Splish Splash, Amelia’s Under the Sea First Birthday Bash

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Amelia’s first birthday party was a few weeks ago now, and I have been so anxious to post photos from the event.

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Under the Sea Birthday Party Invitations

Of course, we must start with the invitations. I have to say these are pretty much my most favorite invitations I’ve ever designed. From the hand drawn illustrations to the layers of color and texture… I just love them.

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Rachel picked up these fun coral envelopes (and pearl clasps for the invites she personally handed out). Then each one was hand addressed and stuffed with a white pearlescent envelope liner. I just love them!

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Under the Sea Birthday Party Centerpieces

I wasn’t able to help nearly as much as I did with the baby shower, and with school finals and life in general, Rachel and I decided to tone it back for the birthday party decorations. We tried to just focus our energies on a few tables and ideas.

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All the centerpieces collectively cost less than $15! We bought a few fresh succulents, collected sand from the beach, and then picked up a couple of the glass bowls at Joann’s for 99 cents! The rest of the centerpieces were random decorations from my own house (thank you, nautical themed office!) and the trays were recycled from Amie’s wedding in November. Easy!

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Rachel also hung some clear ornaments in the trees to look like bubbles. The little babes loved those!

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Under the Sea, Splish Splash Pendant Banner

I then made a banner for the fence along with some fun fringe letters for the gift table.

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On the way inside, Rachel hung a net and clipped photos from the year to it. It was really fun having the bubble maker going during the party too, it was a festive entrance for sure!

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Under the Sea Bubble Balloon Wall and Cake Table

Once inside, the guests were greeted with a bubble wall… created with a mixture of pearlescent balloons and a few twisted green streamers for seaweed.

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In front of the bubble wall, sat the cake table. Rachel spent the day and night before the party creating this art piece. It was so pretty! I loved the scallop frosting she did! We had a few other knick-knacks on the table as well as a few more photos. And as my gift to Amelia (okay, its really for Rachel)—I commissioned Emily from Yellowstring to create a watercolor portrait of Rachel and Amelia from the first birthday photo session at the beach. I just love how it came out and had fun finding a matching matte and frame at Hobby Lobby.

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And you can’t have a first birthday without the birthday cake smash!

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And one last photo, after the party was over we had to get one last shot of Miss Mia in front of the bubble wall before bathtime.

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Lauren & Kellen’s Outdoor Woodsy Wedding Invitations and Decor

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Lauren and I started planning her wedding almost a year before they got engaged. Just because we knew it was coming and we wanted to be ready! So once it became official, Lauren knocked down her list of “to-do’s” in lightening speed.

Within a few months, because of their mutual love of baseball, they took their engagement photos at Angels’ Stadium which inspired their Save the Date
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But their actual wedding was themed to camping, the great outdoor woods, and bright sunny sunflowers—and the Oak Canyon Nature Center was the perfect location to host their I-do’s.

Lauren likes to keep things simple so when she presented me with her wedding invitation ideas, they came together pretty easily. I just loved working on her invites! From their arrow through the heart monogram to the twine wrapped invitation suite to that wooden texture paper.

Such a dream!

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Her invitations came with a map, a registry card, and a RSVP postcard… which you got a sneak peek at last fall.

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These next photos—and the first one in this post—are all from All Aboard Studios from the day of the wedding.

They were so much fun to be with throughout the day… Ebony and I have known each other since middle school and you would all know her second shooter Courtney from her maternity photos with me and of course her handsome little Jameson!

See a few more photos from Ebony on their website and their adorable video from Tom!

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Lauren’s florist was Kim Ryan from Tulips, Trophies and Treasures. The same florist I had—Amie is using her too—so I just knew every piece of decor was going to be beautiful down to the smallest detail. She really took Lauren’s dream wedding ideas and ran with it.

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Such a unique guest book idea!

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It was such a fun wedding! We danced and danced and danced all night long, celebrating the brand new Mr. and Mrs… just looking back through their photos made me smile and so happy for them all over again!

Thanks for allowing me to help you throughout the wedding process “Yoyo!” I definitely miss our craft nights! 🙂