For a portrait photographer, every shoot is special in its own way. At weddings, there’s the promise of new love; my most recent shoot, however, showed off the fulfillment of that love at its most fun. For Brenda’s 60th birthday celebration, her three daughters planned an all-weekend outing through some of North East Pennsylvania’s finest wineries. The cherry on top? A messily delicious birthday cake smash and champagne toast. I won’t forget this delectably fun family affair anytime soon!

Empty champagne bottles and cake for 60th birthday celebration in North East PA

The Planning

A dedicated mom and grandma, Brenda often exhausts herself taking care of her little grandbabies. Her three daughters—Rochelle, Ramsey, and Mariah—knew it was important that Brenda kick back, relax, and enjoy her 60th birthday celebration. Rather than choosing a single outing for Brenda’s 60th birthday celebration, her daughters planned a weekend-long extravaganza touring the wineries of North East, Pennsylvania.

Woman smiles and holds happy birthday sign next to cake for 60th birthday celebration

The Great 60th Birthday Cake Smash

Brenda and her daughters definitely know the finer things. Inspiration for their weekend-long bash & cake smash came from a previous family trip in celebration of another happy event—Mariah’s wedding. Five years ago, a family & friends trip for Mariah’s bachelorette party took Brenda and her daughters on a party bus from Pittsburgh to Erie for a tour of the wineries. The trip left only the best impression: not only did the girls get to enjoy superb wines, but they made lifelong memories they still talk about to this day.

Women standing on a deck drinking champagne in North East, PA

Unsurprisingly, this beautiful memory of a happy celebration continues to inspire Brenda’s family today. To celebrate their mom’s 60th, the three daughters planned out a full weekend of wine tours and celebrations perfect for relaxing and making some new memories together.

Daughter pours champagne for Mom and her sisters during 60th birthday cake smash in North East, PA

Champagne toast for 60th birthday celebration in North East, PA

Mother and daughters pose together for mom's 60th birthday cake smash in North East, PA

They asked me to photograph their mom’s 60th birthday celebration with a natural focus on the birthday cake smash and champagne toast. It was an absolute pleasure seeing such a beautiful family celebrate together.

Popping the champagne cork for 60th birthday celebration in North East, PA

Family Matters

With four grandkids in the mix, it’s no wonder Brenda wears herself out doing grandma duty! This trip throughout Northeast Pennsylvania let the family relax and celebrate without worrying too much about keeping the little ones entertained. (Don’t worry, kids—you can have a cake smash too when you grow up!)

Mom cuts cake for 60th birthday celebration with her daughters in North East, PA

Mom takes a bite out the cake for her 60th birthday cake smash celebration with her daughters in North East, PA

I loved getting to know Brenda, Rochelle, Ramsey, and Mariah over this weekend. Photographing such a committed, tight-knit family throughout such an intimate yet fun event is always a delight. I have no doubt the sights seen, cake eaten, and champagne sipped throughout this weekend for Brenda’s 60th birthday celebration will live in beautiful memories for this wonderful family for years to come. Perhaps it will inspire future birthday bashes as well!

Mother and daughters laughing and drinking champagne for 60th birthday cake smash and champagne toast in North East, PA

To book me and commemorate your own birthday cake smash or celebration, contact me today. I’d love to capture your special birthday moments.