Real Weddings: Helen & Andrew

By Julie Suratt | Boston Weddings |

Helen Tsai & Andrew Harlan

October 2, 2010,
Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton

THOUGH HELEN TSAI
and Andrew Harlan were in most of the same classes at MIT, they didn’t actually meet until senior year: “We were part of a team designing a bike that helped children with mental disabilities learn how to ride,” says Helen. Two and a half years later, Andrew, a robotics engineer, made plans to propose during a trip to Paris. He chose the Eiffel Tower as a memorable — “if not a bit clichéd” — spot to ask Helen to marry him, he says. Her take is a little different: “I was completely surprised and swept off my feet!”

Back home in Cambridge, the couple chose the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton as the wedding venue. “I wanted someplace funky and homey; Andrew wanted funky and modern. The Fuller was a great combo of all three,” says Helen, who worked hard to infuse the wedding with their geek-chic style.

The avid photographers made 120 photo-booth-style escort cards that guests could take home as keepsakes. Oh, and they ran — not strode — into their reception to AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck,” high-fiving guests along the way. Whoever said MIT students are strait-laced has never seen two mechanical engineers do a fast-paced lindy-hop routine, complete with aerials, on the most romantic night of their lives.