Intimate Topanga Canyon Wedding by Erika Anne Photography
June 29, 2011
United States
Classic Weddings

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!

Topanga Wedding I

Topanga Wedding II

Topanga Wedding III

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From Erika Anne Photography...Sarah 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