You are correct that Amazon SES does not act as an inbox, and is an email routing service.
Lightsail instances are not configured to send email by default. For example, if you create a WordPress instance, you might want to configure it to send email notifications when website visitors comment on your blog posts. Another use-case is to configure it to send emails when one of your registered administrators requests a password reset (which requires an email to be sent). The tutorial you linked shows how to configure your isntance to send email using Amazon SES. The tutorial assumes that you're already using a managed email service, such as Amazon WorkMail, Gmail, Outlook, etc. The purpose of the tutorial is not to show how to configure an emai server, but instead how to configure your instance to send email notifications to your existing email address/service.
If you want to use an email address with your custom domain, such as KaiserSnowball@example.com, in which example.com is your custom registered domain name, then I suggest using a service like Amazon WorkMail to use as your email inbox/outbox. For more information, see the Amazon Workmail Administrator Guide here: https://docs.aws.amazon.com/workmail/latest/adminguide/what_is.html
The following articles provide guidance to use your registered domain with Amazon WorkMail:
Please let me know if you have further questions by posting a reply.
I have now got it working outbound via SES and Route 53 and I am out of the Sandbox now too :)
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