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SMP’s Blogger Bride: Devon Rachel’s Engagement Session

Hey there, Pretty Brides! I’m here today with some exciting news: my engagement shoot reveal! After much preparation, inspiration and brainstorming (and of course, outfit planning!) I teamed up with Bess Wyrick, Casa De Perrin, and Jana Williams to bring my 60’s inspired vision to life. Enjoy!

As a stylist, I wanted to try something different with my engagement shoot; something more editorial. It was also important to incorporate classic, romantic and timeless elements throughout. This seems like a large task to accomplish, but thanks to a clear vision and great inspiration, I think we pulled it off! I want to look back at our photos years from now without thinking “Oh goodness, that was way too crazy and trendy.”

Much like I discussed in last week’s Devon Says: I Do, I kept our wardrobes wearable and tried not to take the 60’s theme too literal.


If you go too far with a theme, it can look costume-like—something we all want to steer away from. We had such a blast shooting with Jana Williams in the magical setting of Topanga Canyon. I am beyond pleased with the turn out and hope you enjoy the photos!

From Bess, Floral & Styling… After meeting with Devon and Jana for champagne brunch one Sunday. We decided to take a hike through Runyon canyon where we became fast girlfriends. I got to understand more about what Devon wanted from her shoot and how it was important to capture her essence, grace and southern charm. Loved her love story about how they are making long distance work for them so I wanted to bring an element of travel, love notes, and nostalgia to the shoot. It was important to create three looks that would layer this love story.

The first look would be cozy up to one another. A picnic scene was set up under an almond tree with gorgeous layered rugs accented with fleece pillows and cashmere blankets. Picnic baskets were filled with fruits, berries and nuts all displayed on Casa De Perrin gorgeous trays and stemware. The Effervescence movement inspired the second look. I just loved her idea of biking with Chandler down a dirt road to create movement with one another.

We adorned the teal bike with a large basket of flowers with whimsical elements like eucalyptus stems, oncidiums mixed with air plants, roses, anomies, and peonies. Her boho look was complete with a dainty peony and eucalyptus floral crown. Accented with a lush just been picked bouquet filled with burgundy peonies, seeded eucalyptus, anemone , oncidiums, and accents of garden roses. Finally, the classic element of the shoot. Devon has such a classic look and I was so inspired by her beauty. Keeping her last look timeless with a dainty oncidium floral crown and red rose bouquet.

Wardrobe Styling: Devon Rachel | Photography: Jana Williams | Floral & Styling: Bess Wyrick Celadon Celery Events | Rugs & Decor Accents: Casa De Perrin | Stationery: East Six | Hanging Décor (in bike shot): BHLDN

Devon’s Outfit Details: Look 1 - Banana Republic jacket, Blouse, Banana Republic pants, Shoe Cult heels; Look 2- Banana Republic top and skirt, Pink & Pepper heels; Look 3- BHLDN dress, Nine West heels, Celadon Celery Events | Chandler’s Outfit Details: Look 1- shirt, Peter Millar sweater, Ralph Lauren pants, Vineyard Vines shirt; Look 2- Banana Republic Blazer, Peter Millar shirt; Look 3- Peter Millar shirt, Gap pants, Cole Haan Shoes

And in case you’re new around here, take a peek at my other bride-to-be posts…

How to Style Engagement Photo Outfits

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Intimate Topanga Canyon Wedding by Erika Anne Photography

I know that I have serious cake addiction but, c’mon, how can I not when I am exposed to such delectable goodness everywhere I turn!  Besides the sweet treat, this intimate and organic beauty by Erika Anne Photography nestled in the canyons of Topanga is sporting some seriously luscious flowers and romantic touches.  Camp out in the full gallery and see every delicious little detail!

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From Erika Anne PhotographySarah and Pat, the bride and groom, wanted a simple celebration of their nuptials.  They chose, as the location of both the ceremony and the reception, an intimate and organic setting, rural in feel yet close to the city, the Inn of the Seventh Ray in Topanga Canyon.  The mention of Topanga Canyon conjures up images of urban myth.  Having long been a hideaway for Los Angelenos and those connected to the “industries” of our beloved city, Topanga was a perfect locale for this fete.

From the Bride and Groom…When we began planning our wedding, we didn’t know what we wanted, but we knew we didn’t want a large wedding. We both work, and couldn’t afford the time, hassle and stress that is part and parcel of a large wedding. We wanted a simple celebration among our closest friends. To keep things informal and familiar, we invited only our parents, siblings, and most significant friends. A guest even performed the ceremony, thanks to online accreditation.

Fortunately, we had the perfect location in Topanga Canyon—a very, er, spiritual community between Santa Monica and Malibu. The Inn of the Seventh Ray, where we had the ceremony and reception, even has a gift shop selling crystals and dream-catchers. We’re not that hippie, but it seemed a little warmer and a better fit for us than a church.
As far as the style of our wedding, we didn’t try to suck the marrow out of some overarching motif or theme. We simply chose the invites, flowers, dress code, vows, etc. that best suited our own particular ethos. Sarah even designed her own dress. And it all seemed to work together. If it’s your wedding, it might as well reflect you, and be genuinely yours. Our wedding may not have been entirely traditional, but the day was entirely us, and ours.

Wedding Photography: Erika Anne Photography / Flowers/Art Direction: GD Designers / Event Planning: Angelica Weihs / Location: Inn of the Seventh Ray / Wedding Cake: Victor Benes Bakery / Bride’s Makeup:  Lauren Choi / Bride’s Shoes: Prada / Wedding Dress: Designed by the Bride / Groom’s Suit:  H&M / Rings: Family Heirlooms

Los Angeles Wedding by La Partie Events II

We know you are probably dying as much as we are for more of this fete and we aim to please so behold EVEN more gorgeousness from La Partie Events and Vero Suh Photography. They make quite the power couple in wedding fabulousness. This Topanga Canyon beauty is so romantic, so full of color and infused with cultural touches that really translate into an all out pretty party. I don’t think it gets much better than this slice of nuptial heaven. Be sure to check out the gallery for the full swoon-worthy spread.

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From La Partie Events:

Ai and Zak have a great spirit about them and we instantly connected. They wanted a beautiful, fun and relaxed wedding day so we choose vibrant pinks and peaches to complement the romantic venue and the bridesmaids’ fun teal blue dresses. We incorporated rustic wood pieces to elevate some of the unique vintage vases and placed wood chips directly on the table to tie in with the rustic surroundings. We added fun lotus votive candles and other colorful candleholders to the centerpieces for a little pizzazz. Ai wanted a bouquet full of peonies and I love how the different colored peonies in her bouquet gave this traditional bouquet an interesting twist. Of course the boutonnieres had to be interesting too so I framed them with dried leaves that looked a little rustic and tied in nicely with their gray suits. Ai and Zak’s ceremony decor included two Balinese temple umbrellas and a variety of pomanders we hung as a backdrop. The couple also gave a nod to Ai’s Japanese heritage with a tea ceremony and some Japanese candy on the dessert bar.

Photography: Vero Suh / Flowers: Megan Fickling of La Partie Events / Venue: Inn of the Seventh Ray, Topanga Canyon / Day of Coordinator: Kelly Hancock / Cake: Inn of the Seventh Ray / DJ: Scott from Good Times Entertainment / Wedding Dress:Pronovias / Veil: Bandeau birdcage from Marisol Aparicio / Hairpiece: Velvetowl / Groom’s Suite: Jim’s Formal Wear / Bridesmaid Dresses: Lulu’s / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka