Wedding At Inn Of The Seventh Ray In Topanga, CA | Sasha & Zachary

Wedding At Inn Of The Seventh Ray

SASHA & ZACHARY

Locations:

  • Getting ready: Private residence in Los Angeles, CA (bride) and Inn Of The Seventh Ray in Topanga, CA (groom)

 

Wedding photos at Inn Of The Seventh Ray:

I first met Sasha around eight years ago when she was the bridesmaid at the wedding of Angela and Michael and I was honored that she considered me to be her photographer for this wedding at the Inn of the Seventh Ray. She was marrying Zachary who she’d been with for the last five years after reconnecting at a mutual high school friend’s birthday party.

From the moment I first chatted with Sasha and Zachary over Skype, they were so wonderful and sweet, showing a real appreciation and consideration towards me. Needless to say, I was excited to see them in person to be a part of their intimate wedding day celebrations in Topanga and to reconnect with Angela and Michael who had made this all happen.

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Sasha and Zachary walk hand-in-hand through the grounds of the Inn of the Seventh Ray in Topanga.

 

Getting ready photos at a private residence in Los Angeles:

The day all started at Sasha’s mom’s house in West Hills where the bride was getting ready with her bridesmaids and adorable dog. I captured candid shots as she had her hair and makeup done and admired her gorgeous gown, as well as documenting a few special moments with those closest to her. Her sister/maid of honor helped to secure her earrings before she relaxed with her bridesmaids over a champagne toast.

After photographing Sasha as she read a notecard from her husband-to-be, my assistant and I drove over to the Inn of the Seventh Ray to meet up with Zachary. While he and his groomsmen were all dressed and ready to go, we captured a few candids as Zachary’s twin brother assisted him into his jacket as he waited for his bride to arrive.

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Sasha admires herself in a mirror while getting ready for her wedding day at her mom’s house in West Hills.

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Sasha and her mom admire her gorgeous wedding dress as they prepared at the family home in West Hills.

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Capturing a special moment between Sasha and her dog while getting ready for her Inn of the Seventh Ray wedding.

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Sasha admiring herself in a handheld mirror while getting ready for her special day in West Hills.

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Capturing a special moment between Sasha and her mom as they were getting ready in West Hills.

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Sasha’s bridesmaids see their friend in her wedding dress for the first time as they prepared for the Topanga wedding.

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Sasha’s sister helps to secure the bride’s earrings as they made their final preparations in West Hills.

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The bride, her bridesmaids and mom toast while getting ready at the family home in West Hills.

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Sasha enjoying a moment relaxing with her bridesmaids before the start of her Topanga wedding ceremony.

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A candid shot of Sasha being embraced by one of her bridesmaids, Angela, at her mom’s house in West Hills.

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Sasha enjoys a quiet moment with her dog before leaving her family home for the Inn of the Seventh Ray.

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Sasha reads a note card from her husband-to-be while sitting on a couch at her mom’s house in West Hills.

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Zachary’s twin brother helps him to fit his jacket as they prepared for the wedding at the Inn of the Seventh Ray.

 

Pre-ceremony portraits at the Inn of the Seventh Ray:

I captured Sasha walking towards Zachary during their first look session in the rustic surrounds of the Inn of the Seventh Ray, then documented the couple’s reactions at seeing each other for the first time on their wedding day.

It was quite an emotional moment and we harnessed the romantic atmosphere for some intimate portraits of the couple along the leafy pathways of this beautiful Topanga venue. In addition to photographing Zachary tenderly kissing Sasha’s forehead in front of a rocky water feature, I also grabbed a fun bridal party portrait.

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Sasha walks towards Zachary during their first look at the Inn of the Seventh Ray in Topanga.

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Zachary turns around to see his beautiful bride during their first look at the Inn of the Seventh Ray.

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Sasha and Zachary kiss during their intimate first look session at the Inn of the Seventh Ray.

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Sasha and Zachary look lovingly into each other’s eyes during their Inn of the Seventh Ray wedding portrait session.

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The soon-to-be-married couple walk along one of the leafy pathways at the Inn of the Seventh Ray.

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Sasha embraces Zachary warmly during their Inn of the Seventh Ray wedding portrait session.

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Zachary kisses Sasha tenderly on the forehead in front of a water feature at the Inn of the Seventh Ray.

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Sasha and Zachary kiss surrounded by their bridal party in the gardens of the Inn of the Seventh Ray.

 

Ceremony photos at the Inn of the Seventh Ray:

It was then time for the ceremony to get underway, with Zachary’s parents escorting him down the aisle of the courtyard venue, followed by Sasha on the arm of her mom. I documented their ceremony from multiple vantage points, including a low-angle looking up towards the couple as they looked lovingly into one another’s eyes and a wide-angle encompassing the charming outdoor venue.

I grabbed candid reactions of Sasha’s mom and Zachary’s parents as they watched on, with the couple putting a lot of thought and sentiment into their personalized vows. After the sand ceremony and a funny moment when Zachary lost his train of thought, the couple exchanged rings and made their recessional walk down the aisle as “husband and wife”.

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Zachary kisses his mom at the start of his courtyard wedding ceremony at the Inn of the Seventh Ray.

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Sasha’s mom walks her down the aisle at the Inn of the Seventh Ray for the start of her courtyard wedding ceremony.

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Zachary is embraced by his twin brother and best man during the Inn of the Seventh Ray wedding ceremony.

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Capturing Sasha’s reaction at seeing Zachary during their intimate wedding ceremony at the Inn of the Seventh Ray.

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A low-angle vantage of Sasha and Zachary exchanging vows during their intimate wedding ceremony at the Inn of the Seventh Ray.

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Looking across Sasha and Zachary’s intimate wedding ceremony venue at the Inn of the Seventh Ray.

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Sasha and Zachary watch on as her aunt reads a poem during the courtyard wedding ceremony in Topanga.

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Sasha’s mom watches on as her daughter weds Zachary at the Inn of the Seventh Ray in Topanga.

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A candid black and white shot as Sasha and Zachary exchange vows at the Inn of the Seventh Ray.

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Zachary’s parents watch on as he weds Sasha during an intimate ceremony in Topanga.

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A black and white candid of Zachary’s emotional reaction as he exchanged vows with Sasha.

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Sasha and Zachary perform a sand ceremony during their intimate wedding celebrations at the Inn of the Seventh Ray.

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The couple share a laugh during their western courtyard wedding ceremony at the Inn of the Seventh Ray.

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Capturing Sasha’s emotional reaction as she exchanged vows with Zachary at the Inn of the Seventh Ray.

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Zachary places a wedding ring on Sasha’s finger during their intimate wedding at the Inn of the Seventh Ray.

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Sasha and Zachary kiss after being pronounced “husband and wife” at the Inn of the Seventh Ray.

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Sasha and Zachary make their recessional walk up the stairs at the Inn of the Seventh Ray.

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Sasha and Zachary share a moment with their officiant following the Inn of the Seventh Ray ceremony.

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The newly weds toast with their bridal party following the western wedding ceremony at the Inn of the Seventh Ray.

 

Post-ceremony portraits at the Inn of the Seventh Ray:

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Sasha and Zachary kiss on a pathway leading down to the Inn of the Seventh Ray in Topanga.

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Capturing a playful moment between the bride and groom during their Inn of the Seventh Ray wedding portrait session.

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Sasha and Zachary kiss at the leafy entranceway to the Inn of the Seventh Ray in Topanga.

 

Reception photos at the Inn of the Seventh Ray:

After a celebratory drink with their bridal party during the cocktail hour, I grabbed the couple for a short wedding portrait session in and around the Inn of the Seventh Ray, including a romantic kiss at the whimsical entranceway. As darkness set in, the reception got underway, beginning with a first dance in the star-lit courtyard beneath an ornate chandelier.

Sasha and Zachary’s intimate reception at the Inn of the Seventh Ray included speeches and toasts from those closest to them, followed by a joint parental dance. Everyone then hit the dance floor to celebrate this new union, stopping briefly for the cake cutting ceremony and to indulge in some post-dinner snacks. The night ended with the bouquet toss and a fun garter removal, with Sasha having changed into a flowing evening dress.

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Capturing an action shot during Sasha and Zachary’s first dance at the Inn of the Seventh Ray reception.

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The newly weds kiss during their first dance under the stars at the Inn of the Seventh Ray.

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Sasha and Zachary perform their first dance beneath a chandelier and watched on by family and friends.

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Capturing an intimate moment between Sasha and Zachary during their Topanga wedding reception.

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A wedding guest captures a selfie with their bride and groom at the Inn of the Seventh Ray reception.

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The newly weds watch on as the officiant signs their marriage license at the Inn of the Seventh Ray.

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One of Zachary’s brothers makes a speech during the courtyard reception at the Inn of the Seventh Ray.

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Family and friends watch on during the speeches and toasts at the Inn of the Seventh Ray.

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Zachary holds a light to assist Sasha’s maid of honor during her speech at the Inn of the Seventh Ray.

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Capturing the couple’s reaction as speeches and toasts were made during their intimate wedding reception.

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Sasha and Zachary perform joint parental dances during their intimate wedding reception.

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Angela and Michael enjoying the dance floor at the Inn of the Seventh Ray in Topanga.

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Zachary’s twin brother letting loose on the dance floor with a wedding guest at the Inn of the Seventh Ray.

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One of the groomsmen getting down on the dance floor during the courtyard reception in Topanga.

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One of Sasha’s bridesmaids enjoying the dance floor at the Inn of the Seventh Ray in Topanga.

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An action shot of Sasha’s sister and one of the groomsmen on the Inn of the Seventh Ray dance floor.

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Sasha and Zachary perform their cake cutting ceremony in the starlit courtyard of the Inn of the Seventh Ray.

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Capturing a candid moment between the couple and their wedding guests during the Inn of the Seventh Ray reception.

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Wedding guests enjoying the festivities during Sasha and Zachary’s Inn of the Seventh Ray reception.

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Capturing a special moment between Zachary and his twin brother during the wedding celebrations in Topanga.

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An elevated view of Zachary’s mom enjoying the dance floor at the Inn of the Seventh Ray in Topanga.

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Sasha and Zachary feeding each other after-dinner snacks during their intimate wedding reception in Topanga.

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An action shot of Sasha’s bouquet toss in the beautifully illuminated courtyard of the Inn of the Seventh Ray.

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A playful shot of the garter removal during Sasha and Zachary’s courtyard wedding reception.

 

Wedding photos at Inn Of The Seventh Ray:

I really can’t thank Sasha and Zachary enough for selecting Aevitas Weddings to capture their intimate wedding at the Inn of the Seventh Ray and for wearing their emotions on their sleeves throughout the day. Sending them big congratulations (on many levels) as they embark on this new chapter together and I wish them an incredible honeymoon away.

April 11, 2018

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