Bride snoozes as thousands marry in mass wedding

A bride takes a nap as her groom lifts her head during a mass wedding ceremony. Credit: REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

A bride takes a nap while her groom lifts her head during a mass wedding ceremony of the Unification Church at Cheongshim Peace World Centre in Gapyeong, about 60 km (37 miles) northeast of Seoul.

Newlyweds celebrate during a mass wedding ceremony. Credit: REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

The Unification Church, founded by evangelist reverend Moon Sun-myung in Seoul in 1954, performed its first mass wedding in 1961 with 33 couples.

Around 3,500 couples attended the mass wedding.

Han Hak-ja (R), widow of Evangelist Reverend Sun-Myung Moon, sprays holy water to bless newlyweds. Credit: REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji