Monday, May 28, 2012

The Official Cake Smash Session

This is just a sneak peak, a first look at our little man's cake smash session with Mr. Drew Photography.

Here is the run-down on the styling I did for the photo session:
  • Cake smash outfit was spotted by a close friend (Michelle from The Pink Pinwheel) when she was perusing Etsy (by StacyBayless) one day, and when I saw it I just had to buy it for Brendan. 
  • The cake is from a local gluten free bakery who sells their cakes at Whole Foods
  • The cake stand is from HomeGoods (only $7.00 - what a steal)!

April & Dan's Wedding

Okay I am ridiculously late with this post...like...a little over one year late! But better late than never so without further adieu here are a few of my favorite shots from April & Dan's castle affair. The bride is a really good friend of mine and being by her side as she planned her big day was a lot of fun. I love the colors she chose and her dress was insanely gorgeous. April & Dan are too of the coolest people I've ever met and I'm sure their fun loving nature comes across even in these pics. Seriously, are they not the most adorable couple you've ever seen? Well, the last picture kind of says it all:)













Brendan's Nautical Party (Continued)



















Brendan's First Birthday Party - The Little Details

Brendan went bed early, so I finally got a minute to add a long awaited post about his first birthday party! As many of you know, it took me a long time to decide on a theme for Brendan's first birthday. In the end, it was a printable party collection I found on Etsy from FlairDesigneryLLC that inspired the whole party aesthetic. If you haven't already checked it out, I highly recommend paying her shop a visit. 





I printed all the designs on matte card stock and cut them with scissors and a few different size hole punches (for the round decorations such as the cupcake flags and thank you stickers). Perhaps my favorite item to create was the birthday banner, which I assembled using double sided table and ribbon - it was so easy and looked as nice as expensive fabric banners I'd found on Etsy. The cupcake flags were also assembled using double sided tape and lollipop sticks (a super easy and cost effective project)! All the other party decorations, including the cakes played off the colors of the kit from FlairDesinery. The cakes and cupcakes were baked by a good friend Michelle from The Pink Pinwheel. Michelle did a great job adapting the cake design from a few of favorites I found on Pinterest. The dessert station still makes my mouth water just thinking about it. The cupcakes were a personal favorite, chocolate oreo and the glass apothecary jars were filled with red candy to match the party scheme, including Swedish Fish and Twizzlers. We decided on a two tier cake to suit everyone's tastes, with vanilla on the bottom tier and chocolate on the top. Izze Pomegranate Soda with Tall Sally Sodapop Straws from Sweet Lulu was strewn throughout the party, making it easy for guests to grab a refreshing drink as they moved outside for the barbecue.
On the day of party rain there was in the forecast, so we were pleasantly surprised when the sun came out and the temperature peaked at 80 degrees (quite unexpected after many rainy days in mid-April)! The birthday boy even got to take his very first dip in the pool!My favorite moment of the entire party was watching Brendan react to his first birthday cake. He was cautious at first, but then started to have fun with it - eventually smashing his cake until there was nothing but crumbs left! To offer a sweet sent off at the end of the celebration, I made favors for adult guests in Mini Cable Kraft Paper Boxes with a mix of white chocolate and traditional pretzels. All the kids who attended the party received special Nautical Favors to complement the party theme (with sailboat bath toys, fish-shaped twisty straws, and blow fish squirt toys in reusable canvas totes). 

Photography - Mr. Drew

Birthday Banner, Invitations, Cupcake Flags, Thank You Stickers and Party Signs  -  FlairDesigneryLLC

Baby Sailor Suit Romper - Petit Ami

Baby Sailor Hat - RTD Trading Company

Wooden Sailor Wheel -
nanaslittlenest

Striped Runner - kohinoor

Chevron Runner -
FantasyVintageBridal

Sailboat Bib -
InitiallyYoursByDian

White Poms -
PartyPoms

Part Favors - Birthday in a Box

Striped Party Plates and Napkins - Sweet Lulu

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Brendan - 13 Months Old!

Brendan just recently turned one and our little guy is growing by leaps and bounds now - it's crazy how quickly he changes (often over night)! It seems like every day now he's spouting off new words and or sprouting a new tooth (P.S. I never understood what the big deal about teething was until now - molars are a different story than the rest lol). Regardless, the constant drool is still cute! Here are a few shot I took the other day - enjoy:)