For groom Neil McElwee and his bride Yanan Sun, their white wedding was to be their best day ever.
Chinese-born Yanan Sun – six months pregnant with their first baby – had splashed out £1,000 on a stunning dress. And the happy couple had invited over 70 guests to celebrate at a £6,000 hotel reception.
But their perfect day turned into a nightmare when moments before they were due to say ‘I do’, they were both arrested – after suspicions they were having a sham marriage.
Just one of the problems faced by cross cultural couples- some people think they are not ‘really’ together and the relationship is suspect and a sham…
I am Jennifer Nicholls one of Dr Elizabeth Harris’ first year students.
The title of my project is; Exploration of the ways in which the union of two different faiths are brought together by marriage. For this piece I would like couples from different faiths to fill in a questionnaire about their future marriage or the marriage they have already had and the components of this marriage, for example whether two ceremonies are done or whether there is a civil ceremony and blessings are done afterwards in the respective holy buildings or if there was need for conversion to take place.
Would you or any of your group be able to help me with this, the questionnaires would be sent over email and if there were any queries the couple could email me, the research will be done anonymously and there will be no reference to the couples by name in the final piece and they are free to withdraw at any point in the research
Please contact her directly
From London to Nagpur, Lauren and Abhiram, 2015’s inspirational cross cultural couple
CROSS CULTURAL RELATIONS
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