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Say 'I Do' to Nature: The Top 3 Reno Wedding Venues for the Outdoor Enthusiast

As a wedding photographer in the Reno area, I have had the pleasure of working at many stunning venues, but there are three in particular that stand out for their natural beauty and unique charm. These venues are Lavender Ridge, Galena Creek Fish Hatchery, and Wilbur D. May Center. This post is not sponsored and is simply based on my experience as a photographer.


Lavender Ridge:


Lavender Ridge is one of my absolute favorite wedding venues in the Reno area.


bride and groom in lavender field
lavender ridge wedding reno


This stunning property is located just 15 minutes from downtown Reno and boasts over 3 acres of beautifully manicured lavender fields, gardens, and a charming cottage. The tranquil setting provides a picturesque backdrop for your special day, and the fragrance of the lavender adds an extra touch of romance.



wedding dress hanging on rustic shed at lavender ridge wedding venue
perfect setting for rustic charm

wedding detail photo of cowboy boots in a lavender field
cowboy boots and lavender

bridal party in a fun pose at lavender ridge wedding venue
wedding party having fun


couple in front of rustic barn at lavender ridge wedding venue reno
best day ever

wedding ring photography from lavender ridge wedding venue reno
ring photos on lavender

Whether you choose to exchange vows among the lavender fields or in the intimate cottage, Lavender Ridge is truly a magical place.


To learn more about Lavender Ridge Wedding venue click here https://www.lavenderridgereno.com/


Galena Creek Fish Hatchery:



wedding portrait taken by pond at galena creek fish hatchery at wedding
by the pond


Another unique and natural venue that I love to photograph weddings at is Galena Creek Fish Hatchery. The outdoor ceremony site is surrounded by towering pine trees and a babbling creek, creating a serene and peaceful setting. The indoor reception area offers unique stonework to set the tone of the outdoors while still being protected from the elements. This venue is perfect for nature lovers and those looking for a rustic yet elegant setting.



wedding party photo in the forest at galena creek fish hatchery wedding
wedding party portraits amoung the pines


bridal portraits in the forest at galena creek fish hatchery wedding
romance in the forest

galena creek fish hatchery couple just married
framed in green


rustic and romantic table setting wedding galena creek fish hatchery
table setting inside the rustic stone building

to learn more about having your wedding at Galena Fish Hatchery click here https://www.washoecounty.gov/parks/rentals_and_permits/reservable_buildings/galena_fish_hatchery.php


Wilbur D. May Center:


couple in botanical garden reno wedding
botanical garden bridal portraits

The Wilbur D. May Center is a true hidden gem in the Reno area. The property features a beautiful botanical garden, an arboretum, and a stunning museum. The garden and arboretum provide a variety of scenic locations for your wedding ceremony and portraits, while the museum offers a unique and sophisticated space for your reception. The staff at the Wilbur D. May Center are also incredibly accommodating and will work with you to create the perfect wedding day.

In conclusion, these three nature-inspired wedding venues in the Reno area offer stunning and unique settings for your special day.


bride and groom walking through botanical garden at wilbur d. may wedding
as stroll through this magic green space

wedding ring shot at wilbur d. may


bridal portraits at wilbur d. may museum wedding
the gardens are magical

love letters reno wedding wilbur d. may
table setting inside the museum space

the above love letters can be rented from Tahoe Elevated Events https://www.tahoeelevatedevents.com/

a fun and unique space for your reception

to learn more about having your wedding at the Wilbur D. May center museum space click here https://www.washoecounty.gov/parks/maycenterhome/rentals/museumrentals.php


As a wedding photographer, I love working at these venues because they allow me to capture the beauty of nature and create timeless memories for my clients.


To learn more about having me photograph your wedding click here and send me a message! I would love to work with you.




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