Camilla’s First Birthday

Camilla’s First Birthday

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Happy 14 months to our little SWEETHEART!!! Can’t believe it’s taken me THIS long to get he first birthday post up, but lots of life has been happening around here, and I’m sure where you are as well!

For Camilla’s birthday I really wanted for everything to be sweet and feminine. We also decided that we wanted to do something a little smaller for her first birthday and chose to have family only instead of a big party this year. I remember Corbin’s first birthday as it was a big gathering in the August heat and although it was so nice and wonderful having our family and friends all together, it felt a little bit overcrowded, especially for a one year old. So we thought with it being winter and the unpredictability of the weather, a more intimate and simple setting was appropriate and it ended up being perfect.

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Camilla’s actual birthday is on February 15th, so I thought how fun would it be to incorporate some hearts into the mix?! I found a photo while browsing Pinterest late one night and was hoping to find someone locally who might be able to re-create it for us for smash cake photos and for the actual party as well. We got so lucky with my mom being a wedding coordinator, she literally knows everyone and had happened to recently cross paths with a sweet girl named Claire, who actually creates balloon garlands as her own personal business. She is INCREDIBLE y’all and as sweet as can be! I called her and she and her team completely exceeded my expectations! Over the phone I was able to tell her what I wanted and our color scheme and she showed up to Camilla’s photoshoot ready to install the most precious (and large) 4 foot ombre heart balloon I had ever seen! It was PERFECT!! Then after photos, she proceeded to load it up, take it to my house, along with a couple of super cute jumbo balloons and set everything up in the exact same day so we were ready for the party the following day. She’s very reasonable and her work is seriously amazing! Definitely look her up on Instagram or Facebook and if you have an event coming up that requires balloons, call Claire with Laughing Goat Design. Loved her and was so impressed with how seamless the process was from beginning to end!

One other thing I wanted to mention was, I ordered her precious invites off of Etsy and was given the option to download them or to have them printed and I ended up doing both so I could have one for her baby book. So glad I thought to do this and would recommend Hunny Prints  to anyone needing to select invites or announcements for an event. They have such a broad and unique selection of invitations, party essentials, and were so timely. I received the invites within a couple of days after approval and was very impressed with the quality. I will definitely be using them again for any parties we have in the future. I just love Etsy in general because you can find the neatest, one of a kinds things and they are usually small businesses, which I love supporting.

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Let’s talk cake! Once again, props to my mama for knowing all the best! Brenda Hawkins with Serendipity knocked it out of the park, as she always does! I sent her a few inspo pictures and she went above and beyond. The cakes, both smash and part, along with the personalized cookies were both adorable and delicious! Brenda is a precious friend, aside from being our favorite baker and I’m just so thankful for all of her hard work and for taking time out of her extremely busy schedule to make our cake dreams come true! She also makes some incredible wedding cakes, so any future brides to be, let her I know I sent you! She is one talented lady and can be found on Instagram and Facebook. You will be amazed at her attention to detail and will love her!

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I posted a preview of Cami’s birthday photoshoot with Macalee Taylor Creative on her actual birthday and got SO many messages about her dresses and who took the photos. First, if you are looking for a photographer who is a boss at shooting children, families, and weddings, Macalee is your girl! Her work is absolutely STUNNING and I loved working with her! Did I mention she also has a studio in her home? Such a plus, especially with little ones who you know aren’t going to typically last more than thirty minutes taking photos. Macalee was so kind and helpful! She allowed us to take our time, we changed into two different outfits (with a baby you know how that can be) but it was such a fun and stress free experience. I’ll be honest, I’ve worked with several photographers doing what I do, we take A LOT of pictures, and although many are also incredibly talented and sweet, I’ve had several moments where I feel rushed and with kids involved you know how it can already be a little stressful. I constantly feel like I’m apologizing during shoots, anyone else? Why do kids turn into wild heathens when its time to take family pictures? It never fails! This time though, was SO different and I appreciate Macalee allowing us to be in her home and enjoy these special moments with our girl. I will forever cherish these sweet pictures and love how they turned out! They show off her little personality so well and I’m obsessed! You can find Macalee’s website here. She is SO good at what she does y’all!

The two dresses she wore during her photoshoot also were flooding my DM’s and also came from an Etsy shop called Like Angel. They have amazing reviews and I felt were exceptionally priced for the intricate detail, quality, and fact that they are shipped from the Ukraine. I was blown away by how gorgeous they were in person and they literally fit Camilla like a glove. Could not have been more perfect. I sent measurements to Elena and she made them to order and did a phenomenal job. In the US they would have been well over $100 each and probably not nearly as detailed. I would love to work with Elena again and think her shop would be perfect for anyone who has a little girl needing a flower girl dress, birthday, family photos, or you just feel like dressing your girls up in something beautiful, this shop is wonderful. Like I mentioned above, they do ship overseas so remember to order ahead of time and give plenty of advancement so you order will be received on time, but I was so pleased with the outcome and have linked Camilla’s exact dresses and other details from her party at the bottom of this post if you’d like to check them out!

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It was overall such a beautiful day to celebrate our sweet, sassy, and beautiful one year old girl. We played, opened gifts, and ate lots of cake. We soaked in every moment with our precious girl. Watching our Camilla grow throughout this year has been such a blessing, it’s honestly hard for me to find the right words, but heres a little summary of year one.

From that first VERY long night at home, girlfriend CRIED all night long, yikes, to our morning walks, lots of snuggles with brother and dancing to lullabies with mommy. We loved Matthew West’s Safe and Sound. Saying your first and FAVORITE word “MAMA” (5 months), sitting up (6 months) and crawling (7 months). A very first airplane ride and trip to the beach, lots of pools days soaking up that sunshine, to fall and picking out a pumpkin at the pumpkin patch and then dressing up as a unicorn on Halloween. Lots of piggy back rides on daddy’s shoulders, rooting on bubba during basesball games, and all the nights tucking her into bed (our bed) oops once again. Celebrating her first Christmas, watching her take her first steps at 11 months, those contagious bath time giggles, and all the ruffles and big bows in between has just made me realize that all along she was the puzzle piece we had been missing. The piece that completes our little family of four and the huge blessing in the tiniest of packages. Don’t let her small stature fool you, she is fierce and that sass is REAL! Whew, daddy is in TROUBLE!! Not to mention those sparking blue eyes. She is going to get whatever she wants in this life with those eyes alone. Her warm smile and tight hugs are my very favorite. She gives the cutest little mischievous look when she’s up to something and in the mornings will sit in London and Oliver’s bed just for extra snuggles. Sometimes, she’ll even “read” to them and they love it. I have thoroughly enjoyed this past year with her, and watching she and Corbin, that’s the very best. Their bond, how they play and love on each other is heartwarming and makes me so proud. He caters to her every need and no one lights her up quite like Bubba! It is the most precious thing to witness. I pray they always love each other like they do now. It has truly been a wonderful year and I am so thankful God chose me to be Camilla’a mom and to love her every single day! You are so loved and are a complete joy to us all, Cami girl!

Happy birthday!

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