Donald and Virginia met in 2004 during Chinese classes at UCLA. It was truly an unexpected meeting as they only had one other class together during their entire time at UCLA. That just happened to show how fate works on its part to unite two persons later falling in love with each other!
Donald believes their relationship is about perseverance. It’s easy to see them always happy, but what many people don’t realize is their entire relationship was long distance between LA and New York. However, everything happens for a reason and they would not be the couple they are today were it not for the journey they shared together.
The first time Virginia visited Donald in New York, he was still living in student dorms as a graduate student. This dormitory lifestyle included shared laundry rooms and one day Virginia was helping him to do the laundry while he was at work. Later that day, Donald received a call from her asking if he was seeing someone else. He was shocked and replied No! Not at all! Why would she ever think such a thing? It turned out that she found some female undergarments when she went to put the cloths in the dryer. That was obvious; someone may have forgotten them in the washer she was using. But Virginia was so mad at him and Donald said to his roommate Akil, “You won’t believe what just happened with me. I have the worst LUCK!”
The funniest part was, that she told him later on that she was going to try and purposely leave it slightly out in the open when he got home. If Donald tried to hide it, she will interpret it as an attempt to hide something from her.
Today, though they laugh about the mystery undergarment incident but it was certainly a painful experience!
Virginia’s sister Vivian challenged Virginia to a weight loss competition. A month later, on the day of the weigh in, Vivian asked Virginia to watch a video which supposedly documented her weight loss. However, it turned out to be a surprise video Donald made showcasing their entire relationship. At the end of the video, it showed a montage of Donald traveling from New York to Vivian’s house and upon conclusion of the video, Donald was there playing the piano for Virginia. After playing, Donald then got down one knee and proposed to Virginia!
Their wedding day was simply amazing. In the morning they honored some traditional Chinese and Cantonese customs, specially the door games and a tea ceremony. In the afternoon, they took some photos with us around the Hilton and Embarcadero. The ceremony and reception was simply stunning. All their vendors did an amazing job and San Francisco City Hall itself is so beautiful. Of all the wonderful events that day, they are most grateful for one thing, that is the guests that came. They felt blessed to share their special day with family and friends who came from all around the world.
Donald and Virginia have left a message for the couples who are getting married soon..
“Remember that a wedding symbolizes the beginning of a chapter. What day is more important: The first day of college or graduation? Of course, graduation. In the same way, your wedding is the first day in school where you will learn about love – love for your spouse, love for your families, and love for your friends. Oftentimes, it may seem like the wedding is supposed to be the peak of your love for one another, but just remember to keep your eye on the horizon and to look forward to the many beautiful memories that lie ahead.”
Their venue for reception and ceremony was San Francisco City Hall. Videography was by Lumitone. Catering was done by Kenneth Chow Catering. Flowers and cake were by S& V collection. Hotel was San Francisco Hilton Union Square. Ceremony musicians were from San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Lighting was by Kool Luu Lighting Service. DJ was Evensteven (Steven Le), Bridal Hair and Make were by Cinta Hair salon and YoroKobi Photo Booth was used for Photo booth.