Jane Ko, an executive director at UBS, and Ryan Schramm met at a New York speakeasy in 2014. “A friend in his group saw that we were struggling to connect, turned my body towards this tall, handsome man, and said, ‘No, no, you need to meet Ryan,’” Jane says. The couple were together for three months, before Jane moved to California for a new job, and they parted ways. After three years “of silence and one awkward Tinder sighting,” he was in Los Angeles for New Year’s Eve, and they reconnected at a party. Four months later, Ryan moved to L.A.
After two years of dating, he proposed at sunset on the beach in Santa Monica, and once engaged, they chose Bermuda for their destination wedding. A few weeks after they met, Jane realized she only had a few days to book an international flight in order to qualify for platinum status on Delta. She invited Ryan on the shortest flight she could find, which turned out to be the island where his family celebrates his father’s birthday every year and where his parents renewed their vows, so it became a special place for them too.
Once Jane convinced her mother that the legendary Bermuda Triangle wouldn’t affect their October wedding, they booked The Loren at Pink Beach for their celebration. Design-wise, Jane drew inspiration from birds—a traditional Korean wedding symbol. “Cranes are symbols of purity and longevity, and are mates for life, so we suspended 1,000 handmade paper cranes in green-white ombre from the ceilings at the reception,” she says.
The 6’4″ groom understandably went the custom route and found his light gray, two-button, single breasted suit at Suitsupply. Their wedding date was stitched into his collar, and the finishing touch was his white pocket square, which Ryan had worn as baby bonnet on his baptism day and his mother had saved.
On the rooftop of the Pink Beach Club, before walking down the Bermudian palm-lined aisle, decorated by Demco, the bride had a quiet moment to herself to think of her father, who had passed away nine years prior. “I was sad that he wasn’t able to meet Ryan, to walk me down the aisle, and to experience life-changing moments with me anymore, but a quick memory of him singing ‘My Way’ into a home karaoke machine put a quick smile on my face,” Jane says. She then was escorted by her brother to her future-husband and his friend, who officiated the heartfelt ceremony.
After being announced as a married couple, the newlyweds and their guests made their way downstairs for dinner and dancing. A seafood-centered meal of spiny lobster and even Lionfish was served, and then the new Mr. and Mrs. had their first dance to a remix of “True Colors” by Cyndi Lauper, played by The Big Chill.
The after-party was held at the private beach of the hotel’s private vacation home, The Residence. They set up a fire pit on the sand, complete with a s’mores bar and spirits. And together with their remaining friends and family, they sent off paper lanterns that flew up into the sky to cap off the most spectacular day.