Chad + Chelsea: Glamorous Wedding in Greenville, SC.

Everyone ready to see the results of my trip down to Greenville, SC!? Well here we go because, OH BOY. The moment ever wedding photographer dreams of has happened! My oldest and dearest friend got married, everybody!

I can hardly contain my joy when I think about it even now. We have known each other since we were little kids and it is just surreal that we are now both married.

I remember most of our childhood together was spent playing dress up, making up stories about dashing knights and shipwrecked mermaids, and basically just enjoying our mutual love of a good love story.

And here she is, going off having an epic love story of her own! Literally living the dream! AHHH!! I’m so happy!!

I am also just so unbelievably thankful that I actually got to be there, and even more thankful that Chelsea and Chad let me capture their day. Also, have to admit I’ve been dreaming of photographing Chelsea’s wedding ever since she let me practice on her when I purchased my very first ‘professional’ camera back in 2007! Of course, I had so much fun adventuring down to Greenville, SC with my husband so that I could be there in person for Chelsea on her big day. All of it just made my heart so unbelievably happy.

Their wedding day was pretty much perfect from start to finish, and it was so much fun getting to be in a whole new state as a photographer! New buildings for backdrops, an amazing new venue to photograph at (run by some of the most amazing people I’ve ever worked with BTW), beautiful scenery of rolling hills and mountains,…the possibilities really were endless. And there are images in this gallery that I could never have created if not for the beauty of Greenville, SC and the kindness of the people living there. So, thank you everyone!

Chad and Chelsea, I am so happy for you and this new season of life. I can not wait to see what God has in store for you and I am so thankful that you trusted me with these memories.


Glamorous shoes with jeweled heels
I am pretty sure I took a million pictures of these shoes. I loved them so much!!
Getting real “Disney Princess” vibes…<3
Loved the hair piece! Just enough bling to show off her beautiful hair!
Chad’s letter from Chelsea.
I love how you can SEE the excitement in her eyes!
Two of the many stages of wedding day emotions….
Here we go….!
Looking like movie stars right out of the gate! I could not believe how effortless these two made posing seem. Beautiful.
So happy we were able to utilize this space!
Practicing their ‘we’re officially married’ walk!
Trying to get a smile out of Chad 😉
Beautiful white rose bouquet with just the right amount of pop!
Greenville South Carolina
Getting ‘The Dip” perfected. Practice makes perfect!
Daddy Daughter First Look…<3
Adore this venue!! Praying I’ll get to photograph here again one day…anyone down in South Carolina planning a wedding here and need a photographer?? I’m totally down to travel for a venue like this one.
I actually got pretty emotional when they started playing the opening music to Disney’s, “Beauty and the Beast” while Chelsea walked down the aisle. It was so neat to see such a fairy tale moment!
Practice paid off!
Sisters <3
I love this family so much!
Shoutout to my amazing husband, for being willing to be more than just my assistant on this wedding day and grabbing amazing ‘bonus’ images like this one.
Darling, you are amazing.
This shot still makes me so happy!! Chelsea just looks SO beautiful and serene.
Glasses were hand detailed by Chelsea’s Mom and sister, Olivia! They did such a good job!!
This menu was amazing….the actual food was even better. (Seriously, soooo good….)
Chelsea’s Mom fueled my husband’s and my trip back home by packing up some of these leftover bars (and some cake!) for us when we went back to Michigan. She would always do this when I was growing up and is my role model when it comes to being ‘the cool mom’. You rock, Mrs. Nillissen.
Chelsea’s little sister gifted her some very special “Barbies” to Chelsea in honor of her big day. 😉
Epic party vibes.
Chelsea is actually wearing the hat her mom wore on her own wedding day.
Edinburgh West, wedding photography,
Edinburgh West, wedding photography,
Utilizing their ‘Dip’ skills!!
Edinburgh West
Greenville, South Carolina Wedding
Mountains! yay!!!
Edinburgh West, wedding photography,
EPIC end to an AMAZING wedding.

Ceremony Music |South Carolina music planner

Makeup Artist | Leigh Riddle

Hair | Staci Willis

Dress |The Poinsett bride

Ceremony and Reception Venue | Edinburgh West

First Look Portrait Location | Peace Center Wyche Pavilion

  1. Olivia says:

    Thank you, Alicia, for these gorgeous pictures capturing all the love of Chelsea and Chad’s special day! 💕

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