bride-groom
February 10, 2016

“Every part of Matt and Claire’s Lake Tahoe wedding day was so sincere and personal. Their wedding party included some of the most important people in their lives, so they wanted to share their first look with all of them, too. It was magical if I do say so myself. After a moving ceremony officiated by Matt’s father, appetizers and drinks were served while Matt and Claire ventured out to the rocky beach of Lake Tahoe for some spectacularly sunny photos with me. Their yellow lab and joyful best friend, Rollie, joined us too. Following a spectacular dinner under string lights as the sun set, the night was full of happy conversations, tearful toasts, hugs and of course, dancing. Their wedding day ended with a sparkler exit – completely fitting for this adventurous couple who share such a spark of joy in life and love for each other.” – Fifth & Chestnut Photo Co.

We love this gorgeous DIY outdoor Tahoe City wedding!
We love this gorgeous DIY outdoor Tahoe City wedding!
We love this gorgeous DIY outdoor Tahoe City wedding!
Gorgeous details at this DIY wedding!
We love this gorgeous DIY outdoor Tahoe City wedding!
Such a fun getting ready champange shot!
Bride getting ready for the big day!
We love this gorgeous DIY outdoor Tahoe City wedding!
We love this gorgeous DIY outdoor Tahoe City wedding!
We love this gorgeous DIY outdoor Tahoe City wedding!
We love this gorgeous DIY outdoor Tahoe City wedding!
We love this gorgeous DIY outdoor Tahoe City wedding!
We love this gorgeous DIY outdoor Tahoe City wedding!
Such a darling first look! Swoon!
Such a darling first look! Swoon!
Such a darling first look kiss! Swoon!
Such a darling first look kiss! Swoon!
We love this gorgeous DIY outdoor Tahoe City wedding!
We love this gorgeous DIY outdoor Tahoe City wedding!
We love this gorgeous DIY outdoor Tahoe City wedding!
We love this gorgeous DIY outdoor Tahoe City wedding!
We love this gorgeous DIY outdoor Tahoe City wedding!
We love this gorgeous DIY outdoor Tahoe City wedding!
We love this gorgeous DIY outdoor Tahoe City wedding!
We love this gorgeous DIY outdoor Tahoe City wedding!
We love this gorgeous DIY outdoor Tahoe City wedding!
We love this gorgeous DIY outdoor Tahoe City wedding!
We love this gorgeous DIY outdoor Tahoe City wedding!
We love this gorgeous DIY outdoor Tahoe City wedding!
We love this gorgous DIY outdoor Tahoe City wedding!
We love this gorgeous DIY outdoor Tahoe City wedding!
We love this gorgeous DIY outdoor Tahoe City wedding!
We love this gorgeous DIY outdoor Tahoe City wedding!
We love this gorgeous DIY outdoor Tahoe City wedding!
We love this gorgeous DIY outdoor Tahoe City wedding!
We love this gorgeous DIY outdoor Tahoe City wedding!
We love this gorgeous DIY outdoor Tahoe City wedding!
We love this gorgeous DIY outdoor Tahoe City wedding!
We love this gorgeous DIY outdoor Tahoe City wedding!
We love this gorgeous DIY outdoor Tahoe City wedding!
Gorgeous ring shot for this DIY Tahoe City wedding!
We love this gorgeous DIY outdoor Tahoe City wedding!
We love this darling rustic seating chart!
We love this gorgeous DIY outdoor Tahoe City wedding!
We love this gorgeous DIY outdoor Tahoe City wedding!
We love this gorgeous DIY outdoor Tahoe City wedding!
We love this gorgeous DIY outdoor Tahoe City wedding!
We love this gorgeous DIY outdoor Tahoe City wedding!
We love this gorgeous DIY outdoor Tahoe City wedding!
We love this gorgeous DIY outdoor Tahoe City wedding!
Love these gorgeous DIY centerpices!
We love this gorgeous DIY outdoor Tahoe City wedding!
We love this gorgeous DIY outdoor Tahoe City wedding!
We love this gorgeous DIY outdoor Tahoe City wedding!
How fun are these personalized wedding M&M's?! Love!
We love this gorgeous DIY outdoor Tahoe City wedding!
We love this gorgeous first dance!
We love this gorgeous DIY outdoor Tahoe City wedding!
We love this gorgeous DIY outdoor Tahoe City wedding!
Loving this rustic wedding cake!
We love this gorgeous DIY outdoor Tahoe City wedding!
We love this fun sparkler exit!
We love this Thank You card photo!

What is your favorite wedding day memory?

It was such a magical day! The weather in Lake Tahoe for our outdoor wedding could not have been better! One of my favorite moments was when we went with our fabulous photographer, Jentry of Fifth & Chestnut Photo Co., to the Lake side with our dog, Rollie for a few minutes after the ceremony to take pictures. It was so special to have had that moment to take in moment and the reality of our special day with all of our favorite people.

What did you DIY for your wedding?

We DIY’d quite a bit! For the center pieces, my dad cut pieces of a log and sanded and varnished the pieces {the bark stayed on} and we used them as the base for our flower vases. We also made homemade party favors. Since our theme was outdoors and had a glamping kind of vibe, we made color copies of the Tahoe City map, cut them into hearts and used them as the name tags and tied them on to a trail mix bar that was in a little brown bag with our personalized stamp on the bag.

Something old, new, borrowed and blue?

My something new was my dress, my something blue was my garter and my something old and borrowed were earrings from my Grandmother.

Any advice for brides currently in the planning process?

Enjoy the process, stay organized and give yourself time to get the multiple tasks completed without feeling rushed. Again, try to enjoy every step of the process. Take any moment to celebrate with friends and drink champagne! DIY is the best way to go for a wedding! It makes the day even more special and unique just made for the couple who is getting married. We both agree we would not have changed ONE SINGLE THING! Happy Planning! -Claire, the bride

Event Credits

Photographer: Fifth & Chestnut Photo Co. // Venue: Gatekeepers Museum and Park // Officiant: Ted Hoff // Florist: Heidi Gellerman // Catering: Mountain Magic Catering // Invitations: Mandy Lindeke Design // DJ: Mountain Event Productions // Videographer: Forever Forward Productions // Rentals: Camelot Party Rentals // Bride's Attire: Epiphany Boutique


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