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Category Archives: Behind the Scenes

Style Me Pretty – Vegas Inspiration to Reality

As you probably already know, I have a very big crush on a certain ultra stylish wedding website (Style Me Pretty). Abby, Elaine and all the girls at SMP are my kind of people – also obsessed with details and pretty things. So I was absolutely delighted to be a part of their new feature called the “Inspiration to Reality Challenge.” I love the whole concept and how it works! Each region puts together a team of fantastic wedding vendors, then they choose an inspiration board designed by one of SMP’s readers and put their creative juices together to bring it all to life.

I’m beyond excited to share some photos from the Inspiration to Reality shoot that our Las Vegas team put together – and that it’s a 4-part feature on the front page of Style Me Pretty this weekend!

Our shoot took place at one of my FAVORITE ceremony and reception locations here Vegas, the gorgeous Springs Preserve! I loved how the blues popped against the warm desert backdrop. And our model bride, Gabi looked stunning with hair & makeup all done up by Allyson, Lauren & Monet at Las Vegas Style Sirens.


The Vera Wang gown provided by Dawn at Couture Bride Salon was THE perfect fit. And the whole look and style was a great match for the vintage aviation theme Tracey (of Your Las Vegas Wedding Concierge) came up with based off the movie The Aviator.

I first saw this dress on Gabi a couple weeks before the shoot. A bunch of us girls were hanging out in the bridal salon while Dawn was trying different dresses on Gabi. It was too funny because it was almost as if we were her bridesmaids. When she came out with this gown on there was one big synchronized “Oohh!” It was definitely THE ONE.

The ensemble was topped off by Stella & Dot Jewelry from stylist Carrie Hogan and a fantastic blue veil from MUMO hair accessories.


style-me-pretty-wedding-shoot-springs-preserve-las-vegas-3Jesus (our groom – who also happens to be the Catering Manager at Springs Preserve) was looking pretty darn sharp as well.

Style Me Pretty Shoot | Springs Preserve in Las VegasStyle Me Pretty Shoot | Springs Preserve in Las Vegas

Style Me Pretty Shoot | Springs Preserve in Las Vegas

Details, details, details – I was definitely lovin’ all the eye candy! From the amazing feather bouquet by Emplume, the totally unique cakelets by Kristen at Gimme Some Sugar (SO love this idea to have multiple smaller cakes rather than one main one, or in addition to the main one), signature drink by Dress the Drink, peacock chair decor by Wildflower Linens, beautiful centerpiece by Randi at Naakiti Floral, the invitations that arrive in a vintage steamer trunk by Tifany at Gourmet Invitations, and so much more!

Style Me Pretty | Invitation by Gourmet Invitations

Gimme Some Sugar | Wedding Cakes | Las Vegas, NV"The Plume" Signature Drink by Dress the Drink

Be sure to hit up Style Me Pretty to see a ton more images in the 4-part feature! Here’s the links:

Style Me Pretty Shoot | Springs Preserve in Las VegasAnd I saved the best for last….

Here’s the behind the scenes video created by my incredibly talented other-half, Jayse!


BIG shout out and thanks to everyone that helped make this shoot a reality!! It was a blast working with such an awesome team people. :-)

October 19, 2010 - 4:30 pm Sidd Rishi - Stunning photos :) Love it!!

April 29, 2010 - 7:08 pm Shannon Stuno - Love the lighting, colors & everything!  Gorgeous!

March 23, 2010 - 11:36 pm Terrence Lighten - Just saw the photos, they are amazing, goes along with the amazing video...

March 20, 2010 - 8:26 pm E.N. - ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL! Everything about it - fantastic detail shots and definitely one of the best videos I've seen. Great work everyone involved!

March 20, 2010 - 10:44 am Emily - OH. MY. WORD. These are PERFECT!!!!   I'm am just spinning - I love these so much and the video is absolutely amazing!  All around great job!

March 19, 2010 - 3:14 pm Suzi Lighten - I've been meaning to comment. Wow, you two! Wow! You and Jayse are a not only adorable together as a couple but a great match for working behind your lenses together. That video rocked!

March 19, 2010 - 10:07 am Susan - These are all perfectly stunning, Chelsea, but that second image took my breath away! The color is amazing.

March 12, 2010 - 7:28 am Cherie Hogan - Hi Chelsea! It's Cherie from WPPI.  Ive been trying to figure out why the picture of the bride with the blue sky behind her is so stunning and I think I figured it out, the color of the sky matches the blue hair piece she's wearing! Did you do that on purpose? I might have to try that! Anyways, love your work! So glad I got to meet you! Hopefully I'll see you at a PUG meeting! Remember to email me if you need assistance at your next wedding!

March 5, 2010 - 11:55 pm Wendhy - LOVE it! AMAZING photos & video!

March 5, 2010 - 2:49 pm Dennise - The beauty you all were able to capture is just unbelievable...  Chelsea, your images are out of this world!  If someone needs ideas for a wedding, here they are!  And Jayse, you just bring such life through your videos!!  Awesome you two!

March 1, 2010 - 12:11 am Juliet Douglas - So beautiful!  And I finally got the chance to view the video and it's amazing!!  Good job Chelsea, Jayse, Tracey, and the entire team!

February 28, 2010 - 5:32 pm Tracey Kumer-Moore - Just an unbelievable, inspiring day from the board to everyone involved and perfectly captured by the fab Chelsea & Jayse! I had a blast working with everyone and the two of you from the spark of brilliance in my office when we found "OUR Inspiration" to the shoot day and beyond! Can't wait to do this again. You two ROCK! Let's go celebrate some awesome work. T.

February 28, 2010 - 12:42 pm ohana photographers - that's the stuff right there!!! love that second shot! love.

April 22, 2010 - 4:18 pm Happy Earth Day! » Chelsea Nicole – Alternative Style Wedding Photography - [...] - The Springs Preserve: This 180-acre environment-centered preservation is tucked away in the middle of the city, just 10mins outside of the busy Vegas strip. Whether you’re looking for something a bit different for your Vegas wedding or just looking for a place to explore and have a little fun while in town, the Springs Preserve is wonderful. For weddings images from here, check out a few of my recent features on Style Me Pretty - Whitney & John’s Wedding and the Vegas Inspiration to Reality. [...]

ZDF German TV Show

Last month I was interviewed and filmed photographing Christina and Randy‘s trash the dress out at the Neon Boneyard for a Vegas feature that will air on the European television channel, ZDF German TV. Here’s a behind the scenes action shot of me and the paparazzi (thanks to Jayse):

ZDF German TV Feature: Behind the scenes

And a little sneak peak of the shoot…

TTD: Christina and Randy

Boneyard TTD: Christina and Randy

More to come!!

October 12, 2009 - 7:13 pm Brandi~ Glitz & Glamour Events - Yay Chelsea! Woo-hoo for getting your work featured on-camera. :-)

September 23, 2009 - 9:13 pm eric langlois - holy crap - this is huge!!! congrats! You'll be like David Hasselhoff - the next European sensation!! :)

September 23, 2009 - 12:45 pm E.N. - NEED THE CHELSEA-NICOLE SHOW! But this feature will hold me over for now. Is it in German? Hope they translate!

September 22, 2009 - 9:28 am Golden - That's awesome Chels!!!! You're going global baby!!! As usual, amazing work and it's no surprise that the world is taking notice. Can't wait to see the segment...I guess it's time for YOUR close-up ;).

September 21, 2009 - 9:15 pm chels - Thanks! They said it's going to air in the next few weeks. :-) I should get a copy once it does, and I'll be sure to post it up!

September 21, 2009 - 9:01 am Jess - WOW this is awesome Chelsea! When will it air?

September 21, 2009 - 8:08 am Rachel - Completely gorgeous images! Congrats on the TV feature! That's so freaking cool!!!

September 20, 2009 - 8:27 pm Christina - One of a kind! We love you for sharing such great times with us and capturing every moment beautifully!!!

September 20, 2009 - 3:01 pm Chris Inman - Very cool! A striking couple and International exposure for sure!

Bridal Show

I exhibited in my very first bridal show last weekend!

You may have noticed a slowdown in blog posts (or maybe you hadn’t) because the week prior was a bit crazy trying to get everything ready in time. It was all worth it in the end, and the show was an absolute blast!

It didn’t win any fancy awards, but with all the hard work I still wanted to share a little about what we did to make it:  First, Jayse started by designing everything in 3D to give us a visual of the space and how it would all come together (which of course, looked awesome on the screen). But then came the hard part… actually making it ‘in real life’.  Luckily, we’re blessed with amazing friends. Christina and Randy (who you might recognize from here) came over several nights to help shop, paint, drill, and pull everything together. I honestly don’t know how we would have pulled it off (and retained our sanity) without them. So, major major thanks to them!

Now for some photos! Here’s the guys working hard while Christina keeps Bella company from her safe viewing spot on the staircase. Check out Randy’s ‘tough-guy’ pose.

 Making of my bridal show booth!

And some more of Jayse hard at work on my sign:

 Making of my bridal show booth!

Mom and my brother Andrew helped transport the booth as Jayse and I kept our fingers crossed from the car behind. (It was a long ride there!)

 Making of my bridal show booth!

Then, at last, it all came together with a nice warm glow.

Chelsea Nicole's Bridal Show Booth

I think the simplicity and difference of it attracted people in. It was a great show and a lot of fun! Now I can say I know what goes into exhibiting at a trade show: It’s a lot more work than I thought! But with all the positive response I got, very well worth it!

September 24, 2013 - 8:17 pm Josh Hartman - Where did you get that awesome logo sticker? Great idea to put it on wood that way. We've been trying to do that somehow.

September 15, 2009 - 7:41 pm Sarah Hodzic - Holy CRAP! That is freaking awesome!!! You guys totally blow me away. I so wish you were on the east coast so that I could soak up some of your fabulousness! The booth is Kickin'!!!!

September 14, 2009 - 8:20 am Susan Solo - Really nice job, Chelsea! It turned out great!

August 31, 2009 - 7:31 pm Cindy - So classy and sophisticated! Love it.... and those images tell it all. YOU ROCK!

August 31, 2009 - 1:15 pm Jessica B - So fun! Congratulations!! I'm going to have to pass on tonight's pug but as always, do keep me posted for next time.

August 31, 2009 - 6:46 am Stacie - Nice job! It really looks great! And congrats on the positive feedback.

August 30, 2009 - 10:38 pm Daniel Balboa - I love the final result!!

August 30, 2009 - 10:05 pm Juliet - Coolest sign ever! What a cute little puppy!

August 30, 2009 - 9:39 pm Melissa McClure - Looks great Chels!

Behind the Scenes: Malibu Beach TTD

A few people have said they really enjoyed the behind-the-scenes videos I do, and I aim to please! So here’s a little one Jayse recently put together with some quick video footage taken on our little video cam while out in California for Leah and Chase’s trash the dress.

Leah and Chase: A Trash the Dress in Malibu with Chelsea Nicole from jayse on Vimeo.

September 23, 2009 - 7:05 am Chelsea Patricia - Damn. Those are some AWESOME images, Chels.

September 12, 2009 - 10:06 am Jeff - Incredible and inspiring! Nice work!

September 3, 2009 - 2:31 pm Sarah Lee - Chelsea WOW! I've never seen this done before and man WOW. Really inspiring. I love how the clip is put together. Such as it shows you going for a shot and then it shows that shot totally awesome! Very well done!

August 27, 2009 - 6:06 am Stephanie - LOVE THIS VIDEO!!! And I love the pic of them kissing on the beach. That would be a perfect picture to place over the master bed!

August 25, 2009 - 11:54 am Leah - Oh my goodness!! This is such a blast to watch, and remember how much fun the shoot was with you guys :) The waves on that rock were HUGGGEE looking back on it, haha. Thanks again to both Chelsea and Jayse for such amazing photos, and such a great time. I would do it again in a heartbeat!!

August 25, 2009 - 11:29 am Chase - Chelsea I can't believe all the incredible things you keep surprising Leah and I with!! This is absolutely awesome (thanks Jayse!) Finally I can show Leah's friends the huge size of the wave that hit her on that rock. So. Much. Fun.

August 25, 2009 - 7:59 am chels - Yes, my camera survived! There will be no trash the camera. ;)

August 25, 2009 - 7:39 am Mike - You shoot with the Nikon D700 - I'm impressed. Quality. If I had one I wouldn't have the guts to take it the places you do! Did it survive!??

August 25, 2009 - 6:56 am jael deyoung - thank you for sharing is absolutely beautiful. LOVED it!

August 24, 2009 - 6:28 am David Apuzzo - Great video Chelsea. BTW, I've been following your photos for a bit now, great work :)

August 23, 2009 - 4:27 pm Daniel Balboa - Smokin' HOT! Loved it!

August 23, 2009 - 12:19 pm Juliet Douglas - Chelsea & Jayse - I LOVE THIS! You guys are so awesome! You were dressed for winter and poor Leah was in a thin dress. What a trooper! Love the behind-the-scenes. Any chance we can get him to do this for us on October 3rd (it doesn't hurt to ask)? ;)

August 22, 2009 - 10:03 pm Suzi Lighten - Chelsea and Jayse you both are so incredibly talented! The images and the video rock my socks off!

August 22, 2009 - 2:43 pm Christina - now this is the epitome of trash the dress!!! what troopers these guys were! how daring and fun!

August 22, 2009 - 9:42 am Steven Pihl - WOW, Chelsea you are a very talents woman, you are amazing what you do with your camera........

August 22, 2009 - 8:59 am Matt H - OMG that looks like such fun! It's amazing to see how you do this stuff - looks like a pretty good way to spend a day!