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Winter Wonderland

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A wintertime wedding in Lake Tahoe brings some key benefits: Prices are lower, hotels are less crowded, and the snow-covered mountains are gorgeous. Photographers Tara and Matt Theilen of Theilen Photography prefer the natural winter “sunset” lighting as well. “Also, there are less people milling around as well as no boats on buoys that detract from the beautiful lake views,” says Matt. “When we get couples willing to brave the elements and have an adventure with us, we love it!” Here are three north Shore properties for magical winter weddings.

By Liz Salamy Abess


Enjoy lake and mountain views from the deck and ballroom at the golf course clubhouse, a mile from the lake. Arrange for an outdoor deck ceremony by the fireplace or indoors with twin stone fireplaces, vaulted timber ceilings and classic Tahoe charm. 893 Southwood Blvd., Incline Village; (877) 468-4397;

RESORT AT SQUAW CREEK: Several resort venues maximize breathtaking views of the iconic Squaw valley. “Some people prefer to do an outside wedding on the deck with fur and shawls,” says the resort’s Macy Sprock—heaters beneath the deck keep it snow-free. 400 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley; (530) 583-6300;

THE-RITZ CARLTON, LAKE TAHOE: Hold the ceremony on one of the beautiful terraces, or in one of two ballrooms that feature floor to ceiling windows showcasing the snowy mountains. 13031 Ritz-Carlton Highlands Court, Truckee; (530) 562-3000;

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