Thursday, April 23, 2009

Almost 50, Certainly Fabulous

When Kathy initially contacted me for photos of her husbands surprise birthday party, I was excited. When she then gave me all the details about the extravagant birthday weekend she had planned (secretly), I was ecstatic! How fun! And I could not wait to be a part of it. 

Brad, the birthday boy (who is not really 50 until December), was whisked away on a weekend trip to The Woodstock Inn & Resort by his lovely wife. She told him that he would be coming face to face with someone important Friday evening. Who could it be? Well...Brad had NO idea! A running joke in his circle of family and friends is that Brad really enjoys seeing himself (in pictures or the mirror). Kathy took that joke and ran with it!

Kathy, Brad is truly blessed to have such an amazing woman by his side, making him smile, and keeping him young. From the arrival gifts to the departing brunch, the whole weekend was amazing! I'm sure you hear, but everyone kept saying what a great time they were having. And Brad, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! From now and through the whole year, CELEBRATE!

Enjoy some of my favorites below from a fabulous weekend.  

FRIDAY Night Surprise Party

Kathy had large posters made with Brad's picture, that were displayed in The Main Dining Room.

Who was Brad coming face-to-face with? Himself of course! Kathy had masks made of Brad's face for everyone to hide behind during the surprise. It was a hoot seeing "Brad" all over the room!


All of Brad's friends collaborated to put together a slide show with music, photos and memories. It had everyone laughing!

Kathy got a standing ovation for all of her hard work that was put into a great weekend trip.

SATURDAY Day Activities

Saturday was gray, but that did not stop anyone from getting out and enjoying the Woodstock area. Group photo first!

The Quechee Gorge hiking crew.

Lunch break at The Farmers Diner!

Brad and his beautiful wife, Kathy.

After lunch we visited the different artisans around The Quechee Gorge Village.

And checked out the beautiful glass at Simon Pearce.

SATURDAY Night Dinner

Everyone wore their "festive" black to welcome Brad to his new age.

SUNDAY Morning Brunch

Sunday dawned sunny with blue skies. A perfect Vermont spring day!

Some early birds had to hit the road before breakfast.

Kathy had cards for everyone to write a note to Brad. The back reads: "Brought to you by YAAA. Youth Against Aging Alliance and the Committee to Keep Brad Young"

Did I mention the life size photo cutout of Brad? Check it out in the background here. It was present all weekend at the various events. As I was departing after brunch I heard discussion of how it will be passed around amongst the friends and photographed in various places. Was there mention of him perhaps modeling a bridal gown?? :)

And "Brad" is off for his first visit with friends! 
Thanks guys and gals for a great weekend!

xo K

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