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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Birthday picnic + family photos

For her husband's birthday, Elizabeth surprised him with a Central Park picnic. She decorated a bench in his honor, made a seven-layer chocolate cake from scratch, and brought along their sweet daughter and the family dog. Then she had an amazing photographer take family portraits, so they'd always remember the occasion. (Good thing her husband wore a cute outfit to work that day!) Isn't that an incredible and creative present?

(Family portraits by the fabulous Brookelyn Photography; styling by Elizabeth, who is half of the new company You + Me)

65 comments:

Reyna♥ said...

Aww, these photos are amazing (:

Diana Mieczan said...

That is a very lucky thing...I bet she hinted to him what to wear....hahahah...( we all do that, dont we?)
Those photos are so sweet...Great present...
Kisses, Joanna

Charlie said...

what a great present! happy photos are always a good memory to have left of such occasions. :)

Everton Terrace said...

I would love it if my husband packed a picnic lunch for me. Looks like a perfect birthday to me.

Rachel Dangerfield said...

This is too damn cute! So thoughtful.

Anna Walker said...

Great pictures! I am glad she had a professional take them, so they can savor the moments forever! Such a cute and happy family :)

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WEEKDAYCARNIVAL said...

What a sweet thing to do! And so beautiful suny pictures!

Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries said...

It is indeed!!! How sweet! I wish my boyfriend would surprise me with something like that one day... :)
xxx

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Vanessa said...

It is sweet but I can't help but wonder: now we're "styling" birthdays. Photographs, yes. But candid - or candid-ish if that is as far as this, um, your generation will go? Even "artfully" candid? Wow. Something really weird is going on in, esp. in America. (I live here, too.)

Nikki said...

So sweet!!!!

the red bungalow said...

This is adorable!

NINA said...

What a great idea! Too bad my husband is the photographer...but I might call one of his friends!

karina Manghi said...

Great idea and terrific pics!

Caitlin said...

such a sweet idea, and beautiful pictures!

Becca said...

What a special idea!

Becca

Emily said...

Amazing photos and wonderful idea!

Meg said...

what a thoughtful wife! such a cute idea.

Ashley said...

how sweet!!!

Signe said...

What a great bday surprise :)

Jessica said...

Absolutely precious. Is that baby not the most adorable thing you've ever laid eyes on?

very married said...

what an adorable family!

sarah said...

adorable, adorable.

Marcie said...

Stunning. I love the idea of getting dressed up for a picnic. I need to get on that before fall sets in.

xo M

Dancing Branflake said...

I can't wait to take family photos! These are so wonderful and incredibly sweet. That little baby is too cute!

Patricia said...

so cute! and perfect!

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mabel and Zora said...

That's a perfect gift.

Anne said...

That is just the best idea! Love!

Every Little Counts said...

i love this! and that cake looks insane... i want a piece!

the joielala girls said...

those are adorable! what a cutie!

Shibby said...

How lovely :)

StyleFrost said...

What a lovely present, lovely pics of your family! I love picnics and that cake looks so yummy, I want it now!

Anna said...

Beautiful photos, and what a thoughtful woman :) Their daughter is adorable!

Anonymous said...

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there it is.
so sweet.
xo

Natalie Taylor said...

I have that dress! Love it. Never thought about pairing it with a belt. Such cute photos. What a lovely birthday surprise and memories to last a lifetime.

Elise said...

This is absolutely adorable!! What a sweet idea!

La Boheme said...

Such a cute idea!

deanna said...

a family birthday picnic in the park is a divine idea, but i know if my husband then saw a professional photographer and stylist pop out his eyes would never stop rolling. especially on his birthday. i am not judging this couple - it looks like they had a lovely day, with photos to remember it by and maybe this husband enjoys being styled more than mine. i'm just cranky because i've been feeling lately like so many people are starting to live their lives as styled magazine editorial spreads for their blogs or facebook pages. i've caught myself with similar tendencies and i'm trying to stop. after all, can we really enjoy all of our adventures if we're so concerned about how everything's coordinated, if the lighting is flattering, or if it's even documented at all for all of our friends to see?

***my apologies in advance for the rant. the subject's just been on my mind a lot lately.***

Daisy said...

what a lovely present! Such a cute little fam.

Rachael said...

So perfect! These photos are amazing!

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amynicole said...

there are so many beautiful families out there! what a fun and special day for them!

tori @ sittinginatree said...

Few things are sweeter than a picnic in my book!

SeaGal said...

Aww.. what a lovely birthday surprise.. such a beautiful family and photos.

Kristen said...

What a sweet surprise! definitely keep that one in the thought hopper.

elisabeth said...

Hi Deanna. I'm Elisabeth, the wife, and I'm also one half of You + ME. So no random stylist waiting in the park. Just a wife surprising her husband with family photos to commemorate a place and occasion special to us. I completely agree that some of the most special moments aren't particularly pretty or photogenic, but it also makes us happy to take some fun family photos every couple years.

Jamie said...

What a beautiful picture, and the Anchors Aweigh dress suits the wife perfectly!

This must have been a truly special surprise!

leni said...

this is such a cute idea. i'm definitely going to remember this!

Kellie said...

What a fantastic and beautiful idea!!! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

What a fabulous idea!

maggie said...

adorable family!

Joanna Goddard said...

thanks for all the sweet comments! deanna, i agree that so many things feel like photo shoots, but the reason i posted this is because it *didn't* feel like that. they seem so happy, and the idea is so simple and sweet. it felt like a really authentic afternoon that was commemorated by a wonderful photographer. i would love love love to do something like this. xo

mara said...

such a beautiful family :)

xxx

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Henna @ AboutCabinets Blog said...

wow - seems like a really happy and content family, rally good pictures

miya said...

Yay, we're so glad you guys like this (this is Miya, the other half of You + ME). Though Elisabeth & her family may look like they just stepped out of a magazine, the thing that makes me so excited to work with her is that she is genuinely this thoughtful and beautiful all the time. If you would like some pictures like this, Brookelyn Photography and You + ME are giving away a photoshoot to one lucky winner. Head on over to our blog (youplusmeequals.com) to enter! Thanks, Joanna, for featuring this!

deanna said...

joanna and elizabeth - thanks for your thoughtful response and more information about the photo shoot. the photos are beautiful and elizabeth's whole family looks extremely adorable and very happy. my comments did not mean to take anything away from this specific set of photos - it's just an issue i've had on my mind a lot lately and unfortunately i chose that moment to go off about it. my apologies.

The Willows said...

the very sweetest. i love it.

Kaira Klueber said...

look at those eyes! cute wittle baby

{lovely little things} said...

Cute idea!

Anonymous said...

As one can see, most of the female readers thought this was a truly wonderful present,.....problem is, the present was for him. Trust me ladies, although very nice, it would not have made a "guys" top 10 list of birthday presents...

Anonymous said...

my husband just had a birthday- and I wish I had come up with something as creative and sweet. instead we went camping with our baby and family dog- and somehow a skunk got involved. not as great for photo opps! ;)
professional photos of your family- marking a beautiful time, and wonderful memories, makes for a great gift. for you, him and the family.

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