Somber Wedding Day

Duzcoy Wedding. Weddings occur at the peak of Yayla migration in the summer.  The couple waits for a ceremony to begin.<br />
Turkey's Black Sea coast has the highest peaks close to a sea anywhere in the world. The migration from summer fishing to highland shepherding has always been a part of the culture.  Mountain homes are called Yaylas (YIY-luz), and most families have more than one.  <br />
Families fish at the coast, but as the temperatures rise, they move to a succession of homes higher in the mountain range.  These homes are community property and were bequeathed during the Ottoman period.