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Wishing the sweetest little girl a very happy first birthday. Such a special day. I remember so well hearing the news that you had arrived. The boys and I came into the city straight after school to meet you when you were just hours old. How time has flown and how you have grown into a beautiful, funny little girl.

Cannot wait to see you again soon.

Last Sunday afternoon marked the celebration of Manu’s first birthday. I could not wait to capture this event, as Mom certainly knows how to plan a fabulous party. The attention to detail was amazing. When I first arrived I was welcomed by The Castle’s event planner. He informed me that due to the possibility of rain the party had been relocated inside. A shame as it was a photographers perfect day – a little cloud cover but bright, for wonderful natural light imagery. However the staff at The Castle had decorated the room beautifully for the party. Here is a little insight into the theme. A little prince playing in his garden! How sweet. The cake was so incredible, such a work of art. It tasted amazing too! It was created by Cakes by Lulu.

The floral arrangements went perfectly with the garden theme. Each center piece was slightly different, incorporating sand toys, pinwheels, grass and potted plants. They were created by Enza Anasatasi from Diana Gould Designs.

There was face painting and tattoos for the young ones, by The Creativity Zone

The Little Maestros performed. Manu absolutely loved dancing to their tunes. As did big sister, Dominique, who is a fantastic dancer. She enjoyed herself so much.

Following the music, the children headed outside for pony rides with Sparkle and Jackpot. They were cared for by and supplied by Pied Piper Pony Rides.

The slideshow gives a little insight into this truly amazing birthday celebration.

It was such a pleasure to capture these memories for the A family. A truly magnificent celebration for a sweet one year old boy. Happy Birthday Manu.

It is incredibly hard for me to believe that Manu’s first birthday is upon us already. I just had to go back and revisit his newborn session images. How the time has flown and he has grown into a fun loving little boy who adores his big sister. I could see that a strong bond had started to form when he was just 5 days old. Now there is no denying they are so connected.

We had a fun morning, packed with playing and stories before his morning nap. His birthday party venue was The Castle and so this little prince needed a birthday crown. Where do you turn when you need a crown in a hurry? Facebook! What a wonderful resource. Thanks to my friend, Virginia I had a beautiful birthday crown on loan from her very own Prince Charming. Manu was not too keen to keep it on, but we managed to capture a selection of images before it was completely discarded. He wears it well!

Now that I feel like I am on a roll with updating my blog – this is the second entry today. I think it is safe to say that by the end of the week I may even get to blog Manu’s party, which was A M A Z I N G! Cannot wait to show you.

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