Chelsea and Jake | — Vesta Irene —

Chelsea and Jake


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Chelsea was one of Amanda’s bridesmaids and Jake was one of Shawn’s groomsmen and like Shawn and Amanda, Jake and Chelsea got married in Fernley, a city we’re going more and more fond of.

Fernley is a small town about an hour’s drive east of Reno on Highway 80. If you’ve ever driven on 80, going either east or west, you might’ve stopped for gas at the Love’s truck stop and not even known there was a town of very friendly people living there.


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I say very friendly, because we’ve photographed three weddings in Fernley and every one of them was peopled with guests who were as welcoming as you’d find at a family reunion. It seems if you spend just five minutes with Ferleyites (is that a word) you’re like long lost family.


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We first met Chelsea when we were working the wedding show at the Reno Sparks Convention Center. She and Amanda were looking for a photographer, among other things, and we got along very well. We did her engagement shoot at San Rafael Park and another shoot with her and Jake out at Fernley. That was a shoot out in the  middle of nowhere, with an abandoned wooden home which must’ve been at least a hundred years old. Those photos came out great.


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We think it’s important for a bride to get to know her photographer and to like him or her as people as well and to be both familiar with and like their work, because, after all, she’s going to be spending a good part of her wedding day with them. We got to know Jake and Chelsea very well before their wedding and it made it so much easier for us and them on Chelsea’s special day.


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Plus, oftentimes, a photographer has to move the wedding along, especially during the posed photos after the wedding. This is especially so if the bride doesn’t have a wedding coordinator and so many don’t these days. And it’s easier to do that if the bride and groom trust their photographer.


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One thing Chelsea wanted to know right off the bat was how many photographs was she going to get. We told her we usually deliver about a thousand. Of course, the next thing on her mind was the time frame and we told her about seven to ten days.


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We’ve heard of some photographers who take months to deliver their wedding photos. That’s months too long. No photographer should take longer than a month and that’s what we told Chelsea and she nodded her head in approval, giving us the distinct impression that if we’d’ve told her two or three months, that she’d’ve been getting different photographers.


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On her wedding day, we followed her directions to the happy couple’s new home, where she and her bridesmaids got ready and you can see some of those photos below. Our favorite of this series is the one where she’s kissing her gorgeous dog, before she leaves with Amanda to meet and marry the man of her dreams.


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Vesta Irene Wedding and Portrait Photography, 1250 Ralston Street, Reno, NV 89503 
Phone: 775 393-9529