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May 16

 

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.

 

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