Mammoth Lakes Real Weddings: Leather and Lace on the Shore of Lake Mary

Photos by Joel St. Marie

Destination weddings are a great way to show your loved ones a place you cherish. So when Lisa and Nathan got engaged, they knew they wanted to get married in Mammoth Lakes, a place they loved to visit to go hiking, skiing and snowboarding. “We wanted it to be an excuse for a vacation for our guests,” Lisa explains.

Lisa & Nathan’s Wedding Day Vision

Lisa and Nathan wanted a small mountain wedding, and they worked as a team to make all the decisions. Integrating the outdoors and natural elements into their décor and florals was an important part of the couple’s vision. After working with local vendors to begin to bring their vision to life, Lisa and Nathan ended up choosing “leather and lace” as their unofficial wedding theme.

They decided to work with all local vendors to give their guests a taste of their love for Mammoth Lakes. “Our policy was to give our vendors some idea of what we like and let them do their thing creatively.”

They worked with Mammoth Made on invitations, which featured a terrain map of the area printed on the back, and a welcome letter for their guests, which listed all of their vendors and the uniqueness they would each bring to the wedding.

The Ceremony at Lake Mary

Lisa and Nathan had their ceremony on the shore of Lake Mary at Pokonobe Resort and General Store. Chairs were set up under the trees along the lake so the couple was framed beautifully by the lake and the mountains behind.

“We had some people who weren’t at the wedding say they thought our photos were taken in front of a backdrop because the scenery was so spectacular,” Lisa says. It had snowed the weekend before, so the mountains had a perfect dusting, which complemented the already dreamy ceremony scene.

Unique floral arrangements by Mums N’ Roses featured feathers, antlers, leathers and interesting greenery to perfectly match Lisa and Nathan’s vision. Lisa and her bridal party had their hair and makeup done by Allure Salon.

The Reception at Pokonobe Resort

The reception was right behind the ceremony site inside Pokonobe Resort and General Store. Lisa and Nathan loved the huge fireplace and beautiful lake and mountain views from the reception hall at the marina. With just 20 people in attendance, the event was a cozy and intimate way to celebrate the occasion.

Bleu Handcrafted Foods catered dinner with beer and wine pairings. Dessert’D Organic Bake Shop did a full dessert bar with macaroons, gummy bears and a simple German chocolate cake. DJ Channa De Silva of Wedding Jukebox kept the party going with inspiration from a Spotify playlist Lisa had sent.

Being right by Lake Mary, the bride and groom were able to easily slip out for a few sunset wedding photos along the water. Joel St. Marie was the perfect photographer to capture the day. “We had him tell us where to go for photos and what to do,” says Lisa. “He had me barefoot on some rocks in my wedding dress after the ceremony and I happily obliged.”

Mammoth Lakes Wedding Memories

A big part of Lisa and Nathan’s wedding day was their dog, Tracer. He was a part of the entire day and even wore a dog tuxedo. Tracer passed away a year after the wedding, so it was even more special for Lisa and Nathan to have him there.

Taking care of their guests was also a priority for Lisa and Nathan. The couple left a welcome package—a custom mug, a mini bottle of champagne, a welcome guide, and high altitude essentials like chapstick and Advil—in each guest’s room at The Westin Monache Resort.

“I wanted a way to personally thank everyone for taking the time to come to our wedding and encourage them to explore all that Mammoth Lakes has to offer,” Lisa says.

Green Fox Events & Guest Services handled all the coordination and planning for Lisa and Nathan’s wedding.

“Unless you’re fully devoted to planning, it’s a pain to deal with or think about logistics the day of,” Lisa says. “You’re already spending a ton on everything else. Spend a bit more to be able to enjoy yourself and know it’s all taken care of. The pool of talent in the area is amazing—you’ll be in good hands.”

Jessica Kennedy

Jessica Kennedy moved to California's Sierra Nevada mountains in 2014 for three months. Years later, she still hasn't had enough. After a year living in Yosemite National Park, she moved to Mammoth Lakes for the summers but fell in love with every season. When she's not doing freelance writing and marketing, she's getting up close…

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