Not quite ready to say goodbye to summer? I can’t blame you, especially when we’ve got a totally fun Lake Tahoe summer wedding to inspire us today. A few favorite things about this wedding? The lakeside setting, the sailboat table numbers, that the bride changed into her grandmother’s wedding dress for the reception, and the groom changed into shorts! Also, if you’re having a friend officiate your wedding and need some inspiration, do not miss Meagan and Kyle’s full ceremony!
“Lake Tahoe is a special place for me and Kyle,” says Meagan. “We’ve been coming up to the mountains from the Bay Area since we started dating both to ski in the winter as well as adventure and enjoy the water in the summer months. We considered a variety of different locations in the area, but after Kyle’s company hosted an awesome Fourth of July party at Gar Woods, we knew it was the perfect fit. The lakeside location is unbeatable, but what made the location a good fit was the great attitude of the restaurant staff – we knew they’d help us achieve our ultimate goal which was to throw an awesome celebration with our family and friends.”
“Our ceremony was extremely personal,” shares Meagan. “Our officiant was a family friend who I grew up with, and who ended up becoming close friends with Kyle when we first started dating. So, he knew us both extremely well, and he knew our relationship. He did a great job telling personal stories, while also including some jokes and fun anecdotes so that the whole thing didn’t seem to serious. I’m not a crier, but Kyle had tears in his eyes almost the whole time, which was really sweet, and kept me laughing throughout the ceremony.”
Your ceremony in three words. Personal, Happy, Reflective.
How did you go about planning your wedding ceremony? Since this was the first wedding that Graham had performed, we had to figure it all out as we went. We had no idea what we wanted, so we started with talking to our friends and family, and learning how other people had done it. Graham did a lot of legwork to create an outline for the ceremony and then we tweaked it from there. He also interviewed each of us separately and wove the stories that we told about each other into the ceremony. We knew we wanted my twin brother to do a reading and we looked all over the internet for the passage or story that would be the perfect fit and couldn’t find anything right. Our officiant had requested advice from each of our parents (both sets married over 30 years), and when we were about to settle on a reading, Graham suggested that my brother read our parents’ advice to Kyle and me instead of a more traditional reading. We loved it!
What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? I am so happy that we asked our friend Graham to officiate the ceremony – he did a better job than I ever could have imagined. He was able to speak personally about us, and our relationship over the past ten years, and I loved how he still kept it light and celebratory.
“Kyle proposed to me on a sailboat and we’ve always loved boating and the water, so it was no question that our wedding was going to be unabashedly nautical. (Kyle called it ‘extreme nautical.’) So I was really inspired by boating culture and the water. Other than that, we both agreed that we wanted our wedding to be a joyful celebration with family and friends, so we tried to stay focus on that as the goal for the event.”
Please tell us about any special details from your wedding. One detail that was really special to me was my grandmother’s dress. I have had my maternal grandmother’s dress in my closet since I was a kid, and always wanted to wear it for my wedding. Since it is a tea-length dress, I opted to wear a classic long dress for the ceremony, and change into my grandmother’s dress for the reception. Putting it on was really special, and seeing the reaction of my family members (some who had even been at my grandmother’s wedding over 50 years earlier!) was really awesome. It was a special way to honor her. I wasn’t the only one with a costume change – Kyle and his groomsmen also changed into shorts, which was only fitting since he runs the American-made shorts company Chubbies Shorts (many of the guests were wearing shorts too).
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? It’s nearly impossible to pick a favorite moment because the every second of the day was magical! I especially loved taking the boat-ride after the ceremony with Kyle and my parents. We were on such a high from the ceremony, it was really awesome to escape for a moment with just us – not to mention to be on a stunning boat ride and looking back at all of our closest family and friends on shore!
What was the best advice you received as a bride? Enjoy it! There is absolutely nothing like having your family and friends gathered to celebrate your relationship!
What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Don’t forget why you’re doing this! Your wedding is about you-the bride and groom- and your love. if something doesn’t feel right, don’t waste your time and money.
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? I was completely shocked with how expensive everything wedding-related is! My advice is to be mindful of everything you’re spending and don’t lose sight of your budget. We prioritized the items on our budget early-on, so that if costs changed, we knew where we should cut things. Since our top priority was enjoying the special time with our family and friends, location, bar and music were top priorities. From there, I knew photography was going to be the next most important, and we were lucky enough to find Sara & Rocky who were a great fit! // Thankfully, I really love projects and was able to save money by creating some of the decor and other details. My mom helped make the table-runners and my maid of honor spent an afternoon with me creating the fun flag bunting that we used to line the balcony. I was also lucky enough to have a friend set up our photo-booth for us (really easy if you have a camera, tri-pod, and a willing friend!).
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding? Kyle and I have been together for over 10 years, and we started dating when we were 19, so our history together played a huge part in this celebration. There were so many things that had special meaning to us!