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Music-Themed California Beach Wedding: Lindsey & Lakin

Derek Chad Photography

April 9, 2016

Lindsey and Lakin 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 Lakin’s first gig as a singer/songwriter. Lindsey loved Lakin’s music and became a fan, which began a long-standing friendship between the two.

Lakin proposed to Lindsey just after their two-year anniversary on Christmas. She was able to record a song that she wrote for her, and sent it to her on Christmas, along with the lyrics inscribed on paper. Lakin told Lindsey that she couldn’t make it to Washington for Christmas and that she had to stay in Southern California instead. Without Lindsey knowing, and with the great help of Lindsey’s family, Lakin flew up to Washington and timed her surprised so that as Lindsey listened to and read the song, Lakin set herself up downstairs. Once she was finished with the song, the note instructed Lindsey to go downstairs by the Christmas tree where Lakin was waiting. She proposed, and Lindsey said yes!

Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
The brides chose their beach wedding site to honor their connection with being outdoors and their love of the beauty of water. They had more than a year to plan their wedding, which helped with their busy job schedules. Lindsey managed the details, for which Lakin was very grateful.
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography

The couple’s musical connection presented some great surprises on the big day. Lindsey had Lakin’s fantastic singer/songwriter friend, Justin Young, surprise her during the wedding with one of their favorite songs, “My Favorite.” Lakin surprised Lindsey with a performance during the reception, including family and a few friends, of her favorite Stevie Wonder song, “As.” Among Lakin’s favorite moments of the day was when most of their family and friends were with them on the dance floor, laughing, dancing and surrounding them with love.

Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Lindsey and Lakin offered some recommendations for couples planning their own weddings: “The biggest advice we could give would be to plan as much as you can prior to the wedding day so that all you have to do is show up and enjoy the company of your loved ones! It goes by so incredibly fast.”
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography

Lakin added, “As for specific advice to other same-sex couples, we know how there can be stress and even a little sadness when it comes to dealing with people who may not be ‘OK’ with celebrating your union. I think Linds and I would both agree that the most important thing you can do is to lean into those that fully affirm and support you both, and to only include those who are comfortable enough to celebrate you on your day. It’s your day! Invite people you want to be there that also want to be there.”

Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography

Their LGBTQ-Friendly Vendors

Photographer: Derek Chad Photography // Officiant: Aaron Van Voorhis // Caterer: Angie Saucedo Catering // Equipment Rentals: Apex Tent and Party Rentals // Other: Capistrano Golf Carts // Cinema and Video: Derek Chad Photography // Hair Stylist: Jessica Koenig // Musicians: Justin Young Music // Hair Stylist:  Kacee Geoffroy // Cinema and Video: Lissa Booth // Other: SoCal Bartender // Bakery: Virgo Burroughs // Caterer: Brothers Signature Catering and Events // DJ: DJ Spark // Event Planner: Evelyn Francesca Events and Design // Reception Venue: Salt Creek Beach

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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