Okay, guys, you know I love a good cake smash. They are slowly becoming my thing (along with fun ring shots!) and I am having way too much fun with them lately, especially this one!
Look, any reason to get cake involved is something I can get behind!!
Back when I posted Paige's 25th Birthday Cake Smash, my aunt absolutely loved it and mentioned how fun it looked (which it WAS!!!). I remembered that this year, she was celebrating her 50th birthday so I suggested doing one for her and, being the awesome person she is, she was totally down!
First thing I like to do for an adult cake smash is get a color scheme going. Some folks are ready to dive on in and get messy while others still want to stay relatively clean so the "smash" ends up being more of a styled session than anything and let me tell you - I LOVE EVERY BIT OF IT!
I like to do a "smash and splash" (smash a cake and splash champagne) to break the session up a bit but the cake is a pretty big part of the session! For my smash cakes, I always go to the amazing Mother Hen Cakes and we collaborate on colors and general idea of the cake and then she goes from there and they are seriously incredible! Not only do they taste amazing, but her cakes are absolutely stunning! I almost feel guilty cutting them up... almost!
For this session, Susan had picked out a gorgeous sequin and tulle turquoise dress from ASOS so I figured turquoise, teal, and silver would be a beautiful palette to work with. In an effort to remain respectful to our location and their rules, we went easy on the decor for this session but honestly, I think that it turned out better than it would have with anything else because Susan and Chuck came dressed so nicely that anything else would have likely felt overdone.
I mean... he came in a freaking suit!! A SUIT! How dreamy!?!?!
(Side note: a suit is ALWAYS a good choice! There's no such thing as too dressy when it comes to getting your photo taken! Gimme ALL THE SUITS!)
Oh, and the SPLASH!
I don't care what my husband says, I did not insist that the champagne bottle match the session. And I most certainly did not leave the house twenty minutes before I had to head to the session to scour our local liquor stores for the perfect colored bottle because the one I had wasn't perfect. Nope.
Yeah, okay, you're on to me. I totally did make it a bigger deal than it needed to be but guys, that bottle HAD TO MATCH.
And luckily, not only did it match, but it was pretty yummy! I'd call that a win and totally worth the obsession!
I have to end this on a serious note:
These two are my aunt and my uncle. They have been married for thirty years this year and now that she has turned 50, they are both 50 until August, when he levels up to 51. I have looked up to them my entire life and their marriage has been a guiding light for me to understand what true, dedicated love is and what it looks like.
Thirty years of love, laughter, loss, sickness/health, triumph, and spiritual growth. These two have been through some incredibly dark storms together and they are still madly in love and it radiates out into the world.
And then individually, they have 50 years of hard-earned wisdom. And look at them, they are beautiful!
Whether you are 16, 21, 30, 50, or 70, I think that it's important to remember that aging gracefully has nothing to do with looks and everything to do with who you allow yourself to become after life has shaped you. We are all on a different path and all that matters in the end is that you loved, you laughed, and you experienced true, genuine happiness.
My aunt is stunning, yes, but that beautiful face and contagious smile has known sorrow and defeat. It has known illness. It has known despair. But seriously LOOK AT HER. That woman is radiating. Not because her life is perfect but because, even through the darkest of times, life is still a beautiful gift and the human experience is a seriously incredible journey.
So for me, this session was more than just a cake smash - it was a way to capture that no matter what darkness you're in right now, no matter what season, it will pass and you will smile again!
So seriously, have some fun. Smile. Eat that extra piece of cake. Hug your family.
Life is good. It may not be perfect, but it is darn good!