For her first birthday I knew I wanted to keep the party small and intimate with our closest family and friends. And of course, I knew I wanted Elena to photograph it. I think it's safe to say that I meant both of my goals and couldn't have been happier with the way the day turned out. It was absolutely beautiful and I can't believe I didn't cry more than I did. Now, check out these stunning photos..
Elena arrived just in time to see me setting up and getting party (punch) ready
Of course, I couldn't throw a party without a decked out cheese and fruit tray. Chicken tarragon salad and turkey, bacon, ranch wrap bites for the win.
Stressed and stressed over cleaning my house and trying to figure out where 20+ people were going to sit but all was well in the end.
Couldn't forget the mimosa bar..
Birthday girl seat
I saw this idea on Pinterest and really wanted to recreate it for Eva. It's a stat board of all of her currents and I will love it forever!
Eva's smash cake
Mingling with another tiny guest
Loves being upside down
After eats it was time to open PRESENTS.
Marliegh is helping Eva open her first gift of the day.
Mema, Pappy, Chelsey, and Talitha watching us unwrap..
Eventually, Eva abandoned me for her toys and I was left to open the rest of the gifts on my own. And I was totally ok with that. ;)
After presents it was FINALLY TIME FOR CAKE!
Eva was so excited about her crown, as you can tell.
Never lets me give her kisses.
I tried my hardest not to cry while we were singing but I think it was bound to happen at some point. So, here I am trying to hold back tears and singing to my ONE YEAR OLD.
Slightly unsure about what to do..
..but of course figures it out in no time.
Thrilled, with Aunty Morgan!!!
The cake of my dreams. Byers Butterflake Bakery never dissapoints! I sent them a photo of what I wanted and they delivered. Not to mention it was DELICIOUS.
Polaroids, cake, and two of my favorite girls' birthdays calendar side.
Already chasing boys! Cries big tears.
I think she was smitten.
Bottle break with the greatest Granddad ever!
Eva was nearly ready to throw in the towel when I asked Elena for a few more photos of us in her room.. I needed some of us in our dresses!
That's a wrap, folks!
I cannot thank my family and friends enough for coming out to celebrate my darling's first birthday. And as always, I cannot thank my dear friend Elena enough for documenting it for me. She was my hands when mine were full and did a phenomenal job, as you can see. We are so grateful to have such wonderful people in our lives and I am just so filled with LOVE. Thank you, thank you, thank you all so much again!
MINKPINK velvet dress, ALDO velvet pumps
GENUINE KIDS caplet, GENUINE KIDS dress