Seven Chinese couples take wedding photos at a construction site in Changsha, central China’s Hunan Province, Aug. 24, 2020. / Original photo via Chinanews.com

Seven Chinese couples take wedding photos at a construction site in Changsha, central China’s Hunan Province, Aug. 24, 2020. / Original photo via Chinanews.com

A couple photographed in front of a pavilion. / Photo via Chinanews.com

A couple photographed in front of a pavilion. / Photo via Chinanews.com

Couple takes selfies after applying makeup. / Photo via Chinanews.com

Couple takes selfies after applying makeup. / Photo via Chinanews.com

Couples go to the photo set after applying makeup. / Photo via Chinanews.com

Couples go to the photo set after applying makeup. / Photo via Chinanews.com

A couple poses on a construction site where they are working. / Photo via Chinanews.com

A couple poses on a construction site where they are working. / Photo via Chinanews.com

In white wedding dresses and black suits, seven couples posed with big smiles in front of unfinished buildings or gardens that they had helped to build.

The Chinese couples who were working on a construction site in Changsha, central China’s Hunan Province, took wedding photos on and near their construction site on Monday, shortly before this year’s Qixi Festival, which is taking place on August 25.

The grooms and brides chose various background scenarios on the site, including the gazebo, garden, gate, and even unfinished buildings.

First wedding photos

For some, this was the first time they took wedding photos.

The screenshot shows a video of the couples posted on Weibo.

The screenshot shows a video of the couples posted on Weibo.

“We didn’t even take a picture together when we got married, and I always felt that I owed her,” said Xu Aiguo, a 57-year-old builder from Hunan, adding that her family was too poor was to cover the extra cost at this point. The new pictures are the first wedding photos from the 35 years of their marriage.

“We used to work on different construction sites in different cities across China, and I never thought that one day I would take these wedding photos here in Changsha,” added Xu’s wife, Deng Xiuzhen.

The unique wedding pictures soon went viral online, gaining over a million views on China’s Twitter-like platform, Weibo, before the Qixi Festival hit.

Liu Ping is a crane operator on the construction site in Changsha, Hunan, central China. / Photo via Chinanews.com

Liu Ping is a crane operator on the construction site in Changsha, Hunan, central China. / Photo via Chinanews.com

Liu Ping applying makeup before the photo shoot. / Photo via Chinanews.com

Liu Ping applying makeup before the photo shoot. / Photo via Chinanews.com

Liu takes pictures of her husband. / Photo via Chinanews.com

Liu takes pictures of her husband. / Photo via Chinanews.com

Many internet users referred to it as “romance on the construction site” while some commented that “there is no difference in cast and you are the most beautiful builders and couples”.

Your company China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) fully supported the project and, according to Xinhua, recognized your contribution as a dedicated, hardworking employee.

A tribute to migrant workers

Changsha couples aren’t the only ones celebrating the romantic occasion on their construction site.

Three couples who work in the CSCEC division in the central Chinese city of Tianjin took special wedding photos last week before Chinese Valentine’s Day.

A couple take wedding photos at the CSCEC construction site in Tianjin, China, Aug. 21, 2020. / Xinhua

A couple take wedding photos at the CSCEC construction site in Tianjin, China, Aug. 21, 2020. / Xinhua

Three couples take photos with their work colleagues. / Xinhua

Three couples take photos with their work colleagues. / Xinhua

A couple is taking wedding photos at the CSCEC construction site. / Xinhua

A couple is taking wedding photos at the CSCEC construction site. / Xinhua

A couple is taking wedding photos at the CSCEC construction site. / Xinhua

A couple is taking wedding photos at the CSCEC construction site. / Xinhua

The photo shoot was an anniversary gift from the company to migrant worker couples who have been working on various construction sites for many years and have been married for more than 25 years.

Today, August 25th, the Qixi Festival or Chinese Valentine’s Day takes place. As one of the most important traditional festivals in China, it is on the seventh day of the seventh month in the Chinese lunar calendar.

The festival grew out of a 2000 year old love story that tells the story of the annual meeting between the mythological cowherd and the Weaver Girl.

(Cover photo by Yin Yating)

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