Mariah had proverbial butterflies in her stomach as her Limo approached the lush and rustic front gate of Sierra Water Gardens, located west of downtown Reno. This quaint nursery, featured for their succulents and beautiful ponds in Sunset Magazine was a perfect backdrop for Mariah, who wanted a bit of greenery in her otherwise urban wedding day. Mariah walked past an array of small glass orbs filled to the brim with delicate air plants nestled in the rustic outdoor greenhouses. She smoothed the hem of her Nicholl Miller gown that she had chosen from Swoon… A Bridal Salon. Glancing at her bouquet of soft pinks, deep purples and magentas created by Amy’s Flowers, she made her way along the rock pathway to her groom staged by their photographer, Johnstone Studios, for their first look. She gently kissed Barron on the cheek, and the look on his face as he saw her in her wedding gown for the first time nearly took her breath away. Barron’s eyes lit up at the sight of her, and the moment was nothing short of magical.
From the Bride, Mariah… “We met during the St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl in downtown Reno at Imperial Bar, a local hangout and stop on the crawl. Barron was out with his best man and I was out with a couple friends. It was truly magical and nothing short of like at first sight. We met up a few days later, and just knew we would be together forever.”
“Barron proposed at Fraiser Flats, near Twain Harte, CA, on the 4th of July 2015 with all my favorite people around – my parents, my aunt Terry, my brother and his girlfriend Rachell (one of my bridesmaids), and my optometry school friend Stephanie (my maid of honor). He coordinated with my mom to use a family ring, given to my mom by her aunt Marie. It was made in the 1940’s and has a simple, classic design. After a few hours of floating and water-fights, Barron walked me up the river and knelt down in the river and asked me to marry him.”
After their first look, the bride and groom had coordinated to have their wedding party photos at the University of Nevada, Reno campus against the impressive backdrop of the aged brick and large oaks. UNR is the alma mater of the groom Barron, and holds a special place in his heart. Mariah’s bridesmaids were decked in berry Weddington Way knee-length silk gowns – each featuring a different neckline to flatter the individual woman. The bridal party’s hair was perfectly done by the experts at the Reno Blow Dry Bar, their soft curls flowing down their backs. The groomsmen looked dapper in their varied suits and purple ties, but the groom stunned in his Indocino suit with custom cufflinks. Mariah had gifted him the set, one the classic Reno “R” from the original Reno Arch, and the other the state of Nevada with a demarcation on the point where Reno is located.
Mariah and Barron knew that they wanted their wedding to be anything but ordinary, and from the second they saw downtown Reno’s The Nevada Museum of Art they knew that they had found their ideal venue. Nisha Hallert, the dedicated on-site coordinator at the museum’s newly designed wedding venue, the Skyroom, had been invaluable in coordinating the day. The spacious room was elegant and clean, and the pops of berry on the runners from Creative Coverings and centerpieces added warmth to the otherwise metallic and black palette. Cindy of the Eldorado Bakery had exceeded their expectations and created the most stunning cupcakes in lieu of a traditional cake, and they looked delicious and inviting placed atop a black silk backdrop. In baskets around the room sat small bracelets, as the bride explained to her party “We bought blinking glow bracelets that go to the beat of the music that we hope everyone will enjoy on the dance floor later in the night.”
The ceremony was held outside on the Skyroom deck of the Nevada Museum of Art, and the city and Sierra Nevada Mountains served as a backdrop to the ceremony site. The tall glass features and metalwork added to the airy feel of this unique space, and the sage-scented breeze swept through the guests and rustled the dresses of the bridesmaids. Mariah walked down the aisle to the crooning of Tyler Stafford Music. The ceremony was short and sweet, and before long Barron was sporting his simple platinum band, and the bride her elegant diamond encrusted ring. Barron dipped Mariah for their first kiss as husband and wife, in true dramatic fashion. The couple made their way down the aisle, and after a few photos with their loved ones made the most of the breathtaking features of the Nevada Museum of Art for bridal photos, including near their favorite art installation. They were excited to capture these unique photographs with Johnstone Studios.
Inside, the party was already heating up. DJ DoWell Events was bumping music that had the crowd on their feet, and the venue’s own caterer Mark Estes from Chez Louie, had created dishes that had mouths watering. The guests danced long after dark, their glowing bracelets flashing as the berry and pink lighting illuminated the dance floor. The happy couple wanted to keep the after party going, so they headed out to Midtown Reno to 1864 Tavern, where they ate pizza and drank old fashioned cocktails – a fun and casual way to end an otherwise elegant day.