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.



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.





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.




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.




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.



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!




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

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