lucas turns one

Can you believe it? This little guy turned ONE last year. 

A few weeks before his birthday, I met up with his parents at Lapham Peak for some pictures. Lucas had been walking around 10 months old, so he was on the move this whole session. 

He was quite excited at first but then the excitement died down a bit after a half hour. However, then his dad brought out his old tractor and Lucas' eyes lit up. Maybe I should also mention one of his first words [if not first] was tractor. He was so excited there was a tractor his size to sit on. 

A couple weeks later, close friends and family got together to celebrate this wonderful one year old. He was a little unsure about his smash cake at first, but soon dug in and proceeded to get frosting just about everywhere. 

After he was cleaned up, Lucas had help opening his gifts before joining his cousins running around and playing outdoors. It's safe to say this guy had a pretty good birthday! 

grandma turns 89

It was my grandma's birthday earlier this week + today we got together to celebrate. It is hard to believe she is 89 years old! She's always on the go + I'm pretty sure most nights she stays up later than I do. 

I also snapped a few pictures of my cousin's baby since he's walking now. Huh. Feels like I can no longer call him a baby. 

[Unrelated - soon I will be posting more pictures from photo shoots this past summer! I know I'm behind, but stay tuned.]

angela + curt

Last summer a few friends from high school got together to catch up. On that day we asked our friend Angela if her and her fiancé had set a wedding date. She giggled and didn't answer right away, so we knew something was up. Turns out she was planning on getting married the following week! 

She and her fiancé Curt didn't want a huge ceremony, so they decided to get married and celebrate with the couple that had set them up. They then spent the following weekend up north. 

Soon after they were married, Angela asked me to help her with invites for the reception. I gladly obliged and created the following invites for their fall reception in Madison. 

The reception was held at The Bayou, a New Orleans inspired restaurant in Madison. It is one of Curt and Angela's favorite restaurants. I arrived early to help them set up some autumnal decorations which included vases filled with pumpkins and pinecones, leaves and awesome slabs of wood that Curt and his son Owen cut and finished. There were also little matchbook paper crafts that Angela had made, each which held a mint inside. 

The afternoon was filled with friends and family talking and drinking. Many of the kids hung out upstairs running and jumping around. 

Dinner was amazing. Eric and I got to choose different meals so we could try each other's. He got the chicken pasta in creole sauce while I got the crab stuffed salmon. 

After dinner the couple showed a slideshow which included pictures of both Angela and Curt over the years - both their individual lives growing up until the time they had spent together over the past couple of years. Unfortunately the slideshow kept going silent every now and then and since my husband Eric was sitting next to it, he was in charge to fix it. Every time the music would stop, you'd hear Angela and others yelling across the room "ERIC!" to remind him to get the music started again. 

After the slideshow, Angela's three brothers gave speeches. Each speech was very heartfelt, especially her youngest brother Jordan, who probably made everyone cry. 

I'm glad we were able to celebrate with this wonderful couple. Angela and Curt are perfect together. They are going to have so many fun adventures together! 

marianna turns 1

Last October little Marianna turned one. I was asked to take pictures of the celebration her parents threw for her. 

Because her birthday was so close to Halloween, the room was decorated with spooky spider rings, pumpkins, and an amazing cut-out haunted house Marianna's mom made herself! There were also games, like bean bag toss and mini golf for the kids [AND adults] to enjoy. 

It should also be mentioned that it was Marianna's father's birthday too! He turned 30, so he got to wear an Over the Hill party hat and a "30 Rocks!" button. He also received a replica World Cup trophy. 

The party was filled with plenty of food and tons of laughter - a great way to celebrate Marianna turning ONE!

henry's first birthday

I am so happy that Henry's mom found me online last year and asked me to take pictures at her son's first birthday party. Everything about this party was a joy to capture. There were great decorations / personal touches including pictures of Henry throughout his first year, artwork he had made and all of his favorite food for everyone to eat. And since I'm a sucker for the little details, the fact that they had Oh Henry! mini candy bars was the best! 

There were also many fun activities like guessing the amount of clothespins in a jar [since Henry LOVES clothespins] and filling out a survey to guess things about Henry's life in the years to come. 

I am quite certain that Henry had a blast at his party. I never saw that little guy upset. 

Also, Henry's family was very inviting and it felt like I was surrounded by people I had known for a long time. But maybe that was because there was polka music playing which makes me feel right at home.

When it came time for Henry to eat his first cupcake, he was a little timid at first. Soon after, he realized how delicious cake and frosting were and started to devour it. He also had some help from others showing him to pat his head, which of course is why he got cake in his hair! 

Even despite a few rain showers here and there, it was a perfect day to celebrate a first birthday!

three turn 60

The weekend after Sam and Drew's reception, we all gathered back into the pole shed for another party! My Aunt Carol, Uncle John and Uncle Bob all turned 60 within a month, so they had a joint birthday party. 

It was quite easy to decorate since most of the work had been done for the weekend before. The flowers in the black tin cans stayed on the tables, we just added some black streamers and balloons. The chandelier stayed hanging from the center of the room, we just added some dangling black crows. 

The biggest difference was instead of pictures of Sam and Drew hanging around the shed, Katie and I made signs to hang up that looked like street signs with names like Wrinkle Road, Baldy Avenue and Saggy Street.

The weather was completely different from the last party. The weekend before it had been very warm and bottled water kept disappearing. On the day of the 60th birthday party, however, it was chilly and instead of running out of water, beer was in high demand! 

There was quite a bit of musical entertainment throughout the night. My husband, known to some as DJ Jazzy Eric, kept some of John, Carol and Bob's favorite music playing while being decked out in John's vintage Don Peachey Band tuxedo shirt. 

Eric got a break from his duties for a while though, when some members of the Lebanon Band brought out their instruments. They played everyone's favorites, which are also the songs you will hear if you ever see the Lebanon Band march in parades. 

The evening ended with some dancing while others played cards. As we cleaned up after everyone had left, Eric snuck out to the car and came back with a wig on. It surprised everyone so much, especially my Grandma who exclaimed she didn't know who that man was.

As far as I know, the lights are still strung in the shed, so umm, let's have another party in there this year!