May 16

Stumble!

 

IT was meant to be the happiest day of their lives.

 But the Chinese earthquake turned their lives upside down.

 Newly-wed bride Hai Jiao Bailushuyuan and her husband Tang Di were gathering guests together(33 people inc photographers) in front of a 100 yrs old church  for photographs when the 7.9 magnitude tremor struck.
Then the ground began to shake and masonry tumbled from the church.
This picturesque Catholic monastery, where the pictures were due to be taken, was reduced to a pile of rubble in just EIGHT SECONDS.
These snaps of the devastation were taken by bewildered wedding photographer Wang Qiang.


Before … Bride walks past the 100-year-old monastery as it was in Pengzhou


Falling apart … masonry falling from building


Falling apart … masonry falling from building


Falling apart … masonry falling from building


Wreck … bride gazes at devastation


Wreck … bride gazes at devastation


Shocked … the bride with her new hubby and guests in the monastery ruins


Shocked … the bride with her new hubby and guests in the monastery ruins


Lucky to be alive … couple and guests at the wrecked church


Get me out of church on time


Disaster … church lies in ruins

 
After … ruined by the earthquake

 

 

 

The young couple had tied the knot in the town of Pengzhou, in Sichuan province.

Immediately after the quake the bride stood horrified in the ruins of the church and its courtyard.

Guests, coated with layers of grit, struggled to breathe in the dust-filled air as a pall of smoke blocks out the sunlight.

Tang Di said later that he believed they had survived the quake because the once-majestic, 100-year-old church was a “blessed place”.

There had been five weddings taking place when the quake hit on May 12 and dozens of people ran for shelter in the confusion.

Many dragged themselves to safety from the rubble and built makeshift shelters until they were finally rescued by the Chinese military.

 But last night it was feared that around 30 guests were still missing.

 

More about China Earthquake:

China: At least 68,516 die in killer earthquake

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Earthquake In China Unnoticed By Google?

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19 Responses to “Chinese couples’ wedding photo when the earthquake struck”

  1. 1. z Says:

    thats close

  2. 2. se7en Says:

    If thats not a sign to run from the altar………..

  3. 3. Hugo Says:

    ¡Qué lástima! Siento pena por el terrible momento que tuvieron que pasar, además de los miles de muertos. Para la bella novia, imagino, esos momentos se convertirán en tristes recuerdos

  4. 4. eggshell_salad Says:

    on their wedding day ;_;

  5. 5. dirk van der werff Says:

    WOW ……………. that was REALLY close ………..

  6. 6. krmn Says:

    Lo bueno que no temblo cuando estaban adentro de la Iglesia!!! O_O

  7. 7. Jennifer Says:

    Man… the contrast between the first and last photo is just heartbreaking. :(

    I can’t believe he had the presence of mind to snap photos during that kind of chaos…

  8. 8. Steven Vaxicom Singapore Says:

    Wow ,is that Shower of blessing or what? that’s too terribly & shocking man.. Anyway, good luck to you 2 love birds’ co’s there’s no injuries and indeed it’s a blessing of assurance , properous & longevity….all the best to you 2!

  9. 9. Sam Cornwell ARPS Says:

    The most incredible photo’s I will see all year. I hope to see these in the 2009 World press photos of the year.
    Simply incredible.

  10. 10. Andres Says:

    Amazing photography. I guess being outside the church in that sort of situation is in a way “lucky” as you know that all your family and friends are safe and close to you.

  11. 11. Julie Miller Says:

    As the owner of a Wedding Venue in the United States, I work with brides and grooms every weekend. I was awestruck when I saw these incredible pictures. I know very well the feeling of elation the couple was feeling just seconds before the earthquake. I can not imagine the depth of emotion they experienced in the next few seconds. God is not through with you all yet……..I wish you a blessed life. And to the photographer……AMAZING job. I am certain we will see these winning an award somewhere.

  12. 12. Gideon Says:

    These are some of the most stunning, moving photos I have ever seen. Thank you for having the courage to keep shooting and share what does look something like divine salvation with us.

  13. 13. adwin Says:

    Thta’s amazing … I love this story ….

    I hope the world knows about this eq .

  14. 14. rosaline Says:

    those were amazing picture, truly journalism style. it wasn’t the happiest day for the couple, but i’m sure it’ll be the most memorable day ever.

  15. 15. rosaline Says:

    those were amazing pictures, truly journalism style. it wasn’t the happiest day for the couple, but i’m sure it’ll be the most memorable one!

  16. 16. Christine Says:

    simply amazing photographs. they are still smiling suppose they will be together forever now.

  17. 17. Erika Vazquez Says:

    hi,love it

  18. 18. Cindy Springston Says:

    If you guys can make it through that you can make it through anything and the photographer is amazing. You are blessed to have such scenery even through the distruction you can see the beauty.

  19. 19. Chae Hambly Says:

    This write-up makes myself find that most people have to take more proper care of ourself and every other.

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