North Lake Tahoe Wedding at Gatekeeper’s Museum | California Wedding Photographer | Shannah & Dustin

What’s the one word this Bride used to describe her wedding day?


And boy, was she right! Shannah and Dustin’s Celtic/Viking themed wedding brought their two family heritages together and joy to everyone who attended. Flowing with personal DIY touches, from signs hand-painted with the Bride’s calligraphy, to a honey cake baked by the Maid of Honor herself!

This was one of the most beautiful weddings I have ever attended, and so thoughtfully planned from start to finish, down to every. Last. Detail. I hope that you enjoy their truly magical day, because it truly was that – magical!


Wedding Day Fashion

Shannah’s gorgeous floral arrangement, filled with eucalyptus and white daises, was provided by Big Blue Q, who also catered the reception. They even surprised the Bride with a four leaf clover encased in a glass locket on her bridal bouquet!

The bridesmaids carried lanterns instead of flowers, a perfect accent against their gowns and
Shannah’s bouquet: earthy and subtle.


The Ceremony

Keeping with Irish tradition, wedding bells rang as the newlyweds kissed and walked down the aisle, ringing away bad spirits and reminding the new couple of their sacred wedding vows.


The Reception

Nearly every personal touch at both the ceremony and the reception were handmade, including the wedding arch and table numbers (inspired by Harry Potter houses!). Shannah’s Brother even painted a guest painting in lieu of a guest book.

Selecting a buck and a doe as their main wedding symbol, echoed on their wedding cake and the encased antlers decorating the reception tables, the Bride and Groom also toasted out of antler chalices. For dinner? Meat pies, a whole roasted pig, roasted vegetables and salads. They washed it all down with traditional-style mead, an ancient alcoholic beverage made from fermenting honey with water.


Our Advice for Wedding Planners

If you have a lot of DIY projects don’t hesitate on getting them done. Getting them done sooner rather than later helps melt the stress at the end. You do NOT have as much time as you think you do at the end. Just get them done while you have the chance.


Vendor List

Venue – Gatekeeper’s Museum in North Lake Tahoe, CA

Bridal Gown – Pronovias

Gown Shop – Bowties Tuxedo and Bridal Boutique in Las Vegas, NV

Tuxedo provided by Men’s Warehouse

Wedding Rings – Diamond Vault & D&R House of Diamonds

Floral Supplier – Big Blue Q

Hair – Gabby and Kim at Transformations Salon

Makeup – McKenzie Morrison

Catering – Big Blue Q

Cake Designer – Maid of Honor, Becca Alford

Photo Booth/DJ – Reno Mobile DJs

Wedding Planner – Blue Sky Events


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