Photographer and stylist Melissa Darst loves walking into a new place and being creative on the fly and in a moment make something out of nothing. Driving out to the ranch for her son Hayden’s first birthday party, she kind of knew the direction she wanted to go with for the theme, but she loved where she ended up after digging through the barns.
“I found all these old doors, which led to the backdrop for my dessert table. The painting I made for Hayden the night before so cozily rested in a cutout of one of the doors. My favorite little detail that just came together was the rustic old iron patio table with peeling white paint that was the perfect stand to highlight my cake and cupcakes!”
Fresh flowers from out on the farm were used as well as some simple garden flowers from the local nursery for centerpieces tucked in various crates and boxes.
Uncle Jason came through as always with a bounce house for the big day. “Hayden loved it and I will say it is the best for containing a super active, almost walking 1-year old.”
Melissa’s two favorite pictures of her little sunshine in action who slowed down long enough to snuggle with her just like he did when he was a little tiny baby. “I’m so very proud of my hubby for taking this photos of me and Hayden, which I will always treasure, treasure, treasure! And the other moment with him and daddy just truly makes my heart melt – I literally cried when it popped up on my screen.”
Thanks for sharing a little sunshine with us Melissa!