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A Lake Tahoe Destination Wedding

Words by Sydney Bowen
Photos courtesy of Jacqui Cole Photography
Sometimes life leads us back to certain places. For Eric and Alexandra, that place is Lake Tahoe, California. It was the place both of them grew up visiting, where they spent their first trip together, the place Eric got down on one knee and asked Alexandra to marry him, and, ultimately, the place they chose to host their destination wedding.

“We bonded early on in our relationship over our shared experiences in Lake Tahoe,” says Alexandra. “Because of the significance, it was a clear choice to get married in Lake Tahoe.”

Their wedding weekend was packed with fun activities to get everyone in a celebratory mood. A rehearsal dinner in an Irish pub, complete with pub food and drinks, kicked off the festivities.

The day before the wedding, a golf tournament was held for Eric and the men, while Alexandra’s aunt and grandma hosted a bridal luncheon. The night wrapped up with a welcome party, including Chicago-style food that paid homage to the couple’s time in the Windy City and lawn games to keep the fun going.

When it was finally their wedding day, the couple’s 200 guests watched them tie the knot. “We were married in a Jewish ceremony under a chuppah of white flowers, against the breathtaking backdrop of the mountains,” recalls the bride.

After a cocktail hour overlooking the lake, guests were served short ribs and polenta, while toasts were made by loved ones. The band rocked out well into the night, with an after party complete with tasty desserts, arcade games, bowling and a midnight snack of chicken and waffles.

As Eric and Alexandra’s dream-like wedding weekend came to a close, they said goodbye to all of their loved ones with a farewell brunch and lots of hugs. When asked what part of their weekend was the most special, the couple says, “It is so hard to pick just one moment – the whole weekend was magical."

Vendors: Photographer: Jacqui Cole Photography, Event Planning and Design: Summit Soiree, Ceremony/Reception Site: Martis Camp, Accommodations: PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn, Videographer: Reel Eyes Media, Florist: Martha Bernyk Floral Design, Stationery: Molly Pollet, Calligraphy: Anne Robin Calligraphy, Rentals: Celebrations! Party Rentals, Gown Designer: “Harbor” by Amsale, Groom’s Clothing Designer: Spoon Tailor, Bridesmaids Clothing Designer: Natalie Deayala, Groomsmen’s Clothing Designer: The Black Tux, Hair & Makeup: Greco Rose Beauty, Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo, Bridesmaid Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar, Band: Notorious, Rings: Dunay Joaillier, Ceremony Music: Ben Fuller

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