At a Russian Orthodox church in Los Angeles
This article originally appeared in People Magazine
You can take the girl out of Russia, but you can’t take the Russia out of the girl. Milla Jovovich has been giving her Instagram followers an inside look at daughter Dashiel Edan‘s traditional Russian Orthodox baptism ceremony, which took place Friday at the Holy Transfiguration Russian Orthodox church in Los Angeles.
On Saturday, the actress, 39, posted a black-and-white photo of her mini-me, 7-year-old daughter Ever Gabo, cradling Dashiel at the baptism. She calls the pair her “two beauties” and notes that the event was “incredible! Such a gorgeous ceremony, so peaceful and spiritual.”
She followed the sweet sister snapshot with two more stunning black-and-white photos from the ceremony. One captures a tender mother-daughter moment, with Jovovich kissing Dashiel’s head.
The second shot is more playful, showing the Resident Evil star, her hair covered by a scarf, smiling as she lifts her 8-week-old in the air.
The caption of the latter offers some information about the traditional ceremony: “When we speak Russian we call her ‘Dasha,’ so her Saint’s name is ‘Daria.’ Amazing fact, Dashiel was born on April 1st which is also Saint Daria’s Day! Amazing, right? She was born on the day of her namesake patron saint! (The christening was held at a traditional Russian Orthodox Church here in Los Angeles and it’s respectful for women to cover their heads before entering.)”
The doting mother recently shared that she and husband Paul W.S. Anderson co-sleep with their two daughters to strengthen the family’s connection, and also said she’s looking forward to taking things slower the second time around.
“I’m so excited to have another baby because I can actually stop and smell the roses this time around. So much of being a parent is spent running or worrying, cleaning up messes, going to doctors, making sure they eat the right food and act polite, that actually being able to step back and see how amazing your child is can be something we forget to do,” she said.