A Chinese man was dying of terminal cancer, but wanted to experience the joy and splendour of a wedding.
However, he did not want to have to leave behind a widow, so he married a lifelike sex doll.
This resulted in a series of surprisingly tender images including hugging in front of a sunlit window, reflected romantically in a shadowy mirror and staring lovingly into each other’s eyes.
The 'bride' was given VIP treatment, including a makeup artist and a series of dresses to pose in.
Although the 28-year-old man has yet to be identified, people on Chinese social media have offered up a range of possible explanations behind the photographs.
Some are cynical, and have shrugged off the photos as a marketing campaign.
CCTV reported: "Some people recently revealed that the man is actually suffering from a deadly cancer. In order not to hurt other people's feelings, he chose to marry an artificial doll instead of a real person."
The photographer who took the photos defended the man's unusual nuptials.
She said that even if she did not necessarily agree with the man’s choice of marrying a doll, he still deserved to be respected as a matter of personal freedom.
It is not the first time a terminally ill person has turned to an artificial doll to fulfil a dying wish.
In May, another Chinese man posted pictures of child-sized doll he bought in place of the daughter he would never have.
He thought that because he had serious headaches and depression, that he would never marry or have children, so he did a photoshoot with a life-like doll instead.