Mari and Tom: Summer Wedding in Bear Valley, California

It’s hard to find words that do justice to Mari and Tom’s incredible wedding weekend! With their shared love of adventure, Bear Valley, nestled high in the Sierra Nevadas, was the perfect location for their ceremony and celebration.

The groomsmen and some guests headed off for a quick hike first thing Saturday morning, while the girls began their wedding day preparation. Mari and Tom reconvened for their first look at one of their favorite overlooks near the lodge, among the towering pines and massive boulders, before meeting up with the rest of the wedding party.

For weeks, wildfires had been ravaging different sections of California, including areas not far from Bear Valley. The day before the wedding, you could barely even see the nearest mountains because the smoke was so dense, and we were all a bit concerned about how it would end up impacting the wedding day. Fate was on our side, however, and when we showed up to the ceremony site it was the clearest view we’d had for days!

The rest of the day was filled with so much happiness- a delicious dinner, great speeches, and endless dancing. Friends and family even gathered the next morning for brunch by one of the gorgeous lakes nearby!

Mari and Tom, we couldn’t be happier for the two of you. You are both SO kind, considerate, and talented. We absolutely loved adventuring out to you for your celebration, and wish you all the best in all your future endeavors.


Venue: Bear Valley Lodge

Hair: Heather Rose Hair Design

Makeup: Natasha Albrecht

Dress: Allure

Menswear: Generation Tux

Flowers: DIY, supplied by Blooms & Things

Cake and Desserts: Olivia Roseberry