Wedding Venue

Kris and I just got home from visiting a lovely venue for our wedding. We have decided that this is the place for us, and it just feels right. Our vision of being in Tahoe didn’t match with what we wanted to spend to be there so we have found an amazing compromise that is still in the heart of the sierras, where our hearts truly belong. We have decided to book with Washoe County Parks department, two places in Galena Creek Park: Camp WeChMe for the outdoor ceremony and overnight sleepover, and the Fish Hatchery for the Reception. The area is heavily wooded with tall pine trees with aspen and berch trees sprinkled in as well. This is what we envision (in general) for the weekend of the event:

Friday, the bride, groom, friends, family and any others who wish to join are invited to arrive at Camp WeChMe with all supplies for the wedding (dress, food, favors….you name it). Perhaps part of the day could involve a hike but the main part will require some work, setting up, and making finishing touches that haven’t even been dreamed up at this point. Friday night the bride will sleep with her party and the groom with his (no sneaking out to strip clubs!). Saturday morning should hopefully have minimal work for the bride and groom (and will have arranged for day-of work to be done by someone else) and will maybe include a round of golf for the boys and a mini spa day for the girls (oh boy am I dreaming big!). The girls will get ready on site, as will the boys. The ceremony will be in the afternoon, maybe around 4 or so on the lawn in front of Camp WeChMe. This area is lovely and surrounded by beautiful trees with the sounds of the Galena Creek nearby. After this, the party will move down to the Fish Hatchery, where there will be appetizers and drinks, followed by dinner and general party stuff. This should close down by around 11 or so. Those that are heading home can do so, and those who want to spend the night can stay the night at Camp WeChMe, which accommodates 94 guests that will be paid for already with the booking of the venue. This means a safe place for drinkers, as well as a free place for those who are from out of town. It would be really fun the next morning to wake up and have a nice big breakfast and slowly pack up and hit the road out of there.

Of course, there are a myriad of details to be sorted out but in general, we have our place and we couldn’t be happier. We just need to narrow down a date and we will be on our way to planning! Here are some photos, let me know what you think!!!


This is where guests would enter the ceremony



This is where we would have the ceremony on the lawn
Here is another view of the lawn area, we could have refreshments and snacks here
This is where the bride and groom would stand for the ceremony
From here, we would see everyone seated on the lawn and the isle
This is the fish hatchery walk way, you hear the creek really loud here, it is so nice
Fish Hatchery inside, I love the walls and the ceiling, not wild about the carpet
Kitchen area in Fish Hatchery bldg, we would likely have it blocked off for caterers to prep food, etc.
This is a nice outdoor patio area where I could see a bar, or gift table, cocktail tables, etc.
This is the venue at Camp WeChMe where the overnighters can come and hang out
Camp WeChMe huge kitchen complete with dishes, large walk in fridge (good for flowers), etc
I know it looks like a hospital, there are 2 floors like this with rooms that sleep 8 each, both floors also have bathrooms with showers
This is where we will all sleep! Don't forget your earplugs 🙂