Picture this: a freshman who doesn’t like math taking a senior-level Linear Algebra class. Who would have thought that would be the start of Brad and Irene’s love story? Brad and Irene met at MIT during a math class that Irene only took by chance, but it soon became clear that they were meant for each other. After several years of a long-distance relationship, they finally moved to Mountain View together. With both of them huge lovers of puzzles and escape rooms, it should come as no surprise that Brad proposed via a series of puzzles that she thought she was helping him test-solve. Unfortunately, since Irene thought that she was only testing the puzzles, she didn’t get around to solving them for over a week! During this entire week, Brad carried the ring around in his pocket and constantly asked Irene whether she had started working on the puzzles, to which she would reply, “Not yet, maybe later!” A week later, she finally solved the puzzles, but was perplexed by the final answer until Brad pulled a ring from his pocket and asked her to marry him. Spoiler alert, she said yes… and they had a beautiful, rainy Saratoga Springs wedding last weekend!
Honestly, the rain came as a bit of a shock to all of us, since it’s mid-May in California! Luckily, Brad and Irene are both amazing and so laidback that they just went with the flow the entire day, making for a completely stress-free day even with all the rain during what was supposed to be a fully outdoor wedding. We actually lucked out a bit with the rain, as it started pouring during the ceremony when everyone was under a tent, before letting up for cocktail hour and some bride and groom photos. By the time it was raining again, everyone was back under the tents for the reception! We even snuck away for a few flash portraits in the rain after the sun set before they danced the night away.
Irene is allergic to flowers, so instead of real flowers, they used sola wood flowers to decorate their wedding. Irene dip-dyed all the flowers herself to match her bridesmaids’ mix and match pink and burgundy dresses. One of my favorite touches from their wedding was their beautiful invite featuring a stunning drawing by one of their friends!