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Caucasian Nuptials: A Village Wedding In Daghestan

Besides capturing the natural beauty of the Caucasus, Russian travel photographer Ivan Dementievskiy has also succeeded in documenting various aspects of life in its remoter regions, including this fascinating pictorial portrait of a traditional wedding feast in the mountainous village of Balkhar in Daghestan.

Village women transport a dowry for the bride which consists of useful items such as carpets, jugs, and blankets while also comprising ornaments and money.
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Village women transport a dowry for the bride which consists of useful items such as carpets, jugs, and blankets while also comprising ornaments and money.

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The dowry items are installed in newlyweds' home. 
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The dowry items are installed in newlyweds' home. 

The festivities begin with a torchlight procession through the village from the house of the groom to the home of the bride. 
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The festivities begin with a torchlight procession through the village from the house of the groom to the home of the bride. 

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