A Congolese Wedding

I have attended several weddings while living in Congo. They are not much different from a wedding I would attend in my country except for a few things: they rarely start on time (most began one to two hours late), they tend to be very long (one lasted about two hours), and they include much joyful singing and dancing. The most noticeable difference, however, is the paparazzi. In Congo, it seems perfectly acceptable, and never questioned, for anyone to stand directly in front of the stage or in the isles to take pictures and video, and I am not referring to the official photographer here. At one point in this double wedding, there were as many as ten people standing a few meters from the couple saying their vows. Most weddings are followed by a reception in a different location and sometimes separated by several hours. This wedding took place in Bunia, Democratic Republic of Congo.