Alexandra Ossa and Alexander Wong went on their first journey as a pair in January 2017 on a drive to the mountains of Asheville, N.C.
At some level on that journey, the love connection between Ms. Ossa, 31, and Mr. Wong, 35, briefly short-circuited.
“I threw out the L word and didn’t get one back,” mentioned Ms. Ossa, a vice chairman and variety and inclusion consumer supervisor for Bank of America in New York. “Instead what I got was this look of awkwardness and the sound of silence,” she mentioned. “He was just standing there, thinking of something else to say.”
Mr. Wong ultimately returned the L phrase — a full two minutes later.
“First of all, I’m a bit shy,” mentioned Mr. Wong, a senior supervisor of finance and technique at Boxed, a wholesaler of groceries, family merchandise and well being provides. “Also, when she said it, it came to me as a bit of a surprise, and it took me a few minutes to process it all.”
That was the final time Ms. Ossa, who graduated from Yale, ever doubted Mr. Wong’s love for her. “The whole love thing aside, Alex gave himself fully to the relationship,” she mentioned. “He was committed to me. He wasn’t playing games, and I truly felt that he was interested in me.
“I found his attitude to be really mature, and really attractive,” she added.
Mr. Wong, who graduated from Boston University, was feeling a lot the identical. “I’ve always thought we just balance each other out really well,” he mentioned. “I’m a very action-oriented person and she’s a very thoughtful person.”
They met in July 2016 on the third day of orientation at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, the place a mixer was held for first-year enterprise college students. (Ms. Ossa and Mr. Wong every acquired an M.B.A. there.)
The mixer was enlivened by a themed “nerd party.” Ms. Ossa dressed up as Harry Potter on the pre-party, which was held in her condo constructing on campus.
As she scanned the partygoers for a classmate, she observed somebody together with his again to her, additionally in Harry Potter apparel, carrying what have been unmistakably Gryffindor robes.
Excited and curious, she made a beeline to the stranger, stepped into the circle of costumed classmates round him, and mentioned, “I’m so sorry to interrupt, but you’re Harry Potter and I’m Harry Potter, so we have to meet.”
Nine months into their relationship, the couple went on a two-week tour throughout 10 cities in India, ending in Dubai.
“Throughout our journey, we’ve continued to set our sights on new lands to explore together,” Ms. Ossa mentioned, “along the way facing both obstacles and opportunities, hand-in-hand.”
The couple have since been to Iceland, Ireland, Scotland, Peru, Hong Kong, Thailand and Cambodia.
They have been engaged in Argentina in August 2019.
“When you travel as much as we have, there’s always a lot of downtime at airports,” Ms. Ossa mentioned. “But never, ever, did it feel boring with Alex by my side.”
Along the way in which, they grew to become greatest buddies. “One thing I liked about Alex was how much he got along with everyone,” Ms. Ossa mentioned. “His selfless nature came through right away.”
And there was greater than sufficient that he appreciated about her to fill these lengthy hours on the street. “We had many similar interests,” Mr. Wong mentioned. “And we could make conversation anywhere about anything. And besides,” he mentioned laughing, “she had a very sexy smile that I enjoyed looking at.”
They have been married April 24 on the Rooftop at Pier 17 on the South Street Seaport in Manhattan earlier than 10 visitors by Kyle T. Chea, who grew to become a Universal Life minister for the occasion.
The bride and groom meant to get married on the Museum of the City of New York with 150 visitors, however the coronavirus modified these plans.
“We’re both easygoing people, so there really wasn’t too much frustration there,” mentioned the groom. “After a tough year, it was beautiful for us to celebrate with family.”