March 10, 2020
The guests were swooned by the old town charm of Volcano, Ca.
Surrounded by a valley of mountains and wine vineyards, the town itself had streets lined with aged stone walls; holding strong, despite their vulnerability over the years. And old trees covered in moss; preserving the deepest secrets of the town.
A historic wooden theatre, a single whiskey saloon, and a notably haunted hotel (among other small businesses) inhabit this historic landmark of California.
I arrived the day before the wedding, to get a feel of the area. Every where I went the towns people would ask, “Are you here for the wedding this weekend?”. It was that small. Estimated population: 115. And despite the lack of cell service/wifi access… I was enamored.
That night I decided to go to The Union (the restaurant that would be hosting the reception), everything is literally within blocks from each other. It was very dark out with only the stars and a few victorian styled street lamps to light the path. Though it looked like a ghost town in it’s solitude, it was very much alive with music from the nocturnal creatures. The frogs in the surrounding marshes put on a performance and in the moment I stood in awe, feeling so grateful; grateful that Ryan and Amanda made me part of their day.
I celebrated this moment at The Union with an amazing pasta dish, a bottle of wine, and dessert (their food and vibes are seriously amazing!)
The next day; the big day, has finally arrived and this is their story…