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Nicole & Kristopher’s Engagement

Nicole and Kris met online in 2010 and their ‘connection’ was instantaneous. (Pun intended!) After what Nicole describes as, “the sweetest email!” from Kris, “vying for her heart”, sparks flew from across the internet and there was no looking back! Now, after four years, they have a home together and 2 adorable dogs. They are happier than ever, and making plans for their wedding next spring in Vegas!

Desert Engagement Session

Desert Engagement Session

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It’s easy to see these two are super fun to be around. But you may not know they are also pretty darn good samaritans. N+K were witnesses to a bad accident on the drive out and stopped to help. While our shoot got cut a little short, they arrived just in time for the beautiful sunset and brought their A-game to rock it out in record time! Then, instead of turning in once the sun went down, we got a little creative and ended with a dramatic night shot. A perfect end to a very fun evening. :-) Desert Engagement SessionDesert Engagement Session

Credit for Nicole’s fabulous hair & makeup goes to: Makeup in the 702

Nicole & Kris:  Thank you so much for the sweet (and delicious!) gift from Manitoba. You two rock! I loved spending the day together and can’t wait to see and celebrate with you guys next spring for the big day!! :-)


Traci & Case’s Wedding!

I’m excited to share that two of my good friends, Traci and Case, are officially shackled together for life!

Traci & Case's Wedding: The Newlyweds!

Case is an amazingly talented sports writer, and Traci is a wedding coordinator and co-owner of the fabulous Scheme Events. I love Scheme for their design-oriented approach to wedding planning, and couldn’t wait to see what they had in store for the big day of one of their own! They did not disappoint! They assembled a veritable dream team of some of Vegas’s best wedding professionals to help bring Traci’s vision to life. It all came together in the perfect mix of elegant, chic and fun. I absolutely adored all the glitter elements, sparkling amongst the rich navy, gold and pink color palette. And just wait until you see Traci’s hot pink bejeweled Kate Spade shoes!

Let’s start with some details! Out of town guests were sure to feel loved and welcome as they were treated to these adorable, custom-designed welcome bags from the Welcome Bag Shoppe. These were filled with some of Traci & Case’s favorite things: chocolate caramels from Peridot Sweets, buttercream sugar cookies from Retro Bakery, WSOP playing cards (World Series of Poker is what initially brought Case to Vegas!) and some Rondel Champagne to celebrate the uniting of the two lovebirds!

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Midnight blue sequined linens, contrasted by warm golden candlelight and intimate overhead pin-lighting set the mood for a magical evening.
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Traci & Case's WeddingAt sunset, we snuck away from the party for a couple of quick newlywed photos on the golf course. We had just a few minutes before the sun disappeared behind the mountains. It was definitely a beautiful end to a beautiful day. <3

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Congratulations you two! Love you guys and hope you have an incredible time on your honeymoon! xoxo

The dream team:
Wedding Venue: St. Francis of Assisi & Dragon Ridge Country Club / Hotel: Green Valley Ranch / Wedding Coordination: Scheme Events / Flowers: Layers of Lovely Floral Design / Welcome Bags: Welcome Bag Shoppe /  Wedding Photography: Chelsea Nicole Photography / Transportation: Earth Limos / Entertainment: Mark & The Martinis / Hair and Makeup: Makeup in the 702 / Videographers: Memory Lane Video / Cake: Gimme Some Sugar / Rentals: RSVP / Linens: La Tavola Linen / Photo Booth: Shutter Booth

January 29, 2014 - 8:36 pm Liz - Gorgeous wedding Traci! Love it all. As usual, Chelsea captured it beautifully.

January 29, 2014 - 8:27 pm Melanie Byrne - Congratulations Traci! The photos are stunning and your wedding looked absolutely beautiful, just like you! Lots of love to you and your husband

January 29, 2014 - 7:25 pm Andrea Eppolito-Fisher - So stunning! I could not imagine a more perfect day for you botth! And gorgeous work, Chelsea!

January 29, 2014 - 7:06 pm Emily - Ahh pics already!! Amazing! Traci you look so gorgeous!

January 29, 2014 - 2:20 pm Traci - Such an amazing day to have spent with all of you! Chelsea, you captured everything perfectly. I could not have asked for more. You are the best and I am so happy to call you an amazing friend here in Vegas! MUCH LOVE!!!

January 29, 2014 - 2:19 pm Tara - Beautiful Chelsea! We are all so excited in the office. Congratulations again Traci and Case.

Melissa & Kyle’s Wedding

Melissa & Kyle's Las Vegas Destination Wedding

When Melissa first contacted me, she described wanting a small intimate event, matched by a day filled with a fun, unique experiences to show the different aspects of Vegas. It all came together beautifully with a gorgeous location, romantic details and special little touches everywhere that let the guest know they were thought of every step of the way.

Legends Ranch Wedding PhotographyLayers of Lovely‘s gorgeous floral designs never cease to take my breath away. Melissa & Kyle’s wedding was no exception. Just check out the bouquets Melissa and her bridesmaids carried:
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Melissa and Kyle said their vows beneath lush trees and a wooden canopy at Legends Ranch in Las Vegas.
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A table of gourmet cheeses, olives, bread and antipasto greeted guests during cocktail hour.

Legends Ranch Wedding PhotographyLegends Ranch Wedding - Red BarnWith a red double decker bus driving her guests up and down the strip for photos – she definitely succeeded in making a day that will be unforgettable experience for all them.

Double Decker Bus Strip TourWe wrapped the following day with a ‘Day After’ shoot in the Nevada desert.

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Melissa and Kyle: it was an honor to be a part of your wedding and I hope you enjoy these photos forever in your new lives together as Mr. and Mrs.! Congrats guys! <3

CREDITS: Wedding Venue: Legends Ranch in Las Vegas, Nevada / Wedding Coordination: Juliet Douglas & Angelica McDonnell of Green Orchid Events / Flowers: Layers of Lovely Floral Design  / Rentals: Archive Vintage Rentals / Rentals: Wooden Trunk / Hair and Makeup: Amelia C and Co. / Cake & Stand: Peridot Sweets / Officiant: Reverend Angie Kelly of Peachy Keen Unions / Wedding Photography: Chelsea Nicole / Transportation: Double Decker Bus Company

April 18, 2014 - 2:23 pm JT Legends Ranch - Great couple..! Best wishes to you..! JT Legends Ranch

January 28, 2014 - 2:21 pm René Tate - Chelsea…. that full length of her walking through the desert… breathtaking. Miss you girl. Carry on!

January 5, 2014 - 2:00 pm Erin - Aww, what a stunning couple! Beautiful wedding and such a fun-filled day to be a part of. Congrats again guys!

January 5, 2014 - 1:59 pm Domenica Sindoni - ABSOLUTELY beautiful photos - compliments to photographer. Sad that was not present but can see through photographers photos that it was a very special day with beautiful memories caputured to keep for always. Love Zia Mimma xx

January 2, 2014 - 2:28 pm Ishween Kaur - The photos are amazing!! Melissa you made such a gorgeous bride! Sangram & I had an awesome time and were so happy to be part of your special day, Congratulations again xox

December 30, 2013 - 11:25 pm Juliet Douglas - These photos are stunning!! I wanted to pick a favorite but I can't! Mel and Kyle are so beautiful together.

December 27, 2013 - 3:32 pm Ranga - Breathtaking photos of an unforgettable day. Mel and Kyle you look absolutely enchanting. The best wedding photos I've ever seen! I can't wait to see these photos hanging up in your home xx

December 26, 2013 - 11:55 pm Carmel Italiano - I was so lucky to be present when Mel and Kyle said "I do" the photos are absolutely amazing!! You have captured all the emotion, fun and laughs that we all shared on this special day - thank you xx

December 26, 2013 - 11:51 pm Hevonne - Stunning photos! It was an absolutely amazing day and looking at these photos remind me just fun it was and how perfectly everything came together! Congratulations Mr and Mrs Day!!! xoxo

December 26, 2013 - 3:58 pm Samantha - What an amazing job, Chelsea!! Of course, it was easy with these two :) It was a perfect day and now Melissa and Kyle have perfect photos to remember it with :) xx

December 26, 2013 - 3:30 pm Melissa - Thank you so much Chelsea, we couldn't be happier with our beautiful photos. It was such an awesome three days (we had so much fun hanging out with you)and I smile every time I look back at the pics. We are so grateful for all your hard work, especially leading right up to Christmas, they were the best present ever! Love Mel xo

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Hey everyone! I know it gets pretty hectic this time of year for a lot of us! So I just wanted to take some time to slow down, sip some peppermint hot chocolate with Jayse and our puppy Bella, and wish you all a magic holiday season, with an especially happy New Year.

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Past holiday cards: Christmas in the Desert!


December 24, 2013 - 10:13 pm Connie - Your photos are awesome!!! Merrry Xmas and Happy New Year!!

December 24, 2013 - 6:26 pm Lara - Thanks to Photoshop, no Bellas were harmed in the making of this Christmas card? Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2013 - 3:27 am Kat Forsyth - Aww, sweet! And I LOVE peppermint hot chocolate too! Starbucks here just introduced it (with the orange one too) and I'm in love. Have a wonderful Christmas! x

December 23, 2013 - 8:05 pm Nicole Knaeble - Looks like so much fun! And I love the sweet cuddles!

Traci & Case’s Engagement

Traci & Case's Engagement Session

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you may recognize Traci from the powerhouse wedding coordination trio, Scheme Events! Not only has she become an amazing friend, but Traci and her team are crazy talented and we’ve had the opportunity to work on many beautiful weddings together. I love this girl and can’t wait for it to be Traci’s turn to take that very special walk down the aisle!

When it came time to plan Traci and Case’s engagement session, we wanted a fun, down-to-earth vibe with a bit of an edge. Traci and Case share a love for great music and are frequent concert goers. Case even pulled off the perfect surprise proposal while they were seeing one of their favorite bands, New Found Glory, playing at Hard Rock on the strip. (Click here to read the whole story with photos on the Scheme blog – it’s awesome!) So, to add just the right amount of grit to their session, we ventured out of town to shoot in an abandoned house and ended with T & C in bright lights.

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Credits: Hair and makeup by the fabulous team at Makeup in the 702! And big thanks to Kevin Cordova at LED Unplugged for the T & C signs!

T + C : I had so much fun with you guys this day and am PUMPED for your wedding next month! :-) I couldn’t think of a more perfect start to the year, and I can’t wait to photograph and celebrate your love! xoxo

December 28, 2013 - 4:25 pm Terie - What wonderful pictures of you both! Love you and can't wait until the wedding.

December 22, 2013 - 3:37 pm Atri - These photos are so beautiful! All of them! A big huge Congrats to Traci and Case!

December 21, 2013 - 2:15 pm Cathie Blair - Priceless photos of my baby boy and his beautiful bride! Can't wait for the wedding!

December 21, 2013 - 12:31 pm Emily - Oh I love the one where the window is framing them! Love these pics!

December 21, 2013 - 11:21 am Melissa - Congratulations Traci!!! I hope your day is amazing and that you are able to enjoy it as much as you have helped many brides enjoy their days! I can't wait to see pictures, I'm sure it's going to be amazing! BTW, your hair and makeup looks fantastic!

December 21, 2013 - 10:17 am Traci - Chelsea!, I love these so much; such a great surprise to see this morning. I absolutely love you and love that we have become such great friends. I wouldn't have it any other way than to have you capture our wedding day. XOXO.

Larisa & Talyn’s Wedding

Today I get to share Larisa and Talyn’s beautiful fall wedding at Anthem Country Club! After sharing a fun-filled day splashing around in Santa Monica for their sunny beach engagement session (click here for a refresher and the story of how L+T first met!) and over a year of talking about plans for everything, I had been eagerly anticipating their special day. :-)

We started the morning at Larisa’s hotel where she got all dolled up. Larisa’s hair and makeup were beautifully styled by Kiera & Karen at Makeup in the 702 and she wore an exquisite feathered gown by Allure Couture. Yep, my brides have great style!

Anthem Country Club WeddingAnthem Country Club WeddingTalyn looked smashing as well with his classic style and polka dot bow tie. And of course, they looked even more perfect in each others arms. <3

Anthem Country Club WeddingThe ceremony was set on Anthem’s beautifully manicured lawn overlooking the lake. There were so many special moments throughout their day, but one of my favorites was the watching Larisa’s father give his little girl away. Anthem Country Club WeddingAnthem Country Club WeddingAnthem Country Club WeddingAnthem Country Club WeddingLarisa’s mom made these adorable chocolates that sat on the tables as a delicious treat for their guests.Anthem Country Club WeddingLarisa and Talyn were sent off in style as their family and friends cheered for them with a lit path of sparklers. They drove off in a 1946 Packard getaway car!Anthem Country Club WeddingAnthem Country Club WeddingAnthem Country Club WeddingAnthem Country Club Vegas Wedding

L+T: Congrats!! Hope you’re enjoying your new home. :-) I’m so happy for you guys and loved being a part of your wedding!

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CREDITS: Wedding Venue: Anthem Country Club / Venue Coordinator: Maria Bauttista / Hair and Makeup: Makeup in the 702  / Wedding Photography: Chelsea Nicole / Videography: Terrence of Lighten Films / Wedding Dress: Allure Couture / Photo Booth Rental: iFlick Photobooth