Dionne and Will | — Vesta Irene —

Dionne and Will


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Dionne and Will got married at David Walley’s Hot Springs, official name, 1862 David Walley’s Resort. I suppose because the place was founded, discovered or started in 1862. I don’t know what it was like then, but it’s a darned good wedding venue today.

It’s about an hour from Reno and twenty-five minutes or so from Carson City by car, so if you’re looking at it as a venue, your guests won’t have far to go. They have a bar and a restaurant on site as well as a salon and plenty of hot springs and a place for the bride to change if she’s not staying at the hotel.

Dionne and Will booked a couple rooms, because as tradition dictates, the groom wasn’t going to see his bride until she walked down the aisle. So they didn’t use the very nice room the have set aside for brides to get ready.

We spent a couple hours with Dionne and her bridesmaids as she was getting ready. Bride willing, we’ll take oodles of photos as she and her girls get their hair and makeup done. Getting ready, we think anyway, is a very important part of a bride’s special day and we try to document it all.


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Dionne had her friend, who is a professional hair stylist, do her hair and though it took awhile, you can see by the photos, that it was worth every second she had to spend in that chair.


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Charlie, the handsome horse, who was to pull her carriage arrived early, so we took a break from the hair styling and took his picture, because he is, after all, a handsome horse.


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From there Will and I went to his room, where he and his groomsmen got ready. Unlike, when a bride and her bridesmaids prepared for the a wedding, the groom and his men can usually do in in a matter of minutes and Will and his crew were no exception. In almost nothing flat, they were in their wedding duds, out the door and heading toward the ceremony site.


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And I went next door and joined Vesta, the bridesmaids and, of course, Dionne. Because I wanted to get as many photos as we could of Dionne getting into that lovely dress.


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And it was a stunner. We took about a bazillion shots of her in front of a bright window as she was getting into it, because we wanted to really show it off.


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