KAMI STOWS AWAY TO CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO by Sara Richardson Photography
Brace yourself for some friggin’ gorgeous elopement photography from Sara Richardson Photography. If you don’t know her…familiarize yourself. I’ve been known to occasionally stalk her photos on Twitter as her posts are always so intriguing…well, I don’t really like to call it stalking, more like intense research for some gorgeous destination eye candy. DETAILS, SCHMEETAILS. Regardless, I couldn’t help myself when I asked her for more, and luckily she was so kind to send these over! So sit your little fanny right down, and feast thine eyes. These are the kinds of photos that make little girls dream of running away to an exotic locale on a romantic getaway for two when they grow up! So please don’t show this to any little girls or you just might inspire them.From the bride herself: We had been engaged for going on two complete years when we finally decided that we would just get married. Life being as busy as it usually can get with work, school and family we kept putting off the planning of our wedding as we both dreaded the added stress and complications we knew it would bring, particularly trying to accommodate his parents whom we were already having a stressful time with as it was. Luckily we had just planned a vacation cruise that was coming up in about four weeks. One night we were in the kitchen and I turned to Jeff, my husband-to-be, and said, “Why don’t we just get married on the beach while we are in Cabo?” Jeff thought about it for a minute and replied, “Why not? Let’s do it!” So four weeks prior to leaving on our vacation we decided that we were going to get married by ourselves on the beach, without telling anyone about beforehand. Jeff and I met in the most unreliable way to start a new relationship. Jeff was at the end of his first year in graduate business school and I was just cruising along with life. We both happened to be in the same bar in Eugene, Oregon and as he was signing for his tab getting ready to leave I came down and started to talk to him. I ended up going with him to the next establishment and we really seemed to hit it off. We both had a lot going on in our lives at the time and so after our first meeting I didn’t end up hearing from him for another two weeks! Luckily it was perfect timing and we started dating from there. Two years later Jeff proposed to me at the top of the botanical gardens on Catalina Island. From there things just continued to develop and life kept getting busier until we finally decided to just do it. Once we decided to get married in Cabo I left it up to Jeff to figure out all the options and ways we could do it as I was so busy with school. We were taking advantage of my Spring Break week for our vacation and he was finally able to take some time off from work. Jeff started looking online for wedding officiants in Cabo and started sending out some emails asking for more information. My dad had a friend whose niece lives in Cabo and so we sneakily asked my dad for her information under the guise of wanting to get engagement photos while we were down there. After getting her information we were put in touch with Sara Richardson, who ended up being the one we chose as our photographer. I emailed her asking her the usual questions about price and how things might work since we were under a tight timeframe and semi-unusual circumstances. Sara was wonderful with us! We had already decided on an officiant, Reverend Scott Parsons, and he had taken care of our private beach rental at Pedregal. The one thing that Jeff had forgotten about was where I was going to get ready, so we asked Sara if she had any ideas and she was willing to call around to some of the resorts and find out what our options were. She found one that sounded particularly nice and so we agreed to meet her at that resort at noon and things were pretty much set. On the day of, we tendered off the cruise ship and got to shore as early as we could. We weren’t as familiar with the area and so we ended up walking probably about a mile or so to the resort, carrying our bags with our things for our wedding. We finally got there and the staff in the spa was sweet enough to allow me to use one of their massage rooms to get ready in. Sara took some before pictures and then pictures of Jeff having his first look at me out towards the beach area of the resort. After we took some initial pictures Sara drove us over to the beach where we were getting married and we met our officiant in person for the first time. From there we set up and performed our ceremony on the beach and everything turned out perfect! We had a 15 minute ceremony and took more pictures for another hour and half or so. Everything turned out so special and perfect, especially for arranging everything over email. The next day we came back to shore again in Cabo and met Sara to pick up our pictures which she somehow was able to get ready in less than 24 hours. They turned out incredible! Every pose and angle and background just perfectly captured our dream wedding. We couldn’t have imagined it turning out any better. We had a quick lunch there on the shore and then had to head back to the cruise ship to leave port and head back towards home. The rest of our cruise we spent celebrating together our new marriage. The people we met on the ship shared in our celebration and we were able to spend some good quality time together excited to have finally gotten married. Once back in the Port of San Diego we started our journey of driving back to Eugene, Oregon (950 miles!) We detoured through Las Vegas on our way just to check it out for a night/day and then had a very event filled trip back north from there. We finally made it home, exhausted and barely breathing. From there we knew that we would have a long and great marriage as we both had survived that long, long, long trip in the car together. We couldn’t be happier with the way things turned out and we love having such a wonderful story to tell everyone about how we got married. So far things have been great and we don’t have any reason to think that they will ever change. Jeff and Kami Plowman
And while we’re on the topic of elopements and getaways for two…on one final note, if you haven’t heard about it already, please check out the all-inclusive destination elopement package giveaway for two by Love Takes Flight. They have some pretty awesome things they’re giving away over on their Facebook page, and you don’t have long to enter to win! SO GO!!
Photography: Sara Richardson Photography