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Laya’s Trash-the-Dress (1st Birthday Edition)

(apologies to Veluz for the mess)

For our youngest daughter’s 1st birthday, Benz & I decided that we won’t be throwing a birthday party and just allot the budget for a family holiday.  But of course, we could not let the special occasion pass without preserving memories for her to know how special her first birthday was.

For our final photo session with The Stork Studio (previous shoots while Laya was in-the-womb, newborn, three months, six months and nine months), Stan Ong and Sofia Genato suggested we go outdoors for the 12th month pictorial.  Benz was inspired by an Etsy-ish look (read: vintage and handmade) in one blogpost by Kelle Hampton and she made it her peg for the look of our mock birthday party.  I, on the other hand, wanted a “one-table-party” concept, with a family picnic feel.  Soon, we gathered-up our friends (some of the best in the wedding industry!) to help us achieve the look we wanted.

Our utmost gratitude for their generosity and the help extended to us. :)

our shoot location | Blue Leaf

styling & set-up | Teddy Manuel

Laya’s gown | Veluz

mini-catering* | Josiah’s
*spaghetti & fried chicken for us and the people who worked behind the scenes

cake | Sugarbox

yummy cookies | Joy San Gabriel

balloons | Polkadot Events

paper boutonnière | Vatel Manila

all watermarked photos by The Stork Studio | see more…

additional photos by Cherryblocks | see more…

And what better way to preserve memories than capturing them in moving pictures. The video below is a collaborative work by Pheoben Teocson and Threelogy:

Parting shot with the world’s cutest real-life caketopper!


Happy Birthday, Laya!  We love you! :)

  1. Angelaze Says:

    CUTE! ang sarap naman ng kinakain ng laya baby, pati dress humingi. =)

  2. Dear Laya Rana, « Who rides a Vespa? Says:

    […] heartfelt gratitude for all the people who helped in this shoot.  Full credits listed here. […]

  3. khim Says:

    Dear Laya,

    sya ang pinaka batang may trash the dress!!!!
    pinaka batang naka veluz gown!!!

    talbog lahat ng brides sa kanya hehehe

    May you continue to make us smile!!!

    happy bday!!!

  4. Erron Says:

    really nice! if intimate usapan, wala na yata tatalo dito! love the idea! :)

  5. Jasmine Mendiola Says:

    wala ng mas cucute pa sa party na to! Happy happy baby Laya :)

  6. Ayeth Says:

    wow! so nice Ma’am Benz and Sir Abet! cutie ni laya! i really love her trash the dress shot and the caketopper shot! ang cute! Happy Birtday Laya! =)

  7. dech Says:

    very nice! Mam Benz and Sir Abet, may I know what shade of pink and green yung ginamit nyo dito? :)

  8. Tin Says:

    Ang cute ni Laya! Loved the caketopper shot =)

  9. Mia Says:

    I’m in LOVE with everything about this party!! Every detail was so perfectly styled!! Happy Birthday to your little one!! :-)

  10. Mia Says:

    Aw, I’m even more excited! I think little Laya is wearing one of my headbands in the top picture!! So cute!

  11. Digital Shots Video Production Says:

    Happy Birthday Laya :-) So Cute :-)

  12. Philippine bride Says:

    This is a well conceptualized party. Congratulations!

  13. Red and Blue Birthday | manilamommy.com Says:

    […] Read more about the party at the weddingsatwork blog HERE […]

  14. Laya’s Birthday Party Pictorial « MimmaBenz.com Says:

    […] read more about the party, the suppliers involved and etc at W@W’s Blog or Didda Abet’s Blog or Mommy Manila’s Blog and please watch the video at […]

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