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Udyogi & Nimish’s Engagement

When Udyogi and Nimish first wrote sharing plans for their wedding and saying, “we would be over the moon to have you do our vibrant, ethnic, outdoor wedding!!” I was excited to reply “I’m totally game!” Now, after nearly a year of planning and finally getting the chance to meet in person, I share the sentiment even more. I’m over-the-moon-and-pumped to be a part of their day! And in celebration of it being just two weeks away, I’m excited to share some images from their recent engagement session. :-)

Sri Lankan Indian Engagement Session

Udyogi and Nimish are having a cultural wedding with a dynamic fusion of both their Sri Lankan and Indian heritages – both of which have very rich and beautiful traditions. To represent this in their engagement photos, Udyogi picked out this gorgeous Indian sari. Sri Lankan Indian Engagement SessionSri Lankan Indian Engagement Session Sri Lankan Indian Engagement SessionUydogi & Nimish's Desert Engagement - Eldorado Dry Lakebed, NVUydogi & Nimish's Desert Engagement - Eldorado Dry Lakebed, NVI love, love, love her shoes!Uydogi & Nimish's Desert Engagement - Eldorado Dry Lakebed, NVUydogi & Nimish's Desert Engagement - Eldorado Dry Lakebed, NV

It’s not all dress up for these two. They are super playful together, and surprised me by showing up with these awesome balloons!

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Hair and makeup was rocked by Makeup in the 702

U+N: I had a blast with you guys can’t wait to see you both again for the wedding weekend! Two weeks and counting!! :-)

June 27, 2014 - 2:23 am Mom-(Ammi) - Absolutely beautiful couple, location and pictures, can't wait to see wedding pictures!

May 2, 2014 - 7:13 pm Vivian Doctora - I absolutely love all your pictures! You guys look awesome and so very happy!! Can't wait for the big day! =)

April 30, 2014 - 6:04 am Christa - Ridiculously gorgeous couple + talented photographer = simply stunning photos! You're gonna have your hands full with those wedding photos, Chelsea!

April 29, 2014 - 7:19 am Barbara - Simply stunning!!! The gold dress is just everything.

April 29, 2014 - 6:54 am Daljit Dhami - Love the colors & great location!

April 28, 2014 - 6:52 pm Laurie - Beautiful pictures, gorgeous couple! Can't wait for the big day!!

April 28, 2014 - 5:44 pm Swati - Ok, not California, but the West! :)

April 28, 2014 - 5:44 pm Swati - These photos look like a dream! Beautiful location, beautiful California (I think?) light, beautiful couple

April 28, 2014 - 5:22 pm Natalie Smith - Love, love, love your engagement pics!!!

April 28, 2014 - 4:11 pm Senani - Beautiful Pictures! Love the lighting and the colors. Can't wait to see you both at the wedding. P.S. Love Udy's shoes :-)

April 28, 2014 - 4:11 pm Megan Payne - Chelsea you ve outdone yourself!!!

April 28, 2014 - 3:39 pm Eli - Stunning photos of a beautiful couple! Love the colors and lighting! Looking forward to the wedding festivities! :oD

April 28, 2014 - 3:21 pm Loura Alaverdi - These images are breathtaking! Absolutely gorgeous!! What a gorgeous couple! I cannot wait to see your babies!

April 28, 2014 - 3:16 pm Aaron Yen - Amazing pictures!!!!! You guys look beautiful!! Can't wait to party up at the wedding!

April 28, 2014 - 3:13 pm Josh Harry - Great pictures! The lighting is fantastic. Really looking forward to the wedding!

April 26, 2014 - 3:19 pm Udyogi - Chelsea - these are incredible! They turned out even better than we imagined, we are thrilled with them and can't wait to see you again at our wedding in just two weeks!

Regina & Mike’s Wedding in St. Martin

Gina & Mike - St. Martin Caribbean WeddingRegina and Mike are adventurous spirits who love being outside and exploring new places together. Their current home is in San Francisco, but they share the dream of one day making enough money to live on a yacht and travel the world! So it was quite fitting when they decided to hold an intimate destination wedding that mixed all their favorite things with all their favorite people. Their wedding took place in the Caribbean on an island that held special significance to them – ‘The Friendly Island’ of St. Martin! Mike’s parents live there, so it’s a place they have spent many summers together. And it’s also where, five years ago, Mike asked Regina for her hand in marriage with a surprise proposal in Philipsburg. They just knew that it would also be the perfect place to finally say ‘I do’!

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R+M: Congrats!! Jayse and I had so much fun with you guys and your awesome families – such an amazing group of people! Thank you so much for including us in your wedding adventure. We’re so happy for you guys! I look forward to hearing about the many amazing adventures you’ll share as you take on the world as Mr. & Mrs! Sending our love from Vegas. :-) <3

CREDITS: Venue & Catering: Le Sand Restaurant in Nettle Bay / Dress designer: Pronovias / Floral: Fée des Caraibes / Photography: Chelsea Nicole

April 25, 2014 - 6:10 pm Alicia - Stunning images, you really captured their connection and the beauty of their celebration!

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: 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!! :-)


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.

Melissa & Kyle's Las Vegas Destination WeddingMelissa & Kyle - Trash the Dress Day After SessionMelissa’s beautiful cathedral length veil was the same veil her mother wore on her wedding day.

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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

June 29, 2014 - 11:59 am Stacy Squires Photography - your photos are simply beautiful

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