Ukrainian refugee married surrounded by portraits of relatives (photo)
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The newlyweds were supposed to get married in the summer in Lvov, but the Russian-Ukrainian war ruined their plans.
Ukrainian Maria Bilyk, who from Lvov, with the outbreak of the war, she left for Great Britain, organized an unusual wedding ceremony for herself. She got married surrounded by portraits of relatives and friends, which were placed on chairs, writes the Daily Mail.
23-year-old Maria married 27-year-old Vitaliy, with whom she has maintained a long-distance relationship since 2019.
The wedding was originally supposed to take place in Lviv at the beginning of this summer – after Vitaliy, who lived in the UK for most of a decade, proposed during a surprise visit to Ukraine in December 2021.
However, with the start of a full-scale invasion of the Russian Armed Forces into the territory of Ukraine, Maria left Lviv for Poland, and later moved to her fiancé in the UK. The couple began re-planning the wedding ceremony.
The organizers of the wedding, seeing that the bride is worried about the absence of relatives and friends, advised her a creative move. Instead of absent guests at the wedding, place their portraits on chairs.
As a result, the couple formalized their relationship surrounded by several dozen light-colored wooden chairs, on which color portraits of the guests were located. They were additionally decorated with flowers. The newlyweds themselves posed for cameras with bouquets of sunflowers. And the bride put on her head a wreath in the color of the national flag of Ukraine.
The ceremony took place on November 14 in London.