Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Vendor Spotlight - Discover Lake Tahoe Tours

As you plan your wedding weekend, there are plenty of vendors that you will work with - cake, flowers, band, etc.  But one of the most important things to think about is transportation.  You do want your guests to get to and from your wedding as well as the weekend of events safely and timely.  We of course have a favorite shuttle service here at Heavenly and that is Discover Lake Tahoe Tours and Charters.  Janez Demsar is the owner and he recently took some time out of his busy schedule to discuss weddings and Lake Tahoe in general.  You definitely want to check out his website at www.DiscoverLakeTahoe.net to see the entire fleet of vehicles and options for your time here in Tahoe.

What’s your favorite local restaurant? 

What’s your favorite local charity? 
Salvation Army

What is your favorite fun thing to do in Tahoe? 
Mountain biking

What are you most grateful for in life? 
My family

If you were to plan your own wedding, or re-do your wedding, what elements would be most important to you?
To have as much stress free time leading up to the wedding as possible - so hire planners. Or course a view of the lake would be important.

What advice would you give to brides and grooms getting married today?
Hire a wedding planner and get a venue with a view of Lake Tahoe.

Why Tahoe for weddings?
The beauty, services, amenities, and a friendly environment.

Check out Janez and his team at www.discoverlaketahoe.net!  Thank you Janez!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Sarah + Tim, New Tahoe Wedding!

Ahhh, another fabulous day for a real Zephyr Wedding at Northstar California. :) Big congrats to the lovely bride and groom and much thanks to the very talented Quinn Photography!

Best wishes! -Bxo

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Robin + Peter a real Tahoe Wedding

Oh happy day, and there is video AND photos of this beautiful celebration at Northstar California thanks to Muse Juice Media and Blue Lotus Photography. Big congrats to Peter and Robin!

Best wishes you two! -Bxo

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Trending in Lake Tahoe Weddings- Super Groovy Dancing Shoes for the Groom!

Not one, not two, but three dapper gentleman here in my office at Northstar California are setting footwear trends at their local Tahoe Weddings this summer:

Danny, Grey Chucks, 06.08.15

Chris R., Vans Checkerboard Slip-ons, 06.20.15

Chris B. Vans Van Doren Flamingo, 07.17.15

Thanks guys for keeping it cool this summer and congrats! -Bxo

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Inclement Weather Makes for Dramatic Photos

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)!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Your Wedding Anniversary is on us!

Photo: Philip Friedman; Styling: Blake Ramsey

Book your wedding with us (minimums apply) and come back next year for a FREE anniversary! Please contact Northstar, Heavenly, or Kirkwood for details. And don't forget the gift for the corresponding year you are celebrating- here is a handy reference sheet:

Monday, April 20, 2015

Blue Sky Events

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 

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 Tahoe region.

 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 sunset!


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 Tahoe.  

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 memories.


What advice would you give to brides and grooms getting married today?   

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 Collection brides?  

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!

Thank you Kerry!  Get more information on Blue Sky Events at www.blueskyevents.biz

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Ski, tōst & be Married in Tahoe!

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.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Tahoe Snowboarding Wedding at Northstar!

Congratulations to Courtney and Richard, married on the slopes at Northstar California Resort 12.13.14! Pretty cool couple, (no pun intended). -Bxo

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Tahoe Wedding Weather Averages & Advice

Lake Tahoe Wedding Weather for All Seasons

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.

Happy Planning!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Wedding Day Insurance

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.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Northstar California named top Tahoe wedding venue!

Thanks to Merrily Wed for offering the insight expert advice for Destination Weddings and Honeymoons Magazine close-up on Lake Tahoe weddings, from tips on how to make your wedding really maximize what our charming Lake Tahoe area offers as well as the scoop on some great one-of-a-kind venues, including Northstar California!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Carol + Adam - The First Real Wedding at Heavenly's Blue Sky Terrace

Congratulations Carol and Adam!

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!

Thank you to Michael Forrest  for the amazing images!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Tahoe Local Wows with Bridal Shower

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!

Best Wishes,
Julie “Jewels” Butler, Northstar California Resort, Sales Associate

Saturday, March 29, 2014

A beautiful Tahoe Wedding Ceremony Overlooking the Lake!

Wow! Check out the NEW Blue Sky Terrace at Heavenly. Have you ever seen a more stunning Lake Tahoe backdrop?

And here are some tips for outdoor/elevated venues like this one, situated at over 9000 + feet:

1. Hydrate your guests. It is very important at high elevations and/or when it is warm. Save the alcohol for the reception and offer water and lemonade at the ceremony instead.

2. Consider the wind. Always dreamed of a long veil but don't want it blowing across your face? Paint tiny fishing weights the color of your veil and attach them to the end of it.

3. With over 300 days of sunshine in Lake Tahoe, chances are you may need parasols for your sun sensitive guests. Or ask if your venue supplies market umbrellas.

Happy Planning! - Bxo