I’m loving our multiple day wedding shoots! It really gives me a chance to get to know the couple and spend time with their family. Anyone planning a destination wedding, don’t think of it as The Big Day, think about The Big Week!
I met MinhChau and Peter in the old capital of Hue where we had a morning for a photoshoot around the old citadel. We also had a chance to stop at the beautiful Lang Co lake, 30km north of DaNang on route to the airport. That evening we flew to their home town of Pleiku in the central highlands.
But this was more than just a wedding, MinhChau left Vietnam when she was just 4 years old and this was the first time the whole family had been together for 26 years! It was a beautiful, emotional time for everyone. The whole family was wonderfully accommodating and the next day we had a chance to explore their countryside. Many might think of Pleiku as a big industrial town, but just outside the city is stunning countryside, lakes, coffee and tea plantations.
The wedding day itself was spectacular. MinhChau’s cousin, Thích Tâm Mãn and owner of the spectacular “Chua Minh Thanh” pagoda in Pleiku, opened the doors for their first ever wedding there. The temple was founded by his master as a small little humble temple on the family’s coffee farm and he started to study to be a monk there at age 6. After the master past and when MinhChau’s cousin finished his doctorate in fine Asian art in Taiwan, he started expanding on the original temple based on influences from temples around Asia that he had visited. Every small detail of the temple has been designed by him. Beautifully decorative and ornate, it was the perfect location for exchanging their vows.
After the wedding we had the chance for a quick photoshoot around the countryside before the reception at their family home which went on long into the night.
Thank you to everyone for making me feel so welcome and letting me be part of your celebrations, it is a week that will stay with me for a long time…