Woodsy + whimsical weddings are some of our favorites — it must be the sense of adventure, the connection with nature and all its surrounding beauty. We haven’t seen many weddings in Tahoe, California, so when we saw this gorgeous day we were giddy with joy! The wooded regions of Northern California are dense with redwoods, chilled days, and some of the most spectacular lakes + mountains.
Today’s bride has helped plan several weddings in the past and works as a Creative Director, and knew she wanted to plan + design much of the wedding herself… But wanted to avoid the stress, especially the day of! Enter in Danielle of Elise Events; Danielle already knew the Tahoe region and worked with the bride to make the woodsy + whimsical day come to life.
Let’s take a walk by the lake + drink in all the sweet moments captured by Gretchen Gause Photography!
What better way to capture the feeling of the lake than with this invitation suite by Bluejaye Papers + Press?
THOSE SHOES. Yes, we’ve been drooling over these Paul Andrew beauties since the moment we saw them!
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Floral crowns + darling boutonnières by Natasha Kolenko made the prettiest pops of color.
What a beauty…
“When two people from Colorado get married, everyone gets granola.” Okay, this is too funny + cute!
The bride shares: Throughout our lives we travelled in parallel paths. We grew up in neighboring towns, attended the same University and even moved independently from the mountains of Colorado to the hustle and bustle of NYC after college. Finally, those paths converged thanks to some encouragement from a mutual friend… And here we are today!
Large pampas grass framed the ceremony site, along with leafy greens — which allowed for the natural beauty of the estate to shine through while highlighting the couple.
“We’re so glad you’re here! Now put on a boutonnière.” Yup, we love this little DIY element!
I was also lucky to have my craftiest of friends — my Matron of Honor and friend, Mindy Liu, helping me with planning and making so many of the day-of materials. Mindy did all the calligraphy, signs, photo booth set-up and props and so much more.
Talk abut an epic tablescape!! Framed by hanging florals and greenery, pampas grass, and accents of turquoise — we’re pretty smitten by this whole scene.
Yup, we could stare at this set-up for days and days…
And don’t get us started on that epic dessert table!! Mix Cupcake Co. pulled out all the stops and delivered every pie imaginable!
Too darn cute, you two!! A million congratulations + best wishes from the team at GWS!
photography: Gretchen Gause Photography // venue name: Private Estate, Tahoe City, California, USA // event design: Elise Events // planning: Elise Events // florals: Natasha Kolenko // wedding dress: Romona Keveza // wedding dress boutique: Kleinfeld // bride's shoes: Paul Andrew // bride's ring: Susie Saltzman // hair stylist: Grecco Rose // makeup artist: Kari Addison beautiful // videography: Johnny B Films // paper goods: Bluejaye Papers + Press // calligraphy: Mindy Liu // catering: As You Wish Catering // desserts: Mix Cupcake Co. // furniture rentals: Encore Event Rentals // linen rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental // specialty rentals: Botanical Lifestyle + Design // music: HIP Entertainment // rentals : Celebrations Party Rental