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A Down-to-Earth Lakeside Wedding

Samantha and Benjamin chose to return to Samantha's childhood home in Lake Tahoe to tie the knot together — quite a distance from their home in Chicago!

Their ceremony on the beach wasn't just special for the destination, however, but by the handmade details by the bride and other family members such as the barrel-aged negronis and the handmade napkins. It was also inspired by the earth for some features, with the centerpieces made from foraged materials. The couple had a very personal ceremony with a unity candle and readings from family members, for a wedding that was both connected to the surrounding nature and everyone present.

Photographer: annie X photographie

Hair: Laura Siegmiller from Bella Vita

Dress: Maria Cornejo

Cake Designer: Sugar Pine Cakery

Preferred Vendors

Swedenborgian Church: Not Your Average Church Wedding

An extraordinary venue in the heart of the city with a secret garden and an historic sanctuary where you will be married by candlelight.

Church Street Flowers

Church Street Flowers is a full service floral boutique specializing in custom creations for every occasion.

Les Cent Culottes

French Lingerie, sleepwear, hosiery & jewelry perfect for brides. 

San Francisco Giftcenter & Jewelrymart

With over 125 Bay Area vendors and the largest selection in the Bay Area, the SF Giftcenter & Jewelrymart has your wedding needs covered from head to toe. 

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort,

Spa and Casino

Create cherished lifelong memories in the stunning alpine setting at Tahoe’s newly renovated and only lakefront 4-diamond resort. 

Nordstrom Wedding Suites -

San Francisco Centre and Valley Fair

From your dress to every little detail, our Wedding Stylists will help bring your bridal vision to life, including looks for your entire wedding party.

Dream a Little Dream Events

Custom wedding and event planning company for the stylish bride.