A curious metaphor for marriage.
(submitted by Keyaanta)
seems to me that the bride was crafty. the hats & birdcages seem like craft store wedding ideas.
His snarky grin says it all.
You should have seen the damage after they threw the bouquet…
I just choked on my iced tea, ya jerk!!
Loving everyone’s comments here! And yeah all the bridemaids look annoyed and uncomfy, but it’s probably like the 50th picture they had to stand for! Looks like it was truly a lovely wedding
Ok, that is the best photograph in recent history. What the HELL are those things on their heads?
These people need to be congratulated.
The one with the tiny veil and necklace is the maid/matron of honor. Usually there is something distinct to make her stand out from the other bridesmaids.
Maybe somewhere there’s a picture of the bride, surrounded by groomsmen carrying doves?
I’m not sure they have enough baby’s breath in the little girls’ hair…..
So true! She’s wearing her bouquet instead of holding it.
I sort of remember this trend…bridesmaids carried something other than bouquets…parasols, fans…but I don’t remember ever seeing birdcages! They are rather…..large.
And..by the way…the groom looks to be about 12 years old! lol
Yep, I was at quite a bit of “fan” weddings when I was younger…this is the first time I’ve seen birdcages though.
I’m dying to know what was served at the reception.
Rest assured, it was fowl…
Poultry, I imagine. Had to clear out those cages somehow.
Parakeet a l’orange.
Is there a bride anywhere? They all look like bridesmaid’s, which makes me wonder IF there is a bride?
DUH to all the people asking about the bride – she obviously is not in this photo! She is in the photo (not shown) with all the groomsmen! But I don’t think the men were holding birdcages…. :o)
Ten dollars they are holding canes and wearing tails.
OMG!! YES!!! I can see it now……………..
Said the wedding planner “I know, let’s do something really crazy… let’s have the bridesmaids carry birdcages full of fake flowers.”
Said the bride “Yeah, and how about wearing hats that look clam shells.”
Said the bridesmaids collectively “All…. Righty… Then…!!???”
I’m thinking the girl with the pearl necklace to our left of the groom is the bride. She’s the only one with a necklace and a veil on that precious little hat. I feel their pain. I was forced to wear a pale pink cowboy hat with a veil, and carry a lighted candle inside a glass hurricane globe that was the size of a centerpiece. Those birdcages are just all about ugly. Girls in the back are smug because we can’t see their cages.
Oy vey! That’s worse than the stupid parasol wedding I was in! (see above)
Didn’t the hurricane glass get hot w/the lit candles???? That’s just messed up……..my deepest condolences to you.
DEARSWEETJESES! You need to post that picture. THAT is definitely awkward! Yow!
Funny picture made even funnier by the caption!!
As for the questions of “Where is the bride,” it is not unusual to have the groom take a picture with just bridesmaids and the bride with just groomsmen. Most weddings do that, actually. We did it at my wedding a month ago.
Definitely toooo many ‘maids and too many cages!
Behind all this, there’s one heck of a Bridezilla!
i wonder if the cages are a metaphor stating that the groom is soon to be ‘trapped’ with no hope of escape, from any of his numerous wives hahahha
Are the girls’ hands on the groom’s shoulder there to hold him from running away?
well now the bride gave her girls a lovely parting gift…a cage with fake flowers and a huge bow on it to sit on the kitchen table!!
I swear I went to high school with the bridesmaid in the back row on the left.
Which one is the bride? Is the bride even in this photo. Everyone is wearing white…except the flower girls.
I don’t understand why they’re all wearing white…which one’s the bride?
If you look very closely, you can see that the fabric has a very pale lavendar floral print, rather washed out in the glare of the flash. I am pretty sure the bride wore white…but it would have been cool if she wore lavendar!
If you look closely, you can see that there is a flower pattern on the dresses.
If you look closely, you can see that they’re carrying bird cages and wearing yarmulkes.
Oh Tanks fer dat!! That was a good one!!
What on earth could the bride have possibly worn to stand out in that crowd? Perhaps she was dressed as a giant cat. Or the little old lady from Looney Tunes.
the bridesmaid in the front left is saying it all!!
I was in a wedding once were we had to carry stupid crap like this, too (parasols)……..and I had the exact same look on my face as that lady on the far left…..the look that says, “I can’t believe I have to carry this stupid crap.”
Wow. Parasols are more awkward than birdcages. I feel bad for you!
Did you do a dance with the parasols? lol.
…is that Denzel Washington??
Did he marry all of them? Which one is the bride? Also, the bird cages are no dumber than the hats!
The birdcages are just the begining of the awkwardness of this photo….
I believe it’s pro nounced lah-may…
which one is the bride? the one w/ the teeny tiny veil?
Which one is the bride?
First he looks like a mere baby, since he’s in dress blues I’ll assume he’s at least 17. Bouquets of bird cages aside I don’t think I’ve ever seen a groom’s picture alone with all the brides maids. Well they are a handsome lot!
I have seen several photos of the groom with the bridesmaids; also the bride with the groomsmen. It is not uncommon!
I’ve been going through all the old family photos, and most of the older wedding photos (pre-1980) have a shot of the groom with all the brides maids. I agree that it’s not a really popular pose these days, but at least in my family in the past it was. Of course, my family is all insane.
We did it for our wedding
I used to work as a photographer’s assistant and every wedding we did would have a photo of all the female attendants with the groom and all of the male attendants with a bride. They are generally pretty awkward.
Which one is the bride??? Or does he get to pick?
Don’t tell me … they stuff the birds INTO the cages for the ceremony, symbolizing the true nature of marriage.
which one is the bride
I love the look on the girl at the end on the right. It’s like she’s telling us “Yes, you’re seeing it correctly. She made us carry birdcages.”
All I have to say is WOW and if I were a bridesmaid I would totally put my foot down. Seriously, did you notice that they ALL (including) the groom look really uncomfortable!?
Yes, the birdcage is a curious metaphor, but I have nothing critical to say about this blessed event and hope this young Marine and his new wives enjoy every moment of their new life together.
new wives?? LOL!
i think i just laughed myself clean off the chair…
8 bridesmaids and 2 flowergirls? OMG. That is a huge wedding.
Here comes the bride, the bride, the bride, err…the bride; which one IS the bride?
Bridesmaids but no bride…
I’m trying to figure out which one is the bride.
what was the bride thinking when she picked out those arrangements? I wonder….
Dude has 8 wives!
Not awkward. Dated perhaps, but not awkward.
Really….the birdcage bouquets are not even close to awkward?
I’m confused – which one is the bride?
Wait–which one is the bride?
none of them is the bride, but somewhere there is a picture of a bride surrounded by just as many groomsmen!
With all those lovely ladies, I am sure he has a reason to sing. But where is the Bride and can she keep his attention???
I don’t know what’s more ridiculous- the bird cages or those silly hats. The hats look like bra cups!
Maybe the bird cages were going to do double duty and become the table centerpieces?
Actually I kind of like the hats. I also like the little girls look like little girls, not mini-me’s of the bride.
Having been in several Southern weddings in the 70′s, big hair, big ruffle dresses, big hats, big bows, and dry receptions. Give me a bird cage over a parasol with streamers any day. Don’t forget the groomsmen were in pastel tuxes with ruffled shirts. Ah, good times.
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