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14 Beautiful Photos Celebrating Puerto Rico's First-Ever Mass Gay Wedding

The Huffington Post | Tanisha Ramirez | Posted 08.18.2015 | Latino Voices

Love was certainly in the air in Puerto Rico Sunday. More than 60 same-sex couples gathered in Puerto Rico’s capital yesterday to exchange vows ...

PHOTOS: Mass Weddings From Around The World

Posted 05.16.2012 | Weddings

A group of Nigerian divorcees and widows tied the knot in a mass wedding ceremony on Tuesday at the central mosque in Kano, Nigeria. The women, ab...

LOOK: 'Prostitute Village' Weddings Prevent Sex Work

AP | Posted 03.12.2012 | World

AHMADABAD, India -- An aid group says it has organized weddings for eight poor nomadic tribeswomen in western India to help them avoid prostitution. ...

PHOTOS: Meet The Man Trying To Get All Of Miami Hitched

The Huffington Post | Amanda McCorquodale | Posted 02.07.2012 | Miami

For the past three years, couples have flocked to Miami's oldest bar, Tobacco Road, to get married by Elvis on Valentine's Day weekend. The bar is...

11 Couples To Wed In Times Square As Part Of 11/11/11 Festivities

Posted 01.11.2012 | Weddings

On Friday Nov. 11 -- 11/11/11 -- 11 couples who entered a contest on Facebook will say "I Do" together in New York City's Times Square. The lucky...

PHOTOS AND VIDEO: Thousands Wed In Indonesian Mass Wedding

AP | Posted 09.18.2011 | World

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Thousands of underprivileged Indonesian newlyweds from various faiths have joined a mass reception to receive free marriage...

Big Wedding: 350 Indian Couples Tie The Knot In Mass Ceremony In Bolivia

AP | Posted 11.15.2011 | Weird News

LA PAZ, Bolivia — About 350 couples in Bolivia have been married according to Indian customs and traditions in a colorful Andean mass wedding wi...

Rev. Moon Performs Largest Mass Wedding In Decade Amid Cult Criticism

AP/Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ASAN, South Korea (AP) - From South Korea to South America, Rev. Sun Myung Moon married tens of thousands of couples in the Unification Church's large...

Mass Wedding: Moon Marries Thousands Of Couples In Global Wedding (VIDEO)

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

ASAN, South Korea — Brides in white gowns and Japanese kimonos joined grooms in black suits and red ties Wednesday for the Unification Church's biggest mass wedding in a decade – a spectacle church officials say involves 40,000 people around the world.

The "blessing ceremony" is the church's largest since 1999, and may well be the last on such a grand scale officiated by the 89-year-old Rev. Sun Myung Moon, the controversial founder of the Unification Church.

Nearly a half-century after arranging the marriages of 24 couples in his first mass wedding, Moon offered blessings Wednesday for more than 20,000 people gathered at Sun Moon University, the school he founded in Asan, south of Seoul.

About half are marrying for the first time, some in marriages arranged by Moon himself; the rest are renewing their wedding vows. Twenty-thousand others are expected to watch via Internet broadcast at simultaneous ceremonies taking place from Sweden to Brazil.

The mass wedding comes as Moon is moving to hand day-to-day leadership over to his children. On Wednesday, the Rev. Moon Hyung-jin, the 30-year-old son tapped to take over religious leadership, opened the ceremony at the flower-festooned altar.