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Category Archives: Video

Lani & FX: A Recipe for Love

From our first meeting I knew this artsy couple (she’s an interior-designer and he’s an architect) needed an engagement session that showed off their playful, creative personalities.

What’s their favorite thing to do? Cook! What’s their wedding colors? Pink and grey. What were they up for? Anything! Even messing up their entire kitchen for a shoot? Bien sur! (But of course!) I’m quite sure I gave out an audible squeal of delight when I saw that they had done their kitchen with light grey cupboards and soft-pink counter tops.

I decided then: we just had to take advantage of this cooking thing they love so much!  Since we were also shooting Lani and François’ destination wedding in Lille France, we added a pinch of macaroons, a dash of crepes and a whole lot of pastries to make it all complete.  We tied it all together by designing a custom signing book with these images for their guests to leave their own recipes for a delicious marriage!

Lani & François were also featured on one of my fav wedding blogs, the Wedding Chicks! Click below to see the feature and tons more photos from their shoot:

Lastly, I’m super-duper excited to share the fusion video Jayse made of their shoot with my stills and his footage!

Big shout out goes to Signs by Diane who created the beautiful, handmade “Love is Sweet” sign! Her signs are perfect for photo-shoots or wedding decor, or both! I could totally see something like this being reused for a dessert display. And the engraved heart measuring spoons in the video are by Beehive Kitchenware Co.

February 23, 2011 - 10:17 am Noelia Kline - OMG, I absolutely love this! It's insanely fantastic. Kudos!!! :D

February 17, 2011 - 5:53 am L.A. Birdie Photography - OH my goodness. Such a magical video and set of photos. They're a lucky pair! :)

January 26, 2011 - 9:07 pm Cindy - so sexy and fun! you are da bomb! seriously you are.... i have a total crush on your work. Muwahh!

January 23, 2011 - 9:27 am Jasmine S. - This shoot is so adorable and full of personality! It's definitely a favorite!

January 21, 2011 - 6:55 pm Jason Talley - Chelsea, gret work!

January 21, 2011 - 11:57 am Adrienne - and jayse...oh jayse, you too are the best! love the fusion!

January 21, 2011 - 11:55 am Adrienne - Is there anything you can't come up with? Just beautiful!

January 21, 2011 - 10:49 am Angela K. - Love the photos and the fusion video! You and Jayse continue to amaze me with your talents!

January 21, 2011 - 10:22 am Jessie Emeric - what a cute idea! love the images, as always! xoxo

January 21, 2011 - 10:21 am Olivia - This is why I'm a fan--the photography is phenomenal and unique to each couple. They are pictures to be treasured forever!

January 20, 2011 - 11:15 pm Annie - Bravo! Wow this is adorable! Congratulations Chels you never disappoint. And wow Jayse this video was the icing on the cake. Love it.

January 20, 2011 - 12:52 pm Summer C. - Brilliant! Loved this.

Rowena & JD’s Engagement Fusion Video!

Remember Rowena and JD (click here for a refresher of their e-session at Nelson’s Landing)?! Well I’m excited to post up the engagement fusion video Jayse put together for them!

Rowena and JD have been together since high school and it’s amazing to see their easy going chemistry. Also, it’s awesome that they based their vibrant Orange, Yellow and Purple wedding colors partly on the San Francisco Giants! I love how Jayse incorporated both of these things in the video.

Check it out!~

I can’t wait for the wedding next summer where the video is going to be played on big screens at The Ranch Golf Club in San Jose, CA. :-)

October 29, 2010 - 1:29 pm Gel - Thanks for the info Rowena! Ya Im super excited for ours. No Im not from the bay but have some fam and friends up there. Im in L.A. Your H&M look really good so assumed you had someone do it but if you did it and it looks that great, I'll just do my own too =)

October 26, 2010 - 6:35 pm Rowena - Gel:  Hi Gel!! Thanks! Chelsea and Jayse did a wonderful wonderful job! Those 2 are amazing! Are you from the bay? we actually did the video at Nelson Landing and I did my own H&M. You'll have tons of fun with Chelsea in January. I was kinda nervous because Im not use to having someone take pictures of me but she makes you feel totally comfortable. It was lots of fun!

October 25, 2010 - 7:27 am Gel - Chelsea-we can see the video correctly now. Don't know why it was flickering to us before..maybe it was the laptop but I see it correctly now and its fab! Rowena-Sorry you dont know me but love the video. Seeing that you did your video and shoot in vegas (Spring Preserve, right? ) and are from the bay..did you do your own hair and make up or did you have someone there do it? If so, who? Were planning on doing our shoot with Chelsea in Jan but need a H&M person. Thanks!

October 7, 2010 - 4:18 pm Elly - You just keep adding more and more wow! :-D

October 3, 2010 - 9:42 am E.N. - Fantastic cinematography here - beautiful work. Nice music edit too - best version of that song I've heard.

September 24, 2010 - 4:37 pm Jay Hsiang Studio - i love love LOVE the video!! amazing job! you can totally see how much in love they are! video makes such a huge difference in the

September 7, 2010 - 5:51 pm Dennise - Jayse, you're the man!  This video is amazing =o)  Love watching you do your magic Chels!  Great job you two!

September 7, 2010 - 11:37 am Marlie - Great job!! You can tell how much in love they are and that they really enjoy each other. I loved watching this.

September 7, 2010 - 10:38 am Nancy and Sean - 'Finally!' LoL! Perfect. This fits them perfectly - gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!  

September 5, 2010 - 5:55 pm Autumn Cutaia - Watching this reminded me of how much fun it was to work with you! You bring out all the love these couples have for eachother.. that sounds like the best job in the world! <3

September 5, 2010 - 12:10 pm a Thin Line Band - Awesome!!!  This is soooo cool!  Perfect music!  Great Job, Chels and Jayse!

September 5, 2010 - 11:22 am J.D. - Pretty awesome man. Rowena and Giants two things I love the most in one video. It wouldnt have been a J.D. and Rowena video without some SF Giants love in their with a dash of Dakota. Nice work cant wait for the premiere 5.21.2011!

September 5, 2010 - 11:18 am Annette - Sooo beautiful! They are way too perfect together and you captured it perfectly!

September 5, 2010 - 11:10 am Andy Stetter - Always fantastic work from your studio! Totally makes their personalities shine.

September 5, 2010 - 11:06 am Rowena - AHHHH Im getting married!! This video just got me Super Duper excited!!! WOW!!!!! That was sooooo great, Jayse!! You did a wonderful job! This is beyond amazing!!! You got clips of things i didnt think you would. LOVE IT! Cant wait to show everyone!! :-) Thanks you two!!! xoxoxoxo

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. [...]

Announcing: Fusion Video Coverage!

I’m so excited to announce that I’m now offering fusion coverage! Below is an example of what could be played at the wedding or sent as video-invites. Kory and Trent are awesome musicians so we convinced them to bring their gear out to the desert for their engagement session. We had such a blast and this was the Fusion Video Jayse put together for them:

“What would we want for our ultimate wedding photography coverage?”

Jayse and I start many local-pub conversations this way. Of course we talk with our mouths half-full of way-too-fattening-nachos (extra jalapenos for me, extra olives for Jayse please).

“What would we want for our ultimate wedding?” It’s a guideline for everything I do and all of my product offerings. Over the past six months these conversations have led to one missing component from our ultimate wedding coverage: Video.

But, wait! I’m not talking about your typical hour-long all-encompassing video. While there’s definitely a place for that (and I would be happy to recommend some really cool local videographers if that’s what you’re looking for), Jayse and I agreed that the kind of video we LOVE and wanted for our couples is a short-n-sweet, stylized piece from the day.

Jayse is no stranger to film. While I am editing photos, Jayse is usually across the desk from me designing and creating neat visual effects shots for big blockbuster films like Wolverine or 2012. In fact he’s currently working on Oliver Stone’s sequel to Wall Street. We both love great cinematography and we love great stories. And we knew if something more like the films we loved could be captured, edited, color-toned and rendered into our eager little hands – we’d have something we’d be proud to show off – or share it on our iPhones – or upload to our Facebook page – or watch on a big-screen.

And thus, we are very excited to announce:

Fusion: photography style video

Fusion has been officially added to my new 2010 wedding catalog! Contact me for more details. Or, click here to find out a bit more about fusion and how it works!

So – Fusion – there you have it. Hope you like it as much as we do!


UPDATE: Kory and Trent’s engagement session has been featured on Rock and Roll Bride! Click here to check out the feature which also includes lots of extra images.

March 30, 2010 - 4:35 pm Rowena - awesome!! love it! u 2 are a fantastic duo!

March 20, 2010 - 6:13 pm Sergio - Awesome video - really first-class work you are putting out

March 1, 2010 - 5:12 am Dennise - lol, I'm sorry Chelsea!  I couldn't help myself!  I think this is a perfect example of when curiosity kills the cat, lol.  And again, you two are incredible!  =oD

February 28, 2010 - 10:05 am chels - You cheater! You peeked! lol.. I figured you might find it before I got the chance to blog it. ;-) I'm so happy you love it hun, and how sweet that your mom cried!

February 28, 2010 - 9:49 am Dennise - Jayse!!! I found the video you were talking about!!  Oh my goodness, I don't even know how many times I've seen it already!!  It made my mom cry =oP

February 27, 2010 - 9:59 am jayse - Thanks everyone! And Dennise there might be a compilation video of you in the middle of Time Square floating around here somewhere I think... ;-)

February 27, 2010 - 9:19 am Mandy Holben - so blown away by this! I love it!

February 26, 2010 - 6:58 pm chels - Awww, thanks everyone!! :-D

February 26, 2010 - 6:32 pm Dennise - I can not WAIT to see more videos!!  Chelsea and Jayse, you are officially the Dynamic Duo!!  Awesomeness is your middle name!

February 26, 2010 - 10:31 am Wendhy Jeffers - The video ROCKS! Amazing work Chels!

February 26, 2010 - 7:18 am Matt H - HOLY - this is soooo great! Best engagement shoot ever!

February 25, 2010 - 8:27 pm Jayse - ps - E.N. - neither of us really use actions or presets. It's much more fun to create something from scratch - albeit slightly more time-consuming.

February 25, 2010 - 8:21 pm Jayse - Thanks to everyone who's commented here and on Facebook! Now maybe I get to share in all the fun that Chels has! ;-)

February 25, 2010 - 6:42 pm Angelica McDonnell - WOW is all I can say. You guys rocked that video and the couple was gorgeous. It makes me want to get married all over again and get this!

February 25, 2010 - 4:01 pm E.N. - ps - how do you guys get such fantastic colors? Presets? Actions? Do tell!

February 25, 2010 - 4:00 pm E.N. - I don't know how you keep surprising me with awesomeness - but you do! STUNNING work from both of you!

February 25, 2010 - 3:56 pm Shannon Progar - Chelsea - I am sooo blown away by this! How completely and totally awesome. FABULOUS!

February 25, 2010 - 3:27 pm Rachel Garcia - Awesome! I love it!

February 25, 2010 - 3:26 pm Brandi - Chels this ROCKS!! I'm sure it will do very, very well.

February 25, 2010 - 3:24 pm Terrence Lighten - That was really cool! Very well done and artistic. I'm excited for you guys.

February 25, 2010 - 2:55 pm Juliet Douglas - I'm so excited this is finally here for you!  What a hot looking video and couple!

February 25, 2010 - 2:28 pm Mike T - WOW! That video is @#*ing FANTASTIC!! What a perfect match with your imagery Chelsea. I think this will really take off. Congrats!

November 18, 2010 - 8:45 am Frances & Eddie’s Wedding » Chelsea Nicole Photography – Las Vegas and Destination Alternative Wedding Photographer - [...] engagement session we did just a month prior to the wedding! Also, I can’t wait to share the fusion video Jayse is putting together from their wedding [...]