Cars were slowly starting to snake up the long and winding road leading to Hidden Valley from Reno – wedding day vendors arriving at the pinnacle of the hill, and descending into the lush green of the valley. Sheltered by handfuls of wide-spreading oaks, Lindsey’s bridal preparation room at the Hidden Valley Country Club was dappled by the sunlight spattering the expansive lawn. Her ethereal, sheer lace dress hung elegantly in a window, small rays of light illuminating the delicately beaded belt. She nostalgically reminisced of that fateful day in the Reno David’s Bridal when she said yes to the dress’s lace capped sleeves and keyhole back. Her bridesmaids gathered around as Bailey Hanna gently back-combed and curled her hair in to the perfect coif, accented with a floral arrangement gemstone encrusted broach. Meanwhile Jessica Hodges was putting the finishing touches on the ladies’ makeup before packing up her brushes and palettes of color. Atop a small table sat her bouquet of blush and peach roses, dusty green succulents, sprigs of baby’s breath and salal greens – artfully crafted by Candlelight and Roses.
From the bride: “Kevin and I met at 210 North. It took him a year to convince me to go out with him. We knew who each other was because he was a linebacker for Nevada and I cheered but we had not officially met until a club!
Kevin and I go to Shell Beach, CA as often as we can. Kevin’s family has a condo there so it is our getaway place. We were there for a getaway after Christmas. On December 30th we started our day with a long hike at Morro Bay in the morning. We had a relaxing rest of the day and decided that we would go watch the sunset at the end of the street, which overlooks the ocean. Kevin was VERY adamant about getting to the bench for sunset and checked the time of sunset about 20 times. I couldn’t believe how beautiful the view was and kept taking photos of the sunset. When I finally stopped I looked over and Kevin had the ring in his hand a huge nervous smile on his face. The scenery went blurry and I couldn’t comprehend what was taking place. He had to ask me 3 times but it finally sank in what was happening and I said “yes”! It was the most beautiful moment in the most beautiful place.”
Meanwhile, Kevin and his groomsmen were gathered near a makeshift bar, long since dressed in their Men’s Wearhouse charcoal suits and black ties, engaged in some light-humored pre-nuptial conversation. The men soon escorted their groom across the long, bright walkway leading to the outskirts of the Hidden Valley Country Club, leaving him to meet his bride. The groom stood in anticipation of his first look at Lindsey; dressed, he knew, to the nines. After what felt like ages, the Reno sun beating down from above and causing small beads of perspiration to form along his hairline, he felt a gentle tap on his arm. He turned and stammered, at a complete loss for words as the love of his life radiated poise and joy beside him. Once the initial shock had subsided, the two were able to exchange some flirtatious banter before heading closer to the ceremony space.
Never one to miss an opportunity for memorable moments, Lindsey had organized a First Look with the first man in her life – her father. He stood at the ready, at the end of a long hedge of lavender and golden grasses blowing the early autumn breeze. Lindsey tiptoed towards her dad, a giddy and girlish grin on her face. Her father’s reaction was nothing short of priceless, his eyes watering with emotion as the two shared a heartfelt embrace.
Before the ceremony, Lindsey and her bridesmaids gathered for one final toast before Ms. Lindsey became Mrs. Lindsey. The group shared words of love an encouragement as they polished off their gold-bottomed wine glasses. The ladies oozed romance in their soft and flowing dressed in varying shades of blush, quartz and rose.
Carla Hayes, Hidden Valley’s on-site coordinator, had worked tirelessly to ensure the ceremony space would perfectly embody Lindsey’s romantic, soft vision. White chairs tied with pink ribbons blowing in the breeze and round floral arrangements of soft pastels lined the aisle leading to the arch. The four-pillared chuppah was elegantly draped in white flowing fabric, corners overflowing with bursts of fluffy roses. Soon the wedding was underway; friends and family gathered under the setting October sun. The couple exchanged their Rogers Jewelry rings under the patient eye of their officiant, the diamonds of Lindsey’s rings glinting in stark contrast to the ebony of Kevin’s band.
After the ceremony the wedding party stole away to the pond, now a glimmering sheet of gold under the setting Sierra sun. The photographers of Johnstone Studios were able to capture the traditional and the quirky personalities embodied by this group of friends. The bridesmaids and groomsmen were dismissed as Lindsey and Kevin held back, taking a few quick snaps together before returning to the party being held in honor of their union.
The reception space was positively dreamy, draped in soft pastel fabrics courtesy of Creative Coverings and Red Carpet Events and Designs. Rose gold sparkles abounded, covering centerpieces, décor and even the cake. Isabel’s Bakery had artfully crafted a multi-tiered masterpiece, combining the subtlety of cream fondant with accents of blush frosting in small rose bud patterns, accented with ribbons and rhinestones. Tall glass vases topped with flowers and dripping with crystals sat atop the ivory tables with rose settings. Small DIY elements were spread around the room, including framed chalkboard signs and “Pilot” and “Copilot” (a nod to Kevin’s background in aviation) signs hung on the backs of the couple’s chairs.
The reception dinner soon turned in to a party, DJ Brian Wilson supplying the beats for the fun festivities of the night: first dances, cake cutting, bouquet and garter toss… this wedding put their own fun spin on these timeless wedding traditions. The long-time lovebirds and their family and friends danced the night away as the golden light turned to periwinkle, stars appearing like pinholes in the sky.