Qynn & Ngan got married on a mellow weathered spring day at The Cape Hotel in Los Cabos, Mexico.
The couple of globetrotters met in Singapore a few years back where the bride was living and working. The groom was visiting the city-state from Zurich, Switzerland where he grew up and lived. And they bonded over their common roots and Vietnamese origins. Their families had been in the same refugee camp, an incredible and significant coincidence. Both bride and groom were incredibly caring and deferential to their parents, who accompanied them to Los Cabos during the planning of the wedding, to visit the venues and get to know their wedding vendors.
The couple lives between Los Angeles and Zurich and when it was time to make a decision as to where they would tie the knot they decided that Baja California was the best location. Mexico would be the perfect excuse to get friends and family together for a lovely trip to the beautiful coastal town of Cabo San Lucas.
The couple chose The Cape for their wedding venue because it suited their personal styles. The hotel is located on the Cabo San Lucas side of Cabo, which is the westernmost of the two sister towns. It is also where the famous land’s end is located, the southernmost portion of the entire Baja California peninsula, about 1000 miles south of the California-Mexico border. At the very end of the land, which protects the Cabo San Lucas Bay and famous Medano beach, is an impressive rock formation among which is a natural arch.
Neighboring the arch, and only accessed by boat, is the Lover’s beach on the calm side of the bay. An interesting feature of that beach, or Playa del Amor as it’s called in Spanish, is that it connects to another beach, Divorce beach, cleverly called that for its aggressive waves and strong currents, it is nothing like the calm waters of the bay.
The Cape Hotel is on the very opposite side of the Land’s End. The beach where it sits, called Monuments is a small stretch of sand and rocks at the eastern end of Medano beach, making it a cozy beach that is not swimmable, instead it’s a local surf spot for advanced surfers only. It has a unique view of the arch, which is not visible from the marina or Medano beach. The Cape is the only hotel at that beach and has its infinity pools right on the sand.
The hotel is built of formed concrete, the architecture letting the harsh material show on walls and the lobby’s ceiling. The architecture style is contemporary and complemented by modernist furniture pieces as well as wood details, it gives the place a very unique look.
Rooms have cement tile in geometric patterns of blue and white, gorgeous furniture and surf-inspired artwork on the walls. In the lobby, a huge sculpture of a whale made of palo de arco, a common building material in Southern Baja graces the entrance of the hotel. The dark and heavy looking pillars and ceiling frame the beautiful seascape letting plenty of light come in. It’s one of my favorite places to shoot in call of Cabo.
The bride got ready in a spacious suite with a hot tub at its balcony. Her maid-of-honor did her makeup and Qynn chose loose wavy curls, a natural look that befit her no-fuss personality. Her bridesmaids and mom wore gorgeous silk robes, with the four ladies in the bridal party wearing light blue-grey ones, the mother of the bride a beautiful aubergine, and the bride herself a light blue-gray patterned with flowers. Choosing and gifting your bridal party with something to wear during the getting ready is a thoughtful detail. It’s great to get everyone in the mood and it makes every photo look clean and beautiful.
Besides the beautiful robes, Qynn gave her bridesmaids Tiffany bracelets with a little charm in the shape of a heart in the classic Tiffany blue. She got their Tiffany bags just as the girls were finishing getting dressed. It was a great accessory for their clean bridesmaids' Maxi dresses in nude colors with pockets.
The bride’s dress also had pockets, making it one of the most interesting dresses I’ve seen in years and Qynn loved using them. The lace wedding dress was backless with plunging V neck and Capela train. The gown was sexy and demure at the same time, the adorable bows on the shoulders giving it a youthful and cute touch. The bride paired the beautiful Inbal Dror design with a long vail placed on the highest point of her head. Her platinum metallic cage rockstud pumps completing the look.
The groom wore a navy blue three-piece suit with no tie. A pocket square formalized the look along with a cream bloom for his boutonniere. Dark brown shoes and engraved cufflinks completed the outfit. His groomsmen were gray suits to match. And the minimalist colors went well with the bridal party muted tones and The Cape’s modernist vibes.
During his getting ready, besides the groom’s party, Ngan’s mom was present along with his sisters and brother. Ngan’s family is very close, he is especially devoted to his mom who he says he loves “big time”. The moments she helped him getting dressed are truly sweet.
The wedding was planned and coordinated by Bonnie Chase at Events by Bliss. Her designs inspired by the couple’s personal style and ancestry had geometric elements and minimalist details for the wedding ceremony setup. A mix of chairs and wooden benches went along with the style of the venue as well. The arch was made of simple wood branches with one single floral arrangement in the top left corner, giving it a delicate touch to the asymmetric arch. Completing the setup was a high geometric table that held the tea set that would be used for a quick version of the traditional Vietnamese tea ceremony to be done during the wedding ceremony, a modern twist to the otherwise traditional rites.
Guests started to show up and were welcomed to the gorgeous lobby with margaritas on the rocks. After taking selfies with the incredible beach behind them were eventually ushered to their seats.
Having an asymmetric wedding party, a common theme at this wedding, they had the groomsmen come out first in a single file in close proximity, while the ladies were given more time to come out one at a time. The bride walked the aisle alongside her father. A cousin of the bride officiated the ceremony.
After exchanging rings, the couple moved on to pour the tea and present it to their parents and siblings. Adding something of traditional importance in a non-traditional way is an easy thing to do if you are flexible with the formalities. By having the tea ceremony inserted into the wedding ceremony it made the proceedings more interesting and gave the couple a chance to do something else together and a moment where they interacted with their family members and wedding guests.
In the end, the couple kissed quickly (public display of affection is not their thing) under hoots from their guests and lots of laughter. The bride’s uncle, making sure not to miss the moment hopped in to get a great shot of the big moment.
After the wedding came the cocktail hour at one of the pool terraces, steps away from the beach below. Hors-d'oeuvres were served along with cocktails, wine, and beer.
The wedding reception and dinner was hosted at The Ledge, the small eatery on the lower level of the hotel. The place has cool stripped floors and an outdoor area covered with parallel beams. Tables were set all outside, a mix of round and rectangular shapes with light gray linens, wooden and copper details. Flower arrangements were centered for roundtables, while roses were displayed with vines and leaves along the center of the table as a table runner would for the rectangular ones, which had no linen. All tables showed assorted votives of copper and white colors, as well as geometric wired gold lanterns holding a large number of candles which came to life as the evening arrived along with a spectacular sunset, bright and colorful after an overcast day.
Table numbers were displayed on wooden blocks that had the number handpainted. The guest table was also decorated under the minimalist and geometric theme, with a gray textured linen, with flowers and candles. Table cards were placed on top of a wine cork over the place setting. On the guest tables, guests had access to the Instax cameras to take selfies and add them to the guest book. A bird cage available for cards guests brought for the married couple.
The couple chose buffet service for the wedding dinner, which gave a more relaxed feel to the wedding reception. People mingled and spent time across tables. The music was provided by the awesome band Pura Vida which performs amazing re-invented covers with style.
Once the night set in, toasts started. First, the bride and groom thanked everyone for making the trip to Cabo. Next came the mother of the groom who offered her speech in Vietnamese and German as well, to the benefit of the Vietnamese family members and friends, as well as the groom’s crew from Switzerland. The groomsmen gave their toast as a group, shared lovely stories about the groom during their shared childhood, remembering fondly what it was like to be received by the mother of the groom who always had food prepared for them. Then the bridesmaids did the same for the bride.
After dinner service ended, the bride and groom performed their first dance and everyone could see the groom’s moves. Next the formal dances with parents which were kept short and sweet, before the dance floor was open to everyone. Once the band wrapped up, a friend of the couple deejayed while guests moved from the dance floor to the guest able for those instax pics and crowded the bar.
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The couple didn’t want a first look and preferred to use the entirety of their cocktail hour for photos, first formal portraits with family and wedding party, followed by wedding portraits around the hotel and on the beach.
Although the weather was not the normally bright sunny that Cabo gives 95% of the time, the overcast skies allowed cooler temperatures. In spite of the cloud coverage, the sunset was espectacular with burning pink skies when the newlyweds were introduced for the reception. Highlights were the quick tea ceremony, the love and respect displayed by the couple to their parents and a super stylish and international crowd of guests who came to celebrate the bride and groom.
Events by Bliss
The Cape Hotel
Anna Gomes Photo
Cabo Floral Studio
Friend of the bride
Pura Vida Beat