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Lara & Allan’s Wedding

Lara & Allan's Cornerstone Gardens - Sonoma California WeddingLara and Allan tied the knot with a beautiful wine country wedding in Sonoma, CA. Here are a few of my favorite moments from the day, starting with Lara and Allan being their typical playful selves for a first look:

Lara & Allan's Cornerstone Gardens - Sonoma California Wedding

To add some ‘sugar’ to the proverbial (wedding!) cake, Lara and Allan hired the talented Kristen Jensen & team of Sugar Rush Events to work their magic behind the scenes, ensuring the entire day went flawless.

Their ceremony and reception were held at Cornerstone Gardens and included one of the sweetest exchange of vows I have ever heard. (Seriously, Lara… I may need some pointers from you guys down the line!)

Lara & Allan's Cornerstone Gardens - Sonoma California WeddingLara & Allan's Cornerstone Gardens - Sonoma California WeddingLara & Allan's Cornerstone Gardens - Sonoma California WeddingLara & Allan's Cornerstone Gardens - Sonoma California WeddingI love that Lara and Allan infused unique personal touches to their wedding day that also reflect their style. Pictured above are special pocket watches Allan hand-picked for each of his groomsmen. And as for Lara’s bridesmaids, she opted to have them carry super cute parasols in lieu of bouquets.Lara & Allan's Cornerstone Gardens - Sonoma California WeddingLara & Allan's Cornerstone Vineyard - Sonoma California WeddingTheir venue, Cornerstone Gardens, also matched perfectly with their fun, off-beat style and personalities. Not only are the grounds beautiful, but they’re filled with unique gardens and art installations, such as this asian-inspired piece titled ‘Red Lantern‘ that rests over a tranquil lotus pond. Lara & Allan's Cornerstone Gardens - Sonoma California WeddingFollowing the ceremony, guests enjoyed a delicious tented al fresco dinner before dancing the night away in celebration of the new Mr. & Mrs!

Lara & Allan's Cornerstone Gardens - Sonoma California WeddingLara & Allan's Cornerstone Gardens - Sonoma California WeddingLoved the cute Star Wars reference on the sweetheart table chairs! Geeks after my own heart. :-)Lara & Allan's Cornerstone Gardens - Sonoma California WeddingThe following afternoon we went out exploring for a few more ‘day after’ photos of the newlyweds: Lara & Allan's Cornerstone Gardens - Sonoma California WeddingLara & Allan's Cornerstone Gardens - Sonoma California WeddingLara & Allan's Cornerstone Gardens Sonoma California Wedding
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For more images from Lara and Allan and to read the cute story of how they met and fell in love, click here to see their quirky 500 Days of Summer inspired engagement session!

L+A: CONGRATS!! Jayse and I loved being a part of your amazing wedding! Hope you two had an incredible time honeymooning it up in Japan!! I can’t wait to hear all about it. :-)

CREDITS: Wedding Venue: Cornerstone Sonoma / Wedding Coordination: Kristen Jensen at Sugar Rush Events / Floral: Tesoro Flowers / Wedding Photography: Chelsea Nicole Photography / Linens: La Tavola / Rentals: Wine Country Party / Baker: Sift Dessert Bar / Catering: Park Avenue / DJ: Spintronix / Officiant: Lili Goodman at Weddings of Heart / Bridesmaid dresses: Modcloth / Wedding dress: BHLDN

July 15, 2014 - 9:08 am Susan - What a stunning collection! The settings, light and viewpoints have a wonderful sense of lighthearted magical romance. Fantastic work, and congratulations to Lara and Allan. They are fortunate to have such a gifted artist capture their marriage ceremony and celebration!

July 2, 2014 - 3:06 pm Kristin - Love these!! Can't wait to see the rest. :)

June 28, 2014 - 2:12 pm Allan - Great work Chelsea and Jayse! Very magical and idyllic! Love them and can't wait to see the rest! Thanks for capturing the moments during our day and being part of our journey!

June 27, 2014 - 7:45 pm Lara - I looooove how these turned out! I'm especially fond of Allan's "lalala" face during the first look, too cute! Thank you so much Chelsea (and Jayse). Looking forward to seeing the rest of the photos soon. :D

June 27, 2014 - 7:35 pm Megan Payne - Chelsea, amazing!!!!! Every shot you would want!

Udyogi & Nimish’s Wedding

Udyogi & Nimish's Wedding - Hilton Lake Las Vegas

I couldn’t wait to share Udyogi & Nimish’s joyful, vibrant, multi-cultural wedding day. :-) It was filled with laughter and rich traditions. To represent the joining of their two cultures and families, they celebrated with two ceremonies – Hindu and Sri Lankan – set against a lush garden backdrop at the Hilton Lake Las Vegas

The afternoon started with the gathering of close family and friends who travelled from afar to witness and join in the festivities.

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Udyogi & Nimish's Wedding - Hilton Lake Las Vegas Udyogi & Nimish's Wedding - Hilton Lake Las VegasTraditional Kandyan dancers and drummers led Udyogi’s festive entrance as her dad walked her down the aisle.Udyogi & Nimish's Wedding - Hilton Lake Las VegasEach ceremonial tradition held a special meaning or blessing. Here, Nimish is placing a gold necklace around Udyogi as a symbol of his promise to always support her.Udyogi & Nimish's Wedding - Hilton Lake Las VegasUdyogi & Nimish's Wedding - Hilton Lake Las VegasGarlands are exchanged to symbolize the unification of two hearts, minds and souls as one. <3Udyogi & Nimish's Wedding - Hilton Lake Las Vegas Udyogi & Nimish's Wedding - Hilton Lake Las VegasUdyogi & Nimish's Wedding - Hilton Lake Las Vegas

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Udyogi and Nimish – you two are amazing and it was so fun capturing your love and energy together. When I first heard you describe your day, I couldn’t wait to be a part of it, and I’m so glad I was! It definitely was a fun, vibrant, stunning day and I’m so happy for you both!

Click the following link to see more images from Udyogi & Nimish’s engagement session: Stylish South-Asian Engagement Shoot

CREDITS: Wedding Venue: Hilton Lake Las Vegas / Wedding Coordination: Lilian Goh of GOH Time Events / Flowers: Floral Inspirations by Amy / Wedding Photography: Chelsea Nicole Photography / Hair and Makeup: Makeup in the 702 / DJ and Lighting: Bliss Entertainment / Videographers: Light Source Films / Sri Lankan Officiant: Mr. Bandara Thenakoon / Hindu Officiant: Panditji Brijesh Raval

 

July 10, 2014 - 10:18 pm Amy - The pictures turned out beautiful. Udyogi and Nismish looks gorgeous. Can't wait to see the rest of the pictures.

July 3, 2014 - 2:41 pm Udyogi - Chelsea, we're thrilled with how they turned out. Hiring you was one of the best decisions we made while planning our wedding. Thank you again!

June 27, 2014 - 10:26 pm Ramesh Desai - Excellent pictures. Looking forward for the rest of the pictures.

June 25, 2014 - 5:38 pm Megan Payne - I'm absolutely speechless.. This wedding is breath taking. Thank you so much for having us part of such an extraordinary day!!!

Connie & Jason’s Engagement

Conne & Jason's Engagement Session

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!

Kelly & Matt’s Wedding

Kelly & Matt - Four Seasons Las Vegas WeddingCongrats to Kelly & Matt who were married this spring! Kelly and Matt are one of the sweetest, most genuine couples I’ve had the honor of photographing- and I’m so thankful I could be there to capture their special day. They had a romantic, classic wedding with a mediterranean flair set on the grounds of Four Seasons-Las Vegas and coordinated by the fabulous Traci & team at Scheme Events.

The started Kelly and Matt getting all dolled up for each other. The anticipation built as the time grew close for their ‘first look’, where they got to share a private first moment together before the ceremony. It was perfect. <3

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Kelly & Matt - Four Seasons Las Vegas WeddingKelly & Matt - Four Seasons Las Vegas WeddingKelly and Matt had an amazing group of close friends. The guys – Ben, Matt, David & Marcus – were looking quite dapper!Kelly & Matt - Four Seasons Las Vegas WeddingThe girls – Katie, Liz, Kelly & Nicole! Loved the incredible bouquets by Layers of Lovely and how perfectly they complimented the girls’ stylish dresses. They all looked gorgeous!Kelly & Matt - Four Seasons Las Vegas WeddingKelly & Matt - Four Seasons Las Vegas WeddingKelly and Matt gave personalized and heartfelt vows set against a dreamy backdrop at Fountain Terrace.Kelly & Matt - Four Seasons Las Vegas Fountain Terrace WeddingThe newlyweds!Kelly & Matt - Four Seasons Las Vegas Fountain Terrace WeddingKelly & Matt - Four Seasons Las Vegas WeddingKelly & Matt - Four Seasons Las Vegas Wedding

For more from these lovebirds, check out their desert engagement session from last fall: Kelly & Matt’s Engagement

K+M: Hope you had an incredible time honeymooning it up! I’m so happy for you two and wish you a lifetime of happiness & amazing adventures together! :-)

Kelly & Matt - Four Seasons Las Vegas Wedding

CREDITS: Wedding Venue: Four Seasons- Las Vegas / Wedding Coordination: Scheme Events / Flowers: Layers of Lovely Floral Design / Wedding Photography: Chelsea Nicole Photography / Transportation: Earth Limos / Hair and Makeup: Amelia C. & Co. / Videographers: Something New Video / Rentals: Sit On This / Photo Booth: Joy Squad

May 29, 2014 - 2:02 pm Ann - Wonderful job capturing a beautiful moment in time!! Thank you Chelsea!! People have not stopped talking about the wedding and can not wait to see more pictures.

May 29, 2014 - 9:23 am Traci - Such a great wedding for an amazing couple! I am so honored I got to work with them and you. Love the photos and can't wait to see more. You rock Chels.

May 28, 2014 - 10:32 pm Kelly - Thanks for sharing the sneak peek Chelsea!!! the photos are amazing & can't wait to see the rest. We love how you've captured a glimpse into our special day :-)

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!!!

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!