Two ceremonies in one today – Temika and Jordan’s wedding and the naming of their gorgeous son, Caiden.
I know they say you should never work with children or animals but I love doing ceremonies with kids involved. Granted you need to be able to roll with the changes that they invariably throw up at you but that just adds to the fun. Caiden and his three flowergirls companions were very well rehearsed and even walked in the right direction, throwing flower petals as they went.
2012 was less than a week old when I headed to the Wollongong Golf Club for the ceremony. Sarah from the club was kind enough to lend me a golf cart to get all my gear over to the ceremony location – now that’s a fun way to get around. After setting up I met the groom at the clubhouse. He was looking a little nervous so I took him in for a glass of water – you don’t want the groom passing out during the ceremony! To be honest I think the boys at the clubhouse may have given him something a little stronger after I left as when I saw him next he was looking much more relaxed.And although they weren’t the coloured shoes I usually love (ie the bride’s), Jordan’s white shoes were very dashing.
The ceremony was a lot of fun. Caiden entertained himself picking up all the golf balls that were marking the aisle. Once we started with his naming he really stepped up, keeping us all entertained. It’s great when everyone there gets involved and this was certainly the case with Temika, Jordan and Caiden’s celebration. We even had everyone join with us as we officially named Caiden. They had a family friend – Sue from Susan Gruber Photography doing the photos. Knowing your photographer means that you relax a bit more and usually leads to great photos so I can’t wait to see them.
Combining a naming and a wedding can seem a little daunting but it makes for a lovely family celebration and you only have to try to coordinate everyone’s diaries once!