With Autumn leaves and golden light, Xuyen and Ryan’s engagement is a beautiful nod to the beauty of nature. And the beauty of nature? It’s the perfect backdrop to capturing and locking in, this oh so special moment in time.

With Jacob Gordon Photography capturing them, Xuyen and Ryan, who met while they were both working at the University of Western Australia, wanted an engagement session that was casual, relaxed and most of all in nature. “We want something natural and candid in nature. I love forests and beautiful trees” says Xuyen.

Ryan popped what question in Hoi An, remembers Xuyen.  “He visited my family with his family before COVID and proposed to me at my favourite spot in Hoi An ancient town.”

Ryan and Xuyen have worked hard to build a love for each other, but also, for their families together. Ryan, playing a significant role in this. “In Vietnam we don’t usually show love, especially between family members” explains Xuyen. “Ryan taught my parents to hug him every time he said thank you or goodbye, while his dad and I freaked out watching that.”

Says Xuyen “We share the same values in life: honesty, family and living life to its fullest.”

These two have all the rave reviews to give their photographer Jacob. “We first contacted our photographer after reading his Facebook post. He sent us his booklet and a long email explaining everything. You can tell he is a professional in this field which is more than just about taking good photos. We are looking for somebody we can rely on rather than a particular style. We feel like he understood our vibe even though we couldn’t figure it out ourselves.”