I am famous for finding hundreds of different occasions to say, “Where in the world has the time gone?” But this time, SERIOUSLY! Where in the world has the time gone? I just can’t believe that it’s been an entire year since I first met Mr. Eli and all his cuteness. He was only a couple of hours old, but I loved him to pieces the second I laid eyes on him. Now . . . NOW . . . he’s ONE! Where does the time go?!
For his 1st birthday, friends and family celebrated in a “Seussical” way. Cat and the Hat decorations, cake, favors, diaper cover & tie . . . what more could a one-year-old ask for? Eli was surrounded by tons of family and friends, tasty Green Eggs & Ham sandwiches, and some of the yummiest cake (made by his very talented Aunt Shelley) I’ve ever eaten! What a fun way to spend July 30th
I think the pictures pretty much say it all–it was a very, VERY Happy Birthday!
I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many tiny faces in one place to celebrate a first birthday!Eli woke up from his nap just in time to get his “game face” on for his big celebration!All well dressed men knows you need a great tie for every important celebration!!There wasn’t much time to do family pictures, but we took a quick minute to snap a few to mark this big day in the history of the Aber Family!
They are such a beautiful family:
The boys weren’t able to make it to Eli’s party, but I am including this next picture because the party favor hats were a HUGE hit with both Elijah & JoJo!
This last picture is not in focus and typically wouldn’t make it on the blog (shame on me for that), but I am including it in memory of a really funny and loving man. Claude, the gentleman on the left (cracking up at me and my foolishness at the party) passed away, VERY unexpectedly, a couple of days ago. Claude was Jillian’s Godmother’s husband and I had the pleasure of meeting him at Eli’s party. Claude and Jillian’s father (on the right) spent the better part of the afternoon under the tree in the backyard cracking jokes and having a great time. He will be missed by everyone that knew him and will be remembered for his great smile, warm heart, and hilarious ways.
To say I’m a bit behind in blogging would be a gross understatement. That being said, I couldn’t be happier to be posting the first of many “catch-up” installments to the blog this Summer! Betsy and Jason got married back on the first of July and without further adieu . . . LET’S DO THIS!!
Despite the rain and crazy humidity that Florida offers up each Summer day, Betsy and Jason had THE most beautiful wedding!! Their wedding service was held at the Bourne Family Chapel at Lake Highland Prep (where they both happen to work). This chapel is huge on the inside and has some of the most beautiful arches that frame the alter. Their reception was held at Eagle Creek Golf Club in Orlando where they served up some crazy delicious shrimp and grits for dinner! Chrisanne with Crystal Lake DJ Productions kept the party going all night with great music and fun props for everyone (young and young at heart alike) to wear/play with until they dropped from sheer exhaustion!
I think it’s pretty safe to say that, even though the weather didn’t exactly cooperate, everyone had an amazing time at this wedding. Betsy and Jason are so lucky to be surrounded by such loving friends and family. They really knew how to make guests (and photographers) feel like part of the family. It was a pleasure getting the chance to meet all of you and most importantly, it was my pleasure spending the day documenting one of the sweetest couples I’ve ever met!
Big thanks goes out to my girl Kate for coming along to assist and help me get some great shots on their big day!
To say I was in love with her Badgley Mischka shoes would be another gross understatement!
Her dad had the perfect tie to wear for their pink and green wedding!Betsy with all of her cute kiddos:Jason with his crew of students & athletes:Their raspberry Jim Hjelm bridesmaid’s dresses were the PERFECT color for the wedding and pictures on the (very soggy) golf course!Jason’s two sons looked so handsome in their tuxedos!I couldn’t help but laugh as I went through the wedding party pictures–somehow stilettos and soggy golf course green don’t mix well! Let’s just focus on the gorgeous gowns!They had the CUTEST centerpieces for each table. Guests were assigned to a flower-named table and each table was marked by a beautiful bouquet along with a black and white framed picture of Betsy, Jason, and/or the boys holding the chalkboard with the table’s flower name on it! So creative!!I still have dreams about this meal . . . THE MOST DELICIOUS shrimp and cheese grits EVER!Lee James Floral Designs provided some of the most photographic flowers I’ve ever worked with . . .Cut the Cake designed a very simple and elegant wedding cake that matched their colors perfectly!Big shout out to my girl Kate for snapping this traditional picture with me and the newlyweds!It was too cloudy to see any stars out at night, but I love this picture just the same anyway. What a beautiful way to end a beautiful day!