On Friday, April 14th, 2017, in Reno Nevada, these two lovebirds were married in a little chapel on the strip surrounded by their closest friends and loved ones. It was a whirlwind of a day, but everything came together beautifully. The afternoon was filled with celebration and so much happiness.
I originally met Yashna & Justin last spring, when I photographed their next door neighbor’s wedding. (Happy anniversary by the way, Sarah and Brandon!) Yashna and Justin stood up with the bride and groom, posed alongside their friends for bridesmaid and groomsmen portraits, and got to experience a trial run of my wedding photography services. Shortly after Sarah and Brandon’s wedding, Yashna sent me an inquiry about photographing her own upcoming wedding, and we began planning all the details.
Yashna and Justin knew that they wanted a very intimate ceremony. Deterred by the huge cost of a big wedding, and the formal traditions that were simply unimportant to these two, they began chatting about running off and eloping. I explained that in my experience as a Sacramento wedding photographer, I have found that this is a very popular option for many couples. My elopement photography packages include photo coverage of the ceremony, and posed bridal portraits at the couple’s dream location. Living in Northern California, there are so many awesome locations to pick from. The mild temperatures, beautiful nature, and sweeping ocean views make the California coast a lovely spot for a destination wedding. In addition, Wine country is another ever popular spot to elope. The breathtaking views of the rolling hills and sun-drenched vineyards of the Napa/Sonoma area make an incredible backdrop for wedding portraits. However, it was snow capped mountain views that Yashna and Justin were interested in. During our initial consultation, Yashna told me that she had dreams of posing next to her groom in the mountains surrounded by lush forest and towering redwoods. Given so many options for locations, Yashna and Justin ultimately decided on Reno because it’s considered a complete, one-stop wedding destination where the staff at the chapel look after everything you need for their Nevada Elopement. What truly swayed them to pick Reno as their elopement location was the fact that their favorite band, A Perfect Circle was playing there at 8pm, and they couldn’t think of a better way to end their special wedding day by attending the concert.
The hotel where the bride and groom stayed offered panoramic mountain views. We went up to the top of the parking garage and I had them pose for bridals with the spectacular Sierra Nevadas in the background. We also walked around the Reno strip and I had them pose under the iconic Reno arch. We snuck in a couple of snapshots next the the slot machines (when in Reno! Right???), and lastly we spent some time at a park that had some pretty scenery. Using some help from Photoshop and a digital backdrop, I had fun making sure that the bride had her mountain elopement come to life. After bridal portraits were completed, it was time to head over to the chapel so these two could get married. Wed in a simple ceremony where they promised to love and support one another for the rest of their lives, it was absolutely perfect. After the vows and rings were exchanged, everyone headed over to eat a delicious lunch at a local Thai restaurant. After the wedding cake was cut they left for the concert and I journeyed back to Sacramento, but I hear that the show was really great.