Lake Tahoe weddings

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.


Private Estate Tour | Sandy Shores Cove

A few days ago we teased you with a little sneak peak into a few of our gorgeous private estates. Today, we are starting our tour by introducing you to one of our favorites, The Sandy Shores Cove Estate! Nestled atop a bluff and protected by the wind, Sandy Shores Cove boasts a gorgeous lawn, a lodge-style home, and access to a private sandy beach. Tall old growth pine trees surround the perimeter of the property, creating the perfect overhead canopy for an open air or clear tent reception. The long stretch of lawn creates plenty of space for spreading out the ceremony, cocktails, dinner,and dancing. Plus, no matter where you are on the property, you have a panoramic view of Lake Tahoe! View More:  View More:

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This property really captures the essence of what Lake Tahoe has to offer - beauty, comfort, and a secluded space for you to enjoy a night of celebrating your wedding! View More:  View More:

Dancing under the stars is the perfect ending to a wonderful day filled with your friends, family, and loved ones.

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We produced several stunning weddings at this property this year and these are a collection of a few of the images. We will be revealing more of the images very, very soon!  If you are interested in this property or even just chatting with us about our services, please give us a ring or email us. You can find our contact information by clicking here.

Photos courtesy of Mike Larson Photography

Meet One Fine Day Events

I am super excited to share our new "about us" video with you! We created this to help inquiring brides and minds learn about our style and acquire a little insight into what we actually do!

Introduction to One Fine Day Events from Steph Anderson on Vimeo.

One Fine Day Events is a boutique wedding planning company based in Tahoe City, CA. We specialize in hand made weddings at private estates and lakefront properties in Lake Tahoe.

Guest Speaker for Bret Cole's Photography Workshop

I am tickled pink with delight to announce my speaking engagement with Bret Cole Photography!!! Bret is hosting a workshop for photographers and has asked me to be a guest speaker to educate photographers on various wedding details including what planners expect out of their photographers, how to get continuous referrals, and SO much more! Registration closes on April 2nd, so if you're interested go to  

Our Favorite this week from Tahoe Unveiled

This week on our sister site, Tahoe Unveiled, we had the pleasure of receiving some much needed great advice! After the big day has (literally) flown by, it's always a good idea to look at what is remembered and what can stand to be forgotten (small, annoying set-backs, un-needed advice and stress, and hardcore dieting!). See below for some great advice from a married woman to a bride-to-be.

Photo Courtesy of Polly Alexandre 

One Fine Day Events is a wedding planning and production company based in Lake Tahoe. We specialized in hand tailored weddings at private estates and resorts in North Lake Tahoe.

We have a new website!

We're having such an exciting week at the OFD studio! Over the last few months we have been working with our designer on a new logo and website; today we are officially launching our new look! We are head over heels in love with it and SO excited to share it with all of you.

New One Fine Day logo accessories

Our goal with the redesign was to more accurately reflect the aesthetic we bring to our event designs. We wanted something fresh, youthful, colorful, and easy to navigate. The new site has much of the same content as the previous site, but we've made a few additions. Take a peek at our galleries, press page, testimonials, team page and all the rest! We would love to hear what you think in the comments section of this post.

Lake Tahoe Wedding Inspiration | First Looks

We all look forward to it: the instant a bride and groom first see each other. We feel their love and their joy in knowing they are a mere aisle length away from "happily ever after." My eyes well up almost every time - it never gets old! However, many modern couples are choosing to break from tradition and share this moment before the wedding. The reason? To enjoy a few quiet minutes alone AND to get photos out of the way so that they can enjoy the entire celebration! You know you are going to want fabulous photos of your wedding day, so instead of trying to squeeze everything into 1 hour, take your time and do it before the wedding! Here are a few fab first looks!

Style Me Pretty

The Wedding Central

Katie Day Photography via Green Wedding Shoes

100 Layer Cake

Whether you stick with tradition or take a few minutes of time alone, there is no question of how special this moment is to any wedding.

Happy New Year!

From everyone here at One Fine Day Events we wish you and your loved ones a Happy New Year!

Image courtesy of Style Me Pretty

*For information on all the great parties in Tahoe to ring in the New Year, please visit Tahoe Unveiled.

One Fine Day Featured on Hindsight Bride | Tips for Planning Your Destination Wedding

A few weeks ago we had a great chat with Christie from Hindsight Bride. She interviewed me to give her viewers a few tips on how to plan a destination wedding in the mountains. As 99.9% of our clients live outside of Tahoe, we work really closely with them and our vendors to make sure every little detail is organized! In this podcast interview, Christie and I discussed budgeting funds, photo shoots, the difference between a planner and a venue coordinator, and where I find my inspiration! If you'd like to listen to the interview, you can click here (side note, the interview doesn't work in Chrome)! I can be a tad bit verbose and definitely rambled on a bit - feel free to fast forward!

Mountain Wedding BlogTips for planning a destination wedding in the mountains

To listen to the podcast, click here!

Fab Finds | B. Gall Designs

If you want a customized wedding from head to toe (literally!), B. Gall Designs fuses high end wedding couture with fine art by custom painting classics by Van Gogh, Monet, & Renoir onto your wedding shoes! Each shoe is hand painted with professional grade acrylics on Italian silk satin. Coordinating handbags are available for many of the designs as well. So if you want a beautiful shoe to showoff and dance around with into the evening, look at B. Gall Designs!

All images courtesy of B. Gall Designs

Lake Tahoe Inspiration | Lovely Lilac

We're putting together some inspiration boards for an upcoming wedding and I thought I would share one with you! I think Lilac is an absolutely stunning color to incorporate into your wedding color scheme. It reminds me of French fields covered in Lilacs and the soothing scent that envelops you, perfect for calming your nerves on the big day!


First Row: We Heart It | Anna Williams Photography | Ellen Silverman Photography Second Row: Karen Mordechai Photography Third Row: Cake by  Maggie Austin via Green Wedding Shoes | Leila Brewster Photography via Style Me Pretty Fourth Row: Tec Petaja Photography via Once Wed

The Weekly Juice from Tahoe Unveiled!

Our sister site, Tahoe Unveiled, is an online resource for the tahoe bound bride and groom seeking fresh, innovative, and inspiring wedding ideas. Complete with a coveted vendor list of Tahoe's super talented wedding vendors, a guide to Tahoe's many entertaining activities, and a juicy blog oozing with inspiration, the site is full of fun and fabulous ideas for a completely unique tahoe wedding. Every week day, we blog about a real wedding, an inspiration board, or helpful tips! Here are some little slices from this week's Tahoe Unveiled posts. Enjoy!

Tents provide lots of protection and a great Plan “B” for potentially inclement weather. With a tent you can provide shelter against rain and cold while keeping....Click here for the rest of the post!


There’s something about a short wedding dress; it’s playful, it’s flirty, and it just feels fun! It’s here for the rest of the post!




I am totally in love with hair accessories! I just think there is something so romantic and ..... click here for the rest of the post!




With the traditional wedding cake becoming less common, dessert tables seem to be the latest bright idea! Dessert tables are the best of both worlds here for the rest of the post!




I think a dressed-up farm wedding is so very lovable. Farms remind me of family, friends, here for the rest of the post!


To view any of these posts in full, please visit Tahoe Unveiled. Thanks for stopping by and we hope you have a great weekend!




Real Wedding | Thunderbird Lodge

Here's a little re-cap of the gorgeous wedding of Kacie & Chris held at the Thunderbird in July! This wedding was right on the water at the historic and absolutely magical Thunderbird Lodge on the East Shore of Lake Tahoe. Take a glance at 1 Look Back's video clip of images of their extraordinary evening! More photos to come....enjoy!

Image for Kacie & Mark


Images & Video clip courtesy of 1 Look Back Photography

Real Wedding | Shakespeare Garden Soiree

Today we have a wonderful wedding, photographed by the one and only Catherine Hall! The lovely couple, Jeff and Vicki, were married in San Francisco in Golden Gate Park. Loads of little details bring this wedding to fruition amongst nature in one of the world's most eclectic cities. Images from Shakespeare Garden Wedding

The couple met on Myspace and through years of courtship finally settled in San Francisco together. They were wed in the Shakespeare Garden in Golden Gate Park and enjoyed dinner and dancing in the Exploratorium.

Images for Shakespeare Garden Wedding

Event Details:

Venue: Shakespeare Garden & Exploratorium Event Designer: One Fine Day Events Floral Designer: Sharla Flock Invitation Designer: Wedding Paper Divas Cake Chef: Buttercream Factory Wedding Gown Designer: Alfred Angelo Bridesmaid's Dress Designer: David's Bridal


Toasting Tips

After you say "I Do," friends & family will want to congratulate and honor your vows by toasting to your marriage. We have prepared a toasting guide for you and others who will be toasting at the wedding- when to speak, how to keep it short and simple, and what to drink. Image for Champagne Toast


Who Speaks: Traditionally, the father of the bride initiates the toast and summons everyone to enjoy the meal while congratulating the new couple and thanking everyone for joining in on the celebration. With Champagne in hand, and after most of the dinner is completed, the other speeches are given. The Maid and Man of honor are usually first to give the speeches. Siblings or non hosting stepparents are welcome to give a speech at this time as well. Finally, someone can cap off the speeches. This can be either the groom, if he wants to say a few sweet words about his new wife, or the host can come back for a final thank you (and a "Let's get this party started!") spiel.

How to make it Memorable: Here are some tips to make the speech memorable, in a good way!

1.) Don't wing it - It's important to have a game plan when giving a speech; otherwise your potential to get nervous and start rambling will only intensify as you start talking. If you have a somewhat planned speech it will give you more confidence and calm your nerves.

2.) Keep it short and simple: Most speeches should take between one and two minutes but should not go over three minutes. This is not the time to tell every story about your childhood friend or high school adventures. Keep the stories to ones everyone will know (and not be embarrassed about!) and try not to ramble or people will become uninterested.

3.) Talk about the couple: It's fine to start with, "I've know Liz for 12 years..." but also try to weave in the groom, or other half of the couple. Remember this day is about both of them and not just the person your the closest with.

4.) Limit alcohol intake before the Speech: I know you will probably be nervous to give a speech in front of 100+ people, but just remember that you will know the vast majority of them and they are your friends. Try to stay calm and don't drink too much alcohol before the speech or you may end up saying something you regret, or worse, that embarrasses the new couple.

What to Drink: Champagne is the traditional choice for wedding toasts. In order to be called "Champagne", the grapes must have been grown from the Champagne region of France. Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne Brut Blue Label, Ruinart Blanc De Blancs, & Poper-Heidsieck Brut are all perfect for popping on your special day. Another idea would be a signature cocktail. The options are endless but make sure it's something most guests will enjoy and have the caterers serve another choice, such as sparkling cider, as well. Whether you decide to go the traditional route or make up your own drink, be sure your caterer knows when the speeches are so they can make sure each guest has something to toast with when the time comes.


Bridal Essentials Kit

When it comes to your wedding day you can never be too prepared. That's why we have come up with a little Bridal Essentials list to keep you from having a meltdown and make sure everything (including the wedding night!) runs smoothly. If you are getting married in Tahoe, even if it's in August, you are going to need something to fend off the night chill. Once the sun goes down, the chilly air comes out! Make sure to have a pretty scarf, vest, or cardigan to throw on over your wedding gown so you can still enjoy the outside without shivering.

Next, you'll want to eventually kick off those wedding shoes and a pair of flip flops close by will save your feet and keep you on the dance floor.

Remember we are at 6,200 feet, which means we are that much closer to the sun and sunscreen is a bridal essential.Try to avoid any oily sunscreen which will only make your face shiny for all the photos. We like Neutrogena Sunblock Ultra Sheer Dry, and you can find it in any grocery or drugstore.

You should also visit Ms. and Mrs. website; they have lots of little Bridal Essential tool kits that will save you from any last minute dilema. These little kits include everything from earring backs to double sided tape and even stain remover and extra wedding bands.

Last but certainly not least, don't forget your wedding night! Wow your new hubby with some beautiful and sexy lingerie, like this little number from Victoria's Secret.

Above everything else, just remember to breathe. This moment in your life will only happen once so try to forget any of the little things that may go wrong and enjoy your day!



Bridal Essentials for the Wedding Day



First Row: Victoria's Secret | Polyvore Second Row: Catherine Hall Photography Third Row: Ms. & Mrs. | Neutrogena

Lake Tahoe Wedding Inspiration | Sweet Treats

Boy, have we come a long way since the days of multi-tier white weddings cakes draped with artificial flowers. Today's brides tend to favor designer cakes draped in fondant or covered in lacy, sugary flowers or tables and trays teeming with treats that beckon guests to indulge themselves. Whether your tastes lean more towards a traditional cake or a farm-table full of goodies, here are some ideas to inspire your sweet tooth.

Left: My Wedding, Middle: Jen Williams Photography via The Sweetest Occassion| Advantage Bridal, Right: Martha Stewart Weddings

First Row: Portraits by Lucinda & My Sweet Saucy both via Elizabeth Anne Designs Second Row: Flowertoss Photography via Snippet & Ink | 100 Layer Cake

Rue Magazine

I just discovered this new lifestyle magazine titled, Rue. Designed for interior designers, this mag features the finest designs for living rooms, kitchens, and the home. I often ask my clients to send me their tear sheets - pages from magazines that reflect a theme, color palette, or even accesories that reflect the look, style, ambiance, or color scheme they would like at their wedding. Sometimes it's easier to relate to magazines that don't dawn beautiful weddings, but instead beautiful home interiors. Whether it be a Pottery Barn living room or an Elle Decor kitchen, it is important to show your planner and designer what you love, hate, and most importantly the look you would like your wedding to reflect. Rue's simplistic layout, soft palette, and phenomenal designs, will provide oodles of inspiration!

Happy New Year!

Happy 2011 Everyone! After a very successful 2010 we decided it was only proper to invite a mascot onto the One Fine Day team! Meet Tessa, our cuddly Bernese Mountain Dog! She is making lots of new friends in our office building and can't wait to meet all of our 2011 brides and grooms!

2010 was filled with many achievements and much excitement. I can't believe the year is already over, but as we look back it sure was a good one! In a nut shell the highlights include: being interviewed on the local news segment of the Today Show, featured on Utterly Engaged's Magazine, producing and coordinating Tahoe Unveiled, and of course planning oodles of  beautiful weddings for our lovely clients.

We are looking forward to planning, designing, and producing many more exciting events this year. Thank you to everyone we worked with, we are so fortunate to have such wonderful clients and vendors!

One Fine Day & Tahoe Unveiled Featured on Utterly Engaged's site

I love being featured on blogs and in publications, especially ones as well designed as Utterly Engaged. Today AND yesterday they featured our event, Tahoe Unveiled, on the their blog. Take a gander below for more details!

Scott Corridan, In Style’s celebrity wedding planner, is going to take 3 regular ladies and dress them up in the perfect dress, get their hair and makeup styled, and show the audience how to look like a model on your wedding day. We want ladies with different figures – big butts/no butts, athletic, etc. – your normal lady!

Three lucky brides will be chosen to model on the event day, strut their stuff on the runway, and get bedazzled by Swoon Bridal SalonKiss and Makeup, and Cortney Knudson Hair Design.

The models will also receive 10% off the following for their wedding day:

- wedding dress purchased from Swoon Bridal Salon

- wedding makeup from Kiss and Makeup

- wedding hair up-do from Cortney Knudson Hair Design

To enter, submit your full profile pics and measurements, along with a description of why you would be a fabulous attribute to Scott Corridan’s Boobs & Butts seminar. Please email submissions to Stephanie Anderson at with the subject line “UE Bride: Boobs & Butts Contest.” Contest ends on Monday, October 11, so hurry and get your entry in!