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Tanya & Sean’s Engagement

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!

Sybil & Eddie: Engagement

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
Stylish Desert Sand Dunes Engagement Session

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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!

Also, I just have to share their sweet proposal video: – 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!

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

February 11, 2015 - 2:28 pm joanne leung - those pics are amazing, very pretty !!!!!!!!!! excellent shots !!!!!!!!

February 11, 2015 - 1:24 pm Jinee - Those are pictures! Did you take it in Death Valley?

February 10, 2015 - 5:01 pm NANCY CORRALES - STUNNING IMAGES!!!!

February 9, 2015 - 12:57 pm Emily Ku - Love this session!!

February 9, 2015 - 12:09 pm Rissa - Ah, Chelsea! To be honest, when I saw that first picture I seriously gasped out loud and announced to the office, "Holy! Come look at these pictures!!" Absolutely amazing! Great things to come in August :)

February 9, 2015 - 11:36 am Sybil - Your work is amazing Chelsea! Thanks so much for this adventure, it's definitely one for the books! And thanks for being so upbeat, calm, and cheerful throughout the whole process. You're a true professional!! Can't wait to see you again in August!

February 9, 2015 - 11:19 am Eddie - Super awesome, Chels! The images are gorgeous, but we knew they would be (just like the rest of your work) Can't wait to check out the full set, cause we're STOKED! Loved working with you and Jayse. Thanks again for going on this journey with us. August is going to be a blast. Glad you'll also be apart of that!

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.

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

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”!

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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

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!

Savannah + Shane

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. :-)

May 29, 2013 - 12:53 am Wedding Photography - Hi there, I am a photographer based in the UK. A few months ago I was doing some research and came across your website. Ever since I have been popping back every few weeks to check out your latest work. I think your photos are FAB :) Regards Andrew

May 23, 2013 - 9:11 pm Aryn Shortridge - You're pictures are beautiful I love that the city was used in the background! Shane and savannah are simply gorgeous and I love these pictures, the choices of good pictures are endless! I love these !!! Good work:)

May 23, 2013 - 9:40 am lisa jeffery - Savannah, the pictures are just AMAZING, they brought tears to my eyes. I especially loved the ones with Bexley. What a good looking family! I love you so much!

May 23, 2013 - 6:42 am Ashley - Beautiful pictures!!!

May 22, 2013 - 7:43 pm shannon christie - love the pics and can't wait to be a part of this wonderful day!! love you!

May 22, 2013 - 12:29 pm Rowena - Omg these pictures are too gorgeous! Such a pretty couple! Great photos!

May 22, 2013 - 9:37 am Rick Moose - Ok, I'm crying already! I wouldn't even give her away to anyone but you Shane, I can see and feel the love between you both and I'm positive your perfect for each other! Very beautiful!!! All my love, Dad

May 21, 2013 - 9:58 pm Savannah Moose - Oh my goooodness Chelsea, you do such Aaaamazing work! I am in LOVE with how the photos turned out. By the looks of them, you'd never know that it was a super cold and windy day in SF :) Thanks for being such a trooper through the elements, and for capturing our love in such a fun & beautiful way. You're the BEST! -Xo

May 21, 2013 - 6:14 pm Lois Lea Gress - OMG I had tears in my eyes looking @ these great pictures. You two look so happy and in love. Savannah , I'm so proud of the lady you have become. I wish you and Shane all the happiness in the world because you deserve it !I love you so much ! Have a great life together . Can't wait until the big day !!!!

May 21, 2013 - 4:52 pm Emily - Omg :) you guys are too pretty

May 21, 2013 - 2:10 pm Grammy-girl & Paps - My beautiful grand-daughter..these photos are amazing! They truly show your outer beauty, but you are also so beautiful inside! Shane is such a lucky guy as are you to have him in yours.

May 21, 2013 - 12:57 pm Miranda Cottle - These photographs are just beautiful!! I absolutely love the all of them! Savannah, you and Shane just look so wonderful!

May 21, 2013 - 12:48 pm Chelsea pepper - These photos are beautiful!!!! Love the one on the beach with you guys holding hands and the bridge in the background!!! Great job!

May 21, 2013 - 12:20 pm Lindsey Moose - Oh my goodness!!!! Seester you look gorgeous and Shane is such a strapping young lad :) these are beautiful!!!! Love you so. Can't wait till October 12th!!!

May 21, 2013 - 12:16 pm Brittiney Johnson - These photos are just lovely! I'm so excited for the festivities! :) Love you both!

May 21, 2013 - 11:42 am Amanda - These photos are amazing. What a priceless moment captured in time!

May 21, 2013 - 11:18 am Morgan - Amazing pics!!! Can't wait to see how Vegas turns out!

Liz & Jean

I’m so excited to introduce you to my good friends, Liz & Jean!

When they first met, Jean couldn’t get Liz out of his mind. After talking all night with her, he regretted not getting her number. But he just had to see her again. He found out about the pottery shop, The Artful Potter, she owned and decided to get a little creative. Employing the help of a friend’s child, he came to “paint pottery” as a ruse to see her again. When he found out she had already left for the day, he decided he had to cook up another plan. He left the little ceramic dog and returned a few days later to pick it up. This time he came at midday on a weekday so that he could be sure to bump into her. His plan worked. He asked her to dinner, and they went out that same night. And this time, he didn’t leave without her number.  In addition to being good friends, Liz & Jean are also great photographers and owners of Elizabeth Le Photography. I’ve gotten to know them quite well and knew we had to plan something as fun and lively as they are for their engagement session! After brainstorming ideas together, we decided on a 2-Part shoot starting at the L.A County Fair.
After the fair we headed to Griffith Park for part II! We made it just in time for the magical sunset. I loved the adorable tree swing and ‘Sweet Love’ plates Liz made for our shoot!

I can’t wait Liz and Jean’s wedding day next spring at the historic Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills! :-)


**Update: See more photos from Liz & Jean’s engagement session featured on Style Me Pretty California!

November 13, 2012 - 10:35 am Lisa Derfler - These are so amazing! I absolutely adore them!

October 29, 2012 - 1:23 am Gabby / En Route Photography - That bicycle pic.... I DIEEEEE!!!!!

October 25, 2012 - 5:22 pm Kim - The pictures look amazing! Soooo Beautiful.

October 25, 2012 - 12:13 pm Heather - Oh my goodness! Love these!! They look like they're having so much fun. And the ones on the swing are super dreamy and romantic. <3

October 24, 2012 - 4:40 pm Jessie Emeric - Love love love these! I love the colors and Liz & JP are just adorable! xoxo

October 24, 2012 - 3:01 pm Emily - Aww I love these Chels! JP and Liz, you guys are too cute!!

October 24, 2012 - 2:50 pm Jean Paulo - This was so much fun, thanks again to you and Jayse, pics are amazing! :)

October 24, 2012 - 2:35 pm Liz Le - Chelsea - These are so fun! I love them all! You and Jayse rock!!! Jean and I had such a great time spending the day with you. Thank you soooo much. You exceeded our expectations and the whole experience was simply ah-mazing! I can't wait for you to shoot our wedding next year!

January 30, 2013 - 10:28 am Engagement Photos… at the L.A. County Fair | Fairplex Insider - [...] Chelsea Nicole Photography comes the happy couple: Jean & [...]

Kalie + Landon’s Wedding

Kalie and Landon are both awesome photographers and art enthusiasts. When they aren’t visting galleries, they can usually be found with camera in hand, traveling the world and exploring random places to create new art. In fact, that’s kind of how they met!

Landon was exhibiting his photography at the Go-Away Garage art gallery on Commerce Street. He saw Kalie at the show and it was love a first sight. Well, it was for him anyway. She took a bit of convincing. He followed her to a bar afterwards and “wouldn’t leave her alone.” Luckily his persistence paid off and he got the girl in the end!

Between their love for art and their chill, laid-back personalities, I knew immediately we’d ‘click’ (pun intended) and couldn’t wait to join them in their hometown of Wichita, Kansas for their wedding!

Their beautiful ceremony took place at the Wichita Country Club.

We blocked out some time on the wedding day to head down to Commerce Street (where K+L first met!) to get more photos. Kalie looked stunning – and Landon was looking suave!
CREDITS: Wedding Venue: Wichita Country Club in Wichita, Kansas / Flowers: Beard Floral Design / Wedding Dress: JLM Couture Lazaro Collection / Bride’s Shoes: Nine West / Wedding Photography: Chelsea Nicole

October 10, 2012 - 1:20 am Rowena - Great pictures! Everything looks so beautiful!

October 4, 2012 - 7:03 pm gaby j - Beautiful chels!

September 30, 2012 - 3:58 pm Christine Matta - That is seriously one of the most gorgeous dresses I have ever seen! Great photos as usual Chels!

September 28, 2012 - 9:05 am Justin - So hot

September 28, 2012 - 7:14 am Kent - Wonderful subjects, great backgrounds, score! Beautiful shots.

September 27, 2012 - 10:38 pm Landon - Incredible work Chelsea! These photos are awesome!

September 27, 2012 - 6:43 am Julie - Beautiful!

September 27, 2012 - 5:12 am Cindy - That dress is STUNNING!

September 26, 2012 - 3:53 pm Kalie - These are so awesome!! Thanks again :)

September 26, 2012 - 1:30 pm Saundra - Beautiful!

September 26, 2012 - 1:15 pm Traci - Love that you got a chance to visit my hometown and shoot this amazing wedding!

September 26, 2012 - 11:54 am Cari - Love them, love them, love them!!! Brilliant once again!