Outdoor Lake Tahoe Wedding
I truthfully don’t even know where to begin with this wedding — the bouquets? The bride’s Sarah Seven gown? The absolutely breathtaking scenery? Every bit of it is just incredible. Newlyweds Amanda and Mike called upon Cindy and Daniel of Orange Turtle Photography to capture their wedding in the mountains of California at a venue so secluded it isn’t even on a named road! How much do you adore the flowers from Natural Flair?
From the bride, Amanda: I had a lot of inspiration but I really let the venue inspire me the most. There were a ton of vintage details every where around The Hideout — the owners are collectors. Tahoe is kind of whimsical too, full of beautiful flowers, butterflies and amazing starry nights. It’s very enchanting.
There wasn’t a theme other than fun! We really wanted to make sure our guests were very well fed and we really wanted them to enjoy the venue. I had a REALLY hard time deciding on colors and eventually I narrowed it down to fuchsia, navy and cream. The men all wore navy and my bridesmaids wore cream and the flowers were a mix of all those colors.
I did all the feature table signs and table numbers on the computer, I made all the succulent centerpieces, the flower girls head bands were made by my soon to be sister in law, the biggest DIY was the programs and invitations that were created by our friends Bailey and Spencer. I gathered a lot of decor and had ideas and thoughts on how I wanted things but I have to give my wedding planner Kate Miller the kudos for putting it all together.. I was amazed when I saw it, she did an amazing job!
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? It’s all about your vendors, pick vendors you love, we picked the most remote place to get married because we were in love with the owners they are like family to us now. I made my photographers travel all the way from San Diego because every time I looked at their work it made me happy! Also trust your vendors make a decision and let go; don’t second guess yourself. They know what they are doing — they are professionals. I am also someone who hates accepting help but I could not have done it with out my amazing family and friends they helped a ton!
Bridal Party Processional: “Sweet Thing,” Van Morrison
Bridal Processional: “Maybe I’m Amazed,” Paul McCartney
Recessional: “This Is Us,” Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris
First Dance: “Into the Mystic,” Van Morrison
Wedding Location: Kirkwood, CA / Wedding Photographer: Orange Turtle Photography / Wedding Coordination: Kate Miller Events / Wedding Venue: The Hideout / Wedding Flowers: Natural Flair / Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven “Flora” / Wedding Shoes: Fergie / Bride’s Hair: Julie Rinella of Hermosa Salon / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: picked by bridesmaids / Groom’s Suit: Zara / Groomsmen’s Suits: Zara and Banana Republic / Wedding Caterer, Donuts, and Cake: Beth Soggard Catering / DJ: Jerry Yamashita / Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods: Card Stox / Videographer: Studio THP / Rentals: Forever Vintage Rentals and Storehouse Rentals