Berkeley music lovers Alisha and Hamilton first met in Portland at a show his band was playing. They immediately hit it off and both eventually had the geographic coordinates of that fateful meeting place tattooed on their shoulders. Many years later, they decided to tie the knot in their “happy place”—Reno.
“It’s a location that we associate 100 percent with leisure, romance, and catching up/being together. We’ve also come to really love the city itself,” says Hamilton. “We knew Reno was an unusual place to pick for a wedding—we have no connection to Nevada otherwise, and none of our guests live there—but we knew that if our guests could make the trip, they wouldn’t regret it.”
Their day started together at the Peppermill, an opulent casino/resort they stayed at during their first Reno visit. With Alisha in a white, off-the-shoulder mini-dress and white ankle boots and Hamilton in a classic black suit, our snazzy couple turned heads as they giggled through the casino to their limo.
The excitement continued all the way to the Sky Room, located atop the Nevada Museum of Art with panoramic views of the city and Sierra Nevada mountains. Before we knew it, it was showtime! The flower girl scattered gold paper cranes (Alisha had folded a thousand all by herself!) down the aisle and our adorable couple followed hand in hand shortly after with big, infectious grins.
Unbridled love, uproarious laughter, and bouts of light weeping marked the heartwarming ceremony as well as the reception.
“I really enjoyed the toasts,” says Alisha. “I felt so loved.”
Although the wedding was far from home, our newlyweds personalized it with music.
“Alisha and I probably spent more time making mixes than anything else for the wedding. Music brought us together and it’s a passion we’ll always share,” Hamilton says.
For their guests, they also made a mix CD of some of their favorite songs, packaged in one-of-a-kind sleeves that their friends Nick and Sonia designed and spraypainted. Their donut bar was a hit, too, and helped fuel the dancefloor shenanigans.
Rather than end the celebration there, they carried it a few blocks away to Shea’s Tavern.
“Cheap drinks, good jukebox, open 24 hours, gritty, okay with ordering pizza—it was the perfect spot for our after-party,” says Hamilton.
Here are some of our favorite moments from their extraordinary day.
Bride’s dress: Laundry by Shelli Segal
Bride’s shoes: Public Desire
Bride’s veil: David’s Bridal
Groom’s suit: Theory
Groom’s shoes: Allen Edmonds
Groom’s tie: American Apparel
Rings: Precision Diamonds (Reno)
Caterer: chez louie (in-house restaurant at Nevada Museum of Art)
Donuts: DoughBoys Donuts (Reno)
Flowers: Petal To the Metal (Reno)
Coordinator: Donna Putnam at Forget Me Knot Events
DJ: Joel at Reno Mobile DJs
Welcome sign: Do Well Signs
Hanging lights: Camelot Party Rentals