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When Ellia’s mom Angie approached me about being her event planner for one special birthday party, it was really just confirmation of something that I had been thinking about for years. I have such a broad skill set… photography, graphic design, sewing, decorating, baking, a tinge of floral design, prop creator… and I felt that I was only using a percentage of what I can do. Someone gave a word of knowledge at church one sunday morning, of just that, not using all of your God given talents, and that same day the birth of the northwest indiana event stylist, southwest michigan event stylist, was born.
I’ll be adding selective Event Styling & Planning to my service offerings when we transition to the new website. For now, if you have questions, feel free to email me… firstname.lastname@example.org
I love this family! They really are such sweet people, and their darling Ellia was going to have one fabulous party to celebrate her first birthday, and the completion of their family. The theme was shabby chic baby, which I of course already was enthralled with. It really was a perfect fit and I loved every. single. detail.
The event was for 50, and held at Knox Community Center. Angie was able to borrow all the china, silverware, and numerous other pretties from various sweet ladies. With the help of my husband Nathan, and my mother too, I styled the room, and had everything set up and ready for the family to just walk in.
I’m still swooning over the wonderful memories from the day… like their sweet faces when they first saw the room, and the general delight of the guests. It was dreamy!
see Ellia’s one year session here.
-handmade white swiss dot dress and diaper cover, handmade cake smash outfit, handmade hair accessories, handmade dessert table backdrop quilt, dessert table decor, pound cake, brownie mini cakes, apothecary jar fillers, party favors, floral design, event styling, photography, hand illustration, and graphic design… by The Whimsy Tree.
-floral supply from Main Street Floral and Gifts in North Judson
-cake by Sharon Sawaya
(our cake lady for years now)
-cupcake from Designer Desserts
-two benches made by Angie’s mom
with that… here are just a few favorites…
I love photographing engaged couples. This year has brought me many new clients. Each one has been so special and unique. Sometimes clients will remind me of people I know. Lindsey is a nurse and has that sweet caring nature about her. Evan reminds me of my brothers. My brothers are tough men, and Evan was much the same. But it was great how candid he became when he needed to be. Now that’s love! I’m always so excited to see how a couple’s story seems to unfold through their images. Upon hearing Lindsey’s plans for their wedding, I knew that I needed to incorporate some things that would fit her style. To set the picnic scene, I made burlap and lace bunting, mini apple pies, and brought along sparkling cider to fill my grandmother’s antique glasses. We started in a light dappled walnut grove, and then headed to some other softly glowing spots I’d found in San Pierre. The light fell beautifully and set a romantic tone. I’m always thrilled to capture these kinds of moments between a couple. It’s like being able to do the artwork for a great love story. And I have to thank Lindsey & Evan for being such troopers wading through all the tall grass and uncharted territory! Blessings to you two!
Avant Gardens was the perfect spring location for this family session. The tall grasses from last summer were soft and golden among all the fresh green coming in. It provided a perfect backdrop for a bit of fun with the family. The children were all so sweet and I loved seeing how they interacted with one another. Having older brothers myself, I was happy to see how affectionate the boys were to their little sister.
After seeing a demand for baby announcement designs here at The Whimsy Tree, I’ve decided to create a couple custom designs for the store. I will be offering design services to finish the card with your own images. For now here’s a sneak peak of some inspirations, including some great finds from local antique stores such as, vintage baby bonnets, books, luggage and an old watch spring tin. I love finding vintage goodies that inspire me in design and also for session props.
see the current blog post of custom design services and a pink and orange chevron birth announcement: http://thewhimsytree.com/blog/2012/05/04/custom-design-services/
I met the McIndoo family at Wilson Park in Mishawaka, for one last romp in the great outdoors while the weather was still nice. Since there’s two adorable little ladies in the family, we started on a hillside under a tree with a girly sort of setting. However, this setting did not last long, because the eldest was quite the explorer. We ran all over the open field, and then ventured into the woods to chase that golden evening glow that I love so much. Here are my favorites from the session!