Lorena & Jaime’s glamorous wedding, Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay

by Lara

Lorena & Jaime’s wedding was one of the most glamorous, gorgeous and amazing weddings we have ever photographed! We had the pleasure of working with Rebecca Reategui an amazing planner who worked with Lorena to create the wedding of her dreams. It was unreal! In fact, there was so much glamour and glitz, it took 3 of us to properly photograph the day. The wedding day itself was designed with 3 different looks & styles, so guests were able to experience a chic white ceremony, an ultra sexy, modern cocktail lounge, and an opulent & sophisticated reception. It was simply stunning. Let’s start at the beginning. Lorena opted for the ceremony to take place in a tent, which allows for a completely clean palette to work with in terms of design. The tent structure went up overnight right on top of the parking structure.

Linnae of Asiel Design and her talented team (of like 30 people!) created this stunning space for Lorena & Jaime’s fairytale wedding ceremony. The aisle was created with 10 ten foot tall white trees covered in white blossoms, candles and crystals. The tent was absolutely dripping with crystals and gorgeousness in every direction. White carpet and well dressed chairs completed the look.

Check out that chandelier!

Here’s a closeup on the bouquet. I love that added touch of detail.

Behind the ceremony area was a gorgeous floral presentation of different arrangements.

Look at that gorgeous bride! I love the makeup, the pink color palette works beautifully against her skin. Dress by Reem Acra

All the bridesmaids had these brooches or wrap clips to hold their wraps in place. It was the perfect solution to the problem of cute wraps that won’t stay put.

After the wedding ceremony, guests headed inside to the cocktail lounge. The black and fushia color combo created a really modern yet sexy atmosphere. It was a perfect contrast to the dreamy fairytale setting of the ceremony. Behind the arrangement is a candle wall. Which looks really cool.

Lorena & Jaime featured a signature cocktail bar with raspberry champagne cocktails. It looked SO good, I cannot tell you how badly I wanted one of those! Of course we never drink while working, as you need very steady hands for photography. Otherwise you might end up with a lot of “artistically” out of focus images!

Even the carpet was fushia! And there were roses everywhere, the fragrance was gorgeous yet not overpowering. The cocktail lounge was my favorite, I love those colors together. The overall look was modern and sexy.

A Video Reflection provided the videography for the day. I can’t wait to see it!

The lounge area featured couches and ottomans with large pillows for lounging. Now on to the reception…

The tabletops were stunning (I know I’ve already used that word many times) and when guests walked into the ballroom, I definitely saw jaws dropping! The color scheme for the reception was black and white with sage green accents. It created a classic yet modern setting. Overall, everything was really tied together in terms of the decor. Each area was different, yet certain elements could be found in each of the themed areas. I love the idea of using different color schemes throughout an event to delight you guests, yet keeping certain elements consistent really helps tie it all together.

Even the chairs were sexy!

The rectangular tables created a warm intimacy throughout the room. The textures were rich and sophisticated, creating a tabletop that was a sensual treat. Classic Party Rentals provided the chairs, linens, and tabletop rentals.

The cake was provided by Perfect Endings. It was a tower cake with 5 layers. Simple yet elegant.

I love the image above. To me it represents the level of service experienced only at the Ritz Carlton. Once we move into the ballroom See-Wai (AKA the best Banquet Captain in the WORLD!!!!) makes everything happen. Creating a flawless fine dining experience for a large group of guests is like an orchestra performance, and See-Wai is an amazing conductor. Everyone and everything is taken care of, on time, perfectly. And that’s it. That’s what she does.

Here’s Tony delivering the bride & groom’s inter mezzo course personally. The man is absolutely, 100% dedicated to his clients!

Around halfway through the reception, a false wall opened up to reveal WAR on stage. The crowd went wild! War is funk band that has been around since the 70’s with hits such as “Low Rider”  “Spill the Wine” and “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” The band has a great energy, and the crowd knew pretty much every song by heart.

Later in the evening, guests were treated to a snack bar station with mini burgers, French fries and pizza.

I love this image of the two of them walking off into the sunset together.

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Beverly Yip May 30, 2009 at 12:26 pm

WOW! I literally HELD MY BREATH @ every photo! Way to go, Geoff, Ritz HMB and Classic! Awesome Pics! what a great wedding! thanks for sharing!

Edward Andre May 31, 2009 at 10:04 am

WOW!!! Great photos which really caught the gorgeous ambiance. Kudos to Rebecca, the superb wedding planner. I particularly loved the wedding officiant – and the wonderful ceremony!!!

Edward Andre – Officiant

Kimberly June 1, 2009 at 7:06 pm

Oh that white on white is stunning for the ceremony! And the black, white, and fuschia palette later… so modern. The photos really grab it!

Mariana Maya Photography June 3, 2009 at 9:04 am

You along with the rest of the team (Ritz, Rebecca Reategui, Asiel Design, ..) did a fabulous job!! Congrats! and of course I love War was nicely surprised to see their photographs.

lara June 24, 2009 at 10:47 am

Thanks so much Kimberly!

lara June 24, 2009 at 10:54 am

thanks Beverly, there was just so much to photograph, it was incredible!

lyann June 23, 2010 at 2:47 am

breath taking!

lara June 23, 2010 at 10:43 am

thanks, I agree!

Kenya August 14, 2010 at 6:04 am

This wedding is by far one of the most beautiful events I’ve ever seen. I loved the fine attention to detail throughout the entire reception. Beautiful!!!!

Lara August 16, 2010 at 11:17 am

Yes, this wedding was absolutely stunning!!!

Lauren B December 21, 2010 at 7:56 am

Absolutely LOVE this blog. Your work is amazing…stunning!

Lara January 10, 2011 at 11:25 am

thanks so much! We are so lucky to have such incredible jobs! And when you are working at the Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay property, everything in sight is gorgeous!

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