Images from the earthquake

A handful of weddings unfold perfectly, but most are marred by the little things that inevitably go wrong. And then there are the weddings that are interrupted by true tragedies…

Beauty in tragedy

When an earthquake hit Sichuan, China on May 12th, there were, in addition to all of the people going about their daily business, men and women poised to enter into a lifelong commitment.


A hidden groom?

Wedding photographers hired to capture what were to be joyous moments instead snapped pictures of destruction, confusion, and fear.

A transistion waiting to happen

Brides- and grooms-to-be, friends, relatives, vendors, and other individuals were left wondering what to do in the aftermath.

Did they say their I dos or wait?

Looking at these photos I wonder whether those couples who hadn’t yet exchanged their vows did so hastily and without fanfare in the dust and rubble or chose instead to wait until they could have the wedding they’d always dreamed of.

I can understand the latter impulse, though I think that I would have chosen the former option. There are no guarantees in this life, so why let the capriciousness of Mother Nature delay your life plans?

5 Responses to “Images from the earthquake”

  1. Kristen says:

    Honestly, I’m not sure I would have had the presence of mind immediately afterwards to keep going through with it. Maybe a few days later, something brief but as meaningful as possible under the circumstances — get a few friends and family together, whoever was available, just to witness the vows and try to insert some joy into a terrible situation. But in the moments following a disaster like this, I suspect I’d be more concerned with the safety and well-being of myself and my guests than with trying to keep going through the motions.

    That and I have a thing about dates. I wouldn’t want my wedding day associated with the anniversary of something like this. Just a personality quirk of mine.

  2. Twistie says:

    Like Kristen, I think my first impulse would be to make sure anyone who needed medical attention got it ASAP and everyone found a safe place to be while riding out aftershocks…then I’d worry about getting married. It might take a couple hours or it might take a few days, depending on how badly the area I was in got hit.

    I would, however, probably want to get married quickly rather than replan everything.

    Or, knowing my fevered brain, I might decide Mother Nature had set her sights against us getting married and cancel the whole thing. But I think I would have to have had some serious doubts beforehand to do that. When I married Mr. Twistie there were no doubts.

    Besides, if a big quake had hit our wedding day, the wedding party itself were the people most likely to suffer catastrophic injury. We were standing on a wooden platform built into the side of a very small hill. If it had come down, someone would have been in pretty bad shape. If there had been a little tremble, though, we’d have just gone on with our plans. Here in California, it takes a pretty solid shake before we get very perturbed. We’re used to small earthquakes and most things are built to withstand a lot of wobbling.

    All the nattering about me aside, my heart goes out to the victims of this horrible disaster.

  3. Audrey says:

    Those photographs are gorgeous! I’m highly impressed that the wedding photographer kept shooting – I bet s/he does other forms of photography in addition to the the wedding stuff. And in regards to the question of what they might have done – I would have done the quickie wedding myself. Assuming I hadn’t wrestled a camera from the wedding photographer myself. *grin*

  4. Jennie says:

    I have to wonder how Americans would react to this sort of disaster? These people are walking miles and miles with the minimal of belongings to find friends, relatives, or a place of safety. They are stoic and valiant. My heart breaks for these people and my mind hopes I could emulate their courage.

  5. Donna says:

    Awesome post. I’m not sure what I would do, I think hurry and marry so long as no guest are injured.