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June 2022 Newsletter

When most people think of Palisades Tahoe, they think snow, since the Winter Olympics in 1960 made this a world-renowned destination for skiing.  However, on the longest day of the year - the June 21st summer solstice - Olympic Valley was lush green with sunny blue skies.  In other words, it was a perfect day for a TWIG meeting.
35 of Lake Tahoe’s premier wedding professionals gathered at the Palisades Tahoe aerial tram lobby, excited to take the ride to High Camp.  Not all attendees were veteran skiers, some were taking the tram for the first time, so there was a little hand-holding while the tram made its way up the mountain. Now that’s networking at its peak!
Arriving together in great spirits on top at High Camp, attendees were welcomed by a guitarist from Michelle Erskine Entertainment, who provided good vibes with a mix of Latin guitar, Americana and classic rock.  Music is universal and brings out the best in ourselves and others especially at joyous celebrations such as the first day of summer.
Details, details, details - as wedding professionals, we can’t get enough!  Julie Nobis, couture table designer from Creative Coverings, showcased their new Blue & White Bloom linens along with accents of Mustard Dupioni.   To top off the linens, the effervescent, creative floral designer Annie Hull with Ash + Lilly embellished the color palette with bursting tints and shades of orange, red, pink and peach in brass compotes.  Everything was coming up roses, peonies, gerbera daisies and more.   On the Upper Deck, Annie created a floral arch set against the breathtaking views of the surrounding Sierra mountains - the perfect setting for any ceremony!
The food was amazing with Jenna Western and her team at Palisades Tahoe reaching a new pinnacle.   Attendees were treated to a Mimosa Bar with assorted fresh juices and garnished fruits.  The brunch buffet was bountiful and included a Lox Bar with Everything Bagels; Spinach, Tomato, Asparagus, Gruyere Frittata; Rosemary Roasted Potatoes; Grand Marnier French Toast with Berries and Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream.  Our kudos to the amazing culinary team for their exemplary service and flawless execution! 
Lesley Marcacci with Marcacci Blu Photography captured every delicious moment of the morning… from members exchanging ideas to others enjoying the friendships that the TWIG wedding community fosters.
Attendees were then invited into the Terrace Room at High Camp, with its sweeping views of Lake Tahoe and the green meadows below.  Sawyer with Moonlight Mobile DJ emceed the meeting as Sponsors were introduced.  
Then it was time for amazing international speaker Donna Hartley to take center stage, as she presented Fire Up Your Life! The Power of Inner Leadership.  Donna led the group through a Balance Wheel exercise where they evaluated themselves in eight areas of their lives.  It was an opportunity for self-reflection and continuous improvement, as the more balanced you are the more productive and happier you are as a person.   
Here are a few of Donna’s golden nuggets:

  • Adjust your attitude every day
  • Make room in your life for change
  • Action creates attraction
  • Develop and trust your intuition

Donna Hartley transforms lives and electrifies her audiences worldwide with her storytelling of real life experiences. She is a master speaker, an intuitive mentor and available to help you!  And Donna is a local Tahoe resident!  For more information on her speaking engagements, her masterclass or her Lake Tahoe Women’s Retreat, please visit


Comments from Attendees

“Donna’s presentation was so inspiring, engaging, emotional at times with great take-aways.”
- Gina Lett Shrewsberry, Inspirations by Gina

"I loved the speaker! Food was great." 
- Tracy Schroeder, McClain's Mobile DJ

"The community here is so valued."   
- Gregory Brown, Olympic Valley Chapel

"I'm so happy to have connected.  Donna made me cry and was incredibly motivating."
- Holly Shankland, Holly Shankland Photography


Meeting Photos
from Marcacci Blu 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, June 21: 

Venue and Catering Sponsor
Jenna Western
Sales Manager


Palisades Tahoe offers a variety of unique event and meeting space options that highlight views of the surrounding mountain environment and the iconic Lake Tahoe. This resort is a year-round location perfect for adventure, convenience, beauty and celebration. Let the team of Palisades Tahoe take care of your catering services, lodging, transportation, and weekend activities to help you maximize a weekend of memories with your loved ones. Create your love adventure at Palisades Tahoe!

Floral Design Sponsor
Annie Hull


Ash + Lily Floral Design is a boutique floral studio serving Lake Tahoe, Truckee, and other destinations in Northern California and beyond.  Specializing in weddings and special events.

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.

Music Sponsor
Michelle Erskine


Michelle Erskine Entertainment supports and encourages creative local talent.  From solo acoustic guitar to dancers, DJ’s, live theater and aerial performances to larger bands, Michelle Erskine Entertainment provides all types of entertainment to meet their client’s event needs.  Musical genres include Latin, Mediterranean, classic rock, Motown, country, Americana/folk, blues, jazz, funk and other traditional world beats.

Photography Sponsor
Lesley Marcacci


Lesley Marcacci is a born and raised Tahoe Local who has been shooting weddings and portraits over the past 17 years. Lesley has enjoyed shooting destination weddings across the United States, but finds something special with shooting weddings in her hometown. You can view her work at or follow her adventures on Instagram as @truckee.tahoe.photographer.
New TWIG Members
TWIG would like to welcome and thank our new Members
for joining the TWIG community.


Vivienne Sommer
Events Manager / Director of Marketing


Mirada is a lakefront restaurant in Tahoe City with three different venues available to host weddings, rehearsal dinners, parties, banquets and other events.
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 beautiful website, Tahoe Engaged, which will showcase your talents to couples planning a wedding in the Lake Tahoe area.
TWIG Member Nuptial News
Harpist Anne Roos is thrilled to announce her new, full-length album "A Winter’s Dance”, available for pre-sale as a digital download and as a physical CD until its official commercial release on August 19th!  Anne teams up with flutist David Blonski to blend their creative musical talents together in this newest addition to Anne’s Celtica Recordings label.  Enjoy 65 minutes of Anne and David’s distinctive instrumental arrangements—15 tracks in all, enclosed in a unique watercolor artwork package designed by Shel Moore.
Congrats to Jenna Western, Sales Manager, and her Palisades Tahoe team for a recent wedding that is being featured in Real Weddings magazine, as well as on the Real Weddings website.

Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming TWIG Meetings
Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

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