In a most unusual andinspiring act of generosity, a Turkish couple remixes the traditional glamor ofa traditional wedding and instead invites 4,000 Syrian refugees to celebratetheir marriage celebration with them.
Fethullah Üzümcüoğlu andEsra Polat said their vows in the Kili province located on the border of Syria-an area which is heavily occupied by thousands of refugees who have fledconflict and violence in the neighboring land.
Hatice Avci, aspokesperson for the organization Kimse Yok Mu,told i100.co.uk that Üzümcüoğlu and Polat gaveup the entire wedding fund gifted by their families which was originallyplanned to be used for a ceremonial 3 day wedding tradition and agreed insteadto celebrate their wedding with a single large banquet celebration and invitingthe nearby refugees to attend and break bread with them on their sacredoccasion.
The idea originally camefrom Ali Üzümcüoğlu, the father of the groom who felt the urge to spread thewealth of the joyous banquet with the people nearby who found themselves withvery little saying,
“I thought that sharinga big delicious dinner with our family and friends was unnecessary, knowingthat there are so many people in need living next door. So I came up with thisidea and shared it with my son. I’m very happy that he accepted it and theystarted their new happy journey with such a selfless action,” he said.
At first the bride tobe, Esra Polat, was a bit resistant to the idea saying she was, “shocked when Fethullah first told me about theidea but afterwards I was won over by it. It was such a wonderful experience.I’m happy that we had the opportunity to share our wedding meal with the peoplewho are in real need.”
The wedding wound upbeing a celebratory community meal facilitated by the cooperation of alattendants who ran the food trucks and served with food together. The wedding party and official guests opened thebanquet to the refugee families. According tolocal media Polat and Üzümcüoğlu, the bride and groom themselves,helped to serve the meal to the guests and didn’t hesitate to take theirwedding pictures with the group of refugees at the camp.
The groom described hisunexpected but love-filled day as the“best and happiest moment of my life.”
He said, “Seeingthe happiness in the eyes of the Syrian refugee children is just priceless. Westarted our journey to happiness with making others happy and that’s a greatfeeling.”
Finding inspiration inthis incredible story, more couples are now reportedly planning philanthropicweddings for their own big days.