REAL WEDDING {Part 1} | Jennifer + André | Modern, Elegant, “Bling Chic” Nuptials in Half Moon Bay, California

Today’s wedding, submitted by Travis and Candice of Serendipity Studios, gets my heart beating out of my chest.  It’s almost the exact same feeling I used to get when I ran track back in high school and had to use an inhaler.  Asthma shout out!  Who’s with me?!!  Aaaaannyyyway… It jump-starts your heart, and gets the blood flowing and the oxygen coursing.  And when I look at this wedding, I almost feel like I’m in the last stretch of a 5K.  Except I’m not all sweaty and panting for breath, with my coach screaming at me to “FIIINIIIISH THE RAAAACE, ALISON, I don’t CARE if you can’t breathe, FINISH IIIIIIIT!!!!!”  (My coach was a bastard, but an unbelievable motivator.  I believe Amy Chua would find him a kindred spirit.)

I have to say, when I first saw this wedding arrive in my inbox and opened it up, my jaw dropped, the way jaws drop in cartoons.  And if my eyes could make a sound, they’d go “AWOOOOGA!”  Because they essentially popped out of my head when I saw the bling going on in these images.  This wedding is just pure beauty, every inch of it… and its creamy whites and strong, vibrant reds summon thoughts of Valentine’s Day, so I pretty much thought it was the perfect wedding for the beginning of February!  And stay tuned for Part II… it’s even more incredible, if you can imagine that.  Not to mention, it’ll include the name of the WINNER OF OUR LULU*S $100 SHOPPING SPREE GIVEAWAY!  So yeah, stay tuned… :)


A few words from our lovely bride, Jennifer:

Our wedding was a true example of “us”; Modern, Elegant and Fun.  Growing up in Half Moon Bay, CA, I was able to watch the beautiful Ritz Carlton property as it was built from the ground up.   The hotel caused much controversy among the local’s of our small town wanting to keep the best kept secret truly a secret.  Little did I know it would be the setting for the greatest day of my life.
After Andre and I got engaged it did take us a while to decide on where our venue of choice would be.  The Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay was always in the back of my mind because we wanted one thing out of our venue, an outside wedding with the ocean as our backdrop.  The only problem with Half Moon Bay was the unpredictable weather.  I knew that if we chose the Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay we would have to prepare for bad weather.  We hoped for the best and prepared for the worst and in the end everything turned out perfect.
After 13 months of rigorous planning our wedding week came before we knew it.  The day before the wedding the girls went to the spa to relax and the boys threw a golf tournament to do some manly bonding.   We ended the night with our amazing rehearsal dinner surrounded by the most important people in our lives.
The big day had finally arrived and we did everything we could to take in every moment and to enjoy all the hard work that was paying off before us.  The ceremony venue had been highlighted with the most beautiful touches to set off the stunning view and the ballroom dressed to impress with sparkles from ceiling to floor.  From our fantastic design team to our fabulous photography and cinematography team every detail had been addressed and every moment had been captured.  It’s one thing to have a vision of your wedding in your head but another to have it come to life and that’s exactly what my wedding team did, they brought my vision to life.  We were so fortunate to have the talented staff we did working on our wedding.  I never had to worry about a thing the entire day which was the best present of all.
The entire wedding was a representation of Andre and I and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

Serendipity Studios is a member of Vendor Love, The Knotty Bride’s Preferred Vendor Guide.  To view their listing, click here.

Photography: Serendipity Studios | Cinematography: Serendipity Studios | Flowers: Asiel Designs | Coordination: Nicole Lisanne | Venue: The Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay | Cake: Elegant Cheesecakes | DJ: Soundworks- Jay Castro | Live Music: Joel Nelson Productions

People, I can’t. wait. to show you their reception.

xoxo!  – Alison

Label(s): Color, Red, White, {Real Weddings}

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  1. BR on February 3, 2011

    WOW. This wedding is gorgeous! Love that she had a bride pin made.

  2. Alex + The Almost Southern Belle on February 3, 2011

    Anticipating the arrival of Part 2! This bride is stunning. The colors are so vibrant and the atmosphere is totally glamorous, not to mention her awesome bling! A magnificent wedding indeed. Cheers to the happy couple!

  3. Diana on February 3, 2011

    I love the bride’s bling, from the back of her stunning gown, from her earrings, to her shoes, and bracelet! And I love the ceremony aisle, the vases are beautiful. Just looks like a gorgeous beach wedding! Congrats! :)

    Ps always love how you introduce your post KnottyBride! PS Asthma here too!

  4. Amma // Beyond Beyond on February 3, 2011

    I massively heart the colour theme, it oozes sophistication and I love the contrast of that deep red against her dress. Great wedding and married wishes to Jennifer & Andre! (I wish I had been a bridesmaid those dresses… dayum!)

  5. Garnish on February 3, 2011

    There is always something magical about a bagpiper at a wedding. And the bride’s bracelet is beyond magical in itself!

    Beautiful wedding, beautiful couple.

  6. Jen Barnette on February 3, 2011

    LOVE this location!!!! The bling is also very high up there on my list. Just goes to prove that you can never have enough “frosting” on your wedding day!!

  7. Erin @ Chatty Brides on February 3, 2011

    I love how all the bling and roses and glamour look perfectly at home on the sand and cliffs. Perfect example of contrasting looks done so right!

  8. Diana Rush on February 3, 2011

    Feeling you on the asthma & running while coaches yell at you thing! And OMGoodness…. those shoes, that dress & all the accessories are so bling-tastic! Love it all!!!

  9. CJ Isaac on February 3, 2011

    The accessories are so stunning. It’s a beautiful, romantic setting for a beach wedding. Great location + happy stunning bride= perfect wedding!

  10. Kismet on February 3, 2011

    Bling Bling!!! is right!! but nothing compares to classy bling and this is it!!!!!

  11. Candice Cossel on February 3, 2011

    This was such a fun wedding to photograph! I loved the attention to detail, the beautiful location, and the amazing couple!

  12. Travis Cossel on February 3, 2011

    I’m out of breath too .. for seeing the wedding featured on The Knotty Bride! d;-)

    Love all the comments and I can’t wait to see everyone’s reaction to part 2! Love the intro too, Alison, you rock!

  13. Dee Dee Newell on February 3, 2011

    Wow! Now that’s what I call eye candy! The shoes are to die for as are the accessories & stunning dress! This is certainly a wedding that I would not only love to plan but to attend as well! Fabulous!

  14. lizzie on February 3, 2011

    HOLY moly, this wedding is gorgeous…i love the rich red details!

  15. Theresa on February 3, 2011

    WOW. This bride is stunning. Love the bling. And may I just say…I adore Half Moon Bay. I spent Christmas Eve there with my family a few years back, drinking champagne outside and enjoying the view. I almost cried when the bagpiper came out to salute the incredible sunset. I understand that’s a nightly ritual. What a special place.

  16. Joan~Five Grain Events on February 4, 2011

    The bride’s dress is the perfect balance between glitz and elegant simplicity. Looks like a gorgeous day!

  17. Alexis Cuddyre on February 5, 2011

    OMG I love the aisle decor! Those vases are gorgeous and totally add to the atmosphere. Also massively jealous of the serious bling – such a beautiful wedding.

  18. stella on February 8, 2011

    Goergeous wedding, amazing pictures, i love the red.

  19. Jenni on February 9, 2011

    The accessories in this wedding are stunning! I’m in love with the brides gorgeous bling.

  20. LOVE her bracelet! Wow what a beautiful bride! The contrasting colors really stand out!

  21. Mandi Moore on August 22, 2012

    HELP!!! I am beyond in love with this bracelet!!! Please share where i can find it lol it is totally what i have been searching for!!! please!!!!

  22. CroftWeddingStationery on March 23, 2017

    I am thrilled with the crystal shine of the bride’s bracelet, I just can’t turn my eyes off it. Your flourist is a miracle – the deep red rose choice was perfect. It’s truly chic and shophisticated wedding.


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