Tahoe Sugar Bowl Wedding // Sally + John


Summer wedding at one of Tahoe’s iconic ski resorts, Sugar Bowl

Sally and John’s wedding last summer was so full of smiles and love, like seriously so many smiles from all! I personally LOVE Tahoe and was so excited to spend the weekend with them and their guests in my favorite summer spot.

We started the celebration with their welcome dinner the evening before at Lake Mary (just down the road from Sugar Bowl), where I got to meet their closest friends and family. There were many heartfelt speeches with no dry eyes to be had and so much excitement for the wedding day!!

Their wedding day was pretty perfect! We did their first look, wedding party photos and their portraits before the ceremony, which allowed them to join their cocktail hour post ceremony+family formals. The pops of red and bright colors in Sally’s bouquet was the perfect addition to her form fitting dress that was PERFECT on her. So stunning Sally!! I also loved her bridesmaids dresses. The light blue color was so flattering on all the women. John, you and your groomsmen were looking handsome as well :)

Once dancing got started we sneaked away for a few sunset (more like blue light, post-sunset) photos at the Donner Pass overlook. My second photographer Lora showed us where the secret swing along the overlook was and took a few photos there as well. It’s always nice to sneak away from your guests for a small breather and really take in that you’re married (!!), before re-joining and dancing your heart out!

The day was so wonderful and I felt so thankful to be included in their day. Thank you Sally and John! <3

VENDOR LOVE: photographer: Chelsea Dier Photography // planner: Tahoe Inspired Events // videographers: Reel to Real Video // venue+catering: Sugar Bowl // florals: Holly Fleur // dress: BHLDN // suit: The Groomsmen Suit // band: The Lucky Devils Band // HMAU: La Di Da Beauty // second photographer: Lora Wagener


bonus image: I photographed Jessie+Shane’s wedding in Brooklyn in 2017, which is where Sally+John saw me in action and wanted to hire me. LOVE getting to photograph my couple’s friends weddings <3

Amphitheater of the Redwoods Wedding // Erica + Riley


Going through their gallery again to make this blog post just made me so happy! I had such a hard time narrowing down their images because I know you don’t want to see 1,000 photos in a blog post, but all their photos are so fun and they had so much going on during their wedding day. They rented out Pema Osel Ling Retreat Center in the Santa Cruz mountains for the weekend and had a weekend long competition with everyone on teams. There was bartering happening, bets being made, and competitions happening for beads... and laughs. Erica and Riley’s main goal for the weekend was for everyone to have fun and to truly enjoy themselves. I think this comes through all the photos, so you know it was a memorable wedding weekend!! E+R’s friends are pros at silly group photos and Erica herself even photobombed one photo. Now that’s the type of bride I want to work with!! :)

It may be a bit much to go from the sweet photo of them above to the games below to her dress, but I think it really paints the picture (wink) of their wedding. Really really sweet, emotional moments, but also being goofy with each other and their wedding SQUAD and really being themselves. They even had custom gold temporary tattoos for all their guests! You betchya I got one.

Oh and one of the best parts was Erica’s dancing shoes! She 100% inspired me to also get lightup shoes for my wedding, which I proceeded to surprise Sean with. Check my insta for a few photos of the reveal. It was ahhhhmazing.

Okay, enjoy looking through the most fun wedding that was set among the Santa Cruz redwoods. Absolutely stunning! Erica and Riley, thank you so dang much for having me photograph your day!! Hugs hugs hugs.

photographer: Chelsea Dier Photography // venue + catering + coordination: Amphitheater of the Redwoods // florals: Still Flowers // hmau: Styling by Amber // rings: Pave

Gig Harbor Private Residence Wedding // Dana + Colin

Gig Harbor wedding portrait on beach

Dana and Colin’s Gig Harbor wedding was super special to me for a few reasons!

  1. They got married in my home state of Washington! Dana is also from Washington and her parents live on Gig Harbor. In typical WA weather, it was cloudy all day with a high chance of rain, but the rain held off until their reception which they planned for and had a tent to cover the area!

  2. Their wedding was the weekend before I left for my wedding in France!! Maybe a little crazy on my part, but when I first talked to Dana I knew I wanted to make it work — and it totally did and was 100% worth it!

  3. Lindsey is one of Dana’s besties and one of the bridesmaids, along with being our wedding photographer! It was so fun to see her as a guest at their wedding, knowing I would be seeing her in a week in France. World travelers we are ;)

Their wedding was full of Dana’s contagious smile and Colin’s undeniable love for his new wife!! These two were surrounded by family and friends in their wedding party who gave us no shortage of laughs. It was a really good, genuine, no fuss wedding day. They even sneaked in a drink at the local bar before heading to their reception! I also got to work with some amazing vendors!! Their video team was so easy to work with and my second photographer was so helpful. We had such a blast working with each other, we stayed after we were finished and share a few dance moves with Dana+Colin and guests. How freaking fun!

VENDOR LOVE: planner: Laura Gram // videographers: Gently Crafted Films // catering: Act3 Catering // florals: Susan Hoskinson // cake: Maribel Cobey // Dress: Calla Bridal // dj: Events Tacoma // HMAU: Jax Salon + Dolce Salon // second photographer: Carley Jane Photography

Oahu Beach Wedding // Jaime + Darren


This wedding is extra special to me because it is my Aunt and her husbands wedding!! They live in Oahu (lucky!!) and were originally going to get married on the SE side of the island, but decided on Honolulu instead because it’d be easier with family visiting. The Royal Hawaiian is where they had their first date and Darren has been a patron for many years, so it held a special place for them… and they could get away with having the wedding on the beach ;) For their ceremony, we all met at the hotel bar for a welcome mai tai, #obvi, and then walked out and created a circle of sorts around them. They are a mellow couple so it was absolutely perfect for them to be surrounded by friends and family, but in a non-traditional set-up. After the ceremony, it was time for more mai tais, pina coladas and food!

Hawaii has a special magic to it and every time I visit, I never want to leave. But when I do, I come back feeling so refreshed and relaxed, ahhh. Oh and the water is warm enough to swim in! I wouldn’t mind another Hawaii wedding or two this year ;)

Oakland Hills Backyard Wedding // Sheilan + Levirt


Sheilan and Levirt had a thoughtful, mellow backyard brunch wedding to celebrate their love. Her brother graciously opened his home for their wedding and it couldn’t have been more perfect for them. I could probably say that about all my couples… but it’s so true! When planning your wedding, do what represents YOU as a couple and what feels right to you and your partner is so freaking important.

Their wedding was truly a collaboration of friends. Sheilan is an amazing artist and did all the lettering, designs and prints for their decorations. Three of their talented musician friends sang and preformed for their ceremony. Two friends co-officiated their wedding. Brunch was cooked by the moms and Sheilan, including many different types of quiches, hand pies and the yummiest spread. Decor was set up in a group effort with florals and greenery crown done by a friend. It really takes a village to make even a backyard wedding come together. But knowing all the love that was put into their day makes it even more personal and special.

S+L started their wedding morning by just the two of them exchanging personal vows in the redwoods. They wanted this to be private, so once I started my coverage we went up the hill and did about 10 minutes of portraits so they could have at least a few photos amongst the redwoods. We may have had to dodge a few mountain bikers, but no one was ran over! ;)

Thank you so much for including me in your lovely celebration. It was such a meaningful day to capture <3

Nicasio Backyard Wedding // Liz + Dennis


Oh my goodness, where has time gone?! Liz and Dennis were my first wedding of this year (in April!!) and I am just getting to blog them... whoops! These two married in the backyard of their family friend's house up on the hill in Nicasio and it was the perfect way to start my season!

Guests mingled and enjoyed the views of the then green hills (they are now "golden"), surrounded them with love and shared a family-style meal under the bistro lights. Everything about their day was simple and low-fuss, bringing a calm vibe to their wedding. My kind of people! It was such an honor to be a part of their day, thank you L+D!!

photographer: Chelsea Dier Photography
caterer: Ring of Fire 
florals: Naomi McLeod
music: Nick Rossi Trio
dress: BHLDN
suit: Nordstroms
dessert: Bovine Bakery

Wedding Album Offerings

I wanted to share a few examples of the different types of albums I offer. I really love designing albums! Your photos tend to live on your computer in a folder, so having something tangible on your coffee table or bookshelf brings your images life. Being able to look through your album whenever you’re feeling a #throwback is the best thing! My albums are printed on archival photographic papers and handcrafted with great attention to detail. I offer albums with seamless spreads and beautiful cover options and personalization.

First up, my high quality flush mount albums with thick bound pages that can be ordered with a leather or linen cover in different color options. Each spread lays flat when looking through your album and this type of album embodies the traditional, classic look that most couples order.

And now my softcover book! A custom photo cover book with thinner pages and spreads that do not lay flat. If you album budget isn't as high, this is a great option to still have your photos printed in high-quality and a beautiful way to look back on your wedding day. The cover text is fully customizable.

You don't have to decide to order an album before your wedding! Once I send you your complete gallery and you fall in love with your images :), I would be happy to design an album for you!! Definitely ask me about my album pricing and size options as we chat about your wedding. I cannot wait to design one for you!

Holman Ranch Wedding // Karishma + Danny // Carmel Valley, CA


This blog post is way overdue! Karishma and Danny got married at the end of November, and now it's February. Where did time go?! Holy guacamole!

Karishma and Danny rounded out my 2017 wedding year with their colorful, super fun, love filled wedding "weekend"! I put weekend in quotes because they celebrated Wednesday-Friday, so a faux-weekend ;) We started their celebration with their Sangeet that involved friends and family performing choreographed skits and dances. These two have some talented friends and it was the perfect way to start their wedding weekend. Then on Friday, it was the wedding day at Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley! I feel like I have now made it to the big leagues in the Bay Area photography world because I got to photograph a wedding at Holman Ranch! It's a very well known and beautiful venue that definitely lives up to its hype.

These two love unicorns, so you'll see a few unicorn appearances throughout their blog. And of course, I totally loved that part too! They even have their rings engraved with a unicorn.

Karishma and Danny's day was a mix of Indian wedding traditions and North American wedding traditions. They started their day with a Barat, which involved Danny approaching the property on a white horse and many of their guests dancing alongside him. So fun! They then had an Indian ceremony along with their friend marrying them. Best of both worlds, I'd say! Before dinner, there was an outfit change to another beautiful Indian dress and tux for Danny. All the better for dancing, which was many hours long!! And these two did not leave the dance floor. (wedding advice: if you stay on the dance floor, your guests will as well! And it allows us photogs to take fun dancing pictures. It's hard to do that if no one is on the dance floor ;)) 

The best part of their wedding though? On my wedding day questionnaire that I send to my couples before their day, which includes listing all your vendors, Karishma wrote, "A note about vendors. We consciously hired women owned & operated businesses. Who runs the world? Girls!!!" 

Karishma and Danny, thank you so much for including me in your celebration and it was so wonderful to spend many hours with you two! Hugs!!! 

(^^ thanks for convincing me to join the photo Katie! She connected me to K+D and I'm so thankful for all her friends getting married ;))

Photographer: Chelsea Dier Photography
Wedding Planner: E. Events Co
Venue: Holman Ranch 
Caterer: Jalsa Catering and Events 
Florist: Floral Creations By Nasreen
Dessert: Gizdich Ranch
DJ: Heart of Gold DJs
HMAU: Vinnia Tjhin, Timsi Malhotra 
Dress: Rita Kumar 
Danny's Ceremony suit: Manyavar
Wedding bands: D&H Jewelers
Videographer: Meraki Media
Second photographer: Jess Rankin
Rentals: Chic Event Rentals


UC Berkeley Redwoods Amphitheater Day Wedding & Outdoor Reception // Jenny + Rezene


I have never photographed a day wedding before Jenny and Rezene and it was so fun! I started my day around 9:30 and was done at 6pm. It's like a normal persons schedule, just on a Saturday ;)

J + R's wedding was my second wedding this season at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden and Redwoods Amphitheater! I cannot get over how beautiful this space is and I want to continue photographing weddings here! The diversity of portrait locations makes my heart sing and the contrast of the redwoods and botanical garden is just so cool. Include the loveliest couple that couldn't take their eyes off each other and it's just magic!!

Jenny and Rezene were married among the redwoods and then had their reception at a local Oakland hall. The Hall was the perfect space to have a relaxed reception with lots of space for games, relaxing, dancing, and a pinata for the kids! Rezene is from Ethiopia so guests were treated with Ethiopian food for lunch (so good!) and each seat included a hand etched wood place card with their name written in Ethiopian as well. To complete the amazing day, they also announced their pregnancy and it was all cheers and happy tears in the room. I knew they were announcing the surprise and I was so excited for them. Their little one will be joining their family in April, which I think it a great month for a birthday! April may be my birth month ;) 

Thank you so much Jenny and Rezene for having me photograph your day and only wish you all the best!! And hopefully I will see you for family photos <3 

Photographer: Chelsea Dier Photography / Caterer: Red Sea Restaurant / Dessert: Wooden Table Baking Co. / Dress: BHLDN / Suit: Macy's / DJ: DJ Claude / HMAU: Lea Beuhler, BGorgeous / Day of Coordinator: Melanie Tunison / Second Shooter: Rachel Downey / Venues: UC Berkeley Botanical Garden & Humanist Hall 

Rengstorff House Outdoor Wedding // Enissa + Blake // Mountain View, CA


Oh Enissa and Blake! From day one, Enissa made ME feel like a friend and not just her photographer. She has the biggest heart and on their wedding day, she was making sure everyone was taken care of, including serving the cake to their guests! Their laid-back, outdoor wedding focused on what was important to these two. Dancing (including a dress change so dancing was easier!), tacos, loving each other and getting MARRIED! :)

The Rengstorff House is a gem in Mountain View and the property was perfect for all the natural light photos. I am absolutely loving their golden hour first dance photos, which are so swoon worthy! Enissa and Blake, thank you so much for having me be apart of your day! It was an absolute joy :)

Caterer: Madd Mex // Florist: Flower Divas // Enissa's Dress: BHLDN // Blake's Suit: Indochino //DJ: PJ Entertainment // HMUA: Kristen Marie // Invitations: Printable Press // Jeweler: Lang Antiques // Photographer: Chelsea Dier Photography

Redwoods and Botanical Garden Wedding // Noah + Hannah // Berkeley, CA


Where to start with Noah and Hannah?! First, they got ready together with their closest friends and siblings at the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley and it was the calmest hours before a wedding I have experienced. There is something special about getting ready together.

We then headed to their venue which I have been dyyyying to shoot at, so I was SO excited when they told me they're getting married at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden and Redwood Amphitheater. It's a dream to have such a variety in the location for portraits! We made time to shoot in both the redwoods and botanical gardens because why not. I'll let the pictures do the talking for how amazing this location is!!

Along with the natural beauty, the work Tumbleweed Floral Truck did to the Julia Morgan Hall to transform it into a cozy, inviting, family style early Fall vibes dinner was amazing... that's why there are so many photos, ha! Fun fact, Kaylia also used to work with Hannah. Oh and Hannah's mom MADE all the bread cutting boards.  Hannah knows some very talented folks :)

Also, fun story! I first met N+H when I was working at the coffee shop and one day they came in and I saw the new ring on Hannah's finger and got so excited for them! A few minutes later I handed them my card and said something along the lines of, "I want to be your wedding photographer!" and basically told them they should hire me :) And I am so happy they did! These two have been a dream to work with and I'm so happy I went with my gut and made sure to give them my card! All the hugs to you two! And Noah, keep kissing Hannah's nose forever! :)

Photography: Chelsea Dier Photography // Florals: Tumbleweed Floral Truck // Ice Cream Sandwiches: Tara's Organic Ice Cream // Caterer: S&S Catering // Hannah's Dress: Emerald City Gowns // Noah's Suit: KnotStandard // Band: Kickin' The Mule // Hair: Nicole, Phoenix Salon // Venues: UC Berkeley Botanical Garden

Kendra Renee Jewelry Studio Visit

I recently had the opportunity to visit Kendra's studio and see where she creates all her magic! I have been trying to meet other local creatives that aren't photographers and I was so happy I reached out and asked if I could photograph her space. She had just redesigned her studio and got some new furniture, so it was the perfect excuse to take photos! And she lives about 10 minutes from me and if you know the Bay Area, that's CLOSE! Haha.

I always love seeing where others work and yes, I am one of those who likes to peek in windows to see other's spaces... I know I'm not the only one ;) 

Be sure to check out her work and designs! I was swooning over everything and just might have to get my wedding band from her :) 

Tales from Freelancing


It's been about four months (wait how has it already been FOUR months) since I went full-time freelancer and it's been AMAZING! It had also been an adjustment of life schedules and finding the balance of fun and work. 

Right when I turned 16, my mom suggested I get a job. So right after that birthday we went down to the local Old Navy and I applied to work there. I got the job, and that was the start of my customer service career for the next 14 years. Since my Old Navy days, I have worked at a grocery store, Starbucks, and the local coffee shop here in Oakland, with smaller internships and job scatterings between those years. I thank my mom for instilling a great work ethic in me, and I couldn't image not working. You can image how going full time freelancing could be a big life change for me. I am used to having a set schedule, clocking in and out each day, and requesting time off for vacations and letting my work schedule dictate if I could do something or not. 

Going from that to basically total freedom is like WOAH. These past months I have had a "summer" and have done more fun things in a short period than I can ever remember. Sean and I were in Tahoe for the 4th of July weekend and I remember thinking while we were floating the river, "this is really nice that I could join our friends and actually be able to do this!" I am kind of in the honeymoon stage of freelancing, haha!

Some things I have learned so far...

  • It's real easy to not eat a real meal until dinner. I will start working and then realize it's 3pm and I haven't eaten breakfast or lunch. Oops! I like to start my day with breakfast, so missing breakfast is not good for me. Eating meals and taking breaks needs to be prioritized. 
  • Freelancing isn't a 9-5, 5 days of week career. We're constantly thinking about work or doing work when it's accessible. Taking a whole 24hours off is really hard.
  • But on the upside, we can take a week day off if needed and can have a more flexible schedule 
  • Working out, taking walks and breaks become even more important because I sit in front of the computer more than ever
  • Coffee shops and co-working spaces become your new bff. I am finding that working at home makes me less production because I get too distracted. (For those in the Bay Area, I find that Philz has the most outlets, which if you're a photographer... you know availability of power outlets are like gold)
  • Finding a small group of like-minded entrepreneurs will do wonders for your mental health, business, and motivation. I have found my group and each month we create monthly goals and keep each other accountable/ offer support/ Slack silly things to each other. Having this group makes owning my own business less lonley.
  • I am responsible for my time and making an income because I don't have a second job to rely on, which is freakin' scary. But it also motivates me to work hard each day and create goals that will have a positive effect on my business.
  • It's easy to not get dressed in real clothes, but you really should shower and get ready. It'll help your productivity and make you feel a part of the "real world", even if you are working from your home. 
  • I get to dedicate the time I have wanted to my couple and clients because Chelsea Dier Photography is now my full-time job and my priority. WOO HOO!

Here's to all the adventures of being a freelance entrepreneur and #GIRLBOSS! I post #talesfromfreelancing on my Instagram and stories, so if you're a fellow freelancer or pursuing this adventure, be on the look out for those!

Question for you: what have you discovered in your freelance journey? I would love to hear about it!! 

Fairfax Ranch Wedding // George + Allison

sunset ranch newlywed portrait

George and Allison's wedding was the perfect mix of a traditional wedding and representing themselves. Every free moment and weekend that G + A had this past year was spent on transforming the family ranch into their wedding reception venue. The ranch has been in George's family for six generations and they knew this was where they wanted to celebrate with their friends and family! We did their engagement photos in April around the ranch, and the amount of work they did is beyond amazing. They truly put their love, sweat, and tears into transforming the property. These two deserve all the cheers to their hard work! And the ranch created the best soft, glowing light throughout the night. It was heaven for me! ;)

For the ceremony, Allison wore the dress her grandma and mom had worn for their own weddings with a few alterations, like the updated back cut. And then some parts stayed the same, like having to wear a petticoat with the dress. Watching Allison's bridesmaids help with her dress was the true epitome of being their for her and helping with one of the most important parts of her day.

And make sure to not miss their cake cutting below! It's too funny!!

Allison and George, thank you so much for including me in all the fun of your day and I feel truly honored to be able to capture your friends and family celebrating you two and enjoying your hard work on the ranch. 

Photographer: Chelsea Dier Photography // Planner + Lighting + Caterer: Mangia Nosh & Marin Event Lighting // Florist: Village Green Floral // Cake: Branching Out Cakes // Band: Mark Heaphy // HMAU: AP LUXE // Photobooth: DNE Events // Limo: Executive Charters // Venue: Private Residence


Ignacio Valley Preserve // Chloé + Ashleigh

couple in forest

I met Chloé and Ashleigh through an outdoors trips alumnae group I am a part of and wanted to get some new photos. They have been married for 5 years so I am so happy they decided to celebrate their love and join me for a photo session! These two were also the sweetest and gifted me a REI gift card. I'm so excited about it that I don't know what to use it towards, ha! Do you ever hold onto gift cards for the perfect purchase and then don't use it for years? 

Cheers to many more years you two! <3

Golden Light Beach Engagement // Black Sands Beach, CA


Along with getting together to take a non-cheesy pregnancy announcement photo for Jessica and Alex to share (at the end of the post), we took advantage of getting together to take some gorgeous photos! This has to be one of my favorite sessions because it involves the Black Sands Beach and the Marin Headlands during golden hour. I was so excited when they wanted to meet here! I also really love Jessica's gold boots. I liked that they brought a little spunk to her outfit!

We started their session walking down to the beach and trying to avoid getting caught by the waves. These two didn't let the small pebbles in their shoes stop the fun and loving gazes to each other. As the sun was setting we walked up a small path from the parking lot and found the magical hillside that was drenched in the golden sun! It was basically a photographers dream, haha. And look at the magic they helped create!! I can give posing advice and directions, but 90% of the magic created is from my couples' connection to each other. 

Congratulations on your next chapter and thank you for having me along to document it!!

If you're ready for some beachy, golden light goodness, keep scrolling! 

West Coast Adventure Elopement Location Ideas

Adventure elopement location ideas, by an outdoor and adventure loving photographer!

When I think about adventure elopements, I want my couples to choose a place that is special to them, but sometimes there are TOO many options and they all seem great! At least that's my current predicament. As a recently engaged photographer, choosing where to exchange vows with my fiancé is an exciting choice to make, but I would also love a list of places I could potentially choose from, to help narrow down the options. So here are mine (and ones I would love to shoot at too, so you know, keep me in mind!) *photo credits given below*

Yosemite National Park - Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point, Taft Point, backpack from Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite Falls *permit required for all Yosemite elopements

(Samantha Smith Arroyo Photography)

(Samantha Smith Arroyo Photography)

Mount Tamalpais - Iconic Bay Area mountain with endless hikes. You can have trees and the beach at your fingertips!

(Michelle Beck Photography)

(Michelle Beck Photography)

Angel Island - 360 degree views of San Francisco and the Bay, only if #Karlthefog stays away



Your favorite hiking trail Michael and Catie found their Redwoods elopement spot because they hiked in the area often with their dogs, and it was pretty perfect!

Big Sur - The most gorgeous coastline in California, with endless pull offs and bluffs to make your commitment to eachother official

(Laura &amp; Rachel Photography)

(Laura & Rachel Photography)

Camping adventure elopement - Reserve a weekend camping spot and get married one of the days. I know of a fabulous spot off I-80! I was actually just camping there and all I could think about was how it'd be such a great spot to get married, along with continuing the celebration with camping.

West Coast - It's a broad suggestion, but anywhere along the coastal line is bound to be gorgeous. It isn't referred to as the best coast for nothing. I may be biased since I am from the West Coast, but it really can't be beat. Olympic National Park in Washington, Bend in Oregon, Lost Coast, Mendocino, North Tahoe and Joshua Tree for a few in California

And one International suggestion...

Iceland - Well, because it's Iceland and it is the most beautiful country. If you go during our summer time you'll be greeted with baby sheep and endless sun!

(Pat Furey)

(Pat Furey)

image credits: Samantha Smith Arroyo, Michelle Beckwith Photography, Unknown, Chelsea Dier Photography, Laura & Rachel Photography, Pat Furey Photo


Clarisse + Michael // Japanese Gardens, Hayward, CA


These two are on top of their wedding planning! They aren't getting married for a year, but they couldn't wait to take their engagement photos. I am a little late in posting their engagement session... whoops! Not intentional at all because just look how adorable they are above! Clarisse was all smiles and Michael was all heart eyes for Clarisse.

We met at the Hayward Japanese Gardens, which Clarisse grew up visiting and these two even had a few dates there. We were expecting many more flowers, but we mostly got just all greenery. But we did find the few pink flowers to add a pop to their session! 

Even though the sun was shining bright for them, we were able to navigate the gardens and find the shady spots and I made sure to back light them when the shade was hard to find. Wishing you two all the best in your wedding planning, and hopefully I can join you in Tahoe ;) More summery, infectious smiles engagement photos below!

Rooftop Garden Welcome Dinner // Jessie + Shane // Brooklyn Grange


And now for the first evening of Jessie and Shane's wedding weekend! Peek their wedding here :) They had their welcome dinner to kick off their wedding weekend at Brooklyn Grange, which is a working farm on the roof of an industrial building in the Navy Yard that produces much of the produce for the local restaurants and farmers markets, as well as being a place for education and stewardship. It was so cool!! Not to forget, it has basically 360 degree views of the NYC and Brooklyn skylines. When we were planning their photo timeline for the weekend, we decided to do a few portraits of them before their guests arrived here, since we didn't do an engagement session. They were naturals and since they had this "warm-up", it made their wedding day portraits that much easier! :) We were able to walk all around and in the garden beds, just being sure to not step on the plantings. 

The dinner they planned for their guests was served family style, with guests serving each other and helping out. Community and welcoming friends and family to their home has been an important part of their relationship, so it's only fitting for them to honor this and continue this welcoming. No joke, the moment I met Jessie I felt like we'd known each other for ever. These two have the biggest hearts and have built an amazing community around them. It was truly an honor to be included!! Cheers to continuing the adventure full of love, laughter, and Presidente! ;) (The Dominican Republic is a key location in their relationship, so of course they had to have it at their welcome dinner!)

Photographer: Chelsea Dier Photography / Venue: Brooklyn Grange / Dress: Alice & Olivia / Caterer: El Nuevo Cibao / Videographer: Tom Boyden / Planner: Dame Forbes Tyson

Jessie + Shane // Urban Brooklyn Wedding // Brooklyn, NY


I honestly don't know where to start! I have just returned from an epic weekend in Brooklyn for their wedding and I couldn't think of a better wedding to kick off my new job title: full time photographer!! 

I met Jessie and Shane through a mutual friend (hi Katie!) and the moment I met Jessie, I felt like we were best friends. She has the warmest, welcoming heart and I could not wait for their weekend to arrive. They started their festivities with a welcome dinner at the Brooklyn Grange, which I'll give its own post! Let's just say there were amazing NYC skyline views, family style dinner, and chickens, all while surrounded by a working farm that produces many of the produce for local restaurants and markets. 

For their wedding, they had their ceremony at the Old Stone House in Park Slope. It was totally a city wedding! There were a few onlookers for their ceremony that were playing at the park/ ball field area and we also took a few of their couples portraits on the swings! Many thanks to the kids who let us borrow them for a few moments :) 

Post ceremony we had a short walk to the reception site and since there was a walk, Jessie and Shane decided to have their ceremony band join for the walk and create a second line. It was SO cool! Walking down the Brooklyn streets with brass instruments leading the way, it was the best way to kick off their party!! Some how J+S got just about all their guests on the dance floor for the evening and I'm sure the live band helped. They pumped up the energy and rocked it!! Oh and Jessie wore a JUMPSUIT+skirt for their ceremony, because she's the romper queen, and Shane had no idea!! See the unveiling below, mid-dancing! These two were full of surprises :)

It was such an honor to photograph their wedding weekend and I cannot believe I went to Brooklyn and photographed a wedding, ahhh!!! Thank you thank you thank you! HUGS!! Now cheers to the best honeymoon and taking a breather :) (Jessie also just graduated with her MBA a week before their wedding!)

Photography: Chelsea Dier Photography / Planner: Dame Forbes Tyson / Caterer: Avlee Greek Kitchen / Florist: Trader Joes / Dessert: Insomnia Cookies / Dress: Rebecca Schoneveld / Suit: Trumaker / Second Line Band+Reception: Silver Arrow Band / HMAU: Glamsquad / Videographer: Tom Boyden / Second shooter: Laura Huertas / Venues: The Old Stone House + The Bell House