Casual Elegance in Tahoe

Alison & Brian |  April 5th  |  Squaw Valley, California

From the bride, Alison:
We love the mountains, skiing, and the beauty of Lake Tahoe and just wanted to share that with our family and friends. It’s a magical place. Our guests loved being in Tahoe and it was really important to us that our guests, most of whom traveled quite far to be with us, were happy and comfortable and having a good time.
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 It was a beautiful ceremony with the sun pouring in through the huge windows behind the altar, magical! AnnieX0105 AnnieX0106

After the ceremony we walked out of the church and Brian has a horse drawn sleigh waiting. I was completely surprised and it was so fun.

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Our first dance song ended up being longer than we remembered, it was nice to have time together just laughing and dancing.


There was a lot of amazing dance moves being thrown around. Including a dance off to some Michael Jackson tunes, little cousins and older couples all doing the gangnam style, everyone was up out of the chairs and that is exactly what I wanted. I was on the dance team in college so having everyone on the dance floor made me really happy.


My advice: Don’t take wedding planning too seriously, everything will be perfect and the stuff that doesn’t get done probably wasn’t that important.


 The day after our wedding instead of doing a brunch we decided to do an Après Ski at High Camp. We had snacks (soft pretzels, popcorn, cookies, etc) and an open bar with spiked hot cocoas. For the non-skiers we provided tram tickets so they could get up to high camp and a good number of people skied over. It was just perfect and relaxing. Some people brought their bathing suits and enjoyed the hot tubs as well. We really wanted all of our guests to experience the breath-taking views that High Camp offered so this was the perfect way to it.

Ceremony Site: Queen of the Snows Catholic Church

Photographers: Annie X Photographie and Court Leve Photography.  Annie and Court were amazing to work with! They did such a great job and they are just so fun. Most of the time you have no idea they are even there, but they still manage to capture all the wonderful moments. They are just awesome. I cant say enough about them. We were so happy to have them at our wedding.

Reception Site, Caterer, Lodging: Olympic Village Lodge at Squaw Valley. We loved the large windows and fireplace and the huge dance floor. The food was incredible, rave reviews from some very picky eaters.  Jessie, the wedding coordinator was extremely helpful throughout the entire process.

Musicians: Brian Hess and Co  //  Rentals: Crux Events  //   Florist: Tahoe Flower Power //  Photobooth & Video: Russell Brothers Productions  // Hair: Danielle at Salon Bella Vita  //  Makeup: Jen at Kiss and Makeup  //  Invitations & Programs: Lauren M Design  //  Wedding Gown:  Haley Paige, JLM Couture  //  Bridesmaid Dresses: JLM Couture  //  Men’s Wear: Indochino

Honeymoon Location: Harbour Island, Out Islands, Bahamas.  Harbour Island is one of our most favorite places on earth.