Newlywed couple takes wedding photos amid backdrop of Syrian ruins

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Newly-wed Syrian couple Nada Merhi,18, and Syrian army soldier Hassan Youssef,27, pose for a wedding picture amid heavily damaged buildings in the war ravaged city of Homs on February 5, 2016. A Syrian photographer thought of using the destruction of Homs to take pictures of newly wed couples to show that life is stronger than death. / AFP / JOSEPH EID (Photo credit should read JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images)
Newly-wed Syrian couple Nada Merhi,18, and Syrian army soldier Hassan Youssef,27, pose for a wedding picture amid heavily damaged buildings in the war ravaged city of Homs on February 5, 2016. A Syrian photographer thought of using the destruction of Homs to take pictures of newly wed couples to show that life is stronger than death. / AFP / JOSEPH EID (Photo credit should read JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images)
Newly-wed Syrian couple Nada Merhi,18, and Syrian army soldier Hassan Youssef,27, have their wedding pictures taken in a heavily damaged building in the war ravaged city of Homs on February 5, 2016. A Syrian photographer thought of using the destruction of Homs to take pictures of newly wed couples to show that life is stronger than death. / AFP / JOSEPH EID (Photo credit should read JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images)
Newly-wed Syrian couple Nada Merhi,18, and Syrian army soldier Hassan Youssef,27, pose for a wedding picture amid heavily damaged buildings in the war ravaged city of Homs on February 5, 2016. A Syrian photographer thought of using the destruction of Homs to take pictures of newly wed couples to show that life is stronger than death. / AFP / JOSEPH EID (Photo credit should read JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images)
Newly-wed Syrian couple Nada Merhi,18, and Hassan Youssef,27, have their wedding pictures taken in front of a heavily damaged building in the war ravaged city of Homs on February 5, 2016. A Syrian photographer thought of using the destruction of Homs to take pictures of newly wed couples to show that life is stronger than death. / AFP / JOSEPH EID (Photo credit should read JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images)
Newly-wed Syrian couple Nada Merhi,18, and Syrian army soldier Hassan Youssef,27, pose for a wedding picture amid heavily damaged buildings in the war ravaged city of Homs on February 5, 2016. A Syrian photographer thought of using the destruction of Homs to take pictures of newly wed couples to show that life is stronger than death. / AFP / JOSEPH EID (Photo credit should read JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images)
Newly-wed Syrian couple Nada Merhi,18, and Syrian army soldier Hassan Youssef,27, receive instructions from their wedding photographer as they have their pictures taken amid heavily damaged buildings in the war ravaged city of Homs on February 5, 2016. A Syrian photographer thought of using the destruction of Homs to take pictures of newly wed couples to show that life is stronger than death. / AFP / JOSEPH EID (Photo credit should read JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images)
Newly-wed Syrian couple Nada Merhi,18, and Syrian army soldier Hassan Youssef,27, pose for a wedding picture amid heavily damaged buildings in the war ravaged city of Homs on February 5, 2016. A Syrian photographer thought of using the destruction of Homs to take pictures of newly wed couples to show that life is stronger than death. / AFP / JOSEPH EID (Photo credit should read JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images)
Newly-wed Syrian couple Nada Merhi,18, and Syrian army soldier Hassan Youssef,27, pose for a wedding picture amid heavily damaged buildings in the war ravaged city of Homs on February 5, 2016. A Syrian photographer thought of using the destruction of Homs to take pictures of newly wed couples to show that life is stronger than death. / AFP / JOSEPH EID (Photo credit should read JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images)
Newly-wed Syrian couple Nada Merhi,18, and Syrian army soldier Hassan Youssef,27, have their wedding pictures taken in a heavily damaged building in the war ravaged city of Homs on February 5, 2016. A Syrian photographer thought of using the destruction of Homs to take pictures of newly wed couples to show that life is stronger than death. / AFP / JOSEPH EID (Photo credit should read JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images)
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Amidst heavily damaged buildings in the war-ravaged city of Homs, Syria, one couple decided to use their city's ruins as a bittersweet backdrop for their special day.

Newlyweds Nada Merhi, 18, and her husband, Syrian army soldier Hassan Youssef, 27, posed for a series of pictures on Feb. 5 among the rubble of what is left of Homs' streets and buildings after years of civil war.

The Syrian wedding photographer who took the photos used the destruction of Homs to his advantage, "to show that life is stronger than death," according to AFP photographer Joseph Eid, who captured the scene.

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