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A Charitable Baptism That Gives Back With Love (and Lots of Flowers)

A Charitable Baptism That Gives Back With Love (and Lots of Flowers)

To celebrate their baby boy, one couple turned to the only way they saw fit—by sharing the joy of flowers with nursing homes, children's charities, and hospitals. 

A Dream Come True

How does one celebrate the joy of new life to its fullest? By paying it forward, of course. At least that's what one philanthropic new mom, Lindsay Pistilli, and her husband Joseph Camerata wanted for their baby boy, Mario's, baptism. This wouldn't be their first celebration with the theme of giving back either. Earlier this year, the couple hosted a gorgeous and generous baby shower at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens in New York which not only toasted to newfound parenthood, but also helped benefit a local nursing home and foster care center, among other charitable organizations. This time, thanks again to the do-gooders at LLG Events, Pistilli's wish came true. 

It Takes Two

LLG Events' CEO and founder, Lauren Grech (right), and Teal Nicholson, COO and creative director (left), not only strive to create events that as gorgeous as they are personalized, but work to lead every event planned with various philanthropic components—proof that one of the best gifts in life really is good karma.

A Whimsical Welcome

While the overarching theme of the baptism was giving back, Grech and Nicholson worked with Pistilli to incorporate a second major theme: water. "We were inspired by water, as this was a baptism, the planners tell us. "Water represents purity, life, and grace. We wanted everything to have a representation of water by using a fountain for the escort cards, by having water and watercolor on the invitations, and, of course, in the florals as blue and white." 

Flowing Florals

To capture the essence of water, floral colors not only mimicked its soothing shades, but were also arranged like so: full of movement and body, yet calming and cool. Decor accents, like this cascade of blossoms by Birch Event Design, helped bring the baptism themes to life. 

The best part about these flowers? After the celebration, they would all be donated to Repeat Roses, an organization that helps reuse and recycle pre-loved blooms for centers in need, like nursing homes or hospitals. 

DARLING DETAILS

  • charitable baptism celebration white flower arch outside of tent

    Talk about true love: All of the arrangements, including this grand 10-foot archway, were repurposed into 48 refreshed bouquets for St. Mary's Children's Hospital. 

  • charitable baptism celebration decor and seating at tables and sofas with flower arrangements

    "We created a whole living room setup with tufted seating, a mirrored coffee table, and an area rug," they explain, "so guests could feel like they walked in from the foyer to their living room."

  • charitable baptism celebration decor and seating inside of tent

    Wanting to "bring the indoors, outdoors," Grech and Nicholson sought inspiration from Restoration Hardware: "Their brand fuses together the indoors and outdoors perfectly."

  • charitable baptism celebration blue pillows decor detail

    Guests were encouraged to feel right at home with comfortable yet stylish accents like these patterned pillows, which adorned the seating space alongside the dining area.

  • charitable baptism celebration white flower arch outside of tent

    Talk about true love: All of the arrangements, including this grand 10-foot archway, were repurposed into 48 refreshed bouquets for St. Mary's Children's Hospital. 

  • charitable baptism celebration decor and seating inside of tent

    Wanting to "bring the indoors, outdoors," Grech and Nicholson sought inspiration from Restoration Hardware: "Their brand fuses together the indoors and outdoors perfectly."

  • charitable baptism celebration decor and seating at tables and sofas with flower arrangements

    "We created a whole living room setup with tufted seating, a mirrored coffee table, and an area rug," they explain, "so guests could feel like they walked in from the foyer to their living room."

  • charitable baptism celebration blue pillows decor detail

    Guests were encouraged to feel right at home with comfortable yet stylish accents like these patterned pillows, which adorned the seating space alongside the dining area.

Natural Elements

With host Pistilli wanting to mix the beauty of the outdoors with the relaxed atmosphere of the indoors, Grech and Nicholson opted to set the scene with a sea of natural elements, like woods and greenery—all of which was done in Pistilli's own backyard. To fullfill her vision of making the event space feel like an extension of her home, the ladies explain: "We used birchwood tables and cushioned chairs to make all guests feel like their were eating lunch at their dining room table." And with luscious, leafy garlands draped along the center of each dining table, guests were invited to not only drink and be merry, but also reminded to stop and smell the roses.

A Seat at the Table

In keeping with the theme of water for the baptism, each place setting was graced with cool blue plates, gold-rimmed crystal goblets, and gold flatware for extra shimmer.

Thoughtful Takeaways

Accompanying each table setting was a tiny candle for guests to take home. But these weren't just any candles. "The candles were geo-cut with a French top lid that were adorned with baby Mario's crest," the LLG Events' ladies tell us. And to top it off: "We custom-ordered these through LLG Gifted where a portion of sales proceeds goes towards providing a pro-bono wedding for a couple that gives back to their community."

 

As for the iridescent globes—which they "see as a huge trend in events for 2019!"—each contained a guest escort card and helped make up the "bubbling" look of the fountain before the entrance to the tent. The globes also doubled as keepsake ornaments for attendees to fondly remember the day.

Time to Feast

"To keep things in line with our water theme, we added a raw bar which sat on a customer ice sculpture by Okamoto Studio incorporating Baby Mario's crest," Grech and Nicholson tell us. Other fun edibles, inspired by the affair's backyard-esque atmosphere, included Kobe beef hot dogs, cheeseburger sliders, lobster rolls, and tacos. 

Sweet Finishes

After a seated meal, guests could mingle while snacking on mini desserts like sorbet cones, chocolate chip cookie sandwiches, and creme brûlée pots. To wash it all down: hibiscus lemonade and mint iced tea. 

 

A Slice of Heaven

It wouldn't be a true celebration without a cake! This three-tiered confection donned delicate lace and floral accents on its exterior, a cross on top to mark the occasion, and baby Mario's crest in the middle for personalized flair. As for inside? A classic crowd-pleasing funfetti. To finish it off, a fiery flame set off star-worthy sparks to ignite "ooh's" and "ahh's."

Blessed Be

The day was a memorable one, filled with heart-warming smiles, hugs, and tears—only happy ones, of course. 

Credits

Event Concept and Coordination: LLG Events | @llgevents

Photography: Keri Calabrese Photography | @kericalabrese

Floral and Production Design: Birch Event Design | @bircheventdesign

Caterer: Elegant Affairs Caterers | @elegantaffairs1

Floral Donation: Repeat Roses | @repeatroses

Cake: hey!cookie | @janetbenamicakes

Ice Sculpture: Okamoto Studio | @okamotostudio

Menus: Momental Designs | @momental

Place cards and Favors: LLG Gifted | @llggifted