Getting married is one of the most important events in everyone's life, it's a very special day that you want to remember and record for posterity, so choosing a beautiful location for your wedding photos is important.
The city of Homs in Syria would not really be top of your list as a backdrop for your wedding photography, or a wedding ceremony. The once beautiful city, and since the beginning of the Syrian crisis dubbed the capital of the revolution, now sits derelict, with buildings reduced to rubble through years of civil war.
Against this backdrop a newlywed couple decided to pose for their wedding pics. Nada Merhi, 18, and Hassan Youssef, 27, wed last week with Youssef dressed in military camouflage, he's a soldier in the Syrian Army, and his wife in a white gown.
According to AFP photographer Joseph Eid who took the pictures they were done as an act of defiance, "to show that life is stronger than death." and that "it is proof that life goes on, silently' and that hope is always there."
As they pose just like any other newly married couple, the war-torn ruins of Homs stand around them, crumbling architecture and the wreckage of a city destroyed. It's a surreal juxtaposition.
While the couple took the photos Youssef's fellow soldiers in Assad's army were closing in on the rebel stronghold of Aleppo in the north of the country.
And thousands of ordinary Syrians were fleeing the conflict, joining their fellow country men and women to find new life elsewhere in what's become the worst refugee crisis since World War II.
However, it's a beautiful set of wedding photographs and visual proof that love knows no boundaries.