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Jessica & Scott: A Wintry Mountaintop Wedding in Lake Tahoe
Photos By Sonya Yruel
By L. K. on Nov 17, 2017 at 4:08 am in Bohemian and Colorful
For Jessica Mishra and Scott Blasingame, it was quite literally a story of girl next door meets boy next door. The active couple—she’s an avid yogi, he’s a devoted swimmer—met in their San Francisco apartment building at a neighbor’s BBQ. A few years later, Scott popped the question atop Peak 9 in Breckenridge, Colorado. “He said he had to fix his boot when we got off the lift,” Jessica recalls. “He bent down and came back up with a ring!”
The two recreated that alpine exhilaration for their March wedding, which was held on Squaw Valley’s High Camp deck beneath a bright and frosty sky. “We wanted guests to feel like they were on a fun adventure,” Jessica says, “and we wanted to embrace the beauty of Tahoe and the Sierras in winter, with pristine snow, beautiful pine trees, and a mountaintop site that made you feel like you were suspended in the clouds.”
Captured by photographer Sonya Yruel, the day also featured numerous nods to Jessica’s Indian heritage. “My last name, Mishra, means “mixture”—perfect since I am a mix of ethnicities,” Jessica says. “My Indian background is very important to me, and I wanted to reflect that.” Tiny statues of Jessica’s favorite deity, Ganesha, who is thought to bless weddings and remove obstacles, made many appearances. Rich, vibrant colors traditional to Indian weddings—think burgundy and saffron—radiated warmth. An Eastern-inspired rug ran down the aisle. A throw made from sari fabrics was draped behind the cake table. “We wanted elegance and a touch of drama that stood out against the simplicity of the natural background but didn’t take away from it,” Jessica says.
“My gown had a beautiful latte-colored lining that made the ivory lace pop,” Jessica says. “It hugged my curves in all the right places and made me feel super feminine and confident. I wanted something that would bring in a bit of my Indian heritage, and the patterns of the lace reminded me of henna designs. I also loved how the tiered lace on the skirt emulated mountain peaks. I felt like a snow queen in it.”
Jessica hosted a henna painting party for family and bridal party members a few nights before the wedding.
Floral designer Brandie Chisholm used anemones, garden roses, scabiosas, ranunculi, and eucalyptus to create Jessica’s bold, beribboned bouquet.
Jessica and Scott planned their day with the help of Cloud Nine Event Company. “I run my own accounting firm and am also a yoga teacher, so it was often tough to find time for wedding planning, but the experience served as a nice creative outlet for me,” Jessica says. “We did have several challenges due to the record snowfalls in Tahoe this year. Blizzard after blizzard left both our original rehearsal dinner venue and reception venue damaged and unusable. What’s funny, though, is we ended up with our first choice of venue in the end.”
The altar was marked by a eucalyptus garland wound around the deck’s railing.
“There is an Indian tradition of showering the bride and groom with flowers (representing their love) during the recessional, so when I found flower confetti poppers on Etsy, I had to have them,” Jessica says.
Jessica’s bridesmaids wore burgundy chiffon dresses from Renz Rags and kept warm with hand-knit shawls from Elegance Scarf.
Guests were treated to artisanal truffles made by Bisou Chocolate, one of Jessica’s favorite small businesses in the Bay Area. “They make their truffles with their own blend of chocolate, and the ganache is made with coconut milk instead of cream,” Jessica says. “These were filled with a delicious Sumatran coffee and coconut milk ganache, then sprinkled with an edible confetti made from butternut squash and other dehydrated fruits and veggies.” For a playful presentation, the truffles were served in mini glass cloches.
Handmade by Half Pint Fauna, the toppers for the groom’s cake were a little tribute to the couple’s respective alma maters. Scott attended UC Berkeley (represented by the California Golden Bears), and Jessica went to the University of Texas (represented by the Longhorns).
A dusting of coconut gave the couple’s wedding cake, made by Sugar Pine Cakery, an apropos snowball effect. Plasticsmith crafted the topper based off a drawing from Jessica. “I was a competitive gymnast growing up, and I love to do handstands, so I had her make me a handstanding bride,” Jessica says.
All of the couple’s paper goods were designed by Jessica’s best friend and matron of honor, Courtney Craig. “My favorite of her designs was our program,” Jessica says. “Sticking with our theme (and hashtag), she turned our program into an ’80s childhood game—the cootie catcher. My hope was that guests would have a fun time playing with them.”
Sharing is Happiness
Photography > Sonya Yruel
Event Planning > Lindsay townsend
Ceremony Venue > High Camp Deck at Squaw Valley
Reception Venue > The Terrace at High Camp
Floral Design > Brandie Chisholm
Catering > Squaw Valley
Bar > Squaw valley
Cupcakes > Sugar Pine Cakery
Cake Topper > Plasticsmith (main cake)
Cakes > Sugar Pine Cakery
Cake Toppers > Half Pint Fauna (groom's cake)
Desserts > Bisou Chocolate
Officiant > friend
Rentals > Squaw valley
Ceremony Music > The Class
Reception Music > The class
Bride’s Dress > Matthew Christopher
Bride’s Shoes > unisa
Bridal Boutique > Nordstrom
Bridesmaids’ Dresses > renz rags
Hair > Meg Keyes
Makeup > McKenzie Morrison Makeup
Rings > Harry’s Jewelry
Earrings > Nadri
Confetti > Confetti Cone Company
Stationery > Courtney Craig
Paper Goods > Courtney Craig
Accommodations > Resort at squaw creek
Sash and Garter > Bella Fleur Bridal
Gloves > Ann and Grace
Fur > Kams Fur
Bridesmaids’ Shawls > Elegance Scarf
Henna Painting > Henna Blessings
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