Picking a wedding venue is not easy, especially one that reflects your dream wedding theme. Richelle and Gustavo wanted an outdoor wedding surrounded by old-growth trees in the woods and a breathtakingly beautiful panorama view of the lake, so they chose both. They had their wedding ceremony at Tahoe Paradise Park, followed by an evening cocktail hour at Emerald Bay State Park.
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Wedding at Tahoe Paradise Park
Many couples opt for an outdoor wedding with idyllic scenery and breathtaking views. For Richelle and Gustavo, they chose to tie the knot outdoors at Tahoe Paradise Park, next to a 1000 year old Juniper tree. Gustavo had their first look under the old tree with a rustic-style wooden altar on the side, lovingly decorated and made by Rose Petals Florist. Their wedding was an intimate affair with only their friends and family in attendance. Richelle opted for a classical wedding dress with a lace yoke and a mermaid cut dress. Gustavo chose a formal black tuxedo to match her class. The couple took their vows under the floral-laden altar with a beautiful backdrop of old growth trees and the sounds of a creek just beyond.
On the banks of the Upper Truckee River is one of Tahoe’s little-known gems, Tahoe Paradise Park. Away from the crowds and traffic, Tahoe Paradise Park is the site of many outdoor activities and events, including weddings. In the middle of the park is Lake Baron, which provides calm water for paddle boarding or kayaking and hosts lakefront weddings by the infamous 1000 year old Juniper Tree. The lower park area, which runs along the banks of the Upper Truckee River, holds the playground, disc golf course, and a large picnic area which is perfect for a small reception. There are also numerous hiking and mountain biking trails throughout the park, along with a creek.
Sunset Reception at Emerald Bay State Park
During the reception and sunset cocktail hour, we moved to Emerald Bay State Park. For the wedding portraits, the bride held a luscious bouquet of white and pink orchids that perfectly complemented her dress. They toasted with champagne while overlooking the beautiful Emerald Bay and Fannette Island. For the reception ceremony, the couple opted for an indoor lodge with a pool table and open bar. They had a private catering company from San Jose, Kinnits, come into cook the wedding dinner. The whole cabin was decorated with macramé, blush pink roses, green linens, and pampas grass which completes Richelle’s chic and modern style.
Wedding Venues in the Bay Area
As a San Francisco wedding photographer, I’ve photographed at many beautiful venues. If you’re looking for a wedding venue closer to the Bay Area, check out these venues:
The Bridges Golf Club
– This venue offers a dramatic view and superior service. Perfect for 25-300 guests, you can plan an intimate wedding or a large one the choice is yours.
Nella Terra Cellars
– Family owned and operated since 1978, this venue opened its doors in 2014. Couples can use picturesque gardens and grand staircases for photo sessions. This venue offers full bar services with a customizable menu.
Waterfall Lodge And Retreat
– This tranquil venue offers a 19th-century farm building with romantic lanterns and sunshine slants through the forest. The delicately iron-wrought ornamentation adds to the classic touch and is great for couples who like a barn-style wedding.
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