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The Lake Tahoe Wedding-Planning Partner You Need

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South Tahoe is destination wedding magic. (Photo courtesy of Matt Theilen)

Some of the best destination weddings in the world happen in gorgeous Tahoe South. But a lot goes on behind the scenes to make those dream weddings a reality. Thanks to the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority website, you have access to the most valuable and knowledgeable Tahoe wedding planning partner in the world! The website provides a wealth of information and resources to get you started —from venues to photos, lodging, and fun. Keep reading to learn just how valuable this digital resource really is. (more…)

Wedding Quotes from Great Thinkers [with PHOTOS]

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My bounty is as boundless as the sea, / My love as deep; the more I give to thee, / The more I have, for both are infinite. –Romeo & Juliet, Shakespeare (Photo courtesy of Elena Taranenko)

If you plan to write personal vows for your South Tahoe destination wedding, you’re probably on the lookout for a bit of inspiration. Look no further! We did some research and found this handful of spot-on marriage and wedding quotes guaranteed to inspire your heart. Read on! (more…)

Why the Best Engagement Picture Spots are in South Tahoe

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What can beat Lake Tahoe when it comes to beautiful engagement picture spots? (Photo courtesy of Theilen Photography)

Whether the theme for your engagement photos is casual or elegant, or the season winter, spring, summer or fall, you can’t lose if you choose South Tahoe for your setting. Crystal blue water, towering pines, wildflowers, snow, majestic mountains… South Tahoe has every beautiful backdrop you can imagine. No special lighting required. (more…)

Wedding Proposal Planning: Five Helpful Tips

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Capture your wedding proposal by hiring a photographer. Photo Credit: Fifth & Chestnut
Capture your wedding proposal by hiring a photographer. Photo Credit: Fifth & Chestnut

It all starts with a ring. But planning a heartfelt and memorable wedding proposal is the best way to offer it to the love of your life. Photographer Jentry Dryden of Fifth & Chestnut Photo Co. has been a part of many proposal photo sessions and comes to us with 5 helpful tips for planning a wedding proposal:

The breathtaking view at 6600 feet overlooking Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay is a majestic setting for a wedding proposal. Photo Credit: Fifth & Chestnut
A majestic setting for a wedding proposal is the breathtaking view at 6600 feet overlooking Lake Tahoe’s Emerald Bay. Photo Credit: Fifth & Chestnut

When I first started shooting weddings, proposal photography wasn’t even on my radar. In the last couple of years, though, things have been changing…from something I see once in a while, to a true trend. And I’m actually really excited to see that people are asking photographers to capture that special moment more often.

Proposals happen so fast, and it’s often such a shock to the person being proposed to. Having a photographer on site to document those amazing moments will give you and your spouse-to-be a way to remember each other’s emotions and reactions for all time. (I mean, how cool is that?)

Tahoe wedding proposal overlooking Emerald Bay. Photo Credit: Fifth & Chestnut
Tahoe wedding proposal overlooking Emerald Bay. Photo Credit: Fifth & Chestnut

Wedding Proposal Tip #1: Go somewhere special

Maybe it’s the place where you first met. Or perhaps where you had your favorite vacation together. But choose a location that is special to you and your main squeeze. For instance, a weekend in Lake Tahoe makes for the perfect getaway — and perfect proposal setting. If you’re thinking about actually getting married in Tahoe South, it’s an even better idea. Not only will your wedding be in one of the most beautiful places in the U.S., you’ll also have fond memories of your engagement here, too. (If we’ve piqued your interest, here’s our top five places to propose in Tahoe.)

Wedding Proposal Tip #2: Consider your future spouse’s personality

Some people love attention and would be thrilled if you proposed at a huge dinner party in front of all of their friends. Some people, on the other hand, would die of embarrassment in such a center-of-attention situation. Think deeply about your future spouse’s personality. Would he/she prefer a public or private proposal? Then plan your wedding proposal accordingly.

An intimate Tahoe wedding proposal surrounded by tall pines. Photo Credit: Fifth & Chestnut
An intimate Tahoe wedding proposal surrounded by tall pines. Photo Credit: Fifth & Chestnut

Wedding Proposal Tip #3: Pick an activity that you both enjoy

If beer tasting and boat rides are your idea of a fun afternoon, by all means, plan something that fits with your interests! Maybe you like cozying up to the fire with some tasty cocktails. In our  neck of the woods, driving around Lake Tahoe to soak in the scenery is a popular activity. Or go on a hike or hit the slopes during the winter. Tahoe South has options for pretty much anything, at any time of year.

One of my proposal couples, Trevor and Jordan, started with a drive around the lake, and then stopped at Eagle Falls in Emerald Bay to check out the view. After walking down to the edge of the mountain to see Fannette Island in the middle of Emerald Bay, Trevor got down on one knee and surprised Jordon with the question of a lifetime.

If you like the great outdoors, Tahoe is a beautiful setting for a wedding proposal. Photo Credit: Fifth & Chestnut
If you like the great outdoors, Tahoe is a beautiful setting for a wedding proposal. Photo Credit: Fifth & Chestnut

Wedding Proposal Tip #4: Choose the moment carefully

Timing is everything. Try to relax. Select a moment where things are more quiet, and you’re more able to tell your future spouse your feelings freely and without interruption. Suppose you want to take a hike and pop the question when you see the view to end all views. Don’t get too nervous and ask before you two even get started up the trail! Think of your proposal like a movie: Start the day out slowly, build up to the proposal and then ask for your partner’s hand in marriage at the climax. Then wind down, basking in the afterglow of the excitement!

I think she said yes. Photo Credit: Fifth & Chestnut
I think she said yes. Photo Credit: Fifth & Chestnut

Wedding Proposal Tip #5: Definitely hire a photographer!

As I discussed at the forefront of this post, proposal photography is becoming a MUST. Wouldn’t you LOVE to capture the look on your future spouse’s face the moment you proposed? This is surely a moment to be documented.

I shoot proposals in one of two ways. One way is incognito. I hang back with a 70-200mm lens, blending into crowds or the scenery and wait for the moment to happen. The other way is a planned portrait session. You tell your fiancé-to-be that you want to do a portrait session together (maybe to commemorate your dating anniversary, the celebration of buying your first house or moving in together, etc.) and you and I will plan ahead of time a particular setting or moment for you to pop the question. The second way is easy in Lake Tahoe — just tell your partner you might as well get your portraits taken with such a beautiful place as your backdrop!

When having your wedding proposal photographed, the best time of day is approximately 1.5 hours before sunset. Spend 20 minutes getting into place, pop the question and rejoice with one another for about 15-20 minutes, and then we take portraits for 20 minutes or so. Afterward, you and your fiancé watch the sun set (behind the mountains if you’re in Lake Tahoe) and start daydreaming about the wedding!

(And because we all know you can’t wait to change your relationship status, here’s a list of five unique ways to announce your engagement!)

Solid as a rock. Emerald Bay is the perfect place for a wedding proposal. Photo Credit: Fifth & Chestnut
Solid as a rock. Emerald Bay is the perfect place for a wedding proposal. Photo Credit: Fifth & Chestnut

Top 5 Places to Propose in Tahoe

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A surprise sunset proposal in Tahoe. Photo Credit: Blue Lotus Photography
A surprise sunset proposal in Tahoe. Photo Credit: Blue Lotus Photography

Everyone has a different vision of what makes the perfect marriage proposal. For some couples, it may be a grand gesture in front of a crowd at a ball game, while others may prefer something a little more personal and intimate. Whatever your style, it’s important to make it about you and your partner — and to make it memorable. We’re here to help with the top 5 spots to propose in Tahoe South.

Propose in Tahoe on a Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride

So, you feel like a princess, your love is your prince charming, and together you’re seeking your happily ever after? Why not propose in Tahoe while taking a horse-drawn carriage ride at sunset to complete your fairytale romance? Just outside Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel at the CA/NV state line, you’ll find a couple of gorgeous Belgian Draft Horses just waiting to guide you around town. (Bonus: You can also ride into the sunset in the carriage after you say your I Dos.)

Propose in Tahoe while on a horse-drawn carriage ride. It's classic and romantic. Photo credit: Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
Propose in Tahoe while on a horse-drawn carriage ride. It’s classic and romantic. Photo credit: Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel

A Water’s Edge Wedding Proposal

Tahoe South affords numerous beaches and shoreline spots perfect for proposing. Start with a romantic beach picnic, or have a lovely waterfront dinner at The Boathouse followed by a stroll on the 1,000-foot wooden pier at Beach Retreat & Lodge at Tahoe. Tahoe South is known for its breathtaking and brilliant sunsets and the pier is an ideal place to take in the vibrant colors.

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Shoreline sunset and 1,000-foot pier at Beach Retreat & Lodge at Tahoe.

Propose on Lake Tahoe

If you’re looking to propose in Tahoe in a more unique and elegant vintage way, we recommend taking your partner on a Lake Tahoe sunset dinner cruise by way of historic Mississippi paddle wheeler. The authentic Lake Tahoe Cruises vessel sets sail from Zephyr Cove and meanders into picturesque Emerald Bay.

Paddle wheeler in Emerald Bay at sunset.
Paddle wheeler in Emerald Bay at sunset. Photo Credit: Lake Tahoe Cruises

Propose in Tahoe at 6600 Feet

Speaking of Emerald Bay, a beautiful place to propose in Tahoe South is at the Vikingsholm scenic overlook, high above Lake Tahoe or alongside the impressive 140-foot Lower Eagle Falls, adjacent to the overlook. But if you’re the hiking type, grab your special someone and head up to Upper Eagle Falls or even up to Eagle Lake for unparalleled views.

Sunrise overlooking Emerald Bay.
Sunrise overlooking Emerald Bay. Photo Credit: VisitCalifornia.com

A Heavenly Wedding Proposal

If heights are your thing, may we suggest taking your sweetie on a Heavenly Scenic Gondola Ride? It’s a 2.4-mile ride with panoramic views of Lake Tahoe, Carson Valley and Desolation Wilderness. The Observation Deck located at 9,123 feet just might be the peak opportunity to pop the question.

Gondola ride at Heavenly Mountain Resort
Gondola ride high above the trees with breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe. Photo Credit: SkiHeavenly.com

The setting at Tahoe South is so incredibly picturesque, its natural beauty lends the perfect romantic setting to drop down on one knee in practically any place that suits you.