The sun shone, the birds sang and yesterday morning I was up with the larks to help my niece prepare for her beautiful baby girl's Christening Day. All hands were on deck at the celebration venue laying out a fine spread for baby Ella's party, before we walked back through Aylesford village in our finery, to St Peter and St Paul's Church, where we shared a lovely family service and welcomed Baby Ella officially into the wider Church family and of course, to our own.
My Great niece Ella on her Christening Day
with proud Mummy and Daddy, Leah & Gary.
Relatives drove from far and wide to share Ella's very special day and to show her just how important she is to us all. We watched proudly as her parents and Godparents pledged to take care of her, then family and friends joined together to celebrate Ella's new life in traditional style, with music, balloons, chat, gifts, cards, a magnificent tiered cake, dainty cupcakes (made by my son's talented girlfriend) and a table heavily laden with tasty tidbits.
Mummy Leah and Ella
Little Ella chatted with her guests for as long as she could manage, before excitement overwhelmed her and she dozed off in mummy's arms.
Daddy Gary and Ella
Sharing the baptism of a new life is a rare privilege and as Ella's Great Auntie Paula, I couldn't have been more delighted to share in her very splendid day!