A Magical Surprise Elopement in Topanga Canyon


Bathing in the light of the mountain

BELLE & PONTUS

ONE SENTENCE SUM-UP OF THE WEDDING VIBE: Bathing in light on our magic mountain

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Our ceremony took place on a mountain in Topanga State Park, Los Angeles. It was a magical spot to us—its beauty played a big part in the ritual we had devised. In order to get there you had to follow a narrow trail over along a mountain ridge towards the peak.

With us was a small number of family members and close friends who had all flown in from Europe. They neither knew the exact location nor the details of the ritual, so it was all a big surprise to them. Only our officiant, who is a good friend, was in the know—we had created the entire ceremony with her.

On our day, we got ready separately at home and in a hotel. We had a bus take the guests along with the groom and officiant to the park and drop them off about a mile from the spot. The group hiked up the trail into the park. At a point overlooking LA and the scenery, the groom sent everyone ahead to the peak and stayed behind to wait for the bride. I had by now arrived at the park entrance and was walking up by myself—well, accompanied by our awesome photographer Michelle—until I got to the overlook where my groom was waiting by himself. We saw each other for the first time in our full wedding gear up there, overlooking the city, the mountains, and the ocean. We then followed the path up the mountain, with our guests watching us climb up to the peak.

We had the ceremony right up there, while the sun set over the hills and the Pacific.

FAVORITE THING ABOUT THE WEDDING

It was exactly the way we wanted, without compromises—monumental, emotional and meaningful.


The Info:

Photographer: Rad + In Love APW Sponsor | Location: Pacific Palisades, CA | Venue: Temescal Ridge Trail, Topanga State Park | Belle’s Dress: For Love & Lemons via Bona Drag | Boots: Vintage from London, UK | Rings: Sarah Leonard Fine Jewelers, in Westwood Village | Unicorn: Christmas present to Belle | Veil: Belle’s Mother’s (since Belle is not into veils it served as the beautiful ringholder’s bedding) | Bouquet and Boutonnière: Westwood Flower Garden | Little Succulent Keepsakes: Clementine Floral Works in Silverlake | Officiant: A friend of the couple | Cake and Dinner Reception: A.O.C. | Hair and Makeup: Tatiana at The Braid Studio

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  • kate

    oooh girl. those boots + that dress. SWOOOON. the scenery ain’t bad either!

  • Sarah E

    WHAT. the dress, the shoes, the ring, the hair. Holy crap, girlfriend. Such perfection!

  • Lots of adorable moments here! :)

  • Suzanne

    Seriously, I am insanely jealous of your dress. It’s gorgeous. I wanted to do something similar with me dress (embroidered tulle, high neck, low back) but it turns out that I need serious support for the girls and it’s not possible. Sad face. Anyway. Lovely wedding.

  • Guest

    This is an adorable couple!

  • KJS

    The mask shot!!!

    And everything else. :)

  • Jenny

    The love between the couple just shines through here… Reminding me of why we get married in the first place!

  • vegankitchendiaries

    IS THIS REAL LIFE?

  • Fiona

    OMG THAT DRESS. It’s ASOS, right?
    P.S. I love ASOS so hard.

  • kacaudad

    your first look and walking to greet your ceremony guests sounds like a dream!

  • Basketcase

    Beautiful. A lot of what I wish we had had the courage to do. Congratulations :)

  • Sarah

    Just stunning!! And I want some of that cake. Those are real flowers, right?

  • Shaun Marsh

    Wedding is probably the most important event in our lives. By the way these photos are really amazing and beautiful.
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  • Andie

    Beautiful wedding! …On a different note, I’m not from the US, so can someone please explain why married couples are introduced as “Mr. and Mrs. John Smith”

  • Guest

    Mountains are so…spiritual? Not sure what the right word is. But what an awesome location for a wedding! I’m dying to know what the secret rituals were that surprised the guests!

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  • Gorgeous couple! Love how you organized “seeing for the first time” moment!

  • brakell-basicinvite

    Obsessing!! The dress, boots, accessories, I’m loving it all!