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Find Your Wedding Venue with Ever After

A few months ago we introduced you to Ever After, a boutique service site that helps you find the perfect location for your destination wedding, honeymoon, and wedding venue at no cost to you. Today, we are excited to share that is giving away to one lucky couple their dream wedding venue! If you always wanted to have a destination wedding but was on the fence, this may be your chance to have an epic wedding location for free! Ever After is the venue expert in Southern California, Hawaii, Mexico, Caribbean, Las Vegas and South Pacific, so choose away folks!




Visions of a garden ceremony or maybe you’ve been day dreaming of a faraway paradise to escape to with your fiance? Perhaps a ballroom reception is your ideal venue or an all-inclusive resort wedding. Whatever your dream wedding includes, has you covered. Let Ever After help you narrow down your venue options based on your budget and style. Offering the best, most comprehensive search and comparison tool to match you to your perfect wedding venue.


helps over 15,000 couples a year find their dream venue and you can be their next! Once you fill out the short questionnaire you will be matched with a local Venue Expert who will use their expertise to bring you your dream venue options. Ever After’s Venue Experts have personally visited each location they recommend. To make a great wedding resource even better, every Continental U.S. venue has passed a thorough background check and is backed by their $100,000 Wedding Assurance Guarantee. I can hear you all asking, “How much will this service cost me?” This might just be the best part, ‘s services are completely FREE. You’ll be matched with a venue professional who will not only help you narrow down what seems like infinite options but also will schedule your tours, help with guest accommodations and review your contract all for no cost to you.

Start planning your dream wedding now, it doesn’t cost you anything for them to help you in case I haven’t mentioned this yet :) Ever After is dedicated to bringing your wedding day vision to life by helping you find the perfect location that is romantic and memorable and so you. is open from now until September 29th. Entering is easy, simply and you could win $5000 for your perfect location. To qualify you must be engaged and currently planning your wedding. Good luck, readers!

Lake Tahoe Wedding Inspiration

Photos By: Bret Cole

We’re making our way towards the cooler weather of fall, and when we see shoots like this one from Bret Cole, Jan Hatch & Gayle Jarrett of California Vintage Rentals + Design, and Wanda’s Flower Shop, we can’t help but get even more excited to brew up some hot cocoa and pull out our cushy sweaters. Some inspiring floral design, a drool-worthy wedding cake, and a Monique Lhuillier gown all add up to pure wedding magic here!

Lake Tahoe wedding inspiration - photo by Bret Cole http://ruffledblog.com/lake-tahoe-wedding-inspiration

From the photographer, Bret Cole: The stylist (Jan Hatch) and I wanted to come up with a look that was clean, but unstructured. Organic, but with touches of rustic elegance that fits Tahoe. We chose a lot of plants that are native to the Tahoe area to include in the floral arrangements, and the sleek lines and warm woods of our mid-century modern furniture flowed well with the Resort’s style. When I pitched it to the marketing team at Squaw Creek, they loved it. I chose the models and vendors who joined us, and they deserve big props. I think they did an amazing job!

geometric inspired invitations - photo by Bret Cole http://ruffledblog.com/lake-tahoe-wedding-inspiration

greenery crown - photo by Bret Cole http://ruffledblog.com/lake-tahoe-wedding-inspiration

diamond rings - photo by Bret Cole http://ruffledblog.com/lake-tahoe-wedding-inspiration

modern wedding invitations - photo by Bret Cole http://ruffledblog.com/lake-tahoe-wedding-inspiration

mountain wedding ceremony - photo by Bret Cole http://ruffledblog.com/lake-tahoe-wedding-inspiration

wedding ceremony - photo by Bret Cole http://ruffledblog.com/lake-tahoe-wedding-inspiration

summery wedding bouquet - photo by Bret Cole http://ruffledblog.com/lake-tahoe-wedding-inspiration

fall wedding receptions - photo by Bret Cole http://ruffledblog.com/lake-tahoe-wedding-inspiration

Monique Lhuillier gowns - photo by Bret Cole http://ruffledblog.com/lake-tahoe-wedding-inspiration

drink tables - photo by Bret Cole http://ruffledblog.com/lake-tahoe-wedding-inspiration

rustic wedding ideas - photo by Bret Cole http://ruffledblog.com/lake-tahoe-wedding-inspiration

wood slice signs - photo by Bret Cole http://ruffledblog.com/lake-tahoe-wedding-inspiration

fall wedding inspiration - photo by Bret Cole http://ruffledblog.com/lake-tahoe-wedding-inspiration

wedding signs - photo by Bret Cole http://ruffledblog.com/lake-tahoe-wedding-inspiration

mr and mrs signs - photo by Bret Cole http://ruffledblog.com/lake-tahoe-wedding-inspiration

paper table numbers - photo by Bret Cole http://ruffledblog.com/lake-tahoe-wedding-inspiration

tiered wedding cakes - photo by Bret Cole http://ruffledblog.com/lake-tahoe-wedding-inspiration

Lake Tahoe wedding inspiration - photo by Bret Cole http://ruffledblog.com/lake-tahoe-wedding-inspiration

floral centerpieces - photo by Bret Cole http://ruffledblog.com/lake-tahoe-wedding-inspiration


View all images from this shoot in the gallery

Shoot Location: Olympic Valley, CA / Photographer: Bret Cole / Event Stylist: Jan Hatch & Gayle Jarrett of California Vintage Rentals + Design / Florist: Wanda’s Flower Shop / Venue and Wedding Cake: The Resort at Squaw Creek / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss / Hair: Kabra Steinberg Moss of Maple + Moss / Makeup: Eliza Veal / Wedding Invitations: Olive & Emerald / Letterpress: Sugar Plum Invitations / Models: Ashley Mangus & Benjamin Crawford






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Skaneateles Lake Wedding

What’s a better fairytale than a couple who marries on the same dock where they first met? Bride Whitney set to work planning her dream wedding day, using her talents to craft the perfect floral arrangements, paper goods, and so much more to set the perfect scene for Love Me Do Photography to photograph.

Skaneateles Lake Wedding - photo by Love Me Do Photography http://ruffledblog.com/skaneateles-lake-wedding

From the bride, Whitney: Michael and I met nearly fifteen years ago at his family’s cottage on Skaneateles Lake in Upstate NY. My dad and I were out on our old wooden boat and we stopped by for a quick hello (our fathers worked together at the time). A handful of years later we met again, at a Christmas party, where Mike made me a promise: to go explore the world on my own and when I was ready, to come back to our small town and he would marry me. A handful of years went by but I eventually made it back to NY… and I held him to his promise this summer, where we had a beautiful wedding on the same dock we met at.

rustic wedding invitations - photo by Love Me Do Photography http://ruffledblog.com/skaneateles-lake-wedding

bride getting ready - photo by Love Me Do Photography http://ruffledblog.com/skaneateles-lake-wedding

orange wedding bouquets - photo by Love Me Do Photography http://ruffledblog.com/skaneateles-lake-wedding

guestbook tables - photo by Love Me Do Photography http://ruffledblog.com/skaneateles-lake-wedding

orange ranunculus boutonniere - photo by Love Me Do Photography http://ruffledblog.com/skaneateles-lake-wedding

unique seating charts - photo by Love Me Do Photography http://ruffledblog.com/skaneateles-lake-wedding

unique escort cards - photo by Love Me Do Photography http://ruffledblog.com/skaneateles-lake-wedding

From the start, we wanted our day to feel like a fun, relaxed “day at the lake.” I was inspired by antique wooden boats (coincidentally, the annual antique wooden boat show was held in Skaneateles village the same weekend of our wedding!), refreshing dips in the lake, family heirlooms, Americana, and the soft textures and colors that often found in cozy east-coast cottages. As an artist, it was important to me that care was given to every detail…right down to the color of ribbon used to tie the invitations and book favors (when he was in the Army, Mike would tie his letters to home in a yellow ribbon). I spent many hours planing down, cutting, sanding, staining, and (eventually!) assembling the benches used for the ceremony, and a handful of our guests ended up bringing them home as a wedding souvenir. We did happen to snag one for our own patio! Everything was created with a true DIY fashion- the floral centerpieces, bouquet, cake décor, event styling, paper goods, hair, and makeup were all done by myself with the idea that our wedding was (as I believe all should be!) a true labor of love.

wedding ceremony setup - photo by Love Me Do Photography http://ruffledblog.com/skaneateles-lake-wedding

wedding invitations - photo by Love Me Do Photography http://ruffledblog.com/skaneateles-lake-wedding

wedding ceremony recessionals - photo by Love Me Do Photography http://ruffledblog.com/skaneateles-lake-wedding

guest book ideas - photo by Love Me Do Photography http://ruffledblog.com/skaneateles-lake-wedding

Skaneateles Lake Wedding - photo by Love Me Do Photography http://ruffledblog.com/skaneateles-lake-wedding

Skaneateles Lake Wedding - photo by Love Me Do Photography http://ruffledblog.com/skaneateles-lake-wedding

teal red tablescapes - photo by Love Me Do Photography http://ruffledblog.com/skaneateles-lake-wedding

teal place settings - photo by Love Me Do Photography http://ruffledblog.com/skaneateles-lake-wedding

Our wedding day was wonderful in every sense of the word… it was exactly what we wanted from the start. Even the weather cooperated! For a month leading up to the wedding day, every single weather forecast I could find online predicted thunderstorms, high winds, and showers all day long. But when I woke up the morning of our wedding, it rained for a quick minute (long enough to satisfy the whole “good luck on your wedding day” omen) but the rest of the day was clear blue skies and warm, beautiful weather. Walking down to Michael was the most amazing part of the day. Seeing him standing on the dock waiting for me…it was such an intimate, tender, nerve-wracking, soul-shaking, I-can’t-believe-this-is-happening moment! During our ceremony, our rings (which were his parents’ rings, too) were passed along all the guests, who prayed over them for us. We had two wonderful singers, Chris Merkley & Jackie Columbo, play acoustic during the reception and their voices added such an earthy and soulful backdrop to the day. We served hor’douvres and desserts for our guests, which really gave it a picnic vibe…there was no pressure to stick to a dinner timeline… everyone came and went as they pleased. As a special send off, my dad took us out for a cruise on the same antique wooden boat we were on when Mike and I first met. We all released white lanterns from the shore and in true lake fashion, got into our swimsuits for an evening dip in the lake. It really was a big romantic blur (which is great!)- but we were lucky enough to have such wonderful photographers capture our day with still imagery and video (the video is so neat!!!). By having something tangible to remind us of our wedding… it gives us the chance to relive our favorite day, every day.

lakeside wedding receptions - photo by Love Me Do Photography http://ruffledblog.com/skaneateles-lake-wedding

aqua red tablescapes - photo by Love Me Do Photography http://ruffledblog.com/skaneateles-lake-wedding

tablescape inspiration - photo by Love Me Do Photography http://ruffledblog.com/skaneateles-lake-wedding

cake tables - photo by Love Me Do Photography http://ruffledblog.com/skaneateles-lake-wedding

wedding cakes - photo by Love Me Do Photography http://ruffledblog.com/skaneateles-lake-wedding

wedding cake - photo by Love Me Do Photography http://ruffledblog.com/skaneateles-lake-wedding

Skaneateles Lake Wedding - photo by Love Me Do Photography http://ruffledblog.com/skaneateles-lake-wedding

Skaneateles Lake Wedding - photo by Love Me Do Photography http://ruffledblog.com/skaneateles-lake-wedding


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Bride’s Processional: “That’s My Kind of Woman,” George Strait; “Like Jesus Does,” Eric Church
First Dance: “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,” Tim McGraw

Wedding Location: Skaneateles Lake, NY / Photographer: Carina of Love Me Do Photography / Paper Goods, Floral Design, Styling, and Planning: Bride, Whitney Nichols / Venue: Private Residence / Wedding Dress: BHLDN “Tia” / Caterer: M&D Deli / Wedding Cake: Frosted Bakery / Music: Chris Merkley with Jackie Columbo / Tents: Hillside Tent Rental / Linens: Ames Linens / Officiant: Diane Ferri / Videographer: Danfredo Photography

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