OFD's Journey

Did you hear? We launched a new company and this bad boy is making moves all over Tahoe! The latest venture is called OFD Productions and it is a Destination Management Company providing experiential corporate retreats, rewards trips, and celebrations. It's been an exciting new venture and I've been eager to spread the word about this new chapter!   

OFD Productions Logo

This new branch marks the 3rd division of the OFD family. The first two are: One Fine Day Events, a planning and design firm specializing in customized wedding planning services at private estates and resorts in Lake Tahoe; and the second is Tahoe Unveiled, the ultimate online resource connecting couples with reputable vendors and oodles of inspiration for their Lake Tahoe wedding. We have had a whole lot of growth over the past five years, especially with the help of a little company you may know called Martha Stewart Weddings – they kindly published one of our weddings and I can't tell you how stoked and proud we are to have our work on their site! Additionally, we did a full wham bam thank you ma’am revamp of Tahoe Unveiled and launched a new site at the end of last year (you like the new digs?). The new site is opening a lot of exciting opportunities for growth .... stay tuned to hear more in the future!

Let me take you back to the beginning of OFD -

I’m not going to lie—I moved to Lake Tahoe specifically to be a ski bum. I wanted to immerse myself in the mountain life and spend my days on the slopes for a season or two. But a season or two quickly turned into three, which then turned into four and, 14 years later, my intended vacation spot has now become my family’s forever home (and our favorite spot on Earth). In somewhat of a roundabout way, my education in PR and Business and background in the hotel industry, eventually led me to realize how much I enjoyed planning multi-faceted, highly detailed events. Out of that passion came One Fine Day Events and since its inception in 2009, the One Fine Day Events crew has planned over 375 weddings and social events in Lake Tahoe.

In 2015, my husband and I welcomed our little boy, Rory, into the world. Aside from the immense amount of joy this little love provides us, he gave me a huge perspective on my life and helped me prioritize my priorities. I no longer had every minute in every day to do whatever I wanted and needed. Before becoming a parent, I was constantly plugged in and always available to anyone who needed me at any hour of the day—and I ultimately forgot why I moved to Lake Tahoe in the first place. I had stopped enjoying the healthy pace of mountain life, the abundance of activities that fueled my soul.

Having lost my way, I did not immediately realize the stresses and negative effects of my workaholic lifestyle. But eventually I completely overwhelmed myself and my body began to deteriorate rapidly as stress and exhaustion manifested in the form of health issues. My body hated me and I couldn't figure out why until Rory came into my life and made me stop, take a deep breath (actually, many deep breaths), and think long and hard about how I was living my life. 

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I’ve always been a health conscious and active person. My husband says "I’m like a dog that needs to be run…" in other words, I thrive when I exercise and go a little stir crazy without it. But, despite my knowledge of this very simple fact, I let my work and lack of balance get the best of me. I completely forgot to pay attention to my body and my physical and mental needs. I am so grateful for our son, especially for the immense amount of joy he brings to our lives, but also for being the force I needed to slap me in the face and propel me to set boundaries, to take time out of each day to get outside, and to mindfully focus on being centered and present at work and at home every day. The best part? Learning to put those boundaries in place and creating work-life balance has actually made me far more efficient and productive vs. when I was plugged in 24/7. I feel reconnected to my soul…and have brought new purpose and meaning to my work. This sounds a bit cheesy but it has given me so much more oomph. I am happier and feel more alive now than I did when I worked for someone else and didn’t carry the burden of operating 3 companies, or when I slept all night long for as long as I wanted (hah that was actually real life?), and had pretty minimal responsibilities in life.

After going through all this, I felt compelled to incorporate more of my passions for life into my business.

I love planning events and have built a company renowned for producing highly detailed, well-managed events that provide unforgettable experiences, but I wanted to do more than this. I wanted to introduce our services to the corporate world to transform the many hum drum offsite meetings into refreshing environments that inspire and motivate teams; to introduce companies to our many private estates and off-the-beaten-path venues for their next celebration; and to provide companies with custom built retreats that help improve employee morale and enhance company culture in Lake Tahoe. So by combining these loves, OFD Productions was born - an experiential event planning company focused on building customized retreats, team-building activities, and celebrations for corporations and companies looking to enhance their workplace culture and help their employees lead fuller healthier lives.

Lake Tahoe is unlike anywhere else - from the pristine beauty to the community and access to limitless outdoor activities. I feel so fortunate to live in a place surrounded by a community of people who choose to live here because of the lifestyle it provides and not just because they ended up here. I am excited to provide our event planning services to companies and help them get their teams outdoors to experience Lake Tahoe like a local!

To learn more, check out any one of our companies: 

Wedding Planning - One Fine Day Events

Wedding Inspiration & Vendor Hunting - Tahoe Unveiled

Corporate Events - OFD Productions

5 Must-Read Wedding Tips


Million thanks to MODwedding for featuring One Fine Day Events on their blog! Check out their tips on how to make your wedding smooth sailing! Images by the lovely Catherine Hall.


Guest Post: Aerialist Press


Here at One Fine Day Events, we love all things "wedding". But one of our favorite things is pretty paper! From the save-the-date down to the place card, we believe the paper details have the power to set the tone for and elevate an event in lovely ways. So, we love to collaborate with talented designers that help our couples create the perfect paper suite for their wedding or event. When it comes to the invitation though, what it says is just as important as how it looks. Your invitation must honor the right people, convey all the right information, and do it all in the right way. There are so many rules, and unless your name is Emily Post, you'll likely need a bit of help finding the right words for your perfectly polite invite.

Cue: Aerialist Press. Not only are they talented designers, but they're also experts on invitation etiquette. Today we are so excited to have Alexandra here on the One Fine Day blog to share her wisdom with us!

Happy Engagement season! Alexandra from Aerialist Press & Foiled Invitations here. A big thank you to the One Fine Day Events team for having us guest post with them today.

The time has come for you to plan your dream wedding and you’ve chosen the fabulous One Fine Day Events team to bring your big day to life! There are so many experiences through the planning process to get excited about, like selecting a beautiful save the date and wedding invite. But wait, are you thinking, how in the world do I word this? Not to worry! We’ve got you covered.

If you’re like most couples, you might find yourselves a little stumped when it comes to writing the proper verbiage on your thoughtfully designed wedding invitation. Our team wanted to make the process a quick and easy task on what we know is a long list of wedding to do’s! We created a pretty little info-graphic and guide explaining the different elements of a traditional wedding invite and what is involved in making sure your wedding invitation is etiquette-approved and true to your style. We also added in some tips and tricks providing an understanding around how many postage stamps are needed and a list of attire options.


Need more inspiration? We created a full list of 21 wording examples for every celebration style we could think of. You can take a peek at the mega post up on “The Aerialist Blog”. We are also happy to answer any other questions you might have in the comments!


Published on Martha Stewart Weddings


We are SO excited to announce our work has been published on Martha Stewart Weddings ! See how we turned a private estate in Lake Tahoe to a summer camp-inspired wedding. You won't want to miss the 13 pound trailing bouquet, the rings, the lakefront estate, or the "something blue" 1961 corvette. Over the moon on how this wedding turned out!


See More: Martha Stewart Weddings

Photographer: Lexia Frank Photography

Florist: Natasha Kolenko

Dress: Yolan Cris

Paper: From Paper Chase

Estate: Private Estate, Lake Tahoe


Published on MODWedding


Thrilled to get the news that one of our Tahoe weddings from this summer has been published on MODWedding! Thank you so much for the feature and to everyone involved to help bring this special day to life! Feel free to click on over there to read the full article! Images by Mike Larson Photography.  


Featured on Style Me Pretty


Fall is in full swing and what better way to celebrate than to inject some color into your Friday? One Fine Day Events was recently featured on Style Me Pretty and we are reminiscing and dreaming about bright lips, bold bouquets, and Huey Lewis quotes captured by Reel Eyes.

When you team up with a couple that has a love for the lake and a craving for color in addition to Mike Larson’s keen ability to capture all the details, good things are bound to happen. So kick back, relax, and enjoy some of this design magic and remember: The power of love is a curious thing. Happy Friday!


Best of B&B 2016 Award


Turns out it is not only award season in Hollywood! Borrowed and Blue is one of our favorite wedding blogs that is designed to inspire and guide brides and grooms from across the US in 66 specific markets. Every year they come out with the only exclusively vendor-voted wedding industry awards. It's so unique (and fun!) that B&B allows the vendors themselves to hand-pick their very favorite companies to work alongside. We believe that your vendor team needs to be comprised of people who are not only talented and fit nicely into your budget, but that they are also a joy to work with! For example, it's difficult to get a sense of a photographers communication style if you are only viewing images in their online gallery, but it's absolutely essential to have the person capturing all your precious moments be someone who you feel comfortable interacting with - not to mention smooching and crying in front of.

At One Fine Day Events we strive to ensure that the dream team we help you build is comprised of individuals that make you smile. And it makes us smile that our colleagues have chosen us for this prestigious award. We are honored to receive an award for being one of the top three Best Wedding Planners in Lake Tahoe.

Best Of B&B 2016 - Lake Tahoe 


Venuelust Interviews Stephanie Martin of One Fine Day Events


At One Fine Day Events we are constantly searching for fresh and vibrant spaces for our events to take place. It's the best feeling to completely fall in love with a new venue and get excited about all the possibilities for making an event there an experience that everyone will remember forever. One Fine Day's founder, Stephanie Martin, was recently interviewed by Venuelust - a company that shares our passion for unique celebration spaces around the globe. If this type of thing sparks your fancy as well, check out the full Q & A to hear Steph's advice on finding and transforming the perfect Lake Tahoe location for your wedding. 

Venuelust is a digital media company that specializes in marketing “Off the beaten path” luxury venues for celebrations, getaways and experiences. It makes me giddy with excitement to visit their website and dream about what it would be like to, say, rent a private island for a family reunion. I really dig the site because similar to the philosophy behind One Fine Day Events, the website provides a customized experience. Depending on your style or event type you can search for venues that speak your language - from secret haciendas to castles to luxury safari camps! Here are a few that completely knocked my socks off. 


Tahoe Unveiled's Best Of 2015


Every year our sister company, Tahoe Unveiled, culls through the many gorgeous weddings they publish and creates a series of 'Best Of' winners from the entire year. This year we are honored to be chosen for at least one wedding in every category!  In the category of BEST LAKE TAHOE WEDDING CEREMONIES OF 2015 - we were selected for BEST LAKEFRONT CEREMONY

In the category of BEST LAKE TAHOE WEDDING ELEMENTS OF 2015 - we were selected for HANGING CENTERPIECES and DINNER MENU  

In the category of BEST LAKE TAHOE WEDDING PHOTOS OF 2015 - we were selected for  MARTIS CAMP WEDDING


Wine Country Wedding Video from Reel Eyes


This wine country wedding from One Fine Day Events exudes sophistication and elegance. Their romantic ceremony site incorporated draping and greenery with the vineyard as the backdrop. After a rockin' al fresco cocktail hour the guests moved inside the barn, which looked glam and chic with a canopy of overhead lighting and a lot of gold accents. Check out all the stunning details in their wedding video from Reel Eyes. You can feel the emotion behind this stunner of a wedding that took place in the very place Alex and Marissa first fell in love. 


Lake Tahoe Wedding Vendors:
Planning & Design: One Fine Day Events | Photographer: Jon M Photography | Videographer: Reel Eyes Media | Dessert: Momofuko Milk Bar | Catering: Beth Sogard | Florist: Botanica Floral Design | Music: Tainted Love & Steve Moon Sound | Paper: Forever HeyDay, Heart Paper Soul, & Stylish Scribe | Rentals: Botanica Floral Design, One Fine Day Events, Celebrations & La Tavola | Venue: Amador Cellars | Hair & Makeup: Jill Briggs and Krystle Sheehan 


Destination I Do


We are delighted to announce that one of our weddings is currently featured in the Spring 2015, Destination I Do Magazine! We really enjoyed working with David, Maureen, and their families and are SO happy to see their gorgeous wedding in print!!! Take a little peak below to view this beauty.


Thank you to Catherine Hall for providing gorgeous photos and for capturing the colorful beauty of Maureen and David’s big day.

To view more details of this amazing couple’s big day, click here.


Best Wedding of the Year


So proud to announce that two of our weddings made it to Tahoe Unveiled'sTop 5 Real Weddings of 2014!

The first is dear, sweet McKenzie and Kenny's wedding. The ceremony took place at the top of Squaw Valley....and not just the top of the cable car - guests took a lovely 20 minute hike with their orange parasols and the greatest Irish trio, All Folk'd Up, escorting the way. Following the ceremony was an incredible vintage reception at the Squaw Valley Stables. Thank you to Larissa Cleveland for capturing this incredible day so beautifully!


To view this entire wedding, you can view it on Tahoe Unveiled, in The Knot Magazine, or on Style Me Pretty.

Our second beauty to make the Top 5 Real Weddings of 2014 would be Jessica and Brian's utterly gorgeous wedding at a private estate on the lake. You can't get any closer to the lake than this...and it doesn't get any more beautiful! Thank you to Mike Larson for these incredible images.


To view this entire wedding, you can check it out on Tahoe Unveiled, in The Knot Magazine, or on Style Me Pretty.


Best Wedding Photography of 2014


We have been featuring our weddings that made the Best Of list on Tahoe Unveiled! Today, we have two stunners that made the Top 5 Wedding Photography list. Thank you to our super talented photographers, Catherine Hall and Mike Larson for capturing these couples and their amazing weddings SO beautifully! You may recognize the photo below from the cover of Coastal Living Magazine.


To view this entire wedding, click here.


To view this couple's gorgeous day, click here.


Best Wedding Ceremony of the Year


Yeeoowza! We have not one but TWO weddings that made the Top 5 Wedding Ceremonies of the Year!! These two beauties by Mike Larson Photography (lakefront wedding) and Catherine Hall (woodland chapel) are gorgeous. Congrats to the lovely couples!!


This gorgeous lakefront ceremony took place at a private estate on the gold coast of Tahoe. The theme of the weddings was Tuscan meets Tahoe - to view this entire wedding, click here! To view all of our private estates, click here.


Elisa and Ryan had one of the most romantic ceremonies I have ever witnessed. Maybe it was the forested setting with the outdoor chapel, or the ombre aisle, or just these two amazing people! So happy this made the Top 5! To view the entire wedding, click here.


Best Wedding Video of the Year


The winners are in! Every year Tahoe Unveiled selects the Top 5 Favorites for Best Wedding Video, Best Ceremony, Best Reception, Best Photography, and Best Wedding Decor. I am SO excited to share our weddings that made the Top 5!!! We will start with our video that made the Top 5 Wedding Videos of the Year! This amazing highlight reel from the incredibly talented Reel Eyes Media, captures Page & Ken's wedding so so sooooo well. Romance, tears, laughter, and so much love! Turn up the volume and enjoy this beauty!


To view all the Top 5 Videos click here.

Stay tuned for the Best Real Wedding, Best Wedding Decor, Best Ceremony, and Best Reception!



Holiday Decor: Gold & Copper Bottles


Every year I create the holiday table decor for our very large family holiday dinners. All of us chip in to help my mum in some way. I am not a good cook so my skills cannot be used in the kitchen...well I suppose they could but I don't think anybody would eat my food. This year, the theme for the table was copper, gold, and glitter!!! I always make an effort to use supplies I have lying around or left over from other projects. As we are big into celebrating and that often...who am I kidding, always involves a few bottles of wine and champagne, I gathered all the empty bottles and removed the labels. In addition, I gathered some votive candles, spray paint cans, glue, and glitter. Although waiting for the paint to dry is a bit time consuming, everything else is pretty quick. The end result provides a really pretty and festive look.

Step 1 - Paint the bottles. Lay out the bottles in your driveway on a garbage bag or a rag. Be sure to keep a good 6 - 10" distance from the spray paint can and the bottle...if the spray paint gets too close to the bottle, you will have paint dripping down the can. I like to wave my can back and forth as I spray up and down...it creates even coverage. Let the bottles fully dry before you touch them. You may have to add a second coat of paint.


Step 2 - Adhere the glue to the bottle. I tried an expensive glue and a plain old cheapo stick of glue - the cheap glue stick worked the best. Apply it to the specific area.


Step 3 - Add the glitter. Shake the bottle of glitter heavily over the bottle. Don't be afraid to add too much glitter - you can always pour the excess back into the jar. Let the bottles sit for an hour to dry.

Step 4 - Place the tapered candles into the bottles. You will probably have to shave off the base of the candle with a knife. Do this outdoors - candle wax can be a beast to clean up on the kitchen floor. Scrape just enough off so that you can screw the candle into each bottle.


Step 5 - Place your bottles. I scattered the tall and small bottles in threes to provide a nice dimension down the table. 


Step 6 - Add additional decor. Add a garland, craft runner, whatever you fancy! Light the candles and enjoy your decor!

Happy Holidays from all of us at One Fine Day Events!