The crisp air at Ludy and Will’s winter wedding was as amazing as they’d hoped for. There was fresh snow complementing their color palette, and the blue skies made for a true blue Tahoe day. I just loved Ludy’s veil, not to mention her extraordinary bouquet. The two were a joy to photograph. Read all about this wonderful military wedding in Ludy’s words below!
How did the two of you meet?
We met at a friend’s military wedding in Annapolis, Maryland. William (my now-husband) was a roommate of the groom – who happened to be my close friend from high school!
Where did you get engaged?
We were engaged in Bahrain. No joke! William was deployed at the time, and his ship pulled into the country, giving all on board 5 days of freedom. I flew out to meet him… and came back with a ring!
How did you choose Lake Tahoe for your wedding, specifically Edgewood?
I had been to Lake Tahoe for a girls-only getaway in March earlier that year. I loved everything about it—especially all the snow! Edgewood drew us in with its incredible location and upscale ski-lodge feel. When we visited, the VIEW sealed the deal.
The snow and crisp air made for a spectacular backdrop for you big day. Why did you choose winter over summer?
We had gotten engaged in May and weren’t looking for a super lengthy engagement. We also wanted to do something different. We like a good party, so we got the wild idea of getting married over New Year’s. When looking for the right destination that time of year, most places that were special to us would be icy and gray or dry and brown. So we decided, let’s go all out with a true destination WINTER wedding! We love snow anyway! What better place than the winter wonderland of Lake Tahoe in December?
Tell us about your choice of colors.
I knew I wasn’t interested in a Christmas red/green theme, or a glitzy gold New Year’s color scheme. But there’s something about a wintery, white-on-white, frosty palette that seemed classy and timeless. We chose to stick to shades of white/ivory and soft champagne, and to pull in subtle blues and teals of the lake within the flowers.
You’re originally from Brazil. Did you incorporate any Brazilian traditions?
I am Brazilian, and although I didn’t incorporate traditions, I did use meaningful Portuguese words to designate each guest table. Words such as love (amor), blessing (benção), trust (confiança), and friendship (amizade) were framed (with their translation/pronunciation) and placed within each centerpiece.
Love love love your dress and veil. And shoes! Who are the designers?
The dress is the ‘Bristol Gown’ by Watters. It’s ivory alencon lace with a strapless corset bodice, trumpet skirt, and a chapel train. The veil… gosh I have no idea! I found it at Mira Bridal Couture in Modesto, California and absolutely fell in love its scalloped romantic-vintage yet Latin-inspired look. Shoes were white satin ‘Reta’ by Badgley Mischka.
What is your favorite memory from your wedding day?
I have too many to count, but I think the most memorable aspect was how calm the day was. And how calm I was (believe it or not)! The whole day before the weather had been gray, windy, and blizzard-like far into the night. As we were taking pictures I looked around and the clouds were in the distance, the sun was shining full, there was a soft breeze, and the lake was pristinely tranquil. There was no chaos, just peace. And that’s how I felt all day.
Do you have a favorite photograph?
Hah! How could I possibly choose just ONE!!? Nina, seriously.
You had fun posing with the hats and sabers! What’s the story?
Cocktails? I think that’s part of the story. And the fact that the guys get to have all the fun with their hats and sabers. The ladies wanted a turn!
ceremony and reception location: Edgewood Tahoe · wedding planning: Blue Sky Events · catering: Edgewood Tahoe · cake: Flour Girl Wedding Cakes · floral design: Thran’s · bridal gown: Watters · DJ: Music Magic Tahoe