The couple met in 2018 during a company-held fundraising event for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. A minimum 72-mile bike race around Lake Tahoe wasn’t exactly an easy feat to begin with, but Jonathan, 37, of Roxbury, tried to impress Cynthia, 32, by biking the additional 28 miles to make it an even 100-mile journey. Cynthia had moved from her hometown of Silver Spring, Maryland, to New York City just one year earlier, and was impressed with how quickly she connected with Jonathan after “America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride.” By the end of 2018, they were officially a couple, and onto their next adventure.
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Throughout their two-year courtship, Cynthia and Jonathan cherished any time they could spend traveling the world together, with numerous road trips and destinations such as Iceland, Seattle and San Diego already on the books. After deciding to spend their second anniversary in Bar Harbor, Maine, the couple woke before sunrise and embarked on a hike through Acadia State Park. As the sun began to rise over the mountain’s summit, Jonathan presented Cynthia with a homemade video containing photos from their travels together, before getting down on one knee. Afterward, they sipped champagne and called their loved ones.
To honor to the bride’s Chinese and Vietnamese heritage, the couple’s family and bridal party gathered at Cynthia’s parents’ home one week before the wedding for a tea ceremony. Wearing a traditional red cheongsam, Cynthia joined Jonathan in pouring tea for their parents as a sign of respect and to symbolize the union of two families becoming one.
With the vision of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in mind, the pair trusted Pejy Kash Events and Peonies to Paint Chips to bring the images of a night spent beneath the fireflies to fruition. Incorporating the delicately earthy color palette of cream mixed with eucalyptus, mint and forest greens, the tented space at The Inn at Fernbrook Farms was transformed into an upscale garden party, complete with cascading spheric chandeliers, winding greenery and parasols hanging from the treetops.
Whimsical bouquets of ranunculus, roses and peonies were paired with unexpected pops of color and texture in each tablescape: a combination of soft pink dinnerware and gray linens accented by soft candlelight encased in glass.
The quality of food and drink was a leading factor in determining the couple’s venue. Boasting farm-to-table cuisine and unique offerings such as heirloom tomato, Jersey corn and dragon bean salad, grass-fed filet mignon and summer vegetable vegan paella, Fernbrook Farms stood out among the others.
Dessert also wowed; wedding cake with mixed wild-berry and Grand Marnier filling, espresso-glazed brownies and vanilla-bean crème brûlée were just some of the decadent options.
Everyone is still buzzing about the mobile craft coffee and brew station that served up fresh coffee, espresso martinis and craft beers on tap from a vintage Shasta camper.
“God Whispered Your Name,” by Keith Urban.
After 15 days traveling through Argentina—Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, Patagonia and Mendoza—the couple is now at home in Manhattan.