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Mt Charleston Snowy Winter Wedding Photography

There’s always been an indescribable magic and romance about the winter time. When those final warm rays of summer give way to an icy chill and rosy cheeks, it almost makes you want to drop everything in that instant to cozy up with warm layers, hot cocoa (with extra mini marshmallows, of course!) and your favorite person. ^_^

So in honor of the chilly weather outside, I’m excited to share this styled wedding collaboration I did with the fabulous event design and coordination team, Scheme Events, and a talented team of Las Vegas’ best! Together we put together a modern woodland wedding that showcased a different side of Las Vegas. Just an hour outside of the Vegas strip rests the Lee Canyon Ski & Snowboard Resort resort, set atop Mount Charleston. In the winter this lush forest is transformed into a dreamy snowy backdrop that’s the perfect setting for a winter wedding.

Mt Charleston Snowy Winter Wedding PhotographyThe Ski and Snowboard Resort has these lovely yellow ski lifts that Scheme Events used for seating in the reception area, draping them with flowers by Layers of Lovely. Some other unique design details were adorable moose place cards, flower-filled faceted terrariums, a rustic yarn diagram seating chart and a classic naked cake from Peridot Sweets.
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Planning & Design: Scheme Events • Photography: Chelsea Nicole Photography • Venue: Lee Canyon Ski & Snowboard Resort in Mount Charleston, NV • Custom Wedding Dress: Sophia Rose Bridal • Floral: Layers of Lovely • Rentals: RSVP Party Rentals • Hair & Makeup: Makeup in the 702 • Cake: Peridot Sweets • Favors & Details: Welcome Bag Shoppe


Lara & AllanLara and Allan tied the knot with a beautiful wine country wedding in Sonoma, CA. Here are a few of my favorite moments from the day, starting with Lara and Allan being their typical playful selves for a first look:

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To add some ‘sugar’ to the proverbial (wedding!) cake, Lara and Allan hired the talented Kristen Jensen & team of Sugar Rush Events to work their magic behind the scenes, ensuring the entire day went flawless.

Their ceremony and reception were held at Cornerstone Gardens and included one of the sweetest exchange of vows I have ever heard. (Seriously, Lara… I may need some pointers from you guys down the line!)

Lara & AllanLara & AllanLara & AllanLara & AllanI love that Lara and Allan infused unique personal touches to their wedding day that also reflect their style. Pictured above are special pocket watches Allan hand-picked for each of his groomsmen. And as for Lara’s bridesmaids, she opted to have them carry super cute parasols in lieu of bouquets.Lara & AllanLara & AllanTheir venue, Cornerstone Gardens, also matched perfectly with their fun, off-beat style and personalities. Not only are the grounds beautiful, but they’re filled with unique gardens and art installations, such as this asian-inspired piece titled ‘Red Lantern‘ that rests over a tranquil lotus pond. Lara & AllanFollowing the ceremony, guests enjoyed a delicious tented al fresco dinner before dancing the night away in celebration of the new Mr. & Mrs!

Lara & AllanLara & AllanLoved the cute Star Wars reference on the sweetheart table chairs! Geeks after my own heart. :-)Lara & AllanThe following afternoon we went out exploring for a few more ‘day after’ photos of the newlyweds:Lara & AllanLara & AllanLara & Allan
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For more images from Lara and Allan and to read the cute story of how they met and fell in love, click here to see their quirky 500 Days of Summer inspired engagement session!

L+A: CONGRATS!! Jayse and I loved being a part of your amazing wedding! Hope you two had an incredible time honeymooning it up in Japan!! I can’t wait to hear all about it. :-)

CREDITS: Wedding Venue: Cornerstone Sonoma / Wedding Coordination: Kristen Jensen at Sugar Rush Events / Floral: Tesoro Flowers / Wedding Photography: Chelsea Nicole Photography / Linens: La Tavola / Rentals: Wine Country Party / Baker: Sift Dessert Bar / Catering: Park Avenue / DJ: Spintronix / Officiant: Lili Goodman at Weddings of Heart / Bridesmaid dresses: Modcloth / Wedding dress: BHLDN

Melissa & Kyle

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.

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

Melissa & KyleMelissa & 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

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 PhotographySan 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. :-)

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.

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

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Miranda and RyanMiranda and RyanMiranda and RyanMiranda and RyanShoutout goes to Janine and LaVey at Your Beauty Call for Miranda’s gorgeous hair and makeup. Love these girls!Miranda and RyanMiranda and RyanMiranda and RyanMiranda and RyanMiranda and RyanM+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

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