Keely & Eric’s Southern Charm Events Wedding | Rock Hill & Fort Mill Wedding Photographer

A bride and groom poses after their wedding ceremony for portraits at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC.

This past spring has come and gone, but this photographer’s memories of Keely & Eric’s Rock Hill, SC wedding haven’t! The lovely and spacious Southern Charm Events venue, with its bright and airy space (and lots of natural light) was the location of this beautiful wedding ceremony. I must say Southern Charm Events has to be one of the best wedding venues in Rock Hill, SC!

Southern Charm Events wedding venue in Rock Hill, South Carolina

Here come the beautiful images from Keely & Eric’s special day. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

The day started with Keely getting her tresses beautifully styled by the talented Jessica of Giglio Hair Designs (with whom I’ve had the pleasure of working before). Makeup was expertly applied by Kelsey Mula Spry, leaving Keely looking even more stunning on her special day.

Makeup artist Kelsey Mula applies makeup to a bride before a wedding at Southern Charm Events in Rock Hill, SC. Makeup artist Kelsey Mula applies makeup to a bride before a wedding at Southern Charm Events in Rock Hill, SC. Makeup artist Kelsey Mula applies makeup to a bride before a wedding at Southern Charm Events in Rock Hill, SC. Makeup artist Kelsey Mula applies makeup to a bride before a wedding at Southern Charm Events in Rock Hill, SC. Closeup of a beautiful hairstyle by Giglio Hair Designs for a wedding at Southern Charm Events in Rock Hill, SC. Makeup artist Kelsey Mula applies makeup to a bride before a wedding at Southern Charm Events in Rock Hill, SC. Closeup of a beautiful hairstyle by Giglio Hair Designs for a wedding at Southern Charm Events in Rock Hill, SC.

After hair and makeup were finished, it was time to our gorgeous bride to put on her beautiful dress from David’s Bridal!

A bride gets ready for her wedding and puts on her wedding dress from David's Bridal at Southern Charm Events in Rock Hill, SC. A bride gets ready for her wedding and puts on her wedding dress from David's Bridal at Southern Charm Events in Rock Hill, SC. A bride gets ready for her wedding and puts on her wedding dress from David's Bridal at Southern Charm Events in Rock Hill, SC. A bride gets ready for her wedding and puts on her wedding dress from David's Bridal at Southern Charm Events in Rock Hill, SC. Closeup of a beautiful bridal hairstyle by Jessica Cooper of Giglio Hair Designs before a wedding at Southern Charm Events in Rock Hill, SC. A bride gets ready for her wedding and puts on her wedding dress from David's Bridal at Southern Charm Events in Rock Hill, SC. A bride gets ready for her wedding and puts on her wedding dress from David's Bridal at Southern Charm Events in Rock Hill, SC. A bride smiles while putting on her wedding dress from David's bridal at Southern Charm Events in Rock Hill, SC.

(I especially love this mirror reflection shot of Keely smiling!)

A bride's smiling face is reflected in a mirror while putting on her wedding dress from David's Bridal at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC.

Meanwhile, my second shooter, fellow photographer and friend Charity, captured a few cool candid photographs of the groom, Eric, in his handsome suit from Men’s Wearhouse outside while Keely finished getting ready.

A groom outside of Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC before his wedding. A groom outside of Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC before his wedding. A groom outside of Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC before his wedding. A groom outside of Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC before his wedding.

We also took time to take capture images of the beautiful details inside Southern Charm Events. I really loved the soft color scheme Keely and Eric selected!

Detail shot captured before a wedding at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. Detail shot captured before a wedding at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. Detail shot captured before a wedding at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. Detail shot captured before a wedding at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. Detail shot captured before a wedding at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. Detail shot captured before a wedding at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. Detail shot captured before a wedding at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. Detail shot captured before a wedding at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. Detail shot captured before a wedding at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. Detail shot captured before a wedding at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. Detail shot captured before a wedding at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. Detail shot captured before a wedding at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. Detail shot captured before a wedding at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. Detail shot captured before a wedding at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. Detail shot captured before a wedding at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC.

And the cake from Edible Art of Charlotte, NC was quite the work of, well, art!

A wedding cake from Edible Art in Charlotte, NC sits on a table at Southern Charm Events in Rock Hill, SC before a wedding.

A wedding cake from Edible Art in Charlotte, NC sits on a table at Southern Charm Events in Rock Hill, SC before a wedding.

A wedding cake from Edible Art in Charlotte, NC sits on a table at Southern Charm Events in Rock Hill, SC before a wedding.

Not long after, guests began to arrive!

Guests sign a guest book before a wedding at Southern Charm Events in Rock Hill, SC. Wedding guests await the start of a wedding ceremony at Southern Charm Events in Rock Hill, SC. The mother of the groom beams with excitement before her son's wedding ceremony at Southern Charm Events in Rock Hill, SC. Wedding guests excitedly sign a wedding guestbook before a wedding ceremony at Southern Charm Events in Rock Hill, SC. Wedding guests await a wedding ceremony to start A bridal bouquet featuring succulents is displayed before a wedding ceremony at Southern Charm Events in Rock Hill, SC. Wedding guests await a wedding ceremony to start A bridal bouquet featuring succulents is displayed before a wedding ceremony at Southern Charm Events in Rock Hill, SC.

And here are a few more detail shots before the wedding ceremony.

A wedding guestbook sits on a table at Southern Charm Events in Rock Hill, SC. A seating arrangement display for a couple getting married at Southern Charm Events in Rock Hill, SC A beautiful display of fresh flowers for a wedding at Southern Charm Events in Rock Hill, SC A detail shot of decorations before the start of a wedding ceremony at Southern Charm Events in Rock Hill, SC. A shot of a ceremony site before a wedding ceremony at Southern Charm Events in Rock Hill, SC.

After getting a few accessories on for the finishing touches, Keely was ready to make her entrance!

A bride gets finishing touches before making her grand entrance before her wedding ceremony Wedding guests await a wedding ceremony to start A bridal bouquet featuring succulents is displayed before a wedding ceremony at Southern Charm Events in Rock Hill, SC. A bride gets escorted by her father before her wedding ceremony Wedding guests await a wedding ceremony to start A bridal bouquet featuring succulents is displayed before a wedding ceremony at Southern Charm Events in Rock Hill, SC.

And Eric made his entrance, too!

A groom makes his entrance before his wedding ceremony Wedding guests await a wedding ceremony to start A bridal bouquet featuring succulents is displayed before a wedding ceremony at Southern Charm Events in Rock Hill, SC.

A groom patiently waits for his bride before their wedding ceremony Wedding guests await a wedding ceremony to start A bridal bouquet featuring succulents is displayed before a wedding ceremony at Southern Charm Events in Rock Hill, SC.

Here we go! Keely’s father walked Keely down the path in the back part of Southern Charm Events to meet her soon-to-be husband, Eric.

  A bride is walked down the aisle during her wedding ceremony at Southern Charm Events wedding venue in Rock Hill, SC. Photographer Claudia Wolff of The Wallflower Photographer documents a bride as the bride is walked down the aisle by her father during her wedding ceremony at Southern Charm Events wedding venue in Rock Hill, SC. A bride is walked down the aisle during her wedding ceremony at Southern Charm Events wedding venue in Rock Hill, SC.

The adorable flower girl led the way for Keely and Keely’s father.

A flower girl walks down the aisle during a wedding ceremony at Southern Charm Events wedding venue in Rock Hill, SC.

Eric and the guests anxiously awaited the arrival of his bride…

A groom anxiously awaits the arrival of his bride at the alter during his wedding ceremony A bride is walked down the aisle during her wedding ceremony at Southern Charm Events wedding venue in Rock Hill, SC.

Guests await the arrival of the bride and her father during a wedding ceremony A bride a groom recite their wedding vows during their wedding ceremony A groom is excited to see his bride as they both see each other for the first time on their wedding day during their wedding ceremony at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. Guests await the arrival of the bride and her father during a wedding ceremony A bride a groom recite their wedding vows during their wedding ceremony A groom is excited to see his bride as they both see each other for the first time on their wedding day during their wedding ceremony at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. The father of the bride walks his daughter down the aisle at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC.

… and, of course, Keely and Eric were very happy to see each other before taking their vows! (I always love capturing on-the-aisle reaction shots!)

A groom is excited to see his bride as they both see each other for the first time on their wedding day during their wedding ceremony at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A bride is excited to see her groom as she is walked down the aisle by her father during her wedding ceremony at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A groom is excited to see his bride as they both see each other for the first time on their wedding day during their wedding ceremony at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A bride is walked down the aisle by her father during a wedding ceremony

Keely and Eric lovingly gazed at each other while saying their vows.

A bride and groom recite their wedding vows during their wedding ceremony A groom is excited to see his bride as they both see each other for the first time on their wedding day during their wedding ceremony at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A bride and groom recite their wedding vows during their wedding ceremony A groom is excited to see his bride as they both see each other for the first time on their wedding day during their wedding ceremony at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A bride and groom exchange rings during their wedding ceremony A groom is excited to see his bride as they both see each other for the first time on their wedding day during their wedding ceremony at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A bride and groom exchange rings during their wedding ceremony A groom is excited to see his bride as they both see each other for the first time on their wedding day during their wedding ceremony at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A bride and groom recite their wedding vows during their wedding ceremony A groom is excited to see his bride as they both see each other for the first time on their wedding day during their wedding ceremony at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC as photographer Claudia Wolff of The Wallflower Photographer.

And here’s the kiss!

A bride and groom kiss during their wedding ceremony A bride a groom recite their wedding vows during their wedding ceremony A groom is excited to see his bride as they both see each other for the first time on their wedding day during their wedding ceremony at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC.

Congratulations, Keely and Eric on becoming husband and wife!

A bride and groom smile after just being pronounced husband and wife after their wedding ceremony at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A bride and groom smile after just being pronounced husband and wife after their wedding ceremony at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A bride and groom smile after just being pronounced husband and wife after their wedding ceremony at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A bride and groom kiss after just being pronounced husband and wife after their wedding ceremony at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC.

Now it was time for the family portraits! Here are some highlights.

A bride and groom pose with family during portraits at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A bride and groom pose with family during portraits at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A bride and groom pose with family during portraits at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A bride and groom pose with family during portraits at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC.

A bride is kissed on the cheeks by her mother and sister after her wedding ceremony at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A bride poses with her family after her wedding ceremony at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A groom poses with his mother after his wedding ceremony at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A bride and groom pose with family during portraits at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC.

And I just had to capture some cute formal and candid images before Keely and Eric stole away for some couples’ portraits. First up: Beautiful solo images of our beautiful bride Keely.

A bride has solo portraits taken while holding her bridal bouquet after her wedding ceremony at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A bride has solo portraits taken while holding her bridal bouquet after her wedding ceremony at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A bride has solo portraits taken while holding her bridal bouquet after her wedding ceremony at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A bride has solo portraits taken while holding her bridal bouquet after her wedding ceremony at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A bride has solo portraits taken while holding her bridal bouquet after her wedding ceremony at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC.

And a few cute candid images!

A cute and candid image of a bride and her grandmother after a wedding ceremony at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A cute and candid image of a bride after her wedding ceremony at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A cute and candid image of a bride after her wedding ceremony at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC.

So, guys, I have to say that the adorable chemistry between Keely and Eric was so palpable! I loved taking both silly and serious shots of them. My camera loved Keely and Eric!

A bride and groom poses after their wedding ceremony for portraits at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A bride and groom poses after their wedding ceremony for portraits at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A bride and groom poses after their wedding ceremony for portraits at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A bride and groom poses after their wedding ceremony for portraits at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A bride and groom poses after their wedding ceremony for portraits at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A bride and groom poses after their wedding ceremony for portraits at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A bride gets silly after her wedding ceremony at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A bride and groom poses after their wedding ceremony for portraits at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A bride and groom poses after their wedding ceremony for portraits at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A bride and groom poses after their wedding ceremony for portraits at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC.

In addition, the sun was setting at just the right time, and here are the results featuring our new husband and wife.

A new husband and wife pose for photos during the sunset at the beautiful Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A new husband and wife pose for photos during the sunset at the beautiful Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A new husband and wife pose for photos during the sunset at the beautiful Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A new husband and wife pose for photos during the sunset at the beautiful Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A new husband and wife pose for photos during the sunset at the beautiful Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A new husband and wife pose for photos during the sunset at the beautiful Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A new husband and wife pose for photos during the sunset at the beautiful Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC.

Now it was time for Keely and Eric’s first dance as husband and wife!

A bride and groom dance their first dance as husband and wife after their wedding ceremony at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC.  A bride and groom dance their first dance as husband and wife after their wedding ceremony at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A bride and groom dance their first dance as husband and wife after their wedding ceremony at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A bride and groom dance their first dance as husband and wife after their wedding ceremony at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A bride and groom dance their first dance as husband and wife after their wedding ceremony at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A bride and groom dance their first dance as husband and wife after their wedding ceremony at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A bride and groom dance their first dance as husband and wife after their wedding ceremony at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A bride and groom dance their first dance as husband and wife after their wedding ceremony at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A bride and groom dance their first dance as husband and wife after their wedding ceremony at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A bride and groom dance their first dance as husband and wife after their wedding ceremony at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC.

Southern Charm Events is the perfect venue for dinner, dancing…

A boy and girl dance at a wedding reception at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A boy and girl dance at a wedding reception at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A couple dances at a wedding reception at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. Wedding guests dance at a wedding reception at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC.  Wedding guests dance at a wedding reception at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. Wedding guests dance at a wedding reception at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. Wedding guests dance at a wedding reception at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A bride and groom dance at their wedding reception at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A bride and groom dance at their wedding reception at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A bride and groom kiss during their wedding reception at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. Wedding guests dance at a wedding reception at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. Wedding guests dance at a wedding reception at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. Wedding guests dance at a wedding reception at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. Wedding guests dance at a wedding reception at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. Wedding guests dance at a wedding reception at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A DJ with Split Second Sound from Charlotte, NC dances during a wedding reception at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. Wedding guests dance at a wedding reception at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. Wedding guests dance at a wedding reception at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A bride dances with wedding guests at her wedding reception at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A bride dances with wedding guests at her wedding reception at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A bride dances with wedding guests at her wedding reception at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. Wedding guests dance at a wedding reception at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC.

…and cake cutting during a wedding reception!

A bride and groom cut their beautiful wedding cake from Edible Art in Charlotte, NC during their wedding reception at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A bride and groom cut their beautiful wedding cake from Edible Art in Charlotte, NC during their wedding reception at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A bride and groom cut their beautiful wedding cake from Edible Art in Charlotte, NC during their wedding reception at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A close-up shot of a bride and groom cutting their beautiful wedding cake from Edible Art in Charlotte, NC during their wedding reception at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A bride and groom feed each other delicious wedding cake from Edible Art in Charlotte, NC during their wedding reception at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A bride and groom kiss after cutting their cake from Edible Art in Charlotte, NC during their wedding reception at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A bride and groom have a celebratory drink after cutting their cake from Edible Art in Charlotte, NC during their wedding reception at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A beautiful wedding cake from Edible Art in Charlotte, NC sits on a table after the bride and groom finished cutting the cake at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC.

A few detail shots of the beautiful décor…

Beautiful drapery and lights on display at a wedding reception at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. Detail shot of beautiful drapery and lighting at a wedding reception at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. Detail shot of beautiful drapery and lighting at a wedding reception at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. Detail shot of a beautiful chandelier during a wedding reception at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC.

and wonderful dessert spread at Southern Charm Events…

A delicious dessert spread on display during a wedding reception at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A delicious dessert spread on display during a wedding reception at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A delicious dessert spread on display during a wedding reception at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A delicious dessert spread on display during a wedding reception at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A delicious dessert spread on display during a wedding reception at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A delicious dessert spread on display during a wedding reception at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A delicious dessert spread on display during a wedding reception at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC.

While the guests danced the night away durning the wedding reception, I managed to steal Keely and Eric away from them to capture some super-dramatic images outside of Southern Charm Events with my trusty lighting. Behold!

A bride and groom pose for a beautiful nighttime portrait outside of Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A bride and groom pose for a beautiful nighttime portrait outside of Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC.

Some more cute candids during the wedding reception as the night went on in Rock Hill, SC at Southern Charm Events…

The bride's father kisses the bride's cheek during a wedding reception at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A bride and a wedding guest laugh while conversing during a wedding reception at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A bride and her new mother-in-law embrace during a wedding reception at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A bride and wedding guests smile for the camera for a candid photograph during a wedding reception at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC.

Split Second Sound really knows how to keep the wedding-reception crowds entertained and moving!

A DJ from Split Second Sound based in Charlotte, NC entertains the crowd at a wedding reception at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A DJ from Split Second Sound based in Charlotte, NC entertains the crowd at a wedding reception at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A DJ from Split Second Sound based in Charlotte, NC entertains the crowd at a wedding reception at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. A DJ from Split Second Sound based in Charlotte, NC entertains the crowd at a wedding reception at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC.

There was some more dancing before the final send-off…

Wedding guests dance alongside a DJ from Split Second sound based in Charlotte, NC at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. The bride dances alongside wedding guests and a DJ from Split Second sound based in Charlotte, NC at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. The bride dances alongside wedding guests and a DJ from Split Second sound based in Charlotte, NC at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC. The bride dances alongside wedding guests and a DJ from Split Second sound based in Charlotte, NC at Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC.

…that featured BUBBLES!

A newly married couple exits Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC during a bubble send off.

A big congratulations to Keely and Eric!

A newly married couple exits Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC during a bubble send off.

Looking to book your wedding at a beautiful wedding venue in the Charlotte, NC area? Then, look no further than the Southern Charm Events venue in Rock Hill, SC!

Amazing Vendor Team Shoutouts!

Photography: The Wallflower Photographer (with the wonderful assistance of her second photographer Charity)
Venue: Southern Charm Events
Hair: Giglio Hair Designs
Makeup: Kelsey Mula Spry
Cake: Edible Art
Florals: Cassie (friend of the bride)
Bride’s Dress: David’s Bridal
Caterer: Waiter’s Choice
Entertainment: Split Second Sound

Children’s Party Plus: Character Mania! | Charlotte, NC Photographer

Some of the princess character team from Children's Party Plus poses for a photograph in Charlotte, North Carolina

Speaking of character mania, this Charlotte, North Carolina photographer recently had the honor of teaming up with Children’s Party Plus to photograph some of the Children’s Party Plus character team! This is one reason I love branding photography so much: working with fellow small business owners!

The photography shoot took part on a beautiful warm day in the Ballantyne part of Charlotte. I was one of two local photographers taking part in this photography shoot, and, let me tell you, I felt like a little girl again while capturing these images. We all had a blast!

Children’s Party Plus Shoot Highlights!

Here are some of the highlights from this magical and fun photography shoot featuring some of the Children’s Party Plus character team.

The Mermaid Princess (my childhood favorite!)

The Mermaid Princess from Children's Party Plus poses for a photograph in Charlotte, NC The Mermaid Princess from Children's Party Plus poses for a photograph in Charlotte, NC The Mermaid Princess from Children's Party Plus poses for a photograph in Charlotte, NC

The Tower Princess

The Tower Princess from Children's Party Plus poses for a photograph in Charlotte, NC The Tower Princess from Children's Party Plus poses for a photograph in Charlotte, NC The Tower Princess from Children's Party Plus poses for a photograph in Charlotte, NC

The Glass Slipper Princess

The Glass Slipper Princess from Children's Party Plus poses for a photograph in Charlotte, NC The Glass Slipper Princess from Children's Party Plus poses for a photograph in Charlotte, NC The Glass Slipper Princess from Children's Party Plus poses for a photograph in Charlotte, NC

The Island Princess

Island Princess from Children's Party Plus poses at a park in Charlotte, NC Island Princess from Children's Party Plus poses at a park in Charlotte, NC Island Princess from Children's Party Plus poses at a park in Charlotte, NC

The Beauty Princess (another childhood favorite!)

Beauty Princess from Children's Party Plus at a park in Charlotte, NC Beauty Princess from Children's Party Plus at a park in Charlotte, NC Beauty Princess from Children's Party Plus at a park in Charlotte, NC

The Crowned Princess

The Crowned Princess from Children's Party Plus poses for a photograph at a park in Charlotte, NC The Crowned Princess from Children's Party Plus poses for a photograph at a park in Charlotte, NC The Crowned Princess from Children's Party Plus poses for a photograph at a park in Charlotte, NC

The Lilypad Princess

Lilypad Princess from Children's Party Plus poses at a park in Charlotte, NC Lilypad Princess from Children's Party Plus poses at a park in Charlotte, NC Lilypad Princess from Children's Party Plus poses at a park in Charlotte, NC

The Proper Nanny (new for 2018!)

The Proper Nanny from Children's Party Plus poses for a photograph in Charlotte, NC The Proper Nanny from Children's Party Plus poses for a photograph in Charlotte, NC The Proper Nanny from Children's Party Plus poses for a photograph in Charlotte, NC

Here are a few more fun images from the shoot!

Some of the princess character team from Children's Party Plus poses for a photograph in Charlotte, North Carolina

The character team from Children's Party Plus poses for a photograph in Charlotte, North Carolina

Lilypad Princess and Island Princess from Children's Party Plus pose at a park in Charlotte, NC

The Mermaid Princess and The Island Princess from Children's Party Plus hug each other while posing for a photograph in Charlotte, North Carolina

Besides being a Charlotte, North Carolina photographer, I’m also a parent of two kids! I’m so honored to have worked with the Children’s Party Plus team because their team of characters is warm, friendly, and, of course, loves kids! We even had a mom and her excited kids stop by and ask for a photograph during the shoot (so precious!). These are definitely guests you would want to have at your child’s birthday party!

Be sure to contact Children’s Party Plus if you’re in the Charlotte, North Carolina area and want a fun character at your next family-friendly event or children’s birthday party. Trust me. You definitely will not be disappointed!

In the comments below, answer this question for me: Who happens to be one of your favorite characters ever from childhood (and were they present at this shoot)?

Love,

Claudia

Alternative Bride Styled Shoot | Charlotte & Asheville Wedding Photographer

Model Jessica Nicholson lies down on snow while photographed by Charlotte & Asheville wedding photographer Claudia Wolff.

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” ~ Neale Donald Walsch

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This past Monday, this Charlotte, NC wedding photographer attended her first-ever workshop. The workshop was hosted by the incredible Mark Maya and the kick-ass photography duo that is Fox & Owl Studio. Can I just say I left a different person and photographer? Fo’ shizzle!

Here are three of my takeaways from the workshop:

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1. First of all, let me shout to the world that Jessica Nicholson (@themountainmuse) is one hell of a model! We all took part in an alternative bride styled shoot near Asheville, NC that was to die for. At first, the styled shoot was intimidating because it involved me and many other talented photographers all descending upon Jessica at the same time. I felt a little overwhelmed, but that feeling didn’t last long. What helped is the fact that Jessica’s a fucking goddess who didn’t give a shit that it was 40 degrees and she was lying on some snow. Ah-maze-balls. See below for proof.

Model Jessica Nicholson lies down on snow while photographed by Charlotte & Asheville wedding photographer Claudia Wolff.

Model Jessica Nicholson poses near Asheville, NC during an alternative bride photo shoot as captured by offbeat Charlotte, NC wedding photographer Claudia Wolff. Model Jessica Nicholson poses near Asheville, NC during an alternative bride photo shoot as captured by offbeat Charlotte, NC wedding photographer Claudia Wolff. Model Jessica Nicholson poses near Asheville, NC during an alternative bride photo shoot as captured by offbeat Charlotte, NC wedding photographer Claudia Wolff.

Jessica really is a goddess. I mean, seriously, look at her. A muse in the mountains of North Carolina.

Model Jessica Nicholson poses for Charlotte wedding photographer Claudia Wolff during a photography workshop near Asheville, NC.

I am totally onboard with the concept of the alternative bride. Send me all the alternative brides so I can photograph their weddings (especially if they’re in Asheville)!

Model Jessica Nicholson poses during an alternative and offbeat bridal session at a workshop near Asheville, NC attended by Charlotte wedding photographer Claudia Wolff.Model Jessica Nicholson poses during an alternative bride photo session outside of Asheville, NC as captured by offbeat Charlotte wedding photographer Claudia Wolff.Model Jessica Nicholson poses in the mountains near Asheville, NC during an alternative bride photo shoot as captured by offbeat Charlotte, NC wedding photographer Claudia Wolff.

Model Jessica Nicholson poses near Asheville, NC during an alternative bride photo shoot as captured by offbeat Charlotte, NC wedding photographer Claudia Wolff.

Model Jessica Nicholson poses near Asheville, NC during an alternative bride photo shoot as captured by offbeat Charlotte, NC wedding photographer Claudia Wolff.Model Jessica Nicholson points a bouquet of flowers at offbeat Charlotte, NC wedding photographer Claudia Wolff in the mountains near Asheville, NC during an alternative bride photo shoot.

Model Jessica Nicholson poses near Asheville, NC during an alternative bride photo shoot as captured by offbeat Charlotte, NC wedding photographer Claudia Wolff.

Model Jessica Nicholson poses near Asheville, NC during an alternative bride photo shoot as captured by offbeat Charlotte, NC wedding photographer Claudia Wolff.

Model Jessica Nicholson poses near Asheville, NC during an alternative bride photo shoot as captured by offbeat Charlotte, NC wedding photographer Claudia Wolff.

One of my absolute favorite backdrops is a simple wood wall. The wood siding of the house was absolute perfection. I love the moodiness of these images here in particular.

Model Jessica Nicholson poses near Asheville, NC during an alternative bride photo shoot as captured by offbeat Charlotte, NC wedding photographer Claudia Wolff. Model Jessica Nicholson poses near Asheville, NC during an alternative bride photo shoot as captured by offbeat Charlotte, NC wedding photographer Claudia Wolff.

Model Jessica Nicholson poses near Asheville, NC during an alternative bride photo shoot as captured by offbeat Charlotte, NC wedding photographer Claudia Wolff.

Model Jessica Nicholson poses in the mountains near Asheville, NC for offbeat Charlotte, NC wedding photographer Claudia Wolff during an alternative bride photo shoot.Model Jessica Nicholson poses for offbeat Charlotte, NC wedding photographer Claudia Wolff in the mountains near Asheville, NC during an alternative bride styled photo shoot.

Model Jessica Nicholson poses near Asheville, NC during an alternative bride photo shoot as captured by offbeat Charlotte, NC wedding photographer Claudia Wolff.Gorgeous detail shot of model Jessica Nicholson during an alternative bride styled shoot in the mountains near Asheville, NC attended by offbeat Charlotte wedding photographer Claudia Wolff.

And then after all that modeling in the cold mountains, Jessica got a hot-tub reward! Kick-ass!

Model Jessica Nicholson relaxes in a hot tub in the NC mountains near Asheville during an alternative bride styled photo shoot as photographed by offbeat Charlotte wedding photographer Claudia Wolff.A bouquet of flowers held by model Jessica Nicholson in a hot tub during an alternative bride styled photography shoot in the mountains near Asheville, NC as photographed by offbeat Charlotte wedding photographer Claudia Wolff.Model Jessica Nicholson poses as an alternative bride during a photography shoot in the Asheville, NC mountains as captured by offbeat Charlotte wedding photographer Claudia Wolff.

A detail shot of a bouquet of flowers held by model Jessica Nicholson in the NC mountains near Asheville during an alternative bride photography shoot as captured by offbeat Charlotte wedding photographer Claudia Wolff.

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2. The workshop with really helped me get over my perfectionist attitude toward photography. I had a connection to each and every image I captured yesterday and also FELT the connection in each image. Connection is a powerful thing that can make or break an image. Authentic images, especially when it comes to wedding photography, are something I treasure. That’s what I want for each and every client of mine.

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3. I learned to be selfish. At first, that thought seemed so scary. BE SELFISH? What the fuck does that mean? I soon learned what it means to be selfish when it comes to photography. It means be intuitive, and follow your heart. I finally learned not to worry so much about the rules of photography. I learned to do whatever the hell I wanted. And you know what? It felt damn good.

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Mark, Shannon, and Andrew are amazing educators, and I couldn’t have felt more honored to be in their presence. I’m so grateful to be getting out of my comfort zone with photography and embracing having my heart guide my work. It’s a great feeling to have! Being in the gorgeous North Carolina mountains and not far from Asheville really helped, too. There’s a sort of magic in the air up there that stirs and nurtures creativity.

Stay tuned to a second blog post tomorrow where I show you the images I got from the passionate couples’ styled shoot part of the workshop and share a few more takeaways!

Love,

Claudia