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Category Archives: Engagements

Tanya & Sean’s Engagement

One of Tanya and Sean’s favorite things to do together is to explore new restaurants and bars – especially little-known spots and dive bars. Their first date was at just such a place, where they danced and laughed the night away to live jazz. For this engagement session, Tanya and Sean introduced me to one of their favorite spots, House of Shields, where we started the day off right with good conversation and some delicious hand-crafted cocktails:

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Tanya and Sean’s wedding is coming up at the end of May at Red Rock Casino! With their talented coordinator Tory L. Cooper working behind-the-scenes, they have planned an incredible day.

T and S, I can’t wait to be a part of your day and see you make that very special walk down the aisle after so many years of friendship and love! Congrats guys!

Ashton & Adam’s Engagement

Red Rock Canyon Spring Mountain Engagement SessionWho would have thought these two Kansas kids from rival high schools would ever become a hot thing?! Although they only knew of each other in school and had never really met, fate would have its way. Many years later when Adam (who had since moved away) was back in town for a few months, they had a chance meeting at a bar on Ashton’s birthday. Not only were they glued to each other the whole evening, but they spent the entire next day together too and have been completely inseparable ever since!

In honor of their wedding this fall, we went out to one of Ashton & Adam’s favorite places, Red Rock Canyon, for a day spent exploring and celebrating their love.

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After some casual desert fun, we got all dressed up and hit the city in style!Las Vegas Strip view Cromwell Drais Engagement SessionLas Vegas Strip view Cromwell Drais Engagement Session Las Vegas Cromwell Drais Engagement SessionLas Vegas Strip view Cromwell Drais Engagement SessionLas Vegas Cromwell Drais Engagement Session

A+A: Congrats! I’m so happy for you two & had an amazing time spending the day getting to know and photograph you guys. :-)

Sybil & Eddie: Engagement

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Nearly nine years after their first encounter through mutual friends at a dance club – where Eddie wooed Sybil with his intriguing eyes and smooth moves on the dance-floor and Sybil captured Eddie, first with her beauty, then with her quick wit and down-to-earth personality – they are getting married! I can’t wait for the big weekend this August at the chic M Resort here in Las Vegas.

And for a little pre-wedding celebration, we went on a mini-adventure where we spent the day exploring, soaking up the warm desert sun and capturing just how perfect these two are together. <3
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For more from these two, check out the killer behind the scene’s video Eddie & team put together from our shoot! http://vimeo.com/119097570

Also, I just have to share their sweet proposal video: https://vimeo.com/88863270 – Eddie & Sybil are both super creative (Eddie is also owner & the talent behind video production company Salty Tiers!) And with their love of unique and creative art, they share a quirky, fun tradition of collecting caricature drawings together wherever they travel. So, for his proposal, Eddie staged the ultimate caricature – one which ended with him on one knee and Sybil saying “YES!”  ^_^ Check it out above!

E+S: Had a blast with you guys & can’t wait to see you again soon for the big weekend!

CREDITS:
Wedding Coordinator: Rissa Gunderson at Scheme Events  •  Hair and Makeup: Amelia C & Co. • Clothing Stylist: Nancy Corrales

February 11, 2015 - 2:28 pm joanne leung - those pics are amazing, very pretty !!!!!!!!!! excellent shots !!!!!!!!

February 11, 2015 - 1:24 pm Jinee - Those are pictures! Did you take it in Death Valley?

February 10, 2015 - 5:01 pm NANCY CORRALES - STUNNING IMAGES!!!!

February 9, 2015 - 12:57 pm Emily Ku - Love this session!!

February 9, 2015 - 12:09 pm Rissa - Ah, Chelsea! To be honest, when I saw that first picture I seriously gasped out loud and announced to the office, "Holy! Come look at these pictures!!" Absolutely amazing! Great things to come in August :)

February 9, 2015 - 11:36 am Sybil - Your work is amazing Chelsea! Thanks so much for this adventure, it's definitely one for the books! And thanks for being so upbeat, calm, and cheerful throughout the whole process. You're a true professional!! Can't wait to see you again in August!

February 9, 2015 - 11:19 am Eddie - Super awesome, Chels! The images are gorgeous, but we knew they would be (just like the rest of your work) Can't wait to check out the full set, cause we're STOKED! Loved working with you and Jayse. Thanks again for going on this journey with us. August is going to be a blast. Glad you'll also be apart of that!

Joni & Erick’s Engagement

Meet Joni & Erick and their two adorable corgis, Stu and Yoshi:
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Joni and Erick met through work at an ICU where Joni was interning and he was her supervisor. Joni had a “major crush” on Erick right when they met. But it wasn’t until he invited her over to meet his new puppy, Stubbie or ‘Stu’, about a month later that things took off. I guess you could say Stu made the perfect ‘wing-dog’, because after that day they were inseparable. Since then and have become fur-parents to their second corgi Yoshi, both of whom will be a part of their wedding planned for next fall at the beautiful Four Seasons-Las Vegas. I can’t wait to be a part of it. ^_^ Joni & Erick also enlisted one of the west coast’s top wedding coordinators, the talented Rissa Gunderson of Scheme Events, so you know it will be unforgettable in every way!

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Check back next fall for more from Joni & Erick (and Stu & Yoshi too!)

CREDITS: Hair and Makeup: Makeup in the 702

November 29, 2014 - 4:11 am Serena - These pictures are fantastic!! You both look really nice. Stu and Yoshi look adorable.

November 19, 2014 - 10:30 am Catherine Makin - WOW. The photos turned out soo good!! You all look so beautiful and handsome- congratulations!!

November 19, 2014 - 10:15 am sara - Your makeup looks amazing.

November 19, 2014 - 6:44 am Irene Lopez - You both look wonderful, Joni your hair looks great.

November 18, 2014 - 8:49 pm Lisa M - Who is that bombshell couple :) These pictures are truly amazing...just gorgeous!!!!! You guys should be in a magazine :)

November 18, 2014 - 6:30 pm jenette nunes - I love these pics! looks like they could be for an ad or commercial!! super cute!

November 18, 2014 - 3:13 pm sara - These pictures are amazing. From the location, the sunset, the corgis, and of course the couple, just perfect.

November 18, 2014 - 11:30 am Joni - Oh my god Chelsea! These are amazing! I love all of them! You are magic with that camera! ^_^

Connie & Jason’s Engagement

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Let me introduce you to Connie and Jason! C & J first met on Match.com. However, in the beginning, Connie played a few skilled rounds of ‘hard-to-get’. From ignoring his messages, to hanging up on him because she thought he was a different ‘stalker-Jason’, to showing up 30mins late to their first date because she was out shopping, she definitely put Jason to the test! But thankfully, Jason is not one to give up easy. He persisted through it all, and eventually won Connie over with his thoughtfulness, charm, and of course, great looks. Though she didn’t reveal it at the time, she did mention later that she was totally smitten after meeting him in person for the first time.  ^___^

As a couple, one of the things Jason and Connie love most is simply lounging around in bed together. For their engagement shoot, we thought, let’s get a little cozy! Why the heck not!?

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Part deux: Because C+J also love getting dressed up and going out, we thought, well let’s do that too! Why the heck not?! So next we headed out to the Nevada desert.Conne & Jason's Engagement SessionConne & Jason's Engagement Session

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Check back in a few months for more from these two and their wedding at the Vintage Estate in Napa, CA. It’s bound to be one unforgettable day!

C+J: Loved spending the day with you two & also getting to see you at L+A’s wedding! Hope you enjoy all the images! I can’t wait for it to be your turn to take that very special walk down the aisle. :-D Only 3 months to go!

June 12, 2014 - 9:56 am John - Nice car!

June 12, 2014 - 9:47 am Connie - Hi Chelsea! Thank you for taking these beautiful shots for me and Jason! I can't wait to see you do your magic on our wedding day!! Miss you!! -Connie

June 12, 2014 - 9:38 am Megan Payne - Love this girl! You ve outdone yourself!

June 12, 2014 - 8:27 am Lara - I love the cozy bed shots! Great job Chelsea, and congrats to Connie and Jason. Only a few more months!

Brittany & Mark’s Engagement

Jayse and I first met Brittany and Mark through mutual friends and were immediately taken by their laid-back, yet fun and charismatic personalities. I feel fortunate to call them friends, and I was honored when they reached out to have me as a very special part of their wedding!

I can’t wait for the big day this June at the beautiful Surf & Sand Resort in Laguna Beach. And in celebration of their wedding being less than 2 weeks away (yay!) I’d love to share some images from their engagement session. For their shoot, we pulled inspiration from one of Britt & Mark’s favorite bands, The Killers, and went out for a Vegas-style night on the town! For as long as I’ve known these two they have had a love for places with killer views (their home is always the best party spot for watching fireworks & ringing in the New Year!) So before heading downtown we kicked things off in style, sipping sparkling wine while enjoying one of the best panoramic views of the Las Vegas strip!

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B+M: You two are amazing together!! <3 I can’t wait to celebrate with you & your families in Laguna and capture all the magic as you finally officially become Mr & Mrs! 12 days!!! :-D

May 27, 2014 - 1:13 pm Paula - These pictures are so beautiful! Love everything about them! Can't wait to see more!

May 27, 2014 - 6:57 am Mark A - Chelsea Nicole - amazing!! She made the shoot so fun. She saw our vision and took it to another level.

May 26, 2014 - 11:06 pm Andre Jensen - Awesome shots for an awesome couple!!! =) Counting the days we'll be celebrating the big event!

May 26, 2014 - 7:17 pm Katie - I love these!!! Can't wait for the big day!!

May 26, 2014 - 5:38 pm Megan Payne - Awesome!!! Love it

May 26, 2014 - 3:53 pm Natalie Chase - These turned out amazing!! You both look absolutely fabulous!!

May 26, 2014 - 3:48 pm Carissa Chase - These photos are so cute! I love seeing how happy you two are together and I am so excited for your wedding and to see the amazing future you guys will have together! Love you guys!

May 26, 2014 - 1:10 pm maribel davis - Beautiful

May 26, 2014 - 11:38 am Mark and Britt - Chels these are outstanding!!!! We are in awe and cannot wait for you to capture our wedding!!!