Angela and Rader wanted a rustic elegant wedding in the mountains. Angela grew up in the mountains in Washington State, and knew she wanted a mountain wedding. Their theme was rustic elegance and they executed it beautifully. From the romantic bouquets to the mountain inspired wedding cake, every detail is superb.
Angela + Rader
September 7, 2013
Mount Rose, NV
Why a mountain wedding?
I'm from Washington State ,so I grew up around some very big, gorgeous mountains. I always thought [the mountains] would be a beautiful place to get married. Most of my husband’s family lives in Reno so naturally Mt Rose was one of our first picks.
Where did you find your inspiration?
We both liked the idea of a rustic but elegant theme; it just felt right with our personalities.
What were some personal details you incorporated?
We decided to surround ourselves with friends and family in every way so we asked a mutual friend of ours to get ordained and marry us.
Your favorite moment of the day.
The ceremony itself. I was so worried that it was going to be a disaster and then it ended up being so much more beautiful than I could have imagined. It didn’t last long enough.
Three things you’re glad you did.
- I’m glad I pushed my husband to spring for glass dinnerware, if we had gotten paper and plastic it would have taken away from all of the decorations.
- I’m glad I wore flats because I was exactly the right height next to my husband and my feet didn’t hurt that bad at the end of the day.
- I’m also glad that we got the willow tree cake topper because it ended up working perfectly with our theme.
Anything you wish you hadn’t done?
The only thing we would have done differently was out of our control, being in the military both of our families are kind of spread out. I wish that we could have had the wedding in a place where everyone could have come.
What was the best piece of wedding advice you got?
My husband told me this the day before the wedding” “Let go of control and allow the bridesmaids and groomsmen to take care of everything on the day of the wedding.” I was still making sure that random last minute things were asked about or taken care of but for the most part I tried to let go and enjoy the day.
What piece of wedding planning advice do you wish you followed?
Not to worry so much. I spent the entire week before the wedding almost out of my mind with worry that it wasn’t going to be the way that I wanted it to be and it ended up being perfect.
Anything you wish you hadn’t worried about?
I wish I hadn’t worried about the people at the venue doing their jobs right because they knew what they were doing.
Anything you wish you had known about sooner rather than later?
I wish I had known that vendors get booked very far in advanced and if you wait too long you may not end up with the exact one that you wanted.
How did you choose your vendors?
I wasn’t in Reno until about 10 days before the wedding so I ended up getting a lot of help from my mother-in-law. She was amazingly patient with our slow decision making and she really had a lot to do with how well the day ended up going.
What is your very best advice to other mountain brides?
I don't know if there's any real advice I can give for mountain brides specifically but for brides in general I would say spend some time trying to relax before the day of your wedding, its going to be beautiful.