In 2007, my Junior year of college, I left Seattle for a semester abroad in Shanghai China. I grew up speaking Mandarin with my family, so though I’m not fluent by any means, living there came naturally to me. There were bouts of extreme homesickness driven by the the constant likeness of home around me, but it not being exactly that. What got me through those weeks were the few individuals who I am so happy to still call my good friends eight years later. The distance between us is about as great as it can be in the U.S. (two in New York and one in Chicago), but we reunited for Jean’s wedding in Baltimore last weekend and it’s almost ridiculous how naturally we picked things up again. Every memory from Shanghai could have been re-enacted as if no time had passed. The laughter between us was infectious (assuming we let you in on the joke) and never-ending.
The wedding was held at the George Peabody Library in Baltimore and to say the venue was stunning is a gross understatement. Every detail from Jean’s blushing gown to the couple’s perfect waltz was beautifully received and unique to the both of them. Like I told Jean, the night felt like a fairy tale – Beauty and the Beast to be exact.
“Yeah and I’m the Beast,” she responded :)
Cheers to Albert and Jean!
Baltimore Inner Harbor.
Jean and Noah.
Breakfast in bed.
Cafe in Little Italy.
Eggplant Parmesan and Orecchiette.
George Peabody Library. Breathtaking, right?
Jean and Albert :)
Tables named by the location of their travels together. It took us forever to figure out how to pronounce “Aix.” Half of us were convinced the “x” was silent and the other half had no idea. It’s pronounced “Ex.”
Jin, my girlfriend from UW and a fellow Seattleite.