S: Jovan & Sena ~ July 11, 2009 ~ Boston, MA
BC: So long, Southie!... | Jovan's 1st day of business school! | NYC, here we come!
FC: Jovan & Sena | 7.11.09 Boston, MA
1: To our Parents, | Thank you for your unconditional love and constant support! You've enable us to live out our dreams and achieve our goals. We dedicate this book to you, because without you, none of this would have been possible. | All our love, Jovan and Sena
2: About Sena (in Jovan's words): | Sena is truly a beautiful person, inside and out. She has the amazing ability to bring joy and light wherever she goes, and it's no exaggeration to say that to know her is to love her. Sena possesses relentless energy, as well as the intelligence and creativity to carry out whatever task she sets her mind to. She's also an independent and adventurous spirit, ready and willing to try new things and embark on new experiences. Most importantly, she has great taste in men. | Other things that you may want to know about her: She loves kids, dogs, and food (not necessarily in that order). She's allergic to apples, strawberries, and mangoes, but not oranges. She's an accomplished baker. She's messy, but cleans up well. She does a creepily accurate John Mayer impression. | Suffice to say I think she's a great catch! | About Jovan (in Sena's words): | Jovan is one of the most genuine people that I know. He is thoughtful, insightful, caring, intelligent and most importantly he laughs at my jokes and weird impressions (even when they aren't funny to anyone else but him). | He's a die hard Celtics fan through and through (no fair weather fan here, folks). He enjoys eating junk food of any kind (salty or sweet, he's not discriminating). He'll try anything once and is always up for an adventure. He is so inspiring to me and continually pushes us to achieve greater things in life. | I can honestly say that without Jovan I would not be the person that I am today. I think I really lucked out.
3: How we met We met at Chinese camp when we were both about 15 or so. It was not love at first sight... ;) But, as we got older, we began to see the appeal in each other, and gradually we formed a mutual friendship which eventually blossomed into a deep love and admiration for one another. | 1.13.09
4: In Jovan's words: I was nervous Sena would sniff out my plans, but thankfully she was too fascinated by the waterfowl to notice me fumbling for the ring. When she started crying I gave myself a mental high-five for a job well done. However, it wasn't all good. Our dinnertime conversation definitely suffered that night, as I felt like I was the third wheel between Sena and her sparkly new friend (the ring). | In Sena's words: This past fall, Jovan took me out to dinner in Beacon Hill for my birthday. We parked and got there early so he suggested that we take a walk around the Boston Gardens (which is where we actually had one of our first dates). It was almost sunset and a saxophonist was playing on a nearby footbridge (totally unplanned!). We sat on a bench by the water and I was busy taking pictures of two swans. When I put my camera down, Jovan was holding the ring right in front of me and asked me to marry him. I was so overwhelmed that all I could say was, "Are you for real? Are you for real?..." and started crying. Jovan finally said, "Would you say yes?" I said yes and continued to cry like a little girl (out of happiness, of course). It was perfect! | Our Engagement September 24, 2008
5: Our Wedding Day Saturday, July 11, 2009 | Getting Ready...
14: Off to the ceremony!
20: Parents of the Bride .................. Stephen & April Tang Paternal Grandmother of the Bride ........ Dorothy Tang Maternal Grandfather of Bride ........ Wee Quong Young Parents of the Groom ........ JT & Sumay Hsu Officiant ..... Neil Yeung Violinist ..... Homer Hsu Maid of Honor ....... Alyssa Tang Bridesmaids .......... Ingrid Chen Elissa Chin May Kwan Best Man ........... Ping-Hong Lu Groomsmen ...... Dan Ferguson Joey Hsu Flower Girl ............. Nora Tang Ring Bearer ..... Jonathan Tang Ushers ....... Tuyet Nyugen Jeanine Wong | Our Wedding Party
21: Our ceremony and reception took place at the Artists for Humanity EpiCenter in South Boston. We loved this space because: | Our Ceremony and Reception Saturday, July 11, 2009 | 1. The building is Platinum LEED Certified, making it one of the top 10 most sustainable buildings in America | 2. It serves as the headquarters for Artists for Humanity, a non-profit organization that runs programs to empower under-served youth through paid employment in the arts | 3. It's in South Boston, our (old) adopted home
26: Cocktail Hour took place in Artists for Humanity's 3rd floor painting studio, where our guests enjoyed a wonderful view of Boston's skyline along with yummy hors devours from our caterer, Season to Taste.
27: Our Reception immediately followed back in the 1st floor gallery space. All artwork displayed on the walls were created by Artists for Humanity's teen artists. A fresh, locally produced dinner was served family style.
29: Our First Dance "At Last" by Etta James
30: Time for the Toasts!
31: Let's Eat Cake!
34: Time to Dance!
40: Smile for the Photo booth!
44: Next up...Our honeymoon! | 7.13.09 - 7.25.09 | We decided to go to Costa Rica, for some zip lining, white water rafting, horseback riding and relaxing on the beach! The vistas were beautiful. We definitely got our fill of nature and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. The only thing missing in Sena's eyes: Outlet shopping!