Mandi + Luke

This week we are super excited to showcase photos and the awesome story of two great clients: Mandi and Luke!

Mandi called me one day to discuss her upcoming wedding. “I’m SO freaking excited. We’ve been together for 15 years, and we are FINALLY getting married!” Her energy was infectious. She went on and on (in the most endearing way possible) about her vision for a beautiful, nature inspired Tahoe wedding.

The venue search was the most hilarious venture I have ever embarked on with a client. Mandi was adamant about her and Luke’s love of the Squaw Valley area of Tahoe, declaring that they had spent so many special times there together and would love to celebrate their union in this area they held so dear to their hearts. After a round of site visits, a comprehensive list of Squaw Valley area venues was provided to Mandi and Luke for review.

A few weeks went by, and when pressed for feedback, Mandi replied with “we love the venues, but can we also check out Heavenly? It’s a really special area for Luke and I and we would love to see what options are available there.” Absolutely, not a problem. We contacted our site rep at Heavenly and she immediately prepared us a special quote tailored to fit Mandi and Luke’s vision and budget.

After presenting them with this option, another couple of weeks went by. When pressed for feedback again, Mandi responded: “This looks really great. Can we also please check out Northstar? Luke and I have been there a few times and its really special to us. We love the idea of  getting married at Northstar.” I could not help but laugh out loud. After another round of proposals and many more discussions, Mandi and Luke had finally found their perfect wedding venue.

Tahoe area inspiration and wine-infused accents were the design theme for this wedding. However, throughout the weekend, it became extremely apparent that the overriding theme of the event was LOVE. Love between family, love between friends, and most importantly, love between Mandi and Luke.

The two had met as pre-teens from rival competitive dance schools. Fast forward 10 years and they were teaching dance together, eventually opening up their own dance studio.

We love when we get to bond with our clients, and this wedding was truly special. Mandi called me one day with a bridal conundrum. “Miranda, I don’t know what to do. We have no little girl who wants to be our flower girl at our wedding. I’ve always envisioned having a little Flower Girl bouncing around in front of me while I walk down the aisle”. I happened to be driving my then 5 year old daughter in the car with me and half-jokingly offered her services as a Flower Girl. Mandi exclaimed “Seriously? You’d let me use your daughter?!” Yes, we offer child labor at MIRA Events + Design. Avia was over the moon at the chance to be a Flower Girl, and she got to spend a very special day with a very special bride!

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Venue + Caterer: Northstar California Resort
Photography: Gina Clary Photography
Event Design, Specialty Rentals: MIRA Events + Design
Flowers: Events Ink
Cake: Cake Tahoe