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 Ex Super Junior Popstar, Han Geng & Arrow Actress, Celina Jade

From Bride Celina Jade:“The theme was Spiritual. Heartfelt. Nature. Mystical. Magical. Romantic. Dreamy. Our hashtag is #WhenStarMeetsMoon because my Chinese name means Moon and his Chinese name means Star. We had a quote that we shared on our wedding invitations which was “Just as the nightsky wouldn’t be complete without the stars and the moon, my life wouldn’t be complete without you.”

First off, how did you two meet? “We officially met at an awards ceremony in Mongolia.”

Can you tell us how you chose New Zealand? “Before we started dating, we used to talk as friends and he told me that he was shooting a movie in New Zealand and how much he liked it there. He kept asking me to fly there to get to know each other better but I politely declined. After I said yes, we talked about our ideal wedding and we both wanted a forest wedding and looked everywhere for the perfect place, we wanted to be surrounded by beautiful untouched nature, our ceremony to be witnessed by old wise trees who’ve seen many seasons pass to bless us with their strong unwavering presence. I remember when we first arrived together in Queenstown for the wedding, he said “last time I was here I was pursuing you, this time I brought you here to marry you.”

Describe your wedding! “We loved planning all the details of the wedding together, we wanted people to have the true New Zealand Maori experience so we welcomed our guests with the Hakka dance performers. It was magical because we began our day at Paradise by thanking the natives there for letting us borrow their land to celebrate our special day. We enjoyed coming up with positive energy ideas like infusing our drinks with crystals and energy, coming up with games to bridge the language and cultural gap, making a newspaper rundown and teaching guests how to speak English or Chinese, making sure our wedding was environmentally friendly like having edible straws, putting an effort to give back and not create waste by sending the flowers to nearby old peoples’ homes and sending our food waste for composting afterwards at nearby farms. All of these details brought us so much joy. Han and I never argued once over our wedding, it was like our baby. We really enjoyed bringing it to life and are so happy that we took the time to fully live each moment during the day and breathe it in. Thanks to Nicole Please, we were able to fully enjoy the fruit of our planning.”

What’s the one moment you will never forget? “The moment I will never forget is the look of slight nervousness, deep love and happiness on my husband’s face as I walked down the aisle and into his future.”

What was the planning process like? “The first step I took and the best step I took was calling up my dear girlfriend Nicole Froelich to tell her the good news of our wedding to be. She is a Destination Wedding Planner and her wedding in Morocco was the most magical and beautiful wedding I’d ever been to. Nicole has such incredible taste, she is highly efficient and organised and has such a grounded energy. While I was freaking out at times, she was always calm, there for me and creative in her ways of solving problems. She sent me a few questionnaires in the beginning to get a better feel of what we’d like our wedding to be like and started sending me references, photos, places and when we settled on NZ, she found a local team to work with and they together looked at so many different venues for us to choose. This part took us nearly 2 months. I think that was the hardest part, finding a raw place in nature that was untouched. Who would’ve ever known that we’d end up marrying in a town called “Paradise”. I have Han to thank because he never settled for a venue if we didn’t love it and also he was able to visualise our wedding at this location when no other wedding had ever been held there. The grass was completely overgrown, the trees were all natural, there were fallen branches and he said, “this is it!” The trees look right! It took us overall 8 months to plan our wedding but worth every minute spent on it.”

Any Advice for current brides? “A wedding is an empty canvas, don’t feel pressured to please anybody, paint something that is exciting for you both. Live your truth and start your lives together with the wedding day and don’t freak out about anything that goes off plan because it is the little errors that happen that make it fun and unforgettable too.”

Featured Vendors

Wedding Venue: The Hobbit Movie Set in Paradise, Queenstown, New Zealand | Welcome Cocktail Venue: Reds Bar Queenstown | Farewell Dinner Venue: Stone Ridge Estate | Photography: Heather Liddell & Zhang Xi | Videography: i24Frames | Planner: Nicole Please | Wedding Dress: Galia Lahav | Qipao: Guo Pei | Bride’s Shoes: Rene Caovilla | Party Dress: Barney Cheng Couture | Jewelry: Chopard | Catering: In2Food Catering | Beverage: Perrier Jouet | Florist: Flower Room Queenstown | Tipi Tents: Gather & Gold Tipis | Star Bar: Star Bar Queenstown | Linen: Rustic Wedding | Chair Decor: PS Weddings and Events | Newspaper Design: South and Park Designs | Gifts & Favors: Salvatore Ferragamo & Argentum Apothecary | Eco Straws: Keenly Green Co | Chocolate: Venchi 1878 | Invitations: Sanstation Stationery | Cake: Cherry Blossom Cakes | Bridesmaids Dress: Catherine Deane | Bridesmaids Shoes: Ash | Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss | Groom’s Cufflinks: Beyond Diamonds | Musicians and Entertainment: Brown Sugar Music | Celebrant: Kute Blackson | Cocktail Entertainment: Calico Entertainment