Our DIY Christening

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The Baptism or Christening of a child is a special occasion and we wanted Kairo’s special day to be a traditional, intimate and very personal family celebration. A day filled with symbolism, but most of all, we wanted to capture what the day was really about – the Sacrament of Baptism and the importance of this very special religious occasion.

We decided to do all the planning ourselves. The decor, flowers, invitations, service booklets and the menu’s as well as the packaging of the gifts we took upon ourselves as well.

imageFor continuity, we used the same image of Kairo on the invitation, service booklet, menu and gifts.

The Christening gown, cake and photography was left in the capable hands of some of our expert Friends of MOMentsbydjzinhle.com

The catering was handled by the venue.

THE CEREMONY

imageThe old Herbert Baker designed buildings and tiny crypt chapel set the perfect scene for the intimate traditional ceremony

We are blessed that the presiding priests (husband and wife), who are close family friends, agreed to do a private Baptism and Christening (naming ceremony) within a service of Holy Communinion.

The ceremony was attended by a small group of family and friends and we asked them to dress in shades of white to symbolize purity, holiness, and virtue, as well as respect and reverence.

THE DRESS

The beautiful traditional gown and headband was designed and custom made by Durban based wedding designer Carita Adams who has recently launched her children’s range Cherish by Carita Adams.

imageThe Christening gown was custom designed by Carita Adams to match the Scarlett headband, which is part of her existing range of Cherish by Carita Adams couture headbands

Carita used luxurious natural white silk, layers of corded and embroided beaded lace, adorned with satin ribbon, diamanté and pearl details for the gown and matching headband.

I bought the satin ballet shoes on a recent visit to New York.

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imageDetails of the custom made Christening gown by Carita Adams

THE CAKE

We could not have made a better choice when we left the design and baking of the traditional tiered cake in the capable hands of Kholo Mali, who owns KST Cakes. We wanted a cake that would echo the design and details of the Christening gown as much as possible and which would compliment the traditional and religious theme. Kholo was sent a picture of the gown with a short description from Carita, the designer, with details of the dress.

Well, all I can say is that we are impressed! All the details of the gown and the occasion have been captured in the dress!

imageCan you spot the elements of the dress in the cake?

Imagine the top layer of the cake to be the bodice and the bottom layer, the skirt of the gown.

Can you see the natural white silk, corded lace flowers, pearls, diamanté and satin bow?

Kholo also added a pink flower, when she decorated the cake, to bring in the pink accent colours.

THE FLOWERS

We bought bunches of Lisianthus and casually arranged them in simple glass vases along the lenght of the reception table. A single Lisianthus stem was also tied to each pew end in the chapel, with satin ribbon.

The Lisianthus flower is a symbol of gratitude and appreciation and brought an element of childlike playfulness to the occasion. Being grateful and thankful for the smallest blessings, naturally opens you to the gifts of new found avenues of abundance.

The pink Lisianthus flowers and accent colours symbolises joy and happiness.

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THE RECEPTION

There was time allocated for photographs after the service, after which guests were invited to join us for a seated lunch reception out on the terrace .

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THE GIFTS AND FAVOURS

Godparents were given a Bible and a framed photo of Kairo tied with a pink bow.

Parents and Grandparents received the same personalised framed photo.

The framed photo gifts had the following printed on them:

“Take my little hand, hold it as I grow. Teach me of His love, and all that love bestows. Keep me in your prayers, and in your tender care. Guide me in my faith, encourage me to share. I know that I am blesssed, you’re my gift from above. My angel here on earth,
you are loved.”

The pink boxed macaroon favours were once again courtesy of KST Cakes and they conveyed a simple message: “Be my guiding light.”
imageKST Cakes makes the best tasting Macaroons 

PHOTOGRAPHER: Dustin August – Thank you Dustin for always coming through for us and going beyond what is expected to capture our special moments and helping us document the memories ! We love you and appreciate the effort you put in …

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    Thando December 4, 2015 @ 2:40 pm

    Beautifully written..such lovely pictures.
    A special day it must have been.
    God bless you and your family.

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    Nothando December 4, 2015 @ 3:01 pm

    Beautiful, God bless this family!

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    Molebogeng December 4, 2015 @ 4:13 pm

    It was beautiful. Please give my baby girl that dress for her baptism on the 25th,it will be a nice Christmas prezzie from you and baby K.

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