The Different Faces of Love

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Bride Amornrat Ruamsin (L), 27, who is a transgender, holds up her five-month-old daughter with her groom Pitchaya Kachainrum (R), 16, during their wedding ceremony organised by a local TV show, in Bangkok, Thailand, February 9, 2018. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
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To mark Valentine’s Day, Reuters photographers documented the stories of over 20 couples from around the globe

Their stories run the gamut from storybook high school romances to the more unconventional, such as finding love after an acid attack. For the photo essay, click here.

 

The Wider Image: Arranged marriage to Facebook: what's your love story?
Nhuchhe Bahadur Amatya, 76, a retired accountant at Nepal Electricity Authority along with his wife Raywoti Devi Amatya, 74, a housewife, pose for a picture as they sit inside their shop in Lalitpur, Nepal, February 4, 2018. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

 

They include Nhuchhe Bahadur Amatya, 76, a retired accountant at the Nepal Electricity Authority and his wife Raywoti Devi Amatya, 74, a housewife. Nhuchhe was 17 and Raywoti 15 when they wed in an arranged marriage 59 years ago.

“I saw Raywoti for the first time at my home after we officially got married, during the wedding her face was covered with a Ghumto (veil),” said Nchuchhe.

 

The Wider Image: Arranged marriage to Facebook: what's your love story?
Haidar Ali Moracho, 20, and Coral Ibanez Blanco, 23, pose for a picture at the Moor’s Field garden (Campo del Moro) in Madrid, Spain, February 7, 2018. Haidar, a transgender young man who’s in his second year of Asian and African Studies at Madrid’s Autonoma University and Coral, currently looking for a job, have been dating for seven years. “A friend of mine told me there was a girl who liked Dragon Ball’s Vegeta character and wanted to become a boy. She put us in touch virtually and we spent the following year video calling each other before we were able to meet in person in Madrid,” said Coral. REUTERS/Susana Vera

 

For Haidar Ali Moracho, 20, a transgender man from Spain, his relationship with girlfriend Coral Ibanez began online and had to be kept secret from their families for five years.

“It was very hard. There were times I thought it would be less painful if we broke up, but I couldn’t. Together until death do us part,” he said.

 

 

When Indian acid attack victim Pramodini Roul suddenly regained her sight, years after she was attacked, the first thing she saw was her partner, Saroj.

“I was flying with Saroj and suddenly started seeing things clearly. That was the first time I saw Saroj’s face. I had never imagined that I would be able to see Saroj in my lifetime,” she said.

 

The Wider Image: Arranged marriage to Facebook: what's your love story?
Jenny Ostrom, 37, a director of photography and her husband Chad Ostrom, 37, a director, stand in McCarren Park, near their home in the Brooklyn borough of New York, U.S., February 8, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

 

True love’s path ran smoother for 37-year-old New Yorker Chad Ostrum. On his first day at college, he glanced through a door and a girl unpacking boxes caught his eye, so he went back to get a better look at the woman who would become his wife and the mother of their daughter.

“Through three states, long-distance dating, high times, low moments and 19 years later, we now share a home, a little girl and a life.”

 

(Writing by Mark Hanrahan in London; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

 

The Wider Image: Arranged marriage to Facebook: what's your love story?
Tattoo artists, Kathriel Zambrano (L), 23, and Yohanna Gonzalez, 28, pose for a portrait in front of the bar El Molino where they first met, in Caracas, Venezuela, February 9, 2018. Yohanna was working at a bar for an event called InkFest. She was piercing. Meanwhile, Kathriel was being tattooed in front of a stand where she was working. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

 

The Wider Image: Arranged marriage to Facebook: what's your love story?
Dmitry Shamovich and his wife Anastasia Kuzmenkova play with the dog Amur at their homestead Zaimka Leshego in the village of Sosnovy Bor, Belarus, February 7, 2018. “Four years ago I was here, at the homestead for the first time – we arrived with other birdwatchers to build artificial nests for owls. And I met Dmitry, the owner of homestead, for the first time, here. Later we met again, when I arrived to be a volunteer in a project related to capercaillie. After that we made more projects together and one day I understood I fell in love with him. It was mutual,” said Anastasia. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

 

The Wider Image: Arranged marriage to Facebook: what's your love story?
Kazuhiko Kobayashi, 80, and his wife Mieko Kobayashi, 73, pose for a photograph at their music shop named Ameyoko Rhythm, specialised for Enka, traditional Japanese popular ballad, in Tokyo’s Ameyoko shopping district, Japan, February 8, 2018. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

 

The Wider Image: Arranged marriage to Facebook: what's your love story?
Cathal King, 31, a veterinarian, and Jessica O’Connor, 28, a final-year veterinary student in Budapest, pose for a photograph with dogs on Rossbeigh Beach near the County Kerry village of Rossbeigh, Ireland, February 4, 2018. “We met playing tag rugby in Killarney. We’re both very active people. We do adventure races, hiking, and love to travel. We’ve been together three and a half years. I grew up back here in Rossbeigh so that’s the main reason we’re here,” said Cathal. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

 

 

Keep reading (more images ahead) …

 

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