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Record amount of weddings over weekend

Resorts and hotels are not the only ones who prospered during the long holiday weekend.

People in the wedding business endured a fast and furious schedule, as hundreds of couples flocked to South Shore chapels to tie the knot on Valentine’s Day.

With many a billowing gown and the scent of freshly cut flowers in the air, more brides and grooms lined-up than ever before in South Lake Tahoe’s Valentine’s Day wedding history, say some wedding organizers.



In fact, so many weddings took place Sunday that a few unfortunate couples had to reschedule for Monday.

“I think a lot of it might have to do with the fact that it’s the last Valentine’s Day of the millennium,” said Jeff Kaufer, president of Lake Tahoe Wedding & Honeymoon association. “It was so busy that most of the big chapels in town needed extra help and extra venues.”




Lakefront Wedding Chapel, 3351 Lake Tahoe Blvd., was booked throughout the weekend, performing between 30 to 35 ceremonies, said Kathy Bolinger, wedding coordinator.

“It was very busy. We were doing weddings every half-hour,” Bolinger said. “And we saw people from all over the world.”

Love’s Lake Tahoe Wedding Chapel on Kingsbury Grade had a record day, with 33 weddings on Sunday alone.

“We were running both chapels, it was a lot bigger than last year for us,” said Reverend Ron Darby, Love’s owner and minister. “Anytime you do 33 weddings in a day, it’s pretty good.”

Most of the ceremonies were not spur-of-the-moment nuptials either, couples reserved their half-hour weddings at roadside chapels months before.

“About 95 percent of the weddings had been booked in advance,” Darby said. “We only had five or six walk-ins.”

Darby said most couples ranged in age between 28- to 40-years-old.

Some say the popularity of South Lake Tahoe as a wedding destination might have a lot to do with its inherent natural beauty.

“When you think about a wedding and the traditions, sentiments and superstitions that go into it, the when and where become very important,” Kaufer said. “Lake Tahoe represents the kind of place that people will remember, like you always remember your first kiss and how you asked her to marry you. Tahoe is beautiful and romantic, and it sure beats city hall.”

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