A little over sixteen years ago I lay in a hospital room, induced for labor for the third time in a week. I had all the people I loved the most with me to witness the birth of the most wonderful, gorgeous baby girl ever, Lillian Rose. I remember weeping at the sight of her. Every year on that special day in April I try to repay her for the insurmountable joy that she gave me back in 1997. So this year, on her sweet sixteen Johnny and I wanted to celebrate the precious child that has given us so many smiles.
It was a nerve wracking endeavor to try to surprise the “hub” of our family, but I think we actually did it. I had had my eye on the NYLO Legacy hotel for quite some time. We had done a day of shooting there before and I remember the people being so accommodating and the restaurant food at (LOCL) being surprisingly delicious. I cannot tell you how thankful I am to them for helping us out with this and in such little time. We had an amazing evening, dining al fresco in a perfect tent that looked onto their courtyard. The gentleman that took care of us for the evening, Blessings, was awesome. The food did not disappoint and every need we had was met. Even though she was sick with a sinus infection, I truly think Lily was blown away by the evening. For someone who requested a low-profile at home dinner, she ended up being a good sport and even wearing the sash and tiara I bought. It was, in a word, perfect. Thank you to the NYLO Legacy for everything. Did I happen to mention the day she turned 16, she had a job? Great kid!
The tent was a perfect way to enjoy the courtyard and stay comfortable.
Lily and my Dad, Poppi, are peas in a pod.
Lily and Brooks having some fun while we wait for all the guests.
What Sweet Sixteen party would be complete without a big red bow?
And there it is, the smile.
followed by more smiling
and yet more smiling.
This is LOCL’s spinach dip. It was crazy good.
Flatbreads that whet the appetite.
And even more smiles.
And the cool pose.
The food was rolled out to us on this wooden table. Pretty impressive.
Lily and Aunt Glo.
Lily and her Dad.
Lily and Blessings. Doesn’t he just look happy?