In a bizarre twist concerning marriage vows and particularly that part that reads: till death do us part, two couples in China have held their wedding ceremonies in the Yong’an Cemetery in Tianjin where they all met and are currently employed.
Witnesses to the exchange of sacred vows were the many gravestones, and at that part of the service where it is asked: whoever shall object to this union, speak now or forever hold your peace, all was silent.
The two couples, Wu Di and his bride Yang Xi, and Wei Jian and his bride, Liu Ling, married in a wedding procession comprised of 26 cemetery carts, which were specially decorated for the occasion.
“The cemetery witnessed our love. Only death could part us… It’s a natural choice for us, as we work here and love this place. All the ancestors lying underneath are our wedding witnesses,” said Wu Di.
In a symbol of longevity, each couple planted a sapling during the wedding ceremony that joined them in matrimony.
For many, there might seem to be brighter choices than exchanging wedding vows surrounded by those who have already passed to the other side of the side. If you really think about it, however, who is to say what setting is meaningful to a bride and groom?
Perhaps not your cup of tea or mine, but then, I prefer coffee anyway.