Lebanon Family Pictures | Lebanon Woman Turns 108

Lebanon Family Pictures

In June, I was contacted by Melissa to photograph her Grandmother’s 108th Birthday Party. That’s right, I said 108. Capturing Lebanon Family Pictures for this beautiful family was more fun than I could’ve imagined. I thought for sure Melissa had mistyped when she wrote 108, but she hadn’t! The gathering was at a place in Lebanon called Brasenhill Manor. This place is historic and absolutely gorgeous.

Brasenhill Mansion in Lebanon PA

When I first walked in, Melissa introduced me to Virginia. Virginia is a beautiful, red haired girl with a wonderful vocabulary and even better hugging skills. She’s a hugger and I was blessed to be the recipient of one of those hugs, right as I was introduced. Melissa then introduced me to the woman of the hour! While her hearing may have decreased, she was alert and spunky and not at all what I expected in a 108 year old woman. She needed help to stand, but once she had her walker in hand, she was off!

We started out taking some family pictures in the sun room. All of the children and grandkids and Great grandkids.

108th birthday party family pictures

Lebanon Family Pictures of a 108 year old woman's birthday party

As the family took it’s turn posing with Grandma, she sat and smiled and smiled and smiled. She seemed to be so happy to have all of her family around her. What a blessing it must’ve been for her to have this special day!

The great room with family gathering for grandma's birthday party

Some of the family gathered in great room to chat and relax while the daughter’s prepared the meal. Grandma’s drink of choice was apparently a chocolate martini, so Melissa made a beautiful glass for each person, EVEN cutie Virginia.

Formal table setting for 108th birthday party

I gotta say, the martinis looked amazing as did the crab cakes and table in general. The family did an amazing job.

Family gathered around elegant table for birthday dinner

My favorite part was when the blessing was over, Grandma pipped up and said “Now that you’re all quiet and can hear me, I’d like to thank you all for giving me the BEST birthday EVER!”. That really struck me because in 108 years, the best birthday she had was this one where her family was beside her and came together for her!

Last Monday, her grandson, Jeff, emailed me and asked me to re-load his grandmother’s gallery to the online gallery because they had recently lost her. I have to say, my heart sunk. She was the oldest woman I had ever met and held more life and spunk in her tiny body than I do at 40. I was blessed to be a small part of her birthday and even more blessed to have captured the memories for her family forever.

To her family, my thoughts and prayers go out to you in your loss. Thank you for allowing me to capture this special day!

If you have a special day that you need to have documented, please let me know. Contact me today!


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  • Michelle RobertsonAugust 27, 2018 - 11:51 pm

    Such priceless memories for their family! These will definitely be a treasure for future generations!ReplyCancel

  • ShondaAugust 28, 2018 - 1:02 am

    Wow! What an amazing thing to have captured these for this family and congratulations for a lengthy lifetime, that is something amazing. Great job.ReplyCancel

  • JenAugust 28, 2018 - 10:43 am

    Beautiful family and home. They will cherish these forever.ReplyCancel

  • Deanna WebberAugust 28, 2018 - 8:56 pm

    I’m so sorry to read that she has since passed. These are beautiful, and precious photos that they will cherish forever. <3 ReplyCancel