A Summer Camp-Inspired Wedding by Lake Tahoe: Featured on MarthaStewart.com

Summer camp brings back memories of fun in the sun, a time of firsts, and a home away from home. This wedding channeled those very elements to recreate the welcoming feeling of sleepaway camp but elevated with a ton of personality and subtle artistic touches.

Back in 2012, Ali, a contemporary women’s designer, was searching for “the one” through Los Angeles’ online dating pool; a hunt that proved to be exhausting and unfruitful. Fate certainly had a hand, at a baby shower no less, where Ali randomly befriended the only other single, baby-less girl there. That friend ended up introducing Ali to Mike, an executive producer at a production company. “She reached out to Mike and said she had ‘the one’ for him and that he could ‘thank her at the wedding’,” the bride says. “Needless to say, we made sure to do so.”

That blind date was the start of this duo’s love story. Three years later, over Labor Day weekend at Mike’s family’s lake house in Minnesota, he popped the question. “Mike and I were down on the dock trying our best to catch a fish for dinner. I didn’t catch any fish but I did catch my breath when he handed me a ring in lieu of a fishing weight!” Ali recalls.

As both Ali and Mike also grew up around lakes, a waterfront wedding seemed like a great fit in Lake Tahoe, which Ali’s family deems a home-away-from-home. “It is the one place on earth where I feel the most at home, at peace, and the closest to my late father whose ashes are scattered in the lake,” she says of the locale. When the wedding planning started, the couple initially didn’t intend to have a theme. However, “Camp Wiggehaha” came about while they were planning their save-the-date video and stumbled upon funny old camp promo videos on YouTube. From then on, a full-fledged summer camp style wedding, featuring neutrals and touches of blues and greens, was born. Carousel Estate, a private home on the shore of Lake Tahoe, was where it was all brought to life, on June 18, 2016, with 170 family members and friends partaking in the fun, memorable celebration.


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Photography, Lexia Frank Photography
Location, The Carousel Estate
Event planning, One Fine Day Events
Catering and cake, D’Lish Catering
Flowers, Natasha Kolenko 
, Brian Hess Music
Rentals, Classic Party Rentals; La Tavola Fine Linens; Celebrations Party Rentals
Bride’s gown, Yolan Cris bought from and tailored by Love & Lace Bridal Salon
Bride’s accessories, M.Gemi shoes; Jennifer Behr hairpiece
Hair, Patsy Howser of Escape Salon 
, Jennifer Ergut of Kiss & Makeup
Flower people’s ensembles, Zara Kids
Groom’s suit, Theory
Groom’s accessories, Ferragamo shoes; Hermès tie
Lighting, Celebrations Party Rentals; Brian Hess Music
Transportation, Northstar Transportation 

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