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August 3, 2015 10:41 AM EDT

When only a few guests showed up to Annette and Lior Solomon’s wedding in Israel, a relative turned to Facebook for help — and around 2,000 people apparently ended up at the event.

Several guests simply assumed the wedding had been cancelled, because the bride’s father had recently passed away, Ynetnews reports. So a relative of the groom decided to post on Facebook, hoping to spread the word and encourage well-wishers to join the party.

The relative, named Rivka, explained in the post that the bride lost both her parents in the last two years, and now, she was at her wedding with nobody there except a few relatives. “You don’t need a gift, you don’t need money,” Rivka wrote. “Just come fill the auditorium, fulfill a mitzvah, and make a bride and groom happy.”

The post began to spread across the social network, and soon, around 2,000 people showed up at the ceremony.

“These are the Israeli people at their best. The groom and bride cried,” Rivka told Ynetnews. “Understand, at the wedding canopy they were alone. After the story was published, people came to make them happy.”


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