Photos of a pair of newlyweds have recently gone viral in China. The bride is a 26-year-old French woman named Emilie, while the groom is a 24-year-old Suzhou-native named Xie Donglin. Despite their young age, Emilie decided to throw caution to the wind and insisted on a “naked marriage”
No, not that kind of naked marriage.
… or that.
A “naked marriage” is a Chinese term for a marriage that takes place before the newlywed couple has bought a car or apartment. Gasp! This kind of thing is generally frowned upon by the older generation, who want their daughters married quick, but into a financially-stable situation.
According to Tencent, Emilie arrived in China three years ago as an exchange student at Fudan University. She is fluent in Chinese, along with six other languages, and began an internship at a hotel in Suzhou last year. At that time, Xie was working as a golf coach at a club nearby.
They met when Emilie escorted one guest to the golf course. She asked for his WeChat info. They began getting to know each other, but Xie wouldn’t make the first move. With her time in China running out, she couldn’t wait any longer. She told him that she liked him, if he had said no, she would have never come back to China. But he said yes, and they began dating. The couple held their wedding on April 9th. Emilie says that she loves Xie, so she didn’t need an apartment or a car before getting married.
However, she did want a kitty:
Which is better than a fleet of 30 expensive cars, in our book at least.
Netizens have come out in full force to express their best wishes for the newlyweds as they embark on this new chapter in their lives. However, some guys can’t help but feel a little jealous.
“You lucky dog! You get a beautiful bride and don’t even have to be a slave to mortage! Meanwhile, I’m here living pay check to pay check without even a girlfriend,” one netizen commented.
“I have a car and an expensive apartment, marry me instead!” another netizen wrote in.
“Foreign girls are more laid-back than Chinese girls. My girlfriend says she won’t marry me until I buy a BMW,” wrote one web user.
“I really need to find a foreign bride,” commented another.
[Images via Tencent]