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Point Reyes San Francisco Engagement Shoot by Chelsea Nicole Photography

Naveen knew from the moment he first saw Venisa at an event for their master’s program at NCSU that she was the one. That began a year-long journey to win her affection. He stealthily became homework partners with her roommate, taught her to drive over an ‘intentionally long period of time’, went on many trips with friends, and many other romantic gestures to show her how much he cares. But what finally won her heart was when she saw some photos he had taken. She was impressed by how talented he was and asked her to take some pictures of her. Venisa’s words say it best: “All I wanted were a few good pictures, but I ended up falling for the photographer instead.” :-)

Venisa and Naveen currently reside in both Chicago and Atlanta, and love going on trips together. They came to me completely open to ideas and locations for their destination engagement session. After hearing all about them and what they love, I had the perfect spot in mind for them. Together we brainstormed things out and met up for a shoot along the beautiful San Francisco coast in Marin County, CA. Here’s just a handful from the day!

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San Francisco Beach Engagement Shoot by Chelsea Nicole Photography

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Dodger Stadium L.A. Engagement Session by Chelsea NicoleAs you might guess, Amanda and Ben are both baseball fanatics! Together, they share the goal of going to games at every baseball stadium in the U.S. and documenting their journey in a book (an idea I LOVE!) For their engagement session, Amanda wanted to do something special for Ben. And what better surprise than renting out the baseball stadium of his favorite team, the Los Angeles Dodgers!

It was so much fun roaming the entire place VIP style with these two. From the dugout, to the stands, to the field – here are just a few photos from our Dodger Stadium Takeover!Dodger Stadium L.A. Engagement Session by Chelsea NicoleDodger Stadium L.A. Engagement Session by Chelsea NicoleDodger Stadium L.A. Engagement Session by Chelsea NicoleDodger Stadium L.A. Engagement Session by Chelsea NicoleDodger Stadium L.A. Engagement Session by Chelsea NicoleDodger Stadium L.A. Engagement Session by Chelsea NicoleDodger Stadium L.A. Engagement Session by Chelsea NicoleDodger Stadium L.A. Engagement Session by Chelsea NicoleDodger Stadium L.A. Engagement Session by Chelsea NicoleDodger Stadium L.A. Engagement Session by Chelsea NicoleDodger Stadium L.A. Engagement Session by Chelsea NicoleDodger Stadium L.A. Engagement Session by Chelsea NicoleBe sure to check back for more from these two! I can’t wait to photograph their fall wedding at the Forge Social House in Boulder City!! :-)

One of Tanya and Sean’s favorite things to do together is to explore new restaurants and bars – especially little-known spots and dive bars. Their first date was at just such a place, where they danced and laughed the night away to live jazz. For this engagement session, Tanya and Sean introduced me to one of their favorite spots, House of Shields, in San Francisco where we started the day off right with good conversation and some delicious hand-crafted cocktails:

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Tanya and Sean’s wedding is coming up at the end of May at Red Rock Casino in Las Vegas! With their talented coordinator Tory L. Cooper working behind-the-scenes, they have planned an incredible day.

T and S, I can’t wait to be a part of your day and see you make that very special walk down the aisle after so many years of friendship and love! Congrats guys!

Stylish Desert Sand Dunes Engagement Session

Nearly nine years after their first encounter through mutual friends at a dance club – where Eddie wooed Sybil with his intriguing eyes and smooth moves on the dance-floor and Sybil captured Eddie, first with her beauty, then with her quick wit and down-to-earth personality – they are getting married! I can’t wait for the big weekend this August at the chic M Resort here in Las Vegas.

And for a little pre-wedding celebration, we went on a mini-adventure where we spent the day exploring, soaking up the warm desert sun and capturing just how perfect these two are together. <3
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For more from these two, check out the killer behind the scene’s video Eddie & team put together from our shoot! http://vimeo.com/119097570

Also, I just have to share their sweet proposal video: https://vimeo.com/88863270 – Eddie & Sybil are both super creative (Eddie is also owner & the talent behind video production company Salty Tiers!) And with their love of unique and creative art, they share a quirky, fun tradition of collecting caricature drawings together wherever they travel. So, for his proposal, Eddie staged the ultimate caricature – one which ended with him on one knee and Sybil saying “YES!”  ^_^ Check it out above!

E+S: Had a blast with you guys & can’t wait to see you again soon for the big weekend!

CREDITS:
Wedding Coordinator: Rissa Gunderson at Scheme Events  •  Hair and Makeup: Amelia C & Co. • Clothing Stylist: Nancy Corrales

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!

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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

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”!

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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

Who could have guessed that a chance conversation, three years ago while on vacation, walking the Las Vegas strip, would lead to a marriage. Well sometimes it’s the simplest beginnings that lead to the strongest relationships. Savannah and Shane are living proof of this. They dated long distance for 2 years before settling in their current home in San Francisco.

To celebrate the next step of their adventures in life together, they decided to have their engagement photos in some of their favorite places close to home. The first of which are from Stow Lake, in Golden Gate Park:

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One of Savannah and Shane’s favorite things to do is hike to pretty locations and have gourmet picnics. So, after boating around the lake, of course we just had to have a bite to eat in the meadow with their adorable maltese, Bexley (who will also be the ring bearer for their wedding).  I think he rather enjoyed it!

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We ended our day enjoying the sunset along Baker Beach. :-)

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Savannah and Shane will be returning to Vegas, where it all started, for an outdoor wedding at the gorgeous Legend’s Ranch. They’ve assembled an incredible team to pull off their vision, including the talented ladies at Scheme Events, so it’s bound to be an unforgettable affair! Check back this fall for their wedding photos. :-)