There is something irresistible about bumping into brides around the world on their wedding days.
When you spot a bride and groom on one of the most special day of their lives, it’s impossible—for tourists or other strangers—to suppress the impulse to participate in some way: by congratulating the couple or their family; snapping a photo; slipping into a church to hear a portion of the service; or simply observing for several minutes with a wide smile.
The rituals, customs and attire associated with weddings around the world differ by virtue of where they take place, religious choices of the couple, social class, and personal tastes. But these ceremonies are also universal —they remind us of the joys of love and romance.
These are a few of the weddings we were privileged to spot during our travels—
Destination wedding at Grand Fiesta Americana, Coral Beach, Cancun
This couple’s excitement was palpable even in the heat of the day. Hotel guests stopped them for photo ops as they glided by the pools and beach (shoeless) in oppressive humidity at Grand Fiesta Americana, a popular honeymoon spot in Cancun.
Wedding in St. Petersburg, Russia
Touring St. Petersburg, we noticed that on weekends, scores of newlywed couples drive around the city in motorcades (with their wedding parties and photographers) snapping photographs in front of the city’s major monuments and historical attractions. The two couples above were posing near the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. The group was photographed as we drove past The Bronze Horseman statue of Czar Peter the Great.
Wedding in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico
Close friends (Italians living in Italy) invited us to their son’s wedding to a Mexican-American bride. The family made the wedding in her hometown, Ciudad Obregon in Sonora. The Catholic service was held at Santuario de Guadalupe followed by a lively reception at Senor Steak (meat is a specialty of this region).
Bridal shop in Avignon, Provence, France
France manufactures beautiful bridal attire often created with handmade lace. We paused at the window of this shop in Avignon (Provence), France to admire the wedding gowns.
Wedding in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico
We were walking on busy Fifth Avenue in Playa del Carmen, which is lined with shops and souvenir stands, when we noticed a tiny white church, Capilla de Nuestra Senora del Carmen. Sunlight was streaming through the window behind the altar, with views of the aquamarine Caribbean in the distance. We stepped inside as the wedding was about to begin.
Wedding in San Miguel de Allende (Guanajuato), Mexico
With a pink limestone façade and architecture inspired by Gothic Cathedrals in Europe, the Parroquia de San Miguel Archangel is the tallest building in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Located near El Jardin, the large public square, there always seems to be a wedding or other event taking place inside and/or outside. The handmade dresses of the guests at this wedding were as eye-catching as the bride’s gown.
Photo shoot at The Resort at Pedregal, Cabos San Lucas, Mexico
The Resort at Pedregal is one of the most posh, romantic and elegant properties in all of Mexico, a site for many destination weddings. With stunning architecture and design, we weren’t surprised to find this bridal shoot for a magazine taking place in front of one of the stone staircases.
Wedding in Shanghai, China
We were walking along the The Bund, the waterfront area in Shanghai on the bank of the Huangpu River, when we saw this bride and groom stop for wedding pictures with the Shanghai skyline behind them.
Wedding in Orvieto, Umbria, Italy
We sat down inside this 12th century church, Chiesa di Sant’Andrea, located in the Piazza de Repubblica and watched the entering wedding procession that included these two cute little flower girls.
If you’re a romantic married boomer, scenes like these may make you think about renewing your vows!
- Brides Magazine also compiled photos of fascinating wedding traditions around the world.
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