beauty can be drizzled throughout your wedding from your ceremony to your reception and beyond!

Ceremony Décor
Some couples desire to stand beside the timeless arch to say their “I Do’s” while others dream of exchanging their vows under a traditional chuppah.  Then there are those that love being surrounded by a waterfall of decadent flowers swinging from the trees.  This cascading flower trend has also beautifully lent itself to include lush greenery or sophisticated swaying linen to accompany the altar area.  Wherever you choose to become “Mr. and Mrs.”, this cascading effect emanates true love with a dash of whimsical romance!

 

 

Reception Décor
Why not wine and dine under a gorgeous cluster of your favorite dangling flowers, with or without candlelight, for your first dinner as newlyweds?  Flowers adorning the chandeliers, twinkling string lights, cascading flowers dancing above the dining tables… priceless!

 

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Beyond!
Okay, so maybe you just want to ‘splash’ some cascading flowers somewhere else in your most memorable day, but not wanting to fully commit to the cascading flowered arch or tablescape?  Rest assured, here are some other ways to include the trend in your wedding day!

Escort Card Table
This table décor often sets the mood or tone for the evening for your guests’ dining experience.  Whether a few small trailing cluster of flowers to welcome your guests to dinner or a decadent cascade of blooms, this is such a delightful touch!

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Bouquet
Breathe in this divine classic phaeleonopsis orchid cascading bouquet, such a gorgeous statement piece!

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Dessert/Cake Table
Here is a trendy way to incorporate both the cascading effect and the use of ever-so popular paper flowers!

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Wedding Cake
The dramatic detail of the cascading flowers will have all of your guests wondering if they should dare take a bite!

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Hair Flowers
A smattering cascade of white blooms can be simple yet elegant.

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So what’s trending up in wedding design is actually a trend down.  Cascading, trailing, dangling – anything pulling your eye up or elongating a décor accent.  Things are trending up in 2013!

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