Last weekend, I was asked to photograph a gender reveal party. This was my first time attending a gender reveal party, so I was thrilled to be a part of it. What made this party even more special was that it was for my friend and dental hygienist, Kristie (and her husband, Todd). Kristie has been cleaning my teeth for the past five years. Over that time, we started running into each other at the gym…and later learned that we both graduated from Peace College. They are now expecting their first child. Since Kristie plans on staying at home with her new baby, I guess this means I’ll be getting a new hygienist…but I hope that we’ll remain friends as we both try to navigate the world as Stay at Home Moms! Anyways…the theme for their gender reveal party was “Bow Ties and Pearls.” Although Kristie and Todd found out the gender of their baby 10 days prior to the party, they invited all of their friends and family over to guess the gender of their baby before their big reveal. Interestingly enough, most of their friends and family were convinced that they were having a boy. Heck, Kristie thought she was having a boy (at least that’s what she thought the last time I had my teeth cleaned). All of the old wives tales pointed towards boy. She hadn’t been sick, she’d been craving salty foods and she appeared to be carrying low. But, as I found out in my own pregnancy, none of that stuff matters. I was convinced she was having a girl. In fact, I brought a girl gift just in case (I left it in the car until I knew for sure). My husband asked what I would do if it was a boy. My response…I guess I’ll have to send something later. As you can tell, if you thought they were having a boy, you selected a bow tie…if you thought they were having a girl, you selected a pearl bracelet. I enjoyed watching people try to scope out the house for clues. Todd was wearing a blue shirt and bow tie belt while Kristie wore a gray top and pearls. I have to admit that they did a fantastic job of keeping their home gender neutral as to not give away the big surprise. Finally, at 4 o’clock, they called everyone into the living room. Todd and Kristie sat center stage with a small package in their laps. I could see the anticipation building on their family’s faces. Although you can’t really tell by the photos, Todd was very careful about opening this special package. It’s a GIRL! It’s a GIRL! It’s a GIRL! Look at all of those happy faces. You can’t see my face, but I actually teared up a little bit. Even with so many boy guesses, a girl will be blessing Todd and Kristie’s lives in January. After the big announcement, Kristie’s father stood up to share a few words. He reminded Todd of the speech he gave to him when he (Todd) asked for Kristie’s hand in marriage. He told him then that he could have her hand if he never left the county. He told Todd that he’ll now have the joy of his own little girl. I can already see Todd fast-forwarding 18-25 years…college, wedding…oh my! With all that said, I am really thrilled for Kristie and Todd and so glad that I could be there to share this special occasion. Now, I can’t wait to meet their baby girl – if I’m lucky, maybe they’ll ask me to take a few photos.
From one new mom to another, congratulations!
Bow Ties or Pearls?