Hello! Wow, been a while since I talked to y’all lately, hasn’t it? 😉 I know most of you have been itching in your seats waiting for me to post the photos from my Birthday Bash last month, which my lovely friend Joanna was so gracious to take. At last, here I am to do so! I can hardly wait to relate to you the dastardly tales of joy and turmoil that we experienced throughout the week of set-up and party time. But I want to take this time slow, and let each and every memory sink in and steep so that you can get a true feel for what this adventure (the last of its kind for our family!) was truly like.
I’m going to first start off in the middle of the sequence of events. Why the middle? Because the beginning and end have so very much to do with each other, and I can’t really pull those two apart as easily as I can the middle from the three. So the middle it is. In my eyes, the middle is the portraits, though in your eyes, they’re just the beginning of a labyrinth of pictures illustrated more fully by words from the memory chamber of my heart. And portraits because, well, they’re the most formal part of the whole shebang and provide a nice prelude to the other bits and pieces whose details I wish to expand upon and give you the nitty-gritty reality of the whole thing.
Can you tell I’m sentimental about this stuff, yet? 😉
Before we begin with the pictures, I need to give a bit of background. I had asked my bestest friend, Hannah, and her family to come a bit early that way we could have some pictures taken together. Well, they did, and that was just swell. We had it all laid out for Jo to come early and have a 15 minute window of time to get the portraits done before the rest of the guests arrived. I had grand schemes of traipsing about in overgrown grassy fields, or under great big shady trees for the backdrop of the shoot, but rain happened. I’ll elaborate more on that in another post, but for now, rain happened. GROAN. So, we resorted to taking them under our big party tent under which the dances would take place (more on that later, too), and it made for some pretty, diffused light (any photographer’s dream), and the backdrop wasn’t too shabby 🙂 BUT. There will ALWAYS be a BUT in a story, so here is mine: BUT, the guests decided that they wanted to arrive 15 minutes EARLY, and even though Jo was perfectly on time, well, let’s just say I had a bit of an audience watching and chatting while my portraits were being taken. Ugh. *awkward to the epitome* Thankfully my self-consciousness didn’t show up too much in any of the pictures, and Jo was just sweet and easy as pie taking them. So, a successful, however awkward, adventure 🙂 Ok, I’ve kept you long enough: onward!
I am beyond words to describe just how perfectly Jo captured me in these pictures. The emotions of joy, excitement, anticipation, relief, and everything else were somehow frozen into visual paintings to remind me of just how I felt and what I looked like. I am really so blessed to have such treasures as these!
I know you all are dying for more details on my dress, outfit, and everything else; but those will be covered in tomorrow’s post 🙂
Yay! Hannah and I snuck in some pictures! She was so sweet, and purchased a lovely 1950s style dress just for the party. I must say, she looked dashing in it!
Brigi B. and I were able to get pictures taken together! And we totally NAILED IT with the funny faces. I mean COME ON! 😉 But poor sweet Jess was a bit left out of portraits of just me and her being taken, and you’ll find out why in a minute…
Oh happy day! Yet another group shot of we three! (I’m telling you, we’ll have a museum of these by the time we’re dead :P)
But just wait…. wait for it… wait for it…
Cue snobbish British lithp: “Oh, we’re thSO funny”
“Wait, wait, um SOMETHING is wrong here…”
“GOSH DARN IT! A PIN-CURL WENT DOWN, SOMEBODY CALL THE AMBULANCE! I REPEAT, PIN-CURL IS DOWN!”
Can I take this moment to remind you that we have about 50 or so people watching us girls embarrass ourselves? Yeah, just thought I’d note that fact…
So here’s the story: Jessica decided it would look ever-so-nice to lean her head towards mine for our group shot. Well, that ever-so-nice pose quickly turned south when one of her perfectly perfect pin-curls got chummy with my tiara, and decided to stick along for a ride. Soo…. yeah, that was the disaster that kept Jess & I from getting portraits together. 😛
I was so happy that Jo remembered about getting pictures taken with my parents! We neglected that with Brigid’s party, so I was quite thankful that we snuck these in before the party really got going. Love you Mom and Dad!
And yes, for those of you wondering, my Dad is wearing a kilt 😀
Well, that’s all for today’s edition of my Birthday Bash post series! Be sure to check out Joanna’s blog and Facebook page, as she was the artist behind all the gorgeous photos you will see in these posts. Thanks, Jo!
Which photo(s) is/are your favorite?
-Charlotte, the youngest sister & singer