Heavenly Ski Resort located on the south shore of Lake Tahoe is called “Heavenly” for a reason. Boasting one of the largest ski-resorts in the Sierra Nevada’s and in summer a host to destination Lake Tahoe weddings set atop a mountain peak 9,000 feet above Lake Tahoe, creating a stunning backdrop for a Lake Tahoe wedding ceremony and reception. The Heavenly resort wedding package includes an attentive and detailed catering and event staff and the most wonderful onsite wedding coordinator, Lizzy Ring, who worked tirelessly to ensure all wedding events went as smoothly as possible. The breathtaking views afforded guests during the gondola ride to the top made this destination wedding at Heavenly’s Lakeview Lodge everything newlyweds Chris and Jessica could have hoped for.
The Heavenly Lakeview Lodge with a wall of windows overlooking the expansive views of Lake Tahoe is an open canvas for wedding couples to add in their own details. Bride Jessica’s incredible DIY touches included bright yellow sunflowers in mason jars that created a summery organic accent for every guest table with custom wedding favors handcrafted from motorcycle parts by the bride and groom added a unique and personal touch. Rather than a traditional guest book, Jessica and Chris who love to visit Lake Tahoe during the winter months had a snowboard for their wedding guests to sign. A custom metal cake topper (sporting the wedding date and a silhouette of the couple leaning against a motorcycle, with their pups sitting nearby) sat atop a Lake Tahoe themed cake artfully crafted by Witt’s Cakes.
The Bride and bridesmaids began the day of wedding festivities with a visit to Salon Be located in South Lake Tahoe, while photographers from Johnstone Studios began with detail photos at Lakeview Lodge. The bride’s royal blue shoes from Manolo Blahnik were reminiscent of the traditional saying, “Something borrowed, something blue,” and were beautifully prominent amidst her flowing white Casablanca gown.
As the guests arrived to Heavenly Resort and enjoyed a scenic gondola ride leaving them breathless with panoramic views of Lake Tahoe, the wedding party prepared for a mountain top wedding ceremony exchange on top of a cobblestone deck resting beneath the beautiful white arch; blue skies with puffy white clouds complimented an already beautiful ceremony site. As the bride and groom exchanged their vows, the groom Chris dramatically dipped Jessica for their first kiss to celebrate the exchange of vows and the couple incorporated a very personalized ceremonious boxing of a bottle of wine and hand-written letters to each other to be opened on the night of their first anniversary. The wooden box was crafted by the groom.
The outdoor cocktail hour was enjoyed by all their guests who marveled at the panoramic lake views below. Guest conversations overheard included exclamations of how perfect the weather and weekend had been, how exclusive and private the venue was, and how this destination wedding was a weekend to remember. During the toasts, the maid of honor thanked everyone for coming to gather at this destination selected by the bride and groom. She would describe the not-so-typical love story between the newlyweds: how Chris, on his motorcycle, followed Jessica after she had left work and signaled for her to pull over, and she did, as fate had planned it. And from there a conversation became a date, and a date became a relationship, and twelve years later, they would find themselves promising to one another a lifetime commitment with the ceremonious ring exchange.
After a delicious buffet dinner and champagne toast, Chris and Jessica elegantly danced to a soulful, instrumental song. Shortly thereafter, DJ David Berkman opened the floor for all to dance creating a lively party with classic songs to upbeat jams; his expertise in the line up of songs set the tone for a fun night. Chris and Jessica’s wedding only grew more beautiful as the evening set in. As the sun began to sink, photographers from Johnstone Studios stole the newlyweds away for a few intimate bridal photographs. The orange and pink hues of the sunset reflected off the lake, silhouetting the pine trees and immersing the bride and groom in an ethereal, picture-perfect scene.