Past the hustle and bustle of Lake Tahoe tourism, nestled deep in the woods of the Sierra Nevada Mountains at the end of a rough, rarely traveled dirt road sits the Lost Trail Lodge. Julia knew from the moment that she discovered this hidden gem that this was going to be the location of her wedding. Never a fan of the traditional banquet hall style wedding, Julia knew she wanted a venue where she and her loved ones could let their hair down and enjoy the day to its fullest. She couldn’t have been surer that she had made the correct choice than she was on the day of her wedding. She and her bridesmaids prepared for the ceremony in the rustic, rough-hewn log cabin, her strapless lace dress hanging from an antler chandelier. Ever a fan of individuality, Julia had asked her bridesmaids to stick to grey, but otherwise gave them free reign to choose their own style. The result was an array of varying shades of grey and differing necklines, kept cohesive by dress length and pairing with cowboy boots and bouquets of bright sunflowers.
Richie is the epitome of a laid-back groom. He and his groomsmen did their minimal prepping in an adjacent room at the lodge. Not a big fan of formal attire, Riche opted to don a suit vest over a button up white shirt paired with jeans and boots. The boutonnieres were made of delicately wrapped wild flowers, to compliment the small wildflowers in the ladies’ sunflower bouquets.
The ceremony was to take place in a wooded meadow on the lodge’s property. The ceremony arch was set between two towering sugar pine trees, and draped with soft white tulle speckled with big cheerful sunflowers. Dark wood craftsman style chairs with ivory cushions lined the aisle. On the corner of each chair hung a mason jar filled with baby’s breath and sunflowers and tied with bone silk and raffia. Soon Julia and Richie said their vows under the soft golden sun as their closest friends and family cheered them on.
The wedding reception was a short walk in to the forest from the clearing where the ceremony was held. Julia had poured her heart and soul in to the wedding decor, hand making almost all of the rustic decorations herself. The wedding DIY continued beyond just decorations, as Julia and Richie had made their own pickled wedding favors and flavor infused alcohol. These separate elements came together perfectly in this enchanting woodland setting. The long rustic tables were lined with burlap and lace runners, while the centerpieces were comprised of bunches of sunflowers and wildflower medleys arranged in various watering cans and rustic pails. Hundreds of honeybees flocked to the arrangements, creating a beautiful if not unsettling hum.
The grounds of the Lost Trail Lodge made for a perfect backdrop for wedding party and bride and groom portraits. The rustic wooden fence allowed for the wedding party to break the conventional formation and pose at varying heights for a truly unique photo. The bride and groom were able to slip away to a log bridge where we were able to capture a few additional photos of the newlyweds among the rustic charm of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
The reception was rowdy to say the least. This fun-loving couple had equally adventurous friends. The party raged under the twilight stars as fairy lights twinkled above the wooden dance floor. The pines cast long shadows over the space as the folk band crooned and strummed. Go-Pros attached to alcohol bottles caught unique footage of the festivities as the crowd became increasingly animated. Soon the sun had set, and the toasts began. After several rounds of emotional and hilarious anecdotes, all that was left to do was dance under the starry sky as the soft evening breeze carried the smell of wildflowers across the dance floor.