Yuchen Feng and Theodore Russell Sumers noticed each and every other in 2012 when he arranged an indoor rock-climbing outing when each and every was a summertime intern at Bridgewater Associates, a hedge fund in Westport, Conn.
“I was quite into rock climbing,” said Mr. Sumers, 30, who goes by Ted, and is pursuing a doctorate at Princeton in personal computer science concentrating on computational cognitive science. He graduated cum laude from Dartmouth.
A week later on at a seashore get together in Fairfield, Conn., they drifted absent from the crowd and walked along the drinking water speaking about the this means of perform and humanitarian engineering. (He labored on a hydropower project in distant villages of Rwanda in 2011.) And they had their very first kiss.
That summer they went indoor rock climbing at the nearby health club, swam at his parent’s household in Montrose, N.Y., and performed the term video game Boggle.
“All the inner thoughts were there but neither of us were being sure of what we would do just after the summer,’’ reported Ms. Feng, 29, who is having the groom’s title. She graduated from M.I.T. and is now dependent in Princeton, N.J., as the direct of a wellness care know-how innovation staff at LiveRamp, a San Francisco know-how organization.
They parted methods just before heading back again to school — she for her senior yr, he to finish a five-calendar year engineering program. They stored in touch, occasionally with funny texts, and in the tumble he was her guide in Rumney, N.H., her first time rock climbing outdoor.
“When she couldn’t do anything I was amazed by how regularly beneficial she was,” Mr. Sumers mentioned. “She was a excellent journey companion.”
In the summer season of 2013, he moved to San Francisco to work at a tech start out-up corporation, and she bought a work at a hedge fund in Boston. They dated other men and women. Two decades later on, when Ms. Feng moved to San Francisco, they caught up as good friends, and by the conclude of the 12 months decided to give courting one more shot.
That wintertime she was on far more equal footing with him rock climbing as they exchanged climbing potential customers hundreds of ft up on vertical sandstone cliffs in Pink Rock Canyon in Las Vegas.
“This time I’m not the ingénue,’’ she said. “I had accomplished a great deal of out of doors climbing. We were partners.”
In 2019 they moved in collectively, and Mr. Sumers proposed March 14, 2019 at their apartment in San Francisco.
“I would like our anniversary engagement to be on Pi Working day,” she recalled him stating, and agreed it was a good excuse to have pie each calendar year. Just after he was acknowledged to Princeton’s doctoral system in 2019 they resolved to move again East.
Just before the coronavirus outbreak, they experienced planned a marriage brunch July 4 with 100 attendees in the groom’s parent’s backyard in Montrose. Alternatively they have been sheltering in area there Ms. Feng has bonded with his mother, Dr. Anne Ricks Sumers, above tennis and training her how to prepare dinner Chinese dishes.
On July 3, they had been married below a tree outside the house the Princeton Chapel by Dr. Elliott Sumers, the groom’s father, who became a Common Existence minister for the celebration. Attending along with his mothers and fathers were her mom Xiaochun Supporter and father Shi Feng, and a close friend from the groom’s doctoral program.
“It was intimate, sweet and quick,” explained Ms. Feng, who fondly recalled in the course of higher school her mother would joke as they walked around the Princeton campus, a short ride from their dwelling in Highland Park, N.J., that a single working day Ms. Feng would go there and get married at its chapel.
“It’s heartwarming to see my mom’s aspiration of a Princeton wedding day appear legitimate in an unexpected way,’’ she reported.