Nicola’s Story: The Baby Shower!
I have wonderful news for you all! Nicola gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. I am so happy for her as I’m sure you are, after having read through everything she went through to get to this point. Nicola and her lovely family came in for a shoot recently, but before I show you images from that and share her birth story, I wanted to give you a peek into her Alice in Wonderland-themed baby shower.
FYI I am looking for more inspirational baby showers and birthdays to share on my blog, so if you have one or know of one, please send it through to me via the contact page. Please note that the photographs must be professional standard and there must be loads of inspirational detail.
My sister-in-law always knew she wanted to have a baby shower for me. It was going to be a party where all my close family and friends could celebrate finally getting to this stage with me.
When the baby shower was suggested, a little bit of OCD kicked in. I get to see the most beautiful weddings as part of my job and with that, you also get to meet the suppliers behind the magic.
All of a sudden we had a theme!! It was going to be based around my favourite film, Alice in Wonderland, but more like the Mad Hatters tea party without so much of the madness.
Before we knew it the invites were sent, setting the tone for what was being planned. Some asked if they needed to come in fancy dress, but I wasn’t cruel enough to tell them yes (there was no fancy dress) but it would have been funny to see a few of their faces as they walked in being the only ones dressed as Tweedledee and Tweedledum.
The suppliers that I’d asked to be involved really were amazing! Meeting me at the venue and telling me what they had planned. It sounded like a dream. Could we really pull this off? Would it be too over the top? Who cares! It took me four years to get here and I was going to celebrate.
The day of the baby shower came and I booked myself into the hairdressers, as it seemed to take me twice as long to do things these days. Leaving there I was a little nervous that people weren’t going to turn up, not be able to find the venue (it was in the middle of nowhere) or just wouldn’t enjoy themselves.
I shouldn’t have worried about any of that. Before my eyes I saw the whole thing unfold. The vintage crockery being placed on the tables, the giant balloons being inflated, the place cards being put in the relevant places and the table decorations finishing the whole look off. It took my breath away.
Then my Friends and Family started arriving and arriving and arriving. The look on their faces as they saw what the room looked like was worth everything. Some couldn’t believe it and had never seen anything like it and some were now desperate to plan something similar themselves.
We all found our seats and started tucking into the sandwiches, scones and other goodies that I’d laid on for them. A few games were then played and then the sweetie table was opened. I wanted to spoil them just like they had spoiled me. The present table was bulging with generosity and before I knew it, it was time to leave.
In true photographer style, I obviously had to have my special event captured, so I could look back at them and I could also share them with you. I hope you like them, it was just like planning my wedding all over again and in true wedding style, was also a relief when the planning was over.
Special thanks to:
Photography – Ali Lovegrove
Paper craft and planning – Theresa Furey
Vintage crockery – Love and the Dormouse
Table decorations – The wedding of my dreams
Flowers – Passion for flowers
Cake pops – Delish
And thanks to all my friends and family who all helped make the evening wonderful!