Guests at Freddie Rick’s baptism were given a surprise when parents Tom and Michelle got married at the same time at the Immaculate Conception Catholic church in Stubbington.
Recruitment consultant Tom, 25, and Michelle, 30, a higher level teaching assistant, kept their wedding ceremony a secret and only told the guests it was the baptism for Freddie, five months.
Their eldest son, John, who is nearly two, walked Michelle down the aisle and gave her away, making it a huge family celebration.
Michelle says: ‘Everyone was really shocked and surprised and there was a real energy about the day.
‘It was really special but it was hard not to tell everyone. We told our parents a week before, obviously, and our siblings a few days before. But I was set on it being a surprise.’
Freddie’s godparents are Michelle’s siblings, Ratchelle and Symon Deary, Tom’s sister, Amy Abrams, and William Pheby, who was Tom’s best man.
The wedding ceremony happened first – Freddie was carried down the aisle, followed by nephew Eddie Abrams, nearly four, and then Michelle and son John. Freddie was then baptised afterwards.
‘Everything flowed really well, it was a dream wedding really,’ says Michelle.
‘All our family were there and there was no worrying if everything was going to be okay – nobody knew so there was no pressure.’
Tom and Michelle then had a reception at the Red Lion Hotel in Fareham. The couple decided to get married while they were on holiday in Cuba last year. For their first dance Tom chose I Could Die For You by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Tom and Michelle went on a pre-planned holiday to Center Parcs with their family after their wedding and are going to London in April to celebrate.
‘We’ll be going up the Shard, seeing Billy Elliot and going to Harry Potter World’, says Michelle.
GABRIELLE DENZEY PARKER