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Vietnamese volunteer group takes free wedding photos for disabled people

Friday, June 19, 2015, 16:12 GMT+7
Vietnamese volunteer group takes free wedding photos for disabled people
Phung Tuan Dung (right) and his voluntary wedding photography team are seen taking photos with a couple with disabilities.

A young, voluntary team of Vietnamese was founded with the aim of bringing happiness to disabled people by offering them free wedding photo shoots.

The team, led by Phung Tuan Dung, an alumni of the Ho Chi Minh City University of Law, wants to make flashy, beautiful photos dedicated to disabled youngsters who have no chance to take wedding photos due to shyness.

It includes five active members and other temporary members who have cameras and are able to do makeup and hairdressing, as well as share the same goal of bringing happiness to would-be couples. 

While other wedding photography teams stay in luxury hotels and eat at restaurants, Dung’s team often brings bread, cakes and tea with them, intended to save time to be able to take beautiful photos for the couples.

The bride and groom only need to arrange their schedule for the photo shoot, while other steps will be set up by Dung’s team.

The group is also in charge of carrying and supporting disabled people who have difficulties moving.

The number of wedding gowns and “ao dai” (Vietnamese traditional long gowns) has increased to more than 100 from only one or two when they first started their project.

They also received two wedding bouquets made of clay flowers for long-term use.

“We received these clothes from benefactors who know of our voluntary project. I lend my own business suit to the groom,” Dung smiled.

Disabled young couples can contact Dung via his Facebook page or mobile phone. They are required to send their own photos to Dung’s team in advance, then together they will arrange a suitable time and choose the most preferable, convenient venue for shooting.

“I want to see their photos in advance in order to prepare plans for makeup and hairdressing, selecting wedding dresses, and thinking about the most appropriate shooting angles that can hide the couple’s weaknesses,” Dung explained.

“We are students at a vocational training school for disabled people, where Dung’s team often visits to organize summer vacations for us. We initially planned to take only one or two photos during the ritual and didn’t expect that we could have such a big, beautiful wedding album,” Xuan Hao, a person whose wedding photography was taken by Dung, said.

The ‘fee’ for the photo shoot is also special as the couple later brought fruits and chickens from their hometown to give to the team as a way to say thank you.

“There are things that we consider as normal but to some people they are such a big dream,” Dung said, adding that after the shoot, he often sees tears of happiness from the couple.

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