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Miranda + Ryan

Love is sweet! So sweet, that it should come as no surprise that love could come along in one of the most unlikely of places: the candy aisle of the supermarket. For Miranda and Ryan, what started as an ordinary day turned into one that wont soon be forgotten when while out shopping Ryan spotted Miranda and knew he had to get to know her. Conversation was first sparked over the somewhat important matter of what flavor of M&M’s should be purchased. Miranda recommended the ‘chocolate-orange’ flavor, which Ryan purchased (though he later admitted his dislike of orange-flavored candies). From there, Ryan followed Miranda about the store making small chat as they shopped, and in the end scored her number. It’s a great thing he did, because I think it’s clear to see how perfect these two are together – from their magnetic smiles to their happy lovers glow. Here’s some photos from our time together.

Miranda and Ryan's Las Vegas Destination Wedding

Ryan’s a pilot, and brought his uniform all the way from Australia for a few images!

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Miranda and Ryan's Las Vegas Desert WeddingMiranda and Ryan's Las Vegas Desert WeddingMiranda and Ryan's Las Vegas Desert WeddingMiranda and Ryan's Las Vegas Desert WeddingShoutout goes to Janine and LaVey at Your Beauty Call for Miranda’s gorgeous hair and makeup. Love these girls! Miranda and Ryan's Las Vegas Desert WeddingMiranda and Ryan's Las Vegas Desert WeddingMiranda and Ryan's Las Vegas Desert WeddingMiranda and Ryan's Las Vegas Desert WeddingMiranda and Ryan's Las Vegas Desert WeddingM+R: Got your little package in the mail a couple days ago. :-) Thanks so much for the sweet note and chocolates (YUM!!) It was so thoughtful and very appreciated. I’m so happy I had the chance to get to know you guys and I cherish our time together. Hope to see you again on a future trip out west! Congrats again and much love from Vegas!! xo

March 29, 2013 - 1:50 pm Susie Burns - Dear Ryan and Miranda Adorable moments of your wedding day artistically captured. These photos portrait a couple in love. Wishing you both a lifetime of more happy memories both preserved in photos and stored in your hearts. Love Susie and Burnsie x

March 29, 2013 - 2:14 am Donna White - Stunning photos, worthy of a front cover shot on any bridal mag. My nephew and his new bride look amazing and so in love.

March 29, 2013 - 1:49 am Debbie - Stunning photography, gives me goosebumps! You have captured their love and happiness perfectly!

March 25, 2013 - 11:32 pm Mir - The most amazing day and most amazing photos ever! You were so much fun Chelsea! xx

March 25, 2013 - 7:41 pm Charee - Gorgeous photos - gorgeous couple! The desert floor and lighting is so dreamy!

March 25, 2013 - 12:12 pm LaVey - love these!

Sarah + Clayton

Now, you may be thinking Clay is totally Sarah’s honky-tonk hero, and you’d be right. But he’s also mine. While we were driving out to this shoot, my car got stuck in the ultra thick, post-rain lake-bed dirt. But not to worry! Before I knew it, he jumped out with chains and used his truck (the very same truck they used for their first secret-desert-picnic date) to wrangle me out. Without him, I guess you could say, this shoot never would have happened. And you’d be right!

So thanks Clay! You and Sarah made this whole day such a fun, playful, sexy adventure! But I’ll let the images tell the rest!

‘Save a horse ride a cowboy!’

Be sure to check back for lots more of these two! I am SO looking forward to their wedding next spring! It’s going to be an outdoor, country style affair at the beautiful Springs Preserve.

January 21, 2013 - 12:32 pm Carol - I couldn't imagine more beautiful pictures! Gorgeous!

December 3, 2012 - 9:49 am Marta - These are absolutely MIND BLOWING... You're such an inspiration...

November 22, 2012 - 10:22 am Iga - Pillows on the desert rulez:)!

November 20, 2012 - 7:58 am Lucy - I love the photos. Very creative. Difficult to decide which ones to order.

November 20, 2012 - 7:38 am Dennise - Oh-My-Goodness! This is so cool on so many levels...

November 16, 2012 - 10:59 am Meredith - Absoultely stunning photos. Beautiful and super creative!

November 14, 2012 - 1:51 pm Jonny Carroll - What a beautiful and intimate shoot! Such a neat idea for an engagement shoot.

November 13, 2012 - 12:17 pm Wendy - Love, Love, Love these photos! Such creative shots of such a photogenic couple!

November 13, 2012 - 12:15 pm Clayton - Are you kidding me Chelsea?! Simply put, the best pictures I have ever seen. Thank you so much.

November 9, 2012 - 1:23 pm Heather Kvidera - L-O-V-E.

November 9, 2012 - 1:12 pm Lindy - beautiful couple with super duper sexy photos! love it!

November 9, 2012 - 12:08 pm Sarah - This was one of the most amazing experiences for Clayton and I as a couple! We are so grateful to have the opportunity to work with you! The pictures look amazing!

November 9, 2012 - 11:01 am Autumn Cutaia - Wow, you always outdo yourself Chelsea! Amazing!!!

NeiQy + Tommy

NeiQy and Tommy have been together 10 years and yet, as you can see, their love is vibrant and alive!

In addition to some fun in the desert, we also hit up the Neon Museum which they had been dying to visit! The colorful signs were a perfect fit for their playful personalities.

NeiQy brought this awesome Fujifilm Instax Polaroid camera (the Hello Kitty edition!) to play with!

Q+T – You’re amazing together.  I loved spending the day goofing off and making great memories with you guys! :-) Big hugs from Vegas!! xo

October 6, 2012 - 3:53 pm Setty Gallery - Outstanding photography and a gorgeous and fashionable couple!

August 11, 2012 - 1:36 am Juliet Douglas - So adorable! It's decided that I love her red dress and Angelica loves her Hello Kitty camera. Those balloons worked out great!

July 26, 2012 - 2:48 am Q - Chels you are absolutely amazing !! All the shots were incredibly great !! All I can say is iNCReDiBle !! We truly enjoyed the pictures, we're in love with them !! TQ <3<3

July 25, 2012 - 10:02 am Kat Forsyth - Oh man, I love your work so much, Chelsea! Please tell me if you ever come to the UK - I am SO booking a session with you.

July 25, 2012 - 9:50 am Linda - The colors in this shoot are amazing - they are also super adorable!! Love this!

July 25, 2012 - 9:33 am Suzi Lighten - Love this session!! And totally love their outfits - too cute!

Laura & Andrew’s Wedding

Happy 4th of July! Hope everyone’s having a great week filled with family, friends and good eats. :-)

And in celebration of sunshine and unforgettable times, I am so excited to have a beautiful summer-time wedding to share on the blog today. You may remember these two from their engagement session (click here to see how they met!) a couple months ago. Laura and Andrew were such a chill-yet-fun and exciting couple to be around, so I had been counting down the days to their wedding. It ended up being a perfect day, filled with their closest family and friends and set against the gorgeous backdrop of one of my favorite places, The Westin Lake Las Vegas.

Laura & Andrew chose to do a romantic ‘first look’ where they shared a private moment together prior to the ceremony. I loved Andrew’s reaction to seeing his gorgeous bride for the first time. She definitely took a few people’s breath away that day!

Laura’s stunning Tara Keely by JLM Couture dress fit her flawlessly as if it was designed just for her. One of my favorite details were the embroided floral appliques in the skirt.

Their reception was decorated in colorful hues of orange, cream and fuchsia, with floral by Enchanted Florist. The table numbers and menus were all hand crafted by Laura. I love it when my brides get creative and add personal touches like these – it makes everything come together in such a personal way.

We couldn’t end it there though! So, we got back together the following Monday for a trash the dress after-session out in the Nevada desert. Hair and makeup for both the wedding and after-session was rocked out by LaVey and Janine at Your Beauty Call.

CREDITS: Wedding Venue: The Westin Lake Las Vegas / Catering Manager: Randee Busch / Floral: Enchanted Florist /  Hair and Makeup: LaVey and Janine of  Your Beauty Call / Wedding Photography: Chelsea Nicole / Dress: Tara Keely by JLM Couture

August 17, 2012 - 10:56 pm shamsher - i love it

July 21, 2012 - 1:51 pm Joe P. - Chelsea did a great job of photographing these two incredible young people!! Best wishes to Laura and Andrew.

July 19, 2012 - 4:12 pm Vickey Tesh - Chelsea Nicole's whole approach was efficient and artistic. She has done a great job of capturing the personalities of Andrew and Laura on their wonderful day... what else can I say, great images of a great couple.

July 16, 2012 - 5:14 pm Rachel - Incredibly beautiful shots. Works of art!

July 5, 2012 - 5:48 pm Randee - Those are wonderful photos!!

July 5, 2012 - 2:20 pm Andrew Tesh - My wife is so beautiful. Chelsea Nicole and everyone who helped with our wedding were so professional and on-point. Thank you all!

Kassie & Ryan’s Wedding + After Session

Kassie and Ryan’s ”cosmopolitan meets vintage chic” themed wedding was filled with one-of-a-kind, personal touches. As a creative couple (they are both photographers) they share a love for the arts, modern decor and fashion. They wanted a wedding that you can’t just buy off the shelf. And they had it! Las Vegas was the perfect destination for their unique celebration with family and friends, with the wedding taking place on the scenic grounds of the Springs Preserve. The ceremony was held in the Garden Arboretum, and the reception was in The Library with magical views of the strip. Here’s some of my favorites from their beautiful day.

Kassie looked absolutely breathtaking in her ornate St. Pucchi wedding dress (from the Avine Perucci Collection). The bodice was bead-encrusted, with silvery crystals that played with the sunlight.
 The ceremony took place amidst the Springs Preserve’s lush botanical gardens, as the sun peaked through the trees. Over 24,000 pink rose petals lined the aisle.Circle City Designers did an incredible job on the floral and centerpieces. And as an added bonus, the reception room was filled with the soft auroma of the stargazer lilies, roses, and hydrangea.

Instead of a cake, there was a beautiful strawberry and lemon cupcake tower made by the talented girls at Gimme Some Sugar. I adored the little signs placed in some of the cupcakes with the sayings: “All you need is love” and “Love is all  you need”

In addition to all the pretty details on the day itself, Kassie & Ryan’s invites for the wedding were created by one of my favorite invitation designers and friend, Tifany of Gourmet Invitations! Click here to check out photos in Tifany’s blog post and the custom plexiglass invitations she designed. And while you’re there, you may want to peak around. I’m sure you’ll love her work as much as I do!

The day following the wedding, we met back up for a day-after session and some newlywed portraits in the Nevada desert.

To see and read more about Kassie & Ryan’s wedding, check out their real wedding feature in the May/June issue of Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Magazine (on the stands now)!

Big congrats to my ultra-fab couple! :-)


Venue: The Springs Preserve – Las Vegas, NV
Wedding Planner & Floral: Circle City Planners & Designers
Cupcakes: Gimme Some Sugar
Wedding Dress: St. Pucchi
Groom’s Attire: Nordstrom
Bridesmaid Dresses: Vera Wang
Hair & Makeup: Hera Beauty
Invitations: Gourmet Invitations
Music: DJ Harry O of Vegas City DJs & Vitamin String Quartet
Lighting & Furniture Rental: LED Unplugged & RSVP Rental
Linens: La Tavola Linen

November 18, 2013 - 10:46 am Occasions In Print - Beautiful photos! Love her dress!

May 16, 2012 - 12:07 pm René Tate - Congrats Chelsea!! Great shoot!!

May 14, 2012 - 3:58 pm Kassie - What an amazing spread! Chels, thanks for doing such an amazing job! I am such a lucky girl to have a wonderful husband, and to have had a wedding like we did and it could not have been possible without all my vendors - but a special thank you to Chels and Tonya and Tiff are wedding planners. Love all you girls! Be ready to work again for our five year vow renewal!

May 14, 2012 - 9:48 am Tiffany Mullen - You guys are still just the cutest couple ever. I just love how you two look at each other!!!! Thank you again for having us be a part of this special, memorable day. I may never get to do another wedding in Las Vegas, so I will remember you forever!

May 11, 2012 - 10:55 am lorenz - Stunning! enough said.

May 10, 2012 - 7:56 pm EN - Absolutely gorgeous imagery of a gorgeous wedding! WOW!

May 9, 2012 - 7:19 pm Laurajean Pittman - Great to talk with you the other day! These are amazing but all of them are! Your so very special! What an eye!

May 9, 2012 - 11:49 am jodi - beautiful!! :) xo.

May 8, 2012 - 6:31 pm Kacie Skidmore - It was a fabulous day..for a fabulous couple! The photos are beautiful!!!

May 8, 2012 - 5:43 pm mckenzi - great photos!

May 7, 2012 - 12:06 pm Suzi Lighten - Wow, Chels, wow - gorgeous work! Love these shots, and HUGE congrats on being featured in the magazine - that is so amazing! :)

May 7, 2012 - 10:53 am Juliet Douglas - Wow, what a pretty wedding. LOVE her dress and that carpet of roses!!

May 7, 2012 - 10:42 am Cindy - beautiful work Chelsea! LOVE the bride's dress, so sexy and chic. Very fun details and colors.

September 12, 2013 - 9:00 am Little Vegas Wedding >> Throwback Thursday: The Best of Sparkly Vegas Weddings - […] bride wears a shimmery bead encrusted St Pucchi gown by Chelsea Nicole […]

Married: Kristin & Greg

Today I’m going to share some images of newlyweds Kristin & Greg! I met these two during their engagement session in 2010 and instantly fell in love with their easy-going nature and sincere personalities. That, along the affinity we share for haunted houses and horror movies! I knew we’d become fast friends.

While getting to know them, I found out that Kristin and Greg love exploring new places together – especially old buildings and places rich in history. We incorporated this into their wedding photography by getting back together a couple days after the wedding for a multi-location trash the dress at the Neon Museum (a collection of iconic neon signs that are being preserved as part of Las Vegas culture and history) and the beautiful nevada desert.

Thanks goes to Megan at Makeup in the 702 for Kristin’s fabulous hair and makeup!

Loved Kristin & Greg’s matching converse shoes!

Lipstick kisses. :-)


May 11, 2012 - 12:11 pm Amber and Dave - Soooo beautiful and sweeping. Love the lipstick kiss pic!

March 10, 2012 - 11:27 am Reni - So glad I could be there for your special day. Congrats to you and Greg!

March 4, 2012 - 1:09 pm Kathryn - Great photos! It looks like you had so much fun. Congrats!

March 3, 2012 - 6:21 pm Kristin - Chelsea, your photos are AMAZING! The Trash the Dress shoot was so much fun and the Neon Boneyard, haunted house, and dry lakebed were the perfect locations. You captured everything perfectly and were so much fun to work with!! Thank you for everything!