Some 3,800 couples from over 50 different countries were married in a mass ceremony at the Cheongshim World Peace Centre in Gapyeong, South Korea.
The event – conducted by Hak Ja Han, leader of the Unification Church and widow of its founder Sun Myung Moon – saw up to 800 of the couples marry after only meeting a few days before at an engagement ceremony.
The somewhat controversial church was founded in Seoul in 1954 and has a history of mass weddings, with its first being held in 1961.
The couples who were present at the ceremony were dressed in traditional attire, with the woman wearing flowing white dresses and the men wearing dark suits, ensuring that the event was quite the spectacle.
One such couple who enjoyed the happy day with their family were Canadians Nadia Famularo and Christian Vlcek, and they remarked of the occasion:
“It’s exciting. It’s overwhelming. It’s a really happy day. It’s kind of a big a relief also. It’s the culmination of a lot of preparation and a lot of thought coming together.”
Though this particular wedding occasion may appear unusual, it is worth noting that there are many different ways to conduct a ceremony – something that a professional wedding photographer from Lancashire and the surrounding area will be sensitive towards. Certainly, a skilled and experienced photographer will be able to utilise everything that is unique about the day to enhance the photographs they take of the special occasion.