Family dinner outdoors in Sonoma

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As promised in my earlier post about our family vacation to the bay area, the big dinner celebrating our yearly reunion, beautifully captured by the lovely Kate Harrison. Even without the motivation of a photographer, we were all so glad that we put in the effort to create such a special meal for all of us to enjoy together. Good food, great company… two of life’s real treasures and certainly meant to be cherished and enjoyed properly.

Family dinner in Sonoma | Kate Harrison Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

This is so not a styled shoot, btw. We used what the rental house had (with the exception of a few little bits of decor), made a meal we wanted to eat, wore what we’d packed in our suitcases… totally real life. Of course Kate made everything look great, but you guys… with a teeny bit of planning anyone could do this on their next family vacation.

Family dinner in Sonoma | Kate Harrison Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

We dragged the big outdoor table into the field behind the house and set the table properly.

Family dinner in Sonoma | Kate Harrison Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

Came up with a delicious menu.

Family dinner in Sonoma | Kate Harrison Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

Had adorable children.

Family dinner in Sonoma | Kate Harrison Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

Family dinner in Sonoma | Kate Harrison Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

Family dinner in Sonoma | Kate Harrison Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

Family dinner in Sonoma | Kate Harrison Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

Made delicious cocktails.

Family dinner in Sonoma | Kate Harrison Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

Family dinner in Sonoma | Kate Harrison Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

Family dinner in Sonoma | Kate Harrison Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

So many activities to keep the kids entertained.

Family dinner in Sonoma | Kate Harrison Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

Family dinner in Sonoma | Kate Harrison Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

And my favorite part – the family portraits.

Family dinner in Sonoma | Kate Harrison Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

Totally recommend hiring a local photographer during your next family vacation. Even better and more affordable with lots of families. That way everyone gets a few shots together while they’re relaxed and dressed without having to spring for their own solo photo shoot. Kate probably spent 5 – 10 minutes with each family. Super easy and low stress.

Family dinner in Sonoma | Kate Harrison Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

Family dinner in Sonoma | Kate Harrison Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

Family dinner in Sonoma | Kate Harrison Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

Family dinner in Sonoma | Kate Harrison Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

Family dinner in Sonoma | Kate Harrison Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

Family dinner in Sonoma | Kate Harrison Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

Family dinner in Sonoma | Kate Harrison Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

Family dinner in Sonoma | Kate Harrison Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

Family dinner in Sonoma | Kate Harrison Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

Family dinner in Sonoma | Kate Harrison Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

Family dinner in Sonoma | Kate Harrison Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

Family dinner in Sonoma | Kate Harrison Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

Family dinner in Sonoma | Kate Harrison Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

Family dinner in Sonoma | Kate Harrison Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

Family dinner in Sonoma | Kate Harrison Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

Family dinner in Sonoma | Kate Harrison Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

The babies were put to sleep and the older kids watched a movie on a blanket next to the table.

Family dinner in Sonoma | Kate Harrison Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

Family dinner in Sonoma | Kate Harrison Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

Family dinner in Sonoma | Kate Harrison Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

Family dinner in Sonoma | Kate Harrison Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

Family dinner in Sonoma | Kate Harrison Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

Family dinner in Sonoma | Kate Harrison Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet Family dinner in Sonoma | Kate Harrison Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

Family dinner in Sonoma | Kate Harrison Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

Family dinner in Sonoma | Kate Harrison Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

Family dinner in Sonoma | Kate Harrison Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

Family dinner in Sonoma | Kate Harrison Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

So memorable. Thank you, Kate!

All photos by Kate Harrison. Kenwood vacation rental on VRBO.

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Kate Harrison on Aug 29, 2013

I love this tradition & the whole road trip. What memories you've made! Thanks for inviting me to capture some of it. XX

Leslie on Aug 30, 2013

LOVE. What a beautiful bunch, inside and out. Thank you to Kate for capturing some of the fun!

Southland Avenue on Sep 3, 2013

This is so beautiful! I love it! I'd love to start a similar tradition. Everything looks perfectly relaxed! ~Mary Keller

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