Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Circus Themed First Birthday | Santa Clara, Ca

Last weekend my family and I attended an amazing circus themed first birthday party.  I think the mom thought of every detail, right down to the ferris wheel cupcake holder.  There was a magician who made all of the kids balloon animals, a ticket counter, carnival games, and enough sweets to last a lifetime.  If you are looking for circus birthday inspiration, this is the party!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Engagement Party | Petaluma, Ca

This year is an awesome year for my husband and I because we each have a sibling getting married.  My sister and my husband's brother.  No they aren't marrying each other, but are engaged to two really fun and special people.  Their weddings are one week apart in October and I can't wait to attend them both.

This year has been filled with engagement parties, bridal showers, and bachelorette parties.  It's taken me awhile to get these photos pulled together because this amazing party actually happened back in May.  I have some bridal showers photos to share eventually too.  Be on the lookout.

My mom throws an incredible party.  No matter what the occasion, she cooks and cooks and cooks and creates food that is incredibly delicious.  On top of her cooking talents, she rivals Martha Stewart when it comes to crafting and hosting.  Needless to say the engagement party for my sister and her fiance was beautiful.  Every single piece of food here was made by her, except maybe the fruit and veggie trays.  Even the salami was homemade.  I helped out with the cupcakes, cake pops and cookies, because if you know me, that's what I live for, and my Grandma and Aunt each brought a dish, but other than that this was her masterpiece.  Enjoy!

The happy couple

Bride & Mom

The happy couple and my parents

The happy couple and his mom and stepdad

Chocolate Chip Cookies & Toffee

Cake Pops

Chocolate & Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

The start of the dessert table

Walnut Tart, Lemon Tarts & Chocolate Tarts

Berry Bowls, Lemon Hearts, Chocolate & Peanut butter truffles in a Chocolate lace basket

Lemon Souffles

Antipasto Skewers

 Veggies & Dip, Antipasto Skewers, Salt & Pepper Shrimp

Tex Mex Wontons, Zucchini Madeleines & Sausage Roll

Homemade Picnic Salami & Fruit, Salmon Cheesecake

Fedrick Beef, Antipasto Skewers, Salt & Pepper Shrimp

Teriyaki Chicken Wings, Pork Riblets

Thursday, August 1, 2013

The Preschool Picture

My son is starting a new Preschool this Fall.  Required amongst the piles and piles of paperwork I must fill out is a photo.  You'd think this would be the easiest piece of the puzzle for us to accomplish, but somehow it was our last.  We ended up with a great picture for his new teacher, but I thought you might like to see the process and bribes it took to get there.  Sometimes it really is one shot out of 100.

Maternity Shoot | Expecting Twins!

It's always such an honor to photograph any of my friends and their families.  I absolutely love capturing them in moments of love.  This shoot was no exception.  One of my long time friends has a little boy who is about to become a big brother to a baby brother and a baby sister!  These babies are due any any day and I can't wait to meet them.  It was special to capture a few moments with him and mommy alone before the new babies arrive on the scene.  I know he will be such a great big brother.  Can we talk about how amazing mom looks with twins in there?