Are you looking for a beautiful, rustic, outdoor Lake Tahoe wedding venue? Mitchells Meadows is a relatively new option for couples planning a wedding in Lake Tahoe. This venue is already full for 2020! When Sarah and Drew contacted me about their Mitchells Meadows wedding, it was my first time hearing about this unique spot.

Even though this amazing property is so close, you will feel like you are a world away. One thing that really made this wedding special is that Sarah’s aunt and uncle own the 80 acre property. So, this was really a wonderful family event. You will find Mitchells Meadows 30 minutes north of Truckee. It is very close to Independence Lake. If you are driving, you will need a specific set of directions from the owners to make sure you do not get lost. There are dirt roads, odometer checks, and unmarked Y-intersections that will leave you scratching your head if you aren’t paying attention. Similar to The Hideout near Kirkwood, you must even drive through a creek!

Lake Tahoe Photographers Love Outdoor Venues Like Mitchells Meadows

Before the wedding, Sarah and Drew both got ready at Northstar. Owing to the many hotels and private homes for rent in the Lake Tahoe area, you will have plenty of options for getting ready. That being said, a Mitchells Meadows wedding includes 3 days on the property. You have all day Friday to set things up. You can also organize a pre-wedding event the day before the wedding. Saturday morning you may use the owners’ cabin for getting ready, or for any final touches. Afterwards, Sunday is a full day for a brunch, celebrating further with a luncheon, and relaxing in the forest.

Family arrived from all over for Sarah and Drew’s wedding. Sarah’s family is from South Africa. Drew’s family is from Half Moon Bay. It was a huge celebration, especially with so many relatives from their two families meeting for the first time. Lake Tahoe food truck “Red Truck” catered the reception, where everyone dined under the trees. It goes without saying that Sarah’s family knew about the afternoon light out in the meadow. So, we made sure to go for a walk and make some photos as the sun was setting. After dusk, the party picked up and traditional South African dance tracks had everyone stomping the dance floor. Since so many Lake Tahoe wedding venues have a reception curfew, it’s fun to see a party go on into the night. There are no neighbors here except for the natural wildlife!

If you are looking for a rustic, outdoor wedding in Lake Tahoe there are so many options. If you want to be close to the water, check out this Sand Harbor wedding. Getting married at Sand Harbor puts you lakeside as you exchange your vows. You can even jump in the water after saying “I Do”! If you are open to Lake Tahoe wedding venues north of the lake, consider a Graeagle Lodge wedding.  In fact, Graeagle is a small town that offers a number of unique, rustic venues. Shoot me an email to get some recommendations!

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