Cake Smash to Celebrate 40 Years! Best Friends Make Life Sweeter!

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Celebrating 40!

Wine, cake, tulle skirt, birthday girl t-shirt... and the best of friends that surprised Jocelyn with it all!

Jocelyn arrived at my studio with a couple of her friends not certain what was ahead.  Stephanie and Erin planned an entire day of fun to celebrate Jocelyn's 40th birthday and I was so excited when Stephanie shared her ideas for a cake smash.  Ummmm, YES!  Count me in!  As a woman, who is trying to embrace and love myself just the way I am, I very much wanted to photograph a girl welcoming a new decade with open arms.  And Erin and Stephanie... well they were so thoughtful to put together a full day of fun. 

After these three women finished coaching their daughter's basketball teams on a Saturday morning a few months ago, the fun started when they received a cryptic text from me.  "106 E. Oak St, Mahomet.  Be there at 11:00 a.m."  And that was the beginning of Jocelyn's birthday scavenger hunt.  Music was cranked.  Drinks were poured.  And the fun began while all the ladies had professional make-up applied before we started the photo session.  And that was just the beginning of their day.  After the most fun photo session ever, in my opinion, Jocelyn's scavenger hunt took her to JT Walker's for drinks with friends.  Her final stop on the hunt was Sunsinger where all of their husband's joined them for dinner.   I mean seriously.  How amazing is that?   They are blessed to have one another.  These girls are always doing thoughtful things for each other... special occasion or not.  

We started with a couple pics of each of the women separately and then some of the 3 of them together.  That was short and sweet.  Jocelyn was thrilled to have pics with her friends, loved the entire experience and thought that was it.  Oh no Jocelyn.  We're just getting started.  ;-)  Her friends made sure these birthday photos were like no other... complete with the most amazing Kate Spade inspired cake, tulle skirt, birthday girl t-shirt and wine.   So sit back, pour yourself a glass of wine and look through these fun pics.  Cheers to best friends who make life even more memorable!  Happy birthday Jocelyn! 

Cake is always good.  And even better when shared with friends.  Forks optional.  

Happy 40th Jocelyn! 





Heather is the owner of Sweet Lemonade Photography and co-owner of Sweet Darling Weddings located in central Illinois (Mahomet).  Life gave her a bunch of lemons (you can read a little more here on her personal blog Sweet Lemonade Life) and by keeping her focus on God, finding the positive in each day, and surrounding herself with supporting, loving and encouraging people she has turned those lemons into the sweetest lemonade.  Her personal blog has been created to share her heart, her adventures and find ways to bless others.  You can contact her at or