“Why is he always late to class?” thought Candice Chiu of her Harvard Law School classmate. Luckily, she also noticed Alex Wong’s nice voice and put-together style, so she looked past his timeliness issue and got to know him. “We were given assigned seats next to each other,” says Alex of his good fortune to be near a lovely young woman he thought had “a beautiful smile.”
A first date at Upstairs on the Square in Cambridge soon followed, and the two tackled love and law school together from then on. Six years later, Alex persuaded Candice to return to Upstairs on the Square under the guise of meeting friends. Instead, Alex got down on one knee and asked for Candice’s hand in marriage; the bartenders poured Champagne.
Their elegant spring nuptials eight months later proved to be a stunning reflection of Washington’s quintessential cherry blossom season. “We had no idea it would coincide with the peak of the blooms,” says Candice, whose other favorite detail from the day was the personalized bookmarks that did double-duty as place cards and take-home favors. For his part, Alex cherishes the letters each wrote to the other to be opened in separate on the morning of the wedding.
➸ The Details
Bride’s gown: Vera Wang, Saks Jandel Bridal Salon
Groom’s tux: Alton Lane
Event planner: Lauryn Prattes Styling + Events
Cake: Fluffy Thoughts
Flowers: Sidra Forman Flowers
Music and Entertainment: Bialek’s Music
Hair and makeup: Amie Decker Beauty
Honeymoon: South Africa
Where they currently live: Washington, DC