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. 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!!!

  2. 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! =)

  3. says

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


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