After months of preparations, the big day has finally arrived: you’re getting married. And what better way to celebrate this illustrious moment than to fill up that camera with memorable shots of the day? Like the wedding night, however, wedding photographs can sometimes be a little underwhelming – awkward, even. And no country does memorably awkward wedding photos quite like Russia.
It’s not clear exactly what’s going on here. Certainly, someone who we can only assume is a relative lies in the middle of the road presenting two wine bottles. Meanwhile, the happy couple and their entourage look on – amused but, weirdly, somehow not confused.
Here, however, every person in this picture looks equally surprised. And we think we know what’s happened here: the bride and groom forgot to invite the chap on the right but saw him while out celebrating and felt obliged to pose for a photo. Awkward to the max.
For some unknown reason, cows and horses crop up a lot in many Russian wedding photos. And it’s also mainly the animals’ backsides that feature. Perhaps it’s a tradition for good luck? Whatever it is, it’s just a good job that this one isn’t real.
Nothing shows commitment to a groom like a woman willing to bend down in a river, wearing a wedding dress while holding a golden arrow… in her mouth. Clunky symbolism aside, we can only hope that this was taken after the official ceremony and not before.
This bride and groom clearly have no idea what they’re doing with those accordions. Sadly, the look of forced pleasure on their faces is painfully palpable. Fortunately, though, the passing accordionist who’s decided to serenade them looks like he’s deep inside the music.
As you can see, accordions apparently feature a lot at Russian weddings. However, the bride has got off lightly in this scenario, as she’s not been forced to give the instrument a go. Clearly something is amiss, though, judging by the expression on her face. Maybe it’s the musician’s playing?
Now, when you don’t fancy photoshopping your wedding photos but want to communicate the fact that the bride is the boss, here’s what to do. Firstly, you find a ledge. Secondly, you place the husband on said ledge and stand 20 feet in front of it. Then, you just let physics do its magic.
You’ve been framed! By four separate logs. Surely this can’t be a tradition but a spur of the moment decision. Evidently, the bride looks less than pleased, but something tells us that the woman on the right has done this before. Just look at that knowing grin.
Neither of these two are dressed in traditional wedding attire but the flowers stuck unceremoniously in the tree would suggest a marriage has recently taken place. Still, while she’s committed to the angel role, he doesn’t look too sure. Don’t worry, dude, everyone gets cold feet.
The handshake here feels a little formal given that this pair are presumably husband and wife. But then again, the photo was taken on a farm track. Perhaps he could be a salesman who’s just sold the tractor to the bride? Truly, the happiest day of their lives.
Now, despite the gold dress and the ill-fitting suit, there isn’t anything particularly unique about this wedding photo set-up. But, once you add three topless young men crawling toward the couple brandishing flowers and alcohol, things take a Walking Dead-style turn.
Meanwhile, there’s a lot of symbolism going on in this snapshot. Evidently, the men are pretending to be women while the women are imitating men. Oddly, however, they’ve chosen the act of urinating to demonstrate the differences between the sexes… on their wedding day. Magic moments.
Never bring a knife to a gunfight. But, more importantly still, never pose with any sort of weaponry for a wedding photo. In fact, these two tools look very real. The bride, for one, looks proud of her giant pistol. Or perhaps she’s just thinking about his life insurance policy.
This groom’s got so much sass going on that it’s unclear whether he knows his bride is stood right next to him. She, meanwhile, looks vaguely displeased, and it probably has something to do with her new husband wearing a short-sleeved shirt. Heinous.
It would be more understandable if this woman was holding a little puppy or perhaps a baby. But a skinned chicken? Really? There’s not much to say about this, other than let’s hope they didn’t waste the food.
Given that these ladies look practically identical to each other, it’s hard to tell who is the actual bride. Or maybe whoever wins this closely matched battle gets to take the lucky gentleman down the aisle. Well, what else would they win? A skinned chicken, perhaps?
There’s certainly something very John and Yoko about this set up – but it’s probably not a protest. Maybe this is their honeymoon? Or perhaps it’s a declaration of their love to each other. After all, it’s a love that can literally stop traffic.
The groom here looks positively incensed by the appearance of this pumpkin-like vegetable. The bride, on the other hand, looks thrilled. Never mind the weird pumpkin thing, though. What about that man’s incredibly blue suit?
Few things symbolize true love more aptly than badly drawn graffiti. Yes, this happy young couple have made the decision to scrawl their names on a wall in a park. Perhaps the groom is courting an Adidas sponsor?
Something tells us that the photographer here didn’t know the homeless man or the recently married couple. Indeed, the real wedding photographer had probably turned his back while an interested passerby captured this bizarre scene. Or we could be completely wrong. Who knows? After all, this is Russia.