Easy Breezy Baja California Surfer Wedding

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Jesse and Caito wanted a simple wedding, with a small group of essential friends and family. The main priority? Hours in the surf and sun. I dragged Josh down the Baja coast with me to enjoy the magical union of these two star crossed lovers. We had a time, the kind of time that only grows fonder in memory as I look back at the trip and makes me wish I was right back in the moment.  
 
Josh and I knew we were off to a great start when we ditched our airbnb after wandering into the Todos Santos Inn, staying for a drink in their bar to watch the world series and then deciding to never leave. This hotel was a magical discovery, the old chipping brick walls were covered in vines and plants and layers of paint. The staff invited us in like family. Beautiful architecture and some of the most amazing and fresh sushi I have ever consumed at this spot! Truly a gem! 
 
We hit the dirt road the next afternoon for mid day surf for Josh and to meet with with Caito & Jesse (the bride and groom to be). I was still not allowed to go into the water since I was still recovering from being hit by a car a month and a half before. TORTURE! But we got out to the beach. The landscape was so flat and monochrome, it was beautiful like someone had taken a paint brush and painted 2 horizontal lives on a canvas. One the color of sand and one the color of the sea. 
 
Josh proceeded to mosh out too far up the beach, not heading my warnings of getting stuck in the sand. Well...we got stuck in the sand. Baja road trip checklist- CHECK. Oye! Well I do believe the photos speak for themselves. The journey was amazing and as you can see these two humans embody what I love and mean when I say "Photographer for Adventurous Souls." Jesse and Caito... here's to you! I love the way you do the things you do. You are creative, talented, deep living souls and I'm so happy I was chosen to capture your wedding week.

There’s nothing better than surf, sand, and waves… Well, maybe one thing, and that’s when tacos, churros, margaritas and tons of dancing are thrown into the mix! Caito + Jesse wanted their day to be easy + breezy; when they started to plan, they both asked each other, “What have we loved and disliked about weddings we’ve attended?” Based on that, they had a pretty clear answer to what was important to them, and their planner, Gaby Cobián, made helped make it happen.

 
 

Caito shares Some of it was logistical, like the wedding without assigned seating that left everyone wandering around awkwardly trying to figure out where to sit. Other parts were ideological like maintaining a strictly secular ceremony. And the best parts were just a reflection of what we love in this world — sun, beach, surfing, tacos, smiles, outer space, close friends and family. The most natural part was the style and design of the wedding as we are both artists and designers — we simply started creating what felt right.

With driftwood accents, shells, stones, and bones, C+J headed down to Baja California with their closest friends + family for one raging good time… And we mean raging — their reception turned into a surprise pool party! Let’s explore Pachamama, on the shores of Mexico.

Our Sun is a second- or third-generation star. All of the rocky and metallic material we stand on, the iron in our blood, the calcium in our teeth, the carbon in our genes were produced billions of years ago in the interior of a red giant star. We are made of star-stuff.- Carl Sagan
 
 
  There were so many great things about having our wedding in Mexico… Amazing food, a beautiful empty beach, warm fun waves. But the best part was having all of our favorite people on vacation with us and giving everyone the opportunity to get to know each other. Everyone was so relaxed and friendly by the time the wedding came around.

There were so many great things about having our wedding in Mexico… Amazing food, a beautiful empty beach, warm fun waves. But the best part was having all of our favorite people on vacation with us and giving everyone the opportunity to get to know each other. Everyone was so relaxed and friendly by the time the wedding came around.

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 How cool is Caito’s two-piece wedding dress?! It’s by none other than  Grace Loves Lace .

How cool is Caito’s two-piece wedding dress?! It’s by none other than Grace Loves Lace.

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 We’re diggin’ this floral tie + linen suit from  ASOS  (perfect for the beach wedding, might we add).

We’re diggin’ this floral tie + linen suit from ASOS (perfect for the beach wedding, might we add).

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  OUR MUSICAL CHOICES    Processional:  Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles   Recessional:  Alive by Empire of the Sun   First Dance:  Say My Name by Odesza (feat. Zyra)

OUR MUSICAL CHOICES

Processional: Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles

Recessional: Alive by Empire of the Sun

First Dance: Say My Name by Odesza (feat. Zyra)

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  OUR FAVORITE MEMORY FROM THE WEDDING   Jesse: I was suited and ready to marry about 5 hours too early. I just remember hanging out all prepped drinking a Sculpin in the hot sun while glowing with excitement.  Caito: Dancing on Jesse's shoulders in the pool! The ceremony was romantic, the sunset was spectacular, the speeches heartfelt, but the pool party during the reception was so unexpectedly and outrageously FUN!

OUR FAVORITE MEMORY FROM THE WEDDING

Jesse: I was suited and ready to marry about 5 hours too early. I just remember hanging out all prepped drinking a Sculpin in the hot sun while glowing with excitement.

Caito: Dancing on Jesse's shoulders in the pool! The ceremony was romantic, the sunset was spectacular, the speeches heartfelt, but the pool party during the reception was so unexpectedly and outrageously FUN!

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 How darling are these painted rocks and driftwood used as centerpieces?

How darling are these painted rocks and driftwood used as centerpieces?

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 Be sure to check out their sweet video by  Melissa Fuller Photography  below…

Be sure to check out their sweet video by Melissa Fuller Photography below…

And for a final few parting words from this darling couple, “We offered beer, wine and margaritas — we ran out of tequila three times… Make sure you have enough alcohol and the party will last all night long!”

 

 

venue namePachamama, MX, Mexico // event design: Bride and Groom // planningGaby Cobián // wedding dress: Grace Loves Lace // videography: Melissa Fuller Photography // paper goods: Bride and Groom // calligraphy: Bride and Groom // handmade details: Bride and Groom // catering: Compa Chava, El Poblanito // desserts: churros by Pachamama // popsicles: Paletería La Paloma