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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

Savannah & Shane’s Wedding

Legends Ranch Las Vegas Wedding Photography

I’ve been dying to share Savannah and Shane’s beautiful outdoor wedding. It was filled with tons of sweet personal touches. And with the talented ladies at Scheme Events to help execute their vision, the day turned out perfect!

We started the morning getting ready at the Flamingo hotel. Both Savannah and Shane have killer style, and Savannah looked absolutely breathtaking in the delicate lace Enzoani gown she wore. Loved her dress! Also, her sweet fur-baby Bexley made an appearance and was a big part of the day. You may remember his cute little face from their San Francisco engagement session this past summer (Click here for a refresher!) In good fashion, he too was dressed to the nines (with a custom doggie suit in their wedding colors) as you’ll see later in the post!

Legends Ranch Las Vegas Wedding PhotographyLegends Ranch Las Vegas Wedding PhotographyLegends Ranch Las Vegas WeddingLegends Ranch Las Vegas Wedding PhotographyLegends Ranch Las Vegas Wedding PhotographySavannah and Shane’s ceremony and reception were held at Legends Ranch, a private estate tucked just outside the hustle and bustle of the Las Vegas strip. It was a gorgeous fall day for an outdoor wedding! During their ceremony the warm afternoon sunlight streamed softly through the trees as they shared their vows in the presence of family and friends who traveled from Ohio and California to be a part of their special day.Legends Ranch Las Vegas Wedding CeremonySavannah and Shane have an awesome group of friends who shared in their day. Here’s the whole fabulous crew. :-)Legends Ranch Las Vegas WeddingLegends Ranch Las Vegas Wedding PhotographyLegends Ranch Las Vegas Wedding Photographylegends-ranch-las-vegas-desert-wedding-5Legends Ranch Las Vegas Wedding PhotographyHow cute is this personalized seating chart?! You may notice two themes in this wedding: The moose and the color Gray.  Their last names are ‘Gray’ and ‘Moose’.Legends Ranch Las Vegas Wedding PhotographyAn outdoor country style wedding wouldn’t be complete without a fire-pit and smores! The night was just as magical as the day with special lighting accents throughout by LED UnpluggedLegends Ranch Outdoor Las Vegas Wedding Reception

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Savannah + Shane: I love you both and am thankful I could be a part of your wedding day. Congrats guys!! xoxo

The fantastic team:
Wedding Venue: Legends Ranch in Las Vegas, Nevada / Wedding Coordination: Scheme Events / Vintage Rentals: The Wooden Trunk, RSVP Rentals / Flowers: Carolyn Gray / DJ: Harry “O” Productions / Hair & Makeup: Makeup in the 702 / Lighting & Love sign: LED Unplugged / Officiant: Peachy Keen Unions by Angie Kelly / Wedding Photography: Chelsea Nicole Photography / Videography: Lighten Films / Entertainment: Glenn Nowak / Catering: Red Apple Grill Catering

November 19, 2013 - 3:04 pm Angie Kelly, Wedding Officiant - Phhhhh-nominal! The pup, the horses, the details...nothing short of gorgeous. Thank you, thank you, Chelsea - what an unbelievable job you did and capturing the magic! Best wishes to our couple! xo.

November 19, 2013 - 2:50 pm Elise - What a GORGEOUS couple, and a Stunning wedding! Bexley stole my heart in his little bowtie, and you captured the day in the magical way that only you can. LOVE!

November 19, 2013 - 11:49 am Ashley M - Wow this is SUCH a beautiful wedding! I love the care you put into capturing everything. I bet it was a magical day for everyone. :-)

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!
500 Days of Summer Ikea Engagement Session500 Days of Summer Ikea Engagement Session500 Days of Summer Ikea Engagement Session500 Days of Summer Ikea Engagement Session500 Days of Summer Engagement SessionNext up on our adventure, we took stroll through the Haight district and ducked into a rad little record shop called Amoeba Music.

500 Days of Summer - Record Store Engagement Photos500 Days of Summer - San Francisco Engagement Session by Chelsea Nicole500 Days of Summer - Record Store Engagement PhotosWe topped off the night back at Lara and Allan’s apartment where we enjoyed a romantic view of the city coming alive from the rooftop.

San Francisco Rooftop Skyline Engagement PhotosSan Francisco Rooftop Skyline Engagement PhotosLara works for a greeting card company and made this sweet “I Love Us” card. :-) She’s also custom designing their wedding invitations. I got a sneak peek and can tell you it’s going to be awesome!San Francisco Rooftop Skyline Engagement PhotosSan Francisco Engagement Session

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!!!

Elise & Brian’s Wedding

I was so excited when Elise told me that she and Brian were planning a ‘Royal Wedding in a Cow Pasture’ out on their family ranch in Cambria, Ca.

Now of course, I had no idea what a ‘Royal Wedding in a Cow Pasture’ was, as I’d never been to one, nor heard of one, and that made it even more exciting! But I did know, with Elise’s ultra creative talents pulling and sewing the proverbial strings, the day was going to be phenomenal. And it was!

I’m so happy to be able to share with you today just a tiny glimpse of how amazing the day was!

Elise & Brian's 'Royal Wedding in a Cow Pasture' - Cambria, California

Talk about an entrance! Brian and Elise know how to travel in this amazingly magical horse drawn carriage.

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The setting was simply gorgeous!

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On each table were unique place setters with flowers and succulents in tin boxes and cement construction-blocks. Everywhere you went you would discover new elements of Elise’s personal touches.

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This is a couple that knows how to have a good time! Elise said that when Brian first met her, all he had to do was follow the sound of her ‘loud laughter’. They are truly perfect together.

Wine Country Wedding ReceptionWine Country Wedding ReceptionI knew Elise and Brian both have backgrounds in music – but seeing them preform Jason Mraz ‘I Wont Give Up’ together will go down as one of my all-time favorite wedding moments. (update: click here to see their performance in the wedding trailer by Adam Zielinski!)Elise & Brian's Wedding Reception - Cambria, CA

Somehow they managed to get one of the best bands I’ve ever heard at a wedding: The Rudy Parris Band, who is also the finalist from one of our favorite shows, The Voice (“Go Team Blake!”) These guys had the crowd jumping all night long to country greats, mixed with ACDC,  Sublime, and even a little Def Leopard – by request! rudy-parris-the-voice-wedding-band

Elise and Brian’s wedding was more than just a day where two love birds said their ‘I do’s – The entire day was a full, morning-to-night experience of sunny pastures, cool weather, and happy smiles from everyone that they love and cherish. I was so happy I got to be a part of it!

Oh, and of course I’m obliged to mention:

“This Wedding Was Brought To You By Coors-Light”!

Coors Light

Wedding venue: Cow pasture & Black family private residence in Cambria, CA / Event Design: Juxtapose Studio / Photographer: Chelsea Nicole Photography / Catering: Testa Catering / Floral: Ranay at Lilies of the Field / Hair Stylist: Jennifer Moore-Meeks / Officiant: Judge Rogelio R. Flores / Videography:  / Entertainment: Rudy Parris Band / Cake: Linn’s of Cambria / Rentals: Archive Vintage Rentals (furniture), Got You Covered (other rentals) / Transportation: Central Coast TrolleyThe White Horse Carriage Company

August 27, 2013 - 5:05 pm Kathy Magers - Absolutely beautiful, loved loved everything, so unique, loved the table setting with the mis matched chairs, what a great job pulling such a wonderful special day together. Sorry I couldn't be there. Looks like a greaat time had by all, Brian & Elise you look great!

August 27, 2013 - 11:43 am Pamela Williams - Absolutely wonderful, it was so well captured. I felt as if I was there through viewing the photographs. Kuddos to the photographer. I will be giving you a ring when I tie the knot. :0)

August 25, 2013 - 5:44 pm Jaymen - Oh wow - these images are amazing! It looks like such a magical day!

August 25, 2013 - 8:28 am Annie Black - GREAT BLOG AND FANTASTIC PHOTOS! Now you' can add "Royal photographer" to your resume!??? Love & Coors Light, Annie

August 25, 2013 - 7:00 am Hank - The photos do justice..... truly a beautiful wedding.....

August 25, 2013 - 12:52 am Elise - CHELSEA... Looking at these, I was crying, feeling all of the feelings I felt on our wedding day. You really captured the enchantment of the day. You are so amazing, and we are so lucky have found you!!!!!!!!!! <3 Elise & Brian

August 24, 2013 - 8:39 am Kelly {Little Vegas Wedding} - Farm weddings are ALWAYS amazing - this one looks to be especially so! Love their signage! Great photos.

August 23, 2013 - 7:50 pm Ellen and Shawn - Simply EPIC. Love the colors, details and everything. Gorgeous couple!

August 23, 2013 - 7:34 pm Celia - So pretty! I want that wedding!

August 23, 2013 - 5:48 pm EN - Wow! That is a beautiful wedding! The images capture the spirit and joy of it all so beautifully!

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!

Holly & Vince’s Wedding

La Push, Washington Destination Wedding Photography

Earlier this summer Jayse and I traveled to tranquil Pacific Northwest coastal town of La Push, WA for the special occasion of Holly and Vince’s wedding! What made this even more special was that La Push is very same place that Holly and Vince fatefully met for the first time exactly 3 years prior, to the day. Nestled near it’s remote shores is the Quileute Oceanside Resort and First Beach where the two shared their vows and celebrated with close family and friends on this beautiful, rainy afternoon.

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Being a Vegas girl, I absolutely love shooting in the rain! It creates such an intimate and romantic atmosphere. Especially when paired with a place as beautiful as La Push. I could tell why Holly and Vince wanted to return to this magical spot for their big day.La Push, Washington Destination Wedding PhotographyLa Push, Washington Destination Wedding PhotographyLa Push, Washington Destination Wedding PhotographyLa Push, Washington Destination Wedding PhotographyLa Push, Washington Destination Wedding Photography

As night fell, everyone gathered around the beach bonfire for a brillant fireworks show that filled the night sky.

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For more of these two, click here to read the story about how Holly and Vince met and fell in love along with images from their engagement session at Valley of Fire State Park.

H + V: Your love for each other is an inspiration! Congrats on the beautiful start of a beautiful future together! Love you guys. :-)

CREDITS: Location: Quileute Oceanside Resort & First Beach in La Push, WA / Coordination (rentals, vintage car, fireworks): Jerry Leppell / Coordination & Design: Kim’s Creations & Tulle Shed – Forks, WA / Officiant: John Glasgo – Olympia, WA / Wedding Photography: Chelsea Nicole Photography / Hair: Alyssa Kuehl of Moda Capelli Salon – Olympia, WA / Wedding Dress: Claire La Faye / Dried Flower Bouquet: The Coral Boutique /  Viel: Veiled Beauty / Fascinator: Maddie Lu’s

March 24, 2014 - 5:50 pm Jacquelynn - Beautiful work!!

August 12, 2013 - 11:18 am Nicole Knaeble - Beautiful images! Love the firework shots, simply breathtaking.

August 10, 2013 - 6:00 pm Holly - Absolutely BLOWN AWAY :) I knew you & Jayse would be able to bring the awesomeness to make a rainy day look divine. Vince and I are in complete awe of your talents Chels - these photos are truly art - simply stunning. You captured each moment perfectly and somehow made everything look even better than we remember! :) The day goes by so fast, everything can be such a blur, but looking at these brings us back and lets us savor those wonderful moments. Thank you for that incredible gift. Lots of love to you for always

August 7, 2013 - 4:37 pm Kat Forsyth - I need this to be my wedding. SO BEAUTIFUL.

August 7, 2013 - 4:22 pm Traci - I love everything about this wedding!! Great job Chelsea! I can't wait for you to shoot my wedding! :-) XOXOXOXOXOXOX.

August 7, 2013 - 11:47 am Terrence Lighten - Amazing images Chels!!! It's really hard to choose a favorite, when they all are awesome :) But I really love the image of the windshield with the rain on it. Classic!!!

August 7, 2013 - 10:31 am Juliet Douglas - These are stunning! I love that first photo. Minimal decor with a focus on just the beautiful bride and groom and breathtaking scenery. Love that.