One of the best things about being a Celebrant is the connection you make with couples and families as you help them mark the milestones of their lives.
Sometimes when I say goodbye at the end of a wedding, it's not goodbye for long. Andrea and Grady are a perfect example of that. I married them in November 2015, and I have great memories of that day. We stayed in touch afterwards and I followed their progress as their baby girl Willow was born. They'd told me they wanted to start a family, and it was lovely to see the joy Willow brought into their lives.
I was really chuffed when Grady messaged me on Facebook to ask if I would like to come along to Willow's first birthday party and officiate her Naming Ceremony. Of course I didn't need asking twice! To be with their friends and family again was a treat, and they were just as welcoming second time around. It really brought home (not that I needed reminding) that being asked to do a wedding or another kind of ceremony really makes an impact on everyone involved because it's such a big moment in their lives. (If I think about that too much it gets a bit scary, which is why I always do my very best for everyone!)
We met up in Bicentennial Park where Andrea and Grady had laid on a huge picnic spread. One of their friends was asked to be Willow's "Fairy Godmother" and we had great fun celebrating Willow's first year and her first birthday. (If you're interested to know what goes into a Baby Naming Ceremony, you can read more about that here.)
I feel privileged to have been part of two really important moments in Andrea and Grady's lives and that's a feeling which gives me great professional and personal satisfaction.
Willow's Baby Naming Ceremony was held at Bicentennial Park, Homebush.