We have had a wonderful weekend of celebration with our family & friends. Yesterday we had Florence baptised. Our friends & family gathered together in the very same church that I was Christened in almost twenty four years ago. The Christening was part of the family service and was a lovely mix of traditional and contemporary Christian celebration and a wonderful way to introduce Florence to the church.
‘Baptism is the initial step of a faithful heart.’
‘A God Parent is a gift sent from above, a guardian Angel that was chosen with love.’
Florence has six God Parents – our brothers and sisters and our best friends – who without falter have always stood by our side and who we know will love and protect our little girl as fiercely as we do ourselves.
‘May the Lord bless you and keep you safe, smile on you and be gracious to you, may he lift up his face to you and grant you peace.’
For the service, Florence wore beautiful handmade Christening gown passed down from my sister, her Godmother Libby
Afterwards we hosted a party to continue the celebrations in style. We decorated the venue, a hall at the heart of our village, to match our very own Florence Ivy. Florence means ‘Blossoming’ and she is our little wildflower and so we chose to decorate the hall with little jars of wildflowers we had picked ourselves.
And hung bunting & banners all around.
Our gift table was complete with our ‘F is for Florence‘ print and the stunning ( and truly scumptious!) cake with fresh berries & cream made by my friend Lisa. We added this beautiful cake topper for an extra personal touch.
In the background, we had some of our favourite songs playing along with those that remind us of Florence.
We started with some fizz…
Followed by a feast for our one hundred guests lovingly prepared by our Mum’s & Aunty Lorna.
And then, while the grown ups chatted & took turns for Florence cuddles…
… the children took full advantage of the fairy playhouse!
We had a truly special day celebrating our beautiful Florence and we feel so blessed that so many people came to share her Christening day with us and surround her with love.
Some photos that made us smile follow!
When the spontaneity & chaos of parenting shines through!
Florence had had enough of photos!
Keep an eye out for some more posts on the invitations, what we wore, our Christening play list, what we put in our children’s goody bags and more!