There are those in life who make things happen. There are those who watch things happen. And there are those who wonder what happened. Since I have never been the latter two personality types, you can imagine that like all brides, my wedding had to be a reflection of who I am and showcase my (now) husband Alex’s and my personalities and expression of how we view and enjoy “making life happen”. And on March 16th, 2016, boy did we!
After being a professional wedding and event planner for years, the options for planning my wedding were almost endless. I provide and witness inspiration for clients year-round, as well as have access to the industry’s top trends and event supply partners, so the amount of ideas for my own wedding were dizzying. But as a fellow event planner colleague of mine says, “When you stay true to who you are and stop trying to impress everyone else except yourselves, the vision becomes clearer and uber original.” Even though we had the choice of having a wedding with hundreds of guests, as well as event partners who were more than willing to help us produce an epic wedding of choice, we ultimately decided to redefine what “epic wedding” meant to us, based on our core loves and passions.
Alex and I live in Lake Tahoe for a reason. We are passionate about the outdoors and the magic this place provides. We love to ski – and some may not know this, but I have taught skiing for years and it is a part of my deepest soul and being. It’s also something that Alex and I love doing together.
Like most brides, I found myself with a spending plan and focused on making choices with that spending plan. No bride- even with a million dollars- has unlimited funds. Everyone has to make choices. We decided our priority was an epic experience alone- that there was something incredibly romantic and sacred about that. And we ran – or, actually, flew – with that concept.
Our Helicopter Wedding Ski Adventure to the Ruby Mountains was off. the. hook . As I ask all my brides during our initial meeting and consultation: “What do you want to look back on after your wedding day and remember most?” We got real with that question and can honestly say looking back that it was everything we had hoped and dreamed it would be.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so I’m thrilled to be able to provide the photo gallery below as well as share our wedding video here.
Special Touch Highlights: My brother was our officiant and skied with us | We blended good fun into our special touches like wedding cake, snow boots, and more (check out the images) ; My Mom came to Tahoe before the wedding and brought succulents from our family home in Southern California and Petal to the Metal, Floral Designer Sandy Rose, added these special succulents to my bridal bouquet and my flower crown; My mother also included a porcelain angel cherub that was on top of my parents wedding cake back in 1962, and I carried it wrapped around my bridal bouquet as well; Creative Coverings linen rentals provided their rustic “snow” White Faux Suede table cloth for my wedding cake/dinner table with a Red/Black Buffalo Check overlay that was flannel and fit perfectly for an intimate yurt wedding reception at 10,000 feet! Did I mention we slept overnight in a yurt at 10,000 feet?
My amazing event supply partner team: Helicopter Ski Company: Ruby Mountain Helicopter Ski Experience | Photography & Catering: Ruby Mountain Heli Ski | Lodging: Ruby Mountain Helicopter Ski | Floral Design: Petal to the Metal | Linen: Creative Coverings | Wedding Cake: Flour Girl Wedding Cakes & Desserts