The Couple: Meegan and Justin
The Wedding: 6.18.2011 – The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe – Truckee, CA
The Photographer: Hollye Schumacher
Junebug: What inspired your personal wedding style, and how did you incorporate your style and personalities into your big day?
Meegan and Justin: Our wedding was inspired by Tahoes natural beauty and our love for the color pink. We wanted to combine the rustic elements of Tahoe with the elegance of the Ritz and allow our guests to enjoy this fusion. I reviewed mountain and barn-style weddings for inspiration, as well as relying on the style guidance of my mom and our florist, Sara Spurlock, and wedding coordinator, Merrily Rocco. To create a theme of rustic elegance, we printed our invitations, programs and menus on wood veneer, adding a pink lace print to the programs and menus. The birch wood arch for the ceremony was adorned with large bunches of pink and white flowers. The brown ceremony chairs were complimented by white-pink printed cones filled with flowers. The cocktail tables were covered in light pink satin linens with one to two small flower vases to contrast the surrounding pine trees. The reception tables, which were covered in white embroidered linens, alternated between a collection of birch wood vases surrounding candles, and a white candelabra adorned with candles, flowers and vines. The candy buffet was set amidst the pink floral cones and vines and included candy to honor our moms birth countries, including Coffee Crisps from Canada and a collection of Persian candies. We also added home-made touches to the wedding, including the place cards created by my mom, the welcome bag snacks created by my mom, and a wooden card box created by our family friend Lorne. To ensure that our guests also got to experience the beauty of Lake Tahoe, we held a casual post-wedding Sunday brunch at a park by the lake.
Junebug: What three adjectives best describe your wedding?
Meegan and Justin: Romantic, rustic, emotional.
Junebug: Looking back, what are the moments, decisions or memories that you love the most about your wedding?
Meegan and Justin: I will always fondly remember and cherish the time I got to spend with my six best girlfriends getting ready; my emotion-filled walk down the ballroom foyer to see Justin for the first time; the calmness and certainty I felt the day of our wedding; walking down the aisle with my dad to my parents’ wedding song, Pachelbel Canon in D; the words of wisdom on marriage that Judge Hatter shared with us during the ceremony; my parents’ comical and touching speeches, including the presentation of Justin’s “Mr. Right” t-shirt and my “Mrs. Always Right” t-shirt; my dad’s creative slideshow, which included slides tailored specifically to the lyrics to Elton John’s Tiny Dancer; the father-daughter dance to my dad’s all-time favorite band, The Rolling Stones; the beautiful look on my new mom’s face when she danced with Justin; Justin’s Porsche groom’s cake; my mom’s creative and personalized welcome bags, which included her delicious lime-glazed shortbread cookies and water bottles with our pictures; our guests’ devouring the candy buffet, which included all of my favorite candies; everyone belting out the lyrics to “Sweet Caroline” on the dance floor; our post-wedding brunch at King’s Beach; Hollye’s slideshow of our wedding; our venue and vendor selections, each of which contributed to our perfect wedding weekend.
Junebug: What specifically drew you to Hollye Schumacher and her imagery?
Meegan and Justin: What I loved about Hollyes photography was her unique ability to artistically capture the beauty and emotions of her weddings. Each one of her photos tells a story. Her wedding photography is tailored to the individual weddings as well, reflecting the personality of the couple and style of the wedding. Hollye also has a remarkable ability to spot good photography locations. She found a beautiful meadow full of Aspen trees and captured some of my favorite pictures from our wedding.
The Wedding Team:
Photographer: Hollye Schumacher
Event Planner: Merrily Rocco of Merrily Wed
Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe
?Officiant: The Honorable Terry J. Hatter, United States District Judge of the Central District of California
?Invitation Designer: invitations by Woodchick Studios, programs and menus by White Aisle Weddings, invitation inserts and welcome bags by Sara Zimmerman
?Catering & Cake: The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe
Florist: Sara Spurlock of Bellissima Floral
Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm from Mon Amie Bridal Salon
Bridal accessories: earrings and necklace by Mikimoto, shoes by Nina, purse by Davie and Chiyo, hair piece and veil from Mon Amie Bridal Salon
Bridesmaids apparel and accessories: Priscilla of Boston from Bella Bridesmaid
Groom apparel and accessories: tuxedo and shoes by Hugo Boss with vest and bow tie from Friar Tux Shop
Groomsmen apparel and accessories: Mens Wearhouse
Hair & Makeup: Emily Stuesser
?DJ: Lawrence Arevalo of Verducci Entertainment
?Live music: The String Beings
?Rentals: La Tavola Linens
Rings: brides ring by Mondial Pink Diamond Atelier, grooms ring by Teno
?Manicures/Pedicures for Bride & Bridesmaids: Our Hobby to your Home
Thanks so much Meegan and Justin for sharing your gorgeous wedding with us, and thank you Hollye for these stunning photos!