5000 Brides and Grooms Marry in Mass Wedding Ceremony


A bride talks on the phone during a mass wedding ceremony of the Unification Church at Cheongshim Peace World Centre in Gapyeong, about 60 km (37 miles) northeast of Seoul February 12, 2014. The Unification Church founded by evangelist reverend Moon Sun-myung in Seoul in 1954, performed its first mass wedding in 1961 with 33 couples. Approximately 2,500 couples attended the mass wedding on Wednesday. (Photo by Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters)


Couples from around the world participate in a mass wedding ceremony at the CheongShim Peace World Center in Gapyeong, South Korea, Wednesday, February 12, 2014. Some 2,500 South Korean and foreign couples exchanged or reaffirmed marriage vows in the Unification Church’s mass wedding arranged by Hak Ja Han Moon, wife of the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon, the controversial founder of the Unification Church. (Photo by Lee Jin-man/AP Photo)


A newly-married couple takes pictures before a mass wedding ceremony at the CheongShim Peace World Center in Gapyeong, South Korea, Wednesday, February 12, 2014. (Photo by Lee Jin-man/AP Photo)


A newlywed couple takes photographs as they attend a mass wedding ceremony of the Unification Church at Cheongshim Peace World Centre in Gapyeong, about 60 km (37 miles) northeast of Seoul February 12, 2014. (Photo by Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters)


A bride looks at her smartphone in a mass wedding ceremony at the CheongShim Peace World Center in Gapyeong, South Korea, Wednesday, February 12, 2014. (Photo by Lee Jin-man/AP Photo)


Couples from around the world participate in a mass wedding ceremony at the CheongShim Peace World Center in Gapyeong, South Korea, Wednesday, February 12, 2014. (Photo by Lee Jin-man/AP Photo)


A bride adjusts her makeup during a mass wedding ceremony of the Unification Church at Cheongshim Peace World Centre in Gapyeong, about 60 km (37 miles) northeast of Seoul February 12, 2014. (Photo by Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters)


Couples from around the world participate in a mass wedding ceremony at the CheongShim Peace World Center in Gapyeong, South Korea, Wednesday, February 12, 2014. (Photo by Lee Jin-man/AP Photo)


A bride weeps in a mass wedding ceremony at the CheongShim Peace World Center in Gapyeong, South Korea, Wednesday, February 12, 2014. (Photo by Lee Jin-man/AP Photo)


A newly-married couple takes a nap in a mass wedding ceremony at the CheongShim Peace World Center in Gapyeong, South Korea, Wednesday, February 12, 2014. (Photo by Lee Jin-man/AP Photo)


A bride falls asleep next to her groom during a mass wedding ceremony of the Unification Church at Cheongshim Peace World Centre in Gapyeong, about 60 km (37 miles) northeast of Seoul February 12, 2014. (Photo by Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters)


Couples from around the world participate in a mass wedding ceremony at the CheongShim Peace World Center in Gapyeong, South Korea, Wednesday, February 12, 2014. (Photo by Lee Jin-man/AP Photo)


Couples from around the world exchange their rings in a mass wedding ceremony at the CheongShim Peace World Center in Gapyeong, South Korea, Wednesday, February 12, 2014. (Photo by Lee Jin-man/AP Photo)


A couple pose for a photo prior to a mass wedding at an event held by the Unification Church in Gapyeong on February 12, 2014. Unification Church members forming 2500 couples from 52 countries were married in a mass wedding in South Korea – only the second such event since the death of their “messiah” and controversial church founder Sun Myung Moon. (Photo by Ed Jones/AFP Photo)


A bride waits for her groom during a mass wedding ceremony of the Unification Church at Cheongshim Peace World Centre in Gapyeong, about 60 km (37 miles) northeast of Seoul February 12, 2014. (Photo by Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters)

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