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The Couple: Carla & Tim

Wedding Date: July 20, 2013

Photography by White Daisy Photography

Tell us a little about you and your beloved: Tim and I took a big jump the day we met… literally…out of a plane! To celebrate his birthday, our mutual friend took a group of friends skydiving and it was a blast! Needless to say, our minds were preoccupied that day and our relationship didn’t blossom until almost a year later when Carla moved back to Sacramento.

Fast forward several years and in March of 2013, Tim proposed overlooking the spectacular Devil’s Throat waterfall at Iguazu Falls, Argentina. Being suckers for a good view, we knew that picking a gorgeous spot for our wedding was a top priority, and we realized fairly quickly that Lake Tahoe was the spot for us!

What was the most amazing part of your day? Having all of our closest friends and family in one spot to celebrate with us definitely tops the list. We were lucky to have guests joining us from all over the country and even as far as Costa Rica and New Zealand. Even our sweet puppy, Bailey, was able to join us for the festivities. She walked down the aisle with our ring bearer and dutifully stood amongst the groomsmen for the ceremony.

The ceremony itself was incredibly special to us. With Tim’s sister Julia and my good friend Skyler acting as officiants, they wrote a beautiful ceremony that was totally “us”– heartfelt, genuine, and a little silly. We had them keep most of the ceremony a surprise from us and we are so glad we did. Along with writing our own vows, this allowed us to really look forward to the ceremony and we just couldn’t be happier with how it all turned out.

A few other favorites from the day include the fun cupcakes we served (PB&J and maple bacon among others), the awesome glowstick dance party that had guests of all ages rocking out until the very last dance, and the round of Wet Woodys (GarWoods’ signature cocktail) that guests are still talking about!

What else would you like to share about your big day? We were never too concerned about the possibility of rain on our wedding day… until we heard a giant clap of thunder during our first look! I think we were too preoccupied to worry about it and by the time we walked down the aisle, it was sunshine and blue skies during the ceremony, followed by a gorgeous sunset that evening.  It wasn’t until the end of the night when the GarWoods coordinator explained how worried she had been when it started hailing on her way to work just down the road and right at the time our ceremony started!  We had no idea how lucky we had gotten!

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Ceremony and Reception Site, and Caterer: Gar Woods Grill & Pier

Ceremony Musicians: Our friend, Aaron Linkin

Officiants:  Groom’s sister, Julia, and bride’s close friend, Skyler

Photographer: White Daisy Photography

Cake/Desserts: Icing on the Cupcake

Flowers: Bouquets from Tahoe Blooms and centerpieces from Whole Foods

Favors:  Homemade jam

Bridal Attire: Enchanted Bridal Shoppe

Bridesmaids’ Attire: Weddington Way

Groomsmen Attire: Mike’s Tailoring & Clothing

Hair and Make-up:  Tahoe Weddings A Go Go

Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas

DJ/Entertainment/Band: Reno Mobile DJs

Honeymoon Location: Thailand. We are so glad we waited awhile to go on our honeymoon. It allowed us to catch up on sleep, finish our thank you notes, and it served as another adventure for us to look forward to once things settled down after the wedding.

First Dance Song: Married Life (Waltz) from the movie Up

Any advice you’d give to our readers who are planning their weddings right now? At the very beginning of your planning, sit down with your partner and set your top several priorities. Don’t compromise on the few things that are most important to you, but be willing to remain flexible about other, less important details. It will make the planning process infinitely less stressful!

Also, Google Drive was an organizational lifesaver and helped us to stay on budget. Tim and I were able to create spreadsheets, lists, and timelines and could easily share documents with our wedding party and vendors. Lastly, we knew we wanted to take on some DIY projects, but also knew that we didn’t want to go overboard with them. By choosing projects we could complete early, we were able to have a surprisingly stress-free month before our wedding.

Blog post by Real Weddings Magazine’s Social Media Maven, Aimee Carroll.

Photos courtesy of White Daisy Photography.

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