Abby and Dominic’s Fallen Leaf Lake wedding was a reminder that the best Lake Tahoe wedding venue for you might not be where the main action (and crowds) are. Fallen Leaf Lake sits at the Southwest corner of the Lake Tahoe basin. Except for a few vantage points on the Lake Tahoe rim trail, you cannot even see Fallen Leaf Lake. Because it is invisible to most visitors, many people do not even know about it. Similarly, most folks would not even know that it is a great venue for a Lake Tahoe wedding.
The Fallen Leaf Lake Chapel is a charming, rustic building, unlike any other wedding ceremony venue in the Lake Tahoe area. Also known as Saint Francis of the Mountains, this chapel was completed in 1923. At the turn of the century, many families travelled to Fallen Leaf Lake during the summertime. Before the Fallen Leaf Lake Chapel, church ceremonies were all outdoors under the pine trees.
Abby grew up spending time at Fallen Leaf Lake, and her family’s history at the lake made them “eligible” for a Fallen Leaf Lake Chapel wedding. With some wedding guests seated inside the chapel and some outside, Abby and Dominic exchanged vows. While everyone headed to the Fallen Leaf Lake store for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, Abby, Dominic and I headed to the nearby waterfall for some photos.
A sunset boat ride and dancing under the stars made this Fallen Leaf Lake Chapel wedding a truly unique and special event. Due to the fact that only Fallen Leaf Lake residents may marry in the chapel, weddings at this Lake Tahoe wedding venue are rare and special events.