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Lake Tahoe Wedding Inspiration

Wedding Design

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

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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

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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

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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


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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

Daily Pick

Concertina Press

Sailboats, waves, octopus and jellyfish are just a few of the amazing seaworthy designs featured in Concertina Press’s line of vintage inspired nautical wedding invitations and stationery.

“Ruth is an exceptional artist and artisan! She was very prompt to stay in communication with me throughout my ordering process. She worked with me to make sure that all my needs were met exactly. It was so comforting to work with her through the stressful process of ordering the perfect wedding invitations! I absolutely LOVE the way her products turned out, and cannot wait to send them to all my guests! Thank you SO MUCH Ruth, your kindness and professionalism have helped me more than you know!” ” – Emily D.

After living in the small town of Woods Hole on Cape Cod for nearly 11 years, Ruth, the owner and designer of Concertina Press, moved down to the sunny East coast of Florida to be closer to family. Her Cape Cod map save the date is still widely popular with couples getting married on the Cape, along with the matching wedding invitation. Since moving south she’s added more tropical designs including seahorses, sand dollars and waves.

Ruth takes pride in customer service, and making the online ordering process as easy as possible while still remaining personalized. You can purchase samples of any of her invitations online, or contact her directly with any questions or for a quote.

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Waterfront Latvia Wedding

Romantic Weddings

Photos by:

Bret Cole

For today’s wedding, we’re heading over to Latvia thanks to photographer Bret Cole. Darja and Konstantin were married on perhaps the most heavenly wedding grounds I’ve ever seen, those of Rumene Manor. The day that followed was straight out of a storybook romance, with a ballroom reception out of every little girl’s dreams!

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chic waterfront wedding by Bret Cole

From the bride, Darja: It was an exciting and touching moment! That day was significant as such, but it was even more special due to the fact that we married on the 5th anniversary of our relations. Everything was so beautiful, we were encircled by wonderful people, the day was full of emotions, impressions, but now full of fond memories!


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chic waterfront wedding by Bret Cole

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chic waterfront wedding by Bret Cole

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chic waterfront wedding by Bret Cole

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chic waterfront wedding by Bret Cole

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chic waterfront wedding by Bret Cole

chic waterfront wedding by Bret Cole

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chic waterfront wedding by Bret Cole

chic waterfront wedding by Bret Cole

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chic waterfront wedding by Bret Cole

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Wedding Location: Riga, Latvia / Wedding Photographer: Bret Cole / Event Design: Bride / Wedding Venue: Rumene Manor / Wedding Flowers: Oksana Solnceva / Wedding Dress: Emanuel Ungaro / Wedding Shoes: Miu Miu / Bride’s Jewelry: Amita / Hair Accessory: Soufflee / Hair and Makeup: Ed?te Supe and Svetlana Popadina / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Chanel / Groom’s Suit: Armani / Groom’s Shoes: Fabi / Wedding Cake: Sky / Wedding Music: Linda Leen / Wedding Invitations: Oksana Solnceva

Maravilla Gardens Wedding

Garden Weddings

Photos by:

Bret Cole

Maravilla Gardens — try as I might, I can’t think of a more beautiful place to get married. Right in the heart of Camarillo, California, its lush surroundings are everything we dream of! With some incredible images shot by Bret Cole with design and florals by Sugar and Charm Events into the mix, and Mara (who is also a blogger) and Matthew’s big day adds up to one of the most romantically stunning weddings we’ve seen.

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From the bride, Mara: Our wedding was so incredibly special because we were surrounded my our closest family and friends. We wanted to keep our wedding small so that it would be more special and intimate. I loved that I was able to talk to everyone during the course of the day.


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I loved that Matthew and I chose details that were important to the both of us. Our wedding really reflected who we were as a couple. We chose the things that were most important to us (location and photography) and figured out how to balance our budget among the other things. Despite the couple morning of glitches, I was able to take in and appreciate the day completely. I am so happy I was present and in the moment because it went by way too quickly!


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Matthew and I both wanted our day to feel very natural and intimate. We had about 80 guests, including a bunch of children, so I was able to do a lot of DIY projects to make it more personal. We wanted everyone to leave feeling like they were a witness to a beautiful and romantic day.


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romantic garden wedding

Our color scheme was blush pink, gray with pops of sage green and yellow. Here are some of the DIY projects I made: bunting for the ceremony arbor (and top of cake), wood burned baskets and signs, programs made by my brother, drink menu and food menu board, seating chart, cookies and milk bar with cake stands made from china plates and cups, stamped cookie bags, table numbers and centerpieces, and homemade pillows for the seating area. Matthew also brewed all the beer for the wedding! We definitely had a lot of DIY projects but it was fun because I included my friends and family in the process as well.


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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? It’s good to take time doing research on what you like and don’t like. Make moodboards and inspiration boards and once you feel like you know what you want, go through and edit the things that don’t quite fit. Also include your groom in the process. Matthew loved being a part of the planning since it was going to be our day. I also reached out to my blog readers every Wednesday and asked their advice. So many were married or were going through the same process as me, so it was so great to get their thoughts and perspectives.


wedding cake table

kids wedding tables

milk and cookies bar

outdoor dance floors


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Wedding Music:
First Dance: “At Last,” Etta James
Father/Daughter Dance: “What a Wonderful World,” K.D. Lang and Tony Bennett
Cake Cutting: “How Sweet It Is to Be Loved By You,” Marvin Gaye
Bouquet Toss: “Wannabe,” Spice Girls (my best friends and I were obsessed with the Spice Girls so this was very fitting!)

Wedding Location: Camarillo, CA / Wedding Photographer: Bret Cole / Ceremony Venue: St. Charles Borromeo / Reception Venue: Maravilla Gardens / Event Design and Flowers: Sugar and Charm Events / Wedding Bouquets: Dee’s Flowers / Wedding Dress: Lazaro / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Hair: Roxy of Dry Bar, Studio City / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale / Groom’s Attire: Theory / Groom’s Shoes: Ted Baker / Wedding Caterer and Linens: Command Performance / Wedding Cake: Skiff’s Cakes / Videographer: Philip Hover of Soar Productions / Wedding Invitations: Ma Joie Press