Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay Wedding | Melissa + Mike

by Lara

Mike and Melissa walked down the aisle on a beautiful sunny day at the Half Moon Bay Ritz Carlton.  The couple chose a deep navy and striking red for their colors and ran this rich color hue throughout their wedding design.  Melissa wore a stunning strapless textured dress and paired it with sparkling encrusted blue Christian Louboutin shoes.  On the bottom of the shoes she used sparkly details to write “I Do” as a personalized touch. They are a fun, energetic and perfectly paired couple who knew exactly what they wanted when it came to their wedding.  They created an over the top dessert bar full of all kinds of sweet delights and beta fish swimming around as part of the design!   One of the most personalized, and a clever detail to the buffet, was the use of Melissa’s line of work.  Melissa comes from a family of dentists, and is one herself, so she incorporated her profession into the candy bar with complimentary toothbrushes for guests!  So cute!

Their wedding planner, Elisheva Basseri, brought to life a sensational wedding that was truly personalized and featured signature cocktails including chocolate martinis.  They offered guests the option to cozy up on the outdoor patio scene which was lite with white lanterns against the backdrop of a crackling fire.  They also weaved the color scheme out onto the patio with decorative throw pillows accenting the striking red, giving the patio even more warmth than it already had.  The Ritz Carlton is truly a leader in luxury,  and Sunni & Lesli worked with Melissa and Mike to make their dream day come to life as well.  They prepared the outdoor gazebo for the ceremony site with lush linens hanging from above and set the scene for a gorgeous sand ceremony between the couple.   The guests were given small bottles of bubbles for after the new couple was announced as husband and wife, and blew bubbles on them as they departed into cocktail hour.

The ballroom was lushly decorated and carried the theme of deep navy and reds throughout. Tall red centerpieces looked gorgeous set against the dark navy linens. Each place setting featured a red napkin and a white rose, which gave a nice pop of color and a welcome surprise for each guest.

Mike and Melissa also offered smores on the patio outdoors after hours with the crashing sounds of the ocean waves in the background, candles lit, and a roaring fire.  We loved working with this couple and their wedding team – it was truly a gorgeous affair and one we’ll cherish forever.

Venue | Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay

Planner| A Bride’s Best Friend

Floral Designer| Amy Burke Designs

Hair & Makeup | Blush Brides

Cake | Just Cake

Lighting | Enhanced Lighting & Sound

Video | Justin Fone Productions

DJ | Ron Grandia, A Different Kind of DJ

Rentals | Classic Party Rentals

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Debbie Russitano October 25, 2010 at 12:57 pm

It was the most beautiful affair I’ve been to. Just amazing! These photos are out of this world.

Vance Perreira October 25, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Round 2?

Melissa Chavez-Grinde! October 25, 2010 at 8:56 pm

Absolutely stunning! Not only are we re-living our entire wedding through your amazing pictures, but best of all we are amazed by how many pictures there are as we hardly ever noticed you guys taking pictures…you are so stealthy! Your talent is above and beyond! We can’t thank you enough and we can’t wait to see the album!

Lara October 31, 2010 at 9:02 pm

Thanks so much Melissa, we had such a great time with you & Mike, your wedding was absolutely amazing!

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