How Technology Helped a Chinese Soldier Marry the Love of His Life

 

In this day and age, with the rapid development of technology, pretty much anything is possible. We’ve seen everything from hologram waiters to virtual girlfriends in Japan, and it seems like each latest device or invention is even more bizarre than the last.

But sometimes, technology can also be used to fulfill a man’s simple wish to get married to the love of his life when he can’t physically be there on his own wedding day. Now this we can definitely appreciate.

Xinjiang army soldier Liang Tao was set to marry his fiancé, surnamed Yang, on July 26. Sadly, though he was already on leave, Liang was called into a mission that required him to stay in Xinjiang, as he was the only leader available. Deciding to put his duties first, Tao and his fiancé called off the wedding — only to be surprised by the commissioner of the army, Zhang Jiang Guo.

 

 

Having heard of Tao’s plans to marry, Guo decided to throw the couple a surprise video wedding. Guo and Tao’s fellow army soldiers were able to connect Tao to his wedding via satellite, where he appeared on a screen at the wedding ceremony.

Though this was nowhere near ideal for the bride, Yang reportedly burst into tears as she saw her husband’s face on the screen. She expressed her gratitude to the Xinjiang army, saying, “Thank you for everything you prepared for me. Although my husband is not with me here right now, this is a more meaningful and unforgettable wedding than others.”

Check out the happy couple’s wedding pictures below:

 

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Lee Hyori’s Behind-The-Scenes Photos of Her DIY Wedding on New Lifestyle Blog

 

Gathering greens from her homemade garden at her quaint, new home on Jeju Island, South Korea, former Fin.K.L leader Lee Hyori has come a long way from her glamoured-up K-pop star days. On her new blog, she sheds her sexy pop star image and reveals what’s underneath — her organic, vegetarian lifestyle, her undeniable love for animals, and her insight on what it’s like to be a new housewife, as told by text and photographs.

“It’s been a long time since my friends from Seoul have come down [to Jeju],” she wrote in Korean, in her most recent blog post. According to Korea Times, the name of her blog, “so-gil-daek”, refers to her home in Sogil-li, Jeju Island. The site, which went live on May 29th, has already amassed more than 8 million views as of Thursday.

Scrolling through 20-some pages of her Naver blog reveals photos of her friends wandering the woods, her latest embroidery ventures, her adorable dogs (and her imaginary conversations with them) and what’s on her dinner plate, all accompanied by short and sweet blurbs about her day. There’s nothing glamorous about it. She’s almost — dare I say it? — one of us.

Surprisingly, Hyori has received some backlash from critics who say that she is making a fuss, using her fame to glamorize her “simple” life — a life that many ordinary people lead. Characteristic of her rather humble and honest demeanor that is apparent throughout her blog posts, Hyori responded to this criticism in her blog post titled, “Irony.”

“I am famous, but I want to live a quiet life,” she wrote. “I am living quietly, but I don’t want to be forgotten. I’m simple but rich, and I’m rich but nothing is really different. I confess to my ironic life.”

Don’t worry, Hyori — we’re all for it. Even without her fame and popularity, her blog holds its own. Imbued with an overall artsy, bohemian, hipster-esque aesthetic, her photos tell the story not of Hyori, the K-pop Queen, but a down-to-earth human being who just loves adventure with her husband, friends and dogs. She shares her life in simple and candid terms.

Speaking of her husband, here’s what you’ve been waiting for (unless you just skipped to the photos, because I wouldn’t blame you): the adorably adorable wedding photos of Hyori and Lee Sang-Soon! The two talented musicians tied the knot last September in a very private, intimate wedding at their home on Jeju Island, and Hyori recently uploaded exclusive behind-the-scene photos on her blog early July. The whole affair gave off strong vibes of DIY decorations and accessories — from floral crowns to homemade backdrops — that just may inspire your own bohemian, outdoor wedding.

 

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The caption under this last photograph reads: “When night fell, we were all exhausted. Everything that I was worried about fell away, and after drinking beer, my body just collapsed. ‘How will I live from now on, on this foreign ground bearing my husband’s name?’ I thought to myself, and my heart felt heavy. Then I saw a small light flying around a nearby bush. It was a firefly. It felt like it was the first time I saw a firefly since childhood, and it seemed like the firefly was dancing, flying in between and around us and shining its light all over the place. If I believe that the firefly was telling me that it will all be OK and that I will do a great job, would that be too sentimental? But I looked at the scenery around me, and I realized that there was nothing more that I could ask for. Then, my heart seemed to feel a little lighter.”

Damn. Leave it to Hyori to be beautiful, down-to-earth and poetic all at the same time.

All photos courtesy of Lee Hyori’s blog.

 

Odd Asian Trend: Brides Dolled Up For Their Big Day … Graduation

A few months ago, we got to see what happens when Japanese schools have no dress code for graduation. The regal ceremony turns into an epic show of cosplay with Domo, Princess Peach and even PowerRangers ready to accept their diploma.

This may be strange for those of us who picture graduation as a time for shiny black gowns and square-shaped caps. However, in Japan, they believe that a special day should be treated as such. Plus, this gives them another opportunity to show off some creativity and flare.

As it turns out, students in China also perceive graduation in this light. Instead of cosplaying as their favorite anime character for graduation, however, Chinese students have a different sort of outfit in mind: wedding dresses.

We kid you not. The most recent trend among Chinese college graduates are Western-style wedding gowns. White, laced and beaded, these Western-style wedding gowns are not at all new to China. In fact, many Chinese women have chosen a white wedding dress over the traditional red dress, but that hasn’t caused too many heads to turn seeing as the wedding dress is still actually being used for, oh, you know, a wedding.

When asked why they want to wear these typical wedding dresses for their graduation photos, one graduate said, “The wedding dress makes things feel more meaningful.” But isn’t a graduation meaningful enough without all the confusion of other celebrations thrown in? Apparently, not the way we imagine it.

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“Graduation ceremonies [in China] are not fun,” says Forbes writer Zheyan Ni. “Parents don’t typically attend and professors don’t hug. Speakers are usually party bureaucrats and officials affiliated with the school, delivering platitudinous and dry elocutions. In fact the only place for graduates to creatively express themselves is the formal photo shoot.”

Some have pointed out the symbolic meaning behind leaving one chapter of your life and “getting married” to another. Others have said this is their last chance to be creative and crazy without consequence. And some have simply said the gowns make everyone look pretty and that’s what you want for an important day. Whatever the reason may be, students across China are renting white gowns and bouquets of flowers for their very special day … well, their other very special day.

Tell us what you think — is this new Asian trend cute or too odd for your liking? Watch the video below.

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Get To Know Harry Shum Jr.’s Fiance, Shelby Rabara

When Harry Shum Jr. publicly announced his engagement earlier this month, hearts were broken everywhere.  Who can blame Shum-fans? After all, the talented heartthrob has been a fan favorite since 2009 when he first came onto television screens as Mike Chang in Glee.

For fans who are still heart-broken about the news of Shum’s engagement, you need not fear. Although your dream of meeting him and sweeping him off his feet may be over, he is in real good hands with his fiance Shelby Rabara.

So why not learn more about his soon-to-be bride? Here’s a few facts about Shelby Rabara to get to know the beautiful bride-to-be.


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1) She’s 31-years-old. That makes her the same age as Harry!


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2) She’s a Dancer and an Actress. She has had roles in some television series such as CSI, Community, My Name is Earl and Grounded For Life. She has also been in films such as 17 Again. Her roles often utilize her dance skills.


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3) Rabara acted alongside her fiance on Glee while playing a character named Shoshandra.


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4) She is of Filipino descent.


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5) The couple has kept their engagement on the down-low. Though we are just hearing about the engagement this month, Harry popped the question back in October during a Hawaiian vacation.


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6) The couple own a house together. Shun recently purchased a home in Los Angeles for the soon-to-be-wedded couple.


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7) Shum and Rabara own a puppy together.


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8) They’re awfully cute together.

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Filipino Celebs Drew Arellano & Iya Villania’s BEAUTIFUL WEDDING

Drew Arellano and Iya Villania make a gorgeous couple so it only makes sense to have a gorgeous wedding. After all, fans have been waiting ten years for the two to tie the knot.

Arellano and Villania are both actors and television hosts. 34-year-old Arellano is one of the traveling hosts of the daily morning show, Unang Hirit the host of Balik-Bayan. He has been awarded for hosting both shows. He is also known for his movie roles in Spirit Of The Glass and My First Romance.

Villania, the 27-year-old Australian-born beauty, has hosted a number of shows including ASAP Mania and Us Girls. Additionally, Villania has a number of television roles, film roles and music videos to her name.

Although everyone was aware of the couple’s 10 year relationship, Arellano and Villania have prided themselves in keeping their romance private.

“We are really just a private couple and I would like to think that it’s something that has helped us in becoming strong so far… Basta, we are definitely preparing for our future,” Villania said.

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Despite this, they could not control the anticipation from their fans for their long-awaited wedding ceremony. In addition to their families, the ceremony had over 200 guests including Kim Atienza, Luis Manzano, Gary Valenciano, Bea Alonzo, Shaina Magdayao, Matteo Guidicelli, Iza Calzado, and Nikki Gil.

The gorgeous cliffside wedding took place on January 31, 2013 at Meditation Point, Kawayan Cove in Nasugbu, Batangas.

“The past week leading to this day has been crazy happy moments. But today marks the start of what I know will be a happier life with you,” Iya said to Drew during the wedding ceremony. “A life of freedom and adventure, a life of love that only seems to grow stronger as we get older, a life of laughter at the silliest of things, a life of growing with each other.”

 

Iya Villania and Drew Arellano’s Wedding from Jason Magbanua on Vimeo.

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Save The Date! The Bachelor’s Catherine Giudici is Finally Getting Married

This gorgeous 27-year-old Filipina first graced television screens on the 2013 season of The Bachelor.

The American reality television dating game show, which premiered back in 2002, received backlash over the years for its predominantly white cast. To this day, the show remains primarily white, but it has shown effort to add some diversity.

In season 17, Bachelor Sean Lowe found himself facing one of the most ethnically diverse group of girls that the show has seen yet. Among the women who stood out to us, and to Sean apparently, was Catherine Giudici.

The graphic designer eventually won Lowe’s heart, but not before bringing him home and teaching him a thing or two about the Filipino culture. As it turns out, Giudici’s mother is a trustee of the Filipino American National Historical Society so Giudici is no stranger to her roots. In fact, her full name (Catherine Ligaya Mejia Giudici) contains the word “happiness” in Tagalog. Catherine Giudici has even been found tweeting about her Filipino culture.


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After waiting patiently for nearly a year, we finally get to see the adorable couple tie the knot! The wedding will be held January 26 at  the Four Seasons Resort—The Biltmore Santa Barbara. Lucky for us, every detail of the wedding will be telecast live on ABC.

Their wedding planner Mindy Weiss says, “”Sean and Catherine have a very grown-up style right now. They want something sexy and romantic. They use certain words to kind of guide me with their vision.”

And if you thought the couple couldn’t get any cuter, let’s not forget that they have an absolutely adorable Save The Date.

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Although the couple will be in front of camera’s once again for their lavish wedding, they swear they aren’t nervous because of all the nationwide attention. Instead, they’re excited that they finally get to start their life together.

 

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Image of The Day: World of Warcraft Themed Wedding

It’s no surprise that we enjoy weddings. More specifically, we love pictures and videos of weddings, engagements and proposals.

We’ve seen paint war engagement photos, a girl breaking gender roles by proposing to her boyfriend, one of the most elaborate marriage proposals and one of the most uncomfortable marriage proposals.

Clearly, there seems to be no set way to do weddings anymore. In fact we’ve seen more and more weddings stray from the traditional look as the years have gone by. A perfect example of a wedding that “strays away from the usual” is Craig and Zoe’s special day.

Wedding themes are certainly one way to make sure your wedding is special, unique and remembered. Thats probably exactly what Craig and Zoe were aiming for. It’s not everyday that we see a World of Warcraft (WoW) inspired wedding.

The multiplayer, online, roleplaying game has over seven million subscribers as is known for its addicting nature and intense fans. Needless to say, we were bound to run into two people so dedicated to the game that they would base their wedding on it.

The two certainly committed to their unique theme. Craig wore a very large suit of armor and Zoe had an intricate dress inspired by the game.

The very unique wedding attire was provided by EMI Cosplay. Don’t believe us? Check it out for yourself below:

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Adorable Engagement Photo Idea: Paint War

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Typically, newly-engaged couples opt to send out their “Save the Date”s on fine stationary with elegant calligraphy. Jagdeep and Jasleen decided to take their engagement to the next level by smothering their announcement on a white wall with paint.

New York City-based wedding photographer Amandeep Nagpal of A.S Nagpal Photography, who shot the couple’s messy, bright engagement photos, fell in love with the idea after Jagdeep suggested bringing paint into the shoot.

Nagpal brought his studio setup to the indoor location, laid out cans of vibrant paint and brushes, and let the paint war commence between the white-clad couple.

“I love couples that want to go the extra mile to help create something fun and different,” Nagpal wrote on his photography website.

Check out more of his photography here.

 

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MUST SEE: The Most Elaborate Marriage Proposal in History

Back in a time long, long ago, marriage proposals were simple ordeals. You would bring your partner to some place special, get down on one knee, promise the world to them and just like that you were engaged. Simple right?

Well the rise in social media has made marriage proposals everything but simple. Now that we can all see each other’s method of proposing, expectations have shot up. As much as we hate to admit it, we now have grand daydreams of the extravagant moment when our hand will be asked in marriage. This leaves our poor suitor to shake their head at every new marriage proposal that goes viral. What is it this time? A proposal via hot air balloon? A flashmob? Fireworks? Whatever it may be, you can bet it’s elaborate.

A few months ago, we posted a video that turned heads. A woman asked her boyfriend to marry her with her own elaborate planning. But now, we’ve found a proposal that gives the phrase “over-the-top” a new meaning.

Creator of history’s most elaborate marriage proposal is Justin Baldoni. He arranged for his then-girlfriend, Emily Foxler , to meet him at the restaurant where they had their first date. There she finds a giant projected video of her soon-to-be groom explaining that he is not standing her up. He’s doing the opposite.

And this begins a 27-minute long proposal including everything from music videos, flashmobs, and movie trailers. Is it squeal-worthy or is it cringe-worthy? Some women are left in joyful tears and ask if Baldoni has a twin brother. Others have commented, “It makes those last 12 scenes of the Lord of the Rings film trilogy seem positively succinct, and it crosses the line between devoting noticeable time and effort to something and wasting half of your soon-to-be fiancee’s evening.”

Whatever your opinion may be, Baldoni succeeded with getting his love to accept his very epic proposal. Baldoni tells Inside Edition, “I am someone who I loves grand gestures. I love expressing my love in big ways.”

Even more surprising is the guest appearance of Korean American actor James Kyson. The 27-year-old, who is most known for his character Ando Masahashi on the NBC television series Heroes, is a must see in this video. Kyson dancing to Nsync, Boy II Men and Dancing Queen? Check it out for yourself:

 

One Direction’s Zayn Malik May Have A Muslim Wedding

Last month, hearts were heard breaking worldwide when popular One Direction member, Zayn Malik, proposed to his longtime girlfriend Perrie Edwards.

Although it has only been about a month since the engagement, the 20-year-old Pakistani Brit heartthrob and his bride-to-be have apparently already begun to plan their wedding.

Rumors have been spreading left and right. Some insist that the pair have decided on a summer wedding. It is also said that Malik plans to spend more than £1 million, and the wedding will be held in either Luttrellstown Castle in Dublin or in Skibo Castle in Scotland.

Heat reports that Edwards has been in discussion with Chinese American designer, Vera Wang, for her wedding dress.

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To add to the excitement, the couple are looking to incorporate both religions (Christian and Muslim) into their wedding.

“Zayn’s mom Patricia converted to Islam when she married Yaser [Zayn's dad], so Perrie’s been asking about what this involves. She’s hoping to talk over her plans with a priest and a Muslim officiant,” a source told Look. “She loves the idea of coming down the aisle to traditional Muslim music. Flowers blessed with rosewater play a big part in Islamic weddings and Perrie thinks she could work this into their day, too.”

 

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