Nereus Baptism

‘Underwater’ Baptism in Cretan Monastery

How can the bottom of the ocean be found in the yard of a thousand year old Cretan monastery? Well, Roula Moniaki, an accomplished professional photographer, together with our expert decoration team, made it happen in the baptism of her lovely baby boy!

Starfish, octopus, jelly fish, crabs, whales, algae, the whole sea world came alive in the yard of Arkadi Monastery. The Monastery carries a long and important history, and is famous for its special Venetian architecture. This is where young Nireas was baptized in a gorgeous ocean themed decoration.

deep blue sea style

Outside the church a welcome table was set, where guests could drink iced water and juice. The sweets and candy offered to the guests were all ocean themed. Handmade cookies painted with sugar paste as sea creatures gave a playful tone to the decoration. A deep blue sea style was given to the delicious cake pops, the muffins and the cake. Pampas grass and algae had a special ‘underwater’ feeling.

The same style was given to the handmade stuffed sea creature toys that decorated the table and the baptism font. The guest favors were also tailor made, with fabric bags and fabric fish hanging on them, stuffed with local products and goodies.And of course, the baptism candle was astounding!

What an elegant and playful baptism!