Recently I had the esteemed pleasure of photographing a private dinner party hosted by Toni from Purry Communications Group, for a select group of her closest lady friends at the secluded Tuscali Mountain Inn out in Topanga. Toni’s reasons were wonderfully touching: the guests were good friends whom Toni decided to treat to a thank-you dinner in celebration of their supportive friendships cultivated during her years living in LA. A little help from Wenda over at Always Perpekto! and semi-celebrity chef Becky Reams resulted in a candlelit evening filled with savory gourmet dishes beneath the boughs of a gorgeous oak tree.

{L}: Some sweet party favors! | {R}: Toni addresses the group

Toni introducing the head catering chef to her guests. Becky is also incidentally a current contestant on FOX's "Masterchef."

Funnier and funnier tales were told around the table as the night wore on!

One of Becky's delicious dishes