An unbelievable backyard birthday party

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It’s Friday, we’re in a fabulous mood with this three-day weekend ahead of us, so we’re going to do something a little different today. We’re going to share a birthday partay! When Alec Vanderboom sends you an event it’s pretty hard to say no to sharing it, and we thought you’d all love this birthday party for Ashley of we are the parsons. It’s perfect inspiration for any event you might be planning, wedding included!

Backyard Birthday Party

The mastermind behind this soiree? Jeremy, Ashley’s husband and second half of photography duo, we are the parsons. The bio on their site is a must read. It’s silly, heartfelt and will give you a glimpse into the fun life and love they have for each other and their two sons, referred to as “the brothers”.

Backyard Birthday Party

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Backyard Birthday Party

Great food, vintage lighting, floral goodness, Bluegrass playing all evening long, one large family-style table amidst the best of friends? There really isn’t a more perfect way to celebrate.

Backyard Birthday Party

Backyard Birthday Party

Backyard Birthday Party

With the help of all their friends coming together, Jeremy pulled off such a memorable event. We can only imagine the incredible woman Ashley must be! Thanks for capturing this celebration so perfectly Alec. You have us looking forward to throwing parties like this in the long Summer nights ahead. Happy birthday Ashley!

Photography: Alec Vanderboom / Flowers: Blue Bouquet / Bluegrass Band: Oriole Post / Catering: Dave Lueck /

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sonya at zenobia studios on May 27, 2011

This is just beautiful and so, so romantic!!

annie Tucker on May 27, 2011

today is my birthday!! wish i was having a backyard bash just like this!! it is beautiful!

Gaelan @ Uschi and Kay on May 27, 2011

This is amazing because this is exactly what I've been picturing in my head for my own wedding except that it will be in a vineyard, not a backyard.

Stephanie Elizabeth on May 27, 2011

Such a gorgeous birthday party! I love all the lights and the different style plates per place setting. Thanks for sharing and have a happy and safe holiday weekend!!!

laura on May 27, 2011

lots of love for ashley at that party and the details were exquisitely executed. the party was so full of life and love...shouldn't all birthday parties feel that good? thanks for sharing, 100 layer cake!

monica on May 27, 2011

is there any way you could share where you got the vintage lights and poles that were stuck in the ground? i'm throwing a birthday party for my husband this summer and would love to know!

jillian on May 27, 2011

love the long tables and all the pretty lights! makes me sorta wish we were doing our wedding reception outdoors next year! xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

Michelle | GOLD-HEARTED GIRL on May 27, 2011

STUNNING. So much inspiration coming from this one! http://goldhearted.etsy.com

Kinsey Stout on May 27, 2011

Thank you for sharing a non-wedding fabulous party! Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the wedding stuff - and absolutely everything on this site is perfect inspiration no matter what kind of event you're planning... But as someone who isn't actively planning a wedding, I really appreciate you showing us the same elements of charm and fun and personality in non-wedding events. This one was just gorgeous!

Stephanie @ rhinspirations on May 27, 2011

I really like the deco lighting and the family style seating. So intimate!

Leila | Be Inspired PR on May 27, 2011

Awwww LOVE the lighting!

Sally, ourdreamlives on May 27, 2011

Those light bulbs are totally amazing, and look so magical in the dark! Love it.

jenn {bow tie & bustle} on May 27, 2011

Such a beautiful birthday party! Love the lights strung over the table. So gorgeous!

leigh on May 27, 2011

Heart-stoppingly gorgeous!

Triscia on May 27, 2011

Magical garden party! Where can I find those gorgeous vintage lights?

Meaghan Murphy on May 28, 2011

Awww...so presh! I looked into having the Parsons photograph my wedding when we were going to have it in KC...THEY ARE SO AWESOME! All you KCMO girls should definitely check them out!

Milan on May 28, 2011

Perfection. Any chance know how many people were seated at that banquet? And how they constructed the poles/lighting and dealt with electricity? I'd love to have this setup at our wedding coming up. :) thank you for sharing the sweet inspiration!

AmyPunky Photography on May 28, 2011

This is pure perfection!!

Kathryn on May 30, 2011

Where did they buy their lighting? I will buy it from them if they want to sell!! love love love

Weddingish on May 30, 2011

I would die to have a backyard birthday party like that. Enchanting. :) Definitely makes me wish I had a spring or summer birthday...

Christen on May 30, 2011

I love it..it is just so gorgeous! It looks like something off of Brothers & Sisters or something. Sally Field is always hosting gorgeous outdoor parties.

Sarah on May 30, 2011

Where can I get those lights? They totally make the look.

100layercake on May 30, 2011

We're checking with Ashley to see where they bought the lighting. Check back soon for details!

Style Maniac on May 31, 2011

What a magical setting, captured just perfectly.

Lauren Whaley on Jun 1, 2011

Any chance they're selling the mason/ball jars? We're having a farm wedding and buying nothing new. Would love to buy their glassware. Also, Thank You for sharing! Truly magical and beautiful!

1 Funky Woman on Jun 2, 2011

I so want a party like this! What a great guy to do this for her! Thanks to ex-press I found your blog and loving it! Megan

100layercake on Jun 6, 2011

Hi everyone, While we didn't find these exact lights, here are some that are pretty close: http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/178-6045443-7246315?asin=B0040PTBK6&AFID=Froogle_df&LNM=%7CB0040PTBK6&CPNG=home%20decor&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=B0040PTBK6&ref=tgt_adv_XSG10001 http://www.potterybarn.com/products/globe-string-lights/?catalogId=73&bnrid=3380801&cm_ven=Google%20Base&cm_cat=Shopping&cm_pla=Feed&cm_ite=Google%20Base-6638456 http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=270657035162&hlp=false

Festive Party Girl on Jun 22, 2011

What a beautiful party. I love the long table with the rustic centerpieces. The evening lighting is wonderful.

Sandy on Jun 27, 2011

I am in love with this party! My birthday is coming up soon and i have been trying to figure out what i could use to hang my x-mas lights above the dinner table like how you did but without digging up the ground to much and having something durable to hold the weight. PLEASE PLEASE let me know! I've been racking my brain for awhile trying to figure it out and its starting to really hurt! Thank you so much

shanta singh on Jul 16, 2011

Awesome, perfect - I love the settings, lights and the natural settings shanta singh

Sharada on Dec 23, 2011

Absolutely beautiful shots..I learn even by observing the colour and lighting of your images.the subjects are graceful and the background(scenery) adds such warmth to the all around beauty of the stills. Very Natural. Kudos:)

Ariane on Mar 24, 2013

Such lovely pictures.

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