Monday, November 12, 2012

An Amazing Photographer, Yummy Cakes, and a Super Happy 1st Birthday!

So the title might be a little long, but today we have a lot to share with you! You may have seen some of our pictures up on our Facebook page from our amazing new photographer Stephanie of Caught Fire Photography. She is simply amazing and GREAT with kids! My little lady Cailynn had her first birthday on October 18th and Stephanie captured some beautiful birthday photos including a very un-messy cake smash shoot! Cailynn was no easy subject to shoot for her first birthday, sadly. My hubby had to run some errands and Miss C was not interested in smiling for the camera, without Daddy there to entertain her but Stephanie did everything she could think of to get some great shots of my little girl for her 1st birthday.

Would you believe that I myself created the decorations for Cailynn's birthday?! YEP! I did! I had a little help from who supplied the hippo image, a great friend Jen who helped cut everything out using her Silhouette Cameo {I'm absolutely dying over the capabilities of this machine!} and Pink Hippo Boutique who created Cailynn's birthday invitations because I'm just not graphically inclined. We took the image of the hippo from clip art of {see the comparison photo below for why this hippo HAD to be the theme for Miss C} and traced it out on the computer then then Silhouette cut it out! Using some scrapbook paper from Michael's, we layered scalloped circles and straight edge circles then put the chubby little hippos on top. There are so many different options with this machine, I only wish I had one of my own to explore them all!

As always, we are loyal to Kake Korner in Laurel {where we are based} and they came through for us just like they always do! The adorable Number 1 cake was airbrushed with the adorable little hippo from our theme and tasted beyond amazing. Let's just say there were NO left overs! Diane from Kake Korner is super sweet and the ladies she works with are some of the most talented pastry chefs I have ever had the pleasure of working with. We were provided a small Number 1 cake for the cake smash photo shoot with Caught Fire Photography as well as a large Number 1 cake for the day of the party. The cake was embellished with an adorable cake topper, handmade by Carly of Hand Crafted Critters by Carly. She was more than willing to work with us on a custom design specifically for our occasion and I was completely in love. I think I went a little Hippo overboard LOL!

Little Miss C is wearing an ensemble that was put together by two different companies and these ladies were more than accommodating! I initially contacted Jen from KRose Kreations to make our Hippo onesie for Cailynn's 1st birthday and was going to make a tutu {yep I learned how to make those too!} but when browsing Etsy, I came across Custom Cutees and OMG I fell in love with these ruffle bloomers with matching hair bow. I immediately messaged the shop owner {also a Jennifer} and requested a custom design to match our theme. I did not know that Custom Cutees also offers onesies but being that I had already ordered one from Jen, I linked the two ladies up and they collaborated to make sure the entire outfit matched perfectly. I could not thank either of these ladies enough!

Cailynn's 1st birthday was absolutely magical from a mommy's point of view. I am more than grateful to the many ladies who contributed and want to say a HUGE thanks:

and my good friend Jen Ches for her amazing crafting abilities and taking time out of her busy schedule to help me create these unique decorations for my little princess!

In this gorgeous photo by Caught Fire Photography, Cailynn is wearing her Little Giraffe jeans and a gorgeous hair accessory from Winter Scarlett.

I absolutely LOVE this photo of Cailynn in her lace petti romper and oversized flower headband by Banner Boutique. Seriously, could she be any cuter?!

Check out Caught Fire Photography, KRose Kreations, Kake Korner, Custom Cutees, Little Giraffe, Winter Scarlett, and Banner Boutique on Facebook to learn more about why we love them all soooo much! I wish I could share even more photos with you but there are just too many to choose from!!

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