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It’s been a wild and crazy year, but I see you couples not letting COVID ruin your wedding plans. So many of you have made the amazing choice to plan a civil ceremony during COVID-19. Hopefully this pandemic is coming to an end, but for those of you who just can’t wait any longer to […]

Washington State Elopement Photographer, Seattle Elopement Photographer, Newlywed Elopement Photographer, Quarantine Wedding Elopement Inspiration | chelseaabril.com

If you’re planning to elope in Washington, you’ve come to the right place! Elopements are all the rage right now. They may have been somewhat…well…forced upon us in 2020, but plenty of couples are making the best of it and loving every minute. I think it’s a trend that’s here to stay, and I am […]

Couple sits in front of just married vintage Corvette | Seattle Elopement Photographer, Seattle Wedding Photographer | chelseaabril.com

Corrine and Dylan have had a year. They are on their third reschedule of their wedding and had originally planned to elope to Hawaii until Corona hit hard. But, they are the kind of couple I love to work with! The one that doesn’t let anything get in the way of their love. So, the […]

I’m not gonna lie, Jenny and Yao’s Cafe Julia wedding in downtown Honolulu, was a celebration after my own heart. My friends, if you have followed my work for any length of time you know I am all about the fun side of things. The scrunched noses and belly laughs, the awkward dancing and thousands […]

If there was ever proof that love is the most badass thing of all—and that it’s still possible to have a beautiful wedding during a pandemic—this Seattle elopement is it! Meet Liz & Zach Like so many other couples these days, Liz and Zach’s wedding didn’t go as originally planned. After postponing their wedding not […]

Seattle engagement photo ideas, Engagement session tips, Engagement photo poses, Engagement photo outfits, engagement photo ideas, engagement photos fall | chelseaabril.com

So… you just got engaged!! That’s SO amazing, and I couldn’t be more excited for you!! But now, OOOh! I am so SO excited about your engagement session! For couples I shoot, their biggest question before the shoot is — what are your engagement session tips so these photos will turn out perfectly?! Then the […]

This Paliku Gardens wedding at the Kuala Ranch in Hawaii was 100% swoon-worthy. From the tropical florals, the intimate setting, and the adorbs fun-loving couple, it was a blast from beginning to end! Meet Kay & Thomas They met in Denver where they both worked in the tech sector. When Kay ran off to New […]

Wedding days go by FAST. As your wedding photographer, I know how important it is to preserve those memories.  While you’ll have hundreds of beautiful images to remember your day by, I also want to ensure you savor the moments as they’re happening.  It doesn’t need to be a total blur! I’m going to tell you some […]

Seattle Courthouse Wedding Photography, Couple Kissing with Masks

I know many couples are looking towards a future where we can gather in for events again! We all want to be up close and personal with our loved ones to celebrate life’s big moments. For those couples here in the PNW who are just now getting engaged and hoping to celebrate soon, I know […]

If you’re on the lookout for the perfect location for your Seattle engagement photos, you’ve come to the right spot! As a Seattle engagement photographer, I spend a lot of time exploring this beautiful city and always love discovering new hidden gems that take you away from the crowds and into the magic this city […]