An hour east of Sacramento, there lies a tiny little town called Amador City. Today, with less than 200 residents, it is but a charming little remnant of the California gold rush. Nyesha and Eugene had vacationed here and stayed at the Imperial Hotel a year before, and they decided it would also be the perfect place for their wedding.
It was a hot summery day, a beautiful backdrop for their intimate garden wedding with exactly 28 guests. Everything about the day was delightful, unique, and personal. I simply loved it all, from the bride’s amazing sense of style to the groom’s rambunctious Russian family to the quaintness of this little hotel in a little town, tucked away in the gold country’s hidden nugget.
I was completely obsessed with Nyesha’s entire ensemble, but especially the beautiful Chloe ballet flats which look just like pointe shoes from afar.
Her beautiful dress is far from traditional, but completely perfect for her and her beautiful garden setting.
The groom and his best man also got ready in the same room, the “game room” which is in a house up the hill from the hotel, as the bride. Astute blog followers may remember Eugene from his headshot session last year. He is a talented harpsichordist in his free time from being an engineer.
When it was time for the ceremony, all the guests were seated in the garden behind the hotel. The bride’s sister and the best man entered first.
Nyesha’s mom was simply beaming as her daughter walked down the aisle. She hadn’t seen the dress before the ceremony at all.
Wiping away some tears and admiring some shoes!
I just love a natural laugh!
The florals were absolutely gorgeous. They were the perfect blend of eclectic garden gathering and elegant formal arrangement.
The cozy dining room of the Imperial Hotel was the perfect space for such an intimate gathering of friends and family.
The bride visits with her family as the men pay a visit to the historic looking bar.
And then a Russian hat was brought forth to play a little game assigning household roles to the newlyweds. Eugene’s father had them take turns drawing slips from the hat. The general consensus was that Nyesha won this game, as she got all of the slips pertaining to control of all the money in the household!
Eugene got the ‘minister of beer’ role though, so he will be happily sipping away.
And of course, a Russian wedding is not complete without lots and lots of toasts and shouts for the bride and groom to kiss!
Congratulations on a beautiful celebration, Nyesha & Eugene! I absolutely love weddings like these– personal, unique, and filled with emotion. It’s an honor to do what I do.
Venue & Catering: Imperial Hotel, Amador City, California
Hair: Trenell LeShelle
Makeup: Marsha Litvinova
Florist: Kathy Hansch
Cake: Ingrid Fraser
Photographer: Anna Wu Photography, assisted by Jessica Spencer
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