Milda and Ross’ New Place Hotel Wedding

In my time I’ve shot brides and grooms of many different nationalities, and they all bring their own little customs and differences from their homeland to their weddings in the UK. Now I can add Lithuanian to that list.

Given the setting, this was of course a classic English wedding at heart, but Milda’s family and bridesmaids made sure that her roots were not ignored. So, we had a Lithuanian choir in St. James’ Church in Southwick for the ceremony, and some unexpected games and challenges for Milda & Ross to complete during the reception courtesy of Milda’s bridesmaids. Vodka shots were the order of the day for the father-of-the-bride’s toast, and Ross’ family embraced some Baltic tradition with the handing over of an engraved padlock to attach to a bridge in Vilnius and the payment of the agreed fee of a box of cigarettes for Milda’s hand!

We were also treated to traditional Lithuanian music and some rather chaotic dancing once Milda & Ross had completed their rather elaborate, and meticulously rehearsed, first dance.

Next up, a French wedding!

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