When there’s a special edition Li-ning shoe just for the wedding, you know it has to be big.
After so many actor/actress weddings, this one is surprisingly the one filled with the best shots of all the participants. From the absolutely dreamy setting to the way-too-good-looking best men and bridesmaids to the cuteness of the couple, a look at badminton world champions Lin Dan and Xie Xingfang’s wedding.
The former world champion and world number one is wearing an one-of-a-kind dress made just for her. Titled “feather of the spirit,” the Yumi Katsura wedding gown is perfect for the badminton player since both badminton and the shuttlecock and literally translate into “ball of feathers” in Chinese.
While you can’t see it, on his right arm is a tattoo of FF, for Xie Xingfang’s nickname. But of course, both them are beasts. In 2005, for the first time, both of them became the world number ones in their respective fields. In 2006, the two became world champions together for the first time. At the Beijing Olympics, though, she lost to teammate Zhang Ning in the gold medal match while he won against Lee Chong Wei.
The Best Men
Lin Dan’s in-team childhood friend and top rival Bao Chunlai (right) is perhaps the one everyone has their eyes on. Recently engaged Chen Jin (left) and actor Ren Quan (center) rounds out the party. Per tradition, the men had to first pick up the bride from her parents home, but it wasn’t easy. The men had to do push-ups followed by a quartet of Swan Lake. I don’t think they were as graceful as the men’s gymnastics team, though.
WANG YIHAN! The recent Olympic women’s singles champion Li Xuerui (right) has her signature cuteness, but the usually fierce current world number one Wang Yihan (left) is exceptionally beautiful and feminine in this look. Actress Yang Jingru is the one in the middle.
Guests were invited to relive Lin Dan’s glory with an invitation fashioned in the form of the entrance ticket to the Beijing Olympics. The wedding itself is held at the Beijing University of Technology Gymnasium, the same venue for badminton at the Olympics (yeah, the one where Xie Xingfang cried for a hour after losing the gold medal match … she better had a say in the venue choice or Lin Dan would be very douche-y). Guests enter through a path of memory filled with photos of the pair by themselves and with the guests, culminating in the vows area filled with lavender and white sashes, roses and chandeliers.
Amongst gymnasts like Li Xiaopeng, Li Ning, and Liu Xuan and celebs like Lu Yu, Donnie Yan and Bai Yansong, it’s nevertheless the badminton players that stand out. Even if the team haven’t quit the Japan Open together, very few would probably be there since they’ll all be at the wedding anyways.