As I attempt to catch up on my blog, I decided to show some of my real life happenings. I don't always spend time behind the camera, in fact, I try to be very much present in life moments, especially since time flies. Case in point, my sweet girl turned ONE! We celebrated her birthday a few days after she officially turned one, due to my crazy schedule. But we definitely had a great time. We were surrounded by so many sweet friends and family members, some I hadn't seen in quite a while. To say we are blessed with wonderful souls on both side of mine and Nic's family would be an understatement. EvaJean sure was spoiled by all that attended and I am pretty sure she had a blast. I handed my camera over to my sisters, and let them stand in for me. I will say, they tried. haha! It is so interesting to see and edit the perspective of someone else, and it's crazy that with the same tools, we get varying results. But again, they tried their best and ended up getting some great photos for us to hold onto as we celebrate more and more birthdays.
I am a minimalist when it comes to a lot of things in my life. I try to take a frugal approach to most things, and utilize things I already have (aka, ballin' on a budget). A lot of the decor I used for EvaJean's party were actually items I used for my wedding. Like the lace table clothes, and the cake stands, along with frames of my favorite portraits of her. Her precious party dress was DotDotSmile, and I actually ordered it around the time she was roughly 3 months old. I used it as inspiration for colors and theme. Her smash cake and cupcakes were baked by our local bakery in Summerton, The Cookie Box, owned and operated by Leslie LeMense, and y'all, her cakes do not disappoint. I may or may not have eaten about 3-4 cupcakes myself (but we will blame that on pregnancy...) The cutest little sugar cookies were baked and decorated by Lil' Bitz Bakery, owned and operated by Laura Thomas out of Manning. EvaJean's sweet tooth was confirmed by the amount of tiny cookies she ate, but seriously, it's hard to eat just one little cookie! They might be little, but they sure do pack a delicious punch! The rest of the food was catered by Sugar Hill BBQ out of Manning, and if you like fried chicken, they make some of the best along with their barbecue. I think we all ate way more than we should have, but it was delicious comfort food and hit the spot.
All in all, EvaJean was surrounded by people who love her tiny little self so much. We could not have asked for a better day to celebrate her first year of life.
Check out EvaJean's birthday party below, courtesy of Stephanie Huneycutt and Sara Anderson!