I was lucky enough to meet the adorable Mr. Hudson (and his equally gorgeous mom and dad) last winter, when I did a holiday / family session for them. I was super excited when they wanted to do another session for Hudson’s first birthday this spring! That first birthday is such a fun milestone, and I love getting to celebrate it with my clients and their families.
We have several excellent bakeries in Oxford, but when Kelsey (Hudson’s mom) let me know that he has a dairy allergy – I knew we needed to make sure his cake smash wouldn’t leave him feeling bad. I reached out to several bakeries and was thrilled to find Heavenly Cakeballs. They are located just a few minutes north of me in Metamora. Heavenly Cakeballs is a totally gluten-free and nut-free bakery, specializing in yummy desserts for people with allergies. I spoke with Vonda (the owner) and she was amazing! We worked out the details of what Hudson could and couldn’t have – and she agreed to make a special cake – just for him! Vonda even called again the night before the shoot (while she was baking and decorating) just to be absolutely sure all of the ingredients were safe.
Their session started with the whole family and (of course) some of just the handsome birthday boy as well. And even though Mr. Hudson was little unsure of what to do with an entire cake at first — he dug in and figured it out right away! His little face makes me smile every time I look at the photos. I’ve posted a few below, and if you are in need of a delicious desert for someone who has nut or gluten allergies – definitely check out Heavenly Cakeballs. Or, if you are just hoping for something extra fresh and delicious – check them out for that too. They bake in small batches and keep inventory fresh. They went above and beyond for us, and you may be able to find an extra special, allergy friendly dessert there too!