The West Shore Cafe & Inn is one of Lake Tahoe’s best wedding venues. As a Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer who photographs weddings at a wide variety of Lake Tahoe wedding venues, I say this for many reasons, but I’ll highlight just FIVE reasons why it’s so great. It’s my end-of-2016 spotlight!
One: Location & Convenience
West Shore Cafe is located in Homewood and therefore is in one of the quieter parts of the lake. Think less traffic (foot and vehicle). There is also a long pier that leads out to an amazing view of Lake Tahoe. Not only can you see the lake from the deck or pier, West Shore Cafe has large floor-to-ceiling windows so you can enjoy that view from inside the building, too.
In addition, there is a BEAUTIFUL bridal prep room on the second floor with, again, sweeping views of Lake Tahoe. It’s an amazing space. You can also stay in the lodging next door, which is luxurious and beautiful, to make it an easy walk to and from your wedding venue for yourselves and wedding party, too.
If the combination of lush greenery, stunning lake views, ample dock areas, elegant indoor space and lovely architecture isn’t enough, you also have a vast rocky shoreline on top of it!
If you book your wedding at West Shore Cafe, you really don’t need to travel anywhere else for photo purposes.
Alongside the lovely Tahoe views, the private lakefront dining room itself provides a really great atmosphere. The open restaurant area is hung with chandeliers (which are almost haunting – in a cool way, I promise) and the woodwork and detail on the bar area is awesome, too. Tahoe-esque elegance is echoed all throughout the venue and I simply adore the atmosphere this building and it’s surrounding areas create.
The lakefront deck and pier also has a splendid atmosphere in which to enjoy your wedding day cocktails or dinner. The paver patio and heat lamps make it a cozy space to enjoy an afternoon or evening wedding no matter the season.
Three: Food & Drink
Oh and the food…the food!! Delicious. And beautiful. Plain and simple. But okay, to elaborate if I must, the appetizers and meals I’ve had at West Shore Cafe have been divine. And not only do they taste incredible, West Shore Cafe makes a point to make their food LOOK beautiful, too.
Your guests will definitely be impressed with the delectable appetizers, meal (and even late night snack if you so choose)!
Since I’m a wedding photographer and my job is MONUMENTALLY important, I don’t drink on a wedding day, but I can tell you that West Shore Cafe makes some really amazing-looking cocktails, which I can only assume are damn delicious.
It’s no secret that a photographer would be really interested in light! Throughout the day, the light I find at West Shore Cafe and surrounding properties is stunningly gorgeous. I adore photographing my couples in the afternoon light filtering behind the lodging and trees. I also fall in love with the sunshine out on the piers, and side-light coming through as you’re walking down the beach, too.
When the sun starts to set behind the western mountains right along the shore, the light becomes cool-toned and highlights the blueness of the lake, and West Shore Cafe pier is the perfect spot to get some great wedding day silhouettes with the sky behind you, or we can light some portraits with off-camera flash to not only highlight the sky, but highlight your beautiful faces and the joy you’re feeling in that moment, watching the lake as the sun sets on your wedding day.
Everyone I’ve worked alongside at West Shore Cafe weddings has been marvelous. Happy faces, positive attitudes and willingness to cooperate with my requests. For example, I asked a server to hold out a plate of apps so I could get a nice photo, and not only did he comply, he did so with a happy smile. AMEN! I can’t tell you how many times I ask this of servers at other venues (and catering companies) and they either refuse or have a nasty look on their face. Here, I have personally only found friendly people.
As a vendor, I’ve been treated so well at West Shore Cafe. I’ve gotten to actually sit down and really enjoy a meal there because they are so hospitable and welcoming to not only your guests, but your other wedding vendors as well.
It’s a sign of true professionalism in my book.
Interested in booking West Shore Cafe as your magnificent wedding venue in Lake Tahoe? Check out their website and contact them for more info!
Interested in checking out my work? Take a peep at my wedding portfolio and get in touch if you like what you see!
Wedding Vendors Featured Above:
Wedding Planner: Take the Cake Events
Wedding Venue: West Shore Cafe
Photographers: Jentry Dryden of Fifth and Chestnut & Kevin Sawyer (second shooter)
Hair and Makeup Stylists: SalonBe (Eryn & Katie)
Wedding Gown: Monique Lhullier from Bridal Galleria
Bridal Shoes: Betsy Johnson
Groomswear: Calvin Klein from Macy’s
Cake & Desserts: Witt’s Cakes
Florist: A Floral Affair
Fifth and Chestnut Photo Co. is a Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer team serving the greater Northern California & Northern Nevada areas. If you are searching for an experienced, talented and professional Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer, contact us and find out how our Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer team can document your day beautifully!