Celebrate Your Day in Style with a Chalet View Lodge Wedding

July 10, 2024


If you’re planning a wedding in the Sierras, there’s a good chance you want a ceremony that celebrates the rugged surrounding beauty. Whether this area is your home or a bucket list destination, you’re planning a wedding in one of the most remarkable areas in the entire nation. As such, finding a venue that shows off the best parts of this space is important. As a Lake Tahoe wedding photographer, I have gotten the chance to tour tons of local venues, and I’m here to tell you about my favorites. If you are on the search for a world-class venue that celebrates this beautiful part of the world, let me tell you why a Chalet View Lodge wedding might just be the perfect fit for you! 

About The Chalet View Lodge Wedding Venue

72056 CA-70, Blairsden-Graeagle, California 96103

Located in the beautiful town of Graeagle, Chalet View Lodge first opened its doors to give travelers a comfortable spot to rest in between their many adventures. The hotel is settled on over 10 acres and feels completely secluded from the rest of the world. The resort prides itself on handcrafting an experience that feels luxurious yet organic. The hotel offers rooms within the primary buildings. Go on a short hike, and you’ll find their private cabins and Airstream, where you can rest in the middle of nature. 

The Chalet View Lodge also has several other accommodations that will make your wedding as relaxing as possible. You can grab some drinks at the brewery or stop by the pool and hot tub to soak while gazing out into the woods. The resort also features a golf course where you can play a few rounds throughout your weekend. In total, the hotel has 52 spots where guests can stay. 

Details of the Grounds

Most Chalet View Lodge couples choose to use the exterior of the space for their wedding. This positively dreamy space looks out into the woods, giving you views of the lush forestry and quiet cabins. Most of these areas are set up on the golf course with meticulously maintained grass, so your guests don’t have to feel like Laura Ingalls Wilder for the day. You will be able to put your archway wherever you’d like. If you would prefer to have an inside wedding, you can speak with the venue, and they can set you up in the Event Center. If you prefer a climate-controlled space that lets you remain up close and personal with nature, try the All-Weather Site. This space gives you a clear tent that will make you feel like you’re in the midst of the wilderness, but only with modern accommodations.  

For an outdoor reception, many couples choose to utilize the ceremony spaces. You can string up bistro lights if you’d like, and the venue can provide you with more efficient lighting. You can also bring in a DJ and set up a dance floor on the lawn. For an indoor reception, you can use the Event Center. This area features high ceilings, wooden floors, and plenty of space for you to celebrate with your guests. Finally, the All-Weather Site gives you a great option for a romantic yet contained space. You will have a dance floor on top of the lawn and will be able to decorate the tent however you choose. It’s the ideal option for a bug-free meal! 

Cocktail Hour And Beyond

The Chalet View Lodge wedding venue gives you several spaces you can use for your cocktail hour. For an outdoor option, you can rent the Airstream area and set up a bartender just on the exterior. This option will let you incorporate lawn games while giving your guests plenty of cozy spaces to relax. The venue features a deck and terrace where you can similarly set up drink services. The brewery will also let your guests try some pretty fantastic local options. 

With so many resort rooms, you will have plenty of options for places to get ready prior to the ceremony. These rooms are well-lit and spacious, giving you plenty of space to spread out with your bridal party as everyone gets ready. 

My favorite thing about this space is how much it incorporates the surroundings while still ensuring you have a luxurious space for your wedding. All of the buildings look like rustic cabins, and natural shrubbery is planted throughout. The Lounge near the Event Center gives you modern decor with wooden rafted ceilings and a four-sided fireplace. The Event Center itself features white walls and a wooden cathedral ceiling. 

collage of couples images from their lakefront wedding

Photography Opportunities

The Chalet View Lodge is full of spaces we can use for your wedding portraits. The well-lit get-ready rooms will give you fabulous pictures prior to the ceremony. The small wilderness pockets will give you organic pictures without requiring you to hike in your dress. For couples’ portraits, you can use The Greenhouse. This space is functioning and will give you verdant portraits. The golf holes are ideal for group portraits, and the Airstream will provide you with an amazing backdrop! 

Wedding Details

When you plan your Chalet View Lodge wedding, the team will ensure you have everything you need. The wedding package offers full-service wedding planning and custom event design. They will also provide you with custom lighting. The venue has rustic farm and cocktail tables as well as padded ceremony chairs that will keep your guests comfy. They can take care of all the decoration as well as the table settings. The venue will provide catering and will work with you to create the perfect event menu.

Your Dream Destination Wedding Awaits At The Chalet View Lodge Wedding Venue

With a Chalet View Lodge wedding, you can write the next chapter of your love story while celebrating the rugged beauty of the Sierras. Visit this venue today to decide if it’s right for you! 

While you’re looking at all the details of this space, make sure you’re also thinking about the photographer you will use to capture them! As a Lake Tahoe wedding photographer, I adore partnering with couples to give them beautiful memories of their dream day. I would love to have a conversation and show you my portfolio so you can decide if I’m the photographer for you. Contact me today so we can chat! 

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I’m Kirsten—a wedding photographer here to guide you through this wildly exciting time…and toward the best lighting.

Ever since my days in the highschool darkroom, I’ve been enamored with the power images have to tell a compelling story. I went on to study photography and fashion at Savannah College of Art & Design and worked as an editor for a studio before founding Kirsten Marie Photography in 2012. Every day since, and I’ve fallen deeper in love with the art of wedding photography—there’s just nothing quite as fascinating and fulfilling as documenting the tenderness weddings bring out in people.

As someone who’s fairly spotlight-shy, I know how awkward being photographed can feel—which is why I work to bring an atmosphere of ease (and a wicked sharp sense of humor) to our time together. I pour my whole heart into hyping you up, getting you the material you deserve, and making sure you feel comfortable and cared for.

Beyond the lens, I’m a mom to two feisty girls. Translation: there’s no group I can’t wrangle, no mountain I can’t summit, and no trail I can’t traverse. While you’re soaking in sunsets and sipping champagne—you can find me crawling through bushes and traipsing through snowpack to get the best angle…and loving every single second of it. 

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