Alissa’s Harry Potter Birthday!

For those who know and love Alissa, summer just wouldn’t be the same without her birthday party! Every year is a different theme, and every year the party seems to get bigger and better! This year was no exception, with a Harry Potter theme! Everyone dressed up as different characters….wizards, witches, professors, dementors, a house elf, owls and muggles! Step through Platform 9 3/4, and into the mystical world of magic! Upon entering, everyone is sorted into their proper Houses, and greeted with cold butter beer and treats to eat. Grab a quill and your copy of The Marauder’s Map to cross off hidden Harry Potter treasures as you look for them on your scavenger hunt! But keep your guard up! There are all sorts of dangerous creatures! From dragons, to spiders, and even giants!

School is also in session at the party. Grab your books and visit each class to complete every assignment given. Mix concoctions at your Potions class, learn to “transform” with temporary tattoos, study the mandrakes in Herbology, and don’t forget to stop by for a quick lesson on Quidditch!

Finish off the night with a ride in the Weasley family car around the Whomping Willow, and a Harry Potter cookie!

**Warning: there are A LOT of photos! I couldn’t narrow them down! Enjoy!

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Lilac Bridals

This past spring I got together with Elise and Melanie for a little spring bridal inspiration shoot. They are so gorgeous! I honestly could have photographed them all day.

The inspiration came from the beautiful lilac bushes I have in my backyard. They are by far my favorite spring flower. I think that is  mostly because they remind me of my sweet grandmother. (and they smell DIVINE!)   I wanted the photos to have a slight retro feel, so I threw in some polka dots. Also, Elise brought real vintage pieces with the ring and shawl that belonged to her grandmother.  For a modern pop of color let’s add an amazing shock of red! Those tights kill me! (oh and in case anyone is wondering, the bouquets and skirt were made by me)

Enjoy

 

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