Monday, November 14, 2011

Benjamin's Baptism (And A Beautiful Home)

This post is quite overdue, but back in October we celebrated our little man's baptism. It was a fun day shared with our nearest and dearest, and I thought I'd share some of the pictures with you. I tried to snap some that included the godfathers' (yep, there are two of them) home, where a really fun reception took place, because it is spectacularly beautiful. Hope you enjoy!
I'll start with a few photos of the ceremony. We kept it short and sweet. Matt's grandfather (a Reverend) and a family friend (a Priest) co-presided over the ceremony. It was perfect. We are thankful to have Benjamin's Aunt Alicia, Uncle Kevin, & Uncle Adam as his godparents who were obviously a big part of the ceremony as well. 
(Those are the godparents with little Ben during the ceremony, above)
Here's Ben with four of his seven living great grandparents 
(and yes, there have been some remarriages if those numbers didn't make sense to you).
And here is Matt and I with Ben and Charlie (our godson). Charlie is the last of our generation and Benjamin is the first of his.
Following the ceremony we went to Kevin and Adam's amazing house in a gorgeous part of Toronto known as The Annex. It is an old home that has been beautifully restored and designed with a modern aesthetic. One day I'll give a fuller tour of it I'm sure, but on baptism day I managed to remember to take a few pics of the party set-up and the rooms the party was in (basically the main floor, which is quite open-concept). 
You can kind of see more house details in these next shots if you look past the people.
 Isn't this gallery wall amazing? A mixture of photos, inexpensive prints, and original art. And, though not a great photo of it, check out the cool light fixture (above the banquette-style kitchen table). 
In the above picture, you can see al little of the sitting area and ottoman. These next shots show their coffee table ottoman and decor on it a little bit. The yellow lacquer tray is from West Elm (actually, a lot of the stuff in the house is). 
Here you can see the adjacent kitchen, though they are not ideal photos... I think the two-toned cabinetry, sleek hardware, stainless steel, and black light fixtures work so well together. 
A big thank you to Kevin and Adam for opening up their home to us. Although they will likely never read this :)

Oh, and before I go, I wanted to share our invitations for the event (I love paper invitations for parties - I'm old fashioned). We used Tiny Prints to create them and were super happy with them. Good quality, and you can always find a coupon code. We may be getting our holiday cards done there as they are all on sale with an additional 20% off your entire order if you enter "save20" at checkout. Just FYI. By the way, I don't work for or get paid by Tiny Prints, I just like to pass along a recommendation from personal experience and cost-saving tip now and then. 
For obvious safety reasons, I've blurred out some of the info, but you get the idea. 
And the back:


I am linking up here and you should too!! Check out the list of parties

Update: Don't miss out on this amazing throw pillow giveaway (until 11/26). Check it out here!


  1. Very sweet. But I cannot take my eyes off the dining room. The art, the table, the neighborhood . . . I want it all.

  2. Hi, thanks for checking out my blog (so fast!). My google connect is at the bottom of my blog - maybe I should think about moving that. Lol.

    I love you blog and plan to follow yours too!

  3. Welcome to the world Benjamin and may you have a glorious and blessed life!!!!

    Now...let's talk about the dining room....WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW really enjoyed this post -- thanks for taking the time to create it! hugs...

  4. Congrats on your baby Ben's baptism! The house is gorgeous, love the gallery wall, just amazing! The kitchen is beautiful too of course I'm into white kitchens right now...literally:)

  5. Hi Jen my name is Evelyn. I keep on seeing you in different blogs and decided to stop by and check out yours. Very pretty blog and ur baby is adorable. Following along. Nice to meet you!!!

  6. Congrats on the baptism! That home is beautiful!!

  7. A baptism and a cool look at interior decorations--a nice set of prints for the eyes! Thanks for sharing.

  8. May God Bless your sweet little baby. That gallery wall is special.

  9. Such a wonderful event and such a lovely home to share all the festivities in. Beautiful decor and it looks like everyone was having a wonderful time. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  10. Thank you for sharing this special time with your son! The home where the party was held is lovely!

  11. Hi Jen What a lovely day you had,and everyone looks so nice. Your baby is beautiful.
    A beautiful house and decor too.

    Thank you for visiting me too, Jen, I am from South Australia. xx

  12. Beautiful pictures of an amazing day! Your home is fantastic!

  13. Congrats on your little man's baptism! He's adorable! The home is lovely!

  14. What a gorgeous, gorgeous home! And congratulations on the baptism of your little Benjamin! I so love that name, my husbands is named Benjamin too. It's such a nice, strong name with a beautiful meaning.

    I don't live too far away from you - I am in Niagara Falls, ON. I am glad to have found your blog and will be back to visit! I hope we can be blog friends! :)

  15. What a blessing! God Bless to Benjamin.

    The house is so trendy, as far as I can see. Well, planned too.

    Happy TTT...

    Greetings from Stockholm,

  16. Thanks for sharing pictures of the house and baptism (congrats!). I LOVE the kitchen of the house!!

    Thanks for linking up to Take it on Tuesday blog hop!!

  17. Wonderful occasion, lovely home and beautiful baby.

  18. what a handsome young man! looks like a gorgeous event~ newest follower. xo malia

  19. I really like your blog. I am your newest follower!! I am new to blogger, but am excited to share my New boutique that is coming soon with the latest trends on clothing at affordable prices. I also will be selling Mineral Makeup. I will be giving a lot of free giveaways here shortly for our grand opening! I hope you will stop by my blog and follow me back and like my facebook... And Look out for free giveaways on makeup and clothing :)

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  20. Benjamin is adorable! I love his sweet face! And that home is fantastic! It's as if it is out of a magazine!

  21. SO sweet! I love the beautiful candid family shots! What a beautiful day for you all! Congratulations!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie this week! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

  22. Benjamin is so adorable! May he have a blessed life. Thanks for sharing this special ocassion and the pretty home at the Open House Party.

  23. Welcome to the kindgom, little Benjamin. O, and the house is nice too. Kathi

  24. Oh I love baptisms because it involves babies! This sure was a great event and the house is fabulous, a modern, elegant and warm home, magazine worth, the type old Martha likes to post in her magazines. Great taste! Lots of blessings to the little one. Happy Thanksgiving to all. FABBY


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