Julianna's Mermaid Lagoon

This past Sunday, I had the distinct pleasure of photographing the 1st birthday party of a sweet, expressive, blue eyed cutie named Julianna.  I am lucky enough to know Julianna's mom (or Lauren as she was known pre-baby) from working with her at a Philadelphia event planning company waaaaay back in 2008 -2009.  I know, I know - not really waaaaay back.  I was a fresh college grad then, and my life has changed so quickly, it really seems like a lifetime ago.

The last few days Lauren spent with that company, were with me, stuck in a hotel for 48 hours straight running a conference.  I don't think either one of us would want to re-live that particular weekend, but the time is indeed, something I look back on fondly.  I learned a ton professionally and got to know Lauren a bit better as well.   Through the magic of Facebook, we've been able to keep up with each others lives.  It seems that 5 years  was sufficient enough time to recover from being trapped in windowless rooms together with clueless, hungry conference goers.  If we could survive that, certainly a one year old's birthday party would be a piece of cake.  Smooshy, drooled on, cake. 

Here is a little sneak peak of some of the photos from Sunday's festivities.  The theme was Mermaid Lagoon which was expressed in the loveliest touches throughout the party. A fishy themed make & take candy bar, sand castle centerpieces, beach pails for the favors and Ariel even made a cameo appearance!  Can you tell Lauren does this whole event thing for a living?  Julianna is certainly a loved and lucky little girl!

Lovely theme setting invitations so party guests knew to bring their best sea shell bra!
This hat.  Seriously the best.  Accompanied by the aftermath of cake + baby.
Cake, beautiful cake
Oh, you thought the cake part was over?  Check out these lovely purple frosted cake pops.
Auntie, Julianna and Mom
Julianna figures out what icing feels like.  Isn't that high chair just darling? Labor of love by Dad!
As the party was winding down, we went outside for some quick extended family shots.

It was a beautiful day and a beautiful party.  I am so glad that I got to play a little part in it!