We've said it before and we will not get tired of saying it that one of the best things about this business is really the people that we have the opportunity to work with in helping create special milestones in their lives. Cultivating friendships with our couples even past their event and watching their families grow is the best takeaway that I can ask for. Jill & Raph is no stranger to us - they're one of our most loved couples that we were lucky to work with in 2014 for their wedding. When Jill reached out to us in planning their daughter Gianna's (or Gia for short) first birthday, we knew we just had to do it.
Gia's birthday was right around the first day of Spring so naturally we wanted to do a Spring inspired celebration filled with lots of happy colors, blooms and friends who love our birthday girl so much. Since our event space was a blank canvas for us to fill with color, we decided to use the light pastel colors of Spring that we love so much. What would Spring be without any fresh blooms right? We took inspiration from our trips to the local Downtown Flower Market and saw what was in season and in budget for our client. We created bouquets of tulips, stock flowers and wax flowers to create the Spring mix bouquets in each table.
One of the local Filipino restaurants catered the celebration with various Filipino dishes to choose from including a roasted pig or lechon as the main centerpiece of our buffet setup.
The Dessert Table
One of Jill's requests for Gia's birthday celebration when we first met was to create a dessert & candy table set up. We wanted to bring the outside elements into our table and used a few cherry blossom branches with pink cherry blossoms peeking out to anchor our table. We also found these faux boxwood letters that spelled ONE and used it as our focal point in the table setup. The yummy dessert & candy table was filled with our favorite mini desserts from Porto's Bakery and Gia's smash cake courtesy of Hapa Cupcakes.
The Time Capsule
One of Gia's Godmother/Ninang Leah created a time capsule station for the celebration where guests were asked to answer questions and write their messages for little Gia. Leah constructed this beautiful paper flower wreath that topped the time capsule which will be re-opened on Gia's 18th birthday in 2034 to remind her of all the love that surrounds her and this love-filled Spring day.
A big Thank You to Jill & Raph for allowing us to help them create these special milestones in their lives. We love you baby Gia and may God continue to bless you with lots of love and blessings upon blessings. :):)