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Nestled in a small part of Amador County, California is a rustic intimate place called Volcano, which has many trees, rivers, old buildings, old trucks, rocks, a small park, and main street which used to host a large population of gold miners in the late 1800’s.  Nick and Caitlin married in Volcano last month and we had the privilege of documenting their romantic wedding story in this charming humble town.  Their love for each was evident in the all the photos we took.  What was inspiring was the arch made from manzanita which Nick built with his constructive skills, to add flavor to their small town woodsy styled wedding.  I could photograph rustic mountain weddings all my life and never get bored. Anything with lakes, rivers, trees, mountains, rocks, decaying buildings, lodges, cabins, nature, etc., you name it, I’m all into that stuff.  Nick and Caitlin chose a perfect place to showcase their wedding day and many would be jealous of all the beauty here.  Amador County is the new Napa of California.  Many couples from the city are realizing how beautiful and inexpensive this place is to have their wedding with all the wineries and vineyards in the Shenandoah valley, so it is rapidly growing.  Congratulations to Nick and Caitlin.  Here are some images from their lovely day in Volcano, California.


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Photographer:  Charleton Churchill Photography |  Wedding Venue:  Volcano Park, Volcano, CA.  |  Wedding Reception:  Town Armory Hall, Volcano, Ca.  |  Lodging and getting ready:  St. George Hotel & Volcano Union Inn |  Florist:  Gordon Hill Flower Shop, Jackson, CA.  |  Catering:   Blue Moon Cafe and Catering Company  |  Cakes:  Ingrid Fraser Elegant Cakes, Amador City, CA. |  DJ:  Sound Extreme Productions  |  Party Rentals: Party Smart Rentals, Sutter Creek, Ca.







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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