Katherine Tsui and James Dalphond
Katherine Tsui and James Dalphond met at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, from which they graduated, and where the groom received a master’s degree in computer science, and the bride both a master’s degree and Ph.D. in that subject.
Ms. Tsui and Mr. Dalphond grew up only a mile away from each other in Dracut, but they did not meet until they were graduate students at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
With a shared interested in robotics, they worked in adjoining labs, occasionally partnering on robotics outreach events.
“While I find most software engineers to be a bit introverted, I thought James was really smart and very sociable and outgoing,” Ms. Tsui said. “I tend to keep a very close circle of friends, and he quickly began entering that circle.”
In summer 2014, they took some time away from the lab but began collecting data on each other while backpacking and camping in Nova Scotia.
“I found James to be a very organized person who is a lot of fun to be around,” Ms. Tsui said. “He also had a very dry, sarcastic sense of humor, like I do.”
They began taking similar trips — “We’re both very outdoorsy and love the ocean,” Ms. Tsui said — and she became that someone he most enjoyed having in his camp.
“Her curiosity is what makes her stand out,” Mr. Dalphond said. “I have seen her sit down on a hike and stare at a clump of moss and why it’s in that particular place before we can move on, and I enjoy watching how much she can enjoy figuring stuff out.”
After completing her Ph.D. in October 2014, Ms. Tsui moved to Guilford, Conn., to take a postdoctoral position at a social robotic lab at Yale, but maintained a long-distance friendship with Mr. Dalphond, who continued his research at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Two months later, they were officially dating.
“I loved his willingness to come and see me on a moment’s notice and throw hot dogs on the grill or go for a long drive and explore new places together,” Ms. Tsui said.
Their relationship continued to blossom, and in October 2016, Ms. Tsui and Mr. Dalphond moved into an apartment together in Watertown, Me.
In February 2018, they attended a Valentine’s Day event at the New England Aquarium called “That’s A-Moray,” where people could leave messages for their dates on plastic fish suspended in the Giant Ocean tank.
On one of those fish, Mr. Dalphond wrote: “Kate Tsui, will you marry me?”
Allison Leifer, Marc Zivotovsky
Allison Rachel Leifer and Marc Phillip Zivotovsky were married March 16 at the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers. Cantor Bruce Halev officiated.
Mrs. Zivotovsky, 30, is a digital director in the merchandising department at Macy’s in New York. She graduated from Emory University.
She is a daughter of Dr. Deena Harris and Dr. Andrew Leifer of New York. The bride’s father is an emergency department physician at Mount Sinai West and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s hospitals in New York. Her mother is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in private practice, also in New York.
Mr. Zivotovsky, also 30, is a director of finance and accounting at SkyBridge Capital, an alternative asset management company in New York. He is also a certified public accountant. He graduated from Indiana University Bloomington.
He is a son of Joyce Zivotovsky of Plainview, N.Y., and the late Michael L. Zivotovsky. The groom’s mother is a Spanish teacher in the Levittown Public School district in Levittown, N.Y. His father was a partner in Mazars USA, an accounting firm, also in New York.
The couple met through friends in New York in December 2014.
Sara Rhodin, Tyler Lechtenberg
Sara Sean Rhodin and Tyler Andrew Lechtenberg were married March 16 in a self-uniting Quaker service at the Arch Street Quaker Meeting House in Philadelphia. Sarada Peri, a friend of the couple, led the ceremony.
Ms. Rhodin, 35, is a history teacher at Madeira School, an all-girls private school in McLean, Va. She graduated summa cum laude from George Washington University and received a master’s degree from Harvard in regional studies encompassing Russia, East Europe and Central Asia. She was a Fulbright scholar in Estonia from 2006-7.
The bride is a daughter of Cynthia C. Rhodin and William K. Rhodin of Newtown, Pa. Her father is a senior consultant in King of Prussia, Pa., at Walker Consultants, a parking design and consulting firm that consults to the parking garage industry. Her mother is a retail saleswoman at Newtown Book and Record Exchange, an independent book and record store.
Mr. Lechtenberg, 37, is the managing principal of Fenway Strategies, a speech-writing and communications firm in Washington. He previously worked on Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, starting as a field organizer for the 2008 Iowa caucuses and rising to senior presidential speechwriter during his two terms in the White House. The groom graduated from the University of Iowa.
The groom is a son of Deborah D. Lechtenberg and James J. Lechtenberg of Dundee, Iowa. His father is a corn and soybean farmer in Dundee. His mother is the retired postmaster of Lamont, Iowa.
The couple met in April 2017 at a restaurant in Washington.
Robyn Finkelstein, Alex Tolston
Robyn Ilana Finkelstein and Alex Jay Tolston were married March 16 at the Nobu Eden Roc, a hotel in Miami Beach. Rabbi Robert A. Davis officiated.
Mrs. Tolston, 39, is the president of Chip Bakery in Miami. She graduated from the University of Florida.
She is the daughter of Ronda C. Finkelstein and Ronald D. Finkelstein of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The bride’s father is the senior managing principal of MBAF Certified Public Accountants in Fort Lauderdale. Her mother retired as a pediatric nurse at Pediatric Associates, also in Fort Lauderdale.
Mr. Tolston, who is 38 and works in Miami, is the executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of the Hemisphere Media Group, which owns and operates five Hispanic cable networks in the United States, two Latin American cable networks and a broadcast television network in Puerto Rico. He graduated magna cum laude from Tulane University and received a law degree from New York Law School.
He is a son of Dr. Evelyn Tolston and Gregory Tolston of New York. The groom’s mother is the president and medical director of Allergy and Immunology on Madison in New York. She also sits on the board of directors of the Joseph Brodsky Memorial Fellowship Fund, a nonprofit organization based in New York and named for the acclaimed poet and essayist. The fund provides two fellowships annually, one for an artist and the other for a poet, allowing both to work and live in Italy for three months.
His father is the executive vice president and chief financial officer of Royal Seafood Baza, a holding company for NetCost Markets, a supermarket chain in the New York metropolitan area. He is also a member of the board of directors of Savoy Bank.
The groom’s first marriage ended in divorce.
The couple met in August 2017 at a sushi restaurant in Miami Beach.
Anna Kaschel, Bryan Zanisnik
Anna Kaschel and Bryan Zanisnik were married March 15 in Audubon Park in New Orleans. Thomas Sweetland, affiliated with the Order of Interbeing, officiated incorporating the Zen Buddhist tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, the founder of the order. They married under the Southern live oak known as the Tree of Life, or the Étienne de Boray Oak.
Ms. Kaschel, 32, until February was a fashion designer at H & M, the international fashion brand. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium
She is the daughter of Gabriele M. Kaschel of Hürtgenwald, Germany, and Helmut P. Kaschel of Düren, Germany. Her father, who is retired, was an independent metalworker working mainly on residential projects and a restoration of the Leopold-Hoesch-Museum in Düren. Her mother oversees the library and acquisitions department at the Institute of Telecommunications at Rwth Aachen University in Germany.
Mr. Zanisnik, 39, is a visual artist focusing on sculpture, installation and performance, and has taught and lectured across the United States. His work has been on display at MoMA PS1 and the Queens Museum, both in Queens, and the Brooklyn Museum. From 2016 to 2017 his outdoor installation, “Monument to Walken,” with concrete heads of the actor Christopher Walken seemingly sprouting from the ground, was on view at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, Queens. In 2017 another installation, “Philip Roth Presidential Library,” featured a series of drywall columns ripped apart in places exposing copies of Mr. Roth’s novels on wood shelves, at the Queens Museum, and in 2016 at Locust Projects, an alternative art space in Miami. The groom graduated magna cum laude from Drew University, and received an M.F.A. in combined media from Hunter College.
He is the son of Robert M. Zanisnik of Flemington, N.J., and the late Carol A. Zanisnik. His father is a senior vice president for sales at the Diversified Global Graphics Group in Jersey City. His mother was a part-time teacher at St. Rose of Lima Academy, a Roman Catholic prekindergarten and elementary school in Short Hills, N.J.
Ms. Kaschel and Mr. Zanisnik met in 2014 at a New Year’s Eve party in Brooklyn on the day she arrived from Germany for a few months. They kept in touch, and started dating long-distance only after her visit to New York in 2016, during which they celebrated the Fourth of July together at a barbecue.
Kathryn Smith, William Korengold
Kathryn Vinsant Smith and William McKendree Korengold were married March 16 at the St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church in New Orleans. The Rev. Donald Frampton, a Presbyterian minister, performed the ceremony.
The couple met in 2011 at a Halloween party at Trinity College, from which they graduated.
Ms. Smith, 29, is an account manager for Amazon Web Services in Arlington, Va.
She is the daughter of Lynn B. Smith and Dr. Charles C. Smith III of New Orleans. The bride’s father is the physician president of Internal Medicine Specialists, a private practice in New Orleans. Her mother is the owner of LBS Digital Concierge Services, an administrative and project management service also in New Orleans.
Mr. Korengold, 27, is on the executive board of Ourisman Automotive of Virginia, a family-owned business of dealerships located in Northern Virginia; his father, Daniel L. Korengold, is the president of the company, working from Alexandria. The groom also manages the company’s Toyota dealership in Fairfax, Va.
He is also the son of Martha L. Dippell. The groom’s parents live in Chevy Chase, Md. The groom’s mother serves as the president of the board of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington.
Regina Escano, Mark Zappi
Regina Marie Ronquillo Escano and Mark Ryan Zappi were married March 16 at St. Thomas Apostle Catholic Church in Washington. Msgr. Andrew Wadsworth performed the ceremony.
Mrs. Zappi, 30, is an associate director for audiology professional practices at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in Rockville, Md. She graduated from Marymount Manhattan College and received a clinical doctoral degree in audiology from the University of Washington.
She is the daughter of Rebecca Ronquillo Escano and Roberto R. Escano of Cebu, the Philippines.
Mr. Zappi, 29, is an associate at Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, where he specializes in cyber transformation, a comprehensive change to the company’s security mind-set to enable larger strategic business objectives. He graduated from Boston College and is studying for a master’s in public administration at George Washington University.
He is a son of Catherine Keller Zappi and Robert Zappi of Vienna, Va.
The couple met in August 2015 at St. Thomas Apostle Church.
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