I am now married. What seemed to be an impossibility for many years has somehow happened and I have the photos to prove it!
The event took place in the Binh Quoi Tourist Village in Saigon / Ho Chi Minh City, a venue run by SaigonTourist. It’s a big tourist venue (trap), though I had never heard of it until the wedding. It was a big of a rarity for Vietnamese weddings in two ways. The first was that we only had 80 people attend (Vietnamese weddings typically have 200+), so it was a small reception (technically, Ha and I had been married two months earlier according to the government paperwork). We had to plan the wedding on very short notice, so I could not invite people from the US, where I am originally from. The second was that the wedding took place outside – we were able to get a small grassy area by the river, with a cool breeze coming in at sunset.
Overall, I felt that the party was intimate, comfortable, and relaxed. I hope that the friends and family that were able to attend enjoyed it too!
After the wedding, a small group went to McDonald’s. McDonalds just opened its first franchise in Vietnam two months ago, so Ha and I thought it would be interesting to visit in full wedding garb and check it out. Thankfully, we have a couple of friends who work there who were able to make sure we got through with no problem – it’s stupendously busy as people often have to wait in line outside the doors – going through Vietnam’s first and only motorbike drive-through.
Here are some of my favorite photos from the “Wedding Photos”, the actual wedding, and the McDonald’s trip:
The Actual Wedding:
To see all the photos from the various events, please see:
Pre-Wedding “Wedding Photos”, including the fun Thor shots:
Post-Wedding McDonald’s Vietnam Bonanza: