Presenting Charlie Brear’s #FridayBridE Yanina

Friday Bride

An orange sunset & Playa Cerritos were the perfect backdrop to this week's Friday Bride's enviable destination wedding!

Our non-traditional bride did her own minimal hair & makeup style on the day with the intention to walk down the aisle how her groom knows her best, naturally beautiful. Closest friends and family stayed in the venue's hacienda, while the rest of the guests were within walking distance to the beach. Talk about the best of both worlds!   

The beautiful bride stunned in our iconic Payton dress.

Yanina & Justin’s unforgettable wedding pictures were captured by Miles Witt Boyer Photographic Collective.


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Please describe the style of your wedding

Our wedding was all about celebrating and having fun with our family and friends. We wanted the weekend to be a relaxing escape for our guests. There were minimal decorations because the Hacienda is beautiful and the location is absolutely breathtaking. We had personalized hats and other fun items for guests to enjoy.

When and where did your partner propose to you?

It was a random Thursday in April, we were walking downtown in Denver under the guise that we were going to grab dinner. When we reached the Denver Millennium Bridge, Justin began to stall. I was hungry so I grabbed his arm and literally began to drag him away from the bridge. Justin wanted to propose on the bridge so he pulled away and dropped to his knee. I was so shocked he actually had to get down on his knee a second time before I could respond! Needless to say, we did not grab dinner - we had champagne!

Which dress did you choose and why? And where did you buy it from?

I wore the Payton dress because it suited my personality and wedding theme perfectly - simple and elegant. I wanted everything to be effortless. I had seen brides adjusting sleeves or tugging on their strapless gowns before. I wanted my dress to be beautiful and comfortable. I bought it from Little White Dress Bridal Shop in Denver, CO.

How was your experience shopping for your wedding dress? ( was it easy, was it memorable, was it fun?, was the decision tough?)

I had no idea where to begin but the stylist at LWD was amazing. She talked me through options and explained everything. Later, my mom and sister-in-law drove in from Texas to help me decide.


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What would your advice be to other brides shopping for a wedding dress?

Try on different styles and take your time. It can be overwhelming. I went shopping alone initially then later with my mom and SIL. It was nice having the time to consider options alone and truly decide what felt like 'me.' Every gown is gorgeous, you need to really pinpoint what you want in a dress and how you want to feel walking down the aisle. I can't imagine doing that with multiple individuals giving me their opinions when I'm trying to formulate my own.

Also, try a veil. I didn't want to wear one but when a friend came to town and we went to look for accessories, she had me try one on. I felt so bridal with it that I ended up buying one.

How did you feel after you had ordered your dress?

I felt excited and relieved that such an important piece of our day was checked off the list.

What shoes did you wear?

Initially I planned on wearing a pair of shoes I already owned - they were floral and blue strappy heels that seemed to fit the destination. However, while casually browsing one day, I came across a pair of sparkling Michael Kors pumps. I figured, why not, it's my wedding day!

Did you struggle finding the right lingerie that worked with your dress, if so would you recommend anything for future brides?

Honestly, I didn't try very hard. Pretty early on I decided I wouldn't wear anything under my dress. It worked out just fine.



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Who did your hair & make-up and how did you find them?

I did my own hair and make-up. I don't wear much make-up as it is and I wanted to look like myself as I approached my groom.

Where and when did you get married?

We got married January 28, 2017 at Playa Cerritos, which is an hour north of Cabo San Lucas, BCS, Mexico. Our venue was a beautiful hacienda perched on a private bluff overlooking the ocean. The entire 10-room boutique hotel was reserved for us the entire weekend. Our closest friends stayed in the Hacienda with us while the rest of our guests were within walking distance along the beach.

How did you feel walking down the aisle?

I was excited and nervous. We were going to recite our own vows and with all the craziness leading up to the wedding, we hadn't written any. Justin felt confident in his ability to 'wing it,' I did not.

What traditions did you follow? (Think something old, new, borrowed and blue.)

The entire wedding was not very traditional, no bridesmaids or groomsmen, no color scheme, we recited our own vows, etc. I'd say the only thing is that we stuck to a white dress and a black tux.


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Did your wedding have any quirky or unusual features?

We had friends participate throughout, one friend was our officiant, another assumed the role of MC, another was the DJ for part of the night...

We also had Chinese wish lanterns laid out on a table and our guests wrote special notes on them before we lit up the sky.

What was the funniest moment of the day?

We knew we were going to do a first-look. In order to still maintain an element of surprise, I was going to sneak up on Justin during what he thought was his solo photo session. As I'm waiting for 'the signal' around a corner, a friend staying at the Hacienda walked right in front of Justin taking pictures to pick up his surfboard - he looked directly at me hiding and then walked away.

Who took your wedding pictures?

The amazing team at Miles Witt Boyer Photography - we were fortunate enough to have team photographer, Max Grubb, as well as, team filmmaker, Brandon Buccheri, in Mexico to document the entire weekend.

If you could do it all again, would you do anything differently?

I would take more candid pictures with my family. Our siblings weren't on the dance floor as much as our friends so we don't have many pictures with them. Or maybe I should have dragged them onto the dance floor. :)


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Did you find organising your wedding an easy process? What parts were easy and what parts were trickier?

Being a destination wedding, there wasn't much we could do before. We wanted to support the local vendors and that required in-person transactions. We secured the venue, tables and chairs, I ordered some lace for the tables, and that was pretty much it. We had plenty of ideas, but we needed to be there in person to execute them. Justin arrived a week early and with the help of a friend in Mexico, they knocked out a lot of the details - food, drinks, bartender, etc. etc. etc. I arrived a few days before the wedding to help with the final details. We were pretty open and flexible. If something didn't work out, we didn't dwell on it, we moved on.

What will you do with your dress now?

I still have it and plan to keep it.

What are you and your husband's best memories of the day?

During the first look, there were so many nervous/excited giggles. We just enjoyed each other and laughed and had fun. The rest of the evening was just as great - having all your friends and family in one place is truly unforgettable.

We also took time the day after our wedding to do a sunset shoot. It was absolutely amazing. We were still in the giggly excited phase. We dressed up again and enjoyed the beautiful sunset together. We climbed the rocks, walked along the cliffs, and ended it by running into the ocean!! It was perfect.



1. Don't sweat the small stuff, no one really cares or notices details.

2. Hire a photographer and videographer that you LOVE!! This was my biggest push for our day. So many brides had expressed their dissatisfaction with their photographs to me. All you have in the end are memories and photo/video (and a great partner in life of course). I had followed MWB Photography for years and knew they were the team I wanted to document our day.

3. Include your groom. Justin and I were equally involved and invested in our day. We shared the responsibilities and it was fun (most of the time). ;)

4. Have good food, plenty of alcohol, and great music! That is really what guests want/remember in the end.

5. Enjoy every bit of it!

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Ceremony Venue: Hacienda Cerritos

Reception Venue: Hacienda Cerritos

Photographer/Videographer: Miles Witt Boyer Photographic Collective

Shoes & Accessories: Michael Kors shoes, Cori Pierce Love Veil

Bridesmaids' dresses: No bridesmaids

Rings: Mariloff Diamonds

Florist: local

Entertainment: DJs - local and a friend

Caterer: local

Cake Supplier: local

Hair: Myself

Make-up: Myself