Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Alex's Baptism

 You guys, I'm so excited to share these photos with you today.  A few weeks ago, Ryan and I headed up to Chicago for the baptism of this little lady, our niece and goddaughter, Alexandra.  Is she not the cutest thing you've ever seen?


Being the photo snob that I am, I knew that my photos (and Ryan's iPhone pictures) were not going to cut it for such a special occasion, so we hired a real professional photographer for the task.  The adorable and talented Anni of Anni Cee Photographie did a fabulous job of capturing the spirit and love of the day. 

 Alex, of course, being the focus of everyone's attention completely stole the show.  I think Anni did a great job getting photos that really captured how much this little girl is loved and adored by her parents, her godparents and her grandparents.  
 Alex was dressed to the nines in a beautiful white baptismal gown, with a pink flower headband.
I could not get enough of this child.
I completely hogged her and wanted to take her home and keep her for myself.
Thank you Anni for getting these photos of me with Alex.  
The bad part about always being the one that takes pictures is that I never have any photos of myself.
These photos mean so much to me.
This one is my favorite.
Even though Alex looks supremely bored with me.
It only takes a bit of tossing her around to get a big smile.

Or just hand her off to Uncle Ryan, who she always smiles for.
Back to me, back to yawning.  
I have got to work on this.
We spent some time before the baptism getting photos of everyone with the baby.
This was really important to me because it was the first time both families were there with Alex together.
She spent some quality time bonding with Grandma Bonnie.
And took some adorable photos with Grandpa Louis and Grandma Rose. 
And we got some group photos.
Dad's side of the family.
And mom's side of the family.
And then it was time for the magic to happen.  
Absolution of original sin.
Alex was such a trooper through the whole ceremony.
She didn't cry or whine or anything.
She was actually making funny noises and faces and cracking us all up.

And then it was our turn.
Time to get serious.
Ryan lit the baptismal candle.
And I had the pleasure of holding Alex while the priest poured the water on her head.
Of course, I was terrified I was going to drop her in the pool.
But we both made it through unscathed.
She made the most hilarious horror-stricken face of panic when she felt the water.
But then she was totally fine.  Like nothing happened.
All smiles again.

We took a few more pictures with Alex in the church.






After the baptism, we all headed to one of Justin & Christine's favorite restaurants for lunch.
They had a great outdoor patio where we could all get a few more pictures with Alex.
You can never have too many pictures.





See, she loves Ryan!
One last photo of the whole gang.
Thank you Anni for capturing such a special day for our family.  The photos are fantastic!
And thank you Justin & Christine for giving us the incredible honor of being Alex's godparents.
This is one very loved little girl.


* All photos by Anni Cee Photographie

17 comments:

  1. Doesn't Anni do a great job?! The pictures are great. :)

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  2. So nice to see some photos of you for a change! Those are precious. I love the one you like too - you look fabulous and she looks bored to tears. Awesome! Hope you had a nice trip and visit.

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  3. She's beautiful and so are you!! Love these. What an amazing weekend.

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  4. Sara, these re just so sweet. Love the ones of Alex yawning, ha! Oh, a d, you look amazing!

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  5. Great job Anni!! Looks like it was a great day! I really like your outfit too - don't think I didn't notice the right han David Yurman ring. LOL ;)

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  6. oh my goodness she is adorable! and so many great pictures--love the ones of you and little alexandra! the yawning pose is pretty funny.

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  7. Love the description of the baptism, and your dress and LONG hair are gorgeous. Love and miss you. - Lindsay

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  8. Beautiful! Also, your dress is gorgeous with your blonde hair.

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  9. What a beautiful day. I will be a my niece's baptism this Saturday taking on the roll of godmother. I'm scared of the "dip" too. I hope she doesn't mind the water!

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  10. Beautiful pictures! What a wonderful occasion!

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  11. The photos are beautiful - the baby's not bad either! ;)

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  12. What beautiful photos to remember such an important occasion! You all look beautiful!

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  13. I'm so glad you like them Sara! When I was culling and came across the Alex yawning ones I had to pass them along... they were far too adorable to keep to myself! I love all of her expressions, she's such a thoughtful and intelligent little girl. Thank you again for the opportunity to meet you and be there!

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  14. Great pics! I'm bummed you came to Chicago and didn't let me know!!! Hahhaha :) I will be blogging real soon (just got a new mac yesterday)! I've been having fun catching up with all of my fav bloggers finally!!

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  15. She is so beautiful! I love your blog, so happy I cam across it.

    xo
    Classic & Bubbly

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