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Maternity Photography Session // Sarah // Denver, NC

Beautiful Miss Sarah took a long drive to meet up for her stunning styled maternity photo session at my photography studio. Allison and I woke up extra early for this session to piece together a FABULOUS  floral backdrop for this gorgeous Mommy-to-be. Sarah, you looked AMAZING girl and I’m so excited to meet Little Mr. Yates!

Side note: One of Sarah’s photos from this session was featured on Show Me Your MuMu’s Instagram!

LOCATION | Brook Rudolph Photography Studio – Denver, NC

STYLING + HAIR/MAKEUP | Allison Bridges of Always Go Overboard

DRESS | Show Me Your MuMu

FLORAL HEADBAND | Headbands Of Hope

RING | Knot + Bow

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Wedding // Jill + Mark // Earl Scruggs Center // Shelby, NC

ZewalkWedding-242Everything about Jill and Mark’s wedding was absolutely perfect. The weather was amazing, Jill was beyond stunning, and there was no doubt that Mark was made the happiest man on earth on October 5, 2014. I can truthfully say that I’ve never been to a wedding that had so many genuine, heartfelt speeches made. There is no question that Jill and Mark are loved by many and it was beautiful witnessing Jill and Mark’s love for one another unfold throughout their day. The uniqueness of their wedding was off the charts and I wish these two a thousand years of happiness together! Like the quote said on their guest book table, “It’s never too late to live happily ever after.”

The video below is what I sent Jill & Mark as a way for them to view their wedding photos for the first time. If you have the time, I encourage you to watch the video as well. It’s such a better way to view the images than just by simply scrolling through. Enjoy!

Jill + Mark from Brook Rudolph on Vimeo.

VENUE | Earl Scruggs Center of Shelby, NC

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER | Brook Rudolph Photography

SECOND PHOTOGRAPHER | Meryl Norkett

WEDDING COORDINATION | Simply Southern Wed

CEREMONY MUSICIANS | Dean’s Duets

FLORIST + SPECIALTY LINENS | Carey Roberts Design Co.

CAKE | Christy’s Cake Factory

VIDEOGRAPHER | Shelby Camera, Video, & Photo

RECEPTION BAND | Sabra Callas

BRIDE’S SHOES + ACCESSORIES | Etsy

RENTALS | Got You Covered

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One of Jill’s best friends gave an incredible reading that was adapted from the essay “The Art of Marriage” by Wilfred A. Peterson. The reading was so awesome that I wanted to share it here as inspiration…

A good marriage must be created. In the art of marriage, the little things are the big things…

It is never being too old to hold hands. It is remembering to say “I love you” at least once each day.

It is never going to sleep angry. It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives. It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family.

It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways. It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.

It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow. It is finding room for the things of the spirit. It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.

It is not only marrying the right partner… it is being the right partner.

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ZewalkWedding-284ZewalkWedding-297ZewalkWedding-461Of course their wedding at the Earl Scruggs Center wouldn’t be complete without a live jazz band!ZewalkWedding-361ZewalkWedding-398ZewalkWedding-463ZewalkWedding-331Yet another unique detail added to their wedding… Instead of having a garter and bouquet toss, they had a Teddy Bear Toss so that all of the kids at the wedding could go home with a sweet gift.ZewalkWedding-477ZewalkWedding-474ZewalkWedding-481ZewalkWedding-492ZewalkWedding-488ZewalkWedding-495

Congrats Jill + Mark! Your wedding day was absolutely amazing and we truly wish you the best!

xoxo- Brook + Meryl

Shelby NC Wedding Photographer

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Engaged // Carrie & Keith // Denver Days // Denver, NC

Denver DaysThis past summer I ran a contest in which the winner would receive a free 30 minute photo session. I had several entries and the last people to submit were Carrie and Keith, who literally submitted the last day at the very last minute that submissions were allowed. I thought they didn’t have a chance, but out of nowhere they received over 350 votes from their friends and family!

Since Carrie and Keith had recently gotten engaged we thought it’d be appropriate to photograph a mini engagement session together. I asked Carrie about her wedding plans to try to organize ideas and a location for the shoot, when she threw something at me that I wasn’t expecting. She filled me in on the fact that she really wanted her and Keith’s reception to be 50’s themed carrying in the idea of the last scene from the movie Grease where they are at the fair. As I read her ideas I was literally squealing out loud! I knew Denver Days would be the perfect set up!

Congratulations again, Keith and Carrie!!!! You two are too cute together <3

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Engagement Session at the fair | Denver NC Wedding Photographer | Charlotte NC Wedding Photography

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Wedding Day // Karla & Danny // Brakefield at Riverwalk // Rock Hill, SC

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In a few words, how would I describe this wedding day to those who weren’t there… Happy. Genuine. Laid-back. Perfect.

From the moment my assistant, Meryl, and I walked into the venue, we were greeted with open arms and smiling faces. From there, I knew that September 27, 2014 was going to be an awesome day, but really, it was so much more than that.

As I mentioned in Karla & Danny’s engagement and bridal session blog posts, I’ve known Karla for over a decade. When Karla, Danny, and I had our first BRP Wedding Photography consultation together, they had mentioned how it was important to them that I, as their friend, had a good time during their wedding as well. I’m sure many of my friends would think “well, if you’re working, how can you have a good time and enjoy the day with us?” In reality, I got to do so much more than just “relax, hang out, and enjoy the day” with them. I got to soak up so many real moments with them, that I never would have been able to do had I just been a guest at their wedding. Their officiant and the Maid of Honor made several comments at the wedding about people loving Karla and Danny and wanting to “do life with them.” On their wedding day, I was given permission to “do life with them” and immortalize those moments for them. I got to witness the sweetest bridesmaids watch Karla put her dress on with tiny tears in their eyes. At one point, I was standing in the hallway and the DJ and I looked at each other and started cracking up because we could hear all of the guys in the groom’s suite joking and laughing hysterically. I can’t even put into words how that moment made me feel to hear. I also can’t emphasize enough how awesome Karla and Danny’s friends are. They are just such happy, easy going people. The kind of folks you’d want around on such a happy day. After the ceremony and all of the group shots, the videographer and I took Karla and Danny away from the crowd to capture some intimate shots of just the two of them. We’d tell them to stand over here and just love each other and some of the most absolutely genuine and amazing moments that I got to witness came from that time with them. They were just smiling, laughing, soaking each other in, joking with each other, and just being flat out adorable. Later, once the dance floor opened during their reception, I noticed Danny’s parents sitting on the side line watching the dancers from a distance… but not for long. One of Karla’s Bridesmaids and her Matron of Honor took Danny’s parents’ hands and literally pulled them onto the dance floor, taking no mercy. THAT was an awesome moment. Did I mention that I think the newlyweds friends are the sweetest? Happiest. Wedding. Ever.

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VENUE | Brakefield at Riverwalk in Rock Hill, SC

DRESSES + GROOMSMEN ATTIRE | New York Bride & Groom of Charlotte, NC

FLORIST | Albertine Florals of Denver, NC

VIDEOGRAPHER | Crown Alley Films

DJ | Chong – Audio To Go

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