It isn’t easy to have a real fairy-tale wedding, but Michelle (La Bine) Lu ’14 and Brian Lu ’15 made it happen. They tied the knot on Sept. 8, 2017, at Disneyland. The couple even snagged their dream spot during their favorite season, fall, along with a private photo shoot with Disneyland dressed up for Halloween as a backdrop.
Although Michelle and Brian were originally both South Bay kids who’d been studying engineering since arriving at SCU, it wasn’t until a quarter-long group lab project their sophomore year that they met, started dating, and fell in love. When it came time for the proposal, Brian saw his chance to fulfill Michelle’s dream of getting engaged at Sleeping Beauty Castle.
During a visit to Disneyland in May 2015, he was actually scoping out locations to pop the question: “I wanted to make sure it was as special for her as could be,” he says.
The couple decided on a wedding theme of “Us”—every detail would reflect them as a couple. “Our tables were attraction posters of rides we went on during the engagement trip, our escort cards were fastpasses made by Disney with a barcode of our dating anniversary, engagement date, and wedding date,” says Michelle. Brian’s boutonnière even included the very first Disney pin she got him.
As a special gesture, Michelle handcrafted all the personal florals, including the bouquets and corsages, and placed a yellow rose in every wedding arrangement in honor of her mother, who passed away in 2016.