“Stay true to what is important to you and simply enjoy the moment!”‘
From the couple: The inspiration behind having our wedding at the Legion of Honor was that we both appreciated Impressionism and Modernism in our younger days and we wanted to create a classical atmosphere reminiscent of time we had spent at our favorite museum in Paris, the Musee d’Orsay. The wedding was American in style but as I am Chinese American and Ragu is Indian American, we incorporated our cultures in various ways, including food inspired by both Chinese and Indian cuisines, and my jewelry, which were heirlooms passed down in Ragu’s family. Our florals were mostly of white, peach, and champagne/blush colors. My bouquet consisted of white English garden roses, dahlias, ranunculus, and tea roses, while the bridesmaids had similar bouquets with the addition of peach roses. Boutonnieres and flowers tied to chairs for the ceremony also included dusty miller and feathery grey eucalyptus. Our centerpieces had similar flowers in lush, romantic arrangements with various grey and green tones which you can see in our Legion of Honor Wedding Photos. We personalized the food and wine choices since we and many of our friends are foodies. The wine we served during cocktail hour was the Sofia Brut Rose inspired by Sofia Coppola, director of the Virgin Suicides, the first movie we watched together. The soundtrack to that movie served as the music for cocktail hour. We also served the Pegu Club cocktail, a specialty cocktail that sounds like a mashup of our names and used to be served in the British officer’s club in Rangoon, Myanmar as well as the Pegu Club bar in New York City, which we used to go to. Our favorite part of the wedding was spending time with our friends, some who came from as far away as England and Sweden. Other favorite parts included our ceremony readings, the processional and recessional music played by North Beach Brass Band, enjoying the sculptures in the Rodin galleries, and dancing on the terrace with the trombone playing along with the DJ. My wedding dress, the Milano from BHLDN, was a lacy, form-fitting dress with a train, which I paired with a Vera Wang veil with lace appliqués for a romantic look. Ragu wore a classic black tuxedo with bowtie and cummerbund. We met in August 2001 at orientation when we both transferred to MIT. We became friends, took several classes together, and spent a summer in rural Kenya volunteering with an HIV/AIDS education program before we started dating in August 2003. After graduating from college, we continued a long-distance relationship on and off while I completed medical & graduate school in New York City and Ragu attended medical & business school in Palo Alto. In 2013, I finally moved to the Bay Area for my residency and fellowship training. In October 2018, we decided that after ~15 years together, it was finally time to make it official. Getting to exchange vows on a beautiful day in view of the Golden Gate bridge amongst all our old friends who have known us throughout our relationship.