Hanoi couple holds virtual wedding amid social distancing

By Anh Thang   September 29, 2021 | 11:00 pm PT
While the Covid situation remained complicated in Hanoi, Vu Khac Hung and his wife organized an online home wedding ceremony to comply with social distance rules.

On the morning of Sept. 22, in a house in Tay Ho District, 23-year-old bride Nguyen Thi Bich Phuong, got up early, put on an old white dress and simple makeup before going to the next room to help the groom adjust his tie. The two thenwalked hand in hand down to the living room, where the groom's parents and siblings, and the bride's sister were waiting.

At 9 a.m., they used a computer to connect with the bride's family in Vinh Phuc Province and the groom's in Ninh Binh. When all ends were linked, the room was quickly filled with laughter and greetings.

The couple's wedding ceremony was also full of traditional customs and ended after nearly an hour as the couple exchanged rings.

"Even though it's not perfect, I'm satisfied and happy since both families were still able to attend the ceremony," said the bride.

Vu Khac Hung and Nguyen Thi Bich Phuong exchange rings during their virtual wedding ceremony in Hanoi. Photo courtesy of Hung

Vu Khac Hung and Nguyen Thi Bich Phuong exchange rings during their virtual wedding in Hanoi. Photo courtesy of Hung

Khac Hung and Bich Phuong have been together for five years. Their engagement ceremony was held a year ago and the wedding date fixed. The pandemic and social distancing caused their preparations to fall apart repeatedly. Until the ceremony, they did not take wedding photos as they had wanted. The honeymoon trip in Da Lat Town in Central Highlands was also scrapped.

As the wedding day approached, the couple and their families grew impatient since the Covid situation remainedcomplicated. Finally, the bride and groom proposed to have an online wedding and the families of both sides agreed.

"When I called and told my parents about the idea, I was very nervous, afraid of being opposed. I was surprised when they agreed," Phuong said.

The day before the ceremony, the bride and her younger sister Nguyen Thi Minh Cham were picked up by the groom's family from their motel.

With no wedding services available at the time, Hung and Phuong took charge of all preparations, which took them nearly two hours.

Cham was assigned to do makeup for her sister and tasked with the role of "bringing the new bride to her husband's house" even though the distance was only from the living room to the second floor.

"During a month of preparation, my wife and I had to constantly adjust our plans. Everyone thought that an online wedding was simple, but it turned out that there were many things to worry about," Hung said.

At the moment the couple exchanged wedding rings, relatives on both sides raised a glass of blessing via the computer screen.

The two later posted the video of their pandemic wedding online, receiving more than 2 million views and nearly 10,000 shares in one day.

"It's so touching. Despite the epidemic, love still triumphs over all. It doesn't matter how the wedding was organized. What matters is the love the couple has for each other," a Facebook user named Do Trang commented.

The online wedding ceremony of Hung and Phuong. Video acquired by VnExpress

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