We hosted Matilda’s baptism yesterday and it was such a wonderful day. We organized to have her baptised as part of our Christmas visit home to Chicago. Tony wanted to have her baptized in his childhood church and that’s exactly what we did.
In many ways, Matilda’s baptism held a lot of similarities to our own wedding in Paris.
Months in advance, I coordinated with a local seamstress to have my wedding dress turned into Matilda’s baptismal gown. The final result was absolutely breathtaking and it confirmed for me that I made the right decision in “cutting up” my wedding dress. We worked with a woman named Mary Catomy and I would recommend her to anyone.
The paperwork and coordination was also very similar to our Paris wedding. Given we live in Zurich, we had to attend a baptismal class at the English speaking church of Zurich. The certificate of that class was then sent to the church in Chicago. We also had to coordinate the registration of my sister and brother-in-law as the Godparents. For our wedding, we had to take our pre-Cana courses in Chicago and send that documentation over to the church in Paris. We have spent quite a bit of money in postage!
The church we selected to host the baptism is St. Viator parish. Tony grew up in this church and it meant a lot to him to have Matilda baptized here. I had never been inside and was stunned when entering. It is one of the most beautiful churches I’ve seen in Chicago. What was even crazier to me was the stained glass behind the alter. I feel it looks very similar to the stained glass at St. Germain L’Auxerrois, our Paris church.
The ceremony was very special to Tony and I. Matilda was an absolute star and we felt so blessed to have in every way. We finished the great day by hosting a late lunch at La Villa, also one of Tony’s childhood favs. This is where the similarities between our wedding ended, though, because we did not eat pizza for our wedding meal. 🙂
We thank God and our family for being a part of Matilda’s special day.