Van & Cody’s fabulous Halong Bay wedding on Bhaya Cruise & Hòn Tằm Island photoshoot in Vietnam.
‘Can you ride a jetski?’ I asked. ‘If it’s stand up, I can ride it backyards!’ Cody, the rock guitarist sushi chef, replied! Meet one incredible Californian couple and their love story from Halong Bay in the North of Vietnam to Hon Tam Island in Nha Trang.
This wedding is particularly unique because, unfortunately, you can’t do it anymore. The couple’s unforgettable wedding reception in Halong Bay happened in a cave. Still, unfortunately, all caves are now off-limits to the public.
Hạ Long Bay sits in the northeastern part of Vietnam. Its mesmerizing emerald waters and majestic limestone islands are famous. You can take junk boat tours or sea kayak expeditions to marvel at the islands. Each bears its distinctive shapes, like Stone Dog and Teapot islets.
The region is a haven for adventure enthusiasts, with scuba diving, rock climbing, and hiking. The scenic Cát Bà National Park boasts mountainous landscapes perfect for exploration.
Following our departure from Haiphong City, we embarked on a splendid voyage through the breathtaking Halong Bay. Locals have regarded Bhaya Cruises as a top-notch operator in Northern Vietnam since its establishment in 2007.
Hon Trong (Drum Cave)
Their magical Halong Bay wedding dinner setting was inside Hon Trong. According to researchers, Drum Cave is also an archaeological site of Soi Nhu Culture. This dates from 7,000 – 18,000 years ago.
Legend has it that long ago, in a floating fishing village in Halong Bay, there was a beautiful woman and a hard-working fisherman who fell in love. Despite their poverty, the woman had to marry a wealthy man in the village. Still, she disagreed and fled to a deserted cave. On a stormy day, the woman was overcome with fear and turned to stone.
When the fisherman heard the news, he rowed his boat to find her but got lost in another deserted cave. He could see her from a distance and tried to signal his presence by striking a stone on the cliff. But she could not hear him. Exhausted and miserable, the fisherman also turned to stone.
Today, people know the cave where the fisherman turned to stone as Hon Trong (Drum Cave), and they call the opposite cave Hang Trinh Nu (Virgin Cave). If you visit these caves, you can still see stone statues of the boy and the girl, preserving the legend of their tragic love story.
Hòn Tằm Island photoshoot.
After their Halong Bay wedding, we headed South to Hon Tam Island in Nha Trang for a post-wedding photoshoot involving jet skis and rice wine!
Hon Tam has earned the reputation of being a serene haven, often called “a small paradise,” due to its pristine natural beauty and idyllic location. Situated in a tranquil sea, warm sunshine, and gentle sea breezes abound throughout the year.
MerPerle Hon Tam Resort is a picturesque retreat. Nestled amidst the sparkling waters and a kilometer-long stretch of powdery white sandy beach. The resort blends with the lush tropical forest, creating a harmonious oasis for guests.
Van & Cody
Thanks to Van and Cody, their family and friends. It was a unique experience that I will never forget. I look forward to seeing them again in Southeast Asia or California!
Features and Awards
Featured in South China Morning Post, Asia Weddings and Honeymoons, Dream Journal, Halong Hub, Bliss Creations & Destination Weddings Magazine.
From Van & Cody
You did such an amazing job with our photos! Thank you again for capturing all of our special moments!