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August 2022 Newsletter

Perched on a mountain overlooking South Lake Tahoe, the Lakeview Lodge was the perfect setting for TWIG’s August meeting.  Fifty attendees boarded the aerial tram at Heavenly Mountain Resort for a spectacular ride to the top and breathtaking views of the Lake below.
Attendees were welcomed to Lakeview Lodge with a feast for the eyes, thanks to the collaborative efforts of Julie Nobis from Creative Coverings and Gina Lett Shrewsberry, of Inspirations by Gina. The design concept was Summery Fun!  Spa Linnea linens and Yellow Check table runners and napkins provided a festive summer flair for the tables positioned on the outdoor patio.  Topping off the tables were colorful centerpieces that included dahlias, celosias, marigolds, grevillea foliage, carnations and guava bushes.  Gina selected some of these flowers from her very own gorgeous garden and others were sourced from local California flower growers.
Inside the Lakeview Lodge, a sumptuous breakfast feast was artfully arranged by Heavenly’s gracious catering staff.  Their delicious offerings included Fresh Fruit Platter and Honey Mint, Assorted Muffins, Quiche Loraine and Broccoli Cheddar Quiche, Scrambled Eggs with Sausage and Bacon and Home Fries. Complementing the fabulous food were luscious libations, including Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s.
As attendees nibbled and networked, Milton Merlos provided festive music on his flamenco guitar, while Kendall Price Photography perfectly captured the memorable moments of the morning.
Just as the attendees finished dining, Mother Nature served up a few sprinkles, which encouraged everyone to move quickly indoors to the Cabin Room and be seated for the featured presentation.  David Van Enger of Music in Motion provided crystal clear video monitors and a superb sound system for our Guest Speaker.  As a special treat, David created a fun retro montage of some TWIG members who submitted their Heavenly Mountain Resort photos. 
After spending a restful night at the Forest Suites Resort, our guest speaker Anja Winikka, Co-Founder of Maroo, delivered an energetic presentation, and got attendees geared up for the next generation of weddings with “How Gen Z Is Shaping The Future  Wedding World”..  Here are Two Top Tahoe Tips from Anja’s presentation:

  1. All aspects of your marketing should clearly show your “authentic self”
  2. If you aren’t using TikTok for your business already, at least set up an account
Of course, there was so much more that Anja shared with attendees, but we’re not going to give away her entire presentation – that’s the purpose of attending a TWIG meeting.  TWIG is a community of creative Lake Tahoe wedding and event professionals that values continuous life-long learning.  It’s not just a meeting, but a gathering of friends.
TWIG is most grateful to our generous and inspiring speaker, Anja Winikka.  If you would like to utilize a free payments platform that helps wedding businesses simply and seamlessly request payments from clients and get paid within one business day, Maroo can help you.  


Meeting Photos
from Kendall Price Photography

Our Super Sponsors

TWIG meetings are only possible due to the generosity of our Sponsors. We are most appreciative and grateful to the following Sponsors of our meeting on Tuesday, August 16: 

Venue and Catering Sponsor
Adriann Kremer
Associate Director of Sales, Lake Tahoe Region


Lake Tahoe serves as a stunning backdrop for both the ceremony and reception at Heavenly's Lakeview Lodge, aptly named for its unfiltered views.  A mile-long, scenic ascent via the Aerial Tram brings guests to 8,200 feet and the dual-purpose venue.

Speaker Accommodations Sponsor
Alesha Newman
Director of Sales


Just steps from the Heavenly Village and Nevada Casinos, and a few short blocks from the crystal clear waters of Lake Tahoe, Forest Suites Resort offers the ideal South Lake Tahoe accommodations.  Forest Suites Resort also specializes in intimate weddings for groups of up to 50 people.

Audio-Visual Sponsor
David Van Enger


Music In Motion is one of the most reliable, trendsetting DJ/MC/VJ services in Northern California and Northern Nevada.  Since 1987, they have been in the business of “Helping Couples Create Their Lifetime Memories.”  David now provides numerous atmospheres -- enhanced lighting choices along with the most creative video presentations, including numerous screen and LED wall options.  

Floral Sponsor
Gina Lett Shrewsberry


Inspirations by Gina (IBG) is a full-service floral design company based in Sacramento.  IBG has been featured in national and local publications and blogs such as Munaluchi BridalReal Weddings Magazine, as well as making numerous TV appearances on Good Day Sacramento and Channel 58. IBG strongly believes that "Flowers and special occasions are meant to bring joy to a chaotic world we live in.”

Music Sponsor
Milton Merlos


Now offering Live Music and Pro DJ Services, Milton Merlos Productions is an entertainment service based in the Reno / Tahoe area. Specializing in Spanish flamenco guitar, Milton’s repertoire includes everything from traditional, classic wedding songs to popular romantic favorites. Providing a wide variety of musical ensembles and services, Milton Merlos Productions brings quality, artistry, and uniqueness to every wedding and private event.

Photography Sponsor
Kendall Price


Kendall Price is an award-winning photographer specializing in portrait and wedding photography in the Reno-Lake Tahoe area.  Inspired by connection and exuberance for life, Kendall strives to capture those fleeting moments that show the essence of who each couple is while also showcasing their love.

Linen Sponsor
Julie Nobis
Director of Business Development


Creative Coverings strives to provide couture fabrics in innovative and fashion-forward designs for weddings and special events. Their extensive line of colors and fabrics will suit any occasion and they are continually adding new styles, colors, and sizes to their linen rental collection.
New TWIG Members
TWIG would like to welcome and thank our new Members
for joining the TWIG community.


Rom Marcucci

Sierra Lighting

Sierra Lighting is a full service wedding lighting company, with teams based in Truckee, South Lake Tahoe and Reno.  Their goal is to help couples create elegant and immersive experiences that their guests will never forget.
If you are not already a TWIG member, we invite you to join us by submitting a Membership Application.  Your annual membership fees will cover 4 networking and educational meetings, and in addition, you will be featured in a profile with images on our website, Tahoe Engaged, which will showcase your talents to couples planning a wedding in the Lake Tahoe area.
TWIG Member Nuptial News
Brett Fox, CPCE recently was promoted at the Resort at Squaw Creek to the position of Senior Event Sales Manager.  In addition, Brett received an award for being their "Leader of the 2nd Quarter."  Brett has been a valuable member of TWIG's Advisory Board for several years, so we know that these honors are well deserved!

Harpist Anne Roos is delighted to announce that her new, full-length album "A Winter’s Dance”, is now available for sale as a digital download and as a physical CD.  Anne teams up with flutist David Blonski to blend their creative musical talents together in this newest addition to Anne’s Celtica Recordings label.
A celebration of the album's release took place on August 20 at the Tanglewood Recording Studio in Reno, featuring a live performance from Anne and David. 
Luna Belle Beauty is bigger than ever before, with an expanded team of over 30 artists and more than 170 booked events for 2022 and counting!  Their team is constantly training to keep up with the latest techniques and styles in the beauty industry. 

Sierra Lighting is currently hiring for multiple positions!  They are looking for a full-time Warehouse Manager, a part-time Administrator, and Lighting Technicians.  Recently, Sierra Lighting proudly supported The Children's Cabinet and Tahoe Food Hub with beautiful displays for their fundraising galas!  They also just won an award for "Decorator of the Year" in the western U.S. at the Elevate Lighting Convention.

Mark Your Calendar for the Next TWIG Meeting

Tuesday, October 4, 2022
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