Wedding photographer Andrew Nguyen first met the groom, Hải, at a photo workshop led by Tú Nguyễn last October. "Shortly after, Hải came to ask us to become the photographer for this elopement wedding," Andrew says. "We discussed plans, wardrobes and locations to make their journey unforgettable and all rooted in Hải's unconditional love for his bride, Thắm."
As it turns out, he goes on to explain, "Vietnamese and Asian people in general are still unfamiliar with the concept of an elopement wedding. But after doing three of them recently, I have come to realize the true meaning of elopements and how sacred they are. All you need is a true love and the courage to believe in what you want."
Andrew and his wife (fellow photographer and stylist Tin Tin) spent five days traveling with the bride and groom from Đà Lạt in Vietnam to the ceremony spot in Ninh Thuận. "When I got back home," Andrew says, "I started editing their pictures and turned on the same songs that I had played during their shooting days, just so I could live, breathe and feel those moments again."
GEAR OF THE DAY
Cameras: Nikon D750 (x2 )
Lenses: Nikon 24N f/1.8, Nikon 50G f/1.8
Lighting: "With an elopement wedding like this," Andrew explains, "we try to light the simplest way we can, so we didn't use any lighting setup or flash. You can see the sunlight of that day was insane, so natural light was the best here."
ISOs: 100 to 400
Wedding Gown: Colorized Bridal
Makeup Artist: Phan T. Thuỳ Vy
Stylist: Tin Tin
Ceremony Venue: Ana Mandara Villas Dalat
Destination: Đà Lạt - Ninh Thuận