When brainstorming epic wedding locations, the middle of a lush forest or a dreamy tropical beach are two places that immediately come to mind. The ruins of a city destroyed by nearly six years of war? Not so much. However, that鈥檚 exactly where Syrian couple Nada Merhi and Hassan Youssef decided to photograph their new union a few days ago.

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Nada, Hassan and their photographer Joseph Eid decided to head to the ruins of Homs to commemorate their special day. Homs is Syria鈥檚 third-largest city and has always served as a central battleground in the ongoing conflict between Syrian rebels and government forces. Sadly, all of the war that鈥檚 raged in this area has resulted in the old city鈥檚 transformation into rubble. Hassan is a soldier in Syrian President Bashar al-Assad鈥檚 army, which took Homs from rebels back in November.

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But the city鈥檚 crucial role in the current happenings is precisely why the three chose this spot. They wanted to convey a message: life is stronger than death. The moment you see Hassan handing Nada a bouquet of white roses while surrounded by buildings full of bullet holes and debris, that idea is painstakingly clear and beautiful.

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It seems as though Hassan and Nada aren鈥檛 the only couples embracing the destruction. Despite the city鈥檚 current decrepit state, several other couples from Homs have returned to the ruins for their weddings. Home is where the heart is after all.

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(Photo via Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images)