About Us

Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team

We’re a creative team of professionals who are focused on growing the Sierra Wedding Industry, elevating professionalism, creating community, and becoming the top destination wedding location in California.

Melanie Soleil

Melanie Soleil


I’ve been a wedding photographer for 13 years and LOVE everything the Sierra Foothills has to offer for couples planning a wedding. I started the Sierra Wedding Guide in 2009 to showcase the rapidly growing Gold Country, a place I’ve coined as “The New Napa” because we have everything and more brides have come to love about California wine country weddings.   Brides from all over the country plan destination weddings in our hometown, and I’m dedicated to ensuring they have the very best experience in our Sierra Wonderland.

Andrew Mishler

Andrew Mishler


I have over 20 years of experience in business management, sales and marketing, and  fell in love with photography 5 years ago. Since then I’ve been photographing weddings with Melanie Soleil Photography, and am excited to be leading the Sierra Wedding Guide to new heights.

Randy Jackson

Randy Jackson

Team Member

I’ve been a wedding photographer since 1997 and  have photographed  weddings all over the country. However,  I love to keep it local to my home town. I’ve lived in Grass Valley since I was five and  love what the Sierra’s offer. There are so many beautiful places to get married right here in our own backyard that don’t even compare to those big city wedding venues!
I’m excited to be a part of the Sierra Wedding Guide, and helping to bring everyone together to support each other, learn and grow. Looking forward to helping make the Sierra’s the new “Napa” in our wedding industry.

Our Story


The Sierra Wedding Guide was founded in 2009 by Melanie Soleil Photography to showcase the rapidly growing wedding industry in the Sierra Foothills.  This area encompasses some of the most beautiful and diverse landscapes in California with a thriving wedding industry.  We’re dedicating to raising the bar of professionalism, building community, ongoing education, and creating beautiful and unique events for our brides!

Our Commitment


Creating a thriving local community who work together for the benefit of our Couples.

Web Presence

We’re dedicated to being the most reliable online resource connecting engaged couples with leading wedding professionals.


Providing relevant and progressive trainings to help businesses exceed industry standards


Providing a beautiful, relevant, and modern publication highlighting the Sierra Wedding Industry.