Jess and Dan | — Vesta Irene —

Jess and Dan


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Jess and Dan got married on a perfect August day in a small Park nestled next to the Truckee River in Sparks. Actually, Nevada’s not full of cities, we got a big on in Las Vegas and a good sized one in the Biggest Little City in the World and we got Sparks, but really, even though they have their own mayor, I kind of think of Sparks as part of Reno. Or maybe Reno lite.

The park was small and so much tucked out of the way that I don’t think anybody knows about it. In any event, Jess, Dan, their guests and us just about had it to ourselves. Dan rented a tent and he and his groomsmen put it up in the park and it made a perfect place for the bride and groom to change. Not at the same time, of course, cuz Dan wasn’t supposed to see Jess before the ceremony.


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So, in keeping with tradition, Jess got ready at a friend’s house, so there was no chance Dan could walk in by accident and Vesta and I were there, taking photographs. We think getting portraits of the bride getting her hair and makeup is as important as shooting the ceremony, the formal portraits and the reception.

A bride’s wedding photos should include all of her special day. We think so anyway.


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The bride arrives.

Jess and Dan got married in a small park in Sparks, Nevada on the Truckee River. The setting was beautiful. Here you can see her still in her car, smiling wide. In a few minutes, she’ll be out of sight, getting into her wedding dress, magically turning into a bride in white, the most beautiful girl in Sparks on her special day.


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We usually try to talk to the minister, priest or rabbi before a wedding, to find out just what he or she is comfortable with, photographer wise. You know, is it okay for us to move around as we shoot and, more importantly, is it okay for us to step behind him or her during the ceremony?

This guy was just about the coolest minister we’ve ever encountered. He said we could just about do whatever we wanted, just so long as we didn’t knock him down before Jess and Dan said their I dos.

Then, to top of his great attitude toward wedding photographers, he performed a super great ceremony, even managing to get a couple laughs in, without offending anybody.


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After the ceremony and the requisite photos with the bride and groom and their bridesmaids and groomsmen, family and friends were taken, Jess came up to us and said, “I’m never going to wear this dress again, so I’d like some photos of me and Dan in the river.”

Then she walked into the river, dress and all. Dan rolled up his tux, cuz it was rented. Us, we walked right in too and started shooting away. What a great end to a wedding. And we got the kind of photos every wedding photographer only dreams about. 

In fact, we blew up two of the photos to use in our wedding shows at the Grand Sierra and the Reno Convention Center. You can see giant Jess and Dan from clear across the room in both those places. And everybody comments on how great they are. How cool is that? 

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Here are Craig and his daughter Kiya, smiling to beat the band. That’s one of the things Vesta and I really like about wedding receptions, everybody, not just the bride and groom, are all smiles for our cameras.

Photographing smiles, that’s the fun part about a wedding photographer’s job.

Below, you can see some of the friends and family, who came out for Jess and Dan’s wedding. We try our very best to photograph each and every wedding guest, because years away from the bride’s special day, when she looks back over her wedding photos, we hope she’ll be able to sit with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, and relive her wedding and relive her life with all of those she loved who celebrated her wedding day with her.


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