Date
11 December 2017
Ready, get set, and there they go to the romantic capitals of Europe and Africa to tie the knot. Photo: Headline Daily
Ready, get set, and there they go to the romantic capitals of Europe and Africa to tie the knot. Photo: Headline Daily

Backpacking couple say ‘I do’ in the streets of romance

They put on their wedding attire, grabbed their backpacks, and off they went to a month-long tour of Europe to say “I do” to each other.

Annie and Orange, who describe themselves as a post-1980 couple in Hong Kong, said they decided on an out-of-the-ordinary wedding after surveying the wedding pictures on their friends’ websites.

They found them all to be too generic, with the same background and postures. It’s just their faces that differ.

And since they consider their relationship to be unique and special, they thought of an unusual way to celebrate their union. They wanted to produce special pictures showing them in different settings.

The couple first registered their marriage in Florence, Italy, before hieing off to other romantic destinations, including Pisa, Barcelona and Casablanca to tie the knot, Headline Daily reported on Friday.

They called them “street weddings” because, as their pictures would show, they were always out in the streets — running. In fact, running is another theme of their wedding.

“This idea was inspired by the ‘follow me’ project of a Russian photographer, and we wanted to express how excited we are by running,” Orange told the newspaper.

“The most difficult part is walking in the deserts of Morocco and sitting on a camel in a wedding gown,” Annie said. “It’s so hot and difficult to walk, and the sand has got into our clothes.”

But the joy of visiting so many places and being greeted by so many people is enough to compensate for the inconveniences of travel.

A backpacking couple in wedding attire naturally attracted the attention of passersby wherever they went. 

“In the Florence Cathedral, some people shouted ‘Auguri’ (Italian for ‘best wishes’) and they clapped their hands. At first there were just a few of them, but then all the people in the cathedral started to clap their hands too. It’s so touching. I’ll remember it forever,” Orange said.

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