A wedding banquet with friends and family may be the traditional way to celebrate following the ceremony – but one couple decided to invite some rather unusual guests instead.
Fethullah Üzümcüoğlu and Esra Polat decided to mark their union by throwing a feast for thousands of Syrian refugees.
The Turkish couple, who got married last week in the city of Kilis, near the Syrian border, decided to share their happy day with some of the 4,000 refugees sheltering there.
Üzümcüoğlu’s father, Ali, originally came up with the idea, according to i100.co.uk.
He said: “I thought that sharing a big delicious dinner with our family and friends was unnecessary, knowing that there are so many people in need living next door.
“So I came up with this idea and shared it with my son. I’m very happy that he accepted it and they started their new happy journey with such a selfless action.”
Polat said that although she was initially shocked at the proposal, she was quickly won over.
She told i100.co.uk: “I was shocked when Fethullah first told me about the idea but afterwards I was won over by it.
“It was such a wonderful experience. I’m happy that we had the opportunity to share our wedding meal with the people who are in real need.”
The whole wedding party banded together to help serve the near – with the bride dishing out food in her full wedding finery.
Üzümcüoğlu said the experience was “priceless” and a perfect way to begin his marriage.
He said: “Seeing the happiness in the eyes of the Syrian refugee children is just priceless. We started our journey to happiness with making others happy and that’s a great feeling.”