Hey there, I'm Chelsea!

Through a foundation of friendship and game-driven portraits, I get you to be yourselves in front of the camera.

I document down-to-earth, fun-loving couples (just like you two) who want photos and video of their actual wedding day, not a perfectly-posed version of it.

Beautiful wedding photos and videos that instantly spark all of your favorite memories... and maybe even a few moments you’d missed.

THE RESULT? 

Long story, short?

When things don’t go exactly as 

 planned, 

It can lead to a lifetime of new memories.
The kind made over board games and dinner tables, telling new friends and future children about the time your best man had to sprint back down the aisle to get the rings out of his jacket in coat check.

It led to a cozy Chicago apartment where I run a wedding business (something this book-loving, small-town Wisconsin girl never thought would happen).

Take it from the girl who thought she had her life perfectly mapped out: 

For me?

For you?

it leads to something magical.

But I'll help you

road

bumps and navigate last-minute pivots like a pro so that you can

you'll 

to look back on.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m still the queen of Plan B’s (and Plan C’s)

No big deal—you want to remember every detail of what it was like when you got married, even if it means huddling under a clear bubble umbrella while your dress gets a little dirty.

Rain during portraits? 

That's alright—your parents' wedding bands will make fantastic stand-ins, even if they're two sizes too small and will be on your pinkie finger all night.

Best man forgets the rings at the hotel?

Not a problem—you were already willing to yell at the top of your lungs how much you love your best friend (Michael Scott style).

The sound system cuts out in the middle of your toast? 

At the end of the day, you won’t let a little snaffu tarnish the start of your marriage.

embrace the unexpected

focus on making memories

love

But I'll help you embrace the unexpected road bumps and navigate last-minute pivots like a pro so that you can focus on making memories you'll love to look back on.

If this sounds like your MO you can do a little happy dance

Because, whether you’re on the hunt for candid wedding photos or a story-driven wedding video, you’re finally in the right place.

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I wasn't born with a camera in hand, but I've always had a passion for stories.

Growing up in small-town Wisconsin, you could always find me cross-legged on my bed with my nose buried deep in a book. When I wasn’t re-reading Harry Potter for the umpteenth time, I was dreaming of the day I would see my own novels lining the shelves of Barnes and Noble.

All it took was a college seminar called “Screenwriting Adaptations” (where I adapted Catcher in the Rye over countless slices of Ian’s mac and cheese pizza) to make me realize that a single look could say more than an entire novel ever could. 

That was the moment I traded my pen and paper in for a camera and I haven’t looked back since. 

LET ME BACK THINGS UP

After framing a film degree from UW-Madison and working a series of odd marketing jobs, I packed my bags, moved to Chicago, and stumbled into the wedding world.* 

So whether you’re anxiously fidgeting with your engagement ring in the makeup chair, wiping a happy tear away during your vows, throwing your head back with laughter during toasts, or asking the trolly to pull over so your groomsmen can run into Walgreens for more beer, I’ll be there getting it all on camera.

Enough about me, it’s time to spill your story →

Samantha + Ian

Chelsea perfectly captured the most beautiful moments of the day, and told our story through video in a way that I can only describe as breathtaking.

Now, pulling from my background in writing, I create wedding galleries and highlight films that are rooted in story. Specifically, your story.

*Watching The Wedding Planner with J Lo hasn’t been the same ever since.

A SECRET WEAPON

Who’ll teach you how to properly spray a bottle of champagne and hold your own dress train like an independent woman.

THE TYPE A

YOUR WINGWOMAN

That’ll keep you on track so you can stop checking the clock and focus on enjoying your day and making those memories.

Who’ll balance out the hyped up energy of your loved ones and give you a chance to let the day sink in and feel real.

When I'm not documenting your day, I'll be...

Sorry guys, you'll have to resort to Youtube tutorials for bow ties and pocket squares.

Just ignore me whispering sweet nothings into setting reminders on my Apple watch.

I'm really good at pulling you away for alone time "a few photos" when I get an SOS look.

“She made us feel so
comfortable in front of a camera”

Stephanie and Eric

Chelsea has such a warm, calming, positive and chill energy that made her the perfect person to spend our special day with... Best wedding decision that we made! 

“Chelsea was exceptional!”

We met with her to discuss timelines and she was so professional yet I felt like I was just hanging out with a friend. On the wedding day, she was more like a guest at our wedding—she blended in and buzzed around the party almost unseen.

Kristen and Matt

FROM past couples WHO feel MORE LIKE FRIENDS

room-temp drinks on my desk

3

tabs open on chrome

42

weddings and counting

100

You’re trusting me to capture your memories

so it’s only fair to give you a look at mine.

Okay, maybe I wasn’t born with a passion for stories, but it was pretty close.

April 1992

I took my first photo (and it was exactly the kind of out-of-focus photo you’d expect a four and a half year old to take on a disposable camera).

October 1996

I poured myself a morning mimosa and jumped around as a newly minted UW-Madison alumna.

May 2014

I traded bottles of Spotted Cow for cans
of 312 when I moved to Chicago.

June 2015

I photographed my first wedding—an intimate boardwalk ceremony and backyard celebration for my next door neighbor.

September 2015

I took a leap of faith, quit my corporate job,
and went full time with White Quill.

October 2018

Weddings and counting

100

Tabs open
on chrome

42

half-finished drinks on my desk

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I spent quarantine buying too many plants

buying too many plants

My pronouns are she/her

she/her

My enneagram type is  6w5 

6w5

I kick off my morning with  room temp green tea 

room temp green tea

Connoisseur of crab rangoons 

crab rangoons

Winds down with a Gin & Tonic

Gin & Tonic

Currently binge-watching Schitt's creek (yes, again)

Currently binge-watching
Schitt's Creek (yes, again) 

Schitt's Creek (yes, again)

When I realized no one could pronounce my extremely long, extremely German last name, I decided to brainstorm the perfect business name. After just saying random words out loud for months, I finally landed on White Quill—a name that pays homage to my background as a writer and represents a blank page for me to tell my couples' stories.

It looks extremely intimidating but it’s actually pretty easy. In this case, the “ie” is a long e, like “piece”. So, Bliefernicht becomes Blee (like glee)—fur—nick—t. If you still can’t get it, I’m more than happy to coach you through it during your consultation.

A few weeks after I moved to Chicago, I heard about a group called the Rising Tide Society—a national group of creatives who meet up once a month to talk about running their own creative businesses.

It turns out the Chicago chapter was mostly made up of people in the wedding industry. That night I met wedding planners, florists, and—of course—photographers. They took the new girl with no friends under their wings, invited me to shadow them at weddings and, well, the rest is history.

Honestly, never.

The routine timeline of a wedding (you know—getting ready, ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception with portraits somewhere in the middle) keeps my Type-A, systems-loving side happy, but the new faces, personalities, and special traditions each couple brings always keeps it new and exciting. 

For anyone who doesn’t know a full frame from a crop sensor, just know that I show up with professional grade cameras, lenses, lighting equipment, and plenty of backups. And because I’m an enneagram Type 6 (aka, the anxious and responsible type), those backups have backups.

If you’re into gear and want to talk shop, I’d love to go off on a tangent about bodies and lenses during your consult (and I’ll owe your partner a drink for sitting through it). But to tide you over, I’ll say that I shoot Nikon for photography and Fuji for video.

Become friends with your photographer and videographer—or, at least, make sure to grab coffee/drinks with them before the big day.

Not only are they going to be by your side for 7+ hours, but they’re going to be documenting some intimate, emotional moments. Trust me, your wedding day will be a lot more enjoyable if you like spending time with them and establish that foundation of friendship (or at the very least, get comfortable enough to happy cry in front of them).

I'm an open book

Have some questions?

Why "White Quill Creative"?

When I realized no one could pronounce my extremely long (and extremely German) last name, I decided to brainstorm the perfect business name. After just saying random words out loud for months, I finally landed on White Quill—a name that represented the blank page where I’d tell my couples’ stories and paid homage to my background as a writer.

So how do you say your last name?

It looks extremely intimidating but it’s actually pretty easy. In this case, the “ie” is a long e, like “piece”. So, Bliefernicht becomes Blee (like Glee)—fur—nick—t. If you still can’t get it, I’m more than happy to teach you during your consult. In the meantime, I take no offense to being known as “Chelsea B”. 

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN WEDDINGS?

A few weeks after I moved to Chicago, I heard about a group called the Rising Tide Society—a national group of creatives who meet up once a month to talk about being creative and running their own businesses. It turns out the Chicago chapter was made up of people in the wedding industry. That night I met wedding planners, florists, and—of course—photographers. They took the new girl with no friends under their wings, invited me to shadow them at weddings and, well, the rest is history.

Do you ever get sick of weddings?

Honestly, never. The routine timeline of a wedding (you know—getting ready, ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception with portraits somewhere in the middle) keeps my systems-loving side happy, but the new faces, personalities, and special traditions each couple brings always keeps it new and exciting. 

WHAT GEAR DO YOU USE?

For anyone who doesn’t know a full frame from a crop sensor, just know that I show up with professional grade cameras, lenses, lighting equipment, and plenty of backups. And because I’m an enneagram Type 6, those backups have backups.

If you’re into gear and want to talk shop, I’d love to go off on a tangent about bodies and lenses during your consult (and I’ll owe your partner a drink for sitting through it). But to tide you over, I’ll say that I shoot Nikon for photography and Fuji for video.

WHAT’S YOUR BIGGEST PIECE OF ADVICE?

Become friends with your photographer and videographer—or, at least, make sure to grab coffee/drinks with them before the big day. Not only are they going to be by your side for 7+ hours, but they’re going to be documenting some intimate, emotional moments. Trust me, your wedding day will be a lot more enjoyable if you like spending time with them and establish that foundation of friendship (or at the very least, get comfortable enough to happy cry in front of them).