yao & cao

My Wedding - - REAL WEDDING -

Queen­stown’s rep­u­ta­tion as a world-class wed­ding des­ti­na­tion re­ceived a huge boost in China when multi award-win­ning Chi­nese ac­tress Yao Chen wed her fi­ancé Cao Yu in the world-renowned re­sort town. Yao Chen kept the wed­ding un­der wraps un­til af­ter their spe­cial day on Satur­day 17 Novem­ber, of­fi­cially an­nounc­ing it to Chi­nese me­dia two days af­ter the wed­ding. The news sparked a me­dia frenzy in China boost­ing New Zealand’s and Queen­stown’s pro­file sig­nif­i­cantly overnight. The pop­u­lar ac­tress is in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned as the ‘Queen of the Mi­croblog­gers’. Her Weibo mi­croblog (China’s Twit­ter equiv­a­lent) counts over 25.9 mil­lion fol­low­ers.

With stun­ning land­scapes, dra­matic moun­tain ranges, crys­tal clear wa­ters and a va­ri­ety of lux­ury venues and ex­pe­ri­ences, Queen­stown pro­vided the per­fect ro­man­tic set­ting for the film star’s wed­ding.

The cer­e­mony took place at the pic­turesque St Peter’s Church in down­town Queen­stown and the re­cep­tion was held at Matakauri Lodge, one of NZ’s most ro­man­tic re­treats. A num­ber of lo­cal op­er­a­tors and or­gan­i­sa­tions were en­gaged to as­sist with the wed­ding, hos­pi­tal­ity and sight­see­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

Yao Chen first vis­ited Queen­stown for a mar­ket­ing cam­paign pho­to­shoot in the re­sort last year. She has of­ten ex­pressed her love of New Zealand through so­cial me­dia. With its nat­u­ral beauty, four dis­tinct sea­sons, and di­verse lo­ca­tions and ex­pe­ri­ences, Queen­stown is a pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion for wed­dings, hon­ey­moons and ro­man­tic short breaks, pro­vid­ing the wow fac­tor at any time of year. Home to dra­matic scenery, its tow­er­ing moun­tains, shim­mer­ing lake, an­cient beech forests and glacial fed rivers have pro­vided in­spi­ra­tional back­drops for many pro­duc­tions, with film­mak­ers and Hol­ly­wood stars alike fall­ing un­der its spell. The My Wed­ding team will be vis­it­ing Queen­stown later this year, so watch this space! For more in­for­ma­tion about Queen­stown visit www.queen­stownNZ.co.nz

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