February 16, 2014

Ukraine: Married at a Protest

Two Ukrainian anti-government protesters, Oleksandr and Halyna, are married in Kiev’s Independence Square (via Reuters)

January 15, 2014

Traditional Wedding in Bulgaria

Weddings in Ribnovo, Bulgaria, only take place during winter. The traditional white mask worn by the bride goes back centuries (via Guardian)

April 19, 2012
Austria: one in four Austrian weddings involve foreigners 
Almost a quarter of all the weddings in Austria are binational according to the latest statistics from Statistik Austria.
It said that 23.5 percent of marriages fall into this category were either one partner is an Austrian and the other a foreign national – or both are foreign nationals.
In 2010 that represented 8,823 binational weddings.
The statistics also showed that while the number of foreigners marrying each other in Austria has remained relatively constant, the number of Austrians marrying foreigners has fallen significantly.
In 2004 it was 27.8 percent but the latest figures it had fallen to 18.3 percent.
This was believed to be because of the law changes in 2005 that tightened up the regulations for residency for married foreigners to clamp down on sham marriages that will purely carried out for the purposes of gaining work Visa and residency permit. (via Austrian Times)

Austria: one in four Austrian weddings involve foreigners

Almost a quarter of all the weddings in Austria are binational according to the latest statistics from Statistik Austria.

It said that 23.5 percent of marriages fall into this category were either one partner is an Austrian and the other a foreign national – or both are foreign nationals.

In 2010 that represented 8,823 binational weddings.

The statistics also showed that while the number of foreigners marrying each other in Austria has remained relatively constant, the number of Austrians marrying foreigners has fallen significantly.

In 2004 it was 27.8 percent but the latest figures it had fallen to 18.3 percent.

This was believed to be because of the law changes in 2005 that tightened up the regulations for residency for married foreigners to clamp down on sham marriages that will purely carried out for the purposes of gaining work Visa and residency permit. (via Austrian Times)

December 14, 2011
Ribnovo, Bulgaria
A Muslim couple pose in front of their house during their wedding ceremony (via guardian.co.uk)
Is the bride the same one as from the earlier makeup picture? Must be! Shame we can’t see the full effect of the facial decoration in this shot.

Ribnovo, Bulgaria

A Muslim couple pose in front of their house during their wedding ceremony (via guardian.co.uk)

Is the bride the same one as from the earlier makeup picture? Must be! Shame we can’t see the full effect of the facial decoration in this shot.

December 13, 2011
Ribnovo, Bulgaria
Muslim bride Fatme Kichukova has her make-up applied during her wedding ceremony (via Telegraph)

Ribnovo, Bulgaria

Muslim bride Fatme Kichukova has her make-up applied during her wedding ceremony (via Telegraph)

November 20, 2011
Amsterdam, Netherlands
An Occupy Amsterdam demonstrator prepares for her wedding in a tent on the Beursplein (via guardian.co.uk)

Amsterdam, Netherlands

An Occupy Amsterdam demonstrator prepares for her wedding in a tent on the Beursplein (via guardian.co.uk)

November 12, 2011
Gay couple, Communist mayor defy French law with same-sex marriage

A French gay couple were married on Saturday in the south-western town of Cabestany in a gesture they and the town’s Communist mayor hope will help change French law, which does not recognise homosexual marriage.

“There are times when you have to be an outlaw,” declared Cabestany’s mayor Jean Vila before Saturday morning’s ceremony, appealing to other mayors to follow his example.

Saturday’s happy couple, 37-year-old artist Guillaume and 48-year-old photo-lab manager Patrick, say they were married both as a demonstration of love and as an activist gesture so that “very soon in France two people of the same sex can get married legally”.

“We are citizens, the same as everybody else,” they commented.

Their marriage lines contain the phrase “unfortunately this document has no official character, since the law today forbids marriage between people of the same sex, but it signifies the wish of the local authority to see the law change”. (via RFI)

November 3, 2011
Polar bears and Poland, but no Soviet Union in Finnish name register
One in four newly-wed brides are opting to keep their own name, rather than take their husband’s. The trend for unconventional names after marriage has also seen more couples taking on entirely new names. Swedish and Russian names are also staging something of a comeback.
It used to be taken for granted that a woman would take her husband’s name after getting hitched. Now things are different, but 75 percent of Finnish women still choose to take their husband’s name.
“Increasingly often educated, professional women are known in their own circle of acquaintances by their own name, and they do not want to hide behind their husband’s,” observes professor Urpo Kangas, who acts as chair of the Advisory Committee on Names that must approve all new names in Finland.
The change is quite dramatic. Just 20 years ago 90 percent of new brides took their husband’s name. The number of women with double-barrelled names incorporating both their husband’s and their own name has remained stable at around 7 percent.
The newest trend in Finland is establishing a new branch of the family with its own name.
“Nowadays it’s quite common for a couple to create a new name with elements from both partners’ surnames,” says Kangas. “For example when a Jääskinen and a Karhunen get married, they might like the surname Jääkarhu. That way they become this generation’s Adam and Eve. It’s fashionable all over the world.”
‘Jääkarhu’ means ‘polar bear’ in Finnish. (via YLE Uutiset)

Polar bears and Poland, but no Soviet Union in Finnish name register

One in four newly-wed brides are opting to keep their own name, rather than take their husband’s. The trend for unconventional names after marriage has also seen more couples taking on entirely new names. Swedish and Russian names are also staging something of a comeback.

It used to be taken for granted that a woman would take her husband’s name after getting hitched. Now things are different, but 75 percent of Finnish women still choose to take their husband’s name.

“Increasingly often educated, professional women are known in their own circle of acquaintances by their own name, and they do not want to hide behind their husband’s,” observes professor Urpo Kangas, who acts as chair of the Advisory Committee on Names that must approve all new names in Finland.

The change is quite dramatic. Just 20 years ago 90 percent of new brides took their husband’s name. The number of women with double-barrelled names incorporating both their husband’s and their own name has remained stable at around 7 percent.

The newest trend in Finland is establishing a new branch of the family with its own name.

“Nowadays it’s quite common for a couple to create a new name with elements from both partners’ surnames,” says Kangas. “For example when a Jääskinen and a Karhunen get married, they might like the surname Jääkarhu. That way they become this generation’s Adam and Eve. It’s fashionable all over the world.”

‘Jääkarhu’ means ‘polar bear’ in Finnish. (via YLE Uutiset)

October 10, 2011
London, UK
Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney married Nancy Shevell at Old Marylebone Town Hall. The bride wore an elegant long-sleeved dress in ivory silk, with a single bloom in her hair and a bouquet of pink and cream tea roses. The dress was designed by Sir Paul’s daughter, Stella. (via The Telegraph)

London, UK

Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney married Nancy Shevell at Old Marylebone Town Hall. The bride wore an elegant long-sleeved dress in ivory silk, with a single bloom in her hair and a bouquet of pink and cream tea roses. The dress was designed by Sir Paul’s daughter, Stella. (via The Telegraph)

October 7, 2011
Seville, Spain
Spain’s Duchess of Alba Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart y Silva dances flamenco with her son Cayetano Martinez de Irujo after her wedding with Alfonso Diez at Las Duenas Palace (via Reuters.com)

Seville, Spain

Spain’s Duchess of Alba Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart y Silva dances flamenco with her son Cayetano Martinez de Irujo after her wedding with Alfonso Diez at Las Duenas Palace (via Reuters.com)

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