It was a bright, sunny day and Laurie and John had chosen Shelley Lake Park as the beautiful location for their daughter’s christening. Located in Raleigh, the park is nestled in quiet woods along the banks of a serene little lake. Surrounded by grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, we held a sweet christening ceremony for Molly in a shady corner of the walkway over the lake.
I love this shot. Look at Laurie and Molly’s faces and the tender way John is holding Molly’s hand.
Molly was so curious about everything and she didn’t cry at all when I christened her. That curiosity made it hard for me to christen her on her forehead, though. I had to get her on the top of her head instead.
I always ask the parents to bring water in which they have placed their prayers, hopes and dreams for their child and to provide a special bowl for it that means something to them. What better way to have blessed water for a christening than to have it include the prayers and energies of the parents’ love for their child? Laurie and John had brought a simple, white scalloped bowl and a white stand to place it on. It was perfect.
After the ceremony, we naturally took turns taking photos with our little cutie. She was dressed in the same christening dress that her mommy had worn when she was christened. I love the continuity in that.
Notice Molly’s little boy cousin holding her hand here.
And offering her his prized piece of pine straw here. There is nothing bigger than the heart of a child.
And, of course, I got to be in a photo, too.
Here is the whole family - such happy faces on a beautiful, happy day.
The circle of Life grows ever wider and it is always a gift to be a part of it. Thank you, Laurie and John, for including me in such a special time in the life of your family.