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Sydney’s Luau | Events | Thomasville, GA

I know, I know! I’m a terrible blogger!

Well, I take that back. I’m just a busy busy person who has been doing a lot of traveling, shooting, editing, and album designing on top of my full time job and new house decorating. But things have slowed down just a bit and I’m all finished with sending out client packages, so it time for a little blog catch-up! :)

Waaay back in July, I had the great honor of photographing a very special luau celebration…

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…for a very special little girl named Sydney. Sydney would have turned 5 this year, but tragically, she died in a plane crash just before her 3rd birthday.

I never had the pleasure of meeting Sydney, but from what one of her aunts (who happens to be a good friend of mine and one of my bridesmaids) tells me,  she was literally a ray of sunshine! Sydney’s family began holding an annual luau around the time of her birthday to celebrate the little girl that touched the lives and hearts of so many others.

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Sydney’s mom Christina (one of the most inspiring people I’ve ever met in my life) showed me a garden the family made for her.

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The luau was a joyous occasion. Sydney’s friends and family came out to do what they say Sydney would have wanted everyone to do if she were here: have fun! And lots of it!

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I’ve never seen a more awesome birthday party. There were balloons, a bubble machine, a pool, bar, arts and crafts, a pinata, snacks, a low country boil, music…you name it, they had it!

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The kids played in the pool so long their hands got all pruney! (Is that a word?)

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And the low country boil? Delish! Sydney’s grandpa taught me how to make it!

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I couldn’t get over how much love I was feeling in a place where I only knew about 5 people. It was absolutely amazing. Like I said, I never met Sydney, but I felt like I knew her just by being among the friends and family she had shined upon.

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Shine on Sydney. Shine on.

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