A Romantic Lakeside Wedding at Shore Lodge in McCall, Idaho

Amanda Iseri (31 and in business development) met Anish Bhasin (35 and a designer at Facebook) through friends in San Francisco. After a few dates and

Amanda Iseri (31 and in business development) met Anish Bhasin (35 and a designer at Facebook) through friends in San Francisco. After a few dates and karaoke sessions, the two were inseparable. “I knew any guy who would belt out Whitney Houston with me had to be quite special—or at least really fun,” Amanda says. For their wedding, their couple chose Shore Lodge in McCall, Idaho—a beloved childhood vacation spot for Amanda—for its bountiful beauty. “The natural landscape of McCall and Payette Lake was our main inspiration,” says Amanda, who developed an earthy blue and green palette with splashes of gold. For their ceremony overlooking Payette Lake, the two exchanged vows under a wedding arch made with sea glass, driftwood and dozens of paper cranes, a Japanese tradition honoring Amanda’s roots. At the on-site reception, the newlyweds surprised their 137 guests (Anish’s Indian relatives, in particular) with a carefully choreographed traditional bhangra dance. “My husband’s family was blown away and so excited,” says Amanda, who also made efforts to highlight local cuisine. “Everything from the decor to the menu and specialty drinks were carefully thought out to show our guests the best aspects of the locale.” This included lamb meatballs and seared halibut. “Think of it as your party with all your friends, family and loved ones from all parts of your life in the same night,” Amanda says. “Also, I highly recommend hiring a videographer for your big day. Being able to relive our special day has been really fun, plus they caught moments we weren’t able to see.” —Carolyn Meers

Paperie + Pen created the blue-and-green-hued invitation suite. "The invitations were a watercolor design in blues and greens. The invitations really inspired a lot of the wedding's design," says Amanda. "The sea-glass place cards, with each guest name in gold calligraphy, were one of our favorite elements, and guests took them home as mementos."
Amanda donned Badgley Mischka heels with her dress, adding more glamour to her look.
The bridesmaids wore slate blue dresses by Jenny Yoo and carried wildflower-inspired bouquets.
The bridesmaids wore slate blue Jenny Yoo dresses and carried wildflower-inspired bouquets.
"Our flowers were in peach, apricot, whites and greens," Amanda says. "We wanted a wild, just-picked feeling. Flowers included garden roses, white veronica, ranunculus, and greenery like smilax, seeded eucalyptus and jasmine vine."
“The natural landscape of McCall and Payette Lake was our main inspiration,” Amanda says.
"The folded paper cranes hanging behind the altar look upon the lake," Amanda says. "I’m half-Japanese, and Japanese Americans have adopted senbazuru—folding 1,000 origami paper cranes—into their wedding celebrations as a way to bestow blessings for a long, harmonious marriage."
For their ceremony overlooking Payette Lake, Amanda and Anish exchanged vows under an arch made with sea glass, driftwood and 1,000 paper cranes, a Japanese tradition honoring Amanda’s roots.
Amanda and Anish said their vows lakeside under an altar made with driftwood. "Our altar was built with driftwood, large vases in sea glass and a range of white flowers," Amanda says.
Anish's dark gray suit was made by Indochino, and Amanda's Atelier Provonias gown had a floral overlay. "It was so comfortable and a perfect fit for my style and the lakeside wedding location," Amanda says. "The lacy chest overlay and straps were subtly reminiscent of leaves and flowers."
The inside of Shore Lodge in McCall, Idaho, served as the reception space. The peach, pink and ivory centerpieces were made with garden roses, eucalyptus and smilax.
The peach, pink and ivory centerpieces were made with garden roses, eucalyptus and smilax.
"Many of our guests had never been to McCall, and some were flying in from as far as India to be with us," says Amanda, who vacationed on Payette Lake as a child. "Everything from the decor to the menu and specialty drinks were carefully thought out to show our guests the best aspects of the locale."
At the cocktail hour, guests enjoyed the lakeside views. “Our ukulele band strummed in the background as guests mingled along the lake and noshed on local eats like trout cake pops and lamb meatballs before heading to dinner," Amanda says.
Greg Marsh Designer Cakes created the couple's peach and ivory watercolor cake, which was topped with the phrase “Our adventure begins."