Intimate wedding inspiration at lake cascade

An intimate gathering of close friends and family at a rented home on the shores of Lake Cascade in Donnelly, Idaho...

Driving through the quaint small town of Donnelly to get to the shore of Lake Cascade, you'll pass fish and tackle stores, ski shops, and a small coffee shop. Donnelly is about 85 miles north of Boise with a drive so beautiful it goes by in no time. The highway runs next to the white water of the Payette River and in the summer you can spot rafters enjoying the rapids down the river. There are loads of beautiful cabins to rent on the shores of Lake Cascade, but make sure with your host before you book that their house or venue is able to accommodate your guest number and their spot on the beach is approved for ceremonies. This particular cabin was situated directly across the lake from Tamarack, you can even see the chair lifts on the opposite shore.

Some tips on getting married at this location: It can get really windy on the shore near the water, so be careful with your veil if you have one. The glare that comes off the lake is really powerful mid-day, so take that into consideration when you're planning where the guest seating will go (or maybe remind the guests to bring sunglasses). Photography in the mountains means that sunset isn't the go-to time for portraits because depending on where you are, the sunset is blocked. The spot here on the lake had the sun setting directly behind the mountain, so the bride and groom chose a different time for portraits than my typically recommended time of sunset.

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