On my graduation party day, I woke up early to pick up dessert with my dad, freshly-baked glazed, chocolate glazed, & maple syrup donuts. Sleeping in was an option, but there’s something special about getting donuts with your dad on the day of your graduation party. Several hours later, after a full morning of getting ready and packing boxes into our two vehicles, the Hitt family arrived at La Villa.
Back in April of 2022, I had reserved La Villa, a venue with architecture that leaves you in awe. Once a church in the 1920’s, La Villa is classy, yet modern.
In addition to being a lovely location for a graduation party, La Villa completed the look for my senior photos, taken in July of 2022. It was incredibly exciting to take photos in the same location my party would take place in.
Once my family & I stepped foot into La Villa the day of my graduation party, June 25th, 2023, we got to work, & as always, we made a great team.
When I started planning my graduation party, I dreamed of a venue with white walls & professional photos to last a lifetime. These images will be memories for the years to come.
I prioritized photos by getting them taken before and during the party, & I’m so thankful I did. While I was in front of the camera, my amazing family continued to decorate the space.
After I took my individual photos, Brooklyn stepped in frame. As my family likes to say, Brooklyn is the spice to my sugar. That being said, she’s one of the best sharers I have ever met & would do anything for her family. Brooklyn has taught me persistence, how to "tell it like it is," and that every breath is a gift.
We couldn’t leave out some sweet father-daughter moments, which I will always treasure. He's the reason why my tricycle license plate spelled out, "Daddy’s Girl.”
My mom saw my vision for this graduation party, just like our shared perspective for Melane & Co. We're alike in many ways & are often told our mannerisms match one another’s. A mentor, business partner, & best friend. Mom, you are my sunshine.
As I look through these photographs, I see an afternoon that was filled with joy & a family who always supports me.
Oh my goodness. This dress. There are few things in life I call keepsakes. Books, handwritten notes, jewelry, & certain outfits.
“I just want you to sketch your dream dress for your graduation party.” Mom had asked me to sketch my ideal dress, then secretly contacted our good friend, Jaxson Wyatt, who brought my design to life. As I was working out the dress’s details, I wanted it to be timeless with a bit of dazzle to it. I will keep this dress forever.
“Could you please pray I don’t forget the dessert?” I asked, with a smile in my voice. It was the evening before the party, & I was on the phone with one of my closest friends. Thankfully, the sugary sweetness was not forgotten. The 3 flavors of donuts and the mini Crumbl Cookies were savored. Next to the donuts & cookies were clear dispensers of sweet tea, water, & milk. It was a delight to place my hand-painted labels to go along with each refreshment & dessert.
I thought it would be sentimental to personalize my gifts for my friends & family, but in the thick of the school year, I didn’t know if I would have the time. My senior year of high school consisted of college classes, graduation ceremony committees, social media work for several pages, painting, & dedicating time to those I love. It was an unforgettable year. Although, as the date of my graduation party approached, I was a little disappointed there wasn’t a way to get pretty, personalized party favors that were also affordable. Then, I had an idea.
On a whim, I ordered blank notecards. I contacted my friends & family who had not RSVP’d yet & made it my personal mission to craft a card to everyone who could make it. On the front of each card was a name, an individual who was a part of my life, & on the back were my words written with them in mind.
THE GRADUATION PARTY
As soon as we finished setting up, my friends & the rest of my family arrived. Photos were taken, conversations were shared, & memories were made at this unforgettable high school graduation party.
This party wouldn’t have been possible without the special people in my life. Thank you for celebrating another milestone with me.
Venue: La Villa
Photos by Jenny Shipley
Dress design brought to life by Jaxson Wyatt
“Marissa’s Milestones” sign: Blush & Lumber
Donuts: Fluffy Fresh
Cookies: Crumbl Cookies
Senior photo hair and makeup by Ashley Marie