Fairytale Babysitter Engagement Party

September 30, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

A responsible, loving, and mature babysitter can be a tremendous asset to a young family of two very busy, full-time working parents. Last weekend, generous friends of mine, Michael and Kimberly Holmes, hosted a warm and romantic engagement celebration for their kids' longtime cherished babysitter. The evening reminded me of a fairytale, because it began the story of a beautiful girl (the babysitter) who had met her prince charming.  Italian was the theme for the evening, and before I walked in the front door with my camera, I could smell the scheming ways of the Italian herbs and garlic.  Inside, a beautiful buffet-style serving counter was set up for the guests; the main courses were artfully labeled by Kimberly's daughter, Presley (8); while Carter (6), Presley's brother, was on call with his fancy handheld parmesan cheese grater, just like the kind they use at the Olive Garden.  Tapered candles were lit atop wine bottles, while authentic Italian music played amidst the smell of the delicious cuisine, and before the eating commenced, a thoughtful prayer was lead by the host, Michael. The engaged couple were so charming together, and I don't just mean their appearances, but their attitude and love towards one another, and kindness to the hosts, party guests, family members, and photographer!  They were more than patient with me when I asked (made) them stand in one spot for a long time, or look in a certain direction. Throughout the evening, I wanted to capture a specific style and composition, one that would truly tell the story and tone of the night where these two embraced their guest of honor statuses with dignity and gratitude.  I have a feeling this couple will lead an incredibly 'happily ever after' life.  

The Holmes family with their babysitter, Allison...

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Carter was very glad to see Allison...

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Sweet! (the tea)

"How do you use this?"

Michael and Allison with Allison's family...

Sisters...

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These two know how to host a party...

...just a quiet moment together.

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Michael and Allison with Michael's family...

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Allison with Presley and Carter...

 

The ring...

 

Allison and some of her bridesmaids

Allison got to use the Holmes family 'It's your special day' plate...

Carter

Presley

The chefs...Kimberly and her mother, Connie 


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