If you have any experience with weddings, you know about all those pesky little details that need attending to. Is the groom’s pocket square the exact right shade of chartreuse? Will the ice swan centrepiece arrive on time? How fresh is the duck pate? Does the distance between Uncle Stan’s table and the open bar comply with his court order?
Imagine if your most pressing question was this: Is there going to be enough food for 4,000 desperate refugees?
Fethullah Uzumcuoglu and Esra Polat, a betrothed couple living in Turkey, recently made the decision to skip a celebratory banquet for their wedding. Instead, they spent the money on food for thousands of Syrian refugees in Kilis, a Turkish border town. Still wearing their wedding clothes, the newly married couple served up meals to 4,000 of the millions of Syrians who have fled violence in their home country.
Suddenly, the question of whether the reception-room lighting is amber enough to complement the pink décor seems rather minor. I’m in awe of the huge hearts of these newlyweds. Talk about starting your couplehood with compassion.
Fethullah and Esra’s wedding photo album may turn out less traditional than most. But I predict this pair will always find it heartwarming to relive their special day.