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Brittany & Mark’s Wedding

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!

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

July 29, 2014 - 12:16 pm Megan Payne - Chelsea. This is georgous. Congrats!

July 29, 2014 - 10:42 am Liz - Gorgeous weddings and beautiful photos Chelsea!

Liz + Jean’s Wedding

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.
Liz & Jean's Wedding First Look | Cypress Lane, Greystone MansionLiz & Jean's Wedding First Look | Cypress Lane, Greystone MansionThe ceremony took place on the garden lawn, with a historic fountain and archway of soft peach and pink rose strands as the centerpiece.

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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

May 29, 2013 - 4:20 pm Angie Kelly, Wedding Officiant - Terrific job capturing the movement of her veil in your images. Such a fantastic venue!

May 24, 2013 - 3:34 pm Liz Buehring - So pretty! I really love the dreaminess of the after-session. Awesome job!

May 24, 2013 - 2:30 pm Michael & Brooke - These photos are absolutely beautiful. The bride and groom did such an amazing job with every last detail. One of the classiest, most beautiful events we've ever had the pleasure of attending. Much love to you all!

May 23, 2013 - 11:15 am Jean Paulo Sanchez - Thank you for capturing the special moments on our wedding day, I love that every time I look at these photos the thoughts and feelings I had come flooding back, looking forward to future adventures with you guys!

May 22, 2013 - 11:26 pm Derek Douglas - What wonderful photos. It was an honor to be there for that special day, and seeing these photos takes me right back. Congrats again, you two, and amazing job, Chelsea!

May 22, 2013 - 2:49 pm Kim Canahai - The first look of the bride pics made me cry...beautiful photos!

May 22, 2013 - 2:22 pm Rosemary - The one where Liz is sitting in the window - seductive and powerful image! Love all the photos.

May 22, 2013 - 2:14 pm Jessie Emeric - Yay!! These are amazing! Congrats again Liz & Jean! xoxo

May 22, 2013 - 1:59 pm Lisa Derfler - These turned out amazing! What a beautiful wedding and amazing images that captured it all!

May 22, 2013 - 1:46 pm Liz Le - Words cannot express how happy these photos make me. They bring me back to one of the best days of my life and fill me with so much love. It's not everyday that you can experience the wedding of your dreams. These photos bring me right back to that day and lets me re-live it all over again. Thank you Chelsea and Jayse. Not only did you do an amazing job capturing our wedding day but you have been amazing friends and that means the world to us. We hope to share more adventures with you guys soon.

May 22, 2013 - 1:08 pm Emily Ku - OMG the pictures are AMAZING! Congrats again Liz and Jean!!!

May 22, 2013 - 1:03 pm Suzi Lighten - Stunning!!!Just gorgeous!

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 & [...]

Melissa + Sean

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 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. :-)

September 15, 2012 - 9:23 am Denise - BEST engagement photos EVER !!!!!!

September 11, 2012 - 9:09 pm Aylin Krebs - Anxiously waiting for the wedding photographs....

September 9, 2012 - 9:44 am Melissa - LOVE the engagement photos - you are amazing!!! We can't wait to see the wedding pictures!

September 6, 2012 - 11:45 pm Mickaël LIBLIN - Another amazing stuff. The last pics is so ... i have not the good word, we can feel their love.

October 11, 2012 - 4:28 pm Melissa & Sean’s Wedding » Chelsea Nicole Photography – Las Vegas, Southern California and Destination Wedding Photographer - [...] more of Melissa and Sean, CLICK HERE to read how they met and see images from their L.A. engagement [...]

Amber + Derik

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!

July 25, 2012 - 11:56 am Beth - Looks like a great day! I love the photos (especially those that include Hurley!)

July 24, 2012 - 3:37 pm jodi - beautiful, Chelsea! :)

July 18, 2012 - 4:32 pm Brianne Howard - I love your pictures! You are so talented and I stalk your blog regularly ;)

July 17, 2012 - 1:27 pm Elena - These are so lovely - they really tell such a great story too! All are so pretty! Congrats to the couple!

July 16, 2012 - 10:59 pm Amber Haycock - Chelsea and Jayse! Thank you sooo much for such an amazing day! These pictures turned out so great! We loved spending the day with you and you made it so much fun. We can't wait to see you next week! Xo - Amber and Derik

July 16, 2012 - 6:54 pm John - OMG I LOVE love love these!

July 16, 2012 - 6:39 pm Lisa Derfler - Wow, these are seriously AMAZING!!!!

July 16, 2012 - 5:55 pm Jason - Great post Chelsea...but you know that already. What an awesome location for a shoot!

July 16, 2012 - 5:30 pm Cari - Stunning as usual.

July 16, 2012 - 5:12 pm Rachel - Simply GORGEOUS! <3<3<3

September 7, 2012 - 10:12 am Amber & Derik’s Tahoe Wedding » Chelsea Nicole Photography – Las Vegas, Southern California and Destination Wedding Photographer - [...] Amber and Derik are officially Mr. & Mrs! I must admit, I am absolutely crazy about this couple, so I’m thrilled to share a handful of images from their Lake Tahoe affair here on the blog today. :-) [...]

Linda + Andy

The “PreProposal”

It all started with an instant message.

Linda and Andy had worked in the same office for many years and were best friends before becoming a happy couple.

Their proposal story, or shall I say, “preproposal” story, started like any average day. While they were both on a conference call at work, the two couldn’t stop secretly IMing each other like giddy school-kids that you have to keep separated. When someone mutilated the difficult pronunciation of Andy’s last name, Linda wrote a playful, “Hahahaha” to which Andy responded, “Yeah, my last name is funny…” “Want to share it?” Taken off-guard, Linda asked if that was a proposal. Andy said “It’s a pre-proposal. I’m still working on the proposal.” Andy re-proposed again a few months later “…with a beautiful ring.” But for those who know them, their IM proposal was perfect.

For Linda and Andy’s engagement session, I just knew we had to do something to showcase their bubbly, fun-loving personalities. When I discovered they both shared a love for theme parks and Disneyland, I couldn’t think of a more fitting place. After all, what’s better than “the happiest place on earth”? And Linda confirmed my idea with an enthusiastic “YES!”

It ended up being a blast! What can I say – we definitely clicked!

We woke up to a rainy forecast, but we didn’t let that spoil our fun! Instead, we took full advantage of the glistening, wet walkways and magical skies.On one of our last stops, we visited the coolest place in Disneyland, the whimsical streets of Mickey’s Toontown! And I have to point out Linda’s adorable shoes that would make Minnie Mouse (and me) jealous. So cute!

After spending the day together, I know their wedding is going to be a blast next month at the beautiful Four Seasons Las Vegas!

March 22, 2012 - 9:31 am Cheryl Spring - What wonderful pictures of you both. I adore all the different scenes and you both look so happy. I am glad you both found your "shoe."

March 22, 2012 - 7:17 am Monica Jenious - Sincerest congratulations to you two!

March 22, 2012 - 6:29 am Cara - OMG Chelsea, best pictures yet, so inspired!

March 22, 2012 - 6:12 am Renae (Fisher) Johns - What magical pictures of my beautiful cousin and her love. Made me smile from ear to ear. And those shoes?!?! O.M.G. Thanks for sharing!

March 21, 2012 - 10:16 pm Ellen - Outstanding photos! Excellent capture of the hearts and souls of these two love-birds! Thank you!

March 21, 2012 - 10:13 pm Miki Fisher - You have captured Linda and Andy perfectly...what great photos and I love the story!!!! Thank you for doing such a beautiful layout.

March 21, 2012 - 10:09 pm Julia Price-Allison - Beautiful pictures. Linda and Andy do look happy. Wishing you all the best and more happiness than you can imagine.

March 21, 2012 - 8:50 pm Haruhi - NERD LOVE! Nerd + Nerd = <3

March 21, 2012 - 8:16 pm Linda Stacey - Chels - the most magical part of the day was working with you - amazing fun and you are truly an artist with your camera. Cannot wait to see what you do on our special day!! Love ya! Linda and Andy

April 24, 2012 - 11:41 am Linda & Andy’s Wedding » Chelsea Nicole Photography – Las Vegas, Southern California and Destination Alternative Wedding Photographer - [...] and Andy from their quirky proposal story and cheerful Disneyland engagement session photos (click here for a refresher). Well, these two love-bugs are officially married!!  They celebrated with close family and [...]