Summer in the Caribbean never felt so good! This week has been quite busy for the team as we continue to confirm the sweet details for our Digital Magazine – Issue II coming out in December 2018! *look out for the official launch date on September 7th*

We’ve been taking short breaks every chance we get to catch a little sunlight, and enjoy the last few days of this amazing month, but in just a couple days September will be here and we have so much in store for you all. 

So, before we get carried away and end up dishing on all the good stuff about our Digital Magazine, let’s dive right into our feature of the week from Cabo San Lucas! Enjoy lovebirds!



When I met Lyn and Richard here in Seattle and they asked if I wanted to photograph their wedding in Cabo San Lucas at the Sandos Finesterra Resort I was so excited. It took all of my strength not to jump out of my chair and act like Tom Cruise on Oprah’s couch. Fast forward over a year from that date I found myself last weekend soaking up the sun(burn) and sights with the sweetest, most lovely couple a photographer could ask for.

Lyn and Richard are a great pair. I loved watching Lyn’s face light up every time she looked at him. I loved hearing his laugh as they shared jokes. This is a couple that has a bright future. I especially love that they planned a destination wedding that allowed for lots of time poolside and seaside. Sandos Finesterra is located on the Pacific side of the Baja which means large crashing waves and soft sandy beaches. Just around the corner from this paradise is the marina. There you can find all kinds of water activities including sailing, snorkeling, etc. My husband, Caleb, and I came into town two nights before the wedding to check out the locations, create a shoot plan, and enjoy the all-inclusive resort. We took a sailing trip to “the arch” as everyone calls it at lands end. I snapped a couple photos at sunset for Lyn and Richard since I figured they’d want some.

The ceremony happened on the beach and was really beautiful. Together Lyn and Richard did a sand ceremony. Their pieces of glass will be used to create a one of a kind glass sculpture, an eloquent metaphor for their relationship.  After the ceremony and some photos with the guests and family, we went to the beach for sunset photos. Nothing beats a sunset on the beach at a Sandos Finesterra Wedding! I felt like the light show went on for two hours and gave us brilliant colors all evening long.

Finally, a tequila toast, cutting of the cake and an evening of laughs with loved ones rounded out this magical celebration. Thank you so much to Lyn and Richard for sharing their love with all of us. May your union be a blessed one filled with spectacular sunsets on the beach.


“After our first trip to Cabo, I started saving for the perfect ring. I wasn’t sure exactly when or how I would propose, but I was certain that she was the one. When we decided to buy a house in the fall of 2016, I knew I would propose once we moved into our new home together. A few days after moving in, while setting up our Christmas tree, I handed Lyn an ornament that said “Will You Marry Me?”. Before she could say anything, I got down on one knee and gave her the ring. She was so surprised and excited that she forgot to say yes!” says Richard.


“We celebrated our second anniversary in Cabo and it was there that we each started seriously contemplating a future together. So after Richard proposed, we instantly knew that our wedding would be on the beach in Cabo.

Our wedding style was inspired by the destination. We wanted to surround our guests with the things we love most about Cabo, stunning beach landscapes and colorful Mexican culture. Our ceremony and reception were both held on the beach where the beautiful sunset and thunderous sound of crashing waves provided a romantic backdrop for our special day.

We used Mexican-inspired décor, like papel picado menu cards and bright local flowers, to add pops of color throughout. A tequila shot replaced the traditional champagne toast, adding to the relaxed Cabo beach vibe.

We personalized our wedding with a unity glass ceremony, a twist on the more common sand ceremony. During the ceremony, we combined different colors of glass crystals to symbolize our union. After the wedding, the glass crystals were sent to a glass blower, who uses them to create a unique decorative vase that we will display in our home as a physical reminder of our love,” says the lovely couple.


“Our wedding colors were white, red, and bright orange. We kept most of the décor simple to emphasize the natural beauty of our beachfront setting. We added pops of color with bright colored floral centerpieces and Mexican-inspired papel picado menu cards at each place setting.”


“The bridal bouquet, made up of bright red and orange gerberas and roses, inspired the rest of our wedding décor. Matching floral centerpieces were placed at each table providing pops of bright red and orange against the white table cloths and runners,” the couple explains.


“Our wedding wasn’t just about us, it was also about the friends and family that flew thousands of miles to be with us for our wedding. We made it a priority to create a unique and fun experience that brought everyone together. To kick off the weekend, we arranged a sunset cruise the night before the wedding that gave everyone a chance to get to know each other and get the party started. On the wedding day, we had a Mariachi band play during the cocktail hour as a fun surprise for our guests. Our favorite part of the wedding was seeing all our friends and family on the dance floor having the time of their lives,” says Lyn and Richard.


Groom: “The wedding destination really influenced my choices. I wanted a suit that was comfortable in the sun and looked good on the beach. My light gray suit provided just that. A white shirt with no tie helped keep it light and informal, perfect for our beach wedding.”

Bride: “I fell in love with the A line silhouette and shimmering lace motifs of her Rebecca Ingram gown. My wedding jewelry was a gift from the groom; classic pearls that perfectly complimented my gown’s strapless sweetheart neckline.”


“The first look. We were both feeling so antsy with nervous excitement after we went our separate ways to get ready for the wedding. Sharing an intimate moment together before the ceremony instantly made us both feel relaxed and brought out our closeness as a couple,” says Lyn and Richard.

The Ceremony...

The Reception...

Any wedding planning advice that you'd like to share with other couples planning their day?

“Figure out your top priorities for your wedding and let those guide your planning. While planning a wedding, it’s so easy to get overwhelmed by the details. Having a clear set of priorities helps you allocate your time and budget to the things that matter most to you,” says Lyn and Richard.

Thank you so much to Lyn, Richard & IJ Photo for sharing this loving album with us!


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Photography: IJ Photo | Shoes: Betsey Johnson | Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Men’s Warehouse | Dress Designer: Rebecca Ingram by Maggie Sottero | Jewelry: Blue Nile | Invitation Designer: Minted | Dress Store: I Do Bridal | Other Location: Sandos Finisterra Resort | Submitted via Two Bright Lights |

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