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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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