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The Dane, Malaysian and Turk on the decision to make Kazakh weddings and what surprised them the most.
Jeppe Holck, 29 years old, hometown — Haderslev, Denmark, trade
I met my wife Alima in Shanghai, where we received a master's degree. We had Danish and Kazakh weddings. The kazakh wedding was organized by the bride's side. I had some idea what it would be like, but the reality exceeded my expectations.
In general, Kazakh weddings are fun and interactive. I liked that adults and young generation participate in dances and games. Kazakh traditional costumes and wedding songs made a great impression. The sound of Kazakh folk instruments isn't similar to anything. It's great Kazakhs remember and honour the traditions of their people. Thanks to this wedding, I was more imbued with the Kazakh culture and history.
Bilqis Bahari, 32 years old, hometown — Kuala Lumpur, journalist
My husband Rustam and I met in Kuala Lumpur in 2009 and studied at the same University. We dated for eight years and got married in the fall of 2016.
We held the Nikah ceremony at the Hazret Sultan Mosque in Astana, and the wedding was held in Almaty. All wedding preparations in Kazakhstan was organized by the husband and his family. I just ordered my wedding dress from a famous Malaysian designer in Kuala Lumpur.
Wedding in Almaty was fun and memorable. We invited about 100 guests because we wanted only close people at our wedding. Relatives and friends told us wishes. We had our first dance, everyone danced and had fun until midnight.
Yashar Unver, 38 years old, hometown — Istanbul, accountant
My wife Gulhan and I met in 2015 and spent three wonderful days together. After she had gone to Kazakhstan, we continued to communicate and I came to visit her. I flew to Astana to meet Gulhan family. They warmly welcomed me. My father and I went to Gulhan's parents to make a proposal.
The wedding ceremony was fun and beautiful. It's great Kazakhs remember and honour the traditions of their people.
I was touched by the wishes of the guests on stage. Guests in Turkey present gold and jewellery to the newlyweds and in Kazakhstan money in envelopes.