NBA star Yao Ming wed his longtime girlfriend, Ye Li at a swanky hotel in his hometown of Shanghai on Monday. (See wedding photos below). The Shangri-La Hotel was the backdrop for the ceremony and banquet for the 7’6″ Yao and the 6’2″ Ye (who is a basketball player herself for the Chinese national women’s team). There were 70 guests in attendance. The 100 or so reporters that were camped outside were given celebratory candy and a CD containing studio wedding photos.
It was reported that Yao Ming, 26, and Ye Li, 25, picked up their official marriage certificate last Friday. The couple met about eight years ago.
They are now off to Beijing to participate in festivities marking the one year countdown to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. It is there that they will host a dinner for China’s men’s and women’s basketball teams.
See more wedding photos below:
Read more about their wedding here.