It was in the 80's and sunny on February 14th, 2015, Valentine's Day morning, as we gathered in a friend's backyard under a tent for this incredible celebration of Oakleigh and Brioney and all that they have accomplished and overcome in this monumental past year. A year ago we were told that Oakleigh probably wouldn't survive: today she is a healthy baby girl, full of energy and definitely full of life. These two fighters exhaust us every single day but also bring immeasurable joy to our lives. Twin parenthood isn't for the faint of heart, and there's no way I would have chosen it for myself- but goodness gracious I'm glad that it was so randomly sprung upon me. I can't imagine life without these girls, they truly make my world go 'round.
The loose "enchanted forest" theme was inspired by the girl's nickname, "The Magic Babies." They have overcome all the odds, hence they are "magic," and I wanted to evoke that magical feeling with woodsy elements, ferns, mosses, and toadstools. Since our time since the girls came home from the hospital has been mega-stressful, I never got around to sending out formal birth announcements. So for their birthday I designed a companion suite which included a formal birth announcement along with the invitation to their first birthday party. The custom crest was designed by my mother, Calligrapher Victoria Hoke Lane.
Upon arriving at the party, a banner of the custom crest and some festive balloons ushered guests into the backyard...
|Detail of the custom crest.|
|Daddy and Brioney greeting guests as they arrive!|
After some drinking, nibbling and mingling, guests found their tables via a beautiful seating chart, and then moved on to another tent where the brunch buffet was laid out: egg soufflés, fruit salad, apple chicken salad, and an assortment of scones and breads. Yum yum!
... more to come!!!
PHOTOS: Krista Mason Photography
PLANNING & DESIGN: Lauryl Lane & Sarah Granger-Twomey
FLORALS & DECOR: Lauryl Lane Botanical Stylist
TABLETOP RENTALS: Borrowed Blu
LINENS: La Tavola Linen
TENT & RENTALS: Classic Party Rentals
CALLIGRAPHY & CUSTOM CREST: Victoria Hoke Lane
CUSTOM COOKIE FAVORS: A Cookie JarsCUSTOM DOUGHNUTS: California Donuts
OAKLEIGH & BRIONEY'S 1st BIRTHDAY PARTY
Watch a mini-movie of the twin's special day on YouTube!