Their First Kiss Missed the Mark, But Their Connection Was Spot On

Ryan Tsou’s first try at kissing Amy Lee was as far-off the mark as Mr. Tsou himself when it got here to the type of males Ms. Lee was used to relationship.

“Before Ryan, I went out with some guys from the world of high finance,” stated Ms. Lee, 35, who works in New York as the director of huge enterprise business growth at Klarna, a Swedish company that gives on-line monetary providers.

“The guys I dated thought that buying me everything I wanted meant that we were in a good relationship,” Ms. Lee stated. “None of them ever took the time to really talk to me, and to really get to know me.”

Then alongside got here Dr. Tsou, additionally 35, who serves as the affiliate director of worldwide hematology communications at the Summit, N.J., workplaces of Bristol Myers Squibb, the pharmaceutical company.

Ms. Lee, who graduated from Boston University and obtained an M.B.A. from N.Y.U., and Dr. Tsou, who graduated from Columbia and obtained a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania, linked by means of the relationship app Hinge in May 2017.

“From the moment I met Ryan, I was more open with him than with anyone else I had ever dated,” Ms. Lee stated. “I was never nervous or uncomfortable around him because he just let me be myself.”

From the time Dr. Tsou clicked Ms. Lee into his life, he was feeling a lot the identical. “Amy was very personable and very fashionable,” he stated, “and very, very beautiful.”

“Our conversations just flowed,” he stated, although he almost drowned in his personal embarrassment simply earlier than parting methods with Ms. Lee after their first date at a restaurant in Manhattan.

“He went in for the kiss but I thought he was giving me a hug and the whole thing just got messed up,” Ms. Lee stated. “It was such an awkward moment.”

But it didn’t dissuade Dr. Tsou, who’s Taiwanese, from persevering with up to now Ms. Lee, whose household is from South Korea.

“Amy was a lot different than women I was used to dating, many of them often communicating with me in scientific speak,” Dr. Tsou stated.

“But there’s a little more fire in Amy than any girl I’ve ever known,” he stated. “She also has a lot of energy and a great sense of humor and a lot of fun to be around.”

Indeed, the two had enjoyable on a visit collectively in September 2017 to Los Angeles, the place they each stated “I love you” for the first time.

“I said it first, though he did not immediately reciprocate,” stated Ms. Lee, laughing.

Mr. Tsou whispered the “L” phrase to Ms. Lee a number of days later however stated “I love you,” once more, by means of actions, not phrases, in July 2018 throughout a rock scramble at Breakneck Ridge, a mountain alongside the Hudson River between Beacon and Cold Spring, N.Y.

“It was a very hot day and we were having fun rock climbing,” Ms. Lee stated. “I had climbed pretty high when suddenly, I got stuck on a hot rock and just couldn’t continue.”

“I was in a panic, thinking I was going to fall, and then Ryan climbed next to me, laid on the rock and kind of let me use his body as a ladder to get to safety.”

In August 2019, Ms. Lee moved into Dr. Tsou’s house in the Crown Heights part of Brooklyn, they usually have been engaged two months later, on Oct. 1.

They have been married July 2 at 501 Union in Brooklyn. Dr. Angela Kim, a pal of the couple who grew to become a minister by means of American Marriage Ministries, officiated earlier than 82 company, together with the bride’s mom, Sun Ja Lee of Federal Way in Washington State, (Ms. Lee’s father, Harold Lee is deceased) and the groom’s dad and mom, Carrie Tsou and Dr. Dean Tsou of Las Vegas.

Their wedding ceremony was initially deliberate for the fall of 2020, however was rescheduled due to the coronavirus.

“Our families are very close, and like we were when we first met, sort of opposites,” the bride stated after their wedding ceremony. “The South Korean side is a little raucous, the Taiwanese side much quieter.”

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