Ritz Carlton Spring WeddingKatie + Brandon

WOW — my first time at The Ritz-Carlton at Lake Tahoe could not have been a more gorgeous day or with a more gorgeous couple. Katie and Brandon said “I Do” amongst the pines and grand architecture of this lovely estate this May, and I am still in awe of that mountainscape.

View of Tahoe from the Ritz-Carlton - Carmen Salazar
Glamorous bridal makeup - Carmen Salazar

From eyelashes to shimmer, Miss Marissa’s Artistry knocked it out of the park with Katie’s makeup.

Dramatic bridal getting ready portraits - Carmen Salazar
Bridal hairspray photography - Carmen Salazar

There’s nothing like a whole lot of hairspray to add the finishing touch to any bride’s wedding day look — not a hair out of place or a lip unlined!

Ritz- Carlton bride getting ready - Carmen Salazar

I live for these quiet little moments when no one is watching. At this point, the butterflies start to set in. We’re really getting married today!

Badgley Mischka wedding shoes - Carmen Salazar

Glam, glam, glam was the theme of Brandon and Katie’s wedding, from head to toe!

Dapper groom getting ready in Tahoe - Carmen Salazar
Dramatic groomsmen portraits at Ritz-Carlton - Carmen Salazar

It sure does help the buttoning of cufflinks and tying of ties when you have a beautiful view of the Tahoe landscape to look at!

Cool groomsmen at Northstar Tahoe - Carmen Salazar
Classy navy blue summer bridesmaid dresses - Carmen Salazar

Katie was escorted by her fabulous entourage from the Northstar property to the Ritz — her gorgeous gown was definitely not going to fit in those teeny gondolas, and she looked way too cute in her bridal robe and heels!

DIY flower crown for adorable flower girl - Carmen Salazar

We could not get enough of this adorable flower girl all day long! Seriously, I hope Katie’s not disappointed when she see’s that half of her wedding images contain this angelic face! I kid…but seriously, it’s a lot.

Candid father of the bride portrait - Carmen Salazar

Katie decided to have a ‘first look’ with her father and as you can see, his jaw dropped at the sight of his beautiful daughter before walking her down the aisle. I adore those moments when a father prepares to give his daughter away, and Brandon could not have been a more wonderful man for her to take in this next journey.

Intimate walking down the aisle perspective - Carmen Salazar
Personalized flower girl sign - Carmen Salazar

Overwhelmed with flower girl cuteness! I was not expecting this adorable personalized sign with this cutie and Brandon definitely shed a happy tear at this sweet entrance.

Ritz-Carlton outdoor wedding ceremony - Carmen Salazar
Stunning Tahoe destination wedding - Carmen Salazar

The tall pines overlooking the Ritz Carlton ceremony site are so beautiful and majestic.  A perfect Tahoe backdrop for this destination wedding.

Romantic Tahoe wedding ceremony - Carmen Salazar
Happy bride and groom congratulations - Carmen Salazar

The victory-shake with the groom’s dad! I absolutely just adore this moment and I know Brandon will too!

Charming outdoor bridal party portraits- Carmen Salazar
Tahoe bridal fashion photography - Carmen Salazar

Stop it!  How adorable is our bride?! Seriously, this dress just complimented her shape and personality so well!

Bride and groom in love at Ritz-Carlton - Carmen Salazar
Intimate newlywed portrait photographer - Carmen Salazar

These lovebirds could not hide their smiles of joy after giving each other their hearts. A stolen kiss and embrace was not a rare sight that evening!

Stunning Tahoe destination wedding photography - Carmen Salazar
Sentimental and sweet wedding photography - Carmen Salazar
Bloomers floral artistry Sacramento - Carmen Salazar
Sentimental wedding day accents - Carmen Salazar

Something borrowed… something blue…

Katie’s grandmother’s ring was the perfect sentimental touch to her bridal bouquet.

Ritz-Carlton Tahoe first dance - Carmen Salazar

Emotional family of the bride and groom - Carmen Salazar

Katie’s family was so immensely proud of the woman she has become and proud to bring Brandon into the family. Many family members traveled from out of town to see her and Brandon wed, some traveling all the way from England!

Candid wedding dancefloor photographer - Carmen Salazar

I had been waiting patiently all day to see this fabulous dress on the dance floor. What bride could resist twirling in that gorgeous thing?!

Black and white bouquet toss - Carmen Salazar
Silly garter toss reaction - Carmen Salazar
Wedding cake kisses - Carmen Salazar
Tahoe wedding sunset portraits - Carmen Salazar

We snuck out for a little sunset deliciousness after the cake cutting to check out more views from the Ritz property!

Stunning Ritz-Carlton bride and groom - Carmen Salazar
Bright and airy bridal portraits - Carmen Salazar
Dramatic Tahoe wedding photos - Carmen Salazar
Gorgeous Tahoe destination wedding portraits - Carmen Salazar
Colorful mountain landscape wedding photography - Carmen Salazar

Congratulations Katie and Brandon! Thank you for a magical view and a beautiful love story — I can’t wait for another chance to visit Tahoe and the Ritz.

Planner: Alluring Events

Florals: Bloomers Floral Design

DJ: Extreme Production

Linens: La Tavola

Rentals: Celebrations

Makeup: Miss Marissa Artistry

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