Charlotte’s 1st Birthday!

You may remember Charlotte from her family portrait session several months ago – six months ago, in fact. Because now, that six month old baby is a 1-year-old! I can’t believe it’s already been six months since I met this beautiful little girl. Charlotte’s mom, Jillian, planned a super cute birthday party in honor of her baby girl and she asked me to capture the day. I had so much fun! Here are some of my favorites.

Jillian worked very hard on the details for this party and it really showed! There were lanterns, balloons and paper pom poms all over the house. She even made the cupcakes and cake, including the flower and butterfly fondant details. So impressed.

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One of my favorite elements of the party was a time capsule that Jillian planned for Charlotte. She had every guest write a note to Charlotte for her to read on her 18th birthday. Such a great idea and so personal. I wish someone had done that for me!

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Charlotte’s dad, Dennis, cooked up some wonderful butternut squash soup, a delightful salad and even croque-monsieur (fancy name for grilled ham and cheese sandwiches) for everyone to eat. Sophisticated food for a one-year-old’s birthday party? Maybe, but Charlotte was the only baby in attendance and she LOVED the soup!

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When it was time to blow out the candle on her cake, Charlotte got a little help from her mommy. I love the look on her face. She was having fun!

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I think it’s kinda cute that the balloons behind Charlotte’s head look like balloon antennae. Very festive!

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Charlotte dug into her cake like a true lady. Barely made a mess at all – and she even used a spoon! ;)

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After gifts were opened everyone just sat around and soaked in Charlotte’s cuteness. She obliged by hamming it up for all of us.

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Happy birthday, Charlotte! You are the sweetest, most adorable one-year-old!

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  • Amy - Fantastic photos! What a gift to have so beautifully captured those memories!

  • Carol - Heidi, you've exceeded expectations, again! Continued success. Charlotte's Nana :)

  • jen berry - oh man. what a cutieeeeee. you are so versatile. weddings, animals, babies, families, bday parties, stop motion. you rock. AND, i LOOOOVEEE the time capsule too. so cute.

  • Amy C. - Fantastic photos! What a gift to have so beautifully captured those memories!

  • Kim - Awe these photos are great!

  • Carol P. - Heidi, you’ve exceeded expectations, again! Continued success. Charlotte’s Nana :)

  • Kim M. - Awe these photos are great!

  • courtney bowlden - what a cute blog! your work is fantastic! =)

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