I had already blocked this date about a year ago when my friend Lyra told me not to take any bookings on my inaanak Sam's birthday because she wanted me to be there as a guest. Considering I rarely get to enjoy parties as I guest, I was really looking forward to it. However, when Lyra and family decided to move to Vietnam earlier this year, and it wasn't clear if they could celebrate Sam's birthday here, I inadvertently cleared the date and got a booking. I was so sad to realize that I was going to be missing another big event in Sam's (and Lyra's) life (I also had to work during Sam's baptism last year). When I got to Rustica however, and I saw that I was going to be working with Jhoanne Alon (Polkadots Events), and I saw the simple yet beautiful decorations and the pretty little details, I knew it wasn't going to be so bad. When I found out this was going to be a very intimate party with just close friends and families, and I knew I was going to enjoy it. And although I missed my inaanak's party, I was so glad it was so I could work with such wonderful clients. Caitlin, Mommy Grace, Daddy Fred, and their families were such a joy to work with. I'm glad I got the chance to be at Caitlin's party that day.
Some of my favorites from the party:
I love this shot of the dress. This might be one of my favorite dress shots so far.:)
I loved taking photos of the cake and cupcakes. If you leaned in just a little bit, you could already smell their yumminess!
Lovely set-up by Polkadots.
We took some outdoor photos of the family before most of the guests arrived. I loved working with these guys because I felt that they trusted me. They are also photography enthusiasts so they understood how I work. And Grace knows and likes my style, so she was very open to my suggestions.
Some solo shots of Caitlin.
I had to follow her around for a bit, but she finally warmed up to me.
My favorite shot of Caitlin.:)
When she got into her party dress, I tried taking more solo photos of her, but she wouldn't keep still long enough. I love this shot though.
Wanlu is Grace's uncle. So, naturally he was there to perform.
Everyone enjoyed the cupcakes.