Sunlit California Seaside Engagement Session: Abbi...

Sunlit California Seaside Engagement Session: Abbie & Devin

California Seaside Engagement Session

I truly believe that one of the most beautiful pictures of love is that of two figures by the sea: salted air, windswept locks, and sea-breeze kisses. It’s always raw, always so alive in its simplicity, and somehow feels exactly the colors of sunset made manifest. Today, Abbie & Devin are that picture — but more than that, they live it daily.

From the photographer, Rachel Owens:

“Abbie & Devin are perfect on film; their personalities are film. They are genuine, raw, simple, & beautiful. The two met in Malibu back in 2013 & life for them has been filled with days on the beach, living in Venice & Santa Monica, just blocks from the beach. They are free. They are in love & together they celebrate joy, life, & everything film stands for. Abbie, who can be a tomboy in the corner of her soul, looked equally stunning in both rugged levis & a pink Lovers & Friends gown. Her freckles light up as the sun dances across her face & Devin steals a kiss under the soft sunset. Their September wedding at the Adamson House on California’s finest coast is going to be the perfect late summer day celebrating the fiercest & most endearing love.”

Love notes from the couple, Abbie & Devin:

How did you two meet? What were your first impressions of one another?

Abbie: “We met years ago at a Malibu house party. To preface, I was dining at Duke’s restaurant on PCH with a friend, when our sever struck up conversation with us. We got to talking & it turned out we had a ton in common & easy conversation. He invited us to his house party he was having that upcoming weekend. Being young, single, & somewhat new to LA, we agreed to go. We arrived & began mingling, having fun, & then I met Devin. The moment Devin & I said hello, something shifted. We were inseparable the entire night, and just continued to stay inseparable ever since. I still remember telling my friends a few weeks after he met that he could be the one; something I would never breathe in the past. But he just was.”

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Tell us a funny story relating to your wedding planning!

“We are avid beach goers & complete lovers of the coast so we had been eyeing the Adamson House in Malibu for as long as we had been discussing our wedding. The Adamson House only books during limited months in the year, & their calendar is super booked. We were on hold for a date, so anxious to book our dream venue, and after weeks go by, we get a call that the date is ours! It turns out that a friend of a friend had it booked, decided to change venues, & their swap led to our wedding venue destiny! We sent them a little wedding keepsake to commemorate the ‘kismet’ moment.”

Describe a hurdle you had to overcome in your relationship or during your wedding planning.

Abbie: “Being a girl that hasn’t particularly ‘dreamed’ of my wedding day my entire life, jumping into all the details has been unexpected. I have witnessed many friends plan their weddings, but it pales to how it feels when planning your own. Although I have a clear vision of what I want, balancing work, friends, my relationship, & planning the biggest event of my life, can be overwhelming. And while wanting to take it all in, it’s impossible to.” 

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Any special ways you are incorporating your family into your wedding day?

Abbie: “All my family lives out of of state, mostly on the East Coast. So we want our wedding to not only be one day of celebration, but a weekend. With everyone traveling to celebrate our love, we also want to celebrate the growth & union of two families. So as much as our wedding is & will be about the love we share, we want to make this weekend memorable for our family. We are planning a Malibu itinerary (the fun kind!) for all our guests to partake in the day before. This is designed to thank them & show our appreciation for all of their love, their travels & extra effort to make our wedding everything we could imagine.”

What part of your wedding day is most important to you?

Abbie: “Our ceremony & vows. I love writing & feel that writing & sharing my vows is a moment I’ll remember for the rest of my, our, life. I love a spectacular party, so I’ll be sure to dance the night away, but I’ll dance again. I won’t be sharing my vows on our wedding day again.”

What was your favorite part about planning your wedding?

Abbie: “I love creating a day that reflects us. Choosing our favorite things & inviting all our family & friends to share in it with us. A ceremony near the beach, dinner under twinkle lights, & lots & lots of dancing! It has been to cool to see our personalities materialize into a stunning end-of-summer beach wedding, that couldn’t feel more ‘us’…” 

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What is the best thing you’ve learned from one another?

Abbie: “The value of trust & playfulness. I know these two sound like opposite ends! We have a trust that I’ve never experienced. I never have to second guess it, it is just a bedrock of our relationship. I could trust Devin with anything. The value of that could never been emphasized enough. It brings safety, comfort, & peace. Second, playfulness. I love how my parents still sneak off to makeout. This will 100% be us. I love feeling youthful together, feeling free. It has taught me to just enjoy life every chance you get. It’s love & it brings out the best in us.”

If you had one piece of advice for other couples, what would it be?

“Relax & enjoy each part as much as possible! It is a fleeting season. Don’t let little things get the best of you & just find ways to love on those who are supporting you & celebrating you in this season.”

What is the most honest thing you can say about love?

“Love is, and forever will be, the foundation of all things timeless & great. Love is flawed, but it is resilient, iconic, & the best thing that has ever happened to us.” 

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photographer: Rachel Owens Photography / venue: Point Dume, Malibu / dress boutique: Revolve / dress designer: Lovers & Friends / makeup artist: Benefit Cosmetics / hair stylist: Dry Bar / film lab: Photovision Prints


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