Celebrity Wedding: Lisa Ling & Paul Song

Lisa Ling's parents walk her down the aisle
Photo: Eric Lamph

Celebrity Wedding: Lisa Ling & Paul Song

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The Couple

Lisa Ling and Paul Song
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The invitation provided the first hint that the wedding of Lisa Ling, 34, and Paul Song, 42, would be like no other. "If you're cool," it read, "you'll dress Asian chic." Indeed, the ushers sported Cobra Kai uniforms à la The Karate Kid; the groom, oncologist Paul Song, changed into Converse Chuck Taylors and a traditional Korean hanbok for the reception; and his bride was ravishing in ... red!

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The Ceremony

Lisa Ling & Paul Song's wedding ceremony
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The couple shared a quiet moment during the ceremony. "Every day with Lisa is a honeymoon," Song says.

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The Reception Decor

Lisa Ling & Paul Song's reception decor
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New York City event planner J.B. Miller of Empire Entertainment hung bright red Chinese lanterns, purchased from an L.A. Chinatown shop, over the dance floor

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The Gifts

Lisa Ling & Paul Song's wedding gifts
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"I've known the sushi chef, Takasan, since I was a kid," explains Ling. "He brought a sake cask for us as a gift, as well as a beautiful boat and lanterns."

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The Entertainment

Lisa Ling & Paul Song's wedding reception
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Highlights of the lively event included a banging gong and Tupac Shakur's "California Love," played after the vows. Later, guests hit the dance floor where N.Y.C. DJ David Chang kept the party going, spinning the bride's favorite tunes by Snoop Dogg, Beyoncae and Daft Punk. The fitting finale? A comical duet by the newlyweds to Sonny and Cher's "I Got You Babe." Says Ling, "I didn't want this to feel like a typical wedding."

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The Menu

Lisa Ling & Paul Song's reception menu
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Each of the five restaurants that catered the reception brought festive decorations for their stations. Here, the dim sum chef chose birds carved from fruits and vegetables.

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The Guest List

Actress Kelly Hu and SR-71 front man Mitch Allan
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"I love that people really got into the spirit of the wedding," says actress Kelly Hu, with her boyfriend, SR-71 front man Mitch Allan.

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The Guest List

Connie Chung
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Of the bride's strapless silk Vivienne Tam gown with platinum thread, Connie Chung says, "When Lisa walked out in that red dress, I cried."

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The Guest List

Patricia Herrera and stylist Rachel Zoe
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Two of Ling's most fashionable pals, Patricia Herrera and stylist Rachel Zoe.

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Steal This Idea!

Lisa Ling's parents walk her down the aisle
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Give your father-and mother-an unforgettable moment by asking them both to escort you to the altar. "I hadn't planned to walk down the aisle because it felt so traditional," recalls Ling. "But it brought so much joy to my parents. It was such an unconventional wedding, and that decision really meant the world to them."

More Star Wedding Moments: Ling and Song made the list in our 100 Memorable Wedding Moments gallery.

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