A bride wore a sheer, sparkly dress with a dramatic slit to her intimate destination wedding in Tulum

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A side by side of Thaina Bak and the Baks in front of their altar
Thainá Bak wore a Muse by Berta gown to her destination wedding. Chris and Ruth Photography
  • Charn and Thainá Bak had an intimate wedding in Tulum, Mexico, in January of 2021.

  • Thainá wore a sparkly Muse by Berta dress to the wedding.

  • The gown had a sheer bodice, flower detailing, and a dramatic, thigh-high slit on its tulle skirt.

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Thainá and Charn Bak started off as friends.

Charn Bak hugs Thaina Bak from behind
Thainá and Charn Bak. Chris and Ruth Photography

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California-based couple Thainá, 28, and Charn, 35, were introduced through a mutual friend in 2016.

Thainá is the founder of the cannabis wellness company Nowdays, and Charn is a partner at an investment bank and serial entrepreneur.

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At first, Thainá planned for their relationship to be platonic, but she and Charn quickly developed a romantic connection. They've been together ever since.

The Baks finally tied the knot in January of 2021.

Thaina Bak hugs Charn Bak on a beach ahead of their wedding
The Baks got married at the beginning of 2021. Chris and Ruth Photography

The Baks got engaged at the end of 2018.

They planned to get married in Tulum, Mexico, in January of 2020, but they had to postpone because of the coronavirus, as their 150 guests would be traveling from all around the world.

They set their new wedding for January of 2021, and they scaled their guest list down to just 20 people.

Thainá knew she wanted a Berta wedding dress before she was even engaged.

Thaina Bak sitting in a pool
Thainá wanted a Berta wedding gown. Chris and Ruth Photography

"They're unique," she said of why she was drawn to Berta's gowns. "You can get a boho vibe from them, but you're not going to look beachy." 

Thainá's mom traveled to California from their home in Brazil about four months after Thainá got engaged to help her find a dress.

She set her budget at $17,000.

Thainá didn't love this mermaid-style gown.

Thaina in a dress she didn't buy.JPG
She didn't love this gown. Thainá Bak

The form-fitting dress had a cutout on the bodice, keyhole back, and frames of see-through lace.

It was pretty, but the dress didn't feel right to Thainá.

"I think it didn't represent who I am as a person," she said of the gown, which was a bit more traditional than she had been imagining.

"I feel like I'm more of a free spirit, so I wanted something that could represent my personality," she said.

Thainá had been eyeing Muse by Berta's Bella dress for months.

A full view of Thaina Bak's wedding dress
Thainá Bak in her wedding gown. Chris and Ruth Photography

"The Bella was the only option," Thainá told Insider of the Muse by Berta dress, which she had seen online months before she started wedding dress shopping.

The dress had a form-fitting, sheer bodice with a full tulle skirt. 

She fell in love with the gown's dramatic skirt.

A front and back view of Thaina Bak's wedding dress
The front and back of Thainá Bak's wedding gown. Chris and Ruth Photography

The flowing skirt had a thigh-high slit on the left side, which Thainá liked immediately. 

The tulle skirt was also sheer, giving the bottom of the dress a sultry look.

The top of the dress was covered in intricate flowers.

The front and back of the bodice of Thaina Bak's wedding dress
The flower details set the dress apart. Chris and Ruth Photography

The sheer, glittery bodice had a low-cut neckline, which was covered in a layer of sheer fabric for comfort.

The straps were embroidered with delicate flowers, and the bottom of the bodice connected to the skirt with more floral detailing.

"I felt like it looked like a fairy tale," Thainá said.

Thainá told Insider she loved that the Bella dress offered her two vibes in one gown.

Thaina Bak poses in her wedding dress
She bought the Bella. Chris and Ruth Photography

"You can be sexy and romantic in that dress," she told Insider.

The dress cost $6,000, which was way under Thainá's budget.

She got her alterations on the dress done in Brazil, where her family is from, so they cost just $200.

She got the train shortened and had the dress brought in a bit.

Thainá's shoes matched the vibe of her dress.

Thaina Bak poses in her wedding dress on a couch
She wore strappy heels. Chris and Ruth Photography

Thainá told Insider that she considered wearing shoes with a fuller heel since the wedding was on the beach, but she ultimately opted for stilettos because she is on the shorter side.

The white heels had straps that went up her ankles, embodying the sultry and romantic vibe of her dress.

She did her own makeup for the wedding.

Thaina Bak looking over her shoulder on the beach
Thainá did her own makeup. Chris and Ruth Photography

Thainá wanted a simple hair and makeup look, as she wanted to feel like herself on her wedding day.

She had a trial with a makeup artist, but after the experience, she felt like she could create the look she wanted by herself.

Prep Hair Tulum did her hair.

Thainá said she felt like a "princess" in her wedding dress.

Thaina Bak posing in her wedding dress
She loved her dress. Chris and Ruth Photography

"I wanted it to last forever," Thainá said of her wedding day, as she didn't want to take her dress off.

She got compliments on her gown from both the guests at her wedding and passersby on the beach around them.

"It was magical," she added.

Charn wore a custom pink suit to the wedding.

A side by side of Charn in his pink suit and the inside of his jacket
The groom wore pink. Chris and Ruth Photography

The pink suit matched the tropical vibe of the wedding.

Charn had it custom-tailored at an old-fashioned tailor in California. It was ready just two days before he and Thainá left for their wedding.

The inside of his jacket was also embroidered with his name.

The couple had a first look ahead of their ceremony.

The Baks kiss in front of trees in their wedding attire
They did a first look. Chris and Ruth Photography

Thainá told Insider that Charn got "emotional" when he saw her in her wedding dress.

He was also surprised by the gown, as he had imagined her in a mermaid-style dress.

But he thought she looked beautiful.

Chris and Ruth Photography captured the moment, as well as the rest of the couple's wedding day.

The Baks' wedding was a week-long celebration.

Thaina and Charn Bak walking into their wedding reception
They partied with their loved ones. Chris and Ruth Photography

Because they only invited 20 people, the Baks decided to make their wedding a week-long celebration rather than just one day.

The nuptials took place at Casa Malca Tulum, and guests stayed at the Aldea Canzul

The Baks said their vows on the beach.

A photo of the Baks beach wedding
The wedding ceremony. Chris and Ruth Photography

The couple combined the beach venue with a boho vibe using dried flowers and rugs.

Pure Love Floral Design provided the couple's intricate archway, while Archive Rentals provided the decor.

Daniela Parra designed the event. Luca Zannelli provided audio services.

Thainá said walking down the aisle was her favorite moment of the wedding day.

Thaina Bak walking down the aisle with her father
Thainá and her father. Chris and Ruth Photography

Her dad walked her down the aisle at the beach.

"I've never felt that way before," Thainá told Insider.

The Baks were ecstatic to finally be married.

The Baks cheering after they were officially wed
The Baks just after their wedding ceremony. Chris and Ruth Photography

Even though Charn and Thainá saw each other before the actual ceremony, finally being married felt different to them, as Thainá told Insider.

Thainá changed into a different dress for the reception.

A front and back view of Thaina's reception dress
Thainá wore a second dress. Chris and Ruth Photography

Thainá didn't want to feel encumbered in her intricate gown during her reception, so she changed into a slip dress she bought online.

The dress was only $200, and Thainá loved the way it looked.

"I can use that dress any time," she said of the gown, telling Insider that she plans to rewear it for occasions in the future.

Thainá told Insider she loved trying on wedding dresses.

The Baks celebrating their marriage on a beach
She had fun trying on dresses. Chris and Ruth Photography

Thainá went to three stores before she found her dress, and she found that consultants were hesitant to let her try on too many dresses.

Many brides get confused if they see themselves in a lot of gowns, but Thainá said she wished salespeople would have let her enjoy the process of looking for a wedding dress more.

"It's a special time for brides," she said.

She recommends brides research gowns before shopping.

The Baks kiss during their wedding ceremony
The couple's first kiss. Chris and Ruth Photography

Thainá advises that brides look at dresses online and bring screenshots or physical photos of gowns they like to stores when they shop for their wedding dresses.

She thinks it makes the actual process of shopping run more smoothly.

Thainá loves the partnership she and Charn have.

The Baks kissing on a beach on their wedding day
They're best friends. Chris and Ruth Photography

"We help each other with everything," she said. "We're best friends, and I've never had that kind of relationship before."

"It feels so easy," she added.

"We're not perfect, but it's so comforting to have a person that you can share 100% of your stuff with," Thainá said of her relationship.

Charn Bak looking at Thaina Bak on the beach
Charn and Thainá don't judge each other. Chris and Ruth Photography

"There's no judgment," she added.

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