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