Grace and Zhiyu were friends on Facebook for years before they actually met.
Zhiyu has a snowboarding and skiing business during the winter season, and uses Facebook for networking purposes. That’s where he and Grace connected. “After years of friendship and never meeting, we realized we run after work along the same route in New York City,” Grace says. “On one summer night in August 2011, we decided to meet for a run. The rest was history!”
Zhiyu popped the question on December 27, 2014. The couple, who are both from NYC, was spending a relaxing day after visiting both families for Christmas celebrations. It was a beautiful 60-degree day out, and Zhiyu insisted that they take their dog Max out for a walk. But Grace was feeling under the weather and she didn’t want to go. Zhiyu insisted, and she relented.
The air was beautiful and the couple enjoyed a stroll. Zhiyu started talking about how they met along the shore and started running together. He talked about the place they had purchased, about Max, and about how they’d probably start a family together here soon. By this point Grace knew what he was up to. He pulled a gorgeous ring out of his pocked and proposed.
The couple decided to have a destination wedding in Maine. “It was the first place we visited together for a mini getaway,” Grace says. “I wanted to see the fall foliage and my best friend and I were supposed to go for a weekend trip but had to cancel. Zhiyu didn’t want me to be disappointed, so he decided to take me instead!” The couple has made a trip to coastal Maine a yearly adventure. “We take our dog Max, leave Friday after work, and drive to Maine to get away from a busy NYC life and enjoy lobsters and going on hikes.” Since their family and friends had always told them they wanted to take a trip to Maine with them, Grace and Zhiyu decided they could travel there for their wedding!
To help their guests on their drives to Maine, Zhiyu sent them all an email to give them a “driving tour” of places where they could eat and shop along the route from New York to Maine. “It’s the route that we always take to Maine, listing out all of our favorite things to do,” Grace says. “Turns out, most of our friends followed everything we suggested!”
Grace and Zhiyu decided to head up to Boothbay Harbor three days before their wedding day to unwind and finish up last minute tasks. The girls and guys got ready separately before the 2:15 pm First Look. The couple met on a hiking trail outside of Spruce Point Inn. After some time alone, Grace rushed back to the inn to change into her red dress for the traditional Chinese tea ceremony with family.
The couple decided to keep their wedding ceremony short and sweet. Zhiyu’s best friend acted as the officiant. “We vowed, we kissed, and we were off for photos while our friends and family enjoyed cocktail hour,” Grace says. “Before we knew it, it was time for our reception.”
Speeches were made, dinner was eaten, and pictures were taken at sunset. “We ended our night in bed reading each and every wedding card before going to sleep,” Grace says. “It was the perfect way to end the night!”
In Her Words
We asked the bride more about the big day. Here’s what Grace said…
I wish…I could do it all over again. I am not a girl that has dreamt about her wedding day since she was young. I hate being in the spotlight and I never thought I’d be that girl that would wish to experience her wedding day again and again…but I do! I loved every minute of it!
I didn’t realize…that I could love my husband even more after getting married. It’s like butterflies all over again.
One of my favorite moments was…when Zhiyu and I went back to our room at the end of the night and read every single wedding card together in bed.
I’m glad that…although my dad was there because he had passed away, that I sensed and felt like he was around. In memory of my dad, I had a picture of his tied on my bouquet.
I really liked..my flowers—my bouquet, my bridesmaids’ bouquets, and the centerpieces. I was obsessed!
My advice to other couples is
…provide your wedding coordinator and trusted friend or family member with all the vendor information in case there are any issues. Sit back and just relax. Do not stress on your wedding day…enjoy every minute of it!