Event designer Miriam Corona and her husband recently received the very special honor of becoming Godparents to their adorable niece, Lily. Both the baptism ceremony and reception were so lovely, and we're sharing them both below. Read on for more from Miriam about the special Latin American and Catholic traditions they participated in, along with more about the beautiful party held after the baptism. From the vintage baptismal gown that belonged to Lily's mother, to the sweet, feminine decor at the reception, every detail was just perfect. Rebekah Meredith captured all of the photos, and you can see so much more in the full gallery!
"Traditionally, in our Latin American cultures, when baptizing a child, the parents of the child will typically ask a couple (a male and female, but not necessarily a married couple) to be the Padrinos or Godparents of the child. This constitutes a very strong bond between the child's parents and the chosen couple. They often call each other compadres."
"During the ceremony, the child is anointed with oil symbolizing the sacrament of Baptism and is immersed in holy water, as a symbol of death and becoming a new life with Christ."
"The Godchild wears a white gown to the ceremony that symbolizes purity, given by the Godparents. Traditionally, the Godparents are to provide and change the baby into the baptismal garments. However, one of the special details for Lily's baptism ceremony was that she was able to wear her mom's vintage gown that her mom wore when she was baptized as a baby."
"There is a baptismal candle that the parents and Godparents light that symbolizes that the child is now enlightened by Christ."
"While it is not as common, it is tradition for the Pardrino to give a 'bolo' after the ceremony. My husband and I tossed coins, the 'bolo', into the crowd at the church following the ceremony, symbolizing our Goddaughters' prosperity to come."
"The color palette my sister chose for the formal dress attire and party decorations was very soft and natural. She wanted all white flowers so we created a small white rose bouquet for the baptism ceremony and all white centerpieces for the party decor with accents of blush pink and gold. There was a gold banner that my sister made that hung over the dessert table 'God Bless Lilyana' and we used that theme throughout the ruffled cake and party favors, which were little glass tubes filled with the holy water from the fountain that Lily was baptized in."