Some of the littlest details in a wedding really stand out to me. What’s your thoughts on these pretty flower-filled loops? I personally love how this hoop bouquet by @dbdweddings added a contemporary touch while still being classic and romantic! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Megan and Tripp’s tiniest attendant, their flower girl, Grace, held this as she walked down the aisle and it was one of my favorite details. 🌿✨ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📷 D4 + 85 1.4 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ CREATIVE TEAM: Planning and Design: @schemeevents Photography: @chelseanicolephoto Venue: @southernhighlandsgc Floral + Decor: @dbdweddings Dress Designer: @mirazwillinger Video: @adamtrujillo Beauty: @sunkissed.bottoms @oneluvagency Cake: @peridotsweets DJ: @nextlevelsounds Entertainment: @premiereweddingmusic, @bonniefosterproductions Photo Booth: @joysquad Rentals + Decor: @ledunplugged @rsvppartyrentals Stationary: @shepaperie
Some advice from an insanely happy just-married bride. 💞☺️ Dear future brides: Please, girlfriend: Write your vows ahead of time… I mean… months. My only real stress of my big day was staying up all night before our wedding, practically in tears, trying to think of the perfect words to say. Doesn’t help knowing your partner is a poet with words, whilst you’re left trying to think of a new way of saying, “Roses are red…” ✍🏻 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Things won’t turn out EXACTLY as you envision them. Of course. But, be relieved and grateful that some things will turn out even better. And let go of the things that don’t. There’s a LOT to be grateful on a day where everyone’s trying their best to make you happy and you just nabbed your best friend forever! I mean, the rest are ‘champagne problems!’ 🥂 At least ONE of your guests will give a speech that embarrasses you. 🙈 But others will find it exceedingly endearing. And you will too. Eventually. Hire the best people you can, and then let them do their thing. You’ll be surprised just how much goes better than expected. Feels pretty good to let go once in a while and enjoy just how much other people care for you and your big day. Prepare two hairstyles: one for a calm day, and one for a tsunami. Plan on rocking the tsunami hairstyle. 🌪💁🏼♀️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Make sure the love between the two of you stays the MAIN thing. Keep it at the center of your plans, dreams and expectations, and all the rest becomes icing on a super-tasty, super delish cake! 😋 And lastly, The feeling you get when you see your lover, tearing up at the first sight of you in that special dress you took so long to pick out… That look will make the entire world wash away, the stars align, the silver-linings shine, and your heart will know that no matter what happens on this day, it is ALL perfect. It is all beautiful, in that mysterious ‘destined-to-be’ kind of way. ✨ Oh, and one more thing: If you happen to be looking for someone to capture this imperfectly perfect journey with you, I’d like to think I’m your girl! Drop me a note already! Let’s start this magical process together! 🤗 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ xoxo Chels
I love how using my couples car in the shoot really makes it about THIS time in their lives. We share so many moments just driving around. From late night Taco Bell runs, to road trips. It's great to capture my couples in their element. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📷 Nikon D4 + 24-70 2.8
With him, every day is happier than the last. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ From scraping together change to share a 99 cent Taco Bell 7-layer nachos to doing it up BIG with a ‘gourmet’ $10 nachos with the works at our little pub up the street. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ From a teeny-tiny one bedroom studio apartment to a beautiful, modern loft-style house that we’ve made into a home. 🏠 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ From weekend road trips spent sleeping in the car so we had ‘extra spending money’ to adventures across the sea together experiencing all this wonderful world has to offer. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ From that beat-up Hyundai that almost got us stuck in the middle of nowhere, with no air conditioning in the blistering desert summer 🚗 to securing his spot for that ridiculous looking Tesla Truck he’s so excited about. 🤣 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I love pursuing the ‘Good Life’ with him. Dreaming BIG dreams together and relentlessly moving towards making those dreams into reality. It’s pretty amazing looking back at how far we’ve come. But all of it would mean nothing without him. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Jayse, my love, YOU are what makes my world go round. And I know that no matter what life throws at us – twists, turns, ups, downs – it will all still be alright at the end of the day. Better than alright! It will be amazing, and happy and MAGICAL, because I have you in it. ✨ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ With you, every day is happier than the last. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But today feels extra happy – because today is the day that celebrates you – my favorite person, my love, my partner and my way better half... and now: my husband. I’m the luckiest girl alive to have you in my life. Happy birthday baby. I love you so so much! ♥️
Sometimes you see an amazing big moon low in the sky, and yet when you photograph it, it turns into a tiny spec that looks like a problem dust spot on your sensor! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The secret is, you can make it look bigger by shooting with a long lens. For this image, I had Geralyn and Rod run far away from me while I shot with a 70-200mm telephoto lens maxed out at 200mm ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📷 Nikon D4 + 70-200mm 2.8
Over 15 years together, and 2.5 months married, and he still makes me feel like dancing in the streets. 💃✨ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When a girl like me is pretty sure her “Love Language” is “ALL of them,” you might think a guy would just give up! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Can we say “High Maintenance”?!? 😜 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But, in his own way, he has been happily checking those boxes for quite a while now! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ WORDS OF AFFIRMATION: 🎤 He loves to sing me old-school love songs 💌 IMHO he writes the BEST love notes. I collect them! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ QUALITY TIME 💃 He takes me swing dancing 👫 We love long walks around the neighborhood together 📷 We can’t wait for photo-adventures together ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ RECEIVING GIFTS 🌸 Gets me the prettiest pink flowers 🎶 Buys me tickets to my fave musicals for fancy date nights. 🔥 He always picks up little things at the store to show he was thinking of me, like Strawberry sparkling water or Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ACTS OF SERVICE 🚗 Still opens my doors 🍵 Makes me tea in the morning 🍝 Although he doesn’t cook, he DOES make us a mean spaghetti! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ PHYSICAL TOUCH 💆🏼♀️ He gives the best massages 👫🏼 Always holds my hand 🤗 No matter how much of a hurry I’m in, he never lets me leave the house without a hug and a kiss. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So, yeah, Jayse definitely knows how to do those tiny little things that makes even a needy girl like me feel loved, with all the feels. 🥰 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ How about you? What little thing does your partner do that makes you feel loved?
✋🏻 I’m INTERRUPTING your instagram scrolling to remind you of something important: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In this Insta-sea of being thankful, don’t forget the ONE person I’m sure you forgot. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You’re climbing a mountain. You’re hustling. You’re going full speed. You sometimes get frustrated about ALLLLLLL that still has to be done. You look at that fuzzy distant future image of where you want to be and worry you’ll never get there. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But, my dearest fellow scroller, don’t forget to look BACK. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Turn around and look back at that rocky, twisting road, and appreciate just how far you’ve come. There are miles and miles of hard work, struggle and tears. And here you are now. You’ve conquered so much. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You’ve travelled a long way up some pretty hazardous and unforgiving terrain. And yet, you’re still breathing. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So give yourself some well-deserved cred! Give yourself three GOLD stars. ⭐️ No, make that FOUR. Pat yourself on the back. Double-tap yourself! 🙌🏻 You are only going to get better from here. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We’re forever growing. Forever pushing. Never still. Never perfect. Never satisfied. Keep chasing. Keep GOING. But always, always, always… ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Remember to take a moment, look in the rear-view mirror, have some quiet reflection, and be thankful for ⠀⠀ just ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ how ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ far ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ you’ve come. ⠀
Quick Tip: Shoot “Backlit” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Backlight = my FAVE kind of natural light! Especially during the Golden Hour, just before sunset. I love the way it seemingly 'kisses' my subjects, illuminating them from behind with its warm glow while their faces are in soft reflected light. ✨ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But a common question I get from photographers is: If I place the sun behind the subjects, wouldn't it create a silhouette? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Answer: Usually YES. But, by manually exposing for your subject (not the scene), you have total control over the end result of your image. This allows you to use backlight to create a soft, light and airy look. In this image I center metered for Geralyn and Rods faces. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ BUT! There’s a ‘gotcha’ that trips up most photographers, even seasoned ones: If you don’t pay close attention to any highlights in the image they will easily blow out with this technique. Some photographers claim they don’t care about these details, but if you’re shooting for a filmic look, there’s an easy way to fix this. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ For example, if she was wearing a white dress, holding light colored flowers, or there are background elements such as clouds, you will easily blow these details out if not careful. So I will often underexpose just enough to retain those highlight details, lifting the shadows back up in the edit. This creates the same bright and romantic look to your images while also preserving all the detail we love. ♡ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📷 D4 + 85 1.4 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Side note: Don’t Geralyn & Rod look 🔥?! I can’t wait for their wedding next summer with @symphonywed & @glammedupvegas
As we enter into our busy holiday season, full of shopping bags and online credit cards, remember to pause and remember: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It's not what we have in life, but WHO we have in our life that matters. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But also, more profoundly, In the cookie of life, friends are the chocolate chips! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Major congrats to Jordy and Josh, with their super supportive fun friends and family on their amazingly beautiful wedding day! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I hope everyone has a week full of love and thanks for all of those crazy peeps that surround us and lift us up! . . . CREATIVE TEAM: Wedding Planner & Designer: @semperfievents Venue: @dragonridgeweddings Getting ready location: @gvrcasino Photographer: @chelseanicolephoto Grooms Suit: @stitchedlife Cake: @peridotsweets Ceremony Music: @premiereweddingmusic DJ: @soundfusionent Draping: @jovanilinens Floral: @flourishlasvegas Hair & Makeup: @glammedupvegas Linens: @dbdweddings Rentals: @rsvppartyrentals Videography: @purelightcreative
My friends, on #NationalEntrepreneursDay, please give a round of applause for my “BFF”, my best friend, and the most inspirational entrepreneur I know: My grandma. 👏 You might not know it from this photo, but my gramma is TOUGH. She’s like, “Take no prisoners” tough. She’s a fighter. She’s feisty. And she’s my biggest inspiration. From her, I gained my zest and my playful, sometimes irreverent, outlook on life. From her I gained my quiet confidence and my empathetic way of caring for and giving selflessly to others. But. Amongst all these great things, she also passed something onto me that I’ll forever be thankful for: my undying entrepreneurial spirit. What does THAT mean? Well, growing up, my grandma and I were inseparable. We’d spend lots of time in her little Tobacco shop that she and my grandfather owned. I don’t know how she did it, but she made ‘work’ FUN! I got to see how she interacted with her customers. She got so much joy from her regulars. And you could tell: They LOVED being around her too. It was more than just a business exchange. It was a friendship. In fact, it was family. And they’re still in touch with her to this day. Even though I was only 10 at the time, I was inspired and impressed by one simple fact: Unlike most adults I knew, she seemed to live life on her OWN terms. She ran a business that not only provided a good life, but was also about much more than just money. And I think it was then that I decided: ‘When I grow up, I want to own my own business too!’ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I can only hope that, one day, my ‘clients’ will still be in touch with me when I’m old and grey. (Still rocking my pink hair, of course!) And we can reminisce about our shared adventures, exploring our new destinations, and how we stomped through those ‘No Trespassing’ signs, and how incredibly romantic their wedding day was. Our current style will NEVER go out of style, right!? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The 3 major things I learned from my grandma: Treat your clients like family - They’ll support you for a long, long time. Fiercely OWN your own thing. You got this! ALWAYS have fun doing the hard work. Cos, Why not!? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Here’s to Grammas that ROCK, and to entrepreneurship!