Hello everyone! Last weekend I had the opportunity to take pictures for baby Jayna's baptism & first birthday celebrations. Jayna's parents have a special place in my heart. I went to church with Joann and we got closer as we taught dance together. I met Jerry through Joann and I even had the honor of MCing their wedding! Now they have the most adorable little baby girl named Jayna and it's cool to have witnessed both of them during so many phases of their lives. Jayna had her holy baptism at St. George's Malankara Orthodox Church in Irving, Texas. The service was very beautiful and like every baby who gets baptized, there were some tears shed :)
Afterwards we headed to the church hall where they had a first birthday party for her. There were fun performances and even Jayna's pops got on the drums! They also did one of my favorite Indian traditions at her birthday party. They had a plate with an apple, pen, rosary, and a gold bangle. The apple signifies the love of food, the pen signifies education and studies, the rosary signifies a life of vocation, and the gold signifies the love of jewelry....because you know, girls. :) They set the plate down and let the baby crawl towards the plate and whatever item she chooses tells us a little bit about what they're going to be like. It's such a fun tradition! Jerry & Joann, thank you for letting me capture your sweet girls big day!