01 Dec

Real Weddings: Mountaintop Whimsy

Real Weddings: Mountaintop Whimsy

We have a gorgeous new Real Weddings feature for you today!

This Whimsical Wedding for Kali and Tommy, photographed by Jillian Bisinger and coordinated by Paige Galla, set stage atop the breathtaking mountains of Lake Tahoe, California. Shades of vibrant green and punchy pink juxtaposed the galvanized steel and natural twig accents to set the tone for a fresh, playful celebration under the Big White Tent.

Real Weddings: Mountaintop Whimsy

Real Weddings: Mountaintop Whimsy

Read on for tons of great pics and all the details, as told by Paige

“Kali and Tommy’s wedding was a destination celebration in Truckee, California– a special location for the bride and groom, who have snuck away from the busy Bay Area for weekend retreats since their days in college.

Real Weddings: Mountaintop Whimsy

The wedding style was fresh, bright, whimsical, punchy, and playful.

There were natural accents (twig escort cards, wheatgrass planters), homemade touches (table toppers hand-sewn by the mother of the bride and cultural heritage cookies baked by the grandmothers), and abundance of color (candy bar, centerpieces, lanterns) paired with clean, crisp white linens and tent lining.

Real Weddings: Mountaintop Whimsy

Real Weddings: Mountaintop Whimsy

Nuptials were held in traditional Catholic manner at the Assumption Church in downtown Truckee.

The bride carried a bouquet of pillowy white peonies, finished with a hankie from her great grandmother (something old & something blue).   In addition to her glitzy gown, she wore an heirloom diamond ring and fabulous Kate Spade shoes.

Real Weddings: Mountaintop Whimsy

The reception was held on the verdant and picturesque golf course at The Lodge at Tahoe Donner under their big white tent.

Real Weddings: Mountaintop Whimsy

Real Weddings: Mountaintop Whimsy

Cocktail hour featured a  signature “Truckee-tini” made with midori and vodka, to stay consistent with the color theme.  The bride went one step beyond personalized cocktail napkins by incorporating the matching swizzle sticks with the couples initials.

Real Weddings: Mountaintop Whimsy

The cocktail table centerpieces were galvanized steel “planter boxes” with wheat grass and bright blossoms atop hand-sewn polka dot toppers.

Real Weddings: Mountaintop Whimsy

The escort cards were handmade and incorporated the natural twigs, pink ribbon and illustrated entrée indicators that carried the theme on the letterpress invitation. Cards were displayed in a trough of wheat grass.

Real Weddings: Mountaintop Whimsy

The newlyweds offered a limoncello lemon drop shot in personalized shot glasses to give gratitude to their guests before dinner. A departure from the traditional champagne toast, it gave a nod to their college days at University of the Pacific, where they met.

Real Weddings: Mountaintop Whimsy

Serpentine tables added to the whimsy of the candy bar. Bright candies were displayed in the bride’s collection of apothecary jars, adorned with ribbon and buttons.

Heritage cookies were a sweet addition: the groom’s grandmother baked three varieties of his favorite Italian cookies; the bride’s grandmother baked a variety of her favorite Portuguese cookies, and the bride’s extended family brought her all-time favorite Spanish cookies all the way from Texas.

Real Weddings: Mountaintop Whimsy

Dinner was delicately prepared and professionally executed by The Lodge team.  It was served plated and beautifully presented.

Real Weddings: Mountaintop Whimsy

Toasts by their nearest and dearest friends and family members brought tears, laughter and heartfelt warmth.”

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Here are a few more fun shots that I couldn’t resist including. This reception looks like such a great party!

Real Weddings: Mountaintop Whimsy

Real Weddings: Mountaintop Whimsy

We should all be having as much fun as this guy, right?!

Real Weddings: Mountaintop Whimsy

A few more details…

Real Weddings: Mountaintop Whimsy

Real Weddings: Mountaintop Whimsy

Real Weddings: Mountaintop Whimsy

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Resources and Credits:

Photographer: Jillian Bisinger Modern Photography

Wedding Coordinator: Paige Galla, Paige One Events

Florist: Lisa Fairchild, Blossoms by Lisa

Location: Tahoe Donner Lodge

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29Comments

1
Bianca SAYS:

Wow, love this wedding! Such cheerful, happy, bright, fresh ideas! :-)

Reply December 1, 2009 at 1:57 pm

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maria SAYS:

Love the green BM dresses with the white shoes!

Reply December 1, 2009 at 1:57 pm

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Bianca SAYS:

Love this! Fresh and Fun!

Reply December 1, 2009 at 1:57 pm

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Abbie SAYS:

Love the green!! I may be a bit biased though, as we had kelly green bridesmaids, too. :)

Reply December 1, 2009 at 2:30 pm

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Julianne SAYS:

Congrats to the couple. What a beautiful wedding I love the green! The candy buffet is beautiful and I love, the drink sticks!

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Reply December 1, 2009 at 3:54 pm

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Jani SAYS:

What a gorgeous event! This special day was captured so beautifully by the photographer.

Reply December 1, 2009 at 4:50 pm

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Carol Maguire SAYS:

Looks like a delightful party…….you can feel the bride’s personality…..throughout…..from the colors to the flowers and the amazing personal touches!

Reply December 1, 2009 at 5:01 pm

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Marcia Pikel SAYS:

Gorg!

Reply December 1, 2009 at 5:27 pm

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Eve SAYS:

Brilliant!! The beautiful people, the colors, the angles of the photography are simply amazing!

Reply December 1, 2009 at 5:49 pm

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Katie McCarthy SAYS:

The bride, Kali, is my best friend! (I was maid honor on this fabulous occassion)! She put in so much time, effort, and planning into this day! With help from fellow best buddy/ wedding planner Paige, no detail was left unturned!
Jillian Bisinger (photographer) and her hubby Tony, did an amazing job, and were fantastic to work with! If your planning a wedding, I recommend them! (Paige too)!

Reply December 1, 2009 at 8:52 pm

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Janneke SAYS:

i like the colour-combi of green and pink. makes it look fresh and isn’t the usual…
and i love the buttons =)

Reply December 2, 2009 at 4:13 am

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Tanya SAYS:

Wow this wedding is very detailed! I think everything is green and pink!

Reply December 2, 2009 at 11:15 am

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Willi SAYS:

Paige, what a wonderful wedding! Love your blog.

Reply December 2, 2009 at 4:29 pm

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Mindy SAYS:

How fun! My boyfriend and I both went to school at UOP and would love to do something as a nod to our college days at our reception too :)

Reply December 2, 2009 at 8:23 pm

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Sugar &Spice Event Design SAYS:

This is one of my favorites! My favorite colors too! I am such a fan!

Reply December 2, 2009 at 11:37 pm

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