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An Indonesian wedding with a difference

This story is from Santi, about her (almost) traditional Indonesian wedding. Check out the photos to see what happened!


Traditionally the bride kisses the groom’s hand to show respect…


…But this time the groom kissed the bride’s hand too!

Santi wrote: This scene happened after the ijab kabul (wedding vow) during our akad (religious ceremony). Normally, the wife should kiss the husband’s hand to show her respect, and in return the husband should kiss her forehead to show his love.

But when I told (future) husband about this, he asked, “Why don’t we rather kiss each others’ hands?” I immediately liked the idea, and we agreed to do it, without telling anybody. When husband was kissing my hand, the guests were shouting ‘ooooh’ ‘aaaaah’ out of surprise. You can even see my brother’s face LOL .. who was looking at me as he suspected it was all my idea.

Read the original on Santi’s blog.

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July 3, 2009 2 comments

Black and White: portraits of interracial couples

Photographer Robert Kalman is also telling cross-cultural stories, through photographs.

Robert’s Black and White project is a collection of portraits of interracial couples.

The people captured have origins in many different countries but what they have in common is that they are all in a cross-cultural or interracial relationship. Through Robert’s photographs you get a glimpse of their lives, even if only for a moment.

Photographs taken with permission from Robert Kalman.

Via Collazo Projects, who were photographed for the project. Read about it here.

UPDATE (12th October 2009): Robert Kalman has just published a book of his project, called ‘No difference between them’. It’s on sale here.

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June 12, 2009 15 comments