If you follow me on social media, you'll know that last weekend we had a Naming Day for Violet. We chose to have a Naming Day as a way to welcome V into the world and as neither of us are religious, this seemed the right way to do things. As we picked the venue and all aspects of the day, meant we had full reign of what happened and when. We managed to organise a little ceremony held by important people in Violet's life, which made it extra special.
The Venue - We hired out a local converted barn called Chill @ The Cow Shed. As the name suggests, it was actually used as a Cow Shed some years ago, but is now a gorgeous rustic function room. The venue held a maximum of 50 people, so it was the perfect size for an intimate celebration. It was gorgeously decorated with fairy lights and pom poms (which took forever to put up!) and we added lanterns and Parma Violet's to the tables - keeping in with the violet colour scheme.
The Dress - We bought Violet's dress from a shop just below the venue. A Step at a Time is a gorgeous little baby and children's boutique, which stunning dresses and pretty outfits. We knew this is where we wanted to pick V's outfit up from, we've popped in a few times and the service is second to none. I chose this little Sarah Louise number, which is amazing quality and just looked adorable. We were also kindly gifted a voucher from the store to celebrate Violet's Naming Day, they really have customer service down to a tee.
The Cake - This was one of my favourite things from the day. I ordered V's cake from the lovely Betsy at Betsy's Pantry, a few months back and I never expected it would be so amazing. We had so many compliments about it, even the venue owners wanted to know where we had got it from. It was huge and so delicious, with a Genoese vanilla sponge, vanilla buttercream and strawberry jam. It had a beautiful bespoke design and couldn't have fitted in to the theme more perfectly. I'm even going to book in for Violet's birthday cake!
The Ceremony - Violet's Uncle hit things off and introduced family and friends for their readings. The hubby and I each wrote a little something to read for Violet (and as you can see in the photos, I couldn't quite hold it together). We managed to get the whole thing recorded on video by our wonderful photographer too, which I can't wait to show Violet when she gets older. We couldn't have asked for a more personal ceremony for little V.
The Food - We chose to have a lovely pie and peas lunch, which was just what we needed for a cold, Wintery day in January. I was so thankful for some warm, comforting food, while it was freezing outside. The food went down a storm and we even packed people off with doggy-bags to take some home. And of course we had cake for desert!
The Photographer - We were really lucky that Jonathan's friend and colleague was available to come and take some professional photos of the day. We gave a brief of natural shots and I don't think Tom could have done a better job. We are so pleased with the photos from Violet's special day, they really are some gorgeous memories, that we get to keep. Tom was super discreet clicking away, which I think helped in getting some amazing, natural photos. Having said that though, Violet loves the camera so no doubt was posing away whenever she saw it!
I hope you love the photos as much as we do. And thank you to everyone that made Violet's day an extra special one.