Storm clouds gathered above the choppy waters of Lake Tahoe, turning the sky an ominous deep grey. Natalie was apprehensive that the storm would force her to move her outdoor beach wedding, but she remained hopeful while getting ready at The Landing in South Lake Tahoe. Her ivory lace Trish Lee Bridal gown hung in the window, soft rays of light illuminating the subtle details on the capped sleeves and highlighting the long, flowing train. Natalie entrusted her beauty regime to Emily Scott who swept Natalie’s perfectly curled hair in to a timeless bridal up-do and Taryn Passifione who perfected the bride’s natural makeup. The room was a bustle of emotion and commotion as the bridesmaids admired the bride’s ivory, diamond accented Benjamin Adams London “Felicity” heels. Natalie had incorporated a blue “I do” decal on to the bottom of her heels, as her “something blue.” Her maid of honor, cracking a bottle of champagne to toast the day, casually asked the bride to repeat the story of how the groom had popped the question. Natalie recounted the day, and how Brian had taken her on a hike to the Crystal Bay Fire Lookout, a historic and scenic forest service lookout with sweeping views of Lake Tahoe. Her bridesmaids slipped in to their black classic Vera Wang gowns and posed for a few photos with their photographer, Johnstone Studios, as Natalie grabbed her simple ivory rose and baby’s breath bouquet from Flowers by Terri and took a deep breath, knowing she was about to marry the man of her dreams.
Meanwhile, Brian and his groomsmen were having a lively time as they suited up for the ceremony in their three-piece attire from Men’s Wearhouse. Brian was ecstatic that so many of his friends from collage, many of whom still reside in San Diego, CA were able to make it to his destination wedding in Lake Tahoe. He too was hopeful that the weather wouldn’t get much worse, especially for his fair weathered friends from the beach. As a thank you to his groomsmen standing beside him and supporting him he gifted personalized engraved pocketknives to each of the groomsmen.
Kelsey Clynes, The Landing’s on-site coordinator, stepped back and admired the ceremony space as she prepared to direct the wedding party down the aisle. The archway was gracefully draped in ivory silk, and the aisle was lined with delicate baby’s breath floral. The clouds, luminous and threatening above Lake Tahoe, cast a pale silver light over the outdoor ceremony set-up. Guests arrived cloaked in warm winter coats over their spring dresses and suits and they were encouraged to sign the wooden guest board with silver ink, and place cards for the couple into the hand-made wooden keepsake box. During the ceremony, the ethereal skies added to the emotional exchange of vows and the bridesmaid’s red-rose bouquets stood in stark contrast to the bride’s ivory roses. Brian and Natalie said, “I do” under the dramatic sky as the snow-covered peaks of the Sierra Nevada’s loomed on the far side of the now placid lake.
After the ceremony, the wedding party celebrated with photos together on the beach in South Lake Tahoe and the sky remained a blue-grey, creating a monochromatic backdrop between the lake, mountains and sky. After the photos, the group headed inside where the bride and groom had a passionate first dance, followed by some serious dance offs among guests as High Sierra Sounds set the tone for the evening.
Ivory roses and baby’s breath centerpieces sat atop the tables, surrounded by red rose petals and delicate candles wrapped in black lace. The guests thoroughly enjoyed the food expertly prepared by The Landing’s own restaurant, Jimmy’s, and devoured the many varieties of cupcakes decorated by Flour Girl Wedding Cakes. The bride and groom proceeded to cut in to their personal wedding cake, adorned with black lace and red roses with baby’s breath under a diamond encrusted “H.” As they cut the first slice, the bride’s ring caught the light. Brilliant Diamonds had lovingly crafted her rose-gold circular cut, diamond encircled ring and the groom’s textured platinum band.
Natalie and Brian were able to slip away to the beach, and enjoyed a moment alone together as newlyweds, sipping champagne out of long fluted glasses and burying their toes in the sand. As the sun set, setting the clouds aflame, they reveled in their joy, excited to begin their journey as husband and wife.