SHANGHAI - Actors Huang Xiaoming and Angelababy tied the knot on Thursday night at the Shanghai Exhibition Center, against a fairytale backdrop with a castle theme. It was the wedding of the year for China’s entertainment circle.
The lovebirds kissed and exchanged vows and rings and had a teary embrace in front of more than 600 guests, including stars such as Shu Qi, Chiling Lin and Dee Hsu from Taiwan, film-makers John Woo and Andrew Lau from Hong Kong and Chinese celebrities including Vicki Zhao and Hu Jun.
Huang chose the castle theme to fulfil his bride’s childhood dream of becoming a princess.
Pink and white roses filled the domed hall and decorated a waterworks feature, United Daily News reported.
An “ah” logo, representing the couple’s names, was seen everywhere, from the facade of the exhibition centre to the cookies on dessert trays.
Angelababy, in a Dior customised gown, walked down a red-carpeted runway on the arm of her father, as a children’s choir sang Justin Bieber’s Baby.
Huang, in a black tuxedo, stood near the stage whose backdrop featured castle silhouettes outlined by romantic lighting, reported Apple Daily.
Onstage with the couple, director Woo and Wang Zhongjun, the co-founder of Huayi Brothers who was also the ceremony's witness, gave speeches, reports added.
The couple made sweet promises to each other.
Huang told his bride: “I’ve never been so good to a girl... even when you’re 70 and 80 and tooth-less, you’re still my princess. “You always worry about becoming ugly in future, but I only want to pamper you so no one will take you away.”
Angelababy promised to support him always, saying: “I hope when you’re old, you will tell me, picking me was a right and happy choice.”
The groomsmen included Wang Sicong, son of real estate mogul Wang Jianlin, pianist Li Yundi, Chinese actors Jing Boran and Wu Jing as well as Taiwanese singer Edison Lin.
The bridesmaids included Chinese stars Li Bingbing and Ni Ni as well as Sabrina Ho, daughter of Macau casino king Stanley Ho.
While actress Zhang Ziyi was absent, reportedly because she was awaiting the birth of her child in Las Vegas, her fiance, rocker Wang Feng, attended. So did actors Mark Chao, Ruby Lin and Li Yapeng, director Sammo Hung and singer Na Ying.
For the traditional bouquet toss, Huang called Li and Ni Ni up the stage. But Li named Chiling Lin and Shu Qi instead. Lin caught the bouquet.
Huang, 37, and Angelababy, 26, dated for six years and obtained marriage certificates last May in his native Qingdao. Angelababy, whose real name is Angela Yeung, was born in Shanghai.