A Turkish couple have celebrated their wedding by feeding thousands of Syrian refugees on their wedding day.
Fethullah Üzümcüoğlu and Esra Polat swapped out lavish nuptials for the bread line to hand out food on the border town of Kilis. The bride wore an elaborate white dress, with a tiara perched on her headdress, and the groom sported a white tuxedo with a black trim.
They stood behind large food trucks distributing meals to hungry Syrians.
The couple were inspired by the groom’s father who volunteers for a Turkish relief organization called Kimse Yok Mu (KYM).
He approached a representative of the organization and proposed that the family would cover part of the costs of feeding refugees for the day.
Hatice Avci, the international communications manager for KYM told reporters at the Daily Beast: “When he told that to the bride she was really shocked because, you can imagine, as a bride you wouldn’t think about this—it’s all about you and your groom. In southeastern Turkey there is a real culture of sharing with people in need …They love to share their food, their table, everything they have. That’s why the bride also accepted. And afterwards she was quite amazed about it.”
Avci added that the couple were incredibly pleased with their decision and said it was one of the highlights of their day.
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