A large number of brides and grooms seek out unusual places to marry so as to enhance the memories of their special occasion. Northern Nevada offers many such places that are out of the ordinary, but three in particular markedly standout in comparison. Gold Hill Hotel, Saint Mary in the Mountains, and the Orchard House provide a visibly novel setting with each having its own captivating historical origins, giving the couple a matchless experience on a very special day in their life.
Gold Hill Hotel
This ancient hotel dates back to the boom days of Virginia City that began with the Comstock Lode silver strike of 1859. Gold Hill was amidst a great gold discovery and the hotel was quite important during the bustling mining days, especially at the height of the Big Bonanza strike in the 1870’s, which was the peak of silver ore extraction that is commonly referred to as the Mother Lode.
The Gold Hill Hotel is situated off of State Route 342 just south of Virginia City overlooking Gold Canyon. The construction of the hotel occurred around 1859, and though portions of the building had decayed over the years, those sections have been fully restored.
One of several different wedding venues within the hotel is the Great Room. The Great Room is very appealing and consists of furniture characteristic of the Victorian era, salient wooden floors, an attractive fireplace, and an aged winding staircase that makes for a grandiose entrance for the bride. When the ceremony is completed, the Great Room converts to the reception hall for toasting and dancing.
The hotel also has a second outdoor wedding venue option available. The Gazebo, which is located next to the Brewery Lodge, is just a short jaunt away from the hotel. It is an attractive setting composed of scenic landscaping with picturesque views of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. The Gazebo location functions as a ceremonial site as well as a reception area and is able to accommodate considerably sizeable parties.
St. Mary in the Mountains
Along the hillsides of Mount Davidson in the legendary ghost town of Virginia City lies the oldest Catholic Church in Nevada and one of the most beautiful structures imaginable able to host a wedding. The church was built in 1876 upon the ruins of the earlier church structure that was destroyed by the “Great Fire” in 1875.
This magnificent cathedral is truly remarkable with its 140 foot spire, Gothic style interior that’s evidenced by the pointed doorway arches and windows, choir loft and galleries, a large beautiful alter, and a 2,264 pound church bell. The bell was part of the former church but survived the catastrophic fire of Virginia City and actually rang for the first time in 1870, the year the original building opened for service.
Although it’s over a century old, this beguiling church still radiates great beauty. With exceptional exquisiteness and located within a town that embraces an extraordinarily enriching history of the “Old West”, St. Mary in the Mountains offers an inviting setting for a wonderfully sanctified wedding experience.
Located at the base of the Sierras in Genoa is the Orchard House, a Bed and Breakfast facility situated within the heart of Nevada’s oldest settlement. The town of Genoa is a quaint and sparsely populated town whose origins date back to 1855 during the “Territorial” days of Nevada. Originally, the area was one that explorers would merely pass through, but when a trading post was erected in 1851 it soon became a permanent settlement.
The Orchard House devotes several acres of garden and lawn area for ceremonies and receptions. Fruit trees a century old lining the property along with the appealing open garden and lovely landscaping provide a serene setting for most any special occasion. Because of the wide open space of this venue that’s dedicated mainly to weddings, it not only allows for sizeable parties of up to 400 guests, but also for a horse and carriage to cart in the bride and groom if they wish to make a grand entrance.
Destination and adventure weddings are alluring to many couples and are often sought after by brides and grooms looking to wed in a somewhat nontraditional way. Wedding venues of an unusual nature or those that have rousing historical backgrounds are equally favored as well. Because Nevada has a history rich in “Old West” traditions and contains an abundance of intriguing western settlements established in the 1800’s, there are many desirable places for couples to choose from when seeking the extraordinary. Gold Hill Hotel, Orchard House, and St. Mary in the Mountains are only a few of what Nevada has to offer, but are without question three sites that will meet your every expectation if desiring a unique setting and wedding day experience.