Lake Tahoe Wedding: Kena & Janara
Kena & Janara married at a private ceremony at Shore House, at Lake Tahoe, CA, on Nov. 20, 2013. They chose the location because Kena had always wanted to visit Lake Tahoe. The two women lived in Colorado Springs at the time, and they promised their friends and family they’d later have a wedding celebration that everyone could attend.
They kept their word, and threw a party in Asheville, NC, in May 2014. The Tahoe wedding was everything they wanted. Janara loves being by water, so a lakeside wedding was perfect. It rained during the day, but the clouds broke just as their ceremony began. Janara – who wore a wedding gown – loves country music, and Kena surprised her with a pair of new cowboy boots. Since November is not high season at Tahoe, the brides had the B&B to themselves for two nights. The owner, who was also their officiant, treated them to wine every night, and breakfast in bed the day after the wedding. Kena serves in the military, and she was stationed in Texas shortly after the wedding, so the brides moved into a new home as newlyweds.
They originally met in Tennessee, when Kena was stationed there, through a mutual friend. “I emailed a bunch of friends of my friend, and Janara was the only one who wrote back,” Kena said. It seems the two women have always been on the same wavelength. They both bought engagement rings secretly. When Kena proposed late one night during a camping trip, Janara didn’t reveal that she’d already bought a ring. “I had bought her a ring three months before. She had no idea. I was holding it, I wanted her to have the chance to do it first,” Janara said. Shortly after, she took Kena to dinner and proposed.
Denise Oliveira is a Brooklyn-based writer. She has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York City and is the founder of Prequels, where she interviews engaged couples to create wedding invitations and favors that incorporate their love story.