Tobi + Vinny
The Lodge At Tahoe Donner Wedding
Tobi + Vinny’s wedding at The Lodge at Tahoe Donner was absolutely gorgeous. Everything about their special day was so thoughtful and truly told the story of their love. Handmade details were literally everywhere…from 2 chairs dedicated to their grandfathers that had passed away, to their favorite books adorning the each table, to the chuppah that Tobi + Vinny created together from fallen branches surrounding their home…the whole event was just…perfect.
Tobi + Vinny’s First Look
The couple chose a secluded trail minutes from their home for their first look. Surrounded by pine trees and ponds, the location was the ideal setting for such an intimate moment. Vinny was literally speechless when he saw Tobi for the first time. The bridal party joined them after their first look for pictures, hugs, and loads of laughing.
The Lodge at Tahoe Donner Wedding Ceremony and Reception
I cannot say enough wonderful things about The Lodge at Tahoe Donner. The location was beautiful, the staff was incredibly kind, and the food was delicious! Tobi + Vinny decorated every corner of the space with handmade items and stations for guests. The chuppah and all of the tables were beautifully decorated with florals from Love and Lupines. Handmade signs, multiple fire pits, and cozy seating areas made the location feel incredibly intimate.
The ceremony itself consisted of three friends/relatives that read poems, told stories, and gave advice about the components of a successful marriage. Tobi + Vinny wrote their own vows – which were incredibly heartfelt + hilarious (wait until you see the scroll that Vinny whipped out). The ceremony with a traditional first kiss…and Tobi breaking the glass as a nod to her Jewish roots.
The newlyweds entered the reception by dancing to “All My Mistakes” by the Avett Brothers. Can we please talk about how adoringly these two look at one another? UGH. SO CUTE. Andrew, one of Tobi’s dear students, gave a tearjerking speech about what Tobi meant to him and how her dedication to those she cares about transcends into her life. He spoke about Vinny and what a perfect match the two were…honestly, we had a tough time keeping our cameras still because of how moving his words were (sniff. sniff).
Their portrait session took place on the outskirts of the property and we even got to break out Aaron’s favorite new toy – the drone (yay!). The sunset that evening was so pretty and we loved how the fading light illuminated Tobi + Vinny and the gorgeous landscape.
The couple returned to the reception with a couple of surprises up their sleeves. Vinny surprised Tobi with an instrumental version of “Somewhere over the Rainbow” on his mandolin (which he learned just for the wedding). Three of his good friends then hopped up and joined him for a rendition of “Wagon Wheel” by Old Crow Medicine Show. Tobi laughed and cried throughout the songs. It was one of the sweetest moments we’ve had the pleasure of photographing. BUT…the surprises were not over, unbenounced to Vinny, Tobi had arranged for the same friends to sing Vinny a song. The trio popped up and sang “I Love” by Tom T. Hall while the couple held hands and laughed.
The couple opted to not have a traditional cake cutting. Instead, Tobi and I fed one another cake while Aaron photographed us (we were super glamorous with blueberry pie hanging out of our mouths). An epic dance party ensued with tons of 80’s and 90’s tunes that had the whole crowd on their feet. Tobi ended the evening by spraying sparkling wine all over the place – which. was. awesome.
Photography: Underwood Photography
Venue: The Lodge At Tahoe Donner
Bride’s Gown and Bridesmaids Dresses: BHLDN
Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade
Groom’s Suit: Beckett & Robb
Florals: Love and Lupines
Hair and Makeup: Haley Veronica Peters of Lux Hair
DJ: Brian Hess
Band: Haley Peters and Kemma Hellebrandt
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