This Nor-Cal boy and So-Cal girl met in college and, after a two-month, post-graduation backpacking trip through Europe, decided to marry.  Tom and Katy wanted a venue in the Sierra Nevada Foothills, since that's where they'd fallen in love.  Empire Mine fit the bill perfectly from its location, to its ties with mining (Tom is a geologist/miner) to its old world feel (Katy's favorite look).  Some of their favorite memories revolve around their travels so that was a natural jumping off point for the personal touches seen throughout the celebration. Guests were guided to their tables, each named for a favorite travel spot, by small paper airplanes.  Lavender, a favorite from their time in the South of France, was used extensively in the bouquets, centerpieces and even in the frosting of their cake and the lemonade served at their "Farmer's Market" cocktail hour.  Also featured was Tom's home-brewed beer, sporting labels with photos of the couple and their two fur-babies, Chubs and Olive. Even the cooked-on-site Paella dinner hearkened back to their adventures.  Surrounded by their memories and those they love as they began life as a married couple was the perfect way to tell their love story, their way. (Photography by Poise Photography; vintage elements from {storehouse}rentals)


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