-- This sweet baby boy got the ultimate “something borrowed.”
Little Bennett Sexton’s baptism outfit was made from his mom’s wedding gown.
“It’s his baptism welcoming him into God’s family and this was his sacrament, so I wanted a way to tie it all together. I couldn’t think of a better way to use it in the future.”
Sexton’s friend, Emily Walsh, an amateur seamstress with a surprising talent, spent a month turning the dress into the precious outfit. She said one of her biggest concerns was making sure she didn’t run out of the bridal fabric.
“I didn’t want to have to get something that was a different color,” she explained. “I had to measure everything perfectly because I couldn’t get any more, obviously. If I messed up, she’d lose her wedding dress and there’d be no baptism outfit. The hardest part was taking it apart very gingerly and then cutting it just perfectly. I have just a few inches of the fabric left.”
Fortunately, the repurposed outfit turned out perfectly. The beautiful lace embellishments on the wedding gown’s train was incorporated into the tiny baptism vest.
The bonnet also incorporated special features from the gown.
“Our baby is so special to us,” Sexton said of her and her husband. “And obviously our wedding was so special, and he’s a new member of our family and it was a way to have him as an extension of our family and God’s family. It’s really hard for me to put into words. It fills my heart with such happiness to have him here with us. His birth was a humongous day for us, and his baptism was a humongous celebration for us, and so was our wedding, and it was like bringing our wedding back full circle for our baby.”
She absolutely plans to use the baptism outfit for their future children, too.