A Design-Focused Wedding at The Cape in Los Cabos
Nina Baron and Michael Olmstead are high school sweethearts. âWe met in 2006, but had two years of flirting and high school nonsense before we started dating in January of 2008,â says Nina. Well, all that nonsense stuck, and by 2017, the pair was engaged. âMichael convinced my boss to make me think I was going to Paris on a business trip,â says Nina. âAs he and I were walking across the Pont Alexandre III in front of the Eiffel Tower, he got down on one knee! I looked up to see photographers capturing the moment â and my best friends (who heâd flown in to celebrate!) watching behind them.â
After such an incredible proposal, Nina and Michael wanted to duplicate that feeling of joy and excitement for their wedding. âMexico is our favorite place to visit, making it an obvious choice for our wedding,â says the bride. âIt was carefree and fun, and we got to spend a whole weekend with our 85 guests.â On November 4, 2017, the couple and their loved ones met at The Cape Hotel in Los Cabos, where Nina and Michael embraced the design-centric setting with a black and white palette and amber and copper accents. âThe hotel matches our personal style so well, so we really wanted to play off of the elements that were already there,â Nina explains. She and Michael exchanged vows overlooking the ocean, the celebrated all night in the warm sea breezeâcapping it off with an impromptu dip in the pool at 1am!
Handmade paper added gorgeous texture to Nina and Michaelâs black-and-gold save the dates. Instead of a traditional monogram, they topped the design with an El Corazon image, finished with the pairâs hashtag #losolmsteads.
The coupleâs invitations were decorated with sugar skull designs (including one of their dog!). They paired them with sugar skull tequila bottles, salt, and fresh limes to give guests a taste of the celebration to come.
The bride spent the morning at The Cape, enjoying time and prepping with her girls. âI had the absolute best day getting ready with my bridesmaidsâwe danced and laughed until the moment we walked down the aisle!â says Nina.
The bride embraced two major bridesmaid trends: Mismatched dresses and having the bridal party wear white. âI wanted all of the most important women in my life to feel beautiful and unique, no matter whose wedding day it wasâand white is so flattering and classic!â Nina says. âThey each picked a dress that made themâand their walletsâfeel good.â
The bride also wore white, choosing a fitted white crepe gown with a notched neckline from Vera Wang. âIt was one of the first dresses I tried on, but I wasnât sure yet,â Nina says. âIâm not much of a girly girl and am rarely in a dress, let alone a gown. I tried on many others over a few months, and then went back and finally had the confidence to say yes. But I still changed into a white jumpsuit as soon as I could!â
The ceremony took place on the hotelâs beachside patio, where natural wooden chairs and benches led to the palm-covered altar.
A mix of white flowers, succulents, cacti, and palms created an organic ceremony backdrop.
The couple met in front of the picturesque water. âEveryone was laughing at Michael because I didnât make it two steps down the aisle before he started crying," recalls the bride. "But the joke was on us: He had everyone in tears as soon as he started his vows!â
âWriting and sharing our personal vows was the best decision we made," says the bride. "Of all the things you can do to try to influence the feeling of your wedding, nothing is more powerful than reflecting on the reasons you are entering this union and letting your guests share in that emotion. Everyone was love-drunk for the rest of the evening!â
The coupleâs hashtagâsurrounded by greenery and crisp white bloomsâwas displayed on a big wall installation at the reception. Nina and her âmaids posed for photos here, while showing off their bouquets, which combined ranunculus, garden roses, anemones, succulents, and natural greenery.
Nina and Michael made a grand entrance into the reception as newlyweds!
Guestsâ table assignments were inspired by loterĂa, a game of chance similar to bingo that uses cards instead of numbers on balls. The wooden escort board featured laser-printed images of some of the coupleâs favorite cards.
The al fresco reception was a perfect fit for the setting. Tables were topped with gauzy white runners, low arrangements of white and amber flowers, and tall candles. Each place setting featured stack of black plates and matte flatware, paired with amber goblets and napkins tied with leather napkin rings. âEach napkin ring was engraved with a guestâs name to act as a place card,â Nina says.
Nina and Michael served two signature cocktails: A margarita spritz and a vodka lavender lemonade. Says the bride, âThe Cape flew in fresh lavender just for our cocktails!â For dinner, guests ate chicken tinga taquitos, lobster and charizo sopes, grilled prawn âAl Pastorâ salad, lobster enchiladas, and plantain risotto. âWe also had a late night quesadilla station, which was a huge hit,â says Nina.
The couple sat at a hightop sweetheart table, which was placed in the perfect spot so they could enjoy everyone's toasts.
The couple took to the dance floor as âIs This Love?â by Corinne Bailey Rae played. âWe really wanted a DJ so we could hear the original versions of all of our favorite songs,â Nina explains. Once the formalities were over, she switched into a white jumpsuit by Second Skill Overalls for a night of dancing.
âAt the very end of the evening, we and about 30 of our guests jumped into the pool with all of our clothes on,â Nina remembers. âIt was so hilarious to see everyone swimming around in formalwearâeven the hotel staff got a kick out of it. Apparently 30 soaking-wet wedding guests dancing in the lobby is something theyâll never forget, and neither will we!â