Iranian Turkmen are an ethnic community living in Turkmen Sahra region which is located in northeastern Iran, mainly Golestan, North Khorasan, and Khorasan Razavi provinces. Turkmen wedding ceremonies are flamboyant, eye-catching and filled with authentic traditional customs preserved and passed down from generation to generation. The Turkmen consider marriage as an important social and economic dimension to their lives. They believe marriage and child bearing would make their families and tribes more powerful. The photos below depict a rainbow-like wedding ceremony held in Raz and Jargalan district, Taklah Quz village, North Khorasan province.Tehran Times / Omid Shekari
Turkmen nomads take part in a wedding ceremony in northern Iran. The upper part of Gonbad-e Qabus, a UNESCO-inscribed tower, is seen in the foreground.