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To have and to hold, from this day forward!

By Maverick Life Editors 17 October 2020

A couple jokes around before getting married at what was billed as the world's largest communal gay wedding on December 8, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 130 couples were married at the event which was held at the Court of Justice in downtown Rio. In May, Brazil became the third country in Latin America to effectively approve same-sex marriage via a court ruling, but a final law has yet to be passed. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

'Nuptial season' in the Southern hemisphere is about to start; we looked into the Getty archives to find an incomplete yet beautiful gallery of people getting wed.

Bride to be Nicole Christos of Raleigh, North Carolina holds a rack of a wedding gowns while telling her mother that other gowns she has eyed were being taken, during Filene’s Basement’s annual sale July 30, 2010 in Bethesda, Maryland. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
David Heilman (L) and Charlene Jimenez of Nevada hold up a sign after they were married in a 117,000-gallon saltwater aquarium at the Silverton Casino Lodge July 7, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The couple won the “Take the Plunge” underwater wedding contest which included a reception and a honeymoon in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Silverton Casino Lodge)
Same-sex couple Ariel Owens (R) and his spouse Joseph Barham walk arm in arm after they were married at San Francisco City Hall June 17, 2008 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Big Day No. 5. President Jacob Zuma married his fifth wife, Thobeka Madiba-Zuma on 4 January 2010 at his rural Nkandla homestead in Kwazulu-Natal. (Photo by Gallo Images/YOU/Tumelo Leburu)
Anna (L) and Fran Simon, both of Denver, Colorado, are the first same-sex couple to be issued a Civil Union license at a midnight ceremony in the Denver Office of the Clerk and Recorder, at the Wellington E. Webb Municipal Office Building on May 1, 2013 in Denver, Co. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)
Tshepo Modisane and Thobajobe Sithole on April 6, 2013 at Siva Sungum Hall in Kwadukuza, South Africa. Modisane and Sithole made history as this was the first-ever traditional gay wedding in African Culture. (Photo by Gallo Images / Daily Sun / Alex Nkosi)
Antony McManus and Ron Van Houwelingen get married on January 9, 2018 in the thetare where they meet 30 years ago in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)
Mandla Mandela (grandson of former SA president Nelson Mandela) and his French wife Anais Grimaud during their traditional wedding at the Mvezo royal palace in the Eastern Cape on Saturday, 20 March 2010. (Photo by Gallo Images/City Press/Khaya Ngwenya)
Queen Zola Mafu of Swaziland and her maidens during her wedding to Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini at Ondini Sports Complex on July 26, 2014 in Ulundi, South Africa. (Photo by Gallo Images / City Press / Khaya Ngwenya)
6th August 1967: Fetin Mustafa and his wife, Dervise Paso, covered in money which was pinned on at their traditional Greek Cypriot wedding. (Photo by Les Lee/Express/Getty Images)
Michael and Marcia Linley of Fort Collins, Co. kiss atop Loveland Ski Area in Colorado prior to the start of the 20th Annual Marry Me & Ski Free Mountaintop Matrimony on Valentine’s Day, February 14th in Loveland, Colorado. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)
World’s tallest man Bao Xishun (L) as his bride Xia Shujuan is unveiled during their traditional Mongolian wedding ceremony at Genghis Khan’s Mausoleum on July 12, 2007 in the outskirts of Erdos of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China. The 54-year-old Mr Bao, who stands at 2.36m tall, registered marriage with Xia Shujian, a 29-year-old saleswoman from his home city of Chifeng on March 26, 2007. Bao was confirmed as the world’s tallest living man by Guinness World Records last year. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)
Freshly married couple spotted in the crowd in their wedding still clad in wedding paraphernalia during the Super Rugby match between Emirates Lions and Crusaders at Emirates Airline Park on April 01, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Tsen Hai Sun and Hay Gy Sun, hanging by their hair beneath a hovering Bell helicopter, exchange gold rings in an unusual wedding ceremony in Hassloch, Pfalz, West Germany. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
Unknown guests are dropped by a chopper at Julius Malema’s wedding will take place on December 27, 2014 in Polokwane, South Africa. (Photo by Gallo Images / City Press / Leon Sadiki)
The veil of newly-wed bride Eileen Petticrew flies up in a gust of wind as she poses for photographs with husband Robert Greenhill outside St John the Evangelist Church, Notting Hill, London. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)
An aerial view of the wedding car at the marriage of Ugandan Prime Minister Milton Obote, Kampala, Uganda, November 13th 1963. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Inside the Super Bowl during the wedding of Vega Gupta on May 3, 2013, in Sun City, South Africa. The four-day wedding ended with a lavish ceremony at The Lost City on Friday. (Photo by Gallo Images / Foto24 / Felix Dlangamandla)
Newlywed couples arrive on the red carpet during a mass wedding ceremony November 28, 2005 in Guangzhou of Guangdong Province, China. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)
Couples who got married at Robben Island on February 14, 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa. About fifteen couples tied the knot on Valentine’s Day at Robben Island’s Garrison Church. (Photo by Gallo Images / Daily Sun / Lindile Mbontsi)
Brides waiting in the queue during an wedding ceremony of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, commonly known as the Unification Church, at Cheongshim Peace World Center on August 27, 2018 in Gapyeong-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
Brides and grooms during a mass wedding at the International Pentecostal Holiness Church on September 1, 2013 in Zuurbekom, South Africa. (Photo by Gallo Images / Sowetan / Veli Nhlapo)
Thousands of couples attend a mass wedding held by the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, aka Unification Church on August 27, 2018 in Gapyeong-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
Models show a 203-foot-long wedding dress April 29, 2007 in Changchun of Jilin Province, China. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)
Goths Tony and Angela Lightowler pose for wedding pictures after renewing their marriage vows at St Mary The Virgin Church during Whitby Gothic Weekend on 27 October, 2007, Whitby, England. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
A groom, Gartijo, and a bride, Endang Tri, wearing protective masks walk as they attend a mass wedding to commemorate the 75th (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
Janine Scholz, dressed in a cream white dress runs across the empty car park prior to her marriage to Philip Scholz during the first ever wedding ceremony at the Autokino Dusseldorf drive-in cinema during the novel coronavirus crisis on May 5, 2020 in Dusseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
Models pose in bridal gowns made mainly of toilet paper during a photo-opportunity on September 8, 2009 in Tel Aviv, Israel. (Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images)
A flower girls eats at a wedding reception on January 24, 2015 in Monrovia, Liberia. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

A warm thank you to Kim McCarthy from Gallo Images for her generous help in the production of this image selection. DM/ ML

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