Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo’s love story as we know it

With this power couple keeping their romance fiercely guarded from the spotlight, here’s what we know about them

Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo’s love story as we know it
Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo’s love story as we know it
31 Oct 2017

Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo’s love story as we know it

Today marks a special day for Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo – after surprising many with their sudden marriage announcement earlier this year, they will say ‘I do’ at the swanky Shilla Hotel in Seoul this afternoon.

While the public’s attention has been captured by this power couple – it helps that they’re both A-listers in their own right and have amazingly good looks to boot – they released a statement through their respective agencies stating that their nuptials will be held under the tightest of security, and that the media will not be invited to cover the event at all.

That comes as no surprise, as they’ve kept their romance tightly under wraps (for starters, we still don’t know when exactly they started dating) from day one. However, that doesn’t mean that we’ve been kept completely in the dark, as nuggets of information about their love story have been revealed to the public one at a time.

Before further ado, we present to you the Song-Song couple’s love story as we know it. Read on for more.

June 2015: Where it all began
June 2015: Where it all began
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June 2015: Where it all began

Joong Ki was discharged from his mandatory military service in May, and soon dived back into the acting scene by attending the first script reading session for Descendants of the Sun in early June. The rest of the cast members, including Song Hye Kyo, Jin Goo and Kim Ji Won were also present.

Production for the fully pre-produced drama began in late September, when the cast jetted to Greece to start on the first leg of filming.

Photos: TV Report

January/February 2016: First hint of romance
January/February 2016: First hint of romance
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January/February 2016: First hint of romance

Even before the premiere of Descendants of the Sun, Joong Ki is said to have surprised Hye Kyo at a photoshoot with snacks.

The staff members present were surprised at his random appearance back then, but later realised that it was because of the budding romance between them.

Photos: TV Daily, TV Report
Pictured: Song Hye Kyo, Song Joong Ki on the way to the first Descendants of the Sun script reading session

February 2016: Descendants of the Sun premieres
February 2016: Descendants of the Sun premieres
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February 2016: Descendants of the Sun premieres

After much anticipation, the pilot episode of Descendants of the Sun aired on February 24, and hearts all over the world were instantly captured by Captain Yoo Shi Jin (Joong Ki’s character).

Four episodes in, the first kiss between the reel-life couple happened, and the internet was buzzing for days after.

Photos: KBS

April 2016: Spotted in New York
April 2016: Spotted in New York
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April 2016: Spotted in New York

Joong Ki and Hye Kyo were spotted together in New York, and given the advent of social media, eyewitness accounts soon spread like wildfire.

This was the first of many waves of dating rumours, and it got to the extent that their agencies had to step up to deny the rumours, sharing that they were only having a meal together and that others were also present at the table.

Photo: ViuTV
Pictured: Song Joong Ki, Song Hye Kyo at a promotional shoot for ViuTV

June 2016: A casual night out with friends
June 2016: A casual night out with friends
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June 2016: A casual night out with friends

After the Baeksang Arts Awards, Joong Ki, Hye Kyo, along with their friends such as fellow actor Yoo Ah In were spotted out and about on the streets of Seoul.

Photographs of their casual day out were uploaded by Korean news outlet Dispatch, and their respective agencies had to once again deny dating rumours between the two.

Photos: Dispatch, Yoo Ah In/Instagram

January 2017: Their date in Tokyo
January 2017: Their date in Tokyo
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January 2017: Their date in Tokyo

The pair jetted to Tokyo, Japan in January 2017 for a short getaway, and Korean news outlet Dispatch was right behind them.

They took photos of the Song-Song couple, but shared that they refrained from revealing the snaps because they were “aiming to prove that they were planning to get married”. We’re not sure if following them was the nicest thing to do, but letting their romance blossom without the stress of the public’s scrutiny was probably a good guy move on their part.

Photos: Dispatch

June 2017: What happened in Bali?
June 2017: What happened in Bali?
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June 2017: What happened in Bali?

The Song-Song couple was spotted vacationing in Bali, which sparked off another wave of dating rumours.

Despite eyewitness accounts that claimed to have spotted the pair together, their respective agencies denied that they were vacationing together, and instead maintained that they were there for separate holidays.

Photo: MBC

June 2017: Wedding plans kick into full gear
June 2017: Wedding plans kick into full gear
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June 2017: Wedding plans kick into full gear

A month before the announcement, Blossom Entertainment’s director Kim Jeong Yong shared that Joong Ki announced his plans to get married to the agency’s staff, and that planning for the big day started in earnest from then.

Photo: TPG/CLICK PHOTOS
Pictured: Song Joong Ki, Song Hye Kyo in Hong Kong to promote Descendants of the Sun

July 2017: The big announcement
July 2017: The big announcement
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July 2017: The big announcement

July 5, 2017 is one day that will go down in their history books – it’s the day that both Joong Ki and Hye Kyo announced that they were dating and had their wedding date set for October 31.

"We had to be cautious until their wedding was confirmed (and) now we are able to give our official stand on it. Thank you for your understanding,” the official statement read.

Photo: TPG/CLICK PHOTOS
Pictured: Song Joong Ki, Song Hye Kyo at the 52nd Baeksang Art Awards

July 2017: He said…
July 2017: He said…
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July 2017: He said…

The both of them released letters soon after the big announcement, with Joong Ki saying that he “gained another precious friend that I could share my honest feelings with, and we later developed a romantic relationship”.

“At the start of 2016, we promised to spend the rest of our lives together by understanding one another’s weaknesses and standing by each other through tough times,” he continued.

Photo: KBS
Pictured: A drama still from Descendants of the Sun

July 2017: … And she said
July 2017: … And she said
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July 2017: … And she said

In Hye Kyo’s letter, she confessed, “Throughout working on (Descendants of the Sun), I realised that we had similar values and mindsets, and I was able to share everything with him. He was such a good colleague and friend to me that we contacted each other frequently and spent time getting to know one another better.”

“Joong Ki showed me his true self, his trust and his manners, and I thought to myself that what it would be spend my future with him. I was glad that he felt my true feelings and that was when I knew that he was the one,” she continued.

“I am no longer just one person, and I will take this opportunity to live better and be even more conscious about everything around me. Please give me your blessings, thank you.”

Photo: Song Hye Kyo/Instagram
Pictured: Song Hye Kyo at a promotional shoot for Laneige

September 2017: The wedding photoshoot
September 2017: The wedding photoshoot
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September 2017: The wedding photoshoot

The pair jetted to San Francisco for a wedding photoshoot and renowned Korean photographer, Hong Jang Hyun, along with his crew, are said to have been in charge of what is definitely a beautiful set of snaps.

Jang Hyun also took wedding photos of other showbiz couples such as Bae Yong Joon and Park Soo Jin, along with Lee Hyori and her non-celebrity husband Lee Sang Soon.

Photos: TPG/CLICK PHOTOS
Pictured: Song Joong Ki, Song Hye Kyo in Hong Kong to promote Descendants of the Sun

October 2017: The big day
October 2017: The big day
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October 2017: The big day

Not much is known about the big day, and news outlets have reported that security has been tightened around all exits of the Shilla Hotel. Some celebrities that have been confirmed to attend the big day are Park Bo Gum (who will be playing the piano), Lee Kwang Soo (who will be reading a congratulatory letter), Ock Joo Hyun (who will be singing the celebratory nuptial song) and Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi (who flew in just for the wedding).

Photo: EPA/CLICK PHOTOS
Pictured: Song Joong Ki, Song Hye Kyo at the 52nd Baeksang Art Awards

First look at the happy couple
First look at the happy couple
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First look at the happy couple

To many more happy days ahead! Congratulations to Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo.

Photos: fn star

First look at the happy couple
First look at the happy couple
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First look at the happy couple

The couple invited about 250 guests, with Song Hye Kyo reportedly sending out 120 invites and Song Joong Ki 130.

Photo: AppleDaily

First look at the happy couple
First look at the happy couple
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First look at the happy couple

A long list of celebrities, including Park Bo Young (Strong Woman Do Bong Soon), Kim Ji Wom (Descendants of the Sun), Super Junior's Donghae, Yoo Jae Suk and So Ji Sub (The Battleship Island) were among those in attendance.

Photos: SportsSeoul

First look at the happy couple
First look at the happy couple
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First look at the happy couple

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Song!

Photos: ifeng

First look at the happy couple
First look at the happy couple
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First look at the happy couple

Zhang Ziyi uploaded this snap of her together with the couple on her Weibo.

Photo: Zhang Ziyi/Weibo

First look at the happy couple
First look at the happy couple
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First look at the happy couple

A better look at how the venue was set up for the wedding, courtesy of Zhang Ziyi.

Photo: Zhang Ziyi/Weibo

Song Joong Ki & Song Hye Kyo's wedding photos revealed
Song Joong Ki & Song Hye Kyo's wedding photos revealed
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Song Joong Ki & Song Hye Kyo's wedding photos revealed

Photo: Blossom Entertainment, United Artists Agency

Song Joong Ki & Song Hye Kyo's wedding photos revealed
Song Joong Ki & Song Hye Kyo's wedding photos revealed
31 Oct 2017

Song Joong Ki & Song Hye Kyo's wedding photos revealed

Photo: Blossom Entertainment, United Artists Agency

Song Joong Ki & Song Hye Kyo's wedding photos revealed
Song Joong Ki & Song Hye Kyo's wedding photos revealed
31 Oct 2017

Song Joong Ki & Song Hye Kyo's wedding photos revealed

Photo: Blossom Entertainment, United Artists Agency

Song Joong Ki & Song Hye Kyo's wedding photos revealed
Song Joong Ki & Song Hye Kyo's wedding photos revealed
31 Oct 2017

Song Joong Ki & Song Hye Kyo's wedding photos revealed

Photo: Blossom Entertainment, United Artists Agency

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