sorority formals & surprise parties

for years i worked primarily weekends & holidays.
since leaving my position at the hospital
i have loved being available & free for whatever comes up.
even if i have a photo session i still have the majority of the weekend
wide open!
being one of “those moms” who has an insatiable need to capture
all her children’s moments on film
missing much of savannah’s days at UGA has been toughie.
surely you can relate.
she had asked, weeks ago, if i’d come up & photograph her and trevor 
before her AXO formal.
wouldn’t miss that for the world!
while no parents were on the lawn of the sorority house
& she was so kind to make sure that my feelings weren’t hurt
if i just dropped them off there
i do treasure the shots i captured of them before joining up with the rest of the crew!
it was originally forecast to rain
but thankfully they had a spectacular spring day instead!
& i loved snapping a few in front of the honors college too.
can i get an amen!

caroline rode to athens with me
& we had such a sweet time together.
the glorious sky on the ride up…
earlier in the week i received a call from the mama of one of caroline’s
best friends.
two her girlfriends had planned a surprise party for her,
complete with all the details.
starla & kristin took care of everything!
can you imagine…5th graders planning a day for their friend.
honestly it was one of the sweetest things anyone has ever done 
for one of my girls.
& amazingly…it stayed a surprise!
everything was pink
starla’s mama baked a delicious cake from a family recipe
topped with buttercream frosting!
 what a blessing these girls are 
in caroline’s life. 
they are sweet girls, smart girls,
& are obviously great friends to each other.
so glad i was able to be at both events for my bookends!

ya’ll come back & visit this week 
as i have two super giveaways for you!!
“Here on this Holy ground
You made a way for peace
Laying your body down
You took our rightful place
This freedom song is marching on”
chris tomlin
March 26, 2012 - 12:01 pm

Kat - SMK looked gorgeous! Love her earrings! How precious that CEK's friends threw her a surprise party. What precious girls! I LOVE the toile wallpaper in her friend's kitchen!!! So fun to be able to go as you please and take part in all your sweet babies' fun events on the weekends! xo

March 26, 2012 - 12:18 pm

Cheryl - So happy you were able to photograph SMK! Looks as though she cut her hair a bit. It looks wonderful. They both look wonderful. Such a darling couple.
And CEK…. I cannot image the joy she had to feel as her friends celebrated her! Lovely!
Enjoy your week.

March 26, 2012 - 12:44 pm

Shauna - What a fun weekend! Your photos are great as always. and how great was that surprise party? In the 5th grade too, so sweet. Those are some lifelong friends!

March 26, 2012 - 12:59 pm

Pine Tree Home - Such fun times for both. They must be so happy you capture it so beautifully for them.

March 26, 2012 - 1:51 pm

Debby - This post brought big tears to my eyes. What a beauty your daughter is. They are such a sweet couple. So glad that you can share these moments. Little Bit is as special to her friends like she is to you.
(You look like you have lost weight, not that you needed to at all…..)

March 26, 2012 - 2:43 pm

Kelli - How wonderful that you were able to be at both events. Savannah looks beautiful…and I adore Trevor's bow tie 🙂 That was VERY sweet of Caroline's friends to do something so special for her…what a joy!

March 26, 2012 - 2:48 pm

Love Being A Nonny - I'll give you and AMEN and up you to GORGEOUS! I HAVE to know….did she comment on the holes in your jeans???:)

March 26, 2012 - 2:55 pm

Jeannine - I'm still praying on that “5% is what only you can do” from your last post, and these pictures just show that you have completely taken that to heart and are dedicating your time to doing what only you can do.

That black gown is splendid. You captured the movement of the long skirt beautifully.

March 26, 2012 - 3:01 pm

Lemonade Makin' Mama - They are just the cutest little couple and love all your pictures of course! I need a tee shirt that says, “Paige groupie.” LOL

Happy MOnday!!

March 26, 2012 - 3:23 pm

Shannon - Savannah looks gorgeous and that dress is AMAZING! Your girls always have the most beautiful dresses everytime.
Little Ms Caroline is one lucky little girl to have such great friends. It looks like you had a happy weekend.

March 26, 2012 - 4:27 pm

Lindsey - I just love Savannah's dress! So classy! How sweet of Caroline's friends to throw her a surprise party. Definitely looks like she felt extra loved on her special day!

March 26, 2012 - 4:32 pm

janet - What a beautiful daughter and I love her dress..They are a cute couple..And Caroline's party looks simply adorable…

March 26, 2012 - 4:36 pm

julieann - Great shots of the girls big events..

March 26, 2012 - 4:51 pm

3 Peanuts - Aww these are sweet times:)

March 26, 2012 - 6:50 pm

Alecia - So fun…Savannah & Trevor are PRECIOUS! The dress looked amazing & Trevor looked quite dapper in his tux & bow tie 🙂

So glad Caroline had a great surprise party…what a blessing!

March 26, 2012 - 8:33 pm

Heidi - I love reading your blog and have never commented. I live in Southern CA now, but was raised in Marietta and went to UGA, so it is always so fun for me to look in on your life and be reminded of home, especially UGA bits and pieces. Thanks for all of your pretty photos and writing!!

March 26, 2012 - 9:02 pm

Michele - SMK looks gorgeous in that beautiful gown and Trevor is very handsome! I'm sure they had a great time at the formal. How very sweet for the surprise bday party for Caroline! Sounds like a perfect day for your girls! xo

March 26, 2012 - 10:05 pm

Kerri - Savannah looks beautiful as always! She and Trevor are so cute! And he is such a sport that he doesn't mind his second mom photographing him all the time! 🙂 And Caroline's friends throwing her a surprise party! I wish we all could be blessed with such amazing friends! God bless the Knudsen girls! I love you all!!

March 27, 2012 - 12:17 am

Cha Cha - What a sweet day, I know you heart was full. I love that your girl still wants to include you and let you come take picture, I think that screams job well done. I believe she might even be rising up and calling you blessed. Your heart for your girls is a thing of beauty.

Cha Cha

March 28, 2012 - 12:29 am

Lulu and Co. - Two sweet events for both your daughters! Loved SMK's dress! Its so nice to see her relationship with her boyfriend going so well, they seem so perfect for each other.
CEK has fantastic friends to give her such a sweet party! she must have felt so loved.

March 28, 2012 - 2:29 am

Jodi - stunning! I am so happy that you are able to be there and share those special times with the girls; life is too short, you need to be there!

Caroline has some great friends; that is so neat that they planned everthing! I bet she was so surprised and so happy!

Have a great rest of the week!