Hidden in the hills of Topanga Canyon, you will find the Inn of the Seventh Ray. This gem can accommodate most sized weddings and brings a cozy and intimate feel to your special day. This year I had the pleasure of photographing there for the first time for the wedding of Nick and Alissa and I hope to go back again soon!
Topanga Canyon is a special place for Nick and Alissa. If you want to see where they took engagement photos, check out my other blog post here.
Venue: Inn of the Seventh Ray
Videographer: Fox and Sparrow Films
Florist: Camarillo Flower Shop
DJ: Elevated Pulse
Dress: Kay’s Bridal
Hair/Makeup: Blushing Beauty
Details and getting ready photos might be my favorite part of the day! To see the bride with her girls and her mama, makes my heart melt. This beautiful location that Alissa chose for getting ready was every photographers dream. The natural light was to die for, I mean it was breathtaking.
I loved photographing this fountain at the Inn of the Seventh Ray. It was nestled in the center of the reception and ceremony area and was so beautiful.
Inn of the Seventh Ray has some beautiful secret little spots on their property. It feels like the perfect little boho vibe. This spot we chose for Nick and Alissa’s first look was so special, romantic and private. It allowed the bride and groom to have their moment alone in private and gave us the space we needed to capture this magical moment.
This spot was also perfect for the the bridal party and family photos with the beautiful greenery surrounding us. You could capture some photos on one end of the area and move a few feet over for a completely different look. This bridal party was so fun, thoughtful and special. I loved working with all of them and getting to know the besties of the bride and groom. I spend most of the day with the bride and groom and a good portion of it is spent with the bridal party so its always special to work with a group that is so fun!
The brides brother officiated their wedding and it was such a precious touch to their big day!
The Inn of the Seventh Ray brought out this beautiful overhang for for the ceremony. It absolutely tied everything in and made it feel even more romantic.
Once the ceremony ended, it was time to take the bride and groom off to their sunset photos. We were surrounded by such beautiful nature at the Inn of the Seventh Ray that it was so easy to capture beautiful photos. We first took a little walk up a nearby road that had the most beautiful trees that shaded the area perfectly. It was an ideal spot for bride and groom photos.
Nick and Alissa had their very own little corner of the venue where they could spend some alone time and eat dinner while also being able to look out at all their guests that were there for their special day. One of the best tips I ever received for my wedding day was to stop and pause while I sat at my seat and just look around slowly at everyone that loves and supports you, all of your closest friends and family together all in the same place at the same time. It is super rare for that to happen and its the best advice I ever received for my big day. I always try to give that same advice to my brides because the day goes by too fast. This spot is such a perfect place to be able to take all that in.
The night ended with tons of dancing, cocktails and baklava. Nick and Alissa were bid farewell with a sparkler exit and it was such a dream. It was so amazing working with Nick and Alissa and all of their friends and family and I wish them all the best!
If you enjoyed viewing this blog and are interested in booking a wedding photographer, please contact Lauren for additional information. She loves hearing each couple’s unique story. Lauren specializes in using natural light with a bright and airy style, creating timeless images in a relaxed atmosphere. Lauren has photographed all over Southern California capturing authentic moments that will turn into lifelong memories for you and your loved ones to cherish.