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One of my favorite weddings of the year, very low key, some actors from Los Angeles, family and friends gathered in a rustic mountain cabin for a small and intimate wedding ceremony, up near Yosemite just after the Rim Fire of northern California blazed down acres and acres of forestry. We agreed shooting in the burned areas would present some unique photographs for beauty in the ashes. Of course, we also captured the rustic forestry images where fire hadn’t touched, natural and pure, as the fall colors are starting to show.  I thought I would at least post an image teaser.  Everything about this wedding was unique, and that’s what we love, from the first look and the ceremony, to the reception, along with the falling rain which hadn’t come down since April.   I hope to post more images from Mike and Grace’s wedding later.


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  • Grace Rowe - Charleton, thank you so much for posting this amazing pic. I can’t tell you how excited we are to see the rest! It was an absolute pleasure shooting with you and Ariel, and Mike and I are so grateful we found you. We hope to shoot with you again!October 12, 2013 – 4:39 pmReplyCancel

  • Charleton Churchill - Thank you Grace, I was honored to be there sharing in your intimate wedding that was unique and real. Thank you!October 17, 2013 – 6:56 pmReplyCancel

Avio Vineyard Wedding with Casey and Jessica Vinciguerra
National Hotel Wedding Photography

I’m not sure how to label Casey and Jessica’s Amador County wedding, but when you mix rustic glam country western Cinderella prince charming high class emotional dramatic romantic all together, what would you call it? If you’re thinking Taylor Swift, that would be a good guess, but incorrect. Whatever you may call it, it was more than your typical wedding event with so many hands and hearts to thank from the community. Stan Lucowicz, owner of the fully restored Historical National Hotel (which isn’t open quite yet), opened the doors for the first time to the wedding party and family for preparation, celebration, and lodging. The hotel is just spectacular inside with every room being unique! Some rooms even have Jacuzzis and fireplaces, and will no doubt be a tourist attraction for many travelers (and even locals). Check out some of the images below.

After preparation, Jessica was escorted in an immaculate Rolls Royce (yes, I even wiped my finger prints off the door after closing) over to the Avio Vineyard where the wedding and reception was to be held. Avio’s owners, Stefano and Lisa, have built a beautiful property for weddings, and with all the decorations and flowers, this place was something like out of a movie. I remember Jessica’s father, Dave, asking me what I thought of the wedding setup? I said, “Over the top!” He echoed my reply emphatically. But then I responded, “However, this is every girls perfect wedding dream come true.”

Casey and Jessica had a beautiful wedding and we were glad to have captured the moments!

Wedding Photographer: Charleton Churchill Photography
Getting Ready/Post Reception: Historical National Hotel, Jackson, CA.
Wedding Ceremony and Reception: Avio Vineyard and Winery
Makeup: Amy Bower and Heather Cross
Hair: Hanna Greenmyer, Kelsey Soares, Missy Albrecht, Lindsey Henson
Florist: Lori Halvorson & Millie Butler
DJ: Freeze Out
Band: Dave Russel Band
Rental: Party Smart Rentals, Jackson, CA.
Cake: Ingrid Fraser Cakes, Amador City, CA.
Catering: Thomi’s Cafe, by Frank and Thomi Manzano

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