Lindsey & Lakin both had always connected through music & sports. Lakin is a Division 1 women's basketball coach and Lindsey also played basketball through college. “I still love to be a part of her world in athletics,” says Lakin. Likewise, she is a singer/songwriter/musician, and Lindsey has always supported her passion of music.
The two met in Lakin’s hometown of Riverside, California about 10 years ago. At the time, Lindsey worked at the University that was right down the street from Lindsey’s first gig. “She loved my music and became a fan, which began a long-standing friendship between she and I.”
They were together a little more than 2 years before Lakin proposed on Christmas Day. “I was able to record a song I wrote for her, and I sent the song to her on Christmas along with the lyrics inscribed on paper. I told her that I couldn’t make it up to Washington for Christmas and that I had to stay in SoCal instead.” Without her knowing (and with the great help of her family!) Lakin flew up to Washington and timed her surprise so that as she listened to and read the song, Lakin set herself up downstairs in her parents’€™ home. Once she was finished with the song, she was instructed by my note to go downstairs to the Christmas tree where Lakin was waiting. “I asked her to marry me. And she said yes!” They were engaged for about 16 months before they got married.
Living in Southern California, the couple didn't have many hurdles to jump when it came to getting married. “However, just knowing that we now have security in the status of our marriage, wherever life takes us, means the world.”
Lakin and Lindsey chose to have an outdoor wedding/reception at Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point. They both connected more with being outdoors, and were attracted to the beauty of water. As soon as Lindsey saw that venue, she knew it was the perfect place, and Lakin agreed! Many of the decorations were nature inspired and simplistic. The processional song was "Take The World" by Johnnyswim and the recessional song was the song Lakin had written to propose to Lindsey called "All Mine".
The couple both wanted to wear beachy, yet romantic gowns. Lindsey wore an ivory, backless Katie May wedding gown while Lakin wore an ivory Galina Signature chiffon wedding gown. The men in the wedding party wore a variety of grey suits with a salmon accent, and the women wore a variety of dresses in salmon and blue. The reception was also at the beach, on a bluff just up from the ceremony site. They had a very rustic charm running throughout the wedding using natural tones, and salmon, blue, and grey for our wedding party, and we also had a musical theme. Lakin’s cousin and chef, Augie Saucedo, created an entire Mexican, gourmet taco inspired menu and the guests enjoyed margaritas as the signature cocktail for the night.
Lakin and Lindsey’s wedding was a casual version of a traditional wedding. It was a fairly short ceremony led by their pastor in which they wrote and shared their own vows. Some awesome musical surprises were also woven into the celebration and made the day so special. “Lindsey had my fantastic singer/songwriter friend, Justin Young surprise me during the wedding with one of our favorite songs, ‘My Favorite’€, and I also surprised Linds with a performance during the reception, including family and a few friends, of her favorite Stevie Wonder song, ‘œAs’.”
The musical surprises were some of the best moments of the day, but for the couple, they also loved being able to share their first kiss as a married couple before all of their friends and family, as well as listening to the speeches made by a select few of their loved ones.
Lindsey and Lakin went on a two week honeymoon to Northern Italy! They spent time in Rome, Cinque Terre, Lake Como, Venice, & Florence.
I think both of us agreed that we would have given one of our close ones our phones for the day so that they could take some candid, personal photos/videos of the day. There is something special about those!” They also wish they would've taken a group photo with all of their guests.