Wedding Inspiration: A Bohemian Shindig at South Lake Tahoe's Basecamp Hotel


Ashley Henry and Joseph Pelej wanted just three simple things: beers, brats, and music—and their wedding in South Lake Tahoe served up this and more.

The bride, adorned with a flower crown, arrived on the scene in a Clydesdale-drawn carriage, and the pair said I do beneath a rustic arch adorned with wild blooms including eucalyptus, black foot daisies, and cattails.

To celebrate their nine years of love, the bride and groom let loose in a laid-back ceremony on the waterfront at Lake Tahoe, and they kept it short and sweet, ready to get the party started. But first, a frolic in the woods for sun-soaked, forested portraits before joining their friends and family and a down-to-earth beer garden bash at Tahoe's Basecamp Hotel.

Reminiscent of a mini music festival, the reception included a live gypsy band playing in front of a vintage Airstream while the bride showed off her moves and played a cow bell. Wooden picnic tables bloomed with potted succulents, and string lights set the mood. For an added bit of sweetness, they served mixed berry hand pies for dessert.

Ceremony venue: Lakeside Beach Lake Tahoe

Reception venue: Basecamp Hotel South Lake Tahoe

Dress: Catherine Deane

Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Rings: Verragio

Hair: Jessica Torrigino of Park Parlor

Floral designer: Sierra Bridal and Blooms

Caterer: Outpost Brewing Co.

Desserts: Lake Tahoe Cakes

Photography: Vild Photography

Music: Sierra Gypsies

Transportation: Borges Sleigh and Carriage Rides

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