“We had to choose where to focus our resources,” says Celina Su, 38, an associate professor of political science at Brooklyn College, of her wedding to Justin Blinder, 30. “Delicious food, in a nice, cozy outdoor space and a good photographer were most important to us.” Everything else — from the programs to the flowers — the couple handled themselves. Su included a line on the invitations, which she hand-pressed herself, asking the guests to suggest a song; Blinder, an artist and computer programmer, then created an algorithm that would analyze the tracks and arrange them according to tempo and beats per minute. “I’m not the greatest DJ in the world,” Blinder says, “so the algorithm worked well.” Friends surprised the couple with a gift box filled with tokens of love, including a mathematical proof representing them. “The day was so much more moving and meaningful than we could have imagined,” recalls Su.
*This article appears in the Summer 2016 issue of New York Weddings.