Sunday the 22nd of September was a big day for our little family. Alexander’s christening day.

I was honoured that my Mum’s youngest sister ‘Aunty Zak’ became my son Alexander’s godmother. A godmother in my religion is traditionally Greek Orthodox too and someone you feel close enough to take on the responsibility of a third parent if you like.

Zak is more like a great friend to me than an Aunt, we’re so similar in everything from our taste in food (roast lamb anyone?) to style (vibrant and lots of leopard print) and love of bling (hoping I might inherit some of her sparkles hehe!). Most of all we share a silly sense of humour and never stop laughing when we’re together. A perfect second Mummy for baby A!

My boys and I!

Mummy and kids

Godmother Aunty Zak before the ceremony

Zak

Head over to my style blog Mummy’s Got Style to read about what we wore!

what I wore

Alexander was christened in the Greek Orthodox Church (it was “his lucky day” of course-for those who’ve watched My Big Fat Greek Wedding as many times as I have)…there were lots of tears, him, me, my Mum, Dad, (especially after the dunking bit when Alexander got a little distressed, prior to that he was happy gazing at us all in the congregation, clapping through the first half of the service)…by the end I couldn’t wait to pick him up (parents are not allowed to touch their child during the actual baptism part of the ceremony and are handed the baby at the end). Peter is holding him at the start below as we took it in turns to occupy him…

Greek christening

 Brothers

Im the church

Greek church

Oliver with “my favourite cousin Isobel”.

The christening was held at the church Oliver was baptised at too, where Peter and I had our Greek wedding ceremony (we had a Church of England wedding in South Africa as well) …and of course where Peter was christenedso we could marry there which meant the world to me…Sunday was a similar day to those other special occasions, surrounded by so many family members we love and whom love Alexander so much too.

the Christening font

It was a truly emotional day and the culmination of much planning Mum and I undertook with the priest, events florist, cupcake maker, christening cake designer and of course the hotel we held the reception at, Rudding Park in Harrogate where many meetings were held to finalise menus, seating arrangements and settings for the special day. Mum and I love arranging events that’s for sure! We’re already wondering what the next will be!

cake and flowers

table flower arrangement

Rudding Park was also where Peter and I had our Greek wedding reception (you can read my Big Fat Greek Wedding post here) but this time we were returning for a more intimate affair of just 30 guests (our wedding was nearly 200, Oliver’s christening held at one of my parents restaurants in a Victorian building was a mere 190). Big is not the word! Huge!

The sun was shining as if it were a summer day and this hotel (voted no 1 in the UK by Trip Advisor, 4th in the world) opened the doors of the library where we held dinner, to the sprawling grounds so the children could play in the sunshine. Perfect.

Georgia and IMy beautiful cousin Georgia and I posing before cutting the cake!

rudding parkUncle Solos, my brother and Oliver’s godfather

I wanted to share some of the most treasured moments from the day with you and also take this opportunity to thank my wonderful Mum again (Peter and I also gave a speech and wow he actually managed to get a word in too, never easy with me!), Rudding Park and the team who made it all possible.

 

Rudding Park

A huge special thanks must also go to Annemarie Wilkinson from Flowers for Occassions who created the most breathtakingly beautiful baby blue floral arrangements for the church and reception.

What a wonderful day!

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32 Responses

  1. Sara (@mumturnedmom)

    This is a lovely post, what a beautiful day you had. Gorgeous photos, and what wonderful sunshine you had for the day xx
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  2. Charly Dove

    Wow what a beautiful Christening – Alexander must have had the best day. It sounds like it was absolutely wonderful. Love the venue and gorgeous photographs. Thanks for sharing with #whatsthestory

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  3. Sharmin

    Wow, what a stunningly beautiful day you all had and everyone looks so radiant and beautiful. I love Oliver in his suit too, he just looks so adorable and handsome. So memorable and what a fabulous big fat Greek family you all are. x

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  4. Richmond Mummy

    WOW what an amazing day it sounds – how beautiful and congrats to you all, especially little A, can’t believe what a grown up chap he’s looking already. We went to a Greek Orthodox christening once and it was incredible, but I do remember feeling so sorry for the mum who was desperate to pick up and cuddle her crying little girl who was being christened but wasn’t allowed to until the very end. Very emotional! The venue for your after party looks fab too! What a lovely special day and what a gorgeous family 🙂 xx

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  5. Katie // Pouting In Heels

    What beautiful pictures and memories from a wonderful day!

    Sounds like you all had a ball, a day to remember, which is exactly how it should be.

    What a truly scrumptious family you are 🙂

    X

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    • honestmum

      @Katie//Pouting in Heels thanks sweetpea, lovely to have these photos and blog post to show Alexander when he’s older too x

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  6. Grenglish

    What a beautiful setting for such a special day. I remember Z’s christening clearly and when I was godmother to my greek nephews, all equally emotional days. The dunking bit is always the bit they like the least but such lovely meaning behind all the traditions too.
    Gorgeous post!
    Sx
    p.s. how GLAM are your family!!

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    • honestmum

      @Grenglish thanks sweetie, so wonderful you’ve christened your Greek nephews too. Thanks you kind words on family, will let them know, they will be touched!x

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