Landing at Pleiku airport, the bus took two hours to get us to the Mang Den, an important ecological area and then another two hours from Mang Den to Kon Chu Rang National Reserve Service Ranger Station. From here there is no turning back, no paved road, no reception, nothing. The only way to get through the untouched jungle is driving a tractor off-road for 18km (It took the driver a bit more than three and a half hours) and then trekking through primeval forest for more than 3 hours (6km), going up and down, crossing 6 streams, creeks and rivers, climbing a 60 meters high waterfall.
Although March is the best time of the year with pretty sunny, warm weather and so little rain, low water season but still there are endless muddy sections up to our knees or crossing rivers at the hips level, especially with the professional and choreographed attacks of the jungle leeches that many people on our team have shed blood even in the most well hidden body parts 😂 A journey waged with blood, sweat, tears and even a broken tractor's steering wheel or flipping the ceremony bamboo raft at the foot of the waterfall at the last minute during the ceremony!
But at the end of the day it all paid off, even with all accidents that make the story more real and down to earth. When the whole crew of 40 people camped on the top of the most amazing waterfall in Vietnam, watching the majestic scenery of the mountains and forests in mist, We know that it was worth it.
Makeup Artist, Celebrant, Designer, Stylist.
Three local guides and two park rangers.
And many other silent heroes to make sure we will leave nothing but footprints behind.
And of course, our rock stars: Nghia & Hoang Anh - our amazing groom and bride.
Back to early 2019 when we put up an announcement on our Facebook, looking for a real, ready to be married couple that up to an crazy elopement, seeking adventure off the grid, not afraid of getting cold, sunburn or muscle sores while dong it. We promised we will make this elopement an unforgettable memory in their life, something that happens once in a lifetime. The only catch was 20 attendees following us to learn and shoot you so it would be a bit more "production" than an usual elopement!
But then again, looking at the story, we think we have kept that promise. Thanks to them.
From almost 30 emails we received, Nghia & Hoang Anh came across as very down to earth, sympathetic human beings who seemed to be a good fit. People who love analog photography and appreciate art. And after all being said and done, we're so glad that we met and the universe somehow had a way to bring us together. We've done so many trips in our life but this hand down to be one of the most funny, mesmerizing and amazing!