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Wedding: Chelsea + Jake

Earlier this month I had the honor and privilege of photographing a dear friend of mine’s wedding.  Chelsea and I worked together for some time, we both participated in college group at Monte Vista Chapel where we both also attend church.  Often times at work, while she would be baking and I would be taking inventory, we talked about God and our personal relationships with Him, we’d talk about our hopes and aspirations, and we’d talk about our desires to find a wonderful Godly man to spend the rest of our lives with.  My days were more complete after my conversations with Chelsea. Unfortunately, by the time Chelsea met Jake I was no longer working with her, so I missed hearing about him on a daily basis.  But I observed them from afar.  And heard about how things were going every now and then when our paths would cross.  Until one day…

One day last fall I heard that Jake had proposed.  Chelsea and Jake were getting married.  And I was beyond thrilled for the both of them.  Jake is a wonder guy and he sure captured Chelsea’s heart.  Then shortly after that while I was going to get my mail at work Chelsea stopped me.  She knew that I enjoyed photography.  She’d seen some of the pictures I’d taken and posted to facebook.  She knew I had a nice camera.  And she simply asked me one question, “Would you be interested in taking pictures at our wedding?  We’re going to have a few friends take pictures and would you be interested in being one of them?  We’re easy, as long as we get a few good pictures we’ll be happy.”  “Sure,” I replied.  We exchanged a few details, said we’d be in touch and talk more about the finer details when the day was closer.  Then I walked away and panicked!  Oh.my.goodness!  Did I just agree to take pictures at a wedding?  Like, as a wedding photographer?  Not just a guest with a camera, but like, as a professional.  And then the nerves set it.  And honestly, they didn’t go away until the day arrived and I held the camera to my face and started clicking the shutter.  But then I panicked that, oh no what if they don’t come out good.  What if Chelsea and Jake don’t like them?  But you know what, I think they came out pretty well.  So what do you think…?

Thank goodness Chelsea and Jake decided to see each other before the wedding.  With a ceremony at 7pm I feared that pictures after would have been difficult with the fading light. I would recommending brides and grooms to do a first look, just think of how much more personal it is between the 2 to see each other, just each other, prior to hubbub of everything.

I’m gonna fill you in on a little secret.  Chelsea ordered her dress from somewhere online.  She just gave them her measurements and they made the dress.  It.was.beautiful!  I’ll share the seamstress with you once I find out.

And the bouquets, yep, Chelsea made them herself.  I’m telling you, she is super crafty and creative.  Always has been.  I love getting little homemade cards from her.  They’re adorable!

3 beautiful sister…

Yep, they had a cotton candy machine.  And a bunch of homemade caramel apples.  It’s pictures like this that I wished I had a macro lens.  Someday…

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Cheers to the newlyweds!  May God bless you in all you do together today, tomorrow, and always.

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So…  How’d I do?

Here’s the deal, Chelsea and Jake will get a free 11×16 inch print of their choice if they get 15 or more comments.  Comments from their friends and family, my friends and family, or people who just feel like commenting from the bloggy universe.


Melissa Hansen - July 15, 2010 - 5:47 pm

Very professional looking, Courtney. I am so impressed with the depth and creativity of the photos… nothing stilted and everyone looks relaxed. Great job.

Tyler - July 13, 2010 - 5:38 pm

Absolutely AMAZING! everything was soooo beautiful!

Cameron - July 5, 2010 - 1:28 pm

Great pictures of a great day!

Pricilla - July 5, 2010 - 1:20 am

I absolutely love the accessories and the colors are beautiful! I think you captured such perfect moments =)

Allan & Carla Merrill - July 3, 2010 - 11:39 pm

Beautiful photos of a beautiful couple! Great job, Courtney!

Hillary - July 2, 2010 - 10:02 pm

What great pictures!! I love all the colors and Chelsea is BEAUTIFUL! My two favorites are the one with Chelsea holding the balloons & Jake’s hand, and the one of the rings on top of the cotton candy– SO creative and unique!

Treva - July 1, 2010 - 9:52 pm

Great pics! Now you are only 3 more away from a free pic!

Mandy - July 1, 2010 - 2:36 pm

Love the pics Courtney! I especially love the pic with the sisters! 🙂

Hilary - July 1, 2010 - 12:19 pm

Your photos are gorgeous!! You beautifully captured what looks like such a fun, colorful, touching, unique, and creative wedding!

Cyndi Honnette - July 1, 2010 - 11:47 am

GREAT pictures of a GREAT couple at a Great Wedding!!!

cindy segars - July 1, 2010 - 11:41 am

Courtney, we are so thrilled with the pictures! You should be proud of your work! You’re a pro 🙂 I love the shots you got and the color…so beautiful! I would reccomend you over our last photographer any day!!!

Bethanie - July 1, 2010 - 11:31 am

Great work Courtney!! Those pics are priceless. So cute!!!!

Melissa Jeffery - July 1, 2010 - 9:12 am

You are amazing Courtney!!! You are definatly a Bridal Consultants best find!!! I only wish you were in my area I have 2 little ones I would love to have photographed by you!!! 🙂 (BTW…tell Chelsea that she did an amazing job…her wedding looks incredible!!)

Marci Arnold - July 1, 2010 - 8:28 am

Courtney these pictures are amazing!!! You really see the emotion in these pictures and love they aren’t the standard wedding poses!! Congratulations to Chelisa and her new husband!

Nancee - July 1, 2010 - 8:02 am

You did an EXCELLENT job!!! Definitely look like professional pictures!!

Lindsey Foster - July 1, 2010 - 5:41 am

I LOVE the pictures Courtney! You did such a fantastic job 🙂

Allyson Montague - June 30, 2010 - 10:03 pm

Wow, I’m and blown away with joy with the photos. Such a HAPPY and radiant couple. I loved the photo of the rings.

Anne-Marie Fisher - June 30, 2010 - 9:40 pm

Great job Courtney! I am thoroughly impressed and look forward to many more weddings! Maybe my next baby 🙂

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