Photos of a groom in a rural town who brought his bride home by bicycle in a two-wheeled wedding procession earlier this week are quickly becoming a viral sensation in Vietnam.
Le Van Truong, donning a white dress shirt and red bowtie, arrived at Truong Thi Ha’s house on Wednesday to escort her to their wedding ceremony, as is the custom in Vietnam.
Truong, however, chose to break free from tradition by bringing his bride to their ceremony by bicycle, rather than by car – a mode of transport typically preferred to show off material wealth.
The 22-year-old groom was accompanied by friends and family – also on bikes, of course – as he pedaled down a dirt road in Vinh Phuc Province, just north of Hanoi.
“Marriage is a once-in-a-lifetime event. I wanted to bring my wife to my house in the most meaningful way,” Truong said.
“She was amazed and very happy. We weren’t classmates but have lots of fun memories of riding a bicycle when we fell in love,” he added.
|Le Van Truong (foreground) rides a bicycle to the bride’s house on his weeding day in Vinh Phuc Province, Vietnam, May 30, 2018, in this provided photo.|
Ha, 19, was not let down by his now-husband’s grand gesture of love.
“We have loved each other for five years. Five years ago, we didn’t have a motorcycle and instead rode a bicycle when we went out together,” she said.
Thanh Chuc, the groom’s younger sister, said Truong’s idea to use bicycles for the procession was kept a surprise from the entire groom’s family.
“Everyone was surprised but excited about the bicycles. They were decorated beautifully,” Chuc shared.
Truong and Ha grew up only 500 meters from each other and grew their romance through countless hours spent chatting on the phone, according to Ha.
Many people who saw their procession pictures on social media said the bride and groom seemed to be overflowing with excitement as they pedaled their way home.
Here are several pictures from the event: