Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Adorable intimate schoolhouse wedding

As everyone in Reno Tahoe knows, the weather can be unpredictable. So when Sarah and Tony inquired about an April wedding in Reno where all guests would be driving in from CA, we were a bit timid. The date, April 22nd, was non negotiable. It was the date that Tony's grandparents were married in Reno 70 years earlier. We booked the indoor wedding venues and prepared the couple and guests for a potentially cool and blustery winter wedding. But as the day approached the weather became more beautiful. We were all amazed when winter parted for a couple weeks and provided us with a warm April wedding day. The groom and his attendants were actually hot in their traditional garb, while the rest of us were comfortable.

We found a perfect location for the intimate 20 person wedding ceremony. The historic Huffaker School was built in 1867 and relocated to it's current resting place at Bartley Ranch Park in the 1990s. The beautiful old building is full of character with its' original desks, books, and blackboards. The bride, Sarah, is also a teacher, so we knew this was the right place.

Bartley Ranch has a ton of beautiful photo locations and Jessi LeMay Photography used them all to her advantage creating some amazing shots.

The brunch reception took place at The Wild River Grille on the banks of the Truckee River near downtown Reno.

Outside historic Huffaker School in Reno, NV
Outside the historic Huffaker School built in 1867
wedding bag piper
Sean from Tahoe Bagpiper
Historic Huffaker School House Reno
Historic Reno Wedding inside school house
Wedding ceremony inside Huffaker School with guest seated at antique school desks
Wedding ceremony memorial
Tony's grandparents were present at the ceremony in spirit with their photos and keepsakes
historic reno wedding location
Tony pins a heirloom tartan on his new bride
Inside the histori Huffaker School from 1876
Little ones enjoyed the chalkboards
The little ones definitely enjoyed the chalkboards
Inside the historic Huffaker School in Reno, NV
A couple and their beloved car
Covered bridge at Bartley Ranch Park
historical reno wedding venue

Reno covered bridge at Bartley Ranch
Old building at Bartley Ranch Park in Reno

Cool Reno Mural Photo Background

Wedding couple and their classic car

Reno Courthouse wedding photo
Outside the Reno Courthouse
Chalkboard place card
Tiny chalkboards marked the bride and groom's seats
Yellow wedding cake

Sword cake cutting
Sword cake cutting; not as easy as it sounds
Personalized Wine wedding favors
Each guest took home a bottle of wine personalized to their tastes.
Yellow and white bridal bouquet

wedding ring photo

Comemorate and recognize passed family members
Tony's grandparents memorial table at the reception including grandfathers military uniform, grandmothers brooch and earrings and their wedding invite from 70s years ago to the day.
Alternative postcard guest book
Each guest filled out a Reno postcard with well wishes that we dropped in the mail that day so the couple could receive them when the got home.

Special thanks to Sarah and Tony for letting us be part of your special day and Jessi LeMay Photography for the beautiful photos!

Additional Links
Huffaker School Info
Bartley Ranch Park 
The Wild River Grille
Jessi LeMay Photography
Future Dreams Officiant
Tahoe Bagpiper
Take the Cake Event Planning

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