Thunderbird Lodge Wedding

Jessica and Matthew got married at the Thunderbird Lodge on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe. As you can see, this historic venue showcases the natural elegance and beauty of Lake Tahoe. It is also where their relationship began, they got engaged, and have so many fond memories. With guests coming from all over to attend the wedding, this was a perfect way to share their experience and a place they love with everyone. From the time the guests were shuttled to Thunderbird Lodge via boats across the lake, to the ceremony on the shore and reception outdoors as the evening cooled off- everyone was surrounded by the pristine beauty of Tahoe and got to see some of the magic that makes it a special place. 

See more from their wedding at the Thunderbird Lodge in the feature on Snippet and Ink


Photography: Josh Gruetzmacher / Venue: Thunderbird Lodge at Lake Tahoe, Incline Village, Nevada / Event Planning & Design Once Upon a Time Events / Officiant: Mike Elmore / Dress: Vwidon / Suit: District Homme / Stationery: Paper Source / Bride’s Bouquet: Bride’s sister / Hair: Lindsy Shontz / Makeup: Ashley Holz / Ceremony Music: Accent Music / Reception Music: Hip Service / Catering: Hyatt / Wine: Frank Family / Cake: Sugar Pine Cakery / Boats to location: Wild Goose, Woodwind II / Bride & Groom Boat: The Thunderbird / Floral Design: Thran Flowers

Mayacama Wedding

I'm thrilled to share some photos from Jenny and Brian's wedding at Mayacama! I loved working with them! Every part of their day was beautiful, but it was during Jenny's dad's speech- when everyone was tearing up, myself included- that I saw a new perspective on weddings from a parent's point of view. You put so much into raising your kids and then you blink, and they are all grown up and you're at their wedding. Seeing them so in love, excited, happy, full of potential, and fulfilled, like an extension of yourself- but fully their own; you're flooded with memories, surrounded by the village that helped make it possible, you raise a glass to toast the newlyweds, beaming with a pride only the other parents fully understand. Thanks Jenny and Brian for letting me be a part of your lives. Check out their video by my friends at Uforia Films - it's epic and captures their story so perfectly.

Head over to Style Me Pretty to see the feature on their Rustic Northern California Wedding too.

Photography: Josh Gruetzmacher Photography |Second Photographer: Em The Gem | Videographer: Uforia Films | Wedding Coordinator:Covenant Coordinating | Floral Design: The Bud Stop - Cathy Cowman | Invitations: William Arthur Fine Stationery | Ceremony Venue: Our Lady Of Perpetual Help Calistoga | Reception Venue: Mayacama | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Hair And Makeup: Sophia Coyne Of Painted Ladies | DJ: California Mobile DJ | Bride's Dress: Carolina Herrera | Ceremony Music - Piano:Dan Zemelman | Ceremony Music - Vocals: Carol Menke | Dessert: Nothing Bundt Cakes | Rentals: Wine Country Party

Aaron and Angelica

Check out Aaron and Angelica's wedding featured on Style Me Pretty!


Photography: Josh Gruetzmacher Photography | Wedding Planner: Jessica Andrews Events | Invitations: Fresh Invitation Studio | Ceremony Venue: St Francis Parish | Reception Venue: Sacramento Grand Ballroom | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Lighting:Mr DJ Event Services | DJ: Scratch DJ/DJ Von Woo | Wedding Favors: Momofuku Milk Bar | Bride's Dress:La Sposa | Bride's Hair And Makeup: Something Blue By Kayci Stoots | Bride's Rings: Anna Sheffield | Bridesmaids Jewelry: BaubleBar | Bridesmaids Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Groom Tuxedo: Rag And Bone| Groom's Bow Tie: Hugo Boss | Groom's Hair: Robin Capili | Groom's Ring: Cartier | Groom's Shoe: Del Toro Shoes | Groomsmen Lapel Pins: Etherealflowers | Groomsmen Tuxedo Rentals: The Black Tux | Hotel: Citizen Hotel | Photobooth: Night Owl Photo Booth | Transportation Service: Universal Limousine

Whitney and Zak

I love super classic black tie weddings, but this was a whole other experience. Whitney and Zak envisioned getting married among the blooming almond trees in the springtime. They also switched up the notion of having chairs for the ceremony, opting instead to have blankets- each with it's own set of colored glass goblets, wine, bread and cheese. This became something for the guests to enjoy during the ceremony, and also participate in communion with the couple. I showed up in the morning just as Whitney and some of her friends with getting done setting up the ceremony site, when it started raining. I mean- it was raining. When you collected the blankets, goblets, made each of the pillows, and the cutting boards and they were all getting wet- it'd be normal to be a little anxious or even bummed out. Whitney was so calm about it, and by the time the ceremony was rolling around, the sky opened up and everything even had some time to dry off. It was everything that they dreamed of and I was thrilled to be there to document their day. A big thank you to Flutter Magazine for publishing an epic 7 page feature on Whitney and Zak's wedding. Also thanks to Green Wedding Shoes for the lovely online feature as all.

A side note- I am obsessed with cohesive, and appropriate went it comes to wedding style. To me, I love when you go to a wedding as a guest and are blown away by how well everything reflects and celebrates that couple. In this case, Zak and Whitney's wedding was so them- creative, bohemian, organic and intimate. All of their friends would agree, that this was the perfect celebration for them. Everything from Whitney's dress, to the location, the butterfly release, the flowers, colors and on and on were a perfect fit for their style. A black tie affair in a ballroom would have just felt wrong. All this to say, that it's ok to be you and do you for your wedding. Even if it's different or non traditional, do your thing and I'm sure it will be amazing and appropriate.

photography: Josh Gruetzmacher // ceremony: Private Residence in Turlock, California // bride’s dress: Dreamers & Lovers // bride’s jewelry: Whitney Shelhamer Designs // groom’s suit jacket: Express // hair, makeup + florals: The bride // mexican + indian blankets: Sercal // tapestry pillows: Handmade by the bride’s mom // vintage goblets: Bride’s personal collection // pottery plates: Local garden store // wood “teepee” tables: Casey Joens // monarch butterflies:Swallowtail Farms // reception + food: La Mo Café in Turlock, California