Rachel and Rory were married in the small mining town of Grass Valley Ca. The wedding ceremony was held at the historic state park of Empire Mine. When you think of a mining area you probably have images of lots of dirt and old rusty mining equipment laying around. But Empire Mine is one of the most beautiful state parks in California to have your wedding at. Rachel and Rory opted to see each other before the ceremony, so they could get all of the photos they wanted with out being rushed after the ceremony. The ceremony took place near one of the water fountains in front of the Bourn Cottage, which looks more like a huge house than a cottage. Following the ceremony we made our way over to their reception, which was held at a friends house in Grass Valley. Rachel and Rory created and set up the whole reception site themselves with the help of family and friends. I would have to say that it was one of the most amazing reception sites I’ve photographed in a long time. It was a wonderful wedding and I had a super fun time photographing it along side Wendy, who helped me out.

Click here to view their wedding slideshow.

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Rachel and Rory’s first look.

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The grounds at Empire Mine are a dream location for wedding photographers.

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The site of their beautiful Empire Mine wedding ceremony.

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Here’s one of Wendy’s photos of Rachel during the wedding ceremony.

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Rachel and Rory held their wedding reception at a friends backyard in Grass Valley.

backyard wedding photosAll of the details and decorations were done by Rachel and Rory and all of their family and friends. It turned out amazing!

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Rachel’s a school art teacher and all the pictures on the back of the table signs were draw by her students.

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What a pleasure I had looking at all your wedding pictures, absolutely beautiful! Everyone looks very relaxed, happy and having a wonderful time. This must have been a very special day for all of you. God Bless and Congratulations!

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