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Here’s a little taste of our day wandering the markets in Hanoi. These images I feel are a little grittier than the rest of my Vietnam travels, telling a different story to the other places we visited, but there is still something I love in each of them.

Hanoi Vietnam Wedding Photographer: Temple on lakeHanoi Vietnam Wedding Photographer: Bridge over lake

This next one is a photograph I’ve wanted to take for years. I’ve been to a number of countries where describing power lines as a tangled web doesn’t even begin to do them justice, but I’ve never walked away with that perfect shot of chaos…until now. Can you tell I’m an electrician’s daughter?

Vietnam Wedding Photographer: PowerlinesVietnam Wedding Photographer: Electric fansHanoi Vietnam Wedding Photographer: Markets

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Halong Bay

Halong Bay is right up the top of Vietnam; about 4 hours drive from Hanoi. It is one of the most naturally mysterious places I’ve ever been. There are literally thousands of limestone karsts and isles that make up the bay and every single one is completely unique. As we were there in winter, the heavy mist made it impossible to see them for the first couple of day, but cleared enough on the third for us to get out on a Junk Boat for a day cruise and actually have something to look at.

Vietnam Wedding Photographer: Lychees & doorVietnam Wedding Photographer: Limestone karstsVietnam Wedding Photographer: Fishing boatsHalong Bay Vietnam Wedding Photographer: Landscape

There are a number of little floating villages out amongst it all, and apparently quite a few of the people have never set foot on the mainland.

Halong Bay Vietnam Wedding Photographer: Floating marketsHalong Bay Vietnam Wedding Photographer: Junk boat

The Fisherman & I were completely fascinated by the following formation…I mean it’s a fish!!! Right down to the last details – the mouth, eye, fins, tail…everything. What made it quite funny is we were sitting at the back of the boat and as we were approaching from the opposite direction the deckhand kept trying to get us to go to the front. If we did, we wouldn’t have seen this. Maybe most people don’t.

Halong Bay Vietnam Wedding Photographer: Fish shaped limestone karstHalong Bay Vietnam Wedding Photographer: Junk boatsHalong Bay Vietnam Wedding Photographer: CavesHalong Bay Vietnam Wedding Photographer: Floating villagesHalong Bay Vietnam Wedding Photographer: Natural wonder of the worldHalong Bay Vietnam Wedding Photographer: Floating villagesHalong Bay Vietnam Wedding Photographer: Floating fruit marketHalong Bay Vietnam Wedding Photographer: Village

All morning there was not even a hint of wind and all the boats had their sails down and just motored along, I was so disappointed because I knew what beauty I was missing out on. Fortunately by the end of the afternoon, sails were up everywhere and just as perfect as I had imagined :)

Halong Bay Vietnam Wedding Photographer: Vietnamese junk boats with sails upHalong Bay Vietnam Wedding Photographer: Limestone karsts in Halong BayHalong Bay Vietnam Wedding Photographer: Vietnamese junk boatsHalong Bay Vietnam Wedding Photographer: Halong bay at Sunset

This last one is the view from our resort. For the first 2 days, we couldn’t see anything past the patch of palm trees, so I was delighted to have this view as we were checking out. One or two more posts from Vietnam still to come, then Fiji, and then we’ll be back to some recent portrait sessions and very soon it’ll be Marty & Liza’s wedding!!

Halong Bay Vietnam Wedding Photographer: Halong bay in fog

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