My wonderful Smashing The Glass teammate, Sharon, found these incredible wedding images on National Geographic. They focus on wedding ceremonies from around the world (some Jewish, some not) and the fascinating cultural influences on generations, in both modern and traditional ways. Feast your eyes on these…
A YEMENITE WEDDING
[image: Stephanie Sinclair]
Friends and family fete the 21 year old yemenite bridegroom (in the centre wearing a floral head scarf) at his wedding in the Old City of Sanaa, Yemen. In a country where nearly half the population lives on £1 a day, wedding expenses–which can exceed £3000–are prohibitive. Many couples pool resources and marry in groups.
A MORROCAN WEDDING
[image: Alexandra Boulat]
In the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, Berber brides dress for a traditional wedding that often includes four days of ceremonial rituals. In one of the rituals, brides purify themselves with water gathered from the local river.
A KAZAKHSTANI WEDDING
[image: Gerd Ludwig]
Accompanied by traditional dancers, a bride awaits her formal unveiling at a her Kazakhstani wedding where she has just been married in a ceremony capped by the release of two white doves. The celebrations commence when the veil is lifted.
A KENYAN WEDDING
[image: Michael Nicholls]
In Kenya, several days of creative ceremonies, such as the warrior dance pictured above, are designed to counteract superstitions and bring the new couple good luck.
AN AFGHAN WEDDING
[image: Lynsey Addario]
This traditional Afghan bride wears green, a colour associated with prosperity and paradise in Islamic tradition. Her serious expression reflects the fact that marriage is an enormous milestone in an Afghan woman’s life, not just a celebratory event.