AS SEEN IN WEDDINGS BY THE RITZ-CARLTON

 
A Rustic Romance
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Couples seeking an open-air wedding that makes the most of nature's charms might take a cue from Katie and Chris Jones. The newlyweds cite a deep connection to Lake Tahoe as their reason for choosing the area as their venue, and they hoped to show guests the best of its awe-inspiring beauty.
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Chris and Katie had fallen in love with the thoughtful service and rustic luxury of The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe over the years — but it was its spectacular outdoor venue options and majestic views that sealed the deal.
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The bride was especially inspired by The Woods, a grassy area of the property surrounded by tall pines. With tree stumps, votive candles and burlap accents, the ambiance oozed natural elegance.
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The mountain setting inspired sophisticated rustic details. “The setting was so beautiful itself that it was easy to take advantage of,” Katie says.
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Katie and Chris were intent on an outdoor celebration. Their wedding was the first tented reception at the property — guests enjoyed crab cakes and an ice-cream bar from beneath a sailcloth tent. The cherry on top? The property surprised the couple with a stay in the Presidential Suite, overlooking the mountains.