LIFE: The christening of Elsie Florence
IT’S rare that I post family images but Elsie’s christening was such a special day, that I’ve made an unusual exception to the rule.
Here are some of my favourite images taken from Elsie’s big day. I hope you’ll all get a sense of what a magical day it was in our lives. It certainly was a day to remember!
Elsie wore an antique ivory christening gown with tambour lace that I managed – after many an hour!- to find on eBay. The gown fitted her perfectly so didn’t need any expected alterations. I did however add a pearl here and there.
Her shoes were from a local baby shop in Barnsley and bespoked by yours truly! I added a few pearls and some very old antique lace trimming to make them extra special.
Elsie also wore a beautiful bespoke headband that I made with the help of my Stepmum. It was created with 150 year old antique lace (from my stepmum’s family trunk of gorgeous antique lace), ivory ribbon and a sprinking of pearls. I also attached a flower corsage to it from Monsoon.
We had Elsie christened at the same place we got married – the stunning Holy Trinity Church in Wentworth, South Yorkshire.
Thankfully we didn’t have too many tears and Elsie didn’t mind the water on her head at all! She’s a Cancer sign so most definitely a water baby!
A pink lace dress from the Holly Willoughby Collection @ Very, nude patent courts and crystal earrings from Phoenix Jayy.
Black suit from Zara.
Afternoon tea at the Barn, The Rockingham Arms at Wentworth.
The barn was decorated with bunting (handmade by me!), pink and blue balloons and a few fairy lights.
I really wanted something special to mark Elsie’s big day that people could contribute to, so decided to make her a wish tree.
A wish tree is an ancient Japanese custom whereby people write their wishes on a piece of paper and tie them to a tree branch. The belief is that when the wind catches the paper, the wishes come true!
All the guests wrote and left beautiful wishes for Elsie which I’ll keep in a memory box for her to read when she’s older as a special keepsake.
Elsie’s incredible cake was made by the extremely talented and lovely Alice Herron who is the midst of setting up her very own cake business. (Keep posted for news of Alice’s launch coming soon!)
I asked Alice to create a simple and elegant cake decorated with white icing and featuring delicate pastal coloured piping. I wanted it to have the wow factor so also asked her to make the sponge rainbow coloured and boy oh boy she didn’t disappoint!
Elsie’s cake was the talk of the party and rightly so as beside looking amazing, it tasted incredible too. In fact it was so pretty, I almost didn’t want to eat it. But I did and enjoyed every single morsel. Thank you Alice for doing such a brilliant job!
Here we all are at the end of the day. Shattered, but incredibly happy. There’s not doubt about it, as a little family, we are so incredibly blessed.
Till the next time, cherish each other.
P.S Many thanks to all our wonderful family and friends who came to help us celebrate Elsie’s special day. x