two weddings and a baby blessing

I know this is Pocono Wedding Talk… but sometimes after weddings come babies!  It is always an honor to officiate a baby welcoming or baby blessing, especially when it is for a couple I married.

This weekend, along with two wonderful weddings, I had the joy of doing just that.


The wish box

The wish box

In Australia, where the celebrant movement originated and flourishes, having a family celebrant is the norm. We celebrants work in the same way as other religious or spiritual leaders. And we are there for the big milestones in life: birth, death and marriage.  The only difference is we honor all (or no) faith traditions, customs and cultures. We have studied to do this, and respect all spiritual paths. We have no requirements that the people we serve follow the same path as us. Instead, we explore what their beliefs are and then create ceremony and ritual that honors that.


Welcome to the community little one!

Welcome to the community little one!

For this baby blessing there was spirituality and it was quite emotional and beautiful. There was poetry and community and rituals that really resonated for the couple. They had a wish box and everyone wrote wishes for the child and placed them in the box. They also planted a tree in their daughter’s honor.  They chose an Autumn Cherry, which is pretty unique because it blooms not only in the spring, but again in the fall. I think we can take some symbolism from that. There was also music, and all the cousins had a chance to participate.


An Autumn Cherry tree

An Autumn Cherry tree

And although, once again, there was rain on a big event – it hardly mattered. The couple had tents and we all gathered under and it was even kind of cozy. The only concession was the tree planting got delayed.

Oh yeah, the weddings were great, too!

...from another baby blessing...just love this photo, though!

...from another baby blessing...just love this photo, though!

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