When Christina Yuni heard about an MIT alumni brunch in San Francisco, she decided to crash it—she's not an alumna—for purely professional reasons. At the time Christina was working for a large investment bank, and she was hoping to meet new clients. Her most valuable contact, however, turned out to be entirely personal—Paul Friedman, her future husband. The two discovered they had a lot in common: "We had mutual friends and went to the same social functions," Christina says. Within a few months, they were a couple.

Christina and Paul's engagement, two years later, was much less complicated than their first meeting. "We decided to get engaged together, and picked out the ring together," Paul says. In fact, the couple didn't just pick a ring: They designed one, and had it custom-made. Paul surprised Christina by giving her matching earrings for Christmas.

Christina and Paul exchange vows in a formal garden setting

When Christina Yuni heard about an MIT alumni brunch in San Francisco, she decided to crash it—she's not an alumna—for purely professional reasons. At the time Christina was working for a large investment bank, and she was hoping to meet new clients. Her most valuable contact, however, turned out to be entirely personal—Paul Friedman, her future husband. The two discovered they had a lot in common: "We had mutual friends and went to the same social functions," Christina says. Within a few months, they were a couple.

Christina and Paul's engagement, two years later, was much less complicated than their first meeting. "We decided to get engaged together, and picked out the ring together," Paul says. In fact, the couple didn't just pick a ring: They designed one, and had it custom-made. Paul surprised Christina by giving her matching earrings for Christmas.

Stunning formal gardens set the scene at Kohl Mansion, the site for both the ceremony and reception. Event planner Sasha Souza helped the couple create their nontraditional affair, which did not include a first dance, symbolic tea ceremony, bouquet or garter toss or cake cutting. "We wanted fun, good food, a good party; something people would remember," Christina says.