I had the opportunity to travel to Eastern Europe to photograph Heather and Egidijus’s wedding in Lithuania. You might remember seeing their first wedding celebration in Jamaica, but since Egidijus is from the coastal town of Klaipedia, Lithuania, they decided to have a second wedding in his home country so his friends and extended family members to be a part of the celebrations!
What an incredible country. The cities were very European feeling intermixed with remnants of the Soviet occupation during WWII, while the country side reminded me of the rolling hills of Missouri. Lithuanian wedding traditions were fascinating to me and I feel so lucky to have been able to not only experience it, but also document it. Heather (driven by her father), Egidijus, and their entire wedding party arrived to the ceremony by motorcycle and then proceeded to a hill overlooking a lake for the ceremony. Heather and Egidijus were greeted by both sets of their parents, who gave them bread, salt, and water. Instead of attempting to explain the significance in my words, here are the words that Egidijus’s father spoke during the ceremony:
“Dear Children -
It is a joyful moment for your parents to greet you with bread, salt, and fresh water after you have promised a lifetime of love to each other.
Break this slice of bread, share it and know that as you share this bread, you promise to share the happiness and hard times. Eat some salt so your life will always have flavor. Drink this fresh water so that it washes away all dirty minds, gives you strength, persistency, ability to say no.
Dear daughter-in-law, dear son, we, your parents ,wish your family to have a bright and happy future, your home to be warm and cozy, and our grandchildren to be laughing.”
The reception included a dance performance, many beautiful toasts, a song by Egidijus’s grandmother, and Chinese lanterns. I feel so honored to have been able to document this special occasion and can’t thank Heather and Egidijus’ families for being so welcoming. Huge thank you to my assistant, Fredrica!