Happy Real Weddings Wednesdays, everyone! Put down your planners and kick your feet up so you can read all about Jenny + Mark’s Reno ceremony. Full of whimsical outdoor decor and vintage touches, this beautiful wedding is unique and full of love. Keep scrolling so you can read more about the couple, while perusing some of their stunning wedding photos, courtesy of the talented Emma Paul Photography!
Tell us a little about you and your beloved.
We met at the University of Nevada, Reno, where we both studied music and played the saxophone. After graduation, we moved to Las Vegas, N.V. We love hiking at Red Rock Canyon, so it was the perfect place for Mark to propose in May, 2020. We hiked one of our favorite trails, and on our way back, Mark got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! From the beginning, we knew that we wanted an intimate wedding, and not just because of the COVID-19 pandemic and lock-down at the time. We also knew that we wanted to have our special day in Reno so that our friends from school could attend. We researched ‘elopement’ and came across The Hytch. Jenny used to visit Sierra Water Gardens when it was an outdoor plant store, so when we saw that it was now a max 50-person wedding venue, we knew it was perfect.
What was the best part of your day?
We had an amazingly intimate and meaningful ceremony and reception with under 50 guests. It was amazing to see all of our closest friends interacting, especially those who have never met before.
What else would you like to share about your big day?
While planning, we wanted to be sure the day was authentically us. We researched vendors and a venue that would bring that personal vision to life. They were all incredibly hospitable, making the day smooth for us and our guests.
What advice would you give to our readers who are planning their weddings right now?
We felt a lot of pressure early in the planning process to have a larger wedding than what felt truly comfortable and out of financial ability. Trusting our instincts and asserting our vision for the day was challenging but really worth it. Our advice would be to be true to yourselves and the kind of wedding you want. Mix traditions and have fun with it, it’s your day!
Anything you would have done differently?
Our wedding was in 2021 just after the lock-down was lifted, and we took a weekend to travel to our destination. Regrettably, we did not take more time off around the wedding to truly enjoy the time with our closest friends.
Photos courtesy of and copyright Emma Paul Photography used with permission.
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