After a series of failed relationships on both ends, Mr. Hsu and Ms. Jeong took the time to ask themselves what it was they were truly looking for in a romantic relationship. Each credits these periods of self-reflection to the success of their relationship, as they felt comfortable and ready to approach one another from a place of deep honesty. “What kept me going on that second and third date was that I felt safe,” Ms. Jeong said. “I didn’t have to doubt whether he was saying something to make me happy or impress me. He just came as he was and that emboldened me to truly come as I am.”
The couple met via the dating app the League in April 2019 and began seeing one another at least once a week immediately following that first date, where they met at the Bryant Park fountain and strolled over to Le Pain Quotidien, a nearby restaurant, and drank tea for two hours. At the six-month mark of their relationship, they knew that what they were experiencing was a deep and enduring love.
On Oct. 11, 2020, Mr. Hsu proposed to Ms. Jeong at the Bryant Park fountain.
As the couple planned their wedding through the Covid-19 pandemic, they incorporated what Ms. Jeong called “Covid-friendly” events into the day. This included an outdoor ceremony in Central Park for close family and friends in the morning, followed by two evening parties, one in Manhattan and the other in Brooklyn, for 90 guests.