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Non-traditional Indian Wedding at Sunset Monalisa in Cabo San Lucas

The Couple

Vik & Vicki met and dated in college but went their separate ways. Years later they met again and reconnected, and this time was the right time. When asked what they had in mind for their wedding day they said, “...is a mixed wedding, with elements of both Christian and Hindu traditions. Overall, we want it to be fun and joyous, with lots of laughter and celebrating (Indians know how to par-taaayyy!).”

Vatna & Mendhi

The couple celebrated their wedding over a three day weekend. Staying with their friends and family at the Grand Fiesta Americana they hosted a welcome party as well as a laid back Vatna and Mendhi. Normally quite traditional, the henna ceremony and the rite of applying a paste made from turmeric powder and mustard, these Indian traditions happened at the same time on the beach on a sunny Friday morning, with guests in beach getups enjoying cocktails and the amusement of getting their hands dirty and making fun of the groom.

The Wedding Party

On the wedding day the girls got their Hair and Makeup at the bride’s suite. The couple’s wedding party was large with seven bridesmaids and six groomsmen. Bridesmaids and bride wore custom made Indian dresses and headpieces, while the groomsmen wore dark suits with no tie and groom with burgundy tie and white shirt.

Bride’s Dress and Style

The bride chose a white and red dress to truly mix the Christian and Indian traditional bridal colors and the result was stunning. The dress was handmade and the beautiful bright red was paired with golden details on the waist and belt, but none more beautiful than the traditional red veil.

The Wedding Venue

Sunset Monalisa is a multi level restaurant perched on the cliffs in Cabo San Lucas which oversees the full extension of Cabo’s bay and famous Arch at the land’s end. The couple had a buy out of the place and therefore was able to use all the levels to host the different portions of the wedding festivities.

The ceremony was closest to the restaurant’s entrance on the second to highest level. Below it the property fans out into multileveled terraces facing the Cortez sea. A platform above water hosts a white chuppah.

The Wedding Ceremony

The ceremony was officiated by a friend of the family. The best moments when the groom’s two year old niece mischievously trying to escape during the processional and the jaimala portion of the ceremony. The traditional exchange of garlands, which symbolizes the love and respect between bride and groom became incredibly funny when a struggle ensued to see who would put the garland on the other first. It’s a common joke that the one who receives it first will always have to listen to the other throughout their married life. As much as the groom fought, it looks like he will need to do a lot of listening from now on.

The Cocktail Hour

While the bride and groom went to the beach for wedding portraits, below the ceremony terrace, a few levels down on the lowest terrace perching over the rocks, the cocktail hour had live music while wedding guests took photos of the incredible views.

The Wedding Reception

The bride changed from her wedding dress into a second look, a more comfortable dress and shoes for the reception. Not only was she clever but also looked amazing in this bridal night look as well. The second dress was a very light lilac with no veil, and the bride paired the outfit with a dark lipstick that gave it a night time feel.

The reception had tables distributed over terraces in different levels all with incredible sweeping views of Cabo San Lucas. At the exact moment the sun went down the staff at Sunset Monalisa announced the end of the day by playing conch shells.

After the speeches, the wedding went back up to the main terrace which had been transformed and now displayed lounge areas with white couches and colorful illumination. Bride and groom performed the first dance, followed by emotional parents dances. After the couple cut the cake fireworks surprised guests and started the party.

Wedding Coverage Details

Full coverage, 8.5 hours

With Second Shooter.

The Photography

The couple chose to have 3 days of celebrations photographed, so additionally to the full coverage for the wedding day, the bride and groom also had their welcome event and vatna & Mendhi captured during the preceding days.

For the wedding day, the couple opted for a first look to free their time as well as the wedding party and family to enjoy the cocktail hour at the gorgeous wedding venue.

I could photograph Vicki all day every day. She’s not only beautiful (those eyes!) but she is very expressive, which is a lot of fun to work with. This is not because she’s simply “good with the camera” but because it comes from just enjoying the moment and having a wicked humor.

The bride and groom’s parents were another highlight, you could really feel the love and how happy they were for their children. The first look between Vicki and her dad was pretty amazing and the tears that started to threaten then couldn’t be stopped when she opened the groom’s gift for her.

Wedding Vendors List

Wedding Venue

Sunset Monsalisa

Event Coordination

Paola Camacho with Cabo in Love

Wedding Photographer

Anna Gomes Photo

Host Hotel

Grand Fiesta Americana

Hair and Makeup

Alma Vallejo

Wedding Flowers

Veronica Romo

Sound & Lighting

DJ Ricardo Patino

Wedding Dress Designer & Veil

Custom Made in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada

Bridal Shoes

Badgley Mishka

Groom's Attire

The Kennedy Outfit

Bridesmaids Dresses

Custom Made in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada

Wedding Bands

Shane Co.

Other Bridal Accessories

Brought from India


Made of fabric from grandma's wedding dress

Groom's Gift to Bride

Necklace from Pandora

Bride's gift to groom

Photo Box by Muujee