- Kotryna, 28, and Arturas Nauseda, 31, married on June 3 in Kaunas, Lithuania.
- Kotryna initially wanted to wear a white dress but changed her mind before the wedding.
- The couple also got tattoos during their ceremony.
Kotryna Nauseda was planning on wearing a Dior-inspired white gown to her wedding, but changed her mind just a day before she walked down the aisle.
Kotryna, a 28-year-old lifestyle medicine specialist and creative director, married Arturas Nauseda, 31, in an intimate ceremony on June 3. The couple, based in Lithuania, have been together for six years.
“We got engaged after three years of dating,” Kotryna told Insider. “It was a romantic and moving engagement by the Baltic Sea.”
Kotryna shared pictures of their wedding two days later on TikTok, where it went viral with over 996,000 views. Many users raved about Kotryna’s wedding ensemble, which featured a gray maxi dress with a plunging neckline and green strappy heels.
Kotryna originally had a Dior-inspired dress made for her wedding, but began to have doubts
After the engagement, Kotryna had two bespoke dresses created to wear at the ceremony: a white dress inspired by Dior and a gray dress inspired by a German designer.
Kotryna recalled the moment she first spotted the Dior dress.
“Right after meeting Arturas, I saw an elegant white vintage dress from Dior’s 2000 collection on the internet and thought that one day it would be my wedding dress,” Kotryna said.
But Kotryna felt increasingly uncertain about the white dress as the wedding approached.
“I was trying on the white dress and it didn’t feel good,” Kotryna said. “The day before the wedding, I showed both dresses to my best friend, asking her advice on which to wear. When I asked the question, I already knew the answer.”
Kotryna explained that asking the question out loud allowed her to be honest with herself and what she wanted on her wedding day.
“In a loose dress made of good quality natural fabric, I felt what a bride should feel on her wedding day,” Kotryna said, adding that she is not a traditional person and embraces a holistic lifestyle. “Although realizing that I no longer fit into an old dream was not easy, I felt wonderful on my wedding day.”
Kotryna and Arturas got tattoos after exchanging vows
Kotryna and Arturas opted for a non-traditional wedding service which included a master of holistic wedding ceremonies. Holistic ceremonies typically encourage couples to practice wellness during the planning stages and may see them incorporate personal aspects into the ceremony.
“As we prepared for the big day and communicated with the Master of Holistic Wedding Ceremonies, we received an offer to perform a ritual that would give meaning to our union,” Kotryna said. “The ideas presented seemed too mundane, so we came up with our own.”
Kotryna and Arturas tattooed themselves with personal symbols for them and their relationship.
“We both have a lot of tattoos and art is close to our hearts, so the idea of tattooing each other with a symbol came very quickly and naturally,” she said. “Originally, Arturas and I tattooed each other with the symbol ‘222’ for union in the Bible and numerology, and because on June 2 we officially became husband and wife.”
Kotryna added that the guests were also tattooed during the ceremony.
“A lot of friends, even those who didn’t have a single tattoo, got colon tattoos for our wedding. Most of the tattoos were done by me and Arturas,” she said.
Footage from the wedding showed the couple dancing alongside guests, holding each other in warm embraces, cutting their three-tier cake and Arturas deejaying during the event.
“Although he’s not a DJ, he had learned to play for a while before the wedding,” Kotryna said. “His carefully chosen and meaningful songs made everyone feel free and liberated.”