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Category Archives: Trash the Dress

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.

Melissa & Kyle's Las Vegas Destination WeddingMelissa & Kyle - Trash the Dress Day After SessionMelissa’s beautiful cathedral length veil was the same veil her mother wore on her wedding day.

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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

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

San Francisco Trash the Dress

Huge congrats to Linda and Andy who recently celebrated their 1 year wedding anniversary!! If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you might recognize these two from their playful Disneyland engagement session and elegant parisian style wedding last spring at Four Seasons. In celebration of one year of marriage we planned a trash the dress after-session in one of Linda’s favorite cities (and a new fave of mine), beautiful San Francisco!San Francisco, CA Trash the Dress Wedding Photography

San Francisco, CA Trash the Dress Wedding PhotographySan Francisco, CA Trash the Dress Wedding Photography San Francisco, CA Trash the Dress Wedding PhotographyIt was a wee bit windy – but we didn’t let that hold us back. ;-)San Francisco, CA Trash the Dress Wedding PhotographyLoved Linda’s gorgeous Enzoani wedding dress. She rocked it!San Francisco, CA Trash the Dress Wedding PhotographySan Francisco, CA Trash the Dress Wedding PhotographySan Francisco, CA Trash the Dress Wedding PhotographySan Francisco, CA Trash the Dress Wedding PhotographySan Francisco, CA Trash the Dress Wedding Photography

L+A: Always love our adventures together! Congrats on one amazing year, and the many more to come. :-)

July 15, 2013 - 6:03 pm Danette - So great Chelsea! Love the locale, the color, and the emotion! Beautiful as usual!

July 15, 2013 - 2:38 pm Linda - OK have looked at these a million time and the fact that they are mine makes me so happy and the photographer in me is trying to figure out how you get what you do. Witch, goddess and all around amazing talented woman that you are!!!!

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!

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!

Marie Antoinette Themed Shoot

Every year I put together an annual group photo-shoot for the Vegas PUG (a local meetup group I lead for super-cool professional photographers). It’s a chance for everyone to get out on location, have fun shooting with others in the community and hopefully come away inspired and having picked up a new tip or two.  This year I wanted to do something a little different, so I surprised everyone with a styled shoot filled with eye-candy just begging to be photographed!

For for theme, I took inspiration from the unique style of Sofia Coppola’s ‘Marie Antoinette’ (if you haven’t seen it, it’s a must!). I’ve always wanted to do my own take on it for a wedding-shoot and love how it turned out. Huge props go to my incredible team that pulled the vision together and made the shoot-out a huge success: AMAZING floral by Layers of Lovely, the epic cake and treats by Gimme Some Sugar, killer hair and makeup by Your Beauty Call, decor from The Pottery Shop, inspiring off-camera lighting demo by Steve Fogarty, an awesome behind-the-scenes video by Lighten Films, my girls Kristin Wilson and Liz Le for all their help bringing everything together and last but not least, our models: Carrie, Sarah and Lindsey – (all real and completely FABULOUS brides). Tons of love goes out to you all!

Here’s some of my images from the shoot:

Admittedly I always go a little crazy over Catherine at Layers of Lovely’s floral designs. Here’s Carrie modeling the pearl and peonies bouquet:

Lindsey’s rockin’ the macaroons - one thing a Marie Antoinette themed shoot would be incomplete without!

Towards the end of the shoot we topped things off with a surprise cake fight! While it was a bit sad seeing Gimme Some Sugar’s masterpiece getting torn apart, it was so much fun (and delicious too)! I couldn’t resist digging my fingers in for a little cake action – YUM!

Below is a fantastic behind the scenes video by one of my fave videographers, Terrence of Lighten Films!
You may notice that I sound like a complete dork at the beginning. I’m going to blame it on the cold, lol. It was freezing! Props go to the brides for rockin’ it out in the crazy weather we had that day.

**Click here to check out more images from this shoot in the feature on The Wedding Chicks!**

May 29, 2012 - 6:25 pm Rachel - Whoa - these are magical - really stunning work! The video is great too!

May 10, 2012 - 8:02 pm EN - These are simply WOW. In CAPS.

February 10, 2012 - 9:47 am J. Lemmer - Amazing work! Your photographs are brilliant! Can I ask for the designer or vendors of the gowns used in these photos? The off-the-shoulder gown is exactly what I have been looking for. Thank you for sharing these beautiful images.

January 31, 2012 - 8:24 pm Dennise - Chelsea, your skills and talent just keep growing with every go girl!

January 19, 2012 - 3:31 am Kat Forsyth - Yeah, um, this BLOWS MY MIND. I want to frame these on my wall! You rock!