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‘Something Blue’ for brides-to-be

Susanne Haala
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Adam Jensen / Tahoe Daily TribuneSouth Shore resident Sarah Gore prepares one of her custom wedding dresses Thursday for the "Something Blue" Lake Tahoe Bridal Show at Horizon Casino Resort. The show starts at 11 a.m. Sunday.
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Tahoe’s newcomer designer Sarah Gore added a ribbon to the waist of a wedding dress Thursday, one of many details she was finalizing on outfits and dresses for her label, Sarah Renee, in preparation for Sunday’s “Something Blue” bridal show at Horizon Casino Resort.

“For my wedding dresses I only use raw silk,” Gore said while attaching one of the small details on one of her custom-made dresses.

Gore will present some of her white wedding masterpieces, as well as one blue dress, at “Something Blue,” South Lake Tahoe Wedding & Honeymoon Association’s second annual bridal fair.

In her fashion shows, which will take place at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the Horizon Ballroom, Gore will present 26 different outfits, including six wedding dresses that she has been working on intensely for the past two weeks.

Her collection also includes outfits for bachelorette parties and engagement dinner dresses. Gore characterizes her creations as very feminine and classy.

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“I like to do custom work a lot,” she said.

Her custom-made wedding dresses start at $1,000 depending on details and the time it takes for her to create them.

The 31-year-old designer, who grew up in Zephyr Cove-Round Hill Village, attended South Tahoe High School and later graduated from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles. She then moved around to places including Hawaii, Newport or St. Martin to gain experience and inspiration.

“I showed Sarah how to sew when she was a kid, but she really got into it since high school,” said her mother, Grace Gore, owner of the wedding cake store “Cakes by Grace” and SLTWHA treasurer.

Grace Gore organizes the bridal fair with the board members of SLTWHA, but will also offer samples of her cakes during the event.

“The Lake Tahoe area is the perfect family vacation place,” SLTWHA Vice President and Sierra Weddings LLC owner Lori Cramer said. “Besides the beautiful location, the area also offers a variety of activities for guests.”

Sue Novasel, owner of Tahoe Dream Events, a full-service wedding and event coordination company located in South Lake Tahoe, and SLTWHA tradeshow director Stephanie K. Smith said that the members of the home-grown group have promoted and sponsored the event.

The 10-member board, which consists of deejays, event coordinators, lodgers and confectioners, have been organizing the show at the Horizon since January.

“The biggest raffle prizes will be gift certificates for the Lake Tahoe Golf Course, a free four-night stay at The Pine Cone Resort in Zephyr Cove, one of three choices of a Sarah Renee outfit or a wedding cake from ‘Cakes by Grace,'” Smith said.

A raffle, a free bag for the bride with a charming wedding ring attachment for business cards and free champaigne during the fair are just a few of the many treats at “Something Blue.”

“There will be even a ‘man-cave area’ where male visitors can watch basketball during the show,” Gore said.

SLTWHA started in 1993 with just a handful members and today involves 40 local vendors with 110 active members who present their local wedding businesses at the bridal show.

“Something Blue” will begin Sunday at 11 a.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Horizon Resort and Casino at 775-588-6211 or visit tahoeweddings.org.

Tickets cost $10 with pre-registration or $12 at the door.


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