On the primary day of his first school class, Brandon Hsuan-Yuan Shih was nervously awaiting his flip to talk. He was in a freshman seminar at Princeton, and the scholars had been requested to share one thing about themselves as an icebreaker. Mr. Shih had a solution ready about how he beloved music and taking part in tennis, till the girl sitting proper subsequent to him stated the very same factor.
“It was a really awkward scenario for me,” stated Mr. Shih, 27, with fun. “I didn’t wish to simply appear to be that man who was simply attempting to repeat the gorgeous lady’s reply.”
The lady sitting subsequent to him was Wenyi Gu, who goes by Wendy, and regardless of Mr. Shih’s preliminary worries, they rapidly hit it off. After class they realized that they lived in the identical dorm, two flooring from one another.
“We simply received actually shut,” stated Ms. Gu, 28. “I really feel like we had an instantaneous connection and chemistry.”
That they had a couple of buddies in frequent, however largely discovered themselves hanging out collectively, confiding in one another as they navigated their first yr of faculty.
“It was a really deep friendship,” Mr. Shih stated. “It was not superficial in any respect.”
The individuals round them took discover, and once they each arrived again on campus for his or her sophomore yr, considered one of Ms. Gu’s buddies instructed that she and Mr. Shih’s relationship is perhaps greater than only a friendship.
“She talked about that to me, and it sort of clicked in my head,” Ms. Gu stated.
A few yr and a half after they first met, they determined to go on their first date, and made reservations for lunch at an upscale restaurant. They had been each nervous, however being overworked school college students, they had been additionally exhausted — they each overslept, and ended up lacking the reservation altogether.
As a substitute, they went to a Panera Bread later that afternoon, the place Ms. Gu tried to gracefully eat an unlimited panini. She ultimately requested Mr. Shih to look away, as a result of she was so embarrassed by how messy it was.
“It’s all the time humorous to us how self-conscious she was on that first date,” Mr. Shih stated.
They dated for the remainder of school, together with eight months of lengthy distance when Ms. Gu was finding out overseas. After they graduated, they each moved to New York.
“I really feel like a number of our relationship has simply been one thing we will’t actually clarify,” Ms. Gu stated. “The whole lot has simply been flowing so naturally.”
In August 2018, Ms. Gu moved to Washington, the place she is at present a third-year regulation pupil at Georgetown. Mr. Shih, who’s a fixed-income dealer at Citadel in Greenwich, Conn., stayed in New York, and the couple started a long-distance relationship once more.
“I feel going via that long-distance expertise in undergrad,” Ms. Gu stated, “simply gave me confidence that we may additionally do it after undergrad.”
In June 2018, Mr. Shih and Ms. Gu went for a stroll in Central Park. Mr. Shih had been performing nervous all day, and proper as they had been leaving the park, he was hit with pigeon droppings.
“Looking back, an indication of fine luck,” Ms. Gu stated.
That night time they went out to for dinner, and once they received again to Mr. Shih’s constructing, he led Ms. Gu to the rooftop, the place their buddies had been ready with champagne. Mr. Shih turned to Ms. Gu, and requested her to marry him.
“The concept of constructing it official and having the ability to name Brandon my husband simply makes me giddy and blissful inside,” Ms. Gu stated.
Initially of the pandemic, Ms. Gu’s regulation faculty lessons went distant, and she or he moved in with Mr. Shih in New York, the place she plans to affix the regulation agency Latham & Watkins, of their New York workplace, within the fall. They had been initially set to be married Sept. 27, however rescheduled due to the coronavirus pandemic. As a substitute, they had been married Dec. 6, their anniversary as boyfriend and girlfriend, below the Blair Arch on the Princeton campus. Vivian Qin, a Common Life minister and a good friend of the couple since their school days, officiated.