Cousin arranged a walking tour of old town Vilnius and Užupis the morning of the wedding for the guests. The guide, Martina, met us in front of town hall and took us to the presidential palace, cathedral square, St. Anne’s Church, and to the neighborhood of Užupis. She was really nice and informative.
We went back to the apartment to get ready for the wedding. A taxi picked us up and we were whisked away to the Church of St. Johns, near the university. We met most of the guests in front of the church. The service was in Lithuanian and English. Cousin looked so happy and beautiful, and M. looked like he was tearing up a bit when he saw her walking down the aisle.
After the service, waiters served us champagne and chocolate covered strawberries outside the church and we took photos. We then walked up the street to the reception. It was inside a courtyard shared by a restaurant and the university library. There were loads of hors d’oeuvres and an open bar, a photo booth, a ring toss game for the kids and chalk to draw with on the cement.
We mingled and snacked and drank until the bride and groom came. My aunt and M’s mother greeted them with small glasses of water, bread, and salt, a Lithuanian wedding tradition to ensure their prosperity.
Dinner was served and there were speeches, dancing, more drinking, and more dancing. We left around 11PM when it started to drizzle.