Gallery: wedding couples around the world
So don’t hurt each other, don’t change each other, don’t analyse and don’t expect more than each other can give. Smile when your beloved makes you happy, let them know when they make you mad, and miss them when they’re not there. Love hard when there is love to be had. Because perfect people don’t exist, but there’s always one person that is perfect for you.Bob Marley (attributed)
The above is an extract from the reading my sister gave at her son’s wedding last weekend. It struck a chord with me, as it probably did with most of the ‘coupled-up’ people in the church. And as it probably would with any newly-wed.
Words of Wisdom is a new monthly challenge run by Paula, of Lost in Translation. She asks us to ‘write a quote either by someone famous, or your own, and illustrate it in images taken by you’. As it happens I have quite a few photos of weddings and wedding couples. These aren’t of weddings I’ve attended, but weddings and wedding photo-shoots I’ve stumbled across in different parts of the world and gate-crashed!
A wedding procession at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo
Another wedding couple at the Meiji Shrine
The bride at a traditional Cambodian wedding we stumbled across near Siem Reap
Bridesmaids and attendants at the same Cambodian wedding
Couples posing at Wat Xieng Thong, Luang Prabang
Outside the Grand Palais in Paris
By the church of San Stefano in Bologna (an evening shot so rather noisy unfortunately)
We came across what appeared to be an actual wedding on the North Shore of Holy Island, Northumberland. Looking back I think it must have been a blessing rather than a wedding ceremony, as in those days there were more restrictions on where you could legally marry. Today, marrying here would probably be possible.
We were just too late to photograph a wedding couple at the Earthquake Memorial in Tashkent, but I did get a shot of the bouquet left by the bride
This bouquet was on a wedding car I spotted outside the town hall in Leipzig, Germany
And finally, we saw lots of couples laying bouquets at Mansudae Hill in Pyongyang, North Korea, and paying their respects to the Dear Leaders
Love the quote👍 You must be pleased with yourself capturing all these special occasions.
Thank Teresa 🙂 I’ve actually already seen one more couple that would have fitted this post, when we went to Sofia in September. Maybe one day I’ll have enough new photos for a ‘part two’ post 😀
What a gift to catch these glimpses of so many weddings around the world. Each so different yet so moving. I attended a wedding in Tahiti and thought it was the greatest celebration I’ve ever seen.
Ooh, that must have been marvellous! We’ve been to two in Austria and even that was far enough from home for many of the customs to be a bit different from ours. But Taiwan?! That would be REALLY interesting 🙂
Great quote. I have a photo of a wedding couple in Rome and in Germany. It was a coincidence
Thank you Tanja – yes, these were all coincidental opportunities too 😀
Dear Sarah, thank you for sharing LOVE, and all these memorable shots which I love.
You’re welcome Paula, thank you for the lovely comment 🙂 And for this super new challenge idea!
Life...One Big Adventure
Fabulous photos and post. So much culture and symbolism in each of the settings and wedding garb. Thanks for sharing, Mel
Thanks so much Mel, glad you liked the different cultures represented in these shots 🙂
Sarah, the opening photo and the quote nailed this challenge. Everything else is just ‘icing on the wedding cake.’
Thank you Suzanne, I really appreciate your kind words 🙂
I have a lot of photos of weddings too but most of them are the marriages of my children and grandchildren and my sister – that’s 10 right there. Sometimes when I go to a wedding of a friend’s child, I take a lot of candid photos and then give them to the couple.
I like to do that too. I have photos from my nephew’s wedding, and from a friend’s wedding in Austria a few years ago, but I decided against sharing them here.
In 1950 my dad took movies of a Dutch wedding in Marken or Volendam (I don’t know which) and I’ve posted all the movies that he took in the Netherlands in 1950 on u-tube.
I can’t believe how many weddings you just happed across! Glorious shots.
Thank you Janet 🙂 And see my reply to Marsha below!
Anabel @ The Glasgow Gallivanter
And I thought British weddings had got very fancy these days! So colourful. My favourite photo is the Luang Prabang couple in the header, who appear again later. Beautiful outfits. They look very young and very solemn. We’ve occasionally come across weddings on our travels, but we see them here nearly every weekend. The Botanic Gardens near us is very popular for photographs, especially as there are two big wedding venues just opposite. We always joke “another good woman bites the dust” because apparently I said this when John’s sister got married. We had just met at the time, so obviously I changed my mind! So did his sister who is now onto husband number 3.
I actually realised (rather too late to include them) that I’d stumbled across a wedding photo shoot in a London park too – a Muslim couple in Holland Park, looking very glamourous in traditional outfits. I had to smile at your last sentence 😆
And don’t worry about the comment box, it happens all the time. I think it may in part due to my theme and/or settings, but I like the theme too much to change it and can’t work out if it might be a settings thing!
Anabel @ The Glasgow Gallivanter
To be fair, husband 3 has lasted longer than the other two put together so he must be the keeper!
Anabel @ The Glasgow Gallivanter
Oops, doing my usual opening up wrong comment box thing.
Been there, done that as the saying goes. 🙂
Like your other readers, I am astounded how you stumble onto weddings. I photographed one in Balboa park, but I don’t often stumble onto weddings, and when I do, I’m not prepared. The brides in all of those weddings were unbelievably gorgeous. The headdresses were so foreign to what we see here in the United States, too. Great post, and I’d give the quote 10/10, too. 🙂
I hadn’t realised how surprised people would be that I’ve come across this many weddings and wedding shoots 😆 I guess travelling a lot, and always with a camera, helps, but I’m certainly not the only person to do that!
Weddings galore! Interesting image of newlyweds honoring the Dear Leader.
There were many such groups there – it’s expected of them to want to share their happiness with the Leaders. The same with birthdays etc. too.
Mike and Kellye Hefner
So very interesting. I love how you capture the people in the places you visit. Do you simply ask them if they mind being photographed or do you give them a gift? How does this work? I can’t imagine doing this in the US.
All of these are candid shots, taken with a zoom lens. In many cases the subjects were aware I was photographing them but didn’t mind, in other cases they may not even have realised. I do sometimes ask people if I can take their photo but I wouldn’t have done so on any of these occasions as the couples were presumably paying their professional photographer and wouldn’t have wanted to break off from the session to pose for me! I also tend to prefer candid shots – often when you ask for a shot the person freezes and becomes rather stiff, whereas I’d rather get a more natural photo of them if I can.
The quote is wonderful, as are the photos. Really, a fabulous response to Paula’s challenge, Sarah.
Thanks so much Jo. This seems a fun new challenge and I quite like the fact that it’s monthly rather than weekly, so I’m sure I’ll be joining in again 🙂
You’re pretty damn’ good at stumbling across weddings! Ho DO you do it?
Haha 😂 Some are pure luck (Paris, Bologna, Holy Island) but others are a result of going to the sort of places that wedding couples frequent for photoshoots (like that temple in Luang Prabang) or for weddings themselves (Meiji Shrine). Incidentally I would suggest that it would be hard to find dunes more remote than those ones on the north shore of Holy Island, which made coming across that ceremony all the more surprising. We followed the sound of the bagpipes!
Ah. I’ve only been to Holy Island once, and we had to hurry away …
I just love weddings. And you have been fortunate to take photo’s of so many “international” wedding couples – wow! They all look lovely (some happier than others) … but surely a celebration of love!
PS: And 10/10 for that beautiful quote at the beginning of your post 💕.
Thank you, I’m glad you like them! Yes, some definitely look more serious than others – maybe it’s a cultural thing?
Aletta - nowathome
You got a great variety of all the different cultures here Sarah! So beautiful!
Thank you Aletta 🙂
I loved your photo’s Sarah! I also like it when I stumble across a wedding or a ceremony of some kind on my travels. Also, when I lived abroad in several countries, I’ve also attended a few funerals. The cultural contrast of funerals can be immense!
I can imagine it would be Katie. I’ve not been to any funerals abroad, but I’ve been to a couple of weddings, in addition to these ‘accidental ones’. I thought about including them but decided to focus on these serendipitous moments.
You nailed this challenge, just gorgeous!
Thanks so much Tracey 😊
Oh, the Places We See
How fortunate for you to be in the right places at the right times! I love seeing how people are married in various countries, but it’s only accidental that I do so. Lovely shots from all over!
All of these were accidental too, although places like the Meiji Shrine host so many weddings that I think you’d see one pretty much any time you went. We were there on a Sunday for just an hour or so and saw these two and at least one other!
Oh, the Places We See
I still think you’re pretty lucky! Beautiful weddings!
Thank you 😊
Lovely photos and beautiful quote
You will always be known as The Wedding Crasher now 😅
🤣🤣 Thanks Alison!
Loved you quote read by your sister at her son’s wedding. Certainly wouldn’t have attributed it to Bob Marley. Gorgeous photos especially the ones in Japan. Will add that site to our Japan itinerary on the hope we can travel there after our stop was cancelled in 2020.as I’m always a sucker for weddings!
I think there’s some debate about whether Marley really said it, but most sources seem to attribute it to him. As for Japan, I do hope you get to go there! It’s one of my favourite countries that I’ve visited and the culture seems to me to be completely unique. If you’re in Tokyo for any length of time do make a side trip to Nikko (ideally overnight at least) – it’s amazing!