For many couples, a wedding traditionally represents a transition into a lifetime of bliss. And like most brides, Samar Salman al-Khayal looked the part of a storybook princess, donning a flowing white dress and carrying a fragrant bouquet as she went forward to meet her groom.
Only for Khayal, the milestone will be the even more significant. As Haaretz is reporting, the 26-year-old Syrian bride had to cross the Syrian-Israeli checkpoint at al-Quneitra before she could marry her fiance Nabih Farhat, an Israeli Druze who lives in the Golan Heights.
Khayal, who has lived in Syria all her life, was allowed to cross over into Israel to get married and live with Farhat, who has been waiting for several years to receive approval for his fiance's immigration for the neighboring country. Security was extra tight, with U.N. forces accompanying the couple and their family across the buffer zone.
See photos of the wedding here: