IT WAS meant to be a portrait of marital bliss, but a photo shoot for five couples on the day the earthquake struck has now become an eerie record of one of China's deadliest natural disasters.
On May 12, in Bailu town, photographer Wang Qiang had just snapped the happy couple in one pose when the ground started shaking.
His snaps and those of other photographers show young women in wedding dresses, dusty and shaken, with the ruins of the deadly quake around them.
The 100-year-old Church of the Annunciation outside the city of Pengzhou has been a popular spot for wedding photos in recent years. It is now in tatters.