Ringing in the Vows: AAPI Wedding Pros on Love, Tradition, Culture, and Heritage

Ringing in the Vows: AAPI Wedding Pros on Love, Tradition, Culture, and Heritage

Brides is committed to guiding ALL couples through not only their wedding planning journey, but through relationship milestones and ups and downs. Every love story is beautiful, has its own distinct history, and its own trials—there's no relationship that looks the same. To celebrate that uniqueness, we're asking couples to open up about their love story, for our latest column, "Love Looks Like This." Below, actor Jason Gotay of the new HBO Max reboot of "Gossip Girl" tells his story from New York City.

My friend, Sara, had told us that we were going to 'just love each other.' I didn’t realize until later just how on-the-nose she was about that.

As J.M. Barrie once wrote, “all you need is faith, trust, and pixie dust." That is exactly how my love story began. Well, figuratively speaking, anyway. It was the first day of rehearsal for NBC’s “Peter Pan Live,” and I couldn’t wait to get started. I was playing one of the Lost Boys, Peter Pan’s ragtag gang of friends who run, jump, flip, and trouble-make their way through Neverland. The show was to star Allison Williams as Peter Pan and Christopher Walken as Captain Hook, and was directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Rob Ashford.


As I entered the rehearsal studios and stepped into the elevator, I greeted a couple of friends who were also part of the Lost Boy band. As the elevator door began to close, one more boy jumped in just in time. I turned around and saw the most beautiful smile I’d ever seen, accompanied by bright blue eyes and a joy that lit up the room (well, elevator). This was Michael, the boy I was told to look out for, as we had a mutual friend who told us we would be working on Peter Pan together. I shook his hand and introduced myself, excited to get to know him. My friend, Sara, had told us that we were going to “just love each other.” I didn’t realize until later just how on-the-nose she was about that.

My friend, Sara, had told us that we were going to 'just love each other.' I didn’t realize until later just how on-the-nose she was about that.