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While a wedding party poses for a photographer a women and her child beg for money at Republic Square, where dozens of other wedding parties gather to drink champagne in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on June 3, 2006. On most Saturday afternoons the square is crowded with brides, grooms, wedding guests, photographers and the white stretch limousines that shuttle them around the city. Dean Cox for The New York Times
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While a wedding party poses for a photographer a women and her child beg for money at Republic Square, where dozens of other wedding parties gather to drink champagne in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on June 3, 2006. On most Saturday afternoons the square is crowded with brides, grooms, wedding guests, photographers and the white stretch limousines that shuttle them around the city. Dean Cox for The New York Times