.alice in wonderland birthday party. {Redding, CA Party Photographer}

It all started about a month ago when one of our dear friends, Destiny, brought over her Betsy Johnson prom dress!!!!

She told us that her prom was an Alice in Wonderland theme!!

Kira was in awe & started dreaming up an Alice in Wonderland Birthday Party!!!

Yep! She’s just like me & prepared lists, & got our creative juices flowing!!!

Next time we do something like this I am totally hiring a photographer! Quite a lot to capture it all!! Here are the bits & pieces I captured!!!!

Loved how everything came together! It was absolutely magical & every little girl’s dream of a birthday party!!!!

Happy 12th Birthday Kira!!!!

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Thanks to Jilly Bean Kids for all of the amazing paper goods & decor!!!!! Be sure to check out her site! It’s amazing!

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Sweet Spot!! We love your Diva Cupcakes!!! 9

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And had to have a little photo shoot! Everyone brought it! The costumes! The theme! The alice!

Destiny! Your dress was a dream come true for Kira! Thank you!! xoxoxo!!!!! 29

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Everyone was beyond impressed with Mad Hatter!!! She did everything herself & by hand!!! AH! So amazing!! 
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Could not have pulled off the party without these two amazing ladies!!! Julia & Amy! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!!

Your service was incredible & am so in awe of you both! Thank you! (mom & aunt shawna! thank you too!!!!034

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Ben & I even dressed up!!! Whoo Hoo!!!! Thrift Store wardrobe for $10.00!!!! 
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Happy 12th Birthday Kira!!
May all of your wildest dreams come true!!!!!
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.cotton candy. {Redding, CA Photographer}

I knew as soon as I started having kids I would be a stay at home mom! I loved being at home with my kids. I often wish I could go back & enjoy it all over again. I loved snuggle time, naps, cheerios on the floor, picking up vhs tapes 20 times during the day, walks, play dates at the park, & then making dinner for Ben. I loved those days! Truly treasure them! Life is different now. First of all, the kids have grown up waaay to fast & are in school all day long & I am balancing photography in the mix of being a wife & mommy! (I still like being called mommy)!!! Weddings are my favorite, however, do take away the infamous SATURDAY!!!! But with everything in life, we find balance. We make the most of what we can. Planning ahead has definitely been a key with all of the juggling that I feel I am often doing. Sooo, Madison’s 9th birthday was over Labor Day weekend, as we had a wedding 9.10.11, the day before her birthday, & there was no way a sleepover could happen!!!!! It always works out! If you are a mom & a photographer, just take it one step at a time. It works itself out!!!

Madison had a Cotton Candy themed birthday! Her favorite thing is Cotton Candy, so we rented a Cotton Candy machine & had a BLAST of a party! Brianna Scott of Fox Tail Face Painting came & did some amazing designs on all of the cute little faces, a little Rio movie, Sweet Spot cupcakes, yes, it was the bestest party!!!!!!  I am convinced that events & parties should be scheduled around light! It makes all of the difference, as far as photos are concerned!!! LOL!

Happy 9th Birthday Madison! You are a princess & we love you so so very much!!!

getting her rock star groove on!!!!

Thank you, Brianna Scott for loving on my girl!!! I just love how much she loves you! Your painting is always so inspiring!!!!!! Thank you for making her 9th party so special!!!!!

the party favor was COTTON CANDY! couldn’t resist sharing this little sequence!

.My Favorite Things #18 2010!. {Redding, CA Sweet Spot}

So, I’ll have two favorite things today!!!! I have been pretty on it, I can tell it’s catching up to me, this blogging every day thing!! LOL!

My favorite thing #18 is Sweet Spot!! It is a Dessert Shop located at 930 Hilltop Drive, Suite B, by Chuck-E-Cheese! Everything is made from scratch, and uniquely designed with a delicious flavor. They carry everything from cakes, cupcakes, gelato, frozen yogurt, cookies, and lots of little trinkets & sweet things! Be sure to stroll in for a Sweet Treat at the Sweet Spot!!!!!

I did this shoot quite a while back, with the girls having fun with all of the yumminess of Sweet Spot!!! I cannot believe I never blogged it, so perfect timing, I suppose!!!