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When London Turned One

This week London turns two! We are going to celebrate with a tiny little party at our house with our family and a few close friends. Last year we celebrated big with a Laduree themed party for her first birthday. We love going big for first birthdays; some of you might remember back to Grey’s cardboard castle party!

I’ve hesitated in sharing these photos before now because of a few hurtful comments that were sent to us on Instagram about her party. A year later, I simply just don’t care what people say or think. So I’m sharing this celebration as it was a special day for our family and brought us so much joy- both in creating the details and the time we spent with those that mean the most to us.

We hand painted the little Laduree stand and filled it with desserts that were also hand made from felt. Our friend Andrew at the Olympic Fairmont Hotel opened up a small gathering space for us to use. Another friend, Brittany, created the invitation, napkins and that balloon arch. And yet another friend, Morgan, baked and decorated all of the incredible cakes, macarons and small sweet bites! All of it was beautifully captured by another dear friend, Kristen. I know some people will think we are crazy and this party was too over the top. Thats fine… everyone is entitled to their own opinion. But this party was a labor of love, created by friends, to be enjoyed by friends and it still brings me so much joy. I have no regrets, wouldn’t change a thing and would do it all over again!

These images are in no way insinuating that every parent should throw parties like this for their kids. Remember… this is what we do for a living. I’ve spent my entire adult life planning celebrations for other people, so of course I want to put effort and energy into the celebrations for my own children. And… most importantly… it brings us joy to be able to do it.

So with that disclaimer, I hope you enjoy this peek into London’s party! 

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Hadley and Felicia- a chateau wedding

Have you ever had a moment where you actually stopped and pinched yourself to make sure what was happening was actually real life? This wedding was one of those moments for me. Despite the logistical challenges we faced of getting everything (and everyone) over to France, almost missing flights, juggling our two very young (and very jet-lagged) children, and lets not leave out navigating our way through the details of a wedding when you don’t speak the same language as most of your vendors…  despite all of this, I had to pinch myself the day of this wedding, because it truly felt like a dream. It was a dream, and an opportunity of a lifetime that was not lost on me.

Hadley and Felicia communicated their vision to Jamie and myself, and then trusted us to make the magic happen. Felicia is a fashion blogger/ instagramer/ model from Sweden and had exceptional taste so we knew we needed to get the details just right. From the 800 yards of tulle we used to cover the dinner tables to the thousands of stems of flowers… from the foiled hand lettered stationery I hand carried over to France to the wedding cake that my good friends Morgan and Jeremy flew from Seattle to create… this wedding was a labor of love and I’m thrilled to finally share the images.

Planning, Design and Flowers: Sinclair and Moore 

Photography: O’Malley Photographers

Venue: Chateau De Varennes

Stationery: LaHappy

Cake: Midori Balery 

Gown: Vera Wang 

Special thanks to our incredible team that week… Erika, Hally, Breanna, Brie, Lisa, Laeticia, Kalin, Brooke, Erik, Charlie, Chris, Jordan, Austin and Cindy… we couldn’t have pulled this wedding off without all of your commitment and hard work!

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From our family to yours…

It’s Christmas morning. Grey is already awake and waiting for us to tell him it’s time to run downstairs. London is still fast asleep. Jamie is getting ready. I’m taking a moment to pause, give thanks and just take it all in before the rush of the day begins. It wasn’t that long ago that I spent nearly every Christmas by myself, dreaming of having a family of my own. I remember those days well, so I feel especially grateful for all I have been blessed with.

While it still feels surreal that this is our last year as a family of four, we have had the best season creating memories for a lifetime and I can’t wait for our full house next year.

From our family to yours, we wish you a merry Christmas!

photos: Kristen Honeycutt Photo Co 

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