Lorinda and Edwin, after 38 years in marriage, had their wedding vow renewal in Lithuania, in May. It was such a huge honor and a pleasure to document this. The vows were very emotional (I cried and I cried a lot) and their story is so unique and moving that I asked Lorinda to share their story with you. So, here it is.
Everything started to form a black silk shroud that her mother gave to her just before she passed away. That silk shroud was her grandmothers, who died in Lithuania between the wars. Since then, Lorinda started to look for the ancestors.
Renewing their vows was not part of the plan when Lorinda and Edwin originally booked their trip to Lithuania. The purpose of the trip was to see where her mother and ancestors were born and where they lived. She wanted to have some understanding of what their life in Lithuania was like. The trip would also help her understand the enormity of what they left behind.
Lorinda and Edwin had previously talked about doing something to renew their vows, but they never had serious discussions about it. Her husband and she has very little family left, her parents died a long time ago, as did her husband’s father. Her sister’s husband died tragically a few years ago and it seemed insensitive to do something as sentimental as a vow renewal when she was missing her own husband. She had already been in touch with Pastor Vadas while she was working on her family history and that’s when she got the idea to do the vow renewal while they were in Lithuania and her husband agreed. Everything then just fell into place.
So, she started a simple Google search for wedding photographers, that could document their wedding vow renewal in Lithuania. When she did the search, she noticed that I had previously worked in the United States, which of course, was very helpful for her since she knew that my English was probably pretty good, given her Lithuanian language skills are non-existent. After hearing their story, I just couldn’t say – no, whatever it takes I just had to document this day.
The experience of standing in the tiny Lutheran church in Vyštitis in the same place where her grandparents made their promises to one another so very long ago on Christmas Day in 1925 was incredibly emotional. She could take a thousand trips and she could have had the most expensive vow renewal that money could buy, and not one could compare to this experience. She honestly thinks that if she had guests there, it wouldn’t have been the same. As a photographer, I played an incredible role in helping keep the memory of that day alive through the art of my photography. Not a day has gone by since their trip that she hasn’t looked at one of the beautiful photos that I took from that special day. These photos are the magic carpet that takes Lorinda back to Lithuania every time she looks at them.
After the emotional ceremony, we drove to a small and abounded cemetery in wheat fields and left her wedding bouquet there.
Lorinda and Edwin, I can not express how thankful I am for you choosing me as your photographer. I appreciate your trust and support. Wishing you all the best!
And thank you, Drūta rūta, for your incredible bouquet!!!
If you are planning your wedding in Lithuania, or anywhere for that matter, I would love to document it for you, with love. Feel free to get in touch.