Linh and Kyle

Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

 

 

Photographer | J&J Studios | @jjstudiosphiladelphia

Venue | Please Touch Museum | @pleasetouchmuseum

Caterer | Brulée Catering | @brulee_catering

Linh and Kyle met in the summer of 2012 both interns at the same prominent financial firm. Once the summer was over, Kyle returned to Penn State University to finish off his last semester and Linh returned to Temple University. The following year, the two received full time offers from the same financial firm which is what rekindled their friendship.

 

From that moment on, the couple has been inseparable. From an early stage, the two have had deep and meaningful conversations and through ups and downs, trials and tribulations, the two have maintained a steadfast, tender, and playful relationship. Linh took a job in the UK and Kyle uprooted himself with no UK phone, UK bank account or any real plan apart from jumping into this new adventure together. It was not easy to set up a new life in London and there were disagreements and many arguments. That being said, the couple never went to bed mad at each other and always respected each other as equals in the relationship. As Kyle summed it up, “At the end of it I knew without question she was the one, we were still madly in love and life couldn’t throw much at us we couldn’t handle.”

 

The proposal was in Iceland, at the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon on a beach called “Diamond beach”. The beach gets its name from the chunks of ice that break off from the glacier and then wash ashore a black sand beach where they glisten like diamonds in contrast to the sand. It happened after a very long day of sightseeing and was a complete surprise…Linh’s first reaction was actually that I was messing with her. Due to the remote location, I planned to DIY the whole thing and would take the pictures myself with my GoPro/tripod and some luck. Fortunately, it all went pretty smoothly and I was able to find a really picturesque iceberg on the beach that was isolated from other people. The only hiccup was when a wave came and almost took us both out to sea while I was still on one knee – luckily we both got out of the way in time and she already had the ring securely on her finger!

 

The couple are in the final planning stages for their wedding. They are having a traditional Vietnamese tea ceremony at Linh’s mom’s house. The reception will be held at The Please Touch Museum in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA. It is a bit non-traditional of a wedding venue and symbolizes the playfulness of the couple’s relationship.

Let’s start at the beginning. How did you two first meet?

Kyle and I met as interns the summer of 2012. We knew of each other but had little interaction since our work rarely overlapped. When the summer was over, Kyle went back to Penn State University to finish off his last semester and I returned to Temple University. Kyle received a full time offer to return in January 2013 and I received a full time offer to return in June 2013. This is when we rekindled our friendship.

 

What makes your relationship special? Tell us some things that you both value in your time together. What makes your relationship unique?

Linh: Since the moment we met our conversations have been very deep and heartfelt. We could have open discussions about our up-bringing, religion, the financial services industry — conversations that didn’t have limits or are not “surface level” topics. Because these conversations came so naturally to us, we truly enjoyed each other’s company. We don’t have to go anywhere fancy and we don’t need material items to make us happy. We love to experience new things together and one of those things is traveling.

 

How did you know your partner was the one? When did you first know this in your relationship?

Linh: I always knew there was something about Kyle that made him stand out. We both took a chance and weren’t looking for anything more than a friendship in the beginning but the more time we spent with each other the more we felt the desire to be around one another. Kyle is an overall great person and knowing that his values align with mine was one of the turning points for me. There were other “life” events that happened which we got through together and surprisingly very smoothly. We moved about 4 times together, we moved to another country together, we planned and traveled outside of the US and going through career changes just to name a few examples. Also, Kyle quitting his job to come to the UK with me was definitely a sign of true love. Kyle: It is really hard to pin an exact moment in time, but I think that is the case in reality for most relationships. If I had to pick a period of time when it became absolutely clear, it would be when we moved to London. Honestly, I do think we both knew way before that, but the move came with so much change and stress it was really undeniable once we survived that together without breaking up or killing each other. We moved without knowing where we were going to live (her work put us up in a hotel for a week so we could look), without UK phones, without UK bank accounts, and without any real plan apart from jumping into this adventure together and figuring it out as we went. To make things more interesting, I had quit my job with no concrete plans around how I was going to continue on my career path in London. It was NOT easy to get a new life setup in London and there were definitely disagreements and arguments. That being said, we never went to bed mad at each other and always respected each other as equals when handling whatever life threw at us. We worked through countless stressors that could have weighed on our relationship that first year abroad but instead they always just made us a stronger couple. At the end of it I knew without question she was the one, we were still madly in love and life couldn’t throw much at us we couldn’t handle.

 

Give us all the details about the proposal. How and where did it happen? Was it a surprise? What was the planning process?

Kyle: The proposal was in Iceland, at the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon on a beach called “Diamond Beach”. The beach gets its name from the chunks of ice that break off from the glacier and then wash ashore a black sand beach where they glisten like diamonds in contrast to the sand. It happened after a very long day of sightseeing and was a complete surprise…Linh’s first reaction was actually that I was messing with her. Due to the remote location, I planned to DIY the whole thing and would take the pictures myself with my GoPro/tripod and some luck. Fortunately, it all went pretty smoothly and I was able to find a really picturesque iceberg on the beach that was isolated from other people. The only hiccup was when a wave came and almost took us both out to sea while I was still on one knee – luckily we both got out of the way in time and she already had the ring securely on her finger!

 

We’re all about the bling… Tell us all about that ring!

Kyle: I picked and helped customize the ring remotely with a jeweler I found online based in the states, who had a style knew Linh would love and was really good at helping me get everything right. How did I know what style she loved you ask? Well let’s just say I learned early in our relationship that stalking Linh’s Pinterest was a good habit to develop. The only time I was nervous regarding the ring was when I wasn’t sure whether or not I would get through airport security on the way to Iceland without it being pulled out in front of her!

 

Are you excited to start planning your wedding day? Do you have any ideas in mind yet?

We are having a traditional Vietnamese tea ceremony at my mom’s house. We loved this idea not only because of my cultural upbringing but also that it symbolizes family – that’s a huge part of our life. Our reception will be at The Please Touch Museum in Fairmount. We loved this venue because it’s a bit nontraditional and in a way symbolizes the playfulness of our relationship.