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Connie & Jason’s Engagement

Conne & Jason's Engagement Session

Let me introduce you to Connie and Jason! C & J first met on 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!

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!

Melissa & Kyle’s Wedding

Melissa & Kyle's Las Vegas Destination Wedding

When Melissa first contacted me, she described wanting a small intimate event, matched by a day filled with a fun, unique experiences to show the different aspects of Vegas. It all came together beautifully with a gorgeous location, romantic details and special little touches everywhere that let the guest know they were thought of every step of the way.

Legends Ranch Wedding PhotographyLayers of Lovely‘s gorgeous floral designs never cease to take my breath away. Melissa & Kyle’s wedding was no exception. Just check out the bouquets Melissa and her bridesmaids carried:
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Melissa and Kyle said their vows beneath lush trees and a wooden canopy at Legends Ranch in Las Vegas.
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A table of gourmet cheeses, olives, bread and antipasto greeted guests during cocktail hour.

Legends Ranch Wedding PhotographyLegends Ranch Wedding - Red BarnWith a red double decker bus driving her guests up and down the strip for photos – she definitely succeeded in making a day that will be unforgettable experience for all them.

Double Decker Bus Strip TourWe wrapped the following day with a ‘Day After’ shoot in the Nevada desert.

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Melissa and Kyle: it was an honor to be a part of your wedding and I hope you enjoy these photos forever in your new lives together as Mr. and Mrs.! Congrats guys! <3

CREDITS: Wedding Venue: Legends Ranch in Las Vegas, Nevada / Wedding Coordination: Juliet Douglas & Angelica McDonnell of Green Orchid Events / Flowers: Layers of Lovely Floral Design  / Rentals: Archive Vintage Rentals / Rentals: Wooden Trunk / Hair and Makeup: Amelia C and Co. / Cake & Stand: Peridot Sweets / Officiant: Reverend Angie Kelly of Peachy Keen Unions / Wedding Photography: Chelsea Nicole / Transportation: Double Decker Bus Company

June 29, 2014 - 11:59 am Stacy Squires Photography - your photos are simply beautiful

April 18, 2014 - 2:23 pm JT Legends Ranch - Great couple..! Best wishes to you..! JT Legends Ranch

January 28, 2014 - 2:21 pm René Tate - Chelsea…. that full length of her walking through the desert… breathtaking. Miss you girl. Carry on!

January 5, 2014 - 2:00 pm Erin - Aww, what a stunning couple! Beautiful wedding and such a fun-filled day to be a part of. Congrats again guys!

January 5, 2014 - 1:59 pm Domenica Sindoni - ABSOLUTELY beautiful photos - compliments to photographer. Sad that was not present but can see through photographers photos that it was a very special day with beautiful memories caputured to keep for always. Love Zia Mimma xx

January 2, 2014 - 2:28 pm Ishween Kaur - The photos are amazing!! Melissa you made such a gorgeous bride! Sangram & I had an awesome time and were so happy to be part of your special day, Congratulations again xox

December 30, 2013 - 11:25 pm Juliet Douglas - These photos are stunning!! I wanted to pick a favorite but I can't! Mel and Kyle are so beautiful together.

December 27, 2013 - 3:32 pm Ranga - Breathtaking photos of an unforgettable day. Mel and Kyle you look absolutely enchanting. The best wedding photos I've ever seen! I can't wait to see these photos hanging up in your home xx

December 26, 2013 - 11:55 pm Carmel Italiano - I was so lucky to be present when Mel and Kyle said "I do" the photos are absolutely amazing!! You have captured all the emotion, fun and laughs that we all shared on this special day - thank you xx

December 26, 2013 - 11:51 pm Hevonne - Stunning photos! It was an absolutely amazing day and looking at these photos remind me just fun it was and how perfectly everything came together! Congratulations Mr and Mrs Day!!! xoxo

December 26, 2013 - 3:58 pm Samantha - What an amazing job, Chelsea!! Of course, it was easy with these two :) It was a perfect day and now Melissa and Kyle have perfect photos to remember it with :) xx

December 26, 2013 - 3:30 pm Melissa - Thank you so much Chelsea, we couldn't be happier with our beautiful photos. It was such an awesome three days (we had so much fun hanging out with you)and I smile every time I look back at the pics. We are so grateful for all your hard work, especially leading right up to Christmas, they were the best present ever! Love Mel xo

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!