Princess Day 2018 | Pear Tree Estate | Champaign, IL

Princess Day at Pear Tree Estate was exactly the kind of day you dream about as a little girl playing dress up and watching Disney movies.  Wearing your fanciest dress, wearing flower crowns, receiving jewelry, eating sweets, having your picture taken – truly a day dreams are made of!

Winter can get tedious in central Illinois, and little ones get bored being cooped up indoors.  This was the perfect opportunity for giving everyone involved something to look forward to and celebrate while we patiently wait for spring!  I was so excited when kDarling Photography was asked to be the official royal photographer for this event!

This year’s Princess Day was themed, “The Inside Out Princess,” and featured a coloring book story written by Lauren.

A princess is more than a palace and crown.

Far beyond simply an elegant gown.

A royal girl we should know about.

A true princess from the inside out.

The day started out with the princesses coloring and making wands during check-in.  Once they were all settled in, they were welcomed by Annie and started making the royal rounds to their activity stations.  There was so much to do, including decorating cakes with Lori.  Each princess was able to decorate 4 cupcakes with as much icing and fancy sprinkles as they desired!  They also each made handprint keychains which were a big hit!  What princess is complete without her royal jewels?  Each of the princesses made beaded necklaces with their names stamped on a silver charm and a matching bracelet with their first initial.  Each princess also needs a crown and everyone enjoyed making them and wearing them.  All of the royalty enjoyed learning a special dance and perfected their curtsey with a lesson from Angela.  They all also enjoyed posing for their official princess portrait with me 😉 

All this fun can make a princess hungry, and each sweet girl was treated to a delicious lunch catered by L.A. Gourmet.  During lunch they were given an etiquette lesson using the letters from the word PLEASE to help the princesses remember their manners.

At the end of the day the parents, friends and family of these royal little ladies were welcomed back to the castle and entertained by their daughters as they performed their dance and curtsied.  The 8-10 year old princesses ended the day by reading “The Inside Out Princess,” story for all to enjoy.


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kDarling Photography is located in Fisher, IL a small town in Central Illinois, just a few minutes from Champaign.  Kristin Darling is a mom to Payton & Mackenzie, wife and longtime lover of all things creative.  She specializes in photographing newborns, children of all ages and families, with an occasional high school senior sprinkled in for good measure.  Capturing the true personalities of her subjects with yummy dreamy light makes her heart sing.  When she doesn’t have a camera in her hand, she can be found at home editing, or at the “happiest place on Earth”…which is Target, of course!!  To schedule your next session with her, please contact kDarling Photography at by email or at 217.778.1325

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Venue:  Pear Tree Estate

Caterer:  L.A. Gourmet Catering

Cupcakes:  Cakes by Lori

Dance Lessons:  Angela Wyatt

Photography:  kDarling Photography

February 15, 2018

  1. Roganne says:

    These little princesses were so lucky to have such sweet and caring professionals treat them so wonderfully that day! Thank you Kristin! (and Annie, and Lauren, and Lori, and Angela, and all the other kind helpers!)

  2. Sandra Friant says:

    I just LOVE looking at your photography! I need to set up another session SOON! <3

  3. Michele Macaraeg says:

    Looks so fun! I wish they would have one for our princesses that aren’t so little anymore. 🙂

  4. Julie says:

    These are just adorable! So much fun!!

  5. Jessie Cox says:

    What a perfect day!! Thanks for capturing these moments, Kristin!!

  6. Crystal says:

    I wish we would of attended this event! I will bw watching for another one in the future! I would love to get a glitter session done!