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Artfully Wed Feature Post // Bohemian Desert Whites

Wedding Inspiration

Bohemian Desert Whites | Audere Events | Lake Tahoe Wedding Planner

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We are quite thrilled to announce that our Bohemian Desert Whites creative shoot, with Gagewood Photography, from this last May has been featured on Artfully Wed this morning! Talk about an exciting thing to wake up to! Check out the feature post on the Artfully Wed blog for more details.

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Bohemian Desert Whites | Audere Events | Lake Tahoe Wedding Planner

We are quite thrilled to announce that our Bohemian Desert Whites creative shoot, with Gagewood Photography, from this last May has been featured on Artfully Wed this morning! Talk about an exciting thing to wake up to! Check out the feature post on the Artfully Wed blog for more details.

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A Lake Tahoe Wedding Planner

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Lake Tahoe Wedding Planner | Audere Events

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On this blustery December morning, I thought I would fill my Tuesday with a blog post about yours truly and how I got my start in this wonderful industry of wedding and event planning. My name is Kyleigh and I am a Lake Tahoe wedding planner, the owner of Audere Events. I got my start in […]

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On this blustery December morning, I thought I would fill my Tuesday with a blog post about yours truly and how I got my start in this wonderful industry of wedding and event planning. My name is Kyleigh and I am a Lake Tahoe wedding planner, the owner of Audere Events.

A Lake Tahoe Wedding Planner

I got my start in the event and wedding industry when I was 19. It started as a summer job, to fill my weekends with while in between the spring and fall semesters. I was working a gorgeous mountain lodge, which was also owned by another event company in the area. Pretty soon I was floating back and forth between mountain weddings at the lodge and weddings on the lake.

Production days were my favorite. I loved walking in to a massive empty space at ridiculously early hours of the morning and knowing that by early afternoon, it would look like an entirely different space. I loved the feeling of accomplishment, when a completely ordinary space finally looked like something out of an extraordinary fairytale.

When that first summer was over, I chose to continue pursuing my degree in Psychology, with the addition of two minors in Business Administration and Communications. Coupled with my two years of work experience in weddings and events, I felt I had a well balanced education. After graduation, I took a position as a full time wedding planner in Truckee.

It seems silly to say but there was a fairly large world of difference between planning weddings as a venue coordinator, versus planning weddings as a wedding planner. Despite the initial learning curve, I couldn’t think of anything else I would rather be doing. I was helping couples, from start to finish, with the day that they would look back most fondly on. Helping them create memories and create something that was so uniquely them. I loved the emotions and reactions that I would see from my couples, as they day they had dreamed about had finally arrived.

It is an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to work alongside such wonderful people during such a joyous time in their lives. After five years of working as a Lake Tahoe wedding planner, I know that I have found my calling and I feel so grateful to have found it.

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Non-Paper Escort Card Trends That Double As Favors

Trends

Escort Card | Audere Events | Lake Tahoe Wedding Planner

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I am not a fan of wedding favors. I find them wasteful and oftentimes a total oversight. However, with that being said, I am a fan of wedding favors when they are well thought out and serve a significant purpose. Wedding favors that can double as escort cards are just that. They are resourceful while providing a personal […]

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I am not a fan of wedding favors. I find them wasteful and oftentimes a total oversight. However, with that being said, I am a fan of wedding favors when they are well thought out and serve a significant purpose. Wedding favors that can double as escort cards are just that. They are resourceful while providing a personal touch that your guests can take home with them. I’ve compiled a few of my favorite non-paper escort card trends below.

Non-Paper Escort Card | Audere Events | Lake Tahoe Wedding + Event Planner

Photo Credits: Nikki Carlson, Michelle Boyd, + Tec Petaja

Edibles + Beverages

We’ve all seen the custom mini-champagne bottles that serve as favor cards, but take it one step further and tailor it to your theme. These vintage soda bottles with personalized labels and camping thermoses with name tags are a super rad fit for the ‘Burgers’ and ‘Summer Camp’ themes.

Non-Paper Escort Card | Audere Events | Lake Tahoe Wedding + Event Planner

Photo Credits: Acqua Photo, Prim + Pixie, + Irish Grzanich

Glass

Tiled, sea and modern shaped glasses all provide a very different aesthetic, each appropriate for a different kind of event. However, the overall aesthetic the hand written calligraphy provides is elegant and whimsical, perfect for a touch of romance to any wedding or event.

Non-Paper Escort Card | Audere Events | Lake Tahoe Wedding + Event Planner

Photo Credits: Jessica Burke + Jose Villa

 Trinkets

Whether you are hosting a casual dinner or an elegant affair, trinkets of all shapes and sizes can be used as a seating indicator. I especially love the arts and crafts feel that the engraved leather strips and azurite rocks have. But the clear glass boxes with name cards and greenery sprigs are easily repurposed at home. A cassette tape can be a great throwback gift, and host a few of your favorite songs to be played throughout the evening as well, to serve as a wonderful reminder of how fun your reception was.

All in all, it’s really up to your own imagination to create something unique to your personal style. But I’d love to help you along the way! Drop a line in the comment box below and let us know your ideas for your favor-escort cards.

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Three Tips for Cutting Down Your Guest List

Planning Tips

Boho Ceremony Arch Ideas | Audere Events | Lake Tahoe Wedding Planner

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One of the largest challenges I consistently see my brides and grooms struggle with, is knowing who to cut from their guest list and how to cut them without hurting anyone’s feelings. Hey, I get it. It can be really, really tough. When you’re like me and everyone in your family has been divorced and remarried, sometimes […]

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One of the largest challenges I consistently see my brides and grooms struggle with, is knowing who to cut from their guest list and how to cut them without hurting anyone’s feelings. Hey, I get it. It can be really, really tough. When you’re like me and everyone in your family has been divorced and remarried, sometimes even twice, your list becomes astronomically high with names before you even get started adding your friends to that list. You could be looking at a list of 300+ names and working within a budget or a venue with a tight maximum capacity. So what do you do?

Three Tips for Managing Your Wedding Guest List | Audere Events | Lake Tahoe Wedding + Event Planner

Photo Credit: Autumn Nicole Photography

1. Kids

Number one way to cut that list down? No kids! Unless it’s a child in your immediate family or a member of the junior bridal party, say buh-bye. If your cousin really can’t get a babysitter 6+ months in advance, or can’t bear to leave her child’s side for just a few hours, then so be it. That’s two less adults you’ll need to worry about as well.

2. What Goes Around, Comes Around

When looking at your list of friends and extended family, you may notice that many are also married. If that rings true, then ask yourself if you received an invitation to their wedding. If the answer is no and they didn’t elope or have another legitimate reason for you not being invited to their wedding, then you can very well rescind their invitations without feeling guilty.

3.  Don’t Be Afraid to Get Tough

In a perfect world, we wouldn’t be dealing with budgets, venue limitations or personal family dramas. We would be able to invite everyone on our list and sending out those invitation would be so much easier.  Unfortunately, it’s not a perfect world and we do have very real limitations we are working with. At a certain point, it’s your responsibility to decide who’s getting the boot. You can 100% tell Mom she can’t bring all of her friends from yoga and you can certainly let your college friends know that if the budget allowed it, you’d love to have them, but it can’t so you can’t.

If you’re still not sure who to cut from your guest list, then check out the handy graphic below. And if that doesn’t work, then contact us for a complimentary consultation for your own Lake Tahoe wedding.

Flow Chart for Guest List Management | Audere Events | Lake Tahoe Wedding + Event Planner

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Swoon Worthy Boho Ceremony Arch Ideas

Trends

Boho Ceremony Arch Ideas | Audere Events | Lake Tahoe Wedding Planner

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My favorite thing about wedding ceremony arches is that they can be as creative as you wish for them to be. In fact, the term ‘ceremony arch’ almost seems to be more of a very loose guideline. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a physical arch. It’s more of a ceremony backdrop, if you will. Something that […]

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My favorite thing about wedding ceremony arches is that they can be as creative as you wish for them to be. In fact, the term ‘ceremony arch’ almost seems to be more of a very loose guideline. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a physical arch. It’s more of a ceremony backdrop, if you will. Something that will frame you and your partner, for those beautiful wedding blog worthy photos. I mean that’s really why we go to all the trouble to design something so beautiful and so unique, right? We want those breathtaking wedding blogs to feature our weddings after the vows so we can humble brag how beautiful our weddings are. While we all know that the end goal is a custom design, something  no one else has ever seen, it can sometimes take a moment to get inspired and find the direction you’re wanting to go. Whether you’ve found your design niche, or are still searching for your ‘aha’ moment, you can check out some of my favorite boho ceremony arch ideas below.

Boho Ceremony Arch Ideas | Audere Events | Lake Tahoe Wedding + Event Planner

Photo Credits: Erica Valesco Photo + The Amburgeys

Shapes

I am obsessed with geometrical shapes. Just ask my fiancé – every nook and cranny in our home is currently covered with them. I love the idea of framing your ceremony with geometric shapes. Adding greenery, candles and pops of color helps soften the various angles, giving your final product some very boho vibes.

Boho Ceremony Arch Ideas | Audere Events | Lake Tahoe Wedding + Event Planner

Photo Credits: Kurt Boomer Photography + Jasmine Star

Fringe

Fringe and macrame are classic boho elements and I love the texture that a good piece of fringe has to offer. Especially when it hangs at different levels like shown in the above images. Even if at an outdoor venue, bringing in natural elements like a wood frame or a garland of greenery keep the fabrics from looking out of place.

Boho Ceremony Arch Ideas | Audere Events | Lake Tahoe Wedding + Event Planner

Photo Credits: No Credit Available + Casey Fatchett Photography

Structureless

The messy and organic nature of the pieces above can be described as the very definition of a ceremony backdrop. Loose greenery, accented with pops of floral color are the perfect touch to a very ethereal boho look. Whether you are inside or outside for your ceremony, a seemingly floating backdrop is surely something magical.

For more wedding day design inspiration, check out my Favorite Styling Tips for Mountain Modern Weddings here. Happy planning!

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Softer Moods | Fall Truckee River Wedding Inspiration

Wedding Inspiration

Truckee River Wedding | Audere Events | Lake Tahoe Wedding Planner

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We held this elegant elopement styled shoot right in the middle of the Truckee River, just outside of Squaw Valley. The seasonal change inspired our team to create a moody atmosphere, while staying true to natural Tahoe elements. Surrounded by calm shallow waters and towering pine trees swallowed in moss, we were enveloped in a nature created moody environment. The […]

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Truckee River Wedding | Audere Events | Lake Tahoe Wedding Planner

We held this elegant elopement styled shoot right in the middle of the Truckee River, just outside of Squaw Valley. The seasonal change inspired our team to create a moody atmosphere, while staying true to natural Tahoe elements. Surrounded by calm shallow waters and towering pine trees swallowed in moss, we were enveloped in a nature created moody environment. The surrounding fall elements created truly stunning Truckee River wedding inspiration.

Each table was designed with a romantic aesthetic in mind. Tables dressed in rich velvet textures were paired with upholstered chairs in creamy ivory fabrics. We opted to set our dining table with mismatched china, organic napkins from Silk + Willow and metallic elements. Organic garden inspired florals came in jewel tones and metallic vessels. Taper candles with brass candlesticks and place cards with hand calligraphy helped to complete the overall look. A table for snacking held an assortment of treats like fresh cheeses and a gourmet meat selection for a farm-to-table inspired charcuterie display. Our charcuterie display also housed a tiered dessert display with chocolate ganache tarts, miniature strawberry shortcakes and blueberry parfaits. We dressed a rustic industrial bar cart with an assortment of eclectic wines, unique liquors, and mismatched glassware. We set up a lounge area with ivory upholstery, velvet throw pillows and a stunning taupe sheepskin throw. Our talented calligrapher designed a custom stationery suite from organic handmade paper.  Our stunning model wore a blush Tara Keely gown with a fur stoll, while her handsome groom donned a navy suit, sans tie. This shoot was the perfect inspiration for any Truckee River wedding.

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Photo: Gagewood Photo   /   Make-Up: Kari Spalinger   /   Hair: Greco Rose Beauty   /   Dress: Swoon Bridal   /   Dress Designer: Tara Keely   /   Floral: Stems by Diana   /   Desserts: Delicious Designs   /   Rentals: Celebrations Party Rentals   /   Linen: La Tavola Fine Linen   /   Paper + Calligraphy: Charlie Whiskey Design   /   Special Mentions: Silk & Willow, The Mrs. Box + Pottery Barn