I can’t believe the wedding season is winding down! Actually, I can. Haha. Its cold out and the light is dropping with the quickness which means we’re coming to an end for 2011. Now this is not the last wedding of 2011. We actually have 3 more to go until our cameras hit the shelves and we recharge. I will say we’re still getting lucky with these November weddings though, aside from the shorter daylight the temperatures been somewhat tolerable. I’m pretty excited to share Chelsea and Shawns wedding with you all today so sit back and relax because its time for a pretty wedding!

November 12th 2011 was great. Like I said, we had a nice day to take pics. It was a little chilly but it could have been colder! When I arrived at Chelsea’s sister and brothers home where she was getting ready all I could do was laugh. She was sitting there in the Flawless By Tina chair with headphones in. She was completely in her own world relaxing and enjoying some tunes while the madness of bridesmaids, children and lots of perfume in the air was happening. I think I was in the room shooting for like 5 minutes before she even realized I was there. Talk about zoning out! Anyway after all that we headed outside for some pics! Then it was off to downtown Albany to meet up with Shawn and his peeps. Minutes later Chelsea arrived and we had ourselves a first look! We battled the daylight and managed to do our thing down there and capture some really beautiful images of these two, their bridal party and families. After that we all headed to The Glen Sanders Mansion where Chelsea’s grandfather was waiting to marry them. I remember one of the first things she said to me is that her 92 year old grandfather was bound and determined to marry them. He did and it was awesome. Another thing Chelsea said to me during the planning process was “who was that videographer who shot Natalie’s wedding? Because we want him. In fact, we want the Natalie package.” That videographer was of course who other than Al Woodard. There was one other vendor that made this wedding a fun time and that was DJ Vinny Commisso of Non Stop Music. The party was a jump off from the moment they entered the ballroom. I mean who enters their wedding to Method Man and Mary J’s All I Need? Chelsea and Shawn, thats who. I had a blast with these guys from the start. Shooting their engagement session was a blast and their wedding lived up to the hype. We can’t thank you both enough for the love and having us on your bomb roster for 11.12.11. I hope you’re enjoying honeymoon #1 in Key West! As I always say we got nothing but love for you, baby.


You remember their engagement session with the sick light right?

Now we’re onto 11.12.11… I’m digging this weeks shoe shot..

I told you she was straight up listening to her own music. Too funny..  Do I have to mention who’s there doing her makeup? You make it easy for me not to have to write the business name in my blog posts, Tina.

Too many pretty girls in one room..

All the girls signed her shoes.. thought this was cool.

I love this one especially with the pic of a young Chelsea and her late Mother, Pamela.

Hair by Joel Averill (like Averill Park 😉 from Ania Hair Studio & Spa..

A proud father…

Chelsea, you be killin em.

Flowers by Anthology Studio.

Too photogenic..

Hey ladies!

love this one..

Shawn and the boys..

First look..

He loves what he see’s (duh)

After their first look I quickly brought them across the street and capitalized on the quickly dropping daylight.

Ah yeah!

If you even need a pointer on how to nail the Elario configuration its here…

and their engagement session

Who would have thought there still would be color on November 12??


I love this too!

Watch out now..

Ok this bridal party shot was fun. It was pretty cold but we managed to knock it out.. Love all those cute kids!

How awesome is this car?!?!? This image was my facebook teaser.

a little bit of a wider view.. how awesome?


So pretty..

Ok one more.. now its time to get them married.

Moments before Dad walked Chelsea down the aisle.

As I mentioned in my writeup Chelsea’s 92 year old grandfather Joe married them. He was awesome!

An emotional candle lighting in honor of Chelsea’s Mother, Pamela.

Mr & Mrs..

The Glen Sanders Ballroom by Anthology Studio

Love this somewhat behind the scenes shot of their entrance. Right now all I can hear is Mary J “Like sweet morning dew…”

this is how you make a damn entrance!

still their entrance!

Its only fair I give props to their best man Josh for his funny toast. I hear a lot of toasts and Josh freaking nailed it.

After dinner Chelsea had a hair change and they danced all damn night! What a party!

Oh and the Elario Photo Booth was in full swing too. Thanks for holding it down Hayden!


That best man Josh sure is fresh though.. 😉


Congrats you two!!!!!!!!

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  1. Beautiful photos. Love the shoes hanging from the chandelier. And the “something blue” messages on the shoes…..classic!! Best wishes to a long and happy life together!!

  2. Ooooh! So fun! Again (broken record, Mona… yes we know), I am LOVING the SUPER LATE fall colors. But who are we kidding. Big Joe and JP can handle a hurricane and make it look glamorous, so not surprising these look so great.

    Chelsea you’re quite the beautiful bride! The shoe shot is great, the shoes are awesome, and I love the shots with you and your dad. It’s beautiful the way you were able to keep your mom present at your wedding too – with the candle, and of course love that picture of you two as you’re getting ready. Beautiful.
    Also love their first look – the look in her eyes as she’s about to get to him sums it up – just that little flutter your heart does before you see each other. Bridesmaids dresses – I like the chic neutral colors, flowers were a great touch to those as well.
    The car – awesome. I honestly just feel like I can hear an “aaa-OOOOO-gaaa” horn attached to that thing. Sure it’s probably a regular horn but let me have my moment ok?
    These are just beautiful. My favorite part? That your grandfather married the two of you. Makes a special day even that much moreso.

    Congratulations guys! Beautiful e-session followed by an equally beautiful wedding and life together!

  3. Such a beautiful couple!! And I love, love, love her shoes, and the “something blue” idea she had! So cute!! The color of the bridesmaids dresses is awesome too — I love how it looks outside, against the orange/brown of the trees! Love the wide view of them with the blue bug, with the light at the top of the building — so pretty!! And they DEF have the elario configuration down!! Loving this blog post! 🙂

  4. Great pictures as always. I love how you caught the expressions of the bride, groom and best man during the speech. Priceless!

  5. You guys are great photographers! Beautiful shots 🙂 I love how jp just gets out on that dance floor! What a fun wedding that was…congrats chels and shawn!

  6. JP,Joe & Hayden… these photos are AMAZING! I am sooo in love with them all. Thank you guys so much for making our day so easy. Hayden you are the best girl!!!! Right there everytime my veil was attacking me from the wind, you’d never know from the photos. These photos are everything I had invisioned JP. I knew the day we got engaged I gotta call the “elario team” ASAP. I couldn’t imagine you guys not capturing this day for us. And yup, sure did walk in introduce myself and say I want “The Natalie Package” HAH…. I mean c’mon who wouldn’t?!?!?! Again the day was amazing and I’m so happy you got all the little moments. From my something blue(all my bridesmaids signing the bottom of my shoes) to the special moments I had WITH my mom. I love you guys you are beyond the best. I didn’t even have a backup in mind had you not been available…my wedding date would have been switched!!! Boobers and I can’t wait to see all the rest. XOXOXOX nothing but love. Chelsea & Shawn

  7. Ok…these pictures are A*M*A*Z*I*N*G!!! Chelsea thank you for hiring/choosing me to make you FLAWLESS on your special day but seriously with a canvas like yours you made my job easy!!! You truely were a beautiful bride inside and out and it shows in all your pictures! Love the shoe signing…never saw that…and again i wish I crashed your wedding just to see that intro! Heard it was CRAY!…Glad I got to work with THE DREAM TEAM…what an awesome team of vendors you had for your day! Thanks again and great blog! Beautiful pics! Wish you two a lifetime of happiness!!! xoxo

  8. Wow, every single picture just amazed me…Great job Joe and JP for these breathtaking pictures and Hayden for the FUN photo booth ( cute team;)!! Chelsea thank you for having me be a part of your day and having me do u and your Maid of Honors hair! Your such a beautiful person inside and out. You an Shawn are the best couple ever and that was one hell of a wedding…CONGRATS!!!

  9. Shellsea, wow. It’s all I can say! You are the most beautiful bride and these pictures brought me to tears…again…such a CFB! You and Shawn are amazing, your wedding was amazing and you will no doubt have an amazing life together!!! I couldn’t be happier for you!! Love you to the moon and back~ Nic

  10. From start to finish this is a gorgeous blog… love the getting ready photos, the details, the sentimental photo with Chelsea and photo of her mom, and then again the candle lighting ceremony-very sweet… that’s awesome about her grandpa doing the ceremony! Chelsea and Shawn look so in love and happy throughout this bog… Congrats you too! thanks for another great blog, JP! and love the making an entrance series 🙂

  11. ooooo this is a good one! chelsea, you are so so pretty and i am obsessed with your bouquet, very nice. loving the blue color of the car in that picture! jp – the pic of her with the mirrors and her mother’s photograph? so touching. it’s the little details you elario’s pull out…just awesome!

  12. what a great wedding to end my 2011 season with the Elarios! It was so much fun!!! The pics are just gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was a day full of touching moments, laughs and unforgettable personalities! XOXOX thank you for having the booth ( and I’ll say it one more time…… I LOVE GOOOLD )

  13. Love the Mr & Mrs. shot walking out of the ceremony. So elegant. You look beautiful Chelsea and CONGRATS!