Wedding Planning: The Wedding Day

This past August I married my best friend. During the process of planning the wedding, I didn’t want to post too much about it and give away all the fun details. Like any good newlywed blogger, though, I had way too much fun writing about my entire planning process after the fact, from making the invitations and finding the wedding dress, to choosing the wedding colors & style and venue and planned the details & the flowers! If you’ve stuck with me throughout all the posts, yay! Here’s a final post with all the photos in one place. Enjoy! xox

All the professional photographs were taken by Sarah Rominger

North Carolina Wedding

North Carolina Wedding

Kudos to the fantabulous Vaccaro family for gifting me this sweet hanger! It was the first item I owned with my new last name on it. 🙂

North Carolina Wedding

Wedding Flowers

It was such a hot and steamy day, that we had to keep all the flowers inside until right before the reception started.

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NC Lodge Wedding

NC Lodge Wedding

Our gorgeous wedding mass was held at my family’s church, the Basilica of St Lawrence, in downtown Asheville. I actually had my high school graduation at this church, too!

Our priest was a high school friend who had just been ordained that summer. It was so neat having him as our priest and he did such a wonderful job with the ceremony.

NC Lodge Wedding

NC Lodge Wedding

My mom was supposed to help my dad walk me down the aisle, but she didn’t count on the aisle being a bit too narrow for all three of us + my very fluffy skirt. I was so excited to get to the front of the church where Vincas was standing and waiting for me, that I practically sprinted and didn’t notice that she didn’t have room! (whoops! sorry, mom!)

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NC Lodge Wedding

Since both Vincas and I are Lithuanian, I really wanted to incorporate some of our culture into the mass, so we had our siblings split up the readings, with half in English and half in Lithuanian.

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NC Lodge Wedding

One of my favorite memories from the day was exchanging vows on the altar. For some reason, I didn’t really think a lot about this part of the mass beforehand. That seems funny, since that’s the only part of the day that really matters, right? There was just so much else to plan, though, that I didn’t give it much thought. Until, suddenly, it was happening. And I was repeating the words and trying to stop grinning so that I could look solemn. Our priest did a fantastic job pronouncing our names, but I still definitely took him by surprise when I changed the format of my husband’s name {“Vincas” to “Vincai”} in order to keep the proper Lithuanian conjugation during the vows.

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My two sisters and several friends sang some of the preludes and another good friend, Greta, sang Lithuanian hymns throughout the ceremony. I wish I had thought to have someone make a recording to capture these wedding hymns – it was breathtaking!

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Guys, I really adored wearing that veil. It was so long and romantic and lovely! It was actually my older sister’s veil, which made it even more special!

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Catholic blogger

Catholic blogger

Catholic blogger

Walking down the aisle after we were married. SO EXCITED. Seeing all the happy faces blur by as we walked out of the church felt so surreal!

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Vinco immediate family!

{From left to right: Ziba, Gaja, Gintas (w/wife Kaela), (husband Logan) with Vija, Vincas and me! Vinco parents: Rima and Linas,

Lina (w/husband Brian and kids Zemy and Eila), and Rimas (w/ wife, Sarah, and kids, Lija, Karina, and Tavas)

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Us with our parents

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My family!

Left to right: Gintaras (w/fiance, Margaret), Katrina, Mom, Vincas and me! my dad, Linas, Viktorija (w/husband, Drew)

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Our gorgeous bridal party!

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We had a pre-reception cocktail hour in the field below the lodge.

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Grand entrance into our cocktail hour

(my bridesmaid, Monika, had changed into traditional Lithuanian clothing in anticipation of our Lithuanian first dance)

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Lithuanian-american bride

Like any good Lithuanian bride and groom, we were welcomed to the party by our parents, who offered us wine, bread, and salt. The bread represents the hope that we would never go hungry, the salt is a reminder that life might be difficult at times, but we would learn to cope, and the wine symbolizes the desire that we would never go thirsty and that our lives would be filled with health and happiness.

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After the salt & bread ceremony, we went straight into our first dance, a traditional Lithuanian dance called Going Here where can you buy antabuse Rezginele. In it, all our single friends say goodbye to us and then push us together to dance under a canopy of sashes. The sashes are then used to tie and untie a knot above our heads through the dance movements. At the end, all the sashes are thrown into the air.

Vincas and I met during a Lithuanian dance festival, which made this dance even more memorable and special. This group of friends was made up of all of our childhood Lithuanian friends (plus one excellent American friend who did a fantastic job pretending to be Lithuanian!) and it made me so happy to include all of these lovely friends in this part of the day!

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Lithuanian-american bride

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Lithuanian-american bride

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Lithuanian-american bride

Lithuanian-american bride

Lithuanian-american bride

Lithuanian-american bride

Lithuanian-american bride

After the cocktail hour, we headed up to the deck of the lodge for the reception.

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Old Fort Wedding

Old Fort Wedding

Old Fort Wedding

It’s a tradition among Vinco siblings to perform a song-filled skit in honor of the wedding couple with lyrics tailored especially for the couple. Our’s was based on The Lion King and included all the details of how we met and fell in love! (the stroller they’re all looking at, btw, had a laptop in it so they could read the lyrics)

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We weren’t going to do an official first *alone* dance, but I’m so glad we spontaneously did!

It was so SO nice to snuggle for a few minutes and just be silly in love on the dance floor together. I still smile thinking back on it.

Our song was Swept Away (the sentimental version) by the Avett Brothers.

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Old Fort Wedding

Old Fort Wedding

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Such a happy, happy day!

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