For Chinese couples, spectacular wedding photos have become almost as important as the actual wedding itself; however, one young couple has just taken it all to a whole new level.
Ji Yutong, aka Xiao Ji, is a post-1990s girl from Henan. She met her boyfriend He Tao, aka Sanshou, while they were both at university in Chongqing. The two graduated in 2013, got jobs in the city and fell more and more in love.
However, it doesn’t seem like the couple is interested in living a regular city life. To please their parents, the couple filed the paperwork to become married last August. But to fulfill their own ambitions, the two began planning a non-traditional wedding ceremony.
Xiao Ji says that she and her husband got to know each other while backpacking in Tibet. They decided to relive this experience with an epic, year-long, cross-country wedding ceremony that they will never forget.
Last September, they both quit their jobs and set off, their mission is to visit all 56 of China’s famous ethnic minorities, put on the traditional clothing of each group and take some killer wedding pics.
According to NetEase, so far they have already visited Mongolian, Henzhen, Bonan, Ewenke, Orogen and 19 other ethnic groups in their journey.
Traveling only on foot and by hitchhiking, the stories they have collected and the people they’ve met are just as precious to them as the sweet wedding pics. They record these stories on a blog online, so that others can experience navigating through the fog in Ningxia or nearly getting frostbite in Inner Mongolia.
Check out some of the pics below:
These pics are reminiscent of the ones shot by a Tibetan couple last year, who wowed netizens with a colorful combination of the modern and traditional, showing that you don’t have to travel to Paris or Japan to get some memorable wedding pics:
[Images via CCTV]