7.18.2013

Hello lovelies! Is anyone else super ready for the weekend!? Brady has been studying night and day for his part 2 boards that he will be taking next month and they cannot come soon enough! Oh, and just a little teaser... next week I will be hosting an amazing 
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Trust me, you won't want to miss it :)

I cannot believe our little guy is finally 1! Where did the time go? I honestly feel like we just had him and now he's talking, is going through a huge mama stage (not going to lie... I kinda love it), has 2 teeth (with 4 coming in any day), and is minutes away from walking! Could time please slow down?! His first year went so fast and we've been savoring every moment with him. I can honestly say it's been the best year of our lives. He is the greatest blessing. 

I had been planning for Bentley's 1st birthday since he was born (as I'm sure most moms are). There were so many great ideas I had found and so many things I wanted to do. Bentley's birthday was definitely a labor of love and I'm pretty sure I got a lot of slack from Brady that I was doing too much (I know, he's only 1) but, it was so worth it! Although I know he won't remember it, I will! And of course, we took lots of pictures so he will kind of remember it too ;)

Once I decided on the nautical theme for Bentley's 1st Birthday party, I knew we had to do his photo shoot on the beach! Bentley's nursery is a nautical theme (which I will be posting soon) so we were able to take a lot of pieces from that and incorporate it into his party! 

For his Birthday Photo Shoot, I ended up making this little sail boat for him to play in. I searched and searched and couldn't find any good tutorial on how to make a boat so, I just winged it. It is made from 2 boxes folded and glued together. Once it was all made, I spray painted it coordinating colors for his party and outfit. Easy peasy right!?!


We headed down to Laguna Beach on a Sunday afternoon hoping it would be less busy than a normal day (it was thank goodness).  With a full belly and everything set up, it was time to play!

-Disclaimer-
 This post includes a gagillion of pictures. When I had gotten home I realized I had taken over 500 pictures while we were there and this is probably only 1/3rd of them! Believe me when I say I cut it down as much as I could but it's really hard when he's adorable in every single one!

Here are our top picks from Bentley's Nautical 1st Photo Shoot
























Clearly, he takes his job pretty seriously.












I mean, how can you get much cuter!?




Dad gave him his first Gusher, he wasn't too sure about it!

















That's a wrap!



43 comments:

  1. These are great! And I love that you snuck into a few of the shots towards the end! WE mamas are hardly in the shot unless we are intentional about it. I'm always taking pictures, and hardly the subject!

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  2. How sweet! I love the props. Bentley looks adorable!
    Ginny

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  3. Every single picture is absolutely adorable! Happy 1st birthday Bentley! Soooo cute!

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  4. Oh this is just precious! And how cute is his little tie? And I love all of the sailing quotes! I bet they would look cute in his room along with these pictures!

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  5. Ok seriously! This is the cutest photo shoot ever. Bentley is adorable!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  6. In love with his theme! And, those photos are simply gorgeous!!
    You were in Laguna? Do you live in SoCal, too???

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  7. I love these photos, they are amazing!

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  8. okay these are amazing! he is so darling, and i love the nautical theme! XO
    the well-traveled wife

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  9. He is adorable in every one! I think it's awesome that you don't have to hire anyone to take his pics. Yours are beautiful. What a cute theme.

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  10. These are so cute! Love that little boat you made!!
    P.S. I can't believe Brady is taking the boards next month! That is crazy!!

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  11. absolutely gorgeous pictures! :) You're very talented not only with the pictures, but with making the boat.
    The ones of him crying = love! :) So sweet.

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  12. Planning the first birthday is always so much fun. We did a jungle theme for my first son and then a chef theme for my 2nd (he loooooved to eat). I'm so impressed with your boat! It turned out so cute. What a great backdrop for pictures. Your little guy is too precious.

    Amy


    Fashion and Beauty Finds

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  13. Oh my goodness! These are too cute!

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  14. Gosh! Bentley sure is a gorgeous boy. Love your theme and pictures...as always.

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  15. AWW this is ridiculously cute and such a good idea! amazing photographs xx

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  16. What adorable pictures!!! I LOVE your boat!! We did a luau theme for my little boy's first birthday. It was called "Little Lewie's Luau." My little guy is now going to be FIVE!! Cherish every moment and every pic (even if you have 500) because it still won't seem like enough. Bentley is such a cutie! XOXO.

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  17. Those are really wonderful pictures! You portray emotions in photos so good! :)

    callmemaddie.blogspot.com

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  18. lovely pictures! your little one is adorable!

    www.flashforwards.blogspot.com

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  19. SO CUTE. I love that you've been planning his 1st birthday for so long haha. I'm totally planning my future nursery even though I don't want babies yet :)

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  20. OH MY GOSH!!! These photos are killing me, they are just too cute for words and I love all of your graphics too!
    xoAmy
    www.dreamingincashmere.com

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  21. These are fantastic!!! Perfect photo props and perfect outfits!! Happy 1st Birthday to Bentley!! I'm one who starts planning the bday parties right away, too!

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  22. You have the cutest life!!!! Fantastic job!

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  23. These pictures are great! Bentley is just the perfect little model! And that boat rocks! Way to go momma!

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  24. Bentley steals my heart, seriously the cutest!! Love the photos. It is amazing how much they learn and grow within a year. xo

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  25. I love all of these picture. The more pics the better. I hope you have a great Tuesday!

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  26. Thanks for stopping by my blog! :)
    I can see why you had a hard time choosing photos, he's the sweetest little boy!! (Plus he shares my maiden name so he gets extra cute-points!) :D And your theme is lovely!

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  27. these pictures are fabulous! us mommas are always behind the lens...loved the precious shots of you & Bentley at the end! you have a beautiful family ;)

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  28. What beautiful pictures of your little man! Love the theme too :) Thanks for stopping by my blog! Newly following!

    xo, Jenna

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  29. Thanks for stopping by my blog. :) What adorable pictures! He has a great little smile. Love the theme as well.

    Lauren
    Style of One's Own

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  30. Oh my goodness, these are the cutest photos ever! The crying photos kill me! So cute. Love his big blue eyes! And those curls! My little guy has similar curls and I cannot get over them. I'm never going to be able to cut his hair!

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  31. Your family is precious! And I love these pictures, especially the crying ones!

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  32. What a sweet idea for a photoshoot - love! Happy 1st birthday to your Bentley!

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  33. Ahoy!!! He is so cute! This photoshoot is absolutely darling. I love a good cardboard boat. He is sailing the seas of imagination already.
    Good job!

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  34. Oh my Gosh- SO CUTE. Bentley is a little rock star. :)

    -Ashley
    http://lestylorouge.com

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  35. All so sweet!! I wouldn't be able to cut them down either!

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  36. He is so adorable and you got some really great shots!

    xx
    Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  37. Oh these are such cute pics!! Love them! Newest follower cutie. I would love it if you followed me back on GFC or Bloglovin.

    http://www.nightchayde.blogspot.com

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  38. Oh my gosh, I could not love this photo shoot more! What a doll. His tiny tie just makes the shoot, as well as the nautical theme... LOVE!

    Sarah @ Life As Always

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  39. Oh my goodness is he is a cute little sailor! Aw, wow... I love each one of these, so precious!

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  40. I'm seriously dying right now...This is straight out of a magazine!

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  41. These pics are amazing mama! What a gorgeous family. Your lil guy is to die.

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