The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe Wedding | Chris and Katie

A sweet summer celebration beneath a sailcloth tent in the mountains of Lake Tahoe. Design by Merrily Rocco.

I don’t think Chris could ever go a day in his life without feeling completely loved by Katie. Her warmth rushes out of her skin and wraps you up into a giant Katie-blanket of love, encouragement, and peace when you’re around her and there is no possible way not to feel adored. We are all ok in her presence. We are all good enough just the way we are. In fact, we are all perfect just the way we are.

To watch Chris and Katie love is to feel as if all of the jumbled pieces of yourself come to rest because what they have is so straightforward and simple and strong. They love each other because they can’t help it. The light touches, the wrinkled noses, and the quick kisses are simply the by-products of their affection and it’s their unrelenting genuine adoration of each other that helps all of us feel the honest truth about their love.

This wedding at the Lake Tahoe wedding at The Ritz-Carlton is bursting with rustic romantic details with just the perfect amount of refined taste. We were so excited to work with Merrily Rocco of Merrily Wed once again up in her stomping grounds of Lake Tahoe. Merrily has got an incredible eye for design, so pair that with Katie’s love for burlap and her mom’s impeccable taste, we had a recipe for a gorgeous day!!


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