Steven and I have traveled to Lake Tahoe several times – separately, and together – and we’ve always loved it. Naturally, when trying to decide on a location to get married on the West Coast (near most of our family and friends) we emphatically decided on Tahoe. We searched Google high and low for a venue, until suddenly we ran across it. Chambers Landing. I remember seeing a beautiful little building on a pier overlooking the lake on their website, and I immediately needed to know more. Once we talked to the venue, we knew… this was it. We didn’t need to see it in person, we just felt that it was right, and we signed the contract that same day. Chambers is only open for business part of the year and take only a limited number of weddings, so that predetermined our wedding date. I recall the venue coordinator telling me that it was possible it could snow at the end of September, but that it was also highly unlikely. The thought never crossed my mind again!
Fast forward a year later, to the weekend of our wedding. We spent time with friends and family at the beer garden, Basecamp Hotel, the night before the wedding. It’s such a cool little beer garden! They have good food and drinks, live music, campfires, s’mores, corn hole and ping pong. What more could you ask for?!
The next day we woke up, and it was our wedding day! It was snowing as we got ready that morning, and I remember telling myself – it’s gonna snow, embrace it. And that’s exactly what we did. The day was full of chaos as my mind was in a thousand places, and we were so far behind in our wedding timeline (because weddings usually always fall behind).
When we got to the venue we managed to get our wedding party pictures done during a small break where there was no snow, and some pictures of Steven and I together. Towards the end of that, it started snowing again, and the snow quickly turned into hail, with spurts of rain in between. As guests were arriving, we all made our way to the beautiful building on the pier I mentioned above (and that’s pictured below), drinking cocktails, and staying dry while praying the weather would pass. At one point our amazing officiant, Jackie, came up to me to talk about our options, and I told her that I didn’t care if we got married in the bar, all that mattered was that we were getting married. That’s when a small stroke of luck occurred – the rain, snow and hail stopped. The sun came out. And we quickly rushed everyone outside to the beach so that we could start the ceremony.
While the wedding party was standing there at the end of the pier waiting to walk down the aisle, my dads nose started bleeding. A bloody nose?! Are you kidding me?! LOL! His nose stopped bleeding seconds before we started walking – another stroke of luck! It was like the whole world was trying to test our patience that day, and we managed to laugh the whole way through it and keep up our positive attitudes, because NOTHING was going to ruin our day!
We made it through the ceremony, and believe it or not, Steven choked up a little bit at the part where we were to repeat after Jackie our vows. It was the perfect ceremony, even though there were kinks (and there’s always kinks). Afterwards we sped through a thousand family pictures and pictures with our friends, and it started raining and then snowing again right at the end when we were taking a picture with our photographers. I’m telling you – we had so many strokes of luck that day! I’m pretty much convinced it was our family in heaven making some arrangements upstairs 😉
We moved the party back to the pier for cocktail hour, and then to the reception, which was on the beach, behind where the ceremony was located and the pier. There were tons of heaters on everywhere because it was so cold outside, and we all watched as snow, hail and rain continued periodically throughout the night. The evening was perfect. The food was delicious. He did not throw cake in my face (which truly shocked me). I got to dance with two extremely handsome men, and watch Steven dance with his mother. And to top it all off, two of our friends got engaged during the “bouquet toss” and it was AMAZING! Amanda didn’t see it coming at all! Kelvin and I had planned this months prior, and let me tell you – it was so incredibly hard not to tell her all about it the last few months, and especially that morning. Like, hey girl – I might be getting married today, but you don’t even know what’s about to rock your world! He’s gonna put a ring on it! If you want to see the proposal, go peep my FaceBook page for the video here!
A little while later after all of that excitement, one of my uncles fell on the stairs from the beach to the reception area, and was bleeding. With Steven’s background, he’s always prepared and grabbed his bag with emergency stuff in it, stopped the bleeding, and made sure he was okay. Steven stayed by his side for at least an hour that night in the car, making sure he was alright. And let me tell you – that’s one of the very reasons I love him. He’s so selfless. He could have been inside partying the night away, but he wanted to stay with my uncle until the ambulance took him. Turns out after a trip to the hospital, my uncle broke his nose and got seven stitches! He bet Steven he’d only need four, and Steven said he’d need six, so the next night when we were all back at the Basecamp Hotel, he handed Steven a twenty dollar bill because he won their bet. He was in such good spirits despite his poor face crashing into the floor!
There were several other outings on our trip, none of which are any less relevant, but I could go on for days talking about this trip, so I’ll stop here! The moral of the story is this: look for something positive in each day, even if sometimes you have to look a little harder. Especially on your wedding day – give yourself a pep talk, and make the most of whatever comes your way!
I recently posted a really brief blog about our wedding day here, if you’re interested in reading a little more!
Enjoy some iPhone pictures people snapped! There were close to 600, so I only selected a few to share! Enjoy!
Getting the marriage license on the left in North Tahoe, and part of the venue on the right!
The fireplace at the house we rented!
A really delicious Greek breakfast restaurant that we brunched at, while rocking our super cool new T’s.
Ryan with his new girlfriends!
The house we rented <3 and the four billion layers of stairs from the garage to the house that we had to haul things up all the time!
The venue views!
The stair my uncle ate it on!
Looking stylish while escaping the weather!
He loves his uncle!!
Our photographers and friends, Chelsea and Toby! She’s trying the famous Chamber’s Punch!
We all got new rings!!
He put a ring on it!!
We recreated the picture of us cousins as children, minus the Barney shirt, and Jen put her hands in an appropriate location! HAHA!
The venue ordered Ouzo for my dads speech/toast, Opa! And so they sent the rest home with us.
All wifed up!