A wonderfully intimate elopement wedding in historic Hoi An, Vietnam, celebrating the union of Kim and Michael. This wedding was relaxed and oozed in style and romance, which proves that sometimes less is more and that XS elopements can be minimal and fashionable.
To make the most of the cool morning breeze in the otherwise heavy tropical heat of Vietnam, the day began early at dawn with bridal hair and makeup by the incredibly talented Baina Uchaeva. While the many tourists still slept, we began the elopement shoot wondered around the almost deserted streets of this ancient eastern pearl of a town, Hoi An. As we explored the maze of streets, we shot through narrow alleyways, by tranquil lilly ponds and traditional architecture testament to bygone eras and glorious pasts. Hoi An is perhaps most famous for it’s history-stained ocra yellow walls and traditional paper lanterns, so it was only a matter of time before they inevitably began to feature here and there during this Vietnamese elopement wedding.
As the morning progressed, the sun began to heat the streets and the tourists started to emerge from their hotels. We escaped both by hopped on one of the many traditional private wooden boats in Hoi An and took a leisurely trip on the city’s Thu Bon River. After a private ceremony on the boat, it was time for a well deserved rest and some shade. And where better to do so than in the perfectly preserved wooden town house 200 Year in Hoi An – today a trendy lounge bar and boutique – made famous by being one of the locations where Hollywood director Phillip Noyce filmed The Quiet American with legendary stars like Michael Caine.
In the evening, we walked to Thirty Seven, a riverside restaurant with retro vibes specialised in wood-fire grills and cocktails perfect to watch the sun go down with a drink in hand. After a delicious dinner, we stepped upstairs in Thirty Seven’s vintage cigar lounge to have some privacy before a cocktail – or three – to end the night in style.
All in all, this stunning elopement in Hoi An, which was my first destination wedding in Vietnam, will definitely stay with me as one of the highlights of my photographic career for a long long time. If I could sum it up in a sentence, it would be: a Vietnamese elopement in Hoi An, tiny in size but endless in romance, colour, dramatic games of light and shadows and mellow-yellow retro far-eastern vibes.
Congratulations to the gorgeous Kim and Michael and thank you to Hoi An Events for making me part of this incredible day.
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