So I’m a bit behind on blogging Evie’s last 3 months of milestones since there is so much I want to say but couldn’t wait to share some pics from her First Birthday Party!  I knew I wanted it to be extra special so I enlisted the help of the oh-so-talented Larrissa Rehder of Inviting Occasion.  Larrissa is THE most talented event designer I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with and I feel so lucky that she was able to create the “whimsical wonderland” I wanted for Evie’s birthday.  The inspiration for the party came from two cakes that were designed by the ever-so-fabulous Lindsey Sinatra of A Wish and A Whisk.  I’ve been a HUGE fan of Lindsey’s work for a couple years now and always follow her on Facebook to see her latest creations.  When I saw the two cakes below, I was awe struck!  They are works of art as are all of her cakes!  I showed Larrissa these two cakes and told her to create a theme based around the cakes.  She ran with it and what she came up with is nothing short of amazing! I loved every single detail and what pushed it over the top was Lindsey’s beautiful creation for Evie’s cake.  I really had no idea what the cake was going to look like because I just told Lindsey to do whatever she wanted because I knew it would be fab.  She knew how much I loved her two cakes so I though they would be something similar but what she created was above and beyond my wildest dreams!  I literally gasped when I saw it for the first time!!  The desserts for the dessert buffet created by the also fabulous Sweet & Saucy shop complimented Lindsey’s cake perfectly and just made my heart happy with delight!  The linens pulled everything together thanks to my wonderful friends over at Modmix Studio!

I can’t thank these awesome ladies enough for making Evie’s birthday the best EVER!  I will remember this day forever and look forward to showing these pictures to Evie one day!  Not only was this celebration honoring Evie’s first year of life, it was also a celebration of Doug and I surviving our first year of parenthood!  As all you parents out there know, the first year is a doozy and the fact we made it out alive is an accomplishment in and of itself!

Here are just a few highlights from the day…stay tuned for my upcoming blogs on Evie’s last 3 months and other blog posts about my year as a first time mom!

Evie’s beautiful letterpress invitation was done by my good friend Therese Hernando from Felix Rhys Paperie.  Since Evie was going to have a bubble artist at her party I thought it would be cute to incorporate that into the invitation!

My little princess in her tutu dress!  I loved it!

The whole room setup…

Larrissa did a fantastic job on the florals!


The ballroom had these 3 chandeliers that were bleh but Larrissa transformed them into something pretty!

The dessert buffet!

Loved all the cute little desserts from Sweet & Saucy

The OMG cake by A Wish and A Whisk

Close up of the details…I don’t even want to know how many hours it took to create all the flowers, butterflies, lady bugs, birds, flowers…and my fav, the little bird in the birds nest!

We had a caricature artist there…what do you think…does it look like us?  Thanks to Joseph Yakovetic!

The balloon artist from Super Inflated was a hit!  Love the jetpack my sister is wearing!

Very special thank you to the guys over at Burger Monster for catering the party!  They did a fantastic job as always and I look forward to working with them again in the future!  Here they are at my baby shower last year…

The bubble artist was a hit too!  Thanks to Best Bubble Parties!

My little Evie in a bubble!

Her smash cake from Albertsons!  I had this romanticized idea of making Evie’s cake all by myself and then came to the quick conclusion that it would be disastrous to even try so a couple days before the party I scrambled and just decided to go the easy route.  It turned out really cute I think!

“Happy Birthday to you….Happy birthday to you…”

I didn’t want her to get too messy…just enough mess will do!

Feel so blessed to have my own little family!  What a way to celebrate 1 year of life!

Linda Nguyen Gallucci: Trista, you threw the most amazingly beautiful 1st birthday party! I love the romantic, whimsical, fairytale theme. Wow - I don't know if anyone can top that party. You two are awesome parents, and Evie is going to look back and say my parents are the BEST. Congrats again on getting through the 1st year! Best wishes to your family. <3, Linda, Bill, and Will Gallucci November 13, 2013 2:24 pm

I’ve had the honor of shooting the Varughese Family 3 years in a row now.  Jacob was just a baby when I first met him and now he has a baby sister Sophia!  The two little tots are so cute together and I look forward to seeing their little relationship grow & evolve.  Jacob was such a good boy during the shoot…smiling for the camera and everything!  He has become a pro at modeling after all these years :-)  Here are some highlights from their family portraits!