Lake Tahoe's Whimsical Weddings: Hotels
From the venues, to the recreation activities, to the music, to the region’s camaraderie, there’s nothing like tying the knot in Tahoe
By Jenny Goldsmith
Lake Tahoe weddings are unparalleled when it comes to beauty, romance and caliber. From a private wedding onboard a luxury yacht to a rustic cabin setting with family and friends; from an extravagant helicopter ceremony in the bluebird sky to an upscale exchange of vows at one of Tahoe’s luxury resorts, the Tahoe region offers a myriad of wedding opportunities for any style, budget or taste.
“With some of the most gorgeous scenery in the world, Tahoe provides a romantic backdrop unlike any other,” said Danielle Loberg, event coordinator with Lake Tahoe Cruises and Zephyr Cove Resort. “Whether the beach, mountains, banquet halls; sunshine or snow, you can have the wedding you have always dreamed about.”
Venues – Hotels – Activities – Music – Camaraderie
Then, of course, there is the multitude of upscale hotel locations offering all-encompassing services from exquisite catering and discounted accommodations to concierge services, spa packages and beach-to-ballroom wedding locations.
“That’s the great thing about a resort — it’s very inclusive, so not only do you have everything set for your special ceremony and reception, but guest rooms can be arranged on the property for out of town friends and family so everyone can be together,” said Lauren Hall, Catering Manager for the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino, located on the shores of Incline Village.
The Resort at Squaw Creek, PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn and The Ritz Carlton, Lake Tahoe, all accommodate ski-in, ski-out wedding goers in the winter months. By mid-June, when the Sierra snowpack has finally melted and wildflowers begin to paint the landscape, nothing compares to a summer wedding at one of these mountain-based resorts.
Finally, just as the Lake Tahoe region is recognized for its peaceful, serene landscape and laid-back lifestyle, so are the private estates and chapels that serve as the ideal destination for secluded, intimate wedding vows.
One often-overlooked gem of North Lake Tahoe is the Squaw Valley Chapel — a historically significant site offering traditional church services and unrivaled views of the surrounding peaks.
“The architecture of the chapel is a classic example of what modern architecture was in mid-to-late 50s, and is very representative of the cutting-edge style that was so desired for the 1960 Olympics,” said Tuck Wilson, a longtime church-goer and representative for the chapel.
Aside from traditional wedding services, the chapel also boasts a full kitchen and reception area, both indoor and outdoor — two features that Wilson believes sets the church apart from similar settings in the region.
The shores of Lake Tahoe are also speckled with hidden estates nestled between Ponderosa Pines and Quaking Aspens, available for high-end events and loaded with amenities, providing an all-encompassing, exclusive wedding experience.
Born and bred Tahoan and bride-to-be, Shelby Hartman, and her fiancé Scott Yorkey, chose a rustic, private cabin on the North Shore to celebrate their vows with family and friends — a site that reflects their personal style, as well as gives guests the ultimate Tahoe experience.
“We found the perfect place in Tahoe that really illustrates who we are as a couple — we’re more laid-back and outdoorsy — and we wanted our wedding to reflect that,” Hartman said. “I’m so excited for my wedding day, and when I envision myself getting ready at the cabin, I feel completely calm and happy — the lake calms me down more than anything and this venue fits both mine and Scott’s personal style.”