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Celebrating South of the Border: Happy Birthday, Mom + Dad

A few short weeks ago, we were blessed to spend a full week soaking in the sunshine with two of the most special people in my life.  Two people that have always sacrificed so much in order to give us all the opportunities in the world since the early ’80s.  There are not words to describe how much my mom’s love and grace, and dad’s love and hardworking work ethic mean to me… and all of us.  Though we couldn’t all make it, my sister and I were able to pull off a surprise by whisking our parents away to Mexico for a full week with our families… celebrating both of their birthdays.  On the second to the last day of our trip, my mom, looking fabulous as ever, turned 60!  That night, we met on the beach just before going to dinner, to take some photographs that I for certain will cherish forever.  My dad turns 60 in May, but fortunate all our schedules allowed us to usher in their new decade over my mom’s birthday south of the border.  Enjoy some of my favorites of my favorites… Xo

Pretty excited about growing old with these genes…. ;)


My parents with my sweet New York nephews– Javi and Marcos! <3

Oh… how I just adore my sister’s sweet babies…


Pablo, my brother-in-law, and Marcos soaking in the gorgeous golden lit sunset (Photo Credit: Peter)

My gorgeous sister and her youngest, Marcos (who tried and particularly loves the Riviera Maya Mexican cuisine)

One.  Sweet. Family.  <3

And my mom.  She has the most beautiful soul… inside and out.

22 Weeks pregnant with our little girl who is bound to be a beach lover… (Photo Credit: Lisa)


As any Photographer can tell you, when you hand your camera over to someone to take a picture; you don’t care if it’s centered or legs are cut off.   You just hope and pray everyone is in focus for just one of the pictures.  Here we all are…toes in the sand (cropped off).

Have a beautiful Wednesday, friends!

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  • April 22, 2015 - 12:22 am

    Bea Lincoln - I am sitting here looking at these with tears in my eyes. Annie THESE ARE ABSOLUTELY BEYOND BEAUTIFUL! It also helps that all of the subjects are too! I cannot even imagine how blessed your parents felt to have this all come together as planned! And I agree, your mom, in all the probably at least, 55 years I’ve known her, has always been just a beautiful soul and an amazing woman. Great job! Annie and Peter and Lisa and Pablo and boys. These memories will last forever.ReplyCancel

  • April 21, 2015 - 3:13 pm

    Melissa Steichen - Beautiful!!! Your parents are so cute! Your mom is gorgeous!!!ReplyCancel

  • April 16, 2015 - 3:34 pm

    Lisa Castillo Richmond - Really beautiful Ann Ray! Thank you for capturing these incredible moments in our lives! Can’t wait to welcome our newest member to the fun! And mom and dad do look fabulous (in person and in photos)!ReplyCancel

  • April 15, 2015 - 9:17 pm

    Denise Jummati Conone - Amazing! Your baby girl is blessed with a loving family!ReplyCancel

  • April 15, 2015 - 7:06 pm

    Teri Holland - Your mom ( I worked with her for a couple of years) looks like a model in these photos ..definitely not 60 yrs old! What a beautiful family …ReplyCancel

  • April 15, 2015 - 6:59 pm

    Michelle Vitale Lee - Just beautiful! You look just like your mother!ReplyCancel

  • April 15, 2015 - 6:23 pm

    Tarah Beyer Dickerson - It’s so awesome you guys did this! The pictures are great! The one of your mom is soooo good. Wow.ReplyCancel

  • April 15, 2015 - 5:59 pm

    Audrey Stoppel - Those pics bring tears to my eyes. You mom never ages I swear and your dad looks great. It’s amazing they’re at the 60 year old mark- it’s the new 40 :). Such beautiful pictures to capture those special moments and time in their and your lives. I love seeing the enduring love when they look at each other. Can’t wait to see your family grow even more. Love you all!ReplyCancel

  • April 15, 2015 - 5:20 pm

    Laura Furlow Riggs - Beautiful pictures and familyReplyCancel

  • April 15, 2015 - 5:07 pm

    Jill Rodriguez - Annie, these pics are gorgeous and so great to be able to look inside your family vacation-It is impossible to not love every member of your beautiful family!!ReplyCancel