Drs. Ginger Yu Fei Jiang and José Miguel Orozco didn’t fairly hit it off after they have been unintentionally assigned the identical microscope in pathology class throughout their first yr at Harvard Medical School in 2013.
“I arrived to the microscope station first so I took it,” Dr. Jiang mentioned, and when Dr. Orozco confirmed up, “he had to sit by himself in the middle of the room” at one other station.
“We didn’t get along at first, mostly due to the microscope incident,” she added, noting that they “both were dating other people at the time,” too.
But their second yr at medical college introduced a second probability at a connection. “I lived with a group of med students and one was a friend of a friend of José’s, so our friend groups collided,” she mentioned. By then, each have been single.
When they and their mates would get collectively, Dr. Orozco, 33, and Dr. Jiang, 31, “were drawn to each other” he mentioned.
“We would spend a lot of time talking, and we sensed we had an interest in each other,” Dr. Orozco added. “One night we were listening to music and I held her hand and she didn’t move it away, so then I asked her out to dinner.”
On that outing, in October 2014, they went to the Miracle of Science, a bar and restaurant in Cambridge, Mass., after which to Brick & Mortar, a speakeasy bar. Though it was a first date, Dr. Orozco mentioned it didn’t really feel like one.
“It had been a long time coming, and we had already talked a lot and spent a lot of time together,” he mentioned. “It felt very natural.”
In December 2014, whereas in New York attending a good friend’s wedding ceremony, the 2 grew to become unique. A month later, every informed the opposite “I love you” after a night time spent cooking and watching “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” The following yr, in 2016, they moved into an residence in Cambridge collectively.
A local of Cartagena, Colombia, Dr. Orozco graduated from Northeastern University. He obtained a medical diploma and a Ph.D. in biology via a twin program at Harvard and M.I.T. Dr. Jiang is from Warren, N.J. A Yale graduate, she holds a medical diploma and an M.B.A. from Harvard.
Each mentioned it was laborious to pinpoint the one second after they knew that the opposite was “the one.” As Dr. Jiang defined, “In some ways, we’ve grown up together, meeting as young adults fresh out of college and dating throughout our 20s.”
Over the years, the couple developed a custom of “making our favorite fancy brunch foods at home and enjoying it all with mimosas while wearing matching pajamas,” she mentioned. When Dr. Orozco proposed to her on Feb. 16, 2019, he integrated this pastime.
That morning, he bought up early to buy elements earlier than making ready a brunch of French toast, scrambled eggs and, in fact, mimosas. When they completed consuming, he dropped to 1 knee.
“I was hyper aware and nervous,” Dr. Orozco mentioned, “and making sure I didn’t screw anything up.” Dr. Jiang “was completely surprised,” she mentioned, “and then cried and said yes immediately.”
Now residing collectively in Brookline, Mass., he’s planning on doing postdoctoral analysis in metabolism and diabetes, and he or she is a first-year cardiology fellow at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.
On May 28, two days after his twin commencement from Harvard and M.I.T., they have been married by Thomas A. Welch, a justice of the peace in Massachusetts, on the Bradley Estate in Canton, Mass., earlier than 120 vaccinated friends.
Their wedding ceremony nodded to each the groom’s roots and the bride’s Chinese heritage. At the ceremony, Dr. Jiang’s mom, June Ke, learn a poem in Mandarin Chinese known as “By Chance” and Dr. Orozco’s uncle, Jorge Segrera, learn “Sonnet 48” by Pablo Neruda in Spanish.
A reception held afterward included la hora loca, or loopy hour in Spanish, “when the party gets really amped up and we break out crazy party props,” Dr. Orozco mentioned. To give the custom a Chinese twist, they rented a lion dancer costume for a good friend to put on.
“But I forgot the butt,” Dr. Jiang mentioned, “so my friend just wore the head.”