Welcome to our new home.  What better way to start off the new year, new studio, and new home than have our first holiday party!  Having a holiday party also pushed us to get our house in order in less than 5 weeks.  Ha!  That was a challenge in itself.  If you know us, you know that we have twin girls and know that I have an obsession with buying things (within my means of course), but you know how much stuff we have, haha.  For the first 4 weeks, the only room organized and ready in our house was our studio.  Trying to find a perfect balance between organizing, finishing up on the end of the year weddings (all during the holidays) and trying to not neglect our children in the process, it basically meant many early mornings and long nights.   The 5th week was mostly us throwing everything else in our attic, lol.  Worked out well actually, until you need something in one of those boxes of course!

So let’s move on to the good stuff, the party.  We had a wonderful turnout.  We had some past clients (even one from 2008…which means more to us than you know) and we also had some future clients.  There were a lot of people that couldn’t make it, which we completely understand, it was still prime holiday party time as well as many of our clients living out of state (and even country).  Regardless of who made it and who didn’t, no one goes left unappreciated.  We are where we are today (and still growing) because we have been blessed with a talent in where we can document the special day of really fantastic couples and they put their trust in us to do so.

We’ve also had some of our closet friends at the party, which also meant a lot to us having their support.  Thank you dudes and dudettes!

 

Below are some images of the party/decor portion.  There will be 2 blog posts dedicated to the party…the other one being much more entertaining!  I wish I would have taken more pictures of actually who was there, but Michael and I talk a lot and lost track of time.  It wasn’t until almost the end when I whipped out that bad boy.

Let it be known that we allowed Ava and Bella to pick out our tree topper and of course they would pick an angel whose wings light up and change color, lol.  Not completely our style, but it makes them happy.

Jennifer Baumann, (our associate photographer) if you’re reading this….which, I know you will at some point, that present under the tree is still waiting for you to come unwrap him.  He no longer has any of his friends and is all alone =0(

We had so much food, leftovers of which I’m still eating and taste just as good.  I sadly did not get a shot of all the food, but thank you to everyone who brought something.  It helped us out more than I can say and I now have a few less gray hairs because of you all =0)

I’m a huge fan of balls on sale after Christmas, haha.  Michael will probably kick my butt for saying that on here because I said that line about 500 times the week after Christmas.  But it’s true, I got a lot of really great stuff on sale after Christmas (most being Christmas balls).  I also collect a lot of sticks from our backyard and use them as decoration.  It’s easy and free =0)

Michael will say that we both made the cake, but let me clarify, he “cut” out the m2 and put it on the cake.  LOL…it was a team effort and because of him we had a nice logo.  To the right, you’ll see my camera cookies which are the cause of my carpel tunnel syndrome of which I am currently experiencing.  I also allowed Ava and Bella to pick out the colors…apparently they are ready for Easter.

Let me not fail to mention these amazingly delicious cupcakes (coconut with choc. butter cream and pumpkin with cream cheese).  I can thank my friend Jackie Stackhouse from the cake shop, for these.  My mouth is watering thinking of them right now…we have about 10 left sitting in our kitchen and I’m trying really really hard to ignore them completely.  I’ve lost out on several counts, but one can try!

I also want to give a special thank you to Michelle Fong for crafting with me and creating a power point presentation for me (super cute) on some really adorable decorating ideas.

Our specialty drink of the night…Candy Cane Mojitos!  I’d say they were a hit.

And after one too many…this is what happens, haha.  I’m sorry Michael for not lending a helping hand while I photographed you picking up sharp glass.  But if it makes you feel better, I know you would have done the same =0)  A glass drops at just about every wedding and what do we do?  Help?  Sadly, no, but we do photograph who dropped it and clean up.

Zombie survival guide…COMPLETELY irrelevant to our studio party, lol, but in case you’d like to prepare yourself…you can find this survival guide on Amazon.com.

Oh Michael and his jokes.

So there you have it.  The first half of our studio party.  You may have noticed that there are actually no pictures of our studio in this post (ironic?).  There will be pictures of the studio in the next post, and you’ll understand why.

Thank you to all that could make it and for those that couldn’t, we missed you!  Stay tuned for blog post número dos (tomorrow).  It will sure have you smiling.

<3

Melissa.

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