A church that was nearly destroyed by fighting in the Syrian city of Homs was the scene of many smiles when it became the place chosen to celebrate the wedding of a young couple.
Amid the bombed-out rubble were men in suits and women in pretty dresses, the aisles poignantly decorated with white flower bouquets for the standing-room only ceremony earlier this month.
Among the guests were Western-dressed women — where elsewhere in the country the Islamic State group has been imposing strict religious strictures including forcing women to cover themselves from head to toe.
The ceremony took place in the city’s Christian neighborhood of Hamidiyah.
TheBlaze was unable to authenticate the photos which were shared online by Syria watchers active on social media.
In May, Syrian government troops regained control of the embattled city, parts of which were previously held by rebels.
“The ceremony became a silver lining in a city of ruins,” observed the Middle Eastern website Al Bawaba.