Winter Wedding at Ritz Carlton

May 10, 2022

Steve and Verna’s wedding was truly a representation of them and their values. They’re both playful, adventurous, and community-oriented. This couple loves to entertain, and they wanted to create an amazing experience for their guests. They said that all of the details going into their day are there as a gift to their friends and family – a special chance to feel good about themselves and feel well taken care of. We have to say Steve and Verna succeeded! Their winter wedding at Ritz Carlton was beautiful and full of amazing details.

Multicultural Wedding Elements

For their wedding, Steve and Verna wanted a winter take on an Indian wedding, and they combined elements from both of their histories and hobbies. They held a traditional Indian Baraat, which is the groom’s procession, and it was so much fun to be a part of and shoot. Plus, Steve brews excellent beer, so they incorporated that into the Welcome Sangeet. For the reception, they channeled Modern Alpine Scandinavian to honor Steve’s Finnish/Austrian roots.

Winter Wedding at Ritz Carlton

Steve and Verna both grew up in Northern California, and Tahoe holds a special place in their heart. They both love to ski and snowboard, and one of their first-weekend getaways together was in Tahoe. So, it was only natural that they get married in the place they love together. But they never thought they’d get married in a hotel. In the end, though, they wanted to be as close to the mountains as possible while giving their guests the best treatment possible. They loved how attentive and service-focused the Ritz Carlton was and how it allowed them to still have an outdoor component. It was a great decision for their wedding too since they turned the Ritz Carlton into a winter wonderland.

The floor-to-ceiling windows in the reception space brought in the outdoor light, making it feel less like a ballroom, and more like an intimate space surrounded by nature. They chose to have their flowers be neutral, with pops of gold throughout the decor. Even their cake had editable gold foil for a little touch of fun. Our favorite detail was their table numbers, which were glass domes filled with roses. The arch theme was carried into the paper, including rounded menu cards. For their guest book, they chose to have ornaments, so guests could each sign an ornament, and they could display them on their tree come December. It was such a lovely touch.

This wedding will always hold a special place in our hearts since we gave birth to our son Noah 15 days after it. It was our last big wedding of 2021, and it couldn’t have been with better people. If you’re planning your own unique and adventurous wedding, we’d love to hear from you! We love hearing from new couples and learning all about their plans.

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Vendors:

Venue: Ritz Carlton

Planner: Emily Mcclintock at Jalie

Catering: Ritz Carlton

Desserts: Ritz Carlton

Florist: Helianthus Floral

Stationery: Verna Bhargava

Ceremony Music: Bride and Groom’s family and friends for processional and first dance

DJ: Ben Mallare Entertainment

Baraat Dhol Drum Players: Ashi Dholi and Jordan

Officiant: Pandit Shashidhara Somayaji, Krisna Bhargava

Rentals: Celebrations and Creative Coverings

Ceremony Dress Designer: Megha and Jigar

Reception Dress Designer: Le Spose di Gio

Ceremony Dress Bridal Shop: Megha and Jigar

Reception Dress Bridal Shop: Joan Gilbert Bridal

Ceremony Suit: Kanyadaan Boutique

Reception Tuxedo: Indochino

Rings: Alexis Russell

Ceremony Bridal Accessories: Megha and Jigar

Reception Bridal Accessories: Epona Valley

Bridesmaid Dresses: Megha and Jigar

Groomsmen Suits: Kanyadaan Boutique

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