I couldn’t have imagined a better couple to end last year’s wedding season than Stephanie and Brett. These two had me laughing, crying, and feeling lucky to be a part of their special day. Let’s join them at Tahoe Vistana Inn where Bree Rivers Photo captured moments before the lakefront ceremony.
Stephanie was full of energy, the happiest and most fun bride to be around. She wore a dynamite Pronovias gown with a high neckline and open back. It’s elegant and effortless lace and short train were perfect for outdoor events. Shoutout to Kiss & Makeup and Salon Bella Vita for making this lady feel confident and bridal on her wedding day. Her handsome groom spent the morning outside with family and his groomsmen taking photos and goofing around. With eight adorable kids in your party it’s almost impossible not to sneak a funny face into a photo or two!
Gar Woods is a stunning wedding venue. A grassy outdoor ceremony space gives guests a panoramic view of the lake, the dock makes for the perfect sunset photo location and floor to ceiling windows in the reception space carry that dreamy view into the evening. Chris Waechter greeted family and friends with the violin, and the trees were brillant fall colors, making each and every photo spectacular.
The ceremony was beautiful. The bride’s mother, dressed in the prettiest shade of blue, and father walked Stephanie down the aisle to her smiling groom. I watched from afar as Stephanie and Brett said their vows, poured sand into a vase they’ve have as a keepsake forever, and shared their first kiss as husband and wife!!
Our favorite moment to watch was how much fun this group had taking beachfront family photos. We love that they didn’t take things too seriously. They made funny faces, laughed a lot, put their arms around each other, and genuinely enjoyed themselves. Stephanie showed off the most incredible bouquet by Flora by Haleigh who did a perfect job bringing all of Tahoe’s dreamy fall colors into one epic flower arrangement.
After the group headed to the deck for cocktails and appetizers, Stephanie and Brett took newlywed photos, laughing along the way. We were blown away by how colorful this magical place is after the summer crowds leave and the temperature drops a bit. Proof that Tahoe is one of the best wedding locations year around!
When the sun went down, Gar Woods came to life. A beautiful custom wooden card box and wedding day photos of parents and grandparents greeted guests in the cocktail space but the real surprise was waiting upstairs, where elegant table numbers by Lamplight Lettering and effortless bud vases with florals to match the bride’s bouquet decorated each table. Stephanie and Brett entered a room of cheering loved ones and then headed upstairs for a delicious dinner and speeches.
It wasn’t long until Epik Entertainment had the entire crew dancing to Fireball while the newlyweds enjoyed a shot of the cinnamon treat. I had so much fun watching Stephanie and Brett have the night of their lives and would do it over again in a heartbeat. I wish them a lifetime of laughter, memorable trips to Tahoe, and lots of family time, which I know is so very important to both of them. You guys made my heart so full the day you got married. Congratulations!!
Watch there video by Inspire Me Photo and Film here: https://vimeo.com/330509007
Hotel. Tahoe Vistana Inn
Photographer. Bree Rivers Photo
Makeup. Kiss & Makeup
Hair. Salon Bella Vita
Venue. Gar Woods
Violist. Chris Waechter
Flowers. Flora by Haleigh
Calligraphy. Lamplight Lettering
DJ. Epik Entertainment