Last July, Chinese actress Zhou Xun surprised everyone by unexpectedly turning a charity concert into her wedding ceremony.
At her benefit show One Night, which was held in the Chinese city of Hangzhou, the award-winning 40-year-old film star suddenly appeared on stage in full bridal regalia.
She went on to exchange vows and rings with Hollywood-based American-Taiwanese actor Archie Kao, 45, who is best known for his role as an audiovisual lab technician in US drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
Many were stunned by the surprise. After all, it is not like Zhou cannot afford to hold lavish bashes.
In an e-mail interview with The New Paper, Zhou, the lead of movies such as Perhaps Love (2005), The Equation Of Love And Death (2008), Painted Skin (2008), The Message (2009), and The Silent War (2012), explained why the couple decided to tie the knot in such a "sudden, special way".
She said: "I was preparing for One Night and it happened that our wedding registration date was around the corner."
"Both of us didn't want to waste money on extravagance. So we thought: 'Why not celebrate the occasion towards the end of the concert, in front of our family and friends?
"We just wanted to keep our nuptials simple as our main desire was to let everyone know that we are married."
Added Zhou, who was named alongside Zhang Ziyi, Zhao Wei and Xu Jinglei as the four most bankable actresses from mainland China in the early 2000s: "I think it was also memorable for another reason. Now, when people think of my wedding, they'll instantly remember it as being part of my charity show. It will lead to more awareness and help for my child beneficiaries - children in poverty, trafficked children, left-behind children in rural China."