When it comes to picturesque views of both mountains and water in the backdrop of your wedding, there is no better destination than Lake Tahoe. Ashley and Dustin’s rustic Lake Tahoe wedding was both sweet and elegant with light pink, gray, and gold accents throughout the otherwise natural and organic wedding décor. Sun + Life Photography captured such special moments as the couple’s first look, Dad walking Ashley down the aisle, and the absurdly beautiful sunset over the celebration.
Ashley and Dustin
Gatekeeper’s Museum, Lake Tahoe, California
Rustic elegance and the natural beauty of Lake Tahoe. We really wanted to make sure that our wedding was a reflection of us, and our love for our friends, family and the outdoors. Choosing to get married in Lake Tahoe was an easy decision. I was born and raised in Tahoe City, and as a couple we’ve created so many wonderful memories there over the years.
Our wedding was truly a family effort. My dad handmade the beautiful copper and wood BAR sign, my uncle crafted the doors for the entrance to our ceremony, he also made the corn hole and Jenga game for people to enjoy during cocktail hour. We handed out my grandmother’s heirloom handkerchiefs for people to use for their “happy tears” during the ceremony, and my aunt designed our programs, menus and other signage. Dustin and I handcrafted all the chalkboard and barn wood signs. We also designed our save the dates and our wedding invitation suite. It was a true joy to see it all come together the day of our wedding.
I have so many amazing memories from that day; it was truly the best day of our lives, but one memory that really stands out is our ceremony. We worked closely with our officiant, Mark Frady, to compose a beautiful ceremony that incorporated so much of who we are as a couple. Our mothers each read a reading we had chosen, and Dustinand I wrote our own vows, which was incredibly emotional, heartfelt and special. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house!
The Couple Recommends:
Our photographers and videographer. Dori and Jeff with Sun + Life photography are so awesome to work with. They are great people, down to earth, always made us feel comfortable, and our photos are truly amazing!
We went back and forth on the additional expense of a videographer, however we decided that it was important to us, and we’re so happy we sprung for it! Johnny B captured the spirit of our love and our wedding day so perfectly. Our video is something we will treasure for a lifetime.
The Wedding Team:
Photography – Sun + Life Photography
Event Planning – Take the Cake Events
Venue – Gatekeeper’s Museum
Floral Design – Martha Bernyk Floral Design
Catering – As You Wish Catering
Cake – Cake Tahoe
Officiant – Mark Frady
DJ – All About the Music
Videography – Johnny B Films
Invitations – Cards of Wood
Makeup Artist – McKenzie Morrison
Hair Styling – Kolor by Kori
Wedding Dress – Enzoani Fatima
Bridal Accessories – Haute Bride, Kate Spade
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – J.Crew, Amsale
Groom’s Apparel – Men’s Wearhouse
Groomsmen’s Apparel – Men’s Wearhouse
Rentals – Camelot Party Rentals
Table Numbers – BHLDN
Linens – La Tavola
Thanks to Sun + Life Photography for sharing Ashley and Dustin’s romantic Lake Tahoe wedding with Junebug! For more mountain wedding inspiration, check out Natasa and Nigel’s traditional wedding in Cyprus.