It was a gorgeous Sunday afternoon in Mission Viejo at the Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club, and Daddy Henry and Mommy Haej pulled out all the stops to create an enchanting, festive celebration for baby Dylan’s first birthday. I wanted to make sure to blog and share images from this set because the event was one of those special celebrations at which I kept catching myself thinking:”I wish I am attending this as a guest!” (and a kid!) I love the venue, with all the greenery outside, and the rustic wood doors and ceiling beams throughout the banquet room. Haej, with her wonderful aesthetic senses as a talented designer, created custom posters that served both as decorations and boards for party games. There were all sorts of whimsical pieces and thoughtful touches everywhere — vintage airplanes, birdcages, topiaries, crayons for the little ones to draw with, a variety of munchies to choose from as desserts and favors. In additional to the main Dojabi ceremony, kids were lining up to get custom created balloons, and towards the end there was a puppet show set up outside under the shade, complete with ice cold lemonades to compliment the viewing experience! What a lovely and fun-filled day!
Baby Dylan in his handsome gentleman outfit:
He had just woken up from a nap when we started shooting…
I love the mix of simple whimsical and classy vintage:
And the birthday cake:
View from the head table towards the banquet area:
Baby Dylan, mingling:
These lollipop things were a big hit with the little ones:
When the balloon lady came, all kids flocked to this end of the room:
Dylan was initially shy and crying at the Doljabi ceremony, but quickly recovered and made his choice – book (scholar)!
Happy Birthday Dylan!
A puppet show on wheels (this is a self-contained theatre on wheels, modeled after an Italian Opera House in Milan) drove in and set up stage:
I wasn’t watching the show as I was focused on taking pictures, but there were Pirates and Dragons; and at one point, it was raining bubbles!
Dylan clapping for the show:
I also love that they provided ice cold lemonade and tea for guests to enjoy with the show:
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