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Photo Essay: Macau Bridal Couple

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Bridal Couple Posing for Pictures; Macau

Kahlil Gibran, a Lebanese-born American poet, once said:  “The Earth is like a beautiful bride who needs no man-made jewels to heighten her loveliness.”

This bride is wearing some man-made jewels, including a striking tiara.  But I suspect — as Gibran suggested — she would have been just as lovely without them.

I happened upon this couple posing for wedding photos while wandering around the backstreets of Macau, a former Portuguese colony that is now a “Special Administrative Region” of China.

The street sign is in both Cantonese and Portuguese, the two official languages of Macau.  The Portuguese first settled here in the 1550s and held on to Macau until 1999, when they handed it back to China.

Macau is best known for its growing number of huge and opulent casinos, which are within walking distance of where I took this photo.  In fact, Macau has now surpassed Las Vegas in gambling revenues.

Looking at the exquisite bride smiling for the camera, it appears as if this lucky groom has hit the jackpot.  

Copyright © Dan Fellner 2013