Knowing that Teddy is likely to be our first and last baby born in the Capital, given our grand plans to escape to the country in the not too distant future, we wanted to make sure that his one and only Christening Day was a proper London affair.
The church was booked months in advance…the wonderful Chelsea Old Church, where his uncle and three of his cousins were Christened (which, I should say, also boasts London’s loveliest, most charming vicar).
The Godparents were handpicked and dutifully accepted the life long (unpaid) positions with the customary pride.
We even hired a professional photographer – the brilliant Ariel from The Dreamcatcher Family Photography Studio – to document the Christening Day, so that we could properly enjoy it without worrying about missing all the key moments.
To make the event even more special (while not making it easy for ourselves), we also decided to hold a garden party afterwards back at our London flat for the 25 family and friends that came to the service, for tea, sandwiches, cake and a crate of champagne left over from our wedding.
All that remained to be seen was…would the rain hold off long enough to ensure our plans went ahead without a hitch? And would Teddy (now 10 months old) fit into the family Christening gown that Rosie’s grandmother had made nearly 90 years ago?
Keep scrolling to see how it all panned out…
Getting ready in the car park
Too cool for school
Smiles for Uncle Ed
The money shot
Rosie and Teddy
Pay attention Teddy…this bit’s important
They’ve got all the answers…
“Are you sure you want to go through with this Teddy?”
Teddy’s big moment
Amelia and Issy lighting Teddy’s Christening candle
Cousin Lucas, totally pooped
The font (AKA where the magic happens)
Teddy with my mum (trying to rip her necklace off)
Cheeky boob grab with the Grannies
Greeting his fans
The Godparents! Katie, Tor, Ed and Santa
Teddy with his Grandpas
A rare family shot
All the Aunties
Teddy with Auntie Ness
Big man, getting all the attention…(the rest of the photos were taken by me, by the way!)
Teddy’s Christening cake (recreated from the top tier of our wedding cake)
The uber cool Amie wearing her bridesmaid dress from our wedding
Godmother Katie and Rosie
All obsessed with Candice’s bump
Walk like an Egyptian
Godfather Ed and Ted
Pile Up / Cousin Carnage
Rosie with little Annie
Love a gust of wind…
Super strong Auntie Annie with bruisers Teddy and Bertie