This Burmese wedding photo, part of the Myanmar Photo Archive, is from the 1940s. The image is hand-colored and was mounted on a cardboard that could be opened and closed. The soft feathering effect around the edge of the photograph was achieved by moving a cut-out mask slightly when the photo was printed or enlarged. Traditional Burmese folklore considers love to be destiny. Generally speaking, Buddhist monks are not present to conduct the wedding and solemnize the marriage, as they are forbidden to officiate the ceremony, which is considered to be a worldly affair. Typically, the bride and groom arrange an almsgiving feast to monks on the morning of the wedding to gain merit.