2017 Year in Review

You guys, we made it! 2018 is officially here. It came so quickly and I'm not sure if I was a hundred percent ready for it, but ready of not, we are diving in face first. I feel like as I get older the years seem to fly by so fast and in my attempt to try and slow it down, I'm going to reflect on 2017 in my first post of the new year. I was part of some really amazing memories this past year,  and I feel like it would be wrong not to give some of those wonderful moments their time in the sun. On top of that, it's a new year and I have some big plans  for Chelsea Morgan Photography in 2018. I continue to explore my true intentions of running my business, and find ways to light the passion I found 5 years ago. Slowly, I feel like it has become so much more than just photography and that's why It makes me so excited to see where it continues to go. So cheers to 2018, an adventurous new year, before we get there, here's 2017 and all its glory.

If you recently got engaged, or have another story you would like captured I would love to start a conversation with you! It would be great to have you be part of the CMP family in 2018. Say hello by simply sending me an email at chelsea@chelseamorganphotos. Cannot wait to hear from you!

Brett & Paige

Paige & Brett have known each other for a very long, long time. They met, and started dating in school, and have literally been together ever since.  Their wedding day couldn't have come soon enough, as most of their family and friends have been waiting for this day as well. I drove down to South Carolina and captured a day of pure family. Their day took place is a rustic outdoor pavilion, where the weather couldn't have been more perfect. Brett was a box of nerves when it came to their first look and was like "I have been waiting for this, for 10 years." When he finally saw her, it couldn't get over how beautiful she looked.  It was just such an intimate celebration, and lighting off the lanterns at the end of the night ( which we never could do this in NC, so cool!) was the best way to see them off, now as husband and wife. 

Meg & Drew

Oh gosh. If I could have dreamed up the perfect clients for me, I think Meg and Drew would have been it. Everything they did on there wedding day was BEAUTIFUL. So quirky, and whimsical. So much hard work to create a space of color, and activities for everyone. Meg even made custom napkins for each of her guest! No bridesmaid wore the same, Meg walked down the aisle to Lord of the Rings, and there were gold temporary tattoos guests could apply to themselves at the reception. It was just fun. They were just fun. The light was perfect, and their friends where so thrilled to celebrate them. My heart relives these images and this wedding often. So thankful I got to be a part of this, and the wonderful day that it was. 

Sarahbeth & Swaroop

Swaroop and Sarahbeth's wedding was filled with so much love. It was one of my first multi-culture weddings I had ever had the honor to photograph, and I absolutely loved how Sarahbeth and Swaroop wanted to celebrate both sides of their families throughout their day. This also came with a wonderful wardrobe change halfway through the day and so many photos of the best group of wedding attendees I have ever seen. We were so lucky that even on a pretty cloudy day, the sun decided to peek out right before it went down in the evening allowing Swaroop, Sarahbeth, and I to scoot off to the lake at Morning Glory Farm and get some sun filled shots. Some much kindness and beauty coming from these two :) Wishing them all the happiness in the world.  

After the ceremony Sarahbeth and Swaroop changed outfits! Sarahbeth bought a stunning pink dress from BHLDN.

Gretchen & Isaac

How many times in your photography career are you going to have a couple would come up to you and is like...

  • We want to have our wedding reception in a park
  • We want a small wedding, with closest friends and family
  • We want to serve tacos and margaritas
  • The bride wants to wear a black wedding dress
  • All the furnishings are going to be provided by the Greenhouse Picker Sisters

I almost fainted. It was a dream come true when Gretchen and Issac asked me to be part of their day. It was so intentional and they didn't shy away from anything they dreamed their special day would be. One of the best things was Andrew got his first-second shooting gig! I had taken him through some serious camera training, and he knocked it out of the park! Gretchen and Issac's whole celebration was so awesome, and the evening was simply beautiful. I will let the photos talk for themselves, but know if you ever have an idea to have a wedding in park, sign me up. I'm your girl. 

Gioia & Justin

Gioia and Justin won my 2015 Wedding giveaway, and I could not be more happy about it! When sorting through all the stories and submissions, Gioia and Justin caught my eyes for so many reasons. Gioia is a fellow graphic designer, and the girl has some style. When I heard how she was envisioning her day, I knew this would be a wonderful challenge for me. There love story was awesome, they were so easy to talk to you, and it was great to see the journey from their dreams of their day to the reality of it. I loved their uniqueness and the fact that it was 100% them. People who get married in Raleigh normally do not get married at their venue, and I loved that! The fact that her mom made her dress, and their wedding party might have been the most attractive people I have ever met didn’t hurt either. So happy I got this opportunity, and so thankful it was Gioia and Justin on the other end!