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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!! :-)

Brittany and Mark had a beautiful oceanside wedding at one of their favorite places, the Surf and Sand Resort in Laguna Beach.Brittany & Mark - Surf & Sand Laguna Beach WeddingThe day was made perfect by their amazing family and friends and a dream-team of vendors, headed up by the talented Natalie Vishney of Swellegant Events!

Here’s a few images from their day, starting with Brittany getting all glammed up! I’ve known Brittany as a friend for a few years, and she’s always had the best style! I loved her dress and crystal-embellished Louboutin ballerina flats. Classic with just the right amount of glitz.

Brittany & Mark - Surf & Sand Laguna Beach WeddingThe ceremony took place a short drive away at Brittany’s family church, Our Lady Queen of Angels, in Newport Beach.Our Lady Queen Angels Wedding Ceremony - Newport Beach, CA Our Lady Queen Angels Wedding Ceremony - Newport Beach, CAOur Lady Queen Angels Wedding Ceremony - Newport Beach, CACheers to the new Mr. & Mrs. Ambatali! <3Brittany & Mark - Surf & Sand Laguna Beach WeddingWhile taking a few bridal party photos along the beach some surfers walked by and threw their boards in the air in congrats to our newlyweds.
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B+M: Congrats!!!! You two are simply beautiful together!! Jayse and I are so happy we could be there to experience, celebrate, capture it all with you, our friends and your amazing families. You’re finally ‘official’! Now enough talking, get busy and make lots of gorgeous babies. ;-) Love ya! Xoxox!

CREDITS:
Reception Venue: Surf and Sand Resort in Laguna Beach / Ceremony Venue: Our Lady Queen of Angels in Newport Beach / Wedding Coordinator: Natalie Vishny of Swellegant Events / Floral and Event Design: Bloom Box Designs / Linens: La Tavola / Hair and Makeup: Flawless Faces / Photographer: Chelsea Nicole Photography / Videographer: Ashley Video / Transportation: Randy Tooker at Lake Forest Limousine / Cake: Sweet and Saucy Shop / DJ & Entertainment: Essence EntertainmentAll American Boy’s Chorus / Photobooth: Capital Photo Booth / Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin

It’s hard to know where to start with Liz and Jean. These two have become amazing friends to both Jayse and I through several fun photo-shoots and mini-adventures together over the past few years. You may remember them from their L.A. County Fair & Griffith Park engagement session that was featured on SMP earlier this year.

As you can probably tell from the photos, Liz and Jean are one of those couples you always feel happy just being around. I think part of it is that it’s easy to tell just how much they love each other, and how much they appreciate having good friends around.

And that’s how this wedding felt – a bunch of good friends and family gathering in sunny California for a stunning destination wedding on the romantic grounds of Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills. The talented coordination trio, Scheme Events, was there to make sure every detail was in place and the entire day went flawless!

The morning started at The W Hotel in Hollywood, getting ready surrounded by close friends and loved ones.

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I adored all the detail and love put into Liz and Jean’s wedding. The gorgeous floral was artfully created by the amazing team at Layers of Lovely, and custom letterpress invites were designed and made by Paper & Home.

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For their first look, I brought Jean to a quiet private place between a long pathway of towering cypress trees. I think five years of loving Liz, and waiting for this day must have flooded Jean when he turned around to see his bride for the first time that day. His expression said it all.
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Liz & Jean Wedding - Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, CAA couple days after the wedding we met back up for an after-session and more photos in beautiful San Juan Capistrano:
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L+J: Jayse and I love you guys!!! Congrats on finally tying the knot and becoming Mr & Mrs! You two are so perfect for each other. :-)

The fantastic team:
Wedding Venue: Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, California / Wedding Coordination: Scheme Events / Flowers: Layers of Lovely Floral Design / Invitations + Paper goods: Paper & Home / Custom chargers + decor: The Pottery Shop / Wedding Photography: Chelsea Nicole Photography / Catering: Wolfgang Puck / Entertainment: Frank Sinatra-Gary Anthony, Violinist-Tamboura Baptiste / Hair and Makeup: Le Brian Salon / DJ:  Hey Mister DJ / Videographers: Something New Films / Officiant: JP Reynolds / Main Cake: Peridot Sweets / Mini-cakes and Desserts: Sweet & Saucy Shop / Rentals: Elm Concierge Rentals / Vintage Rentals: The Wooden Trunk + Layers of Lovely

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!

Though Melissa and Sean lived on opposite coasts (Sean in D.C. and Melissa in Long Beach), the distance didn’t stop the love that was first sparked via Match.com through what Melissa says was “the sweetest email!” After meeting online Melissa and Sean talked for 4 months before they were finally able to meet in person. With their second date lasting 14 hours, I think it’s safe to say they didn’t want to part! But luckily they won’t have to anymore. The pair just recently moved to Vegas where they are settling in and starting a new journey together. :-)

For their engagement session, Melissa and Sean took a short trip to Santa Monica for some play-time on the beach:

Afterward we headed to Griffith Observatory for a few more photos. It was evening by the time we got there, but it made for a beautiful view of the sparkling city lights below.

Stay tuned for photos from Melissa & Sean’s wedding from this past weekend! It was an incredible, fun-filled day and I can’t wait to share it. :-)

I’m so excited to finally introduce you to Amber and Derik! We first met up about a year ago in San Francisco to chat about life and plans for their big day. I immediately got the feeling that we were going to have lots and lots of fun together – and I was right!

Amber and Derik are quite amazing together. Whether traveling the world, hanging out at their family lake house in Tahoe, or curling up for a relaxing night at home, they’re best friends and love simply spending time together. They also share big dreams and aren’t afraid to go out and make things happen. Derik owns a successful fantasy football company and Amber is the owner of a very stylish wedding and event planning company called A Touch of Grace.

Since one of their favorite things to do together is boating, we thought: let’s get a sailboat and spend the summer day on the water in Santa Barbara!

After parting with our sailboat, we took a stroll along with beach to soak up the last bit of daylight. Amber and Derik brought their puppy, Hurley, along with them from San Francisco so that he could join us for part of the shoot. Though he’s been to the lake several times, this was his first time to an actual beach – and I think it’s safe to say he was loving it!

Luckily it wasn’t too hard to distract him for a while, so that his mommy and daddy could have some ‘alone’ time.

Thanks for making the shoot so fun you guys! (You too Hurley!)

Now – the exciting part: Only TWO weeks to go until Amber and Derik’s wedding at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe in Incline Village! I know great things are in store, so definitely check back soon for lots of photos!