Exhibition: Embroidered shawls and handkerchiefs, which are sometimes called “oku” by the young ones are distributed for the wedding invitation. The weddings start on Tuesday after the Oku is distributed; flags are hung, animals are sacrificed, the bride’s horse is prepared and decorated with shawls. The dowry materials are taken from the bride’s home three days before the wedding and displayed at the new couple’s home. The next day, the women and girls from the bride’s side dress in their finest getups and dance traditional folk dances. At henna night, everyone goes to the bride’s home from the groom’s home with the men leading the way and women following them, celebrating joyfully on the way with drums beating and clarions playing. The mother of the bride waits for them with a sieve, and the groom’s side puts henna (symbolizes the meaning and significance of the day), bread (symbolizes the wish for the bride’s livelihood to be plentiful) and nuts in the sieve. Tables are set for the women on the groom’s side. At henna night, henna is applied to the bride’s hands and various fun activities are organized, the guests are served nuts and snacks. That night, the bride and her close family and friends go over to the groom’s side to get a chicken. They are given pilaf, chicken, baklava and various gifts. Likewise, the groom’s side goes over to bride’s side and get their gifts. At henna night, there are various fun activities with music and food taking place at the groom’s side, too. On the wedding day, the guests are served dinner and the groom’s side travels as a big crowd to get the bride from the family home. The father-in-law pins jewelry on the bride that is brought to his home.
Biography: Nuray Tezel was born in Bursa. She graduated from Anadolu University Department of Economics. She worked in the finance industry for 10 years. In 2001, she got her first photography training at BUFSAD. Photography has always been her primary interest. In 2011, she completed advanced shooting techniques and documentary photography trainings again at BUFSAD. She participated in various photography projects and exhibitions as part of the association. Her work “Ah Ahıska” was exhibited at the 5th BursaPhotoFest. She believes that photography is the only universal language in the world, and she aims to utilize it to her best ability.