So recently Nara and I were able to attend another wedding here in Korea that we thought was worth sharing with everyone on the blog~  the wedding of Nara’s old classmate Minah and her new husband Seunghun at the extremely high class Shilla Hotel in Seoul!

Jang Dong Gun X Go So Young  |Kwon Sang-woo X Son Tae-young |Kim Hyo Jin X Yoo Ji Tae |Jun Ji-hyun X Choi Jun-hyuk

I wanted to feature it here,  One- because it was a gorgeous wedding and the bride and groom are stunning~ and Two – because Shilla Hotel is pretty much THE place to get married in Korea if you are somebody, be it an actor, singer, etc.  When I checked online I saw that plenty of blogs mention celebrity weddings at this space, but no foreigners actually blog about attending a Shilla Wedding since not everyone can afford such a place~ so here I am to show you a closer look at one of the most prestigious wedding locations in all of South Korea ♥

Wedding hall at Intercontinental Hotel

To start, most of the “high class” weddings in Korea take place at Hotels~ I still need to do a general wedding post since it is a bit different here overall, but people usually get married in a wedding hall or hotel wedding hall which vary in price a lot.  Early this year I visited Intercontinental Hotel  for a Korean Hotel Wedding Hall Wedding~  you can read about that experience HERE since it is a bit more typical!

Minah’s Wedding was quite a bit fancier and more Western-style vs the norm here~ so keep that in mind! ^^

The Shilla is a famous 5 star hotel in Korea, perhaps you can say it is like Korea’s Ritz-Carlton~ if you hear something going on involving “Shilla” here you know it will be something fancy.  I have yet to stay in the hotel myself as a guest, but it looks quite luxurious and beautiful so maybe a reader can comment on that.

Shilla has 2 locations in Korea, Seoul and Jeju which are both extremely notable to get married at.  The Seoul hotel has just a few Wedding spots/halls to pick from, and Minah’s wedding was held in the garden with a beautiful traditional Korean building behind it~ it is easy to see why this is such a desirable and expensive location to get married, the juxtaposition of  old and new motif was beautifully balanced at this location.

We got first dibs on a seat, hah!  Just like western weddings, most Korean weddings have the areas labeled with designated tables for family, friends, and general open seating for everyone else and obligation invites.  Bride’s guests sit on one side of the aisle and groom’s can sit on the other. 

The Shilla Hotel has 6 areas that are able to accommodate Wedding receptions~

Dynasty Hall 

Ruby Hall

Topaz Hall

Emerald Hall

Memories Hill (outdoors)

The Garden Reception (Outdoors)

Minah had the Garden Reception! Nicest one IMO! ♥ ^^

We arrived early because Nara was asked to snap a few photos since event photography is his hobby, so most of the extra beautiful ones in this feature are with his fancy pants camera!

We found Minah setting up in her viewing room, which is a common occurrence here in Korea~ basically it is a side room that guests can come in and visit to take photographs with the bride before the ceremony. Sometimes the groom is there as well. In Korea they do not have the superstition about seeing the bride before the wedding! In fact, they have entire photo shoot sessions in the wedding gowns before the wedding.

 So pretty!!

Since we had some time before more guests arrived we stopped by another area they had set up for the bar and after-party to grab a drink They are still setting up in the photo above though ㅋㅋㅋㅋ

Wedding entrance through the beautiful traditional building Oh hey it is Nara snapping pics!

Nara brought back an extra pretty drink for me!  Good job hun!

The lower area  by the main entrance was filled with adorable photo collages of the happy couple and really adorable old family photos!

~ They had a shot with the “Lovely Day” signs from when Nara and I got engaged. They snapped during the proposal event rehearsal ! ! The video and related post is HERE if you have not checked it out before, it is really sweet if I do say so myself! 😛 heh heh can you see them in the background of the video when the cafe all stands up to wave signs?

cute garden decorations ♥

Awesome fisheye shot of the tables!


Some beautiful family photos Nara snapped ♥

The bridesmaids line up for photos!

A few last minute details before the wedding starts!

Although bridesmaids and groomsmen are not very typical here, this wedding had a bit more western touches vs most Korean weddings~ Don’t they look great? ^^ I love the contrast of the fun purple with the tan!

Also got to hang out with beautiful Minsun~ Minah’s older sister! She looks so amazing in Hanbok, doesn’t she?

I LOVE how she did her hair with this!  She tied the bun with a cute bright red ribbon Hanbok-style and finished it with a pretty Korean butterfly pin! Totally going to copy this next time I have a reason to wear my Hanbok ^^

All done!!  Some people got up to throw flower petals at the new bride and groom as they walked back down the isle to wardrobe change into Hanbok for the dinner!

After the ceremony they had some beautiful live performances ♥

Since this was at the Shilla Hotel it was a given that the food would be extra yummy!  The presentation was quite beautiful for each dish as well~

Time for the cake cutting!  Just like at the other Korean wedding I attended, the cake cutting was only a quick ceremonial thing that they did during the dinner mainly for photos.  This is a bit different vs the weddings I have been to in America where we usually cut the cake at the end of the dinner, the Bride and Groom feed each other a piece (or smash in the face seems to be a popular 2nd choice)  and then everyone actually eats it for dessert! The cake was a real cake, but just for show so it was not handed out to be eaten.

At Minah’s Wedding we got to see the adorable and touching gift her Sister had made for her! Minsun collects playmobil and other miniatures, so for her gift she made this photograph inspired by when they were young and shared a bedroom and a single vanity together because it was a treasured memory for her.

HOW SWEET IS THAT? (T_T)b ~ well done!

One thing I love about any celebration or wedding here is the fact that all flowers are up for grabs.  As soon as the Wedding is over everyone proceeds to pick the place clean of as many flowers as possible! They actually encourage people to take them because any that get left behind will go in the bin. I love having fresh flowers in my house, so I am always happy to partake!

FREE FLOWERS GET! Can you see the lust for free stuff on my face? I am becoming an Ajumma~

Time for the afterparty!  They had another beautiful area set up behind the traditional Korean building with a DJ, Bar, and more food!  Typically in Korea after the ceremony the bride and groom take a few more pictures, then are swept away to their honeymoon.  After-parties + dancing are not common here in Korea, but occasionally extra nice weddings may have them or rent out a club for all the young friends to celebrate.

♥ LOVE ♥

Oh look~ Wedding glow sticks and Nara used the heart boceh ! DOUBLE AWESOME.

and finally~  our free gift to take home was this lovely box of chocolates!

They were really good, haha I ate them in one night *_* whoops..

What a beautiful wedding, huh??? It had so many lovely planned details and everything seemed to go perfectly, we had such a wonderful time!  Thanks again to the happy couple for letting us be a part of their special day and allowing me to post photos online to share with everyone what a Shilla Hotel Wedding looks like!

♥ ♥ ♥

Nara and I wish them all the happiness in the world and hope our own wedding (whenever we sit still long enough to do it lol) will be even half as beautiful! ♥

Have you been to a Korean Wedding before?  What was it like for you?  Have you ever been to Shilla Hotel for a wedding before or know of any celebrities that have been married here? Share in the comments below!  


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27 Responses to “Celebrity-Style Wedding at Shilla Hotel”

  • Custom avatar Moni:

    Such a beautiful place! It’s been years since I last went to a wedding!
    By the way, the couple looks like they’re actors or something, so good looking!

    • Elle:

      It was SO beautiful, Nara and I really love the location because of the traditional building in the background~ it added such a nice classy Korean touch!
      I know right, the both of them are way too good looking hehe perfect couple! ♥

  • omg very pretty~~~~~~~~~ the last photo of them awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww~ fangirl XD

    • Elle:

      I love the professional photoshoot they had, I only added one of them atm because that pic with the pink sneakers is my fave! I want to copy that so much haha!XD

  • Custom avatar Cat:

    Haha, I love the sneakers in the last photo! <3 What a beautiful wedding.

  • Custom avatar Joan:

    Wow! Amazingly classy photos & fancy wedding design… what a lucky couple! <3 I really love her sister's Playmobil tribute. And that they encouraged everyone to take the flowers home! Sweet steal lol.

    • Elle:

      It is kinda one of those unspoken things at Korean events like this, the flowers are ALL up for grabs once the party is over so everyone swoops in and grabs as many as they can carry haha I love it because it is a good use of the flowers! I can enjoy them in my home for several days after which is much better vs throwing them in the trash after the party ♥ ♥ ♥

  • Custom avatar anoushka:

    so beautiful thank you for sharing!!

  • Custom avatar Kitty:

    Kwon Sang-woo! I’ll forget by the time I read the whole entry so I wanted to comment first. I was excited to recognise him in the 2nd picture of the celeb wedding picture! I wasn’t sure, but googled his name. Yes, it’s the actor from my first K-drama, strairway to heaven! Like, the saddest ever ~ but it’s still my favourite! *eeeee* Ok I’ll read the whole entry now ^_^

  • Custom avatar Kitty:

    Oh wow, this entry was beautiful! What a wonderful wedding 🙂
    I think taking home flowers is such a cool idea! I wouldn’t want them to go to waste either.

    Btw, this photo of Nara… too cute!

  • Wow! That’s so cool! The last wedding I went to was like 20 years ago, and mine was just more like a formality since my husband never wanted to do it, but did it for the sake of our son, since they are both Spanish and me Argentinian and wasn’t recognized as his mother.
    But this is like a dream to me, something I’ll never have, so I enjoy a lot reading the wedding posts.

  • So that’s how the weddings in Korea go. I was always so curious of how to celebrate weddings. 😛

    The bride is so pretty and I love the shots!

    • Elle:

      This is not a typical wedding here (my other wedding I posted about it a bit more average) but it is what more of an extra fancy wedding is like! 😀

  • Custom avatar Gina:

    I’ve been following your blog for quite awhile. It’s so interesting to see a non-Korean perspective on living in Korea. It was much to my surprise when I saw this post because I went to high school with the girls in this wedding. What a small small world we live in! Such a beautiful and glamorous wedding! ^^

    • Elle:

      haha oh wow, what a small world!!! Did you go to school with them in Korea or in Russia? If so, you may know my fiance since he went to High School with the bride overseas 🙂 Yes though, the wedding and everyone looked so beautiful! ♥ PS your blog is adorable!

      • Custom avatar Gina:

        Thanks! My blog is the best way for me to document and share my personal projects 🙂

        I was mistaken. I must’ve known the girls before they moved from the States. The bride was, at the time, my brother’s best friend’s girlfriend in middle school. I didn’t know them very well but I recall the girls being quite the cute pair!

        Anyways, I’m always looking forward to your blog posts! I’ll be making a point to check out the lovely places you’ve visited the next time I travel to Korea.

  • Custom avatar Jaime:

    So pretty! I love the idea of taking photos before when your hair is still nice and everything. Next time I get married I’m going to make sure I do that! ^_−☆

  • Wow, this is so beautiful! I love the afterparty decor (and the fact that they had one)! Beautiful photos too. =)

  • this was a fabulous read for me since i worked for quite a long time at a wedding video/photo company here in the US. korean weddings are fascinating and even more so for this one since it had a lot of western touches. thank you for the post!

  • Wow! What a beautiful couple! I am not they type to even care about weddings or getting married but your post was super lovely! I can’t get over how gorgeous the couple are though. It was great to see all of this!

  • ohhhhhh that is quite the lovely day!!

  • Custom avatar anna:

    It looks beautiful and the photos look amazing (May I ask what camera Nara uses?)

    I was really surprised that there were bridesmaids though, I didn’t think most people even knew about that tradition in many Asian countries?

    • Elle:

      Yeah it was really pretty!! Ah Minah had a more western-style wedding vs normal Koreans here~ def out of the norm!! The bride lived a large portion of her life abroad, so I think when it came to things like bridesmaids she wanted to add them into her wedding here 🙂 Nara used a Canon 5D Mark II in this, but he also has a 60D that he uses from time to time as well

  • My husband and I stayed at the Shilla in Seoul when we were there in 2001 and it was everything you would expect. Absolutely perfect. My favorite thing? When I went swimming in the indoor lap pool, they played Billie Holiday and somehow, it just felt perfect.

    In summer of 2009, we stayed at the Shilla on Jeju, this time with our son. It was terrific too, and he loved it. Special touches? A terrific teddy bear that he still snuggles with. We are big Shilla fans, especially because when we are in Korea, we like to stay in a place that actually feels Korean as opposed to just another Western hotel we could stay in anywhere. (That’s not to say that we didn’t like the Grand Hyatt on Namsan, because that was awesome too, but the Shilla will always have a piece of my heart. Perhaps it’s because it was the first place we ever spent a night with our son who was born in Korea.)

  • Goodness, the groom is bordering on…..beatiful. It’s quite strange, I have never looked at a man and considered him ‘beautiful’ before!

  • Custom avatar 57412_51617:

    so that was the shilla looks like, I really like the garden venue since the hotel wedding hall are also common things here in Indonesia.
    it’s not quite different from chinese-descendant style wedding except for changing your wedding gown into hanbok.
    the garden venue looks very calm,cozy and relaxing, I wonder how much they worth to put your ‘once in a lifetime’ event here in most prestigious place in korea, I try to compare with ritz carlton in bali and yup I strongly recommend ‘The Shilla’

  • oh my, so lovely wedding,,,really, it like more pretty than in a drama, kk
    i would like to hv a wedd like that,,*in my dream hahah LOL

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