It is finally your wedding day! You wake up and expect a beautiful Tahoe blue sky day. Instead there are clouds.... and rain... While rain on your wedding day is considered good luck, it wasn't quite what you had envisioned. Well let me assure you that you can get some incredibly dramatic pictures when the weather doesn't cooperate. Check out the images below from our good friend Vernon Wiley with Vernon Wiley Photography (www.wileyphoto.com). Almost makes you want rain on your big day. Almost.
Amazing! Thanks for sharing Vernon (www.wileyphoto.com)!
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Those planning a wedding will soon discover that it takes a
great group of professionals to create an amazing wedding day. As a bride
and groom, you cannot rely solely on one vendor or another to make it all
happen. It is a huge team effort. With that in mind we are going to
regularly highlight some of the local vendors that make magic happen every time
they come to our venues.
Our first vendor that we spoke with was Kerry Hawk, co-owner of Blue Sky Events,
a wedding and event planning company in Lake Tahoe. Check out her Lake
Tahoe and wedding insights below, as she answers our questions along with some
photos from a couple of the weddings she coordinated at Heavenly. Learn
more about Kerry Hawk and the Blue Sky Events team at www.blueskyevents.biz.
What’s your favorite local restaurant?
Blue Angle Café on Ski Run Blvd is my favorite “go to”
restaurant! I love the healthy California cuisine and how they make
everyone feel like family as you walk through the doors. The lounge
setting next to the fireplace is my favorite place to warm up in the winter
with a latte and check my emails, and the nostalgic vintage ski décor makes me
feel right at home!
What’s your favorite local charity?
Valhalla Tahoe is very close to my heart. I sit on the
Executive Board and volunteer my time for this non-profit association, which
restores three estates on the Tallac Historic Site and produces the only Arts
and Music Festival on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe. The Boat House
Theater is home to several local productions every summer, from a local Improve
that packs the house to holding fundraisers such as Motherhood Outloud coming
out in May on Mothers Day weekend. My favorite events are free music on
the lawn every week in the summer. Over looking Lake Tahoe, we lay our
blankets under the tall sierra pines, while enjoying a picnic and listening to
local tunes! I love knowing I am a part of supporting the local arts and
theater along with assisting to restore a significant heritage area in the Lake
What is your favorite fun thing to do in Tahoe?
My favorite activity is snowboarding! I am fortunate
to have the Tahoe Epic Pass so I get to enjoy Northstar, Heavenly and Kirkwood
all winter long. It’s a family affair; my husband and I love to snowboard
together and our sons are learning to ski too. When I am not spending
time planning weddings in the winter you will find me on the slopes. We
spend as many days on the mountain as we can, whether we are watching our kids
in a ski competition, having a work meeting on the lift or enjoying a few powder
runs before the work day begins. Other than planning events and weddings,
my passion is being outside in mountains, snowboarding in the winter and hiking
in the summer!
Do you have secret vice or indulgence? What is it?
A good bottle of wine while watching an amazing Tahoe
What are you most grateful for in life?
I am most grateful for the love surrounding me every day
from my family, including my husband and two boys, and my extended family near
and far, and for the community of friends and associates we have here in Lake
If you were to plan your own wedding, or re-do your wedding,
what elements would be most important to you?
I didn't hire a professional videographer for our
wedding, which I regret now. I also decided not to have the photographer
produce an album. Now that it is many years later I would say that the
video and a professional album would be nice to have to easily reflect on the
What advice would you give to brides and grooms getting
I would advise you to understand your guest count and your
budget first and foremost, before reserving your venue and booking your
vendors. If you do not know how to come to this, some wedding planners
offer this a la carte service to start with.
Why Tahoe for weddings?
Tahoe is the perfect place for a destination wedding because
it has something for everyone! The activities for your guests are endless,
including outdoor mountain and water activities, shopping and nightlife, world
class shows and music. Tahoe offers every level of lodging from 5 star
accommodations to camping. For a destination wedding it is really easy
for all your guests to fly into the newly remodeled Reno / Tahoe International
Airport and either rent a car or take a shuttle to Tahoe, which is only 45
minutes away from the lake. Some of your guests could enjoy Tahoe so much
they might just decide to stay! And, did I mention the stunning Mountain
or Lake Tahoe backdrop for your wedding will be unforgettable!
Anything else you’d like to share with Tahoe Wedding
When booking your venue with the Tahoe Wedding Collection,
know that you are in great hands with the Adriann, Brett and Shannon!
They are true professionals that are passionate about what they do and where
they live. Congratulations on your beautiful Tahoe wedding!
This Valentine’s Day Northstar California invites skiers and
snowboarders to profess their love, renew their vows, or seal the deal and
become legally wed at the first Ski, tōst & be Married! group
wedding ceremony. Brides and grooms should ski along East Ridge run just past
the Rendezvous chair lift by 1:45 p.m. to recite wedding vows. Northstar’s daily
tōst celebration will follow promptly at 2 p.m. and the newlyweds are invited
to enjoy an afternoon of skiing and snowboarding. A reception will be held in
The Village at Northstar featuring signature cocktail specials from 4:30 p.m.
to 6:30 p.m. and guests are invited to ice skate and relax in the lounge areas
with fire pits to the sounds of live music until 8:30 p.m.
On average, there are 273 sunny days per year in Lake Tahoe. Which means sunshine occurs over 75% of the time during daylight hours each year. The wholesome climate of Lake Tahoe is the perfect match for the region's spectacular alpine scenery and our year-round outdoor lifestyle.
During April, May and early June, storm activity and colder temperatures diminish rapidly. The snow has melted at lake level but the beautiful snowcapped mountain peaks are still visible.
In June, July, and August, the probability of sunny skies exceeds 90% on any given day, and the average afternoon high temperature ranges between 69 and 77 degrees. Wildflowers are in bloom and the majestic sunsets are beyond compare.
From November through March, 78% of the yearly precipitation occurs, mostly as snowfall which preforms as the perfect backdrop for your winter wedding.
Autumn is also spectacular in the Tahoe Basin. High temperatures in September average 70 degrees and about 10 degrees cooler in October. Precipitation expectation increases during the course of the two-month period, but this time of year is often warm and dry.
Lake Tahoe Wedding Weather Advice
Ask the right questions regarding weather contingencies at your wedding venue.
Does your venue provide a secondary location for outdoor weddings?
If so, is this location an additional cost?
Who decides to move the wedding to the secondary venue and at what point?
If they do not have a secondary location, do they offer a tent or recommend another venue location as a back up plan?
Do Your Research
Farmer’s Almanac - The Farmer’s Almanac is always a good option to determine the weather averages.
Google Weather History - Research precipitation, temperature, and sunset averages for your wedding date
Contact a meteorologist at a local network affiliate.
If you are still wary about booking your Lake Tahoe Venue, you can always purchase wedding insurance to ensure your event is protected. Read below for wedding insurance information.
As a wedding professional I get questions about insurance and liability all the time. We always like to believe that nothing will go wrong on your wedding day, however some things are beyond our control. There are a variety of things that can happen from roads being shut down due to weather to your gifts all being stolen out of your trunk. You want to protect yourself when you are investing this much time and money.
So why should you get wedding day insurance?
At many wedding and reception venues it is actually required. You want to make sure to ask your venue of choice whether this is a requirement. Also, read your contract thoroughly to see who is liable for things outside of your control, such as weather or vendor mishaps.
Wedding day insurance will protect you, as the paying guest and host of the event, if there is property damage or one of your guests gets injured. You never know what can happen when you mix two families, a bunch of friends, and a really good time together.
And speaking of mixing friends and families and a good time, you want to protect yourself against alcohol related accidents. When the reception is over and everyone leaves, this insurance can cover all of your guests until they get to their accommodations as well as what may happen during the actual reception.
With many insurance companies, as a home owner you can add wedding day insurance with your current policy. This is a very inexpensive way to cover yourself and can actually go through your parents insurance if you are not a current home owner. There are also insurance companies that cater to wedding day insurance such as WedSafe and WedSure. Make sure when obtaining wedding day insurance, that you know exactly what you are covered for and what you're liable for.
Your wedding day is going to be amazing, how nice to be able to relax and know that you are insured no matter what happens.
Carol and Adam were the first to be married at Heavenly's new Blue Sky Terrace on June 14th! This happy couple said "I Do" at 9,123 feet with 35 of their closest family and friends. Not only did the guests get to experience a beautiful wedding ceremony overlooking Lake Tahoe, they also got to enjoy a Gondola ride!
Tahoe Wedding Collections’ very own, Adele Attix, was adoringly showered this past Saturday at her parent’s stunning residence, appropriately dubbed House of the Dancing Trees, in Nevada City, California. Bridal Showers are often the first of many wedding events where the bride is in the spotlight, and our Adele could not have shined brighter.
Here are a few of the things we did that made her shower the hippest, chicest, and most fun shower I have personally ever attended:
1. Flowers in the hair. Adele’s mother picked a gorgeous white rose, straight from her garden, and tucked it in her daughter’s blonde locks. Adele donned a vintage drop-waist, cotton, tank dress and the white rose added marvelously to the ensemble.
2. Gourmet Grilled Cheese Bar. My, oh my - this Spread was out of this world! Pick-your-own toppings ranged from goat cheese paired with fig and walnuts to brie with pear and honey. Our creations were then grilled to perfection on the deck. Je Adore!
3. Trivia Game during present opening. The bride’s roommate had asked her fiancé several questions prior to the shower. Before each present the question was read aloud and Adele was asked to guess her fiancés answer, before the real one was read aloud. This made for many belly laughs during the present opening session and kept all the ladies entertained.
4. Camp Adele. To cap it all off we were whisked off to a nearby campground and spent the night gushing and giggling around a campfire. One of the Maids even made a banner to hang at our beachfront campsite. Despite the fact we forgot firewood, some men from a few sites down stocked us up and made sure the fire raged late into the starry night.
Adopt or adapt any of these clever idea’s to make your shower stand out from the rest!
Julie “Jewels” Butler, Northstar California Resort, Sales Associate
There are so many different resources to assist you with
planning a wedding - internet, blogs, magazines, wedding planners, etc.Here are three reasons why bridal fairs are
another great tool for the planning process and a must attend.
Many times a wedding fair is a great place to start before
any hiring or booking.When you have
that many great vendors in a space you are bound to get inspired.At a great bridal fair there is everything
from dresses to guest accommodations to reception venues and everything in
between so it is a great way to get the creative juices flowing.Looking at unique favors can lead to a floral
inspiration.Bridal fairs offer the most
up to date trends to view.You can find
so many different ideas, even if it is just an idea of what you do not want to
Meet a Variety of Vendors
How you interact and connect with vendors can make a huge
difference on your special day.A bridal
fair puts you in front of a variety of different people to ask questions, see
their work, and get a feel for who you would be working with.Think of the people who are most involved
with your wedding day.Experiencing the
actual personality of a vendor, like a photographer, can help you decide
whether to book them or not.You want to
feel comfortable with your photographer so that your photos turn out as great
as you feel that day.Getting along with
that person is a vital part of the wedding day, as well as the discussions
leading up to your big day.
Fun Girls Day Out
Take your mom, sister, bridesmaids, girlfriends, whoever can
go!Enjoy some champagne and girl
time.Talk about venues, flowers, cakes,
color swatches, and dresses in a fun atmosphere where you can be pampered.If you are going to a really large fair and
it feels overwhelming, task each friend with a different vendor type, making
sure they have an idea of what your taste is as well as your budget.Then you can collect more information and go
through it all in the comfort of your own home.
Congratulations to Andrea and Matt who took TWO magical gondola rides up to say "I do" at nearly 9000 feet atop Lookout Mountain at Northstar California! They returned to the Tavern 6330' in the Village for the reception and to dance the night away. Thank you to Jen Schmidt Photography for the fantastic images of this very special day! - Bxo