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Category Archives: Engagements

Brittany & Patrick’s Engagement

A little sneak peek of the engagement session of two of my closest friends who are getting married in Park City, Utah this June! :-)

Brittany & Patrick - Desert Engagement SessionThe Proposal:

On the evening of October 25, 2013, Brittany and her sisters had planned a surprise dinner at Morton’s The Steakhouse for their parent’s 65th birthday. It was a big deal, and Brittany’s oldest sister and husband even came in from out of town for the occasion. Brittany knew they were celebrating her parents’ shared birthdays, but didn’t know the FULL story. Prior to that evening, Patrick took a trip up to Park City to ask Brittany’s family for their permission and blessing to marry their daughter. They were overjoyed and mentioned how much they would love to be a part of the proposal itself. From then, the planning started! It was a family affair with Brittany’s sisters Heidi & JennyLynn also having a huge hand in making sure everything went down perfectly.

When the big day arrived the whole restaurant – from the managers to the host, servers and bartender – was in on the surprise and there was a wonderful, exhilarating feeling of anticipation in the air as everyone waited for that one special moment! And the best part: Brittany, who is usually quite difficult to surprise, had absolutely no idea what was about to go down. Toward the end of the dinner, the lights went low and the cake came out. But wait…the waiters placed the cake in front of Brittany. She was very confused, but finally looked at the cake and saw the words “Will you marry me?” When she turned, Patrick was on one knee with a gorgeous ring in his hand. She said “YES!”

Jayse & I had the huge honor of being a part of this amazing day. Check out a little ‘stealth’ paparazzi-style video we put together here: http://vimeo.com/92630188 Lots of happy tears. :-)

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B+P: CONGRATS! <3 <3 <3 Jayse and I are thankful to have amazing friends like you in our lives and love seeing you both so happy! I can’t wait to celebrate your marriage in just 2 more months!! :-D

April 22, 2014 - 10:49 am Eanna - Super cute pix Chelsea! I want all her dresses! :-)

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

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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!! :-)

xox
Chelsea

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.

Kelly + Matt

Kelly and Matt are adventurous spirits who found each other in Cincinnati, Ohio where Matt ended up moving for work. They found themselves working side by side and taking coffee breaks at Starbucks were they got to know each other and bonded over their mutual travels and experiences living in Thailand. One of their first date nights was spent cooking homemade Thai food together and reminiscing about the sights and smells of Bangkok, a place that they’d have the opportunity to visit again together over the 6 years of their relationship.

One of their life goals is “to live a few years on each continent.” I love that!

Matt and Kelly’s annual tradition is celebrating their Spring birthdays in Vegas, so they picked this as the location for both their e-session and wedding! Here are a few pix!

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Kelly and Matt are currently living and working in Dubai, but for their wedding they wanted a fun destination that all their family and friends would enjoy. Their wedding will be at the beautiful Four Seasons Hotel and Resort. Combining Kelly and Matt’s great taste with the fabulous Scheme Event‘s coordinator Traci McMaster and her design-centered wedding planning, I know it’s going to be an incredible day. Can’t wait!

November 25, 2013 - 6:07 pm Janet Guthrie - Fantastic pics! Great photographer, great setting, great photogenic couple!

November 25, 2013 - 6:40 am Matt - Thanks to Chelsea for such a great session. We really enjoyed this location and had tons of fun at the shoot ... the pictures speak for themselves, they're great! Looking forward to the big day!

November 24, 2013 - 9:26 pm Ann - Love these pictures! Captures the love and playful side of a fun, beautiful couple!! Looking forward to the big wedding day with two very special people! Love you Kelly and Matt!! mom

November 24, 2013 - 1:02 pm Lynn - What a gorgeous couple you two are! May our Lord richly bless your upcoming union! Love you both, Lynn

November 24, 2013 - 9:05 am Nicole - These pictures are absolutely stunning; they exude happiness and love. I cannot wait for the wedding. Love you both! -Nicole

November 24, 2013 - 8:33 am Kelly - These are great!! Can't wait to look through the rest :-)

November 23, 2013 - 3:30 pm Traci - Such beautiful photos and such a sweet couple. I am so excited for their wedding... And to work with you. It's going to be a good one! XOXO- Traci

500 Days of… Lara & Allan!

500 Days of Summer - San Francisco Engagement Session by Chelsea Nicole

This is a story of boy meets girl. While Allan and Lara weren’t looking for love, it found them unexpectedly. March of last year they met in an online forum and instantly hit it off, starting a tradition of daily talks and weekly long-distance movie dates courtesy of Netflix. After three months of getting to know each other, Allan flew out to Florida to visit Lara in her hometown where she had planned a weekend of fun: mini golf, karaoke, Disney, the beach and the first of many IKEA dinner dates (where they became an official couple)! Fast forward to the present: Allan and Lara now share a cozy apartment in San Francisco and are getting married next May at the gorgeous Cornerstone vineyard and garden barn in Sonoma, California. I’m so excited for them, and can’t wait to be a part of their big day!

When brainstorming ideas for Lara and Allan’s engagement session, I knew we needed something that would match their quirky, fun-loving, creative personalities. We ended up deciding on a destination shoot in their home city of San Francisco, with the session being inspired from one of their favorite movies (and coincidentally one that shares a lot of similarities to their own relationship), (500) Days of Summer.

We started our day goofing off in the elevator at Lara and Allan’s apartment…500 Days of Summer Engagement Session500 Days of Summer Engagement SessionFrom there we were off to cause some mischief in one of their favorite places, IKEA!
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L + A: Thanks for a lovely day! I had a blast hanging out with guys on our mini-adventure and can’t wait to be a part of your wedding! :-)

January 20, 2014 - 3:36 am KIm - love the photos! especially the last photo with the bench... where is that located?

October 29, 2013 - 8:03 am GP and GM Borsik - Well, I am crying again.....Picture perrrrfect. Love and prayers always!!!!! Chelsea is a keeper!!!

October 29, 2013 - 6:39 am Susan - I love how you have captured this couple's story and personality using the transitions of location, mood, color, expression, clothing and special effects. The contrast of the white and bright colors of IKEA, to the mellow tones of the music shop, to the sparkly pastels of the city as the day winds down is enchanting!

October 28, 2013 - 10:22 pm Bridget - You've done it again! New favorite shoot!! LOVE!

October 28, 2013 - 8:19 pm Jen - best. movie. ever. love the pics, so cute! :D

October 28, 2013 - 2:52 pm Stephanie - This is such a cute idea!! Love the pics!! Hope the wedding is amazing =]

October 28, 2013 - 11:59 am Jackson - love it love it!

October 28, 2013 - 9:57 am Rob - awesome pics. i love them. IKEA!!!!!!!!!

October 28, 2013 - 9:54 am Jeremy - Loving the unique locations for the photoshoot! This totally captures the silliness of A + L!

October 28, 2013 - 9:53 am Allan - Good job Chelsea! We enjoyed dragging you around town and creating this "love" story! Excited about the wedding!

October 28, 2013 - 9:30 am Abby Flinchum - Lara, I love your pictures!! I am so happy and excited for you!!

October 28, 2013 - 3:39 am Stacey - Brilliant work! What amazing photos!

October 27, 2013 - 5:12 pm Jane Borsik - Lara and Allan, loved the pictures and we are looking forward to the wedding!!

October 27, 2013 - 9:46 am Sharon B - Each one of these photos is a treasure in themselves. My fav is the one where you are sitting at the little table, warm winsome chuckle me had! Congrats to L and A ... great job Chelsea!!

October 26, 2013 - 4:46 pm Lara - Aw Chelsea, these came out great! I especially love how you added in the hand-drawn touches to go with the movie. Thank you so much for spending the day goofing around with us. We had a blast.

October 25, 2013 - 9:26 pm Suzi Lighten - Oh Chelsea! I adore these! Great job! Adorable couple too!!

October 25, 2013 - 8:54 pm Elise - This is the cutest shoot ever!!! What a fun couple!

October 25, 2013 - 4:07 pm Kristin - I LOVE these! Lara, you look gorgeous and I love how genuinely happy you both look! Also, adorable theme for your engagement photos. :) Love it!!!

Larisa + Talyn

Retro Santa Monica Beach Engagement Session

Six summers ago fate brought Larisa and Talyn together. She was working a summer job while visiting Vegas from Oregon, and it was there that Talyn first saw her. It started with small talk, but he quickly won her over with his kind smile and conversations over ChexMix in the break-room (Larisa was always starving and Talyn was her snack-food hero!) What started out as a friendship quickly developed to more. But little did they know back then how perfect they were for each other and how completely inseparable they would become.

Fast forward to the present, Larisa and Talyn are engaged and finalizing plans for their wedding day this fall at the beautiful Anthem Country Club. I can’t wait! And for their engagement session, we hit up one of their favorite places – the sunny California coast – for some fun and sun at the beach!

California Beach Engagement Session

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L + T: Thanks for a fantastic afternoon exploring Santa Monica! I loved hanging with you guys and I can’t wait for your wedding day!! :-) xoxo

August 23, 2013 - 3:40 pm CindyL - These are so gorgeous! Beautiful couple - beautiful photos! You can just feel the atmosphere of the day!

August 16, 2013 - 10:31 pm Sjanna Sharbatz - They are beautiful, movie star quality! They are so beautiful I want to see more! Are there any more?

August 16, 2013 - 5:46 pm Nicole Knaeble - Adorable images! Love the ones by the pier. And that bathing suit!